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  • Shop for midmarket ERP software that will boost the bottom line

    With an ever-increasing number of ERP vendors, searching for the right ERP software in today's market makes finding a needle in a haystack look easy. But it can be done. In fact, it's gaining real traction in the world of manufacturing. And, while cloud models like Software as a Service have historically been seen as the most feasible option for midsize companies, IT departments today are discovering a host of options -- everything from hosted ERP to public clouds.

    In this three-part guide, our editors go beyond the hype. First, readers will get one manufacturer's firsthand account of moving its ERP systems to the cloud -- and the benefits and challenges encountered on the way up. Next, analyst China Martens offers expert advice on the types of questions IT manufacturers need to be asking before making software buying decisions. Finally, readers will get a boost ahead of the competition with our curated list of the top ERP vendors.

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  • Navigate the e-procurement technology landscape

    E-sourcing and e-procurement technology have created new opportunities to save money, improve supplier performance -- even make better products. Called e-sourcing and e-procurement, the tools may very well help organizations change the way they buy the materials and goods they need. Online communities give manufacturers a comprehensive view of available suppliers, allowing them to see who is offering what and then negotiate deals. And vendors have been developing a whole range of new products with features like spend analytics, supplier performance management and contract lifecycle management.

    But though many manufacturers use basic e-sourcing tools for requests for proposals and auctions to cut sourcing costs and cycle times, most don't tap them for their full potential and thus are losing out on the real prizes: a clear return on investment, better supplier relationships and innovative new products. In this three-part handbook, we look into the various new e-procurement and e-sourcing tools and their features. We talk to industry experts about the best ways to improve ROI, and we explore e-procurement strategies that are beneficial to both manufacturer and supplier.

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      • Do your homework before integrating software systems

        Many manufacturers want to circumvent the often long and arduous process of software systems integration by collecting new ERP, supply chain management and other business applications. This might work in the short term, but what does it mean in the long term? And when does a manufacturer integrate rather than add to its data systems? In this handbook, you’ll find information on when and why integration is key -- as well as advice on proper business strategies for integrating software systems.

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      • Machine-to-machine communications enliven warehouse management

        Manufacturers can find many uses for machine to machine technology outside their walls—from shipment tracking to remote diagnostics—but the technology can also bring split-second data visibility inside as well. This handbook gives an introduction to M2M technology and explains its uses in the warehouse, with strategies for selecting and implementing M2M for warehouse management and instructions on how to optimize the warehouse management potential of M2M investments.

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      • Identification options for supply chain management

        Supply chain tracking is an obvious manufacturing necessity -- having a handle on where your products are at any given time is crucial to ensuring the quality of your services. But there are several options available under the AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) umbrella. In this expert handbook, discover the benefits and drawbacks of three main AIDC technologies: bar codes, RFID, and GPS tracking systems. See which technology best suits your manufacturing needs according to expert analysis of each system. Get the latest information on supply chain management and more in this guide.

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      • Best BI and analytics options for midmarket manufacturers

        BI is everywhere and it is becoming more affordable for even smaller midmarket manufacturers. As a matter of fact, it's actually becoming possible for this type of business to implement the same sort of BI that even the largest enterprises use. In the following e-handbook, learn how to get the same high-potency BI that the largest organizations use and most importantly, learn where and when to use BI without straining your IT staff.

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      • Best BI and analytics options for midmarket manufacturers

        BI is everywhere and it is becoming more affordable for even smaller midmarket manufacturers. As a matter of fact, it's actually becoming possible for this type of business to implement the same sort of BI that even the largest enterprises use. In the following e-handbook, learn how to get the same high-potency BI that the largest organizations use and most importantly, learn where and when to use BI without straining your IT staff.

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      • Shop for midmarket ERP software that will boost the bottom line

        With an ever-increasing number of ERP vendors, searching for the right ERP software in today's market makes finding a needle in a haystack look easy. But it can be done. In fact, it's gaining real traction in the world of manufacturing. And, while cloud models like Software as a Service have historically been seen as the most feasible option for midsize companies, IT departments today are discovering a host of options -- everything from hosted ERP to public clouds.

        In this three-part guide, our editors go beyond the hype. First, readers will get one manufacturer's firsthand account of moving its ERP systems to the cloud -- and the benefits and challenges encountered on the way up. Next, analyst China Martens offers expert advice on the types of questions IT manufacturers need to be asking before making software buying decisions. Finally, readers will get a boost ahead of the competition with our curated list of the top ERP vendors.

        View E-Handbook
      • Do your homework before integrating software systems

        Many manufacturers want to circumvent the often long and arduous process of software systems integration by collecting new ERP, supply chain management and other business applications. This might work in the short term, but what does it mean in the long term? And when does a manufacturer integrate rather than add to its data systems? In this handbook, you’ll find information on when and why integration is key -- as well as advice on proper business strategies for integrating software systems.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Navigate the e-procurement technology landscape

        E-sourcing and e-procurement technology have created new opportunities to save money, improve supplier performance -- even make better products. Called e-sourcing and e-procurement, the tools may very well help organizations change the way they buy the materials and goods they need. Online communities give manufacturers a comprehensive view of available suppliers, allowing them to see who is offering what and then negotiate deals. And vendors have been developing a whole range of new products with features like spend analytics, supplier performance management and contract lifecycle management.

        But though many manufacturers use basic e-sourcing tools for requests for proposals and auctions to cut sourcing costs and cycle times, most don't tap them for their full potential and thus are losing out on the real prizes: a clear return on investment, better supplier relationships and innovative new products. In this three-part handbook, we look into the various new e-procurement and e-sourcing tools and their features. We talk to industry experts about the best ways to improve ROI, and we explore e-procurement strategies that are beneficial to both manufacturer and supplier.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Machine-to-machine communications enliven warehouse management

        Manufacturers can find many uses for machine to machine technology outside their walls—from shipment tracking to remote diagnostics—but the technology can also bring split-second data visibility inside as well. This handbook gives an introduction to M2M technology and explains its uses in the warehouse, with strategies for selecting and implementing M2M for warehouse management and instructions on how to optimize the warehouse management potential of M2M investments.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Identification options for supply chain management

        Supply chain tracking is an obvious manufacturing necessity -- having a handle on where your products are at any given time is crucial to ensuring the quality of your services. But there are several options available under the AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) umbrella. In this expert handbook, discover the benefits and drawbacks of three main AIDC technologies: bar codes, RFID, and GPS tracking systems. See which technology best suits your manufacturing needs according to expert analysis of each system. Get the latest information on supply chain management and more in this guide.

        View E-Handbook
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