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      • How cloud is saving lives

        09 September 2014

        Includes:
        • Can IT change the course of history? The story of Graham Tottle, the IT guy trapped in Iraq
        • Case study: Startup Versarien moves to SAP cloud
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      • Social networks in the enterprise: Collaborate seamlessly

        CIOs have swung from dismissing social networks in the enterprise to applauding and seizing on their potential to boost business productivity and creativity. In this SearchCIO handbook, we examine the latest trends in enterprise social networking, the tools that enhance collaboration and the role of CIOs in this communications revolution.

        In our first piece, business writer Christine Parizo finds out how the San Jose Sharks and other organizations are using enterprise social networking tools in a seamless, engaging and effective manner. In our second piece, expert contributor Harvey Koeppel introduces the acronym SMAC into his analysis of how social media technologies, as well as mobile, cloud and analytics, have transformed business communications. In our third piece, CTO Niel Nickolaisen dubs social networks in the enterprise the new email, and explicates how IT should handle these new tools.

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      • Security issues in Vanets

        This article in our Royal Holloway Security Series analyses the security risks of Vehicular ad-hoc networks (Vanets), an important component of intelligent transportation systems.

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      • Improving population health management through clinical data analysis

        Healthcare organizations are aiming to improve patient care through analysis of clinical data. Fueled by the Affordable Care Act and electronic health record incentives under the HITECH Act, these organizations are dealing with more -- and better -- data than ever before. To achieve actionable clinical analysis will take hard work -- from both analysts and physicians.

        SearchHealthIT editors have compiled this three-part guide to help healthcare professionals get started on the path toward improved population health management. First, data architect Trevor Strome explains how an influx of data -- from mobile health apps and health IT systems for patient care -- is changing the process of accessing data. Strome details how to make the most of data requests to help clinicians improve patient health. Next, Joseph Kim, M.D., takes a look at healthcare data analytics as a means to rate physician performance. Kim employs a real-world example, the preventative treatment of blood clots, to illustrate how data analytics can improve physician performance through qualified feedback. To close, IT consultant Jon Gaasedelen helps readers determine whether a private or public cloud is better for their organization's data storage needs.

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      • Manufacturing IT best practices: ERP upgrades and migrations

        Read this expert e-book to get comprehensive answers to all your ERP upgrade and migration questions. Inside, find: expert advice on recognizing when it's time to upgrade or migrate; tips for making a business case; the top five questions to ask before buying ERP systems; and best practices for a successful implementation process.

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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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      • E-book: Manufacturing business intelligence best practices

        In this e-book, experienced technology writer Lauren Gibbons Paul shares her insight on utilizing BI in the manufacturing field. Find effective strategies for manufacturing business intelligence that can make a difference in your organization.

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      • How to get started with business intelligence in manufacturing

        Facing increasing pressures from globalization and a sagging economy, manufacturers are between a rock and a hard spot. And many of them see business intelligence as an escape route. But does BI hold the answers for every manufacturer? How does BI differ from manufacturing intelligence? This e-book will answer these important questions about using business intelligence in manufacturing, and more.

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      • Business intelligence and analytics for optimized supply chain management

        This e-book discusses how analytics technology can transform supply chains by improving visibility, making it a more efficient process, and contributing to more timely, accurate predictions. Learn how to best utilize business Intelligence and analytics for optimizing supply chain management -- and more.

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      • Understanding workforce management technology for manufacturing

        Workforce management technology can help manufacturers improve operational efficiency and reduce costs by streamlining scheduling, budgeting, and labor planning. Thanks to the web and mobile platforms, it is now more accessible outside the office. Learn the benefits of automating workforce management and read expert advice on getting started.

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      • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

        Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

        This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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      • Multiple systems, new technologies add to ERP integration challenges

        Multiple software systems -- particularly, multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems -- are a problem facing a surprising number of organizations today. There are some important downsides to having multiple systems at work, too: complexity, cost, inflexibility and lack of accurate data among them. What is an organization to do? Consolidate through integration.

        In this three-part guide, readers will take a comprehensive look at the myriad rules and repercussions integral to the success of any ERP integration project. To begin, Rajeev Ranjan, senior associate consultant at Infosys Limited, outlines the four factors that must be assessed before igniting any ERP consolidation plan: business process, user perspective, technology and cost. Next, we dig into the mobile and cloud computing technologies further complicating ERP processes today. While they alleviate many challenges with ERP integration, they prompt a host of new ones. Now that we have covered where ERP is today, we close with a look at where it might be tomorrow. Specifically, how the increasingly blurred line between ERP and supply chain management will influence future integration projects.

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      • Tips for managing multiple ERP systems

        Read this expert e-guide to learn how to minimize the chaos of managing multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Learn how a two-tiered approach, including Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP at the subsidiary level, is helping many manufacturers consolidate their ERP efforts.

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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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      • Cloud computing: What it can do for your manufacturing supply

        Cloud-based manufacturing applications have exploded onto the market, and with so much hype, determining their suitability and usefulness can be tricky. Read this expert e-book to get tips on how the cloud can be leveraged for ERP, supply chain management, and global inventory management, and learn what to look out for in a still-maturing market.

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      • Hosted ERP or SaaS ERP: What’s right for your organization?

        Read this e-book to compare traditional hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) apps to Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP. Uncover the benefits and challenges of each alternative and decide which is best for your organization.

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      • Compare business needs with the ERP choices available

        The risks of picking a bad ERP system or implementing it poorly are as significant as the opportunities for efficiency, collaboration and innovation that can come from finding the perfect system. And with today's ERP market boasting more choices than ever before, organizations don't have it easy.

        In this three-part guide, the ERP experts at Panorama Consulting Solutions tell readers how to choose wisely. They start simply: Keep your eyes open. Often, organizations fall victim to the marketing and publicity around larger vendors -- neglecting to explore smaller companies that, in Panorama's experience, are often a better fit. Next, they take a look at Software as a Service ERP systems. Compared with traditional, on-premises systems, software functionality delivered via the Internet -- as in SaaS and open source systems -- is an exciting trend in the ERP market. But while it might appeal to companies as a lower-cost alternative, there are some big risks involved. To close, they detail the seven factors they say are critical to any successful ERP implementation -- including whether your organization needs an ERP system at all.

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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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      • 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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      • Manufacturing ERP Buyer’s Guide – 2011 Edition

        Compiled by SearchManufacturingERP.com editors, this directory includes ERP software products for process and discrete manufacturers of all sizes, as well as all verticals. It includes software that is meant to be deployed on-premise as well as Software as a Service (SaaS) or on-demand software.

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      • Lean manufacturing and ERP: How to leverage ERP to get lean

        A manufacturing firm adopting the principles of lean manufacturing can effectively leverage the company’s ERP system during its transition to lean. This e-book explains what part of the plant you should start with; the importance of simplifying the ERP system; how to balance the ERP system with lean principles; and what pitfalls to avoid.

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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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      • Improving effectiveness and adoption in ERP procurement to drive increased savings

        This e-book provides tips on how to increase the value of your ERP – and your supply chain – with tools for more effective collaboration. Find out more about using ERP procurement to drive increased savings.

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      • Manage supply chain risks with the right technology

        With supply chain management processes expanded to cover the globe, manufacturing executives are hard-pressed to make sense of it all. In this three-part guide, veteran IT journalist Beth Stackpole and other industry observers discuss the key technologies for supply chain planning and execution -- the twin pillars of supply chain management (SCM) -- in today's global manufacturing world.

        First, readers will learn about software deployment options -- including business intelligence and transportation management capabilities -- in an increasingly integrated and interdependent supply chain. Next, we drill down on the actual act of deployment and the many factors manufacturers must consider to find the right SCM software for them. We close with a look at the long-established technologies -- such as bar codes and radio-frequency identification -- that continue to ensure supply management success, even among newer, flashier tools.

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      • Improving supply chain visibility via technology

        Brush up on the latest technologies for supply chain visibility that will improve efficiency and get your company a higher ROI. In this e-book, find articles that explore the latest options for supply chain visibility, and learn how to determine if your organization really needs supply chain visibility software. Plus, find out how this technology can help you meet compliance needs, and how to get the most return from your supply chain 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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  • Business Information

    Cloud computing, mobile devices and massive amounts of data flowing into organizations are combining to put heavy pressure on business systems. To adapt, organizations have been forced to transform the way in which corporate information is managed.

  • Modern Infrastructure

    Modern Infrastructure covers the convergence of technologies -- from cloud computing to virtualization to mobile devices -- and the impact on data centers.

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  • Enterprise Hadoop: Ready for prime time?

    Many vendors are pitching Hadoop as the foundation for enterprise data management environments that delivers information and insights to business users and serves as a hub for other data systems and applications. In the era of big data, the case for Hadoop is strong: Hadoop provides a cost-effective way to ingest, store and process large volumes of multi-structured data. With Hadoop, organizations can store all data in its original format and provide a system of record for the enterprise. Even more, they can bring the applications to Hadoop and process the data in place.

    But does reality square with the promise today? Are companies willing to trust their enterprise data to Hadoop? The big question is whether Hadoop is ready to support enterprise-scale, production environments where data can't be corrupted or inconsistent. Does Hadoop have adequate management, monitoring, backup, recovery and security features? What are the major gaps today and what are vendors doing to plug the holes? At what point can companies trust production computing environments to Hadoop? This report, based on a comprehensive survey of business intelligence professionals and interviews with experts in the field, addresses these questions.

  • Overcome today's disaster recovery challenges

    The use of devices not connected to a local network is a challenge for IT staffs tasked with protecting data on those devices. Completing backups within a reasonable timeframe has become an issue for organizations. Some organizations are opting for alternatives to traditional backup to address these challenges. The cloud has been pushed as an alternative to tape for offsite storage for disaster recovery. However, there are challenges with this approach and with protecting applications running in the cloud.

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  • Social networks in the enterprise: Collaborate seamlessly

    CIOs have swung from dismissing social networks in the enterprise to applauding and seizing on their potential to boost business productivity and creativity. In this SearchCIO handbook, we examine the latest trends in enterprise social networking, the tools that enhance collaboration and the role of CIOs in this communications revolution.

    In our first piece, business writer Christine Parizo finds out how the San Jose Sharks and other organizations are using enterprise social networking tools in a seamless, engaging and effective manner. In our second piece, expert contributor Harvey Koeppel introduces the acronym SMAC into his analysis of how social media technologies, as well as mobile, cloud and analytics, have transformed business communications. In our third piece, CTO Niel Nickolaisen dubs social networks in the enterprise the new email, and explicates how IT should handle these new tools.

  • Security issues in Vanets

    This article in our Royal Holloway Security Series analyses the security risks of Vehicular ad-hoc networks (Vanets), an important component of intelligent transportation systems.

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