• November 23, 2011 23 Nov'11

    Study finds PLM software moving into process manufacturing

    Research firm ARC Advisory Group also says more manufacturers are using PLM-based social media along with improved PLM-MES integration and three-dimensional simulation.

  • November 22, 2011 22 Nov'11

    Know when to replace legacy MES

    Manufacturing execution systems are critical to some manufacturers’ production operations. But many MES systems are outdated or poorly integrated with ERP, prompting their owners to wonder if it’s time for a replacement.

  • November 22, 2011 22 Nov'11

    Who should manage BPM?

    Business process management can improve cross-functional business processes, accelerating and standardizing daily operations. Who should be responsible for managing and using BPM? How do you train and motivate employees to get the most out of BPM ...

  • November 21, 2011 21 Nov'11

    Managing the human issues of keeping legacy ERP

    People issues can get in the way of keeping a legacy ERP system. Some users want a slick new system; some never want to change. Companies must deal with both.

  • November 17, 2011 17 Nov'11

    Where is the ROI in improving supply chain visibility?

    In this podcast, industry expert Julie Fraser explains strategies for getting the most ROI out of a supply chain visibility project.

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  • November 17, 2011 17 Nov'11

    ERP selection advice for midmarket manufacturers

    An analyst offers ERP software buying advice for midmarket manufacturers.

  • November 17, 2011 17 Nov'11

    Applying lean techniques to quality control

    Dr. Michael Grieves, a professor at the University of Iowa, explains how Lean Six Sigma can be used to analyze and redesign quality-control workflows and automate them for greater accuracy and efficiency.

  • November 17, 2011 17 Nov'11

    Best practices for using technology to manage new global logistics challenges faced by manufacturers

    In this podcast, logistics expert Evan Armstrong gives an overview of the technologies, strategies, and services companies can use to manage global production, shipping, and sales.

  • November 17, 2011 17 Nov'11

    Applying business process management to manufacturing operations

    Sanjeev Pal, Research Manager for Product, Project and Portfolio Management Solutions at IDC Manufacturing Insights, reveals which BPM technologies work best for a continuous improvement and lean manufacturing strategy.

  • November 17, 2011 17 Nov'11

    Cloud computing options for manufacturing IT demystified

    Cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies give manufacturers access to shared computing services over the Internet, potentially reducing their IT equipment and labor costs. But with the emergence of variations like private clouds...

  • November 17, 2011 17 Nov'11

    Best practices and tools for global manufacturing

    IDC’s Joe Barkai responds to questions about the most effective tools and strategies for standardizing global production while meeting the emerging demands of overseas consumers.

  • November 16, 2011 16 Nov'11

    Change management tips for ERP upgrades

    ERP upgrades are more than just technical operations. Just like a brand-new implementation, an ERP upgrade project can bring major changes to a manufacturer’s business processes and to the daily lives of workers. An effective upgrade plan should ...

  • November 16, 2011 16 Nov'11

    ARC Advisory Group: Manufacturers lining up for new QRC systems

    Wide-ranging supply chains, regulations and demanding customers are fueling a need for quality, risk and compliance (QRC) systems among manufacturers, according to a new report.

  • November 14, 2011 14 Nov'11

    When it comes to ERP vs. best of breed procurement, no one size fits all

    Most companies can no longer get by purely on ERP procurement tools and must look to best-of-breed vendors for niche functionality, according to experts.

  • November 08, 2011 08 Nov'11

    Welding equipment maker plans long-needed ERP upgrade

    Ten years after its last system literally went up in flames, Uniweld knew it was time for an ERP upgrade, but that has also meant a challenging database migration from Oracle 8i to 11g.