Archive for December, 2005

How to Negotiate and Purchase Your ERP System

ERP Negotiations Explained There are many sources of information on how to select and implement software, but there is little information on how to negotiate and make the purchase of the software. The uninformed can spend thousands of dollars more than they need too by walking into ERP negotiations unprepared. Those that know the “tricks” […]

SugarCRM Boosts Workflow, Reporting Tools in 4.0 Edition

New workflow, reporting and customizable dashboards are among the new features that SugarCRM Inc. is adding to the version 4.0 of its open-source Sugar Suite customer relationship management product due for release on Dec. 16. The new version will include a business rules-based workflow management system designed to ensure the sales personnel and sales managers […]

New ERP Bookstore

In association with, now has a complete bookstore to assist you in finding ERP, CRM, PLM, or other software/process books. To access this new store, please click on “books” at the top right of the page. We hope you find this to be a valuable part of the site.

Managing Project Risks (Part 1): Don’t Be Snared by These 6 Common Traps

Copyright 2005 Adele Sommers When your enterprise decides to undertake a new endeavor — whether it’s designing a new training program, planning a new service, or revamping an existing product — this endeavor is called a project. It involves people, funding, resources, schedules, requirements, testing, fine tuning, and deployment, plus a host of other activities. […]

SSA Global’s™ – Users conference highlights future of ERP

VENDORS continue to disappear from the turbulent world of ERP software, but the message to manufacturers is not to fret, but take heart from the consolidation. While manufacturers with ERP systems may feel uneasy about this unrest, SSA Global’s CEO Mike Greenough says it is exactly what the software market needed after a boom built […]

Feature – Lean-Enabled ERP

The old equation of part cost plus profit equals selling price is no longer accurate. Rather, a fixed or decreasing price less part cost yields profit. If manufacturers want to increase profits under this equation, controlling cost is key. Increasingly, discrete manufacturers with blanket annual volumes are turning to lean-enabled concepts in an attempt to […]

Lean Manufacturing Through Factory Floor Innovation

Taking the concepts of the Toyota System and enhancing them with todays information systems technology has been the key to allow some manufacturers to unlock the door that leads to a short-cut in process improvement projects. They are rethinking the good ideas of lean manufacturing and are using todays factory floor information tools to quickly […]

The Skinny on RFID

by John Hanson RFID is the abbreviation for Radio Frequency Identification. RFID is a method used to store and retrieve data using RFID transponders or tags. RFID tags have antennas that allow them to accept and respond to queries from the RFID transceiver. There are passive and active RFID tags. The difference between the two […]

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