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The Collaboration Advantage: Customer-focused Partnerships in a Global Market
Survey data shows that companies want to improve their strategic business partnerships. Reflecting on lessons learned from past business relationships, 60

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  understands suppliers' costs and defines a target price that discourages unreasonable cost estimates, but also allows the supplier to enjoy reasonable returns. Toyota demands a great deal from its component makers. Not only will Toyota thoroughly investigate potential partners for operational strengths and weaknesses a process that can take as long as five years from start to finish it also requests design inputs from each of its suppliers to integrate into detailed master production plans. This helps Read More...
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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  from the competition. It defines the intrinsic worth of your business's offering to customers. A strong value proposition communicates a clear message to your marketplace about why potential customers should buy from you. It defines what your customers will get for their money. Customers are becoming more demanding about value. They want new. They want better. They want now. They are increasingly tired of paying for the old, the same and the later. Each customer is different. It is they who define what Read More...
It’s About Process (or The Ability to Be Responsive)
Because business processes are often communicated in an ad hoc and unregulated manner, it can be difficult to standardize processes across organizations

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  example, if a user defines a workflow rule for the Job Application object in an HR application, he/she will be able to set workflow activation criteria based on the values of fields like Job Application Number and Status . Users can also set workflow activation criteria based on standard fields, like Record Owner or Created Date , as well as fields based on the currently active user when a rule is evaluated, such as their Role or Time Zone . When a workflow rule is triggered, there are many Read More...
Actionable Supply Chain Intelligence: Leveraging the Services Hub
There’s no doubt that competing in today’s global marketplace is tough. In order to survive, organizations must become more aware of what’s going on throughout

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  chain visibility, none really defines the term fully. Maybe it would be easier to figure out what the term means by first stating what supply chain visibility is not, and that's really easy to do. Supply chain visibility is not reporting. A report is nothing more than a snapshot of something that's already occurred, a glance in the rearview mirror, as it were. By the time you get the information contained in a report, it's too late to do anything about it. In other words, a report only allows you to Read More...
ERP Systems and the ETO Manufacturing Market Part Three: User Recommendations
Companies that are project manufacturers, engineer-to-order (ETO), build-to-order, jobbing shops or contract manufacturers should think carefully when selecting

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  set of activities that defines the duration of a project, and these activities have very little float or slack, usually zero, and thus a delay in any critical path activity will delay an entire project. Still, losses in one area may be made up in another. For example, if design is budgeted to take a team of five people, and one falls ill and cannot be replaced, the design time overrun will be inevitable. However a project organization may decide to make up the time by increasing the applied effort in Read More...
Why Project Portfolio Management Is a Must-have Strategic Asset in a Down Economy
Project portfolio management (PPM) software can provide a dynamic decision-making process for assessing projects such as portfolios, prioritizing projects, and

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  Project Portfolio Management Is a Must-have Strategic Asset in a Down Economy Project portfolio management (PPM) software can provide a dynamic decision-making process for assessing projects such as portfolios, prioritizing projects, and allocating limited resources to meet key organizational objectives. Using PPM can also help you better align and manage your people, projects, and processes—giving you the ability to react quickly to change and minimize risk in the current declining market. Read More...
A How-to Guide for a Radio Frequency Identification Site Survey
As organizations prepare for a radio frequency identification (RFID) implementation, they often don't understand the preliminary work necessary to begin the

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  site survey. This section defines the tasks to install the core equipment. Step 1 . Place the antenna on the tripod in the middle of the interrogation zone. This placement should define the optimum position to place the portal in relation to the business process occurring on the flow of the warehouse. A common mistake, and one best to avoid, is to hang the coaxial cable from the antenna; doing this may impede the signal. Best practices dictate that the antenna can be mounted by a piece of rope hanging Read More...
Vox Populi: What Does a Day in the Life of a Regular Business User Look Like?
Vox populi is Latin for “voice of the people”– in broadcasting and television, they use the

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  Populi: What Does a Day in the Life of a Regular Business User Look Like? Vox populi is Latin for “voice of the people”– in broadcasting and television, they use the vox pop interview to get spontaneous opinions on a subject, from different, randomly selected people. My idea is to apply the concept to our blog—whenever you see a blog post starting with “Vox Populi,” it means we’re seeking your opinion. In broadcasting, only a few people are interviewed, and the answers are edited. On Read More...
Building a Best-run Finance Organization: A New Role to Address Today’s Business Realities
One company executive has a growing influence in today’s boardroom@the chief financial officer (CFO). And the role of the finance organizations that these CFOs

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  a Best-run Finance Organization: A New Role to Address Today’s Business Realities Building a Best-run Finance Organization: A New Role to Address Today’s Business Realities If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. SAP Americas is a subsidiary of SAP AG, the world's largest business software company and the third-largest software supplier overall. SAP Americas' corporate headquarters is located in Newtown Square, PA, a Read More...
Digital E-commerce: The Difference between Selling a Product and Selling a Perpetual Customer Relationship
Selling digital content, goods, and services is different from traditional retail physical goods e-commerce—or at least it should be, if the objective is to

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  E-commerce: The Difference between Selling a Product and Selling a Perpetual Customer Relationship Selling digital content, goods, and services is different from traditional retail physical goods e-commerce—or at least it should be, if the objective is to maximize reach and revenue and to drive a rich, ongoing relationship with your customers and high satisfaction. This new approach to customer relationships, enabled only by the unique nature of digital offerings, brings a profound change in the Read More...
Brewing Up a Better Schedule for a Product with Many Variables
For the coffee producer Mother Parkers, scheduling coffee production across two plants was an ever-increasing challenge. Mother Parkers decided to take

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  Up a Better Schedule for a Product with Many Variables For the coffee producer Mother Parkers, scheduling coffee production across two plants was an ever-increasing challenge. Mother Parkers decided to take proactive steps toward consolidating its day-to-day scheduling data by engaging Supply Chain Consultants (SCC) to help. SCC applied its scheduling algorithms to improve schedule attainment, visibility, and stability—exactly what Mother Parkers needed. Read More...
Customer Centricity: The Devil Lies in the Details
The purpose of this white paper is to help readers understand the importance of customer-centricity in today's highly competitive and constantly evolving

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  Centricity: The Devil Lies in the Details The purpose of this white paper is to help readers understand the importance of customer-centricity in today's highly competitive and constantly evolving business landscape. Its aim is to remove misconceptions and guide you to achieve true customer-centricity. Read More...
Extending COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective
In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These assets have performed the business functions that they were designed for, but it’s OK to remain open to new solutions too. By leveraging existing assets while moving to a service-based architecture, you can extend your existing business Read More...
Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage
Software giant Microsoft treated itself with a $1.1B Christmas present; it announced an agreement to acquire its long-term partner Great Plains Software, a

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage P.J. Jakovljevic - January 16, 2001 Event Summary On December 21, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), the world's largest software provider, announced it reached an agreement to acquire Great Plains Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: GPSI), a leading supplier of mid-market business applications. The acquisition should create new opportunities for Microsoft and Great Read More...
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Two: Baan Under Invensys
Baan's phase under Invensys, after a turbulent three years that have seen considerable people, market and technology change, and considerable worthwhile

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Two: Baan Under Invensys Baan Under Invensys The UK-based global automation and controls group Invensys plc . (London Stock Exchange: ISYS) has announced that Baan is finally and definitely for sale. This is a part of its parent's major divestiture move (i.e., over two thirds of its current business) and as Invensys recoils to its bare fundamentals. (For details of the announcements see Part One of this note ). In second half of 2000, Read More...

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