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Managing the Business in Tougher Times

With an economic downturn still being touted just about everywhere, it’s an ideal time to recap on “getting back to the basics” of good business management practice. Cuts in discretionary spending are not the only measure to keep your business running strong.

Ten Warning Signs That Your ERP System Is Killing Your Business

Today’s manufacturing enterprise is challenged by rising material costs, increasing competition, and ever-changing customer requirements. If a manufacturer’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution is not up to par, these companies are faced with dizzying levels of complexity, duplication of effort, and in the worse cases, poor quality and customer service. This paper describes the warning signs that an ERP system is killing a business, and suggests how companies can thrive with a new approach to business systems.

10 Things You Must Consider When Buying Shop Control Software

When looking for shop control software, make sure to keep these 10 things in mind to ensure you’re getting the right solution.

Nine Questions to Ask about SaaS

SaaS does not spare customers the need to ask vendors the same questions about service levels, costs, and other issues that they would ask themselves if they were planning on-premise implementations. Of the nine questions customers should ask about SaaS, seven also apply to on-premise deployment. However, the issues of changing needs prompt two more questions unique to SaaS.

Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing

Many people equate Lean manufacturing with the use of kanbans: physical or visual signals that trigger replenishment. While kanban use is indeed a part of many Lean programs, it is not the only solution for triggering the movement of material.

10 Critical Questions to Ask a Manufacturing ERP Vendor

When talking to a manufacturing ERP vendor, make sure you ask them these 10 critical questions to make sure you’re getting the right manufacturing solution.

On-Demand ERP in the Enterprise: A Practical CIO Guide to Implementation

This paper, based on the experience and best practice established by early adopters, sets out a framework for deciding on and implementing on-demand ERP within enterprises of 250 employees or more, or in divisions within a larger enterprise. The paper will examine key concerns such as data integrity in enterprise systems, maintaining compliance and ensuring proper process management, as well as discussing new skills and approaches to help maximize returns on investment.

The Executive Guide to Contract and Chargeback Management: How Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Smartly Automate to Strengthen Profitability

Small and mid-sized pharmaceutical manufacturers are struggling to manage large group purchase organization (GPO) contracts, process heavy volumes of chargeback submissions and ensure pricing policies are fully compliant with regulatory requirements.

The Hidden Dangers of an RFP

The investment of money, time and change in processes that come with a software implementation has a profound impact on any company, making it imperative that the right product and service provider are identified during the selection process.

Plex Systems Infrastructure White Paper

More manufacturers and providers of traditional software solutions are moving to SaaS models that meet today’s competitive needs for agility and real-time information, without requiring manufacturers to make a large up-front financial outlay. Confidence continues to increase thanks to pioneering SaaS providers who are able to point to a history of successful implementation.