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Ariba LIVE 2014—Spotlight on Procurement and Predictive
Ariba LIVE 2014 was the 15th annual customer conference by Ariba, an SAP company, and the largest one thus far with 2,200 attendees. The major themes of this

analyzes material expenditure  and Ariba Synergy analyzes how SAP and Ariba have been meshing together to mutual benefit.   Related Reading:   AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 2 (June 2012)

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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments Software Evaluation Report

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments Software Evaluation Report focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills. 

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analyzes material expenditure  software records, tracks, and analyzes data and transactions at retail locations, whether online or brick-and-mortar. Web commerce provides the ability to search, compare, and purchase goods online.   About Back-office Operations Back-office systems record, track, and analyze the data necessary to manage and run the organization. Within back-office operations, there are three categories: Business Intelligence (BI) applications aid in the analysis of business and transactional data. They provides Read More

APICS 2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers


In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we are in a global economic crisis where every manufacturer, supplier, and producer is trying to reduce cost and minimize waste while increasing production or throughput, I am particularly interested in the “lean” educational track to hear

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How Project Management Can Help Manufacturers


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To be certain its materials management functions were up to par with industry best practices, a South African fertilizer plant obtained the services of an inventory optimization firm. In doing so, it was able to identify weak links in its inventory control processes, and achieved a savings of over $2 million (USD)—an impressive return on investment (ROI) considering it had invested less than 4 percent of that amount.

analyzes material expenditure  Study: Material Management Optimization To be certain its materials management functions were up to par with industry best practices, a South African fertilizer plant obtained the services of an inventory optimization firm. In doing so, it was able to identify weak links in its inventory control processes, and achieved a savings of over $2 million (USD)—an impressive return on investment (ROI) considering it had invested less than 4 percent of that amount. Read More

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analyzes material expenditure  Study: EaglePicher EaglePicher’s Wolverine Gasket Division was overwhelmed when sales grew 10 to 13 percent per year from 2002 to 2004. Its manual systems for raw material orders, inventories, shipping, and scheduling couldn’t keep up with the demand, and lead times grew to 10 weeks. Learn how a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system helped EaglePicher achieve accurate inventory, cut lead times, and double its aftermarket business. Read More

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