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ERP Packages For Midsize Firms in the Works
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The Lean Front End: A Breakthrough Opportunity


A company’s best opportunity to gain major margin improvement is in its front end—the sales, customer service, and processes needed to transform inquiries into orders. And one of the best strategies is to apply lean thinking to the front end. Read about an integrated solution that addresses the unique requirements of your sales processes to help dramatically reduce cycle times, eradicate waste, and increase your margins.

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Computer Associates Goes E-Business in a Big Way


Computer Associates announced at their CAWorld conference that e-business is the place to be, and they are re-orienting their company to facilitate it. CA has previously failed to make inroads in the consulting arena, and they feel e-business is the way to fix the problem.

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Poor Data Quality Means A Waste of Money


Data quality sounds like a motherhood and apple pie issue, of course we want our data to be right. However, very few enterprises get serious about it. Maybe that's because the cost of data quality is hidden. That cost can be huge.

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Minimize waste and maximize profits: Willamette Valley


Lean manufacturing, which focuses on eliminating waste in the production process, has been called the production system of the twenty-first century. Learn how IFS’ lean manufacturing solution gives you the technology platform you need to make your lean initiative a success—and your business more profitable.

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor


Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by bringing lean to their front-office operations. Here are a few tips on lean office operations.

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Best Practices in Aerospace Lean Manufacturing: The Migration to a Lean Enterprise


Tackling the transformation to lean production is high-priority in the aerospace industry. After all, lean manufacturing eliminates waste from essential manufacturing processes and helps you measure up to your competitors. But how can you attain true lean transformation—and what specific steps does your company need to take? Take a self-rating test and see where your company really stands.

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CallidusCloud


CallidusCloud is the leading provider of sales and marketing effectiveness software. Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, CallidusCloud enables organizations to accelerate and maximize their lead to money process with its complete suite of solutions that identify the right leads, ensure proper territory and quota distribution, enable sales forces, automate quote and proposal generation, automate contract creation and negotiation, and streamline sales compensation—driving bigger deals, faster.  With CallidusCloud, users can: • Boost revenues by delivering more high-value leads • Maximize sales effectiveness by deploying real-time sales guidance, sales coaching, and targeted incentives that focus sales execution on results  • Build a knowledge-based culture with on-the-go mobile learning and training • Build top performing teams by hiring the right people and accelerating their time to productivity  The company’s products include: Marketing Automation to attract and nurture leads; Territory & Quota for optimizing the territory management process: Sales Performance Manager to provide a comprehensive sales coaching program; Sales Enablement to provide a central content repository, playbooks, and deal rooms; Litmos, a learning management system, Configure Price Quote, Contract Lifecycle Management, MySalesGame to drive adoption of new tools with gamification, Incentive Compensation, and Channel Management.  Over 3,400 leading global organizations across all industries rely on CallidusCloud‘s easy-to-use, scalable solutions to streamline business processes, optimize effectiveness, and drive improved performance. The solution suite is delivered as a SaaS platform designed to deliver rapid time to value, reduced cost of ownership, and a superior customer experience.  

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Using PKI to Protect Your Business Information


Interconnection between vendors, suppliers, customers and employees through ERP and CRM tools, has become a competitive edge. Like ERP and CRM infrastructures, a Public Key infrastructure has become an enabler of business objectives. PKI provides a systematic approach to information security.

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IBM Tries to Take More Market Share from Oracle, BMC, and CA


IBM has announced a four-year, $200 million investment to make it more cost effective and easier for companies to manage data on IBM S/390 enterprise servers. They will attempt to compete more effectively with Computer Associates (which acquired Platinum Technology and Sterling Software), BMC, and Oracle in the lucrative database tools market.

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