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Preparing for Product Development in Process Manufacturing
Combining process industry–oriented product lifecycle management capabilities with process manufacturing–oriented enterprise resource planning ones can help

plm articles for chemical production  of manufacturing. Because process PLM systems revolve around recipes and formulas (for more information on what constitutes a full-fledged PLM system, see Critical Components of an E-PLM System and The Many Faces of PLM ), and because of the aforementioned variability in ingredient quality, product designers often must experiment with multiple formulations before they achieve the desired result. Defining and formulating recipe-based, industry-tailored products can be a complex process, involving

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Process Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today's leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While during the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-Business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.    

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Process Manufacturing: Ensuring Food Safety through Active HACCP Management


As a result of publicized food contamination and product recalls, food safety regulations are under increasing scrutiny. Process manufacturers in the food and beverage industry may soon be facing stricter rules. But food manufacturers can prevent contamination by using existing technology to automate and ensure the effectiveness of the hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) food safety program. Learn more.

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Zavanti ERP Is TEC Certified for ERP for Services and PPM for PSA Evaluation


TEC is pleased to announce that Zavanti ERP by Zavanti is now TEC certified in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services and project portfolio management and professional services automation (PPM for PSA) software spaces. Zavanti offers an end-to-end suite of solutions for the property development, building and construction, property management, and professional services organizations, particularly the engineering, architecture, contractors, and consultants vertical markets.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 for ERP for Process Manufacturing Certification Report


Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) for process manufacturing solutions in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Production and Distribution


Production and distribution are either both performed within an organization, or else one of the functions is outsourced to reduce the overall cost and allow organizations to focus on core competencies. Production is defined as an operation of work performed on goods to make them available for consumption. Distribution encompasses the activities involved in delivering products or services to customers. Every company that handles production or distribution processes faces specific challenges, such as the following:

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Zdesign for consumer products- CPLM for Defense


Zdesign connects participants in fashion product development organizations, and manages the time-critical communications between trading partners. It brings together members of product development teams from design, sourcing, manufacturing, sales, and marketing.   Zdesign is project-based, which parallels the basic work unit for all product development-driven companies and mirrors their activities. Product development teams can initiate projects online, invite members of their internal and external teams to participate and conduct all of their business activities and communications in one place, from anywhere, anytime.   Zdesign technology can be configured to interface with and support various IT systems including enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), product data management (PDM), and computer-aided design (CAD).    

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The "S" in SAP Doesn't Stand for Security (that goes for PeopleSoft too)


During the course of product evaluations for a customer, the Technology Evaluation Center has uncovered a potential security hole in SAP R/3's three-tier architecture. SAP has revealed that they expect the database or third party products to handle security between the application server and the database server. If the client does not take these extra measures, the master password for the SAP database instance travels over the network in the clear, and can be captured. PeopleSoft has the same issue.

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The Service Equation: 4 Keys for IT to Create Value for the Business


IT organizations struggle with the challenges of shrinking budgets, ever-changing technology, compliance pressures, and more. For greater efficiency, many IT organizations are turning to information technology service management (ITSM) to help improve processes. But there’s still too much focus on technology and not enough on business outcomes. Learn key strategies for changing your approach to delivering IT services.

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Adeon Software House CXInsight for Electronics V5.2.0 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report


CXInsight for Electronics (v5.2.0) from Adeon Software House is now TEC Certified for online comparison of discrete product lifecycle management (PLM) software in TEC's Evaluation Centers. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Production Intelligence--Improving Production by Filling a Traditional Gap


Enterprises understand the value of integration. One area that has been ignored is the plant. Plant systems and corporate systems must be complementary and leverage each other to provide their maximum value. Production intelligence provides both integration and valuable information which is not available in either type of system.

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What to Look For in a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Application for Small Businesses


At one time, CRM systems required a massive software investment that only the largest organizations could afford, with complex custom integrations and user interfaces that required weeks or months of training and dedicated in-house IT staff. But today, affordable, user-friendly CRM applications that are made specifically with small businesses in mind are easily available.

This is good news for small businesses, but it creates a new challenge: How do you select the best CRM application for your organization?

This white paper gives four key considerations for choosing a CRM solution, and outlines the main benefits of "going CRM" (and the features and capabilities that make them possible) based on a recent survey of more than 1,200 small business CRM users.

If your company has outgrown Excel, and using email to track your customers has become overwhelming, it's more than likely time to move to a CRM application. Read this white paper for tips on what to look for in a CRM application that will take your business to the next level.

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