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Electronics Manufacturing Transformation

September 12, 2005

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In the last century, vertical manufacturing strategies were still the rule for manufacturers of high-technology electronics. In 1990, the global market was worth nearly $100 billion, while less than 5 percent of all manufacturing was outsourced. A tremendous surge in manufacturing outsourcing began in the mid-1990s and continued into the 2000s. During this time, a […]

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Designing the Standard for a Healthy Supply Chain

September 12, 2005

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There is growing recognition in healthcare of value derived from effective supply chain management. Considering that supply chain operations constitute 30 to 40 percent of healthcare costs – second only to personnel costs – leaders and managers must become competent to effectively steward improvement efforts that focus on value. Decisions of consolidation, gaining economies of […]

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Enabling Sales and Operations Planning Through Technology

September 12, 2005

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The sales and operations planning (S&OP) process has been around for decades. I have discussed it in most of my presentations on demand planning and forecasting since the mid-1990s and have been polling audiences along the way. One-third of the early audiences were composed of individuals from companies that had implemented S&OP, while for recent […]

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Interview: Marc Onetto, Executive Vice President of Operations, Solectron

September 12, 2005

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ASCET: Solectron has implemented lean logistics extensively. Have you achieved a pull model of demand-centric inventory with this approach? Marc Onetto (MO): Lean logistics is a journey, not a destination. If you asked Toyota today if they have perfect demand-centric inventory, I think they would tell you that they still have things to improve – […]

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The Case for PLM

September 12, 2005

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Product life cycle management (PLM) has been around for a decade. Yet it remains a tool that many companies consider daunting, mysterious or complex. Part of this difficulty could be PLM’s rapid metamorphosis. It began as product data management, an elaborate toolset for integrating product design and development, and quickly morphed into product information management, […]

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Kinaxis Focuses on Operational Performance Management

September 12, 2005

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Assessment Increasingly, OEMs, manufacturers and distributors are realizing that their decisions regarding demand, supply, capacity and products can carry unintended consequences. Often they make decisions without anticipating what prove to be inevitable trade-offs, such as the effect that taking an unplanned order may have on purchase cancellations and overall profitability. The source of the problem […]

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What’s Required to Dominate In the Service Business

September 12, 2005

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Today, the concept that the service business can be the profit engine for product manufacturers and resellers looking to achieve high performance is not new or even particularly insightful.

Many companies, such as Caterpillar and General Electric, have understood this premise for decades – and they have driven their bottom line with service profits. Others, such as Dell and Home Depot, have recently scaled up their service capabilities to capture profit while simultaneously growing their top line.

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Ventana Research

September 12, 2005

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Ventana Research is the preeminent research and advisory services firm in the Business Performance Management market. With the unique research framework covering both the technology and business aspects of performance management, Ventana Research helps decision-makers throughout the organization understand each other’s requirements, align goals and objectives and optimize business processes with existing and new technology […]

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Salient Zeroes In on Price and Margin for Performance

September 12, 2005

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Assessment Salient got its start by offering a price-and-margin application sold to soft-drink bottling companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Royal Crown. Dealing in high product and transaction volumes and low profit margins, these businesses had to react quickly to changes in markets and operations while responding to fluctuations in consumer demand. To do all […]

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