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21st Century Supply Chains Require Demand Driven Rules and Tools

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Globally supply chains are becoming more complex. Companies struggle with the increased difficulty to plan and manage. Today, too many people think of supply chain tools as warehouse management systems (WMS), product lifecycle management (PLM) or logistics management packages. This is a huge mistake.

Manufacturers Are Hiring Again; What Skills Are They Looking For?

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Good news keeps coming from US manufacturing. Since the beginning of 2011, the manufacturing industry has added over 100,000 jobs to the economy. Economists expect this trend to continue, predicting manufacturing to add another 230,000 jobs before year end. So, what skills are currently in high demand?

5 Strategies for Growing as a Domestic Manufacturer

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Domestic manufacturing is an unexpected Cinderella story. As the United States clears the worst recession since the 1930′s, manufacturing has grown revenue for the 17th straight month. ­To continue on this growth track, and remain competitive, domestic manufacturers will need to adopt new business strategies.

What Manufacturing Won’t Go Offshore

Offshoring has certainly been a significant trend during the last two decades. As large manufacturers have responded to globalization and rising costs in the U.S., more and more firms have moved operations overseas. Globalization pundits tout this trend as the decline of United States manufacturing and the rise of manufacturing in emerging countries such as China, India, and Brazil.

2010 Manufacturing Software State of the Industry Roundtable

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In the latest of our Expert Roundtable Series, we’re focused on the state of the manufacturing ERP software industry. In this post, our team of experts offer their insights on buying activity, spending patterns by business size and industry, and the primary motivations behind current buying activity. Here is what they had to say.

Sage Software – A Guide to the Product Portfolio

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Sage, with 8% market share, is the third largest business applications software vendor. And in the SMB segment, it’s the largest. Given the evolution of this highly acquisitive company, its product portfolio and corporate background might merit some explaining. We’ll give it a try. In this post we’ll explore the sage product portfolio.

ERP Implementation Strategies – A Guide to ERP Implementation Methodology

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In choosing new ERP software, implementation is every bit as important as finding the right program. There are hundreds of articles on “best practices” for implementing ERP software, but understanding each strategy and choosing the best is hard. Here, we explore three of the most widely discussed implementation options.

Apple 3D Head-Tracking for Manufacturing

There’s been a lot of buzz in the Apple blogosphere over a patent for 3D head-tracking. Apple recently filed for a technology that allows users to move an object (on a computer screen) by simply moving their head or body. There’s no need for a mouse or keyboard any more; just look behind an image and it will rotate with you. Here we explore the implications of this technology for the manufacturing industry.

Microsoft Dynamics for Manufacturing – Understanding the Difference Between GP, NAV, SL and AX


In establishing its foothold in the ERP software market, Microsoft has acquired no less than thirteen companies. Now Microsoft – and their prospects – face the challenge of sorting through the various applications in the Microsoft Dynamics family. With the recent launch of our ERP software service, we decided to shed some light on the Dynamics product.

Software Advice Simplifies Manufacturing ERP Software Selection

Today Software Advice launched its Manufacturing Software Advice service, a free online resource that helps manufacturers find the right software for their enterprise. Software applications covered on Software Advice includes enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and financial accounting.

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