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Competitive Challenges for Vanguard
Vanguard's challenge is to continue to be nimble and responsive to the needs of its target market and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners.

gps manufacturers  reducing costs. The Vanguard GPS solution has since been able to directly access the information stored in enterprise systems, without requiring businesses to move or stage data, or invest in complex and unwieldy data warehousing technology. For a more detailed analysis on this subject, refer to the article, BI Report Status Quo . The Real-Time Data Integration Server (RDIS), is an integrated server-based middleware application developed by Vanguard that works with the Unified Information Model (UIM) to

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ERP for Manufacturing (SMB)

TEC's new ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) evaluation model targets the software requirements of small and medium enterprises. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't want every possible feature of the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place for your research. It covers fully featured accounting solutions with necessary manufacturing, inventory, human resources, purchasing, quality, and sales management functionality. 

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A Demand-driven Approach to BI


The core concept behind the Vanguard solution is that business intelligence (BI) must be demand-driven, which means that the business needs of the user dictate the technical solution, not the other way around. In other words, it should let the business users drive the process, and remove the problems of content relevance and software complexity.

gps manufacturers  of this agreement, Vanguard's GPS BI solution has been fully integrated into Infor VISUAL Enterprise solution and marketed to customers as VISUAL Business Intelligence (VBI). In fact, last September, Lilly announced that more than 70 new customers had purchased licenses for VBI since January 2004. These manufacturers continue to increasingly face tighter production schedules, pressure to reduce inventories, aggressive customer service demands, and rapidly changing business environments, and consequently, Read More

Has the Mid-market Found Vanguard BI Solutions?


Enterprise performance management (EPM) and business intelligence (BI) supplier, Vanguard Solutions Group's business strategy focuses on selling with and through enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other enterprise application vendors. Over the last few years, the strategy has proven to be successful; however, the ongoing industry consolidation continues to shrink the prospective partner list—is this an opportunity or a challenge to Vanguard and its partners?

gps manufacturers  to be difficult. Vanguard's GPS BI solution's availability and its deep understanding of operational systems within its industries of focus to build its own data and information integration capabilities that can quickly assemble data into predefined data models, has reportedly enabled the above mid-market ERP vendors to provide their customers with a valuable tool for harvesting the business value out of their database. Part One of the Has the Mid-market Found Vanguard BI Solutions? series. The Genesis Read More

Reconnecting with Cincom Systems


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gps manufacturers  have these devices with GPS capability and the potential of monitoring them—they felt they would lose their freedom. While many companies are talking about supporting this latest generation of devices, it is doubtful whether there is significant adoption. It seems like software companies are using technology to compete instead of concentrating on what problems they solve for customers. The truth will eventually emerge: if these devices can deliver lasting, real business value, they deserve a place in a Read More

DP&C SmartFleet: The Union of Functionality and Customer


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The Informed Manufacturer-Tips, Tricks, and Tactics for High-tech Manufacturers


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gps manufacturers  Informed Manufacturer-Tips, Tricks, and Tactics for High-tech Manufacturers Most high-tech firms need to do a better job of capturing and sharing corporate and supply-chain data. Lean manufacturing practitioners often use a process metric called “right first time on time” (RFTOT). It not only applies to delivery of components and products moving through a value stream, but to delivery of information as well—product development, forecasting, sales and operations planning, etc. Find out more. Read More

Top Software for Chemical Manufacturers


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gps manufacturers  Software for Chemical Manufacturers Comparing software solutions for chemical manufacturing companies can be difficult and time-consuming—but at TEC we make it quick and easy In just seconds, you can get free side-by-side software comparison reports. Choose from all the leading vendors—including Infor, IFS, Microsoft, TGI, Pronto Software, IQMS, ProcessPro Software, SAP, FactoryMaster, Sage, Lawson Software, Epicor, Bluebee Software, VAI, Distribution One, Exact, NetSuite, Oracle—and many more. Read More

Top ERP for Manufacturers or for Distribution Software Ratings


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TEC Research Shows Manufacturers Still Biggest ERP Shoppers


Since the 2008 economic crisis hit, many firms have been forced to cut back in order to keep their businesses afloat. Enterprise software spending is one area where cutbacks have been most noticeable. But now that the global economy is starting to rebound and information technology (IT) budgets are unfreezing, companies are evaluating upgrade or replacement enterprise resource planning (ERP

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TEC 2014 ERP for Midsize Manufacturers Buyer's Guide Now Available


Medium-sized manufacturing organizations constitute a unique segment of companies. They occupy a particular niche in the business world—mature and large enough to exploit advanced management concepts and engineering technologies, yet small enough to stay close to customers and flexible enough to rapidly adjust products and business processes to changing environments.

gps manufacturers  2014 ERP for Midsize Manufacturers Buyer's Guide Now Available Medium-sized manufacturing organizations constitute a unique segment of companies. They occupy a particular niche in the business world—mature and large enough to exploit advanced management concepts and engineering technologies, yet small enough to stay close to customers and flexible enough to rapidly adjust products and business processes to changing environments.   This group of manufacturers is certainly in the sights of enterprise Read More

For Chemical Manufacturers that Don’t Want to Compromise: Process Industries for Microsoft Dynamics AX


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Do More with Less: The Five Strategies Used by Successful SMB Manufacturers


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gps manufacturers  More with Less: The Five Strategies Used by Successful SMB Manufacturers For order-driven manufacturers looking to balance customer satisfaction, operational efficiency, and profitability, Infor delivers the critical ERP tools required to implement a lean manufacturing system and thrive in a lean world. These include sales planning, quotation and order processing, configuration and variant management, production planning and control, sub-contract management, inventory and purchasing management, Read More

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gps manufacturers  Media and Collaboration: Not for “Serious” Manufacturers? Think Again. Many people consider social media as a set of tools for communicating with others and/or entertaining themselves and collaboration as a characteristic of business processes and workflows that allows employees to work together to be more efficient. In reality though, both social media and collaboration can help employees communicate and share information, and thus work more efficiently. In addition, the success of any social Read More

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