Cindy Jutras

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Diagnostics, Asset Management September 1, 2009

Mid-size companies need ERP now more than ever

The turbulent economic winds of the past two years forced many companies to tighten their belts and look for lower-cost labor and materials. That often meant going offshore or near shore. Gone are the days when only large, multi-billion dollar companies were globally distributed. Mid-size companies are adopting that model as well, with the average number of operating locations growing by 39 per...

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Diagnostics, Asset Management March 1, 2009

Cindy Jutras: What gets measured does get managed

The primary business drivers impacting ERP strategies have been—and probably always will be—growth, customer service, and cost reduction. In the past, growth and customer service jockeyed for position at the top of the list, with the need to reduce costs playing an important role, but taking a back seat to a more outward-facing, revenue-driven focus.

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Asset Management September 1, 2008

Cindy Jutras: Energy costs have consumers and manufacturers looking twice at location

Unless you happen to be a city dweller that long ago traded in your car in favor of public transportation, you are faced with the rising cost of energy every time you pull up to a gas pump. It's a painful reminder that hits you where it hurts: in the wallet. For those of us who use a personal vehicle for work and leisure activities, it's simply a fact of life.

By Cindy Jutras
Machine Safety June 1, 2008

Cindy Jutras: Don’t overlook the basic plumbing that is ERP

ERP provides the necessary infrastructure that forms the operational and transactional system of record for manufacturers of all types and sizes.While an ERP evaluation was once thought to be a strategic five- to eight-year decision, Aberdeen research finds the average age of implementations to be almost nine years, implying the longevity of these solutions often exceeds the anticipated life.

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Diagnostics, Asset Management February 1, 2008

Cindy Jutras: Have we entered the era of disposable ERP?

The selection of an ERP system has traditionally been viewed as a five- to eight-year decision. But the reality is few are replaced within that time frame unless the choice of systems was limited by budget or foresight, resulting in limited functionality. The average age of ERP implementations in companies under $50 million is just short of eight years.

By Cindy Jutras
Diagnostics, Asset Management October 1, 2007

Cindy Jutras: ERP meets the desktop

In the front and back offices of manufacturing companies, it's hard to imagine life without desktop productivity tools. Word processing programs, spreadsheets, and email are used by 95 percent of those dubbed “information workers.” The majority of these tools are delivered to the desktop by Microsoft.

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