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Manufacturing IT, MES November 1, 2008

Cradle to grave: IBM Consulting PLM offering makes for greener products, processes

Manufacturers are more focused than ever on eco-friendly design, production, and distribution. But enacting the right design, manufacturing, and shipping practices that ultimately lead to environmentally friendly products is much easier said than done. IBM says a new consulting offering unveiled in the fall calls upon IBM's own applications and expertise to ensure products are made to environ...

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Mobility September 1, 2008

Caught unaware: Beijing games signal supply chain snafus ahead

The Chinese government's attempts to limit pollution during the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing have some U.S.-based manufacturers adjusting their supply chain strategies. That's because Chinese government began shuttering a number of factories in the city and surrounding area three weeks before the games, and the city's 3.

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Virtualization, Cloud Analytics September 1, 2008

Stainless strategy: Elkay taps cost-efficient, hosted BPM

Plumbing products maker Elkay Manufacturing Co., considered midsize in scope, derives much the same functionality from its business performance management (BPM) solution as does a larger company, thanks to a subscription-based model with a less-expensive delivery cost. BPM software organizes, automates, and analyzes business methods, metrics, processes, and systems.

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Diagnostics, Asset Management August 1, 2008

Lean and green: Benefits automation system unearths more value from ERP

Last year, one objective of the human resources (HR) department at Waterloo, Wis.-based Trek Bicycle Corp. was to run a leaner department by doing away with the manual aspects of moving employee information between the payroll system and benefits providers, such as insurance companies. In summer 2007, the bike maker installed a benefits automation system from bswift that allows employees to upd...

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