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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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In the battle between Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and the UK-based the Sage Group for the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment, technology

green technology products  However, although Microsoft's Project Green will provide an improved UI, better interoperability via Web services, and new features for context-sensitive BI, there is always a high probability of doing so by tying the ERP systems more tightly to several Microsoft infrastructure products, such as SharePoint Portal, Exchange , Outlook, SQL Server, and SQL Reporting Services. Certainly, this will be a non-issue for pure Microsoft shops, whose infrastructure strategy revolves around these products. However,

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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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PLM Trends Impacting the Retail, Footwear, and Apparel (RFA), and Consumer Products Industries


In today’s challenging economic environment, forward-thinking companies are looking at technology solutions that can help them weather the economic storm, and deliver long-term performance benefits. Discover four key trends that are relevant to today’s economic situation, and learn how leading retailers and brands are embracing product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions to enhance bottom-line efficiency.

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

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Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

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InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

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A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?


In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and products. A greater concern is their inability to "decipher" product specifications from part numbers—that is, in reverse.

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Cerulean Information Technology


Located in India, Ceruleaninfotech is an ISO 9001:2000 company co-founded in 2000 by a team of professionals with more than eighty years of work experience with Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Hewlett Packard, and Timex. The company specializes in web technologies and their solutions are used in mission critical applications by marquee clients like Citibank, Honeywell, SIFY, and Onmobile. They also work on application development and outsourced product development for small and medium sized clients in the United States, Europe, and Australia.

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ZAP Technology Pty Ltd.


Established in 2000, Zap Technology Pty Ltd (ZAP) is a provider of business intelligence and corporate performance planning software for enterprises. ZAP's headquarters are located in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia). It also has offices in Sydney, New South Wales (Australia), and Singapore. The company is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and also has partner relationships with Informatica and Paris Technologies.

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Case Study: Inteva Products, LLC


When Inteva Products, LLC was launched as an independent company, one of its first challenges was a complete overhaul of its IT environment, which was made up of many different systems—including a legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Learn how the company chose a software-as-a-service (SaaS) ERP solution that trimmed monthly operating costs by one-third and enabled IT staff to focus on more strategic work.

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Celerant Technology Corp.


Celerant Technology’s Omni-Channel solutions expertly manage all aspects of a retail operation and are designed to ensure that your business runs smoothly and efficiently. Celerant software provides Point of Sale, Inventory Management, Warehousing, CRM, Analytics, Accounting, E-Commerce, Mobile Commerce, and Mail Order/Catalog all in one real-time system. Celerant Technology is headquartered in Staten Island, New York (US), with additional US offices in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

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Using Web Technology for Competitive Advantage: How Manufacturers Leverage the Web for Internal Efficiency, Enhanced Customer Service, and Increased Sales


Most manufacturing businesses have invested in technology to combat some of their challenges, but primarily to increase efficiency and productivity. However, many have not yet discovered the value of a Web presence—or they use the Web in a very limited way. More than simply serving a marketing role, a Web presence can boost internal efficiency, enhance customer service, and increase sales. Download this white paper to learn more.

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Duval Partners Technology


Duval Partners is a long established Australian consulting firm. We have over fifteen years experience in management accounting and information requirements of SME’s. Duval Partners won the rights to become a sales and implementation partner for Netsuite within Victoria in March 2004. In order to facilitate this appointment a new division was created called Duval Partners Technology. We design business systems to deliver real-time, accurate measurement of your critical performance indicators and help you identify emerging business opportunities. Exploiting new information systems that deliver accurate and relevant knowledge allows you to generate market leading strategies. Duval Partners Technology provides the tools for excellent measurement and planning in this highly competitive, complex and changing business environment. We believe every individual business is unique and has unique information needs. We use our expertise to design the right information system for your special needs.

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