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100 Industry Best Practices Realized through 100 System Implementations for Manufacturers: 100×100
Jun 19, 2015

100 Industry Best Practices Realized through 100 System Implementations for Manufacturers: 100×100

100 x 100 is the name for our SAP Solution Gallery.  It contains over 100 best practices realized through over 100 implementation projects.  You won’t find these best practices in books or the online help.  You may find some in forums or presentations if you are lucky. ...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Business Intelligence, SAP, Variant Configuration

Jun 11, 2015

Material Variants With Multi-Level KMATS setup, Planning and Execution

Material variants are widely used with variant configuration to stock individual configuration of a configurable product. As anything in SAP can be made as complex as possible, material variants can also be setup as a simple stock part with non-configurable materials as part of its BOM. They can...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: SAP, Tech Tips + Tricks

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Recap – Are We Simple Yet?
May 29, 2015

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Recap – Are We Simple Yet?

I just returned from the SAPPHIRE conference last week, and I have to say… it was surprisingly, the least inspiring conference I have attended.  Normally, I would return all revved up after drinking the “Kool Aid” and learning how SAP’s latest toys are changing the...

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events

Tags: Configuration, SAP

May 27, 2015

SAP Variant Configuration (VC) Projects are not just about Modeling!

Working in the IT domain in the past years, I have come to realize that the technical realization of a project is one thing, but the planning and facilitation of it is another. In the Variant Configuration (VC) world, this is also true. Very often, a good part of the workload and challenge of...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Variant Configuration

May 20, 2015

The Challenges of Changing Demographics in Manufacturing – and the Role of Technology to Power the Next Generation [infographic]

Here’s a link to a great blog post by Steve Hanna, CIO of Kennametal. He presents an insightful role for technology to help bridge the widening gaps in workforce demographics within Manufacturing. This topic is very much ‘top of mind’ for leaders in manufacturing...

Categories: Manufacturing Industry Insights, eBooks + Infographics + Video

Tags: B2B, CRM for Manufacturers, Microsoft

Infographic: 3 Key Technology Drivers for 100 Top Manufacturing CEOs
May 11, 2015

Infographic: 3 Key Technology Drivers for 100 Top Manufacturing CEOs

In Mike’s post following the 2015 Smart Manufacturing Summit, he reflects on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), CRM for Customer Engagement, and Service Lifecycle for Customer Care.  In this infographic, we reveal 3 of the most important technology drivers that...

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, eBooks + Infographics + Video

Tags: B2B, CRM for Manufacturers, Dynamics 365 for Sales, Manufacturing

The Voice of the Customer on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and CRM
May 04, 2015

The Voice of the Customer on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and CRM

From the frontlines of Smart Manufacturing Summit with 100 CEOs I just came back from the Smart Manufacturing Summit, sponsored by the Chief Executive Network, in Indianapolis. This two-day annual conference was attended by the business executive leaders from 100 mid-sized manufacturers....

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights

Tags: CRM for Manufacturers, Dynamics 365 for Sales, Manufacturing, Microsoft

Go Native AND Integrate Systems? Contradiction or Paradox?
Apr 28, 2015

Go Native AND Integrate Systems? Contradiction or Paradox?

If you are a follower of my blogs, you know that my Go Native series talked about the dangers of favoring needless customization over native functionality. You would have also seen that I recently blogged about the continued importance of proper system integration. Can you go...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Go Native, SAP, SAP Solutions

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