The Power of Pull for Manufacturers, World's Carbon Footprint, Software Mobility, and more...

Posted by Natalie Tarutis on Sun, Jul 07, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

This week's article round-up offers discussion on the evolving manufacturing industry from various perspectives; people, process, and technology. An infographic displaying the world's carbon footprint by nation proves to be visually pleasing and informative.

The Power of Pull for Manufacturers

Power of pull

Pull, a well-known concept in manufacturing, is when business processes are triggered by an actual event rather than pushing out final products due to a forecasted sales plan. For those who don’t fully understand this concept, a great real-life example is Dell’s Made-to-Order initiative. James Mok of Apriso discusses how shifting from Push to Pull can benefit manufacturing personnel and achieve operational excellence through the three levels of Pull: Access, Attract, Achieve.

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World's Carbon Footprint One Nation at a Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

In an age when sustainability is taking the front seat in many business decisions and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are on the rise for industrial initiatives, I thought that it would be interesting to share an infographic that I stumbled upon on Sustainable Plant. Displaying carbon footprints by nation, each circle is sized relative to emissions and colored according to region. A second rendition of this infographic is in the works, and will drill down on per capita emissions per nation. View infographic.

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Software Vendors Under SaaS Pressure

This SAP article forms discussion around a recent PrincewaterhouseCooper study, PwC Global 100 Software Leaders, which implies a transformation occurring among software vendors in the years to come. By 2016, SaaS business is forecasted to account for a quarter of software revenue. To fully understand the PwC study, SAP offers a detailed summary through a topic breakdown of misleading SaaS market shares, the importance of vendors addressing users directly, online-only services offering new competition, and an acquisition suggestion. Read more.

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Three Ways Mobility Will Improve the Enterprise Quality Software Space

Mobility is a hot topic in the overall software space, with many other categories being more mature than Enterprise Quality Management Software. It is likely that quality will catch up quickly, as EQMS vendors continue to invest in next-generation mobile applications that will become increasingly common and eventually the standard. Mike Roberts, Research Associate at LNS, provides three key functionalities you can expect to see in the not too distant future. The future of EQMS mobility.

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