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Manufacturing eBooks

The Strings Attached

In today's super-regulated manufacturing environment it is vital to create a culture that makes everyone, including your business partners, aware of their responsibility to act with integrity. The Strings Attached provides expert guidance in navigating today's highly regulated manufacturing environment, from ethics around compliance, to better management of product recalls, and how process focus can help. Read Now!

 

Current white papers

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      IDC Manufacturing Insights: The Extended Supply Chain

      Significant shifts in consumer preferences and behaviors, along with the emergence of a whole new set of enabling technologies, are conspiring to create both massive opportunities and equally massive challenges for the traditional supply chain....More
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      Transforming Supply Chain and Logistics into Demand Networks

      The supply chain is undergoing tremendous change. Once a complicated, siloed bundle of functions ranging from manufacturing to production and delivery, the supply chain is now extended to reflect the importance of networks to the modern business....More
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      Manufacturing in the Digital Age: An IDC Infographic

      How can your supply chain can drive digital transformation for your business? In today's era, a digitized extended supply chains align product design, manufacturing, and service to achieve customer-centricity and better business results....More
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      Are You Running Your Processes or are They Running You?

      A business can only go as far and as fast as the information that powers it. To be successful, most businesses rely on information being available to the right people at the right time – across all departments....More
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      Are Complex, Paper-Based Processes Holding You Back?

      Do recurring tasks, like employee onboarding, make you cringe? A simple process can turn into a complex nightmare. What if you could simplify and automate complex HR tasks while increasing efficiency and reducing errors?...More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Automation Solutions

      Download this case study to see how Automation Solutions -- an Oregon-based provider of systems integration, programming, control panels and field support to manufacturers in the automation machinery industry -- used EXIM Bank Export Credit Insurance to generate a 15% sales increate to a Malaysian partner....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: CECA Supply & Services

      Download this case study to see how CECA Supply & Services Inc. -- a Texas-based supplier of oilfield equipment whose primary customers are Algerian state-owned enterprises -- uses EXIM Bank working capital loan guarantees to overcome the challenges of working with their overseas customers....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Collection 2000 Cosmetics

      Download this case study to see how Collection 2000 Cosmetics, Inc. -- a Florida-based manufacturer and marketer of personal care and perfume products targeting women -- was saved from an unexpected 6-figure loss through multi-buyer Small Business Export Credit Insurance....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: DemeTech

      Download this case study to see how DemeTech Corporation -- a Florida-based manufacturer that produces and exports surgical sutures and blades -- turned to EXIM Bank for assistance to access business financing. After insuring its foreign accounts receivable using export credit insurance DemeTech was able to access working capital from its bank, which improved its cash flow and liquidity -- resulting in more customers and bigger deals....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Los Kitos Produce

      Download this case study to see how Los Kitos Produce (LKP) -- a California-based network of growers, packers, and shippers of fresh fruits and vegetables -- used multi-buyer Small Business Export Credit Insurance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) to grow it's exports...More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Magnolia Metal & Plastic Products, Inc.

      Download this case study to see how Magnolia Metal & Plastic Products, Inc. -- a Vicksburg, Miss.-based manufacturer of window and door components -- has worked with the Mississippi Development Authority’s International Trade Office (MDA) to increase their exports. This "mom and pop shop" has seen supercharged growth in their Chilean business, and are covered for up to 95% of their shipped goods in case of distributor default....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Slade Inc.

      Download this case study to see how Slade Inc. -- a Statesville, N.C.-based manufacturer of fluid-sealing products for industrial equipment, specifically pumps and valves that serve the steam, nuclear and water hydro-electric plants, pulp and paper mills, and petrochemical and oil and gas industries -- has worked with the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) to increase their international market share -- expanding their export sales to over 65 countries....More
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      Top 5 Processes Every Finance Team Should Transform In 2016

      As a financial leader, you’re likely facing more pressure than ever to identify gaps in your financial framework to better manage budgets and costs....More
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      Top 5 Processes Every IT Team Should Transform In 2016

      How can you deliver innovation-based growth strategies that reach beyond IT? Agile technology is critical to help your organization remain competitive, and process efficiency is at the center of your success....More
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      TransLink K2 Case Study

      TransLink operates a large, multi-modal and fully integrated transit system in the Metro Vancouver area, serving a wide range of customers and diverse constituents and stakeholders....More
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      Easy-to-Build Workflows and Forms

      Choosing the right solution for business process transformation will provide easy access to information and quantifiable results, while being agile, scalable, and powerful will give your business the tools it needs to stay ahead in a highly competitive market....More
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      The Internet of Things: Finding the Path to Value

      This IndustryWeek Special Research Report gauges the current and planned usage of IoT technology and analytics by US manufacturers. It also explores how manufacturers can develop a specific IoT strategy and apply analytics more widely across their organizations to drive revenue, cut costs and innovate....More
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      Managing Export Risk: A Quick Reference Guide

      The FREE guide, A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters, developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and provided to you by EXIM, delivers an easy to understand overview of the financial tools available to U.S. exporters and where to access them....More
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      An Exporter's Guide to Working Capital Loan Guarantees

      The benefits of Export Credit Insurance can be significant. The protection of a policy gives businesses the confidence necessary to enter new markets and chart a path forward with margins they can depend on....More
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      Guide to Export Credit Insurance

      The benefits of Export Credit Insurance can be significant. The protection of a policy gives businesses the confidence necessary to enter new markets and chart a path forward with margins they can depend on....More
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      Providing a Centralized Approach to Managing Digital Product Information

      Learn how you can establish a centralized information hub and manage your digital information and reduce development times....More
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      The New, Intelligent Radio for Smart Manufacturing

      Download this Communications Guide provides fresh insights into the manufacturing sector and showcases how you can improve safety, drive efficiency and increase productivity....More
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      Analyst Report: Achieving Profitable Supply Chain Execution

      The growth and complexity of today's end-to-end supply chain is driving renewed focus on optimizing supply chain cost and profit to become more event and customer-driven....More
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      Manage Digital Intel Across Global Retail and Distribution Channels

      Today’s fast-moving consumer market is putting pressure on manufacturers to be able to share digital product information seamlessly and quickly across retail & distribution channels. Click here to learn how a centralized digital asset management platform helps!...More
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      Minimize Production Downtime

      Download OpenText’s newest brief on Plant Asset Management to learn more about how to be more aware of your manufacturing plant’s operational capabilities, reduce downtime and increase efficiency....More
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      The Factory of the Future is Here

      The Factory of the Future is no science fiction vision. It is very real and tech savvy manufacturers are either already on board or preparing to adopt the disruptive technologies that will propel them into the new dimension. Download this eBook to see how you can seize the opportunity....More
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      MPI Group eBrief – High Expectations for High-Tech Value Chains

      This eBrief from MPI Group is the first in a three-part series that explores how the spread of high tech is changing the competitive landscaping within manufacturing and provides strategic advice for manufacturing executives who find they suddenly need high-tech expertise....More
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      Mint Jutras Report – The Hidden Cost of ERP Customization

      This 2016 research report from Mint Jutras discusses the hidden costs of ERP customization as it relates to the manufacturing skills gap....More
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      Achieving Superior Product Development in Process Manufacturing

      Even the best innovators have notorious flops. The risks are even greater for process manufacturers, who must continually innovate with new and iterative products to excite customers and generate new revenue....More
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      13 Employee Centric Actions to Unlock Profitability

      Transition from a limiting focus on capital and training to building trust through belief in people....More
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      Network Fabric Guide

      Many are talking about the potential of the Internet of Things, but few understand that connected devices are only as good as their physical hosts and carriers...More
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      2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software

      For all manufacturing industries, growth remains top of mind. Post-recession cautiousness has given way to confidence and more ambitious business goals. From automotive to fashion, more manufacturing leaders are ready to take bigger risks in the hopes of bigger payoffs, and optimism is the highest it’s been in years....More
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      Manufacturers Turn to Internet of Things to Boost Customer Engagement

      In an age when customers expect to be able to make their own choices, a company that can gracefully offer customers a range of options and features as part of the sales process can gain a major competitive advantage....More
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      Industrial Machinery Manufacturing: Trends, Insights and Opportunities

      Findings show that while manufacturers are rightly focused on meeting their customers’ demands for quality and performance, excellence in aftersales support offers untapped potential for many manufacturers....More
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      Big Data: Expectations, Obstacles, and the Road to Greater Value

      Big Data. No doubt, it’s a valuable business resource – but what exactly do companies expect from it? The fact is, there’s often wide variation regarding these expectations – both across organizations and within. And as companies seek to realize the value of Big Data, many face significant obstacles. What are they, and what can be done? A recent report by The Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by SAP Services explores these issues and more. Download to learn what they discovered....More
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      The Internet Of Things Has The Potential To Connect And Transform Businesses

      Forrester conducted an in-depth global survey with 366 leaders in IT and business roles at enterprise companies that had implemented or were planning to implement IoT. Though early adopters, these companies have just scratched the surface of Internet-of-Things benefits in current use cases. The survey revealed that most companies see IoT as a means for operational efficiency, and many have not yet tapped into the potential for IoT solutions to transform their business models. The survey also revealed that enterprises fully recognize the potential for IoT to enhance customer experience....More
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      Meeting the High-Tech Innovation Imperative

      This new IDC white paper looks at how the high-tech industry is being reshaped by new transformative technologies and uses recent survey data to illustrate how companies must be even faster and more innovative moving forward....More
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      Addressing Predictive Maintenance

      Advances in technology have enabled a connected world called the Internet of Things (IoT). Predictive maintenance is one of the prime use cases for the IoT. With smart sensors, you can now remotely monitor equipment 24x7 and assess the risk of failure. But as you deploy more and more sensors, huge amounts of data become available. SAP® Predictive Analytics software lets you extract insight from this data by building robust models that help you understand changes in machine behavior in real time....More
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      High Tech Industry Integrated Business Planning and Execution Driving High Tech Operational Excellence

      Traditional S&OP processes and systems have had limited success in responding to the increased complexity and volatility in today’s marketplace. Too often strategy and execution is decoupled from the tactical planning demand, supply, and inventory. Significant opportunities exist for high tech companies to materially impact the business outcomes by integrating S&OP with business planning, execution, and dynamic monitoring. Learn how next-generation integrated business planning and execution solutions by SAP are enabling businesses to run simple and run in real-time....More
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      Transforming Field Service - Infographic

      Field organizations are transforming their thinking to begin to identify how they can support better resolution rates and improve revenue opportunities with current resources. Organizations are recognizing that better diagnosis and triage at the point of initial call is the primary means by which they can improve first-time fix, on-time arrivals and meet ever increasing customer expectations....More
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      Customer Engagement and Commerce for the High Tech Industry Maximizing Customer Lifetime Value

      In order for high tech companies to successfully address today’s B2B market realities and challenges, they must adopt processes and systems that can deliver on customer expectations for seamless engagement and a consistent experience. Learn how SAP is enabling high tech companies to better engage with their customers across all channels of customer interaction with a closed-loop platform for insight, experience, and execution....More
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      SAP Asset Intelligence Network - Global Collaboration Platform for Asset Management in IM&C Industry

      The transition to the digital economy and the increasing adoption of new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based networks provide an opportunity to automate the data exchange and enable a simplified collaboration model among these stakeholders via asset management networks....More
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      Partnership Has Its Benefits

      This management briefing explores what it takes to build and maintain successful business partnerships today...More
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      How to Bulletproof Your Manufacturing IT Environment

      A downtime event affects the entire organization and can result in lost wages, scrapped inventory, missed production deadlines, and a damaged reputation. But downtime doesn’t have to be an unfortunate reality in manufacturing. In fact, there are ways that you can not only avoid downtime but actually prevent it altogether....More
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      Keeping Production Moving with Integrated Plant Communications

      Manufacturers are feeling the pressure to hit their production targets in a highly competitive global market. To maintain their edge and maximize their profits, they’ve made operational efficiency a top priority....More
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      Integrated Consumer Insights: A New Imperative for the Consumer Goods Market

      The consumer packaged goods industry has long employed traditional methods for interacting with consumers: national media campaigns, focus groups, and market research....More
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