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Going Lean Step By Step with IFS Applications
In the relentless pursuit of profitability and competitiveness, more and more companies are turning to lean manufacturing to reduce or eliminate waste in their

step ap214  Lean Step By Step with IFS Applications In the relentless pursuit of profitability and competitiveness, more and more companies are turning to lean manufacturing to reduce or eliminate waste in their production processes. Once confined to the automotive industry, lean principles are becoming standard operating procedure in many industries today. The reason is simple: When implemented with a good performance management system, lean principles have a proven track record of operational and strategic

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Frontstep (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround


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step ap214  (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround Frontstep (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround P.J. Jakovljevic - February 26, 2001 Event Summary On January 24, Frontstep, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSTP), a leading provider of business systems for mid-sized distributors and manufacturers, announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended December 31, 2000. Revenue from new license fees was $17.2 million, up 11% from the same quarter last year. Total revenue was $34.1 million, up Read More

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step ap214  First Step in mySAP.com Event Summary On December 14th, at the eBusiness Conference & Expo in New York, SAP AG (NYSE ADR: SAP) announced over 5,000 users in North America have embraced Application Hosting with mySAP.com since January 1999. Application Hosting with mySAP.com enables small to medium-sized businesses to use business software over the Internet. By using Application Hosting with mySAP.com, customers can implement their inter-enterprise solution by using preconfigured applications known as Read More

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New Chapters in the Evolutionary Journal


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