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Why Reader Complaints May Be the Most Useful Part of Your Day
As managing editor for TEC’s white paper site, I receive a wide variety of reader comments, ranging from lost password requests to queries about white papers on

reader  Reader Complaints May Be the Most Useful Part of Your Day As managing editor for TEC’s white paper site , I receive a wide variety of reader comments, ranging from lost password requests to queries about white papers on particular (sometimes very particular) subjects. The other day I received this e-mail, titled “Meaningless White Papers”: “I don't appreciate seeing a good White Paper title and description, then finding out I need to register with my phone number at another site to read it!

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Follett Announces Joint Destiny 10.5, FollettShelf, and Follett Digital Reader


Follett School and Library Group today released three applications that will improve the reading experience of Follett eBooks. Destiny 10.5, FollettShelf, and Follett Digital Reader will allow Follett clients to easily access Follett eBooks via computer, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. According to the press release, Follett's intention is to encourage readers to engage with digital

reader  FollettShelf, and Follett Digital Reader Follett School and Library Group today released three applications  that will improve the reading experience of Follett eBooks. Destiny 10.5, FollettShelf, and Follett Digital Reader will allow Follett clients to easily access Follett eBooks via computer, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. According to the press release, Follett's intention is to encourage readers to engage with digital books as well as to transition toward digital learning. Read More

Ask the Experts: Data Purging and System Migration


One reader recently wrote in with this question: "... I wondered if you can point me at any related sites/groups/publications for more established users that discusses, for example migrating between ERP systems, purging ERP data, integrating data from acquired companies into ERP and PLM"We thought we’d take this on ourselves—but see the bottom of this post for more

reader  and System Migration One reader recently wrote in with this question: ... I wondered if you can point me at any related sites/groups/publications for more established users that discusses, for example migrating between ERP systems, purging ERP data, integrating data from acquired companies into ERP and PLM We thought we’d take this on ourselves—but see the bottom of this post for more resources! Introduction When migrating between systems, it is crucial to define the scope of implementation, as Read More

Ask the Experts: So, This ERP Thing… How Does It Work?


TEC reader Martin K. recently wrote in with these questions: What kind of data is handled by ERP systems and how it is done? How does the interface work? Which departments normally use it? And who is the recommended team that should choose the ERP system?TEC analyst Alex Hankewicz says: To answer these questions, we need to take a step back and examine the evolution of ERP. ERP

reader  Does It Work? TEC reader Martin K. recently wrote in with these questions: What kind of data is handled by ERP systems and how it is done? How does the interface work? Which departments normally use it? And who is the recommended team that should choose the ERP system? TEC analyst Alex Hankewicz says : To answer these questions, we need to take a step back and examine the evolution of ERP. ERP systems were developed as an extension of materials requirements planning (MRP) systems. MRP, in turn, was Read More

How to Alienate Your Reader: Jargon, Buzzwords, Lingo, and Gobbledygook


This Is For All Us Writers Out There: Oh, and All Us Readers Too! Do you ever feel like you need a jargon buster just to understand what some companies are saying about their software products? I know I’ve needed one, and often still do. I am a content writer and editor for TEC and the learning curve was pretty steep when I started. I mean what is functionality, scalability, dynamic lead

reader  products, DON’T assume your reader is going to understand any of your jargon. If you’ve got to use jargon, explain it. The point is to engage the reader not alienate them.You can lose a reader almost instantly when you start writing like the example paragraph above. I mean would anyone find the above paragraph interesting? Not likely. Read More

RFID Case Study: Gillette and Provia Part One: Background


The goal of the pilot project was not to see whether RFID tags on pallets and cases could be read automatically (although one should not assume that it is easy to achieve), but rather to develop or improve the systems and business processes needed to sustain higher levels of efficiency and productivity.

reader  the introduction of shelf readers where the data about previous stock movements must be checked to verify the validity of the read, the direction of the stock movement, and the item's new potential current location. Again, RFID would offer very few benefits to retailers over conventional product identification methods (e.g., barcodes) without also leveraging new distributed analytic and data processing capabilities. This concludes Part one of a two-part Case Study. Part Two will discuss Challenges and Read More

RFID ... For Customers?


Recently I spoke at the National Retail Federation in the center of retail: New York City! The big buzz this year, no surprise, was about RFID.

reader  ... For Customers? Introduction Recently I spoke at the National Retail Federation[1] in the center of retail: New York City! The big buzz this year, no surprise, was about RFID. Since much of the current activity has been focused on logistics—a clear winner as a starting point—we are missing the dialogue on the consumer side of the retail equation—merchandising, and most important, the customer experience. I was pleased to be given a small sliver of time to talk about this at such a huge and Read More

Provia Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Eight: Challenges and User Recommendations


There are some indications that the main burden for RFID compliance will fall on suppliers, and not on retailers. Thus, these companies should start evaluating RFID technology soon as to avoid paying exorbitant compliance costs, in the nick of time or ensuing penalties due to their noncompliance after the deadline.

reader  is to position the readers and accompanying RFID gear correctly for accurate reads, which means lots of testing, manual intervention and tweaking on the floor before reliable automation is reached. Another related big issue that has been encountered so far by most early adopters would be getting an accurate scan on a mixed pallet. Although RFID tags can, in theory, streamline complex stock-handling processes, enterprises should not assume that this will reduce the need for staff and processes in Read More

A How-to Guide for a Radio Frequency Identification Site Survey


As organizations prepare for a radio frequency identification (RFID) implementation, they often don't understand the preliminary work necessary to begin the project. The importance of a site survey can influence the success or failure of an RFID project.

reader  etc. may impact the reader and portal placement, which may not suit the operations. If any of these scenarios exist, RFID reader placement will be difficult, and read rates will be affected. This procedure identifies the properties that will alter RFID information. The next section outlines the equipment required and the connectivity of that equipment. A best practice approach to the connection of the equipment used to conduct a site survey will aid in the completion of the site survey. This section Read More

The Data Explosion


RFID and wireless usage will drive up data transactions by ten fold over the next few years. It is likely that a significant readdressing of the infrastructure will be required--in the enterprise and the global bandwidth.

reader  data management—not just dumb readers! Where Are We? Exodus . We are striking out for the core inventions and concepts into a creative land where everyone is in the act. With all these opportunities, we will get more tags and applications to use these tags. More demand will drive the creation of new processes and technologies to scale the manufacturing processes. Matrics just announced their new parallel integrated chip assembly (PICA), a methodology which significantly increases chip assembly Read More

Jack Link's Beef Jerky Case Study: "Wal-Mart Didn't Make Me Do It" Part Two: An Approach to RFID Implementation


A four-phased approach allowed for the gradual assimilation of a new technology into the organization. Start small and feel your way, but think and plan for bigger opportunities. The benefits are gained and eventually the technology would be deployed throughout all of the manufacturing and distribution facilities.

reader  Jerky case study, the reader will see how a four-phased approach allowed for the gradual assimilation of a new technology into an organization - an approach that might bear repeating. As typical with any new technology, it makes senses to start small, and feel your way around, but to also think and plan for bigger opportunities. This describes the approach Jack Link's Beef Jerky adopted in implementing RFID. The company knew that false starts could occur, some backtracking might be required, and a Read More

Furniture Manufacturer Improves Inventory Accuracy by 85 Percent with RFID-capable WMS


Fraenkel Company is an employee-owned manufacturing distributor of household furniture and related products and services. The company created a sophisticated in-house ERP system in the early 1990s. However, homegrown software can be unwieldy to maintain and difficult to upgrade. In 2001, Fraenkel saw a solution that offered more advanced capabilities, and implemented VAI’s S2K Enterprise Edition for Manufacturing.

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As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges


Radio frequency identification (RFID) is the latest technology to gain major recognition as being a sizeable market for the future. The RFID ecosystem includes a diverse grouping of solution providers, but the opportunity for market leadership remains wide open.

reader  focus on tags and readers and towards integration with enterprise applications and the implementation of business process changes, where the real value of RFID will be captured. This maturation of RFID technology into the business process arena is critical if the enterprises deploying RFID technology are ever going to reap positive benefits. The initial slap-and-ship solutions of suppliers trying to meet retailer mandates were mere exercises in minimizing costs to meet requirements. Emphasis must shift Read More

The Supply Chain of Sitcoms-Enhanced with Radio Frequency Identification


Imagine what sitcoms like Cheers, Laverne and Shirley, and Green Acres would look like if they were radio frequency identification (RFID) enhanced. Then picture the impact that RFID technology can have on the customer experience in your own enterprise.

reader  Supply Chain of Sitcoms-Enhanced with Radio Frequency Identification Introduction A few evenings ago I took a break from my latest research project to channel surf, and happened upon reruns of Cheers, Laverne and Shirley, and Green Acres. And, since my latest research project is centered around the impact that radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can have upon the customer experience, it was totally logical that I began to imagine what these sitcoms might look like today if they were RFID Read More

The Middle Kingdom - From Wired to Wireless


Confused about RFID middleware? RFID middleware has a critical role to play in cleaving together and clarifying the signals and intelligence, bidirectionally from the device layer to the business applications, or out to the communications infrastructure, to the web or satellites. This article explains it all.

reader  digital assistants (PDA) and readers, as well as very sophisticated middleware that also acts as a true RFID application (Savi, is the key player here.) When you see the proliferation of information that users want, either in the system or on the tag, you see the footprint growing in middleware application. So I (as well as probably you, at this point) am a bit curious as to why RFID middleware is not a truly hot category. If so many people want to subscribe to the data, and it provides a unique Read More