Infor, 04/17/2014

Cloud Access Provides Greater Flexibility and Lower Total Cost of Ownership

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced Infor CloudSuiteTM Hospitality, offering industry customers access to applications within the cloud environment. Infor Hospitality builds upon Infor’s offerings available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), combining beautiful software with rich hospitality industry functionality. Through a flexible, subscription-based delivery model, customers can considerably lower upfront IT expenditure, and access specially configured functionality that is designed to meet the unique needs of hotels, resorts, casinos, and government lodging agencies.

The release of Infor CloudSuite Hospitality provides Infor customers with a greater range of access when utilizing the full suite of financial and operations applications that help manage the online and guest experience. In addition, the suite can help significantly lower capital investment for IT, while still allowing customers to electronically share data such as revenue management, scheduling and customer information in real-time, ultimately allowing employees to focus on improving guest service and enhancing the bottom line.

The suite also offers customers access to industry specific analytics, which are delivered through a unique user interface that provides critical data and metrics to end-users. The suite also utilizes Infor ION®, a purpose-built middleware and social collaboration engine Infor Ming.le, which facilitates internal and external communications between customers and their suppliers. These enhancements support globalization by allowing users to view real-time data at anytime and from any location. Infor CloudSuite Hospitality enables applications to be launched remotely, which in turn can provide access to emerging partners, suppliers and joint ventures.

Customers experience a faster return on investment with Infor CloudSuite Hospitality and a reduced total cost of ownership, as cloud delivery with AWS is managed through a monthly subscription. Without the need to purchase additional onsite servers and hardware or hire supplementary IT staff, Infor CloudSuite Hospitality is more cost effective upfront.

“Whether it’s a boutique single property or a global chain of resorts, hoteliers want solutions that make running operations easier, and by putting instrumental applications in the cloud, information can flow more freely and teams can better connect across multiple properties and departments,” said Stewart Applbaum, senior vice president, Hospitality, Infor. “Infor CloudSuite Hospitality provides the flexibility the industry needs, with a focus on safety and security of information, to keep customers competitive with the new benefits of a cloud-based system.”

Infor will help customers to take advantage of Amazon Web Services’ expertise and economies of scale by leveraging the AWS Cloud, providing access to resources when they need them, on demand and with auto-scaling built into the Infor applications. AWS provides services in 10 Regions, with 25 Availability Zones and 51 Amazon CloudFront Edge locations globally.

 

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About Infor

Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 19 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 12 of the top 13 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest US health delivery networks
  • 16 of the 20 largest US cities
  • 84 of the top 100 automotive suppliers
  • 31 of the top 50 industrial distributors
  • 5 of the top 9 brewers

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Oracle, 04/02/2014

Latest Release Empowers Developers by Extending Security, Usability, and Performance

News Summary

Continuing its leadership in enterprise-class database solutions, Oracle announced Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0. With this latest release, Oracle offers developers an enhanced NoSQL solution for building high performance, next generation applications. The combination of security, availability, scalability, and data model flexibility delivers a comprehensive high performance NoSQL solution for application developers.

News Facts

  • Available today, Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0 is the latest version of Oracle’s distributed key-value database, designed to simplify the development of next generation applications, while enabling greater security and availability for real-time, web-scale, workloads.
  • The enhancements to Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0 extend the security, usability, and performance required to support enterprise development and IT needs, including:
  • Increased Security: OS-independent, cluster-wide password-based user authentication and Oracle Wallet integration enables greater protection from unauthorized access to sensitive data. Additionally, session-level Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption and network port restrictions deliver greater protection from network intrusion.
  • Usability and Ease of Development: Support for tabular data models simplifies application design and enables seamless integration with familiar SQL-based applications. Secondary indexing delivers dramatically improved performance for queries.
  • Data Center Performance Enhancements: Automatic failover to metro-area secondary data centers enables greater business continuity for applications. Secondary server zones can also be used to offload read-only workloads, like analytics, report generation, and data exchange for improved workload management.
  • Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0 Enterprise Edition and Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0 Community Edition are now available for download via the Oracle Technology Network. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.

Supporting Quotes

  • ” As the leading provider of data management solutions, Oracle is committed to providing customers with the most comprehensive solutions to address the evolving needs of enterprise data management including NoSQL,” said Andrew Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President, Database Server Technologies, Oracle. “Oracle NoSQL 3.0 helps organizations fill the gap in skills, security and performance by delivering the industry’s best enterprise-class NoSQL database that empowers database developers and DBAs to easily, intuitively and securely build and deploy next-generation applications with confidence.”
  • “The new release of Oracle NoSQL Database adds compelling value for developers and IT, like security and data center monitoring enhancements which are critical for enterprise deployments. For WebAction’s data center automation application, we need to have a robust NoSQL back end data store and Oracle NoSQL Database is a natural fit. The new table model and indexing features are also a welcome addition to the latest release, and we plan to take advantage of these features,” said Alok Pareek, Founder and Executive Vice President, WebAction.
  • “Oracle NoSQL already forms a critical component of our production environments, and the enhancements in this new version take the product to a new level. We are particularly excited about the secondary indexes and table functionality, and how this will provide significant productivity and performance gains, as well as simplifying the code we use. In addition the security enhancements allow us to ensure that we can meet the stringent security requirements demanded by our client base,” said James Anthony, Technology Director, e-DBA.

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About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center.  For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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04/01/2014

Infor EAM Enhances Company-wide Visibility into Assets, Preventative Maintenance and Mobile Access for Beverage Manufacturer

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, manufacturer of leading coffee brands such as Kauai Coffee®, Chock full o’Nuts® and Hills Bros.®, has selected Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for the Food & Beverage industry. The Infor application will deliver real-time visibility into assets and equipment, helping the company increase efficiency by providing a more accurate picture of resources, reliability and potential risk. This will help Massimo Zanetti to improve its preventive maintenance and more accurately assess asset needs to help extend asset lifespans and promote cost savings.

Having a consolidated database in an asset management system is critical to Massimo Zanetti’s manufacturing operation, particularly when managing  information regarding previously performed maintenance and equipment history. Infor EAM delivers the ability to capture and analyze data on an individual asset basis, promoting better business decisions based on real-time visibility into operations. This capability will also provide the company a greater capacity to gauge workflow, employee movement and daily task management data, which will help supervisors pinpoint areas where workforce efficiency can be improved.

“Our challenge to Infor was to find a solution that could fill voids in our data and reduce the amount of work necessary for corrective and preventative maintenance,” said Ron Garner, maintenance manager, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. “With Infor EAM, we are providing users with fast, easy access to the information they need, and simultaneously giving decision-makers the necessary visibility to help increase efficiency and reduce costs.”

With built-in workflows to track downtime and automatically generated alerts to detect potential issues, Massimo Zanetti will have greater insight into its equipment use. Infor EAM will enable improved tracking of parts, allowing users to determine which parts and quantities are actually necessary. This will help Massimo Zanetti optimize inventory levels and save money by reducing unnecessary or overstocked parts.

Massimo Zanetti will also utilize Infor EAM Mobile to provide users with access to asset information via iPad. Maintenance technicians away from their desks will be able to complete tasks faster through real-time insight into critical equipment data.

“Infor EAM is designed to help food and beverage companies like Massimo Zanetti make better predictions about the behavior of their assets,” said Kevin Price, product director, Infor EAM. “With greater insight into equipment reliability and potential risks, customers can make preventative maintenance part of their overall business strategy and avoid costly downtime in their operations.”

For more information on Infor solutions for the Food & Beverage industry, please visit www.infor.com/industries/food-beverage/.
For more information about Infor’s state-of-the-art enterprise asset management solutions, please visit www.infor.com/solutions/eam/.

About Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA

MZB USA is headquartered in Portsmouth, Va., and has state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in Suffolk, Va. and Moonachie, N.J.  In addition to well-known consumer brands such as Chock full o’Nuts®, Kauai Coffee®, Hills Bros.® Coffee and Hills Bros® Cappuccino, MZB USA also produces proprietary coffee for some of the largest foodservice and convenience store chains in North America.  MZB USA franchises Chock full o’Nuts® Coffee Shops and Segafredo Zanetti Espresso® Cafés.  MZB USA is part of the family-owned Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, based in Treviso, Italy, and is the world’s largest and only privately-held, vertically integrated coffee company.  For more information, visit www.mzb-usa.com.

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About Infor

Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 19 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 12 of the top 13 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest US health delivery networks
  • 16 of the 20 largest US cities
  • 84 of the top 100 automotive suppliers
  • 31 of the top 50 industrial distributors
  • 5 of the top 9 brewers

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Infor, 03/26/2014

Infor CloudSuite Combines Proven Industry Expertise, Differentiated User Experience, and World-Class Cloud Infrastructure from Amazon Web Services

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced Infor CloudSuiteTM, the first group of industry-specific application suites available on Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud. Infor CloudSuite provides beautiful software with deep industry functionality and a flexible, subscription-based delivery model that significantly reduces upfront IT expenditure.

Each industry suite within Infor CloudSuite is built by unifying multiple applications that historically were deployed independently to holistically support core business functions by industry. This core, along with fast and simple provisioning and a SaaS pricing model will enable Infor CloudSuite to change the way enterprise software is delivered to and consumed by customers.

“SaaS today refers primarily to HCM, CRM or another edge application, never to mission-critical business operations,” said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor. “Infor CloudSuite redefines cloud for the enterprise, delivering the first full suite of business applications purpose-built by industry running in a public cloud through Amazon Web Services.”

“Customers want help figuring out how to move more of their operations into the AWS Cloud. They want to shift their resources to focus on what they do best, rather than on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of managing IT and complex software,” said Andy Jassy, SVP, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We are excited that Infor is addressing these needs using the AWS platform. Infor CloudSuite on AWS delivers a simplified and enhanced user experience, across a multitude of industries, and provides all the agility, elasticity, and cost benefits of the AWS Cloud to enterprise customers around the world.”

Infor will leverage the AWS cloud infrastructure to allow customers to take advantage of Amazon’s expertise and economies of scale to access resources when they need them, on demand and with auto-scaling built into the Infor applications.  Infor is in the process of consolidating existing subscribers and transitioning current internal infrastructure to the AWS platform. AWS provides services in 10 Regions, with 25 Availability Zones and 51 Amazon CloudFront Edge locations globally.

“AWS has the best and most advanced cloud infrastructure in the world, providing a delivery model, cost structure, and focus on operational excellence that perfectly complements and enhances our products,” said Phillips. “Moreover, the tie between Infor and AWS is strengthened through a common focus on customer experience, rapid-pace of innovation, and standards-based architecture.”

Infor plans to roll out industry suites, delivered on AWS, throughout 2014, beginning this spring with Infor CloudSuite Automotive, Infor CloudSuite Aerospace & Defense, and Infor CloudSuite Hospitality. Early this summer Infor expects to deliver Infor CloudSuite Corporate, with a core of best-in-class financials and Infor’s complete human capital management suite.

The Infor CloudSuite platform also includes:

  • Analytics – CloudSuite Analytic Packs provide industry components, data models, and industry dashboards to transform information into actionable insights
  • Technology -  Infor ION® middleware, Infor Ming.leTM social collaboration, Infor Analytics, and Infor Mongoose development platform
  • Core Enterprise Management – Infor LN, Infor M3, Infor Lawson, Infor SyteLine, and Infor SunSystems
  • High Value Extension Applications – Infor EAM, Infor Expense Management, Infor HR Service Delivery (Enwisen), Infor PeopleAnswers Talent Science, Infor Learning Management, Infor Workforce Management, Infor Epiphany Interaction Advisor, Infor Orbis Marketing Resource Management, Infor Product Configuration Management, Infor Supplier Exchange, and more.

About Infor

Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 19 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 12 of the top 13 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest US health delivery networks
  • 16 of the 20 largest US cities
  • 84 of the top 100 automotive suppliers
  • 31 of the top 50 industrial distributors
  • 5 of the top 9 brewers

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Oracle, 03/31/2014

New Release of the World’s Most Popular Open Source Database is 2x Faster than MySQL 5.6 and Over 3x Faster than MySQL 5.5 in Benchmark Tests

News Summary

Continuing to lead MySQL innovation, Oracle announced the immediate availability of a new Development Milestone Release for MySQL 5.7. To meet the demands of today’s web, cloud, and embedded applications, the new release extends the performance, scalability and reliability of MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database, while also enhancing management capabilities. In addition, Oracle announced the availability of several other MySQL product releases and early access features.

News Facts

  • Continuing to drive MySQL innovation, Oracle announced the availability of a new Development Milestone Release (DMR) for MySQL 5.7.
  • Available for download in the MySQL Developer Zone, this MySQL 5.7.4 DMR delivers improvements in replication, security, and instrumentation resulting in significantly higher performance and improved manageability over MySQL 5.6.
  • The Release Candidate of MySQL Fabric, providing high availability management and scale out through sharding is also available. MySQL Fabric is included in the Release Candidate version of MySQL Utilities 1.4.2.
  • MySQL Workbench 6.1 is generally available today, delivering additional capabilities for performance assessment and query optimization.
  • In addition, Oracle is providing early access to features under development including Geographic Information System (GIS) and multi-source replication improvements, and a preview of MySQL Cluster 7.4, for community testing and feedback through http://labs.mysql.com.

New MySQL Enhancements Improve Performance, Scalability and Manageability

  • Performance and Scalability
  • MySQL DMR 5.7.4 provides performance and throughput improvements for Solid State Disks (SSD).
  • Improved InnoDB buffer pool and metadata locking deliver higher throughput, performance and scalability.
  • MySQL semi-synchronous replication performance enhancements.
  • Benchmark tests using SysBench Read-only Point-Selects, at 1024 connections, resulted in MySQL 5.7 delivering 512,000 QPS, 2x better than MySQL 5.6, and 3x better than MySQL 5.5.

Manageability

    • Optimizer enhancements provide more accurate cost calculations.
    • Performance Schema improvements, including added instrumentation.
    • Security enhancements, including Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption and new options for password management.
  • Part of MySQL Utilities, MySQL Fabric delivers high availability with automatic failure detection and failover as well as scale out through data sharding.
  • MySQL Workbench 6.1 delivers additional capabilities for performance assessment and query optimization including:
    • New performance dashboard and reports.
    • Enhanced Explain plans to help optimize query performance.
    • New MySQL “SYS” Schema, providing simplified views on MySQL performance schema, instrumentation schema and more.
  • MySQL Workbench helps to easily migrate from Microsoft SQL Server and can reduce Database TCO by up to 90 percent.
  • Key features are also available through http://labs.mysql.com, for early testing and feedback from the MySQL community.
    • New MySQL 5.7 features include: GIS improvements including spatial index support in InnoDB, as well as improved accuracy and performance; better performance and throughput using SSDs; and continued development of multi-source replication.
    • MySQL Cluster 7.4 includes significant performance enhancements including speed of node restarts.

Supporting Quote

  • “Oracle continues to invest in MySQL innovation by providing increased performance, scalability, reliability and manageability,” said Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering, Oracle. “The latest MySQL 5.7 development milestone release delivers enhanced performance and management features to the MySQL community. By encouraging ongoing community participation and following the “release early, release often” model, we help shorten the feedback-to-delivery cycle and allow users to get faster access to improved product capabilities and quality.”

Supporting Resources

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center.  For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Oracle, 03/25/2014

Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery Solution Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Achieves Extreme Performance

News Summary

An Oracle performance test of Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud revealed that the solution can process more than 27,000 communications service provider (CSP) multi-play broadband orders per hour.1

News Facts

  • Oracle today released the results of a performance test demonstrating that the components of the Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery (RODOD) solution running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud can offer extreme performance and scalability for communications service providers aiming to consolidate and simplify their IT environments for concept-to-cash processes.
  • With just a quarter rack each of Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery completed end-to-end multi-play broadband order processing at more than 27,000 orders an hour(1) – the solution’s best recorded throughput performance to date.
  • Oracle Communications Order and Service Management, a key component of the Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery Solution, achieved less than 29 second average internal order processing time and 36 second average end-user order lifecycle time, which will help service providers improve customer satisfaction and accelerate revenue recognition.
  • Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution running on Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic helps simplify production deployments by combining database and storage servers in one solution, eliminating the need to deploy a separate storage area network.
  • Designed for extreme high performance transaction abilities, the newest Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud have double the number of cores and three times the memory of the earlier machines, providing even greater processing capability.
  • Service providers using Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic can significantly simplify their IT environment and accommodate rapid subscriber growth by leveraging these expandable platforms.

Supporting Quotes

  • “The performance test of Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud demonstrates the power of our integrated hardware and software solutions to scale to meet communications service providers’ ever-increasing demands for better performance with simplified IT footprints,” said Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications.

Supporting Resources

About Oracle Communications

Oracle Communications solutions span the communications industry landscape – from cross-channel customer experience and business and operational support systems, to network service and session delivery and control solutions – enabling service providers and enterprises to deliver and monetize innovative digital lifestyle services, build strong customer relationships, and streamline operations. For more information, visit http://www.oracle.com/communications.

About Oracle Exadata

The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the only database machine that provides extreme performance for both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, making it the ideal platform for consolidating or private clouds. It is a complete package of servers, storage, networking, and software that is massively scalable, secure, and redundant. With Oracle Exadata Database Machine, customers can reduce IT costs through consolidation, manage more data on multiple compression tiers, improve performance of all applications, and make better business decisions in real time.

About Oracle Exalogic

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is hardware and software engineered together to provide breakthrough performance, reliability and scalability for Oracle, Java and other business applications, while delivering lower TCO, reduced risk, higher user productivity and one-stop support.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit http://www.oracle.com.

Trademark
Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Footnotes

(1) A quarter rack X2-2 Exadata and Exalogic Engineered System was used to set up the Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery test environment. Detailed configuration specifications can be found here and here. The hardware and software environment tested sales order creation workloads of up to 300 users, and a maximum throughput of 27,114 orders created per hour was achieved under these specifications.

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by Brian Wheat, Product Manager
Made2Manage ERP from Aptean

When we engaged with Manufacturing.Net last year to produce a webcast and whitepaper about shop floor scheduling, I knew the topic would resonate, because scheduling is at the heart of everything we do in manufacturing.

When we consider all the things that can happen in a day – inventory shortages, equipment failures, employees out sick (the list goes on) – it’s easy to point to those things and say- “these are the reasons we lost revenue today.” The fact is, all those issues have an impact on scheduling, and ultimately it is the ability to maintain a flexible and fluid schedule that determines how much those interruptions impact the bottom line… and more importantly, the ability to keep promises.

It is the customer relationship that is impacted when manufacturers can’t deliver on time – the result of a broken promise. When we promise a delivery, and then we break that promise – no matter how good the reason – we create doubts about future orders and we lose trust, loyalty… and revenue.

So, take some time out in your busy schedule and ask yourself-

1)      How are you scheduling today? Are you scheduling based on customer demands or are you using data to analyze and pro-actively establish delivery timelines?

2)      Do you get tempted to over promise your deliveries? Is that because of competition? If yes, it will be hard to win in long term as it can result in long-term customer dissatisfaction and retention issues if the end result is under-delivered

3)      Are you utilizing your labor properly? Are you reporting labor hours, as they relate to particular processes or number of pieces that can be completed in a given amount of time? Do you know the costs associated with these operations? All these data points need to be properly tracked in order to construct accurate and cost-effective schedules.

4)      Did you know it’s generally accepted that inventory is worth only 20 percent of its actual value until used. Excess inventory that is accumulated due to inefficient scheduling will eat at an enterprise’s cashflow and profitability.

It is really important to invest in a sophisticated yet easy to use solution that can track all your data points, understand your business restrictions and commitments and create schedules that are realistic and attainable – leading to happy customers and repeat buyers. Aptean’s Made2Manage solution offers such an advanced scheduling functionality that has helped companies adapt to all the daily interruptions and deliver on-promise dates to their customers.

So, think about your business, what technologies you have in place, what methodology you use for delivery times and how it affects your customer and their experiences. Ultimately, the surest way to make promises you can keep is through great scheduling.

 

 

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