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PTC Embarks on Internet of Things Journey via ThingWorx Acquisition
PTC ended 2013 by announcing it had acquired ThingWorx, creators of a platform for building and running applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), for

telecommunications conferences 2013  leverage the IoT, including telecommunications, utilities, medical devices, agriculture, and transportation, as well as an emerging partner network of IoT-enabled service providers. ThingWorx intends to continue serving this diverse market with senior management continuing to focus on its current path (see video for more info on the company and its products).   Conclusion This move confirms PTC’s dedication to the SLM realm and adds to its earlier acquisitions of Arbortext, 4CS, Servigistics , and

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Customer care and billing (CC&B) solutions for telecommunications providers typically provide mediation; provisioning; retail rating and billing; reporting; financial systems; packages, discounts, and promotions characteristics; and billing for voice, data, content, and utility services.  

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A focus on user experience is driving ERP vendors to deliver lean, flexible solutions that blur the lines between traditional ERP tiers. Read this buyer’s guide and see how vendors are addressing the most pressing process manufacturing challenges—especially for food and beverage companies who face unique pressures in today’s health-conscious market—and how trends like integrated BI, in-memory analytics, mobility, and social media are changing the way process manufacturers do business.

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Preface

About this Guide

ERP for Process Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide

Process Manufacturing and ERP solutions

ERP System Technology Trends

Trends in ERP Solutions for the Manufacturing History

Process Manufacturing Business Challenges

Food and Beverage Industry Unique Challenges

TEC Market Insight for Process Manufacturing ERP Selection Projects

Conclusion

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TEC Resources for Process Manufacturing

TEC Selection Project

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Process Manufacturing and ERP Solutions


Process Manufacturing Defined

Process manufacturers are commonly concerned with tracking formulas and recipes, variable units of measure or bulk products, and product ingredients. Process manufacturing often results in a product, which once produced, cannot be broken back down into its component parts.

Processing manufacturing is defined by APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management (formerly the American Production and Inventory Control Society), as “production that adds value by mixing, separating, forming, and/or performing chemical reactions. It may be done in either batch or continuous mode,” as opposed to discrete manufacturing, which concerns itself with the tracking of parts, units, and bills of materials (BOMs). Like many definitions, this one can be adapted to meet the needs of marketers or others. But, when it comes to manufacturing, APICS is still one of the best sources for purist definitions in the manufacturing industry.

This guide also touches upon mixed-mode manufacturing, defined for the purposes of this guide as a combination of discrete and process manufacturing. (The term is sometimes used to refer to running one manufacturing mode in combination with another manufacturing mode, e.g., continuous make-to-stock [MTS] production lines along with engineer-to-order [ETO].)

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Process manufacturers also need to look for vendor solutions that have strong references from customers in their particular industry—it is recommended not to be the first to use a system for a particular vertical market segment. For example, if a bakery is looking to purchase a solution, it should be able to call upon the experience of other bakeries using that solution. The case studies included in this guide provide the reader with solid customer references for process manufacturing solutions.


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