Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is a popular manufacturing technique. It analyzes the flow of materials and information necessary to create a product or provide a service. The technique originated at the Toyota Corporation and is referred to as material and information flow mapping. It can be applied to any process that requires improvement. When using value stream mapping, the process being analyzed is illustrated in a step-by-step manner that depicts details such as material receipt through product assem

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ERP Systems

ERP Systems

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a process in which business management is integrated with technology. ERP systems, therefore, allow this integration to be done effectively and without fault. An effective ERP system requires that many aspects of the business are connected. To have the best architecture for the organization, the following must be part of the ERP System: Manufacturing: Resource planning, engineering, material planning, bills of material, quality, etc. Financials: Accoun

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Change Management

Change Management

Someone who has worked in a corporation or with a large organization might have heard the phrase "change management" used from time to time. Change management has been around for a while, but has become extremely popular with organizations or corporations that would like to initiate significant change to processes that can include both work tasks and culture. Change management can be defined as a set of processes that is employed to ensure that significant changes are implemented in an orderl

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DMAIC

DMAIC

DMAIC is a basic Six Sigma methodology component- a way to improve work processes by eliminating defects. The Six Sigma methodology is widely used in many top corporations in the United States and around the world. It is normally defined as a set of practices that improves efficiency and eliminate defects. Six Sigma has been around for more than 20 years and TQM (Total Quality Management) and Zero Defect principles have heavily influenced it. In its methodology, it asserts that in order t

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ITIL Processes

ITIL Processes

The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a series of books that contain proper procedures to handle situations that any IT organization would come in contact with. Using a series of check lists, tasks and procedures, an IT organization can take what is available to it and implement it in such a way that ensures the company’s success. ITIL is broken up into a series of processes. Service Desk/Service Request Management The service desk's responsibility is to handle incident

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Enterprise Resource Planning

Enterprise Resource Planning

Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP is actually a process or approach that attempts to consolidate all of a company's departments and functions into a single computer system that services each department's specific needs. It is, in a sense, a convergence of people, hardware, and software into an efficient production, service, and delivery system that creates profit for the company. While the idea is easy to grasp in theory, the reality has been different. Most companies have a conglomeration

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ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is principally an integration of business management practices and modern technology. Information Technology (IT) integrates with a corporate house's core business processes to streamline and accomplish specific business objectives. Consequently, ERP is an amalgamation of three most important components: Business Management Practices, Information Technology, and Specific Business Objectives. In simpler words, an ERP is a massive software architecture that su

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Service Management

Service Management

Service management, also called IT service management, is the discipline used in industries that provide services or a combination of goods and services. While widely used in the IT industry, specifically the ICT (information and Communication Technology) sector, service management can be integrated into many other industries. Service management is usually used in conjunction with operations support systems. Systems that use service management include order management, inventory management, a

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ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)

ITIL is an acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library. ITIL are a series of books and training manuals that outline and explain the practices that are the most beneficial to IT services (usually manager focused). The goal of ITIL is for managers to have extremely high standards in IT value, as well as high financial quality in day to day IT operations. ITIL procedures are supplier independent and include instructional materials on IT infrastructure, operations and development issu

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Inter-Process Communication

Inter-Process Communication

The term Inter-Process Communication (IPC) refers to a predefined library or set of interfaces that allow processes to communicate with each other. IPC gives the appearance of programs that run concurrently in an operating system's background and allows computer users to conduct multiple tasks at once on a computer. IPCs can share memory, run in synchrony with other processes, pass messages, and conduct remote procedure calls. The specific IPC method varies based on the Operating System (OS), la

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