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Too Big to Succeed

Cyprus is in the news as the world wrestles with insolvent banks in that country. The challenge is that a failure of the Cypriot banks would lead to wider failures across the world. The underlying idea is that banks can … Continue reading

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The Pendulum Swings

Anecdotal evidence of a US manufacturing rebound has been building for the past two years. Here and there manufacturers “reshored” production to address problems encountered in the rush to low labor costs in China and elsewhere. New statistical evidence supports … Continue reading

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Welcome to a New Partner

Thank you to Tom Kempster and ABC services for their fine introduction to our new partnership. “Our partnership with HarrisData will free our ERP customers from the chains of their existing ERP software, allowing ABC Services to deliver new high … Continue reading

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US Labor Costs Lower Than Elsewhere

More good news for US manufacturers as per unit of output labor costs decreased by 13% while increasing everywhere else. James Hagerty and Kate Linebaugh (Wall Street Journal, “In U.S., a Cheaper Labor Pool”, 1/6/12) report on manufacturing cost trends … Continue reading

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2012 Could be a Good Year

Boosted by productivity gains and higher costs in competitors, including China, U.S. manufacturing exports have grown at their fastest rate since the late 1980s. As we close out 2011 and start thinking about 2012, US manufacturing is getting positive reviews … Continue reading

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Cutting Through Vendor Noise

In a tough economy, software vendors pull out all stops to get your business. As Trevor Perry explains this often results in so much noise that the vendors hurt themselves as much as they hurt your ears. His article is … Continue reading

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Implications of Changes in Investment

Charles Stewart dives into the numbers behind the economy to focus on gross private domestic investment. The outlook and policy options he presents are bleak – almost anything the government does will lead to reduced employment. However he does offer … Continue reading

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ERP Lessons Learned

Frank Scavo posts an excellent review of the history of and lessons learned from ERP systems over the past 20 years. Both Frank’s post, and his keynote video are well worth your time. Some key points from the post: ERP … Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope of Software Services (Part 2)

Don’t buy software from services-driven vendors In Part 1, we looked at how to keep services from exploding out of control and blasting your project budget. In part 2, we look at why a software vendor who depends too much … Continue reading

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Some Problems Don’t Change

[ed. this is the CEO presentation from the HarrisData User Conference of May 22-25]. Logistics: The Soldier’s Perspective “Troops in action should never have to turn their backs on the enemy to fetch further supplies” “Troops should not be encumbered … Continue reading

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