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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2009 Lean and Green Buyer’s Guide for manufacturers.

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How Equipment Reliability Delivers Profits


While no technology can prevent normal equipment wear or the need for maintenance, predictive analytics and the latest advances in predictive diagnostics are now helping plants to overcome their challenges by detecting impending problems early and allowing plants to take control of their operations. Download this white paper to learn how you can put these advantages to work for your organization.

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10 Pains Wreaking Havoc on Your HR Department


The human resources (HR) department historically was siloed, functioning independently of other business units and acting as corporate watchdog. Today, companies recognize that human capital is their greatest asset, and HR connects people and cultivates the environment in which they thrive.

A range of applications have come onto the market in recent years designed to help HR professionals. They increase efficiency by cutting back on administrative tasks, in theory freeing up time for HR to focus on value-added functions. But HR professionals are still feeling business pains.

This white paper considers current HR challenges, among them employee recruitment, engagement, and retention. It also suggests how automation, integration, and visibility are vital to the effective functioning of the HR department.

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Managing Business Risk in Industrial Equipment and Supply


Industrial equipment manufacturers and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) distributors can’t afford to miss bidding deadlines, delivery dates, product specifications, or service level agreements. They also can’t afford the penalties of non-compliance with regulations. Learn how some businesses are leveraging integrated enterprise infrastructures to maximize profits while minimizing exposure to risks.

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How HR Software Can Help with Compensation Management


Although HR software will not perform miracles, nor will it convert reactive and rigid HR professionals or managers into proactive leaders, it can help with compensation management by allowing decision makers to manage and visualize compensation, indicate trends in employee behavior, help with delivery of enterprise learning programs, and more.

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Options for Handling Your HR Function


Although human resources (HR) management is a necessity when you have employees, HR duties are not a core competence of most small businesses. According to a Small Business Association study, small business owners on average spend more than 25 percent of their time handling employee-related paperwork. Factor in recruitment, hiring, and training and this average increases to 45 percent. So why not outsource HR? Read this paper to learn more.

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The Scribe Solution for Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics GP: Bridging the Gap Between On-demand CRM and On-premise ERP


For years, organizations have had to settle for inadequate approaches to front-office to back-office integration. However, with Scribe’s component architecture, when a new version of Dynamics GP or Salesforce comes out, you can plug in a new version of the Scribe Adapter for the upgraded application, and your existing Dynamics GP to Salesforce Template will experience little or no disruption.

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Tips for Maximizing the Return on Your ERP Investment


As the economy picks up steam, organizations are increasing their investments in enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology as a way to help grow their business. Yet because the recovery remains uncertain, organizations remain concerned with squeezing the most from their IT investment dollars. Download this white paper to learn about two strategies organizations can employ to maximize the returns from their ERP investments.

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HR FIRST Aid Kit CD


The HR FIRST Aid Kit CD contains ready-to-use templates, guidelines, and software tools for busy Human Resources (HR) managers. All functional areas of HR are covered, including: organizational structure recruiting HR administration orientation and training compensation and benefits employee retention HR auditing Each section contains step-by-step guidelines, as well as forms and templates. This release includes a bilingual (English and Arabic) user interface, and many other new features requested by clients.    

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The World in Crisis: A Report on the Impact on Global Outsourcing Relations


As companies come to grips with current fiscal realities, choices may result more from reaction than the use of sound judgment. Removing vital resources and reducing services can create an even lower return on investment (ROI) than existed before downsizing. Outsourcing may offer a solution. Learn about the effects that the present financial situation will have on the outsourcing community, including buyers and suppliers.

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