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Presented for your reading pleasure are articles from previous issues of the CWG Review. Your CWG Edit Staff

Where's the Money?

Market Watch, September 2004

By Don Cochran, regular Market Watch Contributor, Configuration Work Group Review

We can sum up more or less everything that's been happening in the product configurator market space with one very simple question: Where's the money?

The day of the large Configurator implementation is nearly done

Market Watch, January 2005

By Don Cochran, regular Market Watch Contributor, Configuration Work Group Review

The day of the large Configurator implementation is nearly gone. Reason: ROI, in a year or less.

Is it up, or is it down?

One moment you read in the most recently reported trends that profits are up and spending is up, and then your read that they're down. The latest forecast, I think, is that spending is up for 2005 by 3% to 8%, but that of course depends on who is doing the interviewing.

Moving VC Models to the IPC

So you're thinking about moving to the IPC? Here's a guideline, maybe even the guideline you've been looking for, offering an overview of what the IPC is, what kind of system you need to run it, and how to prepare your VC models to move them into the IPC world. Marek Duda, Oct. 10, 2005

In this article we will give a short summary of what you need to do to feed your IPC with models of configurable materials which were created in your variant-configuration (VC) module of R/3.

By Marek Duda, Sybit GmbH

Marco Musings 2007

Another round of random ramblings on the Marco Island Conference. This time around, it's the October 8-10, 2007 coverage.

Copyright by Steve Schneider

 

 

Well, here we are again with the 2007 edition of random ramblings from the Fall 2007 Marco Island CWG conference. It is such a hardship having to deal with the Florida sunsets without a good microbrew. Yuengling isn't bad, but it's a long way from Spotted Cow or Fat Tire.

Marco Island Sunset

Marco Musings 2006

Another round of random ramblings on the Marco Island Conference. This time around, it’s the October 16-18, 2006 coverage.

Copyright © by Steve Schneider

 

 

Oh darn..Had to drive all the way from Michigan to Marco Island again. The sacrifices we all make for our employers.As you can see from this shot, it can be a really rough life..

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Large Scale System Configuration

Heping Dai, OperSolution, Inc. USA

Introduction

Essentially, the Configure-To-Order is a process allowing users to customize an industry product in such a way that the product will have a specific set of selected features as opposed to entire feature set. Use of the CTO process will bring manufacturers a few important business benefits, such as, enhanced customer relationship, improved flexibility of product sales, and increased sales revenues. Therefore, it has become one of processes that many enterprises has been investigating and implementing.

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A Business Case for the Advanced Mode IPC

By Doug Beverage, Siemens Logistics & Assembly Systems, Inc.

Once one begins to ponder the potential applications for systems configuration, you quickly realize that the possibilities are endless …

Foreword

While walking along the "Philosophen Weg," on the other side of the Neckar River from Heidelberg, Henk Meeter and I discussed some recent news from SAP concerning the Advanced Mode of the Internet Pricing and Configurator, or IPC.