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End-of-Year Summary of 2007 December 28, 2007

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This has been a great year for Serus and for the members of our community.  I haven’t discussed as much about Serus in this blog, since you can find that at the Serus web site.  Suffice to say that we grew by over 100%, and won a Deloitte award for 7th fastest growing company in Silicon Valley.

During this year, our visibility increased greatly, in media, with analysts, with organizations such as FSA (now GSA), and through this blog.  We recorded over 5,000 blog hits between the end of August and now (prior to that, our blogging system didn’t keep statistics).  Our most popular postings were:

A few observations about the trends during the year:  while the “enterprise 2.0” term was very hot during the first half, I haven’t heard it mentioned as much recently.  Instead, we see an upcoming term being “collaborative decision environment“.

During 2008, we will be continuing to publish, and are expecting to get even more hits, because the blog will be tied to our new corporate web site.

See you in 2008!

Supply Chain Planning Algorithms December 12, 2007

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Introduction

Supply chain planning is a critical task in operations management.  On the one hand, it algorithmically solves immediate problems of finding availability schedules, sourcing decisions and resource allocations to produce a plan that meets goals in an effective manner. But it also provides insight into the trade-offs of different factors, constraints and rules.

However, supply chain planning means different things under different situations.  In this post, we try to classify types of supply chain planning problems, address the modeling issues, and provide background regarding the algorithms used. (more…)

Managed Services for Semiconductor Manufacturers December 3, 2007

Posted by Mike Lazich in Business.
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The Serus Managed Operations Services program provides outsourcing services for managing enterprise solutions and processes involved in semiconductor manufacturing operations.  This document describes the services that Serus can provide to manage such solutions. (more…)

Interesting Post on Business Optimization December 1, 2007

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Today I saw the following interesting post by Timo Elliott on the transition from business automation to business optimization.  He made the following point:

The last decade has been about automating business processes. The next decade will be about building business-centric applications. For the first time, organizations will have the opportunity to apply a systems approach to best-practice use of information across the organization as a whole, by synchronizing the two key components of corporate performance improvement: operational excellence and strategic change.

The posting goes on to discuss the combinations of ERP and BI companies that have occurred recently.