1997 Purchasing Today Article Index
Term selected: Automation and Technology
A valuable reference tool, the Article Index is a comprehensive list of articles that have appeared in Inside Supply Management® (formerly Purchasing Today® and NAPM Insights®) magazine. Articles are organized by subject for easy locating and study.
Purchasers have set the standard for business-to-business purchasing over the Internet. Now for the moment of truth: How quickly will software companies respond to these standards?
Clearly define your business processes before promoting a new technology.
Is leasing a viable option for your high-tech needs? Get to know the different choices.
Learn the language associated with electronic commerce.
Disk-based programs can give you all the interactivity without needing extensive system requirements.
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Are you overwhelmed by information overload? Some tips can help you sort through it all.
Often, heavy use of communication technology creates a different relationship environment between supplier and purchaser.
Let technology do the work: Navigate the Web more efficiently with these tools. In some ways, intelligent agents are the ultimate personal assistants: They work while you sleep, show up on time, and never complain about the hours. In theory, intelligent agents search the Web or the intranet corporate database, gathering all that is new and relevant to you and your job. This technology is slowly catching on as a way to speed up the "World Wide Wait."
Is it the wave of the future? The Internet may facilitate smaller organizations' use of EDI.
Let your keyboard do the walking through the electronic yellow pages.
Machine translation offers a helpful tool, but is not always an ideal option.
Organizations today want to transfer and receive information as effortlessly as possible. Technology is the key.
Learn their secrets: Three purchasing professionals share their tips on how technology helps them do their jobs more efficiently.
Purchasing's input can help software development efforts in reducing new product cycle time.
How does PKI help secure your e-commerce transactions?
Until public key cryptography becomes widely available, you need to take certain precautions to protect yourself when entering into agreements via e- mail.
What precautions should purchasing professionals take when it comes to electronic commerce security?
Two types of electronic signatures are competing to become the standard.
Technology increasingly reduces costs and decreases purchasing's workload, enabling purchasers from small to large firms to focus on core competencies. The upward trend of technology's growing importance in the purchasing function can be documented across the United States. And automation does not discriminate: Success stories hail from small- and medium-sized organizations, and megacorporations alike. Their stories prove technology's importance in moving the profession effectively and successfully into the next century.
What opportunities will result from the changes in telecommunications laws?
How are companies operating in the electronic arena?
Consider the larger picture before beginning on any individual software upgrade.
Consider the pros and cons of this technology before you take the plunge.
Software agents can deliver instantaneous information and act as your assistants.
If you can't purchase a new computer, what other options do you have?