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Oliveira F.S.,Business One | Liret A.,University of Paris Descartes
Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies | Year: 2016

We study the fleet portfolio management problem faced by a firm deciding which alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) to choose for its fleet to minimise the weighted average of cost and risk, in a stochastic multi-period setting. We consider different types of technology and vehicles with heterogeneous capabilities. We propose a new time consistent recursive risk measure, the Recursive Expected Conditional Value at Risk (RECVaR), which we prove to be coherent. We then solve the problem for a large UK based company, reporting how the optimal policies are affected by risk aversion and by the clustering for each type of vehicle. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Holtel S.,Business One
2014 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2014 | Year: 2014

In early 2011, the IBM computing system «Watson» competed against the world's best Jeopardy champions-and won. This event marked a year-long research effort in raising the reliability of QA systems. We consider Watson as a new, unprecedented category of information processing system and that it might become a tipping point for a new way to exploit unstructured data in information-rich environments. Thus, we ask how information appliances will change if they will adapt capabilities that were introduced by Watson. We categorize information appliance capabilities to the extent that they reflect different levels of human thinking. We show how those relate to the design information appliances in data-driven working environments. Finally, we provide three possible consequences that might unfold if Watson-technology will gradually trickle down to commodity information appliances. © 2014 IEEE. Source


Millhiser W.P.,Business One
Health Care Management Science | Year: 2015

We give an efficient method for enumerating Kaandorp and Koole’s (2007; Health Care Mgmt Sci 10:217–229) “full neighborhood” of candidate improvement schedules employed by their algorithm’s local search for the optimal outpatient appointment schedule. A proposition is given that the first appointment interval is always used in the optimal schedule; this allows convenient indexing within our method. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York Source


Das A.,Business One | Nair A.,University of South Carolina
International Journal of Production Research | Year: 2010

Given the generally positive relationship between technology utilisation and performance, why do some plants use installed technologies to a lesser extent than others? Literature suggests that the extent of use of technology, as a decision of choice, is influenced by a variety of factors. Organisational and individual influences include process type, plant size, perceived usefulness of the technology, and user demographics (Zhang, P., Aikman, S.N., and Heshan, S., 2008, Two types of attitudes in ICT acceptance and use. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 24 (7), 628-648; Swamidass, P.M. and Kotha, S., 1998, Explaining manufacturing technology use, firm size and performance using a multidimensional view of technology. Journal of Operations Management, 17 (1), 23-37; Davis, F., Bagozzi, R., and Warshaw, P., 1989, User acceptance of computer technology: a comparison of two theoretical models. Management Science, 35 (8), 982-1003). External factors such as customer mandates and firm nationality have also been found to affect technology use (White, A., Johnson, M., and Wilson, H., 2008, RFID in the supply chain: lessons from European early adopters. International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 38 (2), 88-107; Kotha, S. and Swamidass, P.M., 1998, Advanced manufacturing technology use: exploring the effect of the nationality variable. International Journal of Production Research, 36 (11), 3135-3146). In this stream of research, one external factor of potential influence-supply chain management-remains conspicuously absent. This study uses data from industry to (a) develop rationales for a relationship between the extent of use of manufacturing technologies and supply chain management; and (b) offer data-based verification and insights on the nature and management of this relationship. Results suggest that the extent of use of specific manufacturing technologies increases or declines depending on the specific supply chain management practice in use. The findings raise interesting implications for managers and scholars. © 2010 Taylor & Francis. Source


News Article | August 23, 2011
Site: www.zdnet.com

SINGAPORE--Enterprise software vendor SAP has teamed up with local telco Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) to deliver its Business One business management software through a cloud model, which represents the company's first such attempt in Asia, according to an SAP executive. At a Tuesday briefing, Tim Moylan, SAP's president for Southeast Asia, said the software-as-a-service (SaaS) is targeted at small and midsize businesses (SMBs) which he defined as companies with less than S$1 million (US$827,600) in revenue and fewer than 200 employees. He added that this is the first time SAP has collaborated with a telco in the region to deliver Business One via the cloud. Moylan noted that the monthly subscription model can help SMBs save up to 60 percent a year compared with the traditional on-premise deployment of the same software. Estimates by SingTel and SAP showed that for five users, the total cost of a traditional on-premise deployment for a year, including the cost of licenses, hardware and operating system, maintenance and setup, can set an SMB back by S$33,147 (US$27,432.45). On the other hand, the cloud-delivered model, including setup, one-year subscription fees for five users and broadband connection costs S$13,248 (US$10,964.04). The new service, according to Moylan, is different compared with SAP's products targeted at large enterprises. It was "purpose built" for SMBs which typically do not have the complexities that large enterprises have and allows SMBs to focus their "finite resources" on their core business, he explained. Bill Chang, executive vice president of SingTel's business group, added that SAP's offering "hits a nice sweet spot" as the application cuts across areas such as business intelligence, business process management, customer relationship management, financial and logistics. Both companies also touted Business One's mobility feature. Users can access and manage information in their Business One database on the go via mobile apps that are currently built for Apple's iPhone and iPad. Chang said SAP's ability to extend its app from fixed to mobile and cloud also differentiates the software giant's service from SingTel's other SaaS partners. Moylan noted that the partnership with SingTel will not affect SAP's relationship with its system integrators (SIs). He explained that SIs usually target large enterprises and find the SMB segment "hard to reach". In an interview with ZDNet Asia on the event sidelines, Kowshik Sriman, managing director of SAP Singapore, said the service is targeted mostly at new customers. However, he believes that there is a chance of a "trickle-down" effect as existing overseas SAP customers with subsidiaries in Singapore employ the service for their local offices.

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