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Two free resources offer a wealth of information for operations, manufacturing and supply chain

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Whether your purview is operations, supply chain management, new product development/new product introduction or executive management, you’ll find information you can use in these two well-established—and newly free—resources.

  1. APICS, the Association of Operations Management, has made its APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework available to the public, free of charge, for the first time. As a resource that “builds on more than 50 years of operations management knowledge” to provide an understanding of “the state of operations management today,” it’s clear why anyone working in the field would be interested in the framework. APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi makes a convincing case for why others might be interested too: “The APICS OMBOK Framework can become an essential reference tool to all businesspeople as supply chain and operations management becomes a more visible function throughout the enterprise.” Learn more in the June 23 APICS news release, or download the APICS OMBOK Framework.

  2. Aberdeen is offering free access for a year to its research library, the Vault. (Vault access normally costs $995/year.) The offer is being made in conjunction with Eye for Transport, a provider of transportation and logistics information and services. Aberdeen Vault research is organized into categories that span an enterprise’s many functions and offer something for everyone. Manufacturers may be particularly interested in the categories Product Innovation and Engineering, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, which include reports like: Lean Operations: Software Strategies for Manufacturing’s New Normal; Manufacturing Operations Management: Capitalizing on the Economic Recovery; and Supplier Quality Management: Seven Tips to Reducing Non Conformances in the Value Chain. Read more about the Aberdeen/Eye for Transport free year of research offer, or sign up for free access to the Aberdeen Research Vault.

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