Security is a defensive maneuver that requires major new processes, such as rapid response patch management, and fundamental changes to software and devices that use every day such as Windows, the PC, and infrastructure. Security concerns are not new to manufacturing but increased risk and the inability to rapidly eliminate vulnerabilities in legacy systems is making industry progress difficult and more expensive. This paper from ARC Advisory Group concerns is impacting the design and management of all systems. Computing system design must be done from a holistic view, balancing the security strengths and weaknesses of computing systems with infrastructure that surround them.
This paper published by ARC Advisory Group describes the financial scandals triggered by Enron and WorldCom have also sparked new regulations, most notably the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOA). Although different factors influenced the creation and enactment of SOA and trade security laws, compliance with both is dependent on the same critical factors: access to timely, accurate, and complete information; establishing and maintaining process controls. Briefly stated, compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley cannot be fully achieved without implementing a well-focused supply chain security strategy.
For many companies, distribution costs as a percentage of sales continue to rise. Labor costs generally represent the greatest single component of distribution costs, ranging from 40 percent to as much as 70 percent of the total. RedPrairie�s Productivity Management solution demonstrated solid Return on Investment (ROI) among its customers. On average, the solution had a payback period of less than one year. ARC has investigated a wide range of Supply Chain solutions and the average payback is close to two years for many types of supply chain solutions. ARC considers payback in less than one year to be the ""Gold standard.""