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Doing Business in China: Manufacturing Outlook

Doing Business in China: Manufacturing Outlook

Signs for China manufacturing industry pointing to positive growth

China’s gross domestic product (GDP) attained a 7.8% growth for 2012, better than the forecasted 7.5%. In January 2013, the purchasing managers’ index (PMI) recorded by HSBC showed a strong reading of 51.9, the highest since January 2011 indicating the manufacturing industry is on an accelerated growth path. Does this imply the Chinese economy is rebounding and embarking on a healthy growth direction in 2013?

Top Hidden SAP Support Expenses - The Finale

Top Hidden SAP Support Expenses - The Finale

Last week I discussed SAP support costs #3-5 focused on employee training & productivity. This week I will be covering the final hidden costs in my series. Recognizing these risks upfront or mitigating them during current SAP projects is crucial to running a successful SAP system.

#6: Recruitment & Retention Costs

Top 7 Hidden SAP Support Expenses: #3 - #5

Top 7 Hidden SAP Support Expenses: #3 - #5

Last week I discussed SAP support costs #1 and 2: Water cooler creep and Upgrades. This week I will be covering costs #3-5. These points focus mainly on employee effectiveness and productivity. Please leave any comments below if you agree/disagree or have some additional thoughts on these 3 bottom-line-sucking costs if not properly managed.

#3: Maintaining Employee Training & Certification

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