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The Effect of Knowledge Management Tools and Knowledge Process to the Finished Product Weigh Difference in Finished Product Inspection of a Food Manufacturing Institution

Author: Noridel Alpapara (2008)
The project was conducted to determine the effect of Knowledge Management (KM) initiatives to the finished product inspection process of a food manufacturing institution. An online KM assessment by the participants based in one of the commissaries of Apo Foods Corporation, and its external clients was done using a developed score sheet and questionnaire to establish the following: the top knowledge capability gap, and customer knowledge. The project also designed and implemented upgraded KM tools within the knowledge process based on the documented reports and studies. The effect of the project was measured based on the computed trend line using the finished product weight differences as dependent variable and time in days as independent variable.

A Blueprint for the Development of a Modular Web-based ERP for SMEs in the Philippine Construction Industry

Author: Christopher Nino Santos (2009)
The need for a cheap and reliable ERP solution for the SMEs in the contracting sector of the Philippine Construction Industry prompted the proponent of the study to formulate a blueprint that would serve as a basis for such system.

The blueprint presented in this study begins with a background of the existing situation followed by a literature review. The literature review presents previous writings on SMEs and ERP solutions, the advantages of web-based system, the software as a service (SaaS) business model, and the strategy of capturing a technological niche.

The project objectives and scope are then presented. The immediate objective of the study is to come up with a blueprint for a cost-effective, user-friendly, reliable and modular web-based ERP for the intended users with sufficient details on business initialization, system specifications, and implementation & distribution. The output of the study shall also be approved by a representative of the intended users. Such blueprint would contribute to the strategic outcome in the form of a functional system.

The project methodology details the project activities from identifying the industry’s need to finalizing the system blueprint. The industry analysis then presents the target market segment of about 3,465 firms or 93.7% of the sector. Trends related to the system such as internet usage (29.7% of Philippine population as of 2010), and increasing rate of broadband subscribers are also presented. Such is followed by a comparison of the proposed system with an Open Source system and proprietary one. The venture is then described as the details of the business to be setup are unveiled. Such includes a discussion of the modular web ERP software, the phases of its development, dependencies between modules, and the functional specifications for each module. Technical support services are then described as auxiliary to the software offering. Other details of the venture such as the company size, equipment, personnel, the web hosting provider, and domain hosting are also discussed.

The development of the system is then discussed including details on the framework to be used (RAD) and the development and implementation plan which contains the specific resources and schedule for the project. A description of the marketing and Sales activities, which includes marketing projections and sales packages among others, to be undertaken as follows.

The business organization and ownership is then discussed followed by a description of risk mitigation measures to be undertaken. A discussion of the projected positive financials then follows. Finally, the conclusion and recommendations for further studies are made. Recommendations include coming up with studies on additional modules for the system, an in-depth market study, studies looking at the implementation of web-based ERPs for SMEs in other industries, and coming up with a technology roadmap for the web-based ERP technology.


Capability, Material, and Technology Development (CMTD) Project Information Integration System

Author: Lennon Babiloni (2007)
To build a foundation for a sound and swift decision-making in managing projects, it is important to build an information management system that will support the implementation of projects under the AFP Modernization Program.

The capability, Material, and Technology Development (CMTD) Project Information Integration Project is one of the five major components of the AFP Modernization Program. It is a system of collecting, sharing, and monitoring information about CMTD Projects. The system involves capturing of important information about CMTD projects in all its stages by the divisions that are monitoring them. It aims to come up with a common set of information that can readily be used by the divisions of the Office, particularly its staff and personnel who are directly involved in monitoring and facilitating the progress of CMTD Projects.

The System will provide a venue for integrating all the information from all the stages in the implementation of the CMTD projects. Specifically, it has the following features; capture of important information from all stages and from all the possible sources, collection of information by one division from the different divisions that will manage them, internal sharing of information between divisions, staff, and personnel of the office, and storage of information. With this system, the availability of vital information for generating reports, updating stakeholders, and for decision-making by higher office will be easily accessible. Likewise, having common information available for all the divisions and staff will ensure consistency and widespread understanding of what the projects are all about and their current status.

Further, with the AFP Policy of rotating personnel from one office to another, it is necessary to establish an information database that can be handed down from generation to generation.

The system which is basically a knowledge management tool will also provide the necessary foundation for the establishment of project database which will be pursued in the future by the AFP.


A Foresight of Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) Industry in the Philippines

Author: Darwin Ong (2006)
The results of this study will be valuable inputs to the strategic planning of both the academe and the industry of the Philippines that deal with Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) development. It will identify factors such as key variables, risks, and/or events that will contribute to the future plausible scenarios. It will also describe these scenarios in detail. The successful completion of this project will prepare the planners from the academe, the industry, and the government for the future of the Philippine ASIC industry.


R&D Strategies of Selected Food Processing Companies Engaged in Third Party Manufacturing

Author: Yolanda Herrera-Frayre (2004)
The project output of the study may serve as guidelines for SMEs in the Philippines which are engaged in food processing and are planning to or are already into third party manufacturing arrangements with the more established and bigger players in the industry.

The focus is on developing the capability of SMEs to absorb technologies provided by their relationship with clients/partners, particularly with regards to the need to have an R&D department in the company that is ready to absorb, assimilate, utilize, and create these technologies relevant to the food manufacturing industry.

Small to medium scale companies do not spend much or give much importance to having their own R&D departments and/or training R&D personnel. This is one of the reasons for the country’s low level of productivity and efficiency.

Research and Development is of major concern to nearly all aspects of the food processing industry. It provides the engine for absorption, assimilation, utilization, and creation of technologies relevant to the industry. The R&D department plays a critical role in serving as the technical arm and keeping management up to date on technical know-how and information on areas of interest for the food processing company. Before this can be done, it is necessary to make an analysis of its current R&D strategies.

As a whole, this study will benefit the entire country because technological capability in food processing will be diffused to a bigger cluster of industry players. It will also help create jobs for our people and ensure the safety and quality of industry outputs.


Commercialization of Biotechnology Product: Delivering the Promise of Technology

Author: Grace Antoniette Arre (2004)
The results of this study will be valuable inputs to the strategic planning of both the academe and the industry of the Philippines that deal with Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) development. It will identify factors such as key variables, risks, and/or events that will contribute to the future plausible scenarios. It will also describe these scenarios in detail. The successful completion of this project will prepare the planners from the academe, the industry, and the government for the future of the Philippine ASIC industry.


Evaluation of the Impact of the NICE Universe Quality monitoring System in a Call Center

Author: Juan Emmanuel Ballecer (2005)
The project aims to improve customer service, reduce management and operation costs, and generate increased revenues.

Through the project, the various advantages and disadvantages of using a call-monitoring system will be looked at. The project also serves to create the awareness of using the new system.

In addition, this will make the company more efficient and profitable. It will also make the customer’s loyalty to the services and products stronger. On top of all these, the company will have better support for its client’s customer care management needs.

Call monitoring is also an easier way, if not the best way, to develop the call center staff. Hence, it is important to document the metrics and effective use of the system, which can be used in similar new technology installations in the future.

Measuring Small and Medium Enterprises’ (SMEs) Inclination to Technological Innovation

Author: Arlynne Sison Roa (2003)
There is a need to measure innovation because it is often cited as a key value or emphasis to promote productivity, competitiveness, and efficiency. In the Philippines, as well as in other countries, there is increased focus on innovation, but few people know what it really means. Innovation is also very difficult to measure because it is considered non-tangible and very difficult to visualize.

The project proponent will be communicating with SMEs during the data gathering process; the project will help increase the awareness of SMEs on TPP innovation.

The results of the project may help SMEs identify the critical success factors for developing technological innovation capabilities. This may, in turn, help increase the productivity of SMEs which is low (32% value added) compared to other ASEAN countries like Japan and China whose SMEs have 56-60% value added respectively.

The project will help government agencies such as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in evaluating the effectiveness of their programs by utilizing the research instrument designed in this project. this is crucial because various projects and programs implemented in the past to help SMEs were proven to be inadequate or ineffective. The framework that will be developed as a result of this project can also be used as a guide during program planning.


An Evaluation of the Industry-Academe-Government Collaboration for the Philippine Coffee Industry

Author: Edelle Lorenzana (2006)
This project offers a reference point for initiatives that will further strengthen the collaboration effort to revive the Philippine coffee industry, whose renaissance holds particular significance in that it will provide the following benefits:

1) Savings from decreased import volume
2) Generation of export earnings
3) Marketing the Philippine Barako.
4) Utilization of farmlands and Agricultural Assets.

A Project Report on: Strategic Planning of Human Capital Through Technological and Business Planning Frameworks

Author: Joseph Torrecampo (2008)
This is a project demonstrating the application and viability of strategic human capital planning as an effective technological and knowledge management approach towards organizational building. Strategic planning of human capital provides more than just the classic Human Resource Development approach to workforce planning, especially since technological and business planning frameworks are used to analyze and provide the means for a deeper strategic business insight in arriving at an overall corporate strategy.


Effectiveness of Government Regulatory Policies on Technological Upgrading: A Case Study on a Food Processing Plant

Author: Agnes Ang (2007)
1) To serve as guideline for our local food regulating body for the review and formulation of better policies and programs that will strengthen the agency’s food safety policies and its implementation aligned with improving the local industry’s competitiveness in the domestic and international markets.
2) To Help the Firm under the study to identify their weak points in complying with the food safety regulations, particularly cGMP.