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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

h part 1  windows, and multiple fonts. H - I   Horizontal Applications - Applications that include functionality across corporate disciplines, such as Sales, Marketing, or Service. IM - Instant Messaging. The ability for two or more users who are online to communicate via text in real time on their computers. Inference Engine - A problem resolution engine that prompts the user to answer questions about the problem that they have, and based on the answers, will ask additional questions or make recommendations Read More...
“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

h part 1  nodes, a strategy that hardly anyone recommends or pursues today (as mentioned in Part 1 ). The downside of owning such assets is getting locked into high costs and capital investments, with potentially inflexible capacity. Even many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly shedding their plants. Acting vertical, on the other hand, does not require retailers to own inflexible and costly manufacturing and other supply chain assets —yet it enables them to operate as though they do. This Read More...
JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry Part One: Event Summary
From how to price and promote products to how to optimize profits, JDA Portfolio tries to create that perfect

h part 1  Portfolio: For the Retail Industry Part One: Event Summary Event Summary JDA Software Group Inc . (NASDAQ: JDAS) is a prominent global provider of integrated software and professional services for the retail demand chain with over 4,600 customers and 33 offices spanning every major global market to service customers in over 60 nations. JDA believes its has a global sales and delivery infrastructure. Namely, the vendor markets its products and services almost exclusively through its direct sales force, Read More...
Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics
If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities

h part 1  Metrics Matrix 5 Click here to view larger image This concludes Part Two of a three-part article. Part One discussed the Supply Chain in terms of corporate objectives. Part Three will cover how Supply Chain Decisions Create Supply Chain Capabilities. 4 Crosby, Philip B., Quality is Free: The Art of Making Quality Certain, (McGraw-Hill, 1979) Juran, Joseph, M., Juran on Leadership for Quality, (Free Press, 1988) Deming, W. Edwards, Out of the Crisis, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Read More...
Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?
In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and

h part 1  could denote 480 volts, H could denote 208 volts, and DA could denote120/220 volts. Likewise, the number 5 could stand for 5 horsepower, the number 10 for 10 horsepower, and so on. Similarly, 10A might denote 10 amperes, and 20A , 20 amperes. For colors, blue (the default, let''s say) might not require a code, but R could signify red, and G could signify green . Thus, if somebody wanted a blue 480-volt, 5-horsepower, 10-ampere contactor, the person would fax in an order for catalog number B510 . As this Read More...
Whose ROI is it Anyway? Part Two: Sorting Through Claims
ROI (return on investment) has taken on new importance in examining business initiatives and programs that often involve deployment of enterprise software and

h part 1  ROI is it Anyway? Part Two: Sorting Through Claims ROI claims from technology vendors—the first liar doesn''t stand a chance Confronted by the demands of today''s market, enterprise software vendors at the very least play lip service to ROI selling. For many, this means showing prospects that under some average or typical conditions, implementing the software can lead to a direct cost savings that will cover the software license fee in some specified period. Vendors generally express this by saying Read More...
What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (part two)
And here''s the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers

h part 1  Makes a Good White Paper Good… (part two) And here''s the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers who may *forget* that not everyone on the planet has the same rarified vocabulary, not mentioning the names of any jobs or fields...). 2. Audience, Audience (Stake a claim with your first paragraph). After the compelling title, the first paragraph makes or breaks audience “ affinity, ” which is Read More...
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part V
Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone

h part 1  About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part V Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility , the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here . The vendor just released the ResponsAbility p4 release. Competitive Offerings Do Exist Still, Webcom’s first-to-market (or close to) BPM on-demand advantage has already been challenged by the solutions from Skemma, Read More...
Deltek''s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)
Well, a few months after Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek''s pre-New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has

h part 1  s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II) Well, a few months after  Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek ''s pre- New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has finally come for us to analyze why being again publicly traded should (or should not) work better for Deltek this time. If one is to judge merely by the most recent financial figures , it would appear to be working well, but my focus here is on some lingering softer issues too. So, when the new Read More...
What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (Part 4)
Here''s the final point in a series of four aimed at identifying a

h part 1  Makes a Good White Paper Good… (Part 4) Here''s the final point in a series of four aimed at identifying a good IT white paper (and providing helpful hints, should you need to write one). The previous points addressed the importance of the white paper''s introduction, of writing to a specific audience, and of proposing a viable solution. The final point, appropriately enough, considers key features of an effective conclusion. 4. All’s Well that Ends Well… The first paragraph of the white paper Read More...
What''s in a name? or Enterprise systems'' reincarnations (Part II)
While the Part I of this topic focused on Consona Corporation (former M2M Holdings), this time the discussion continues with the recently minted Solarsoft

h part 1  s in a name? or Enterprise systems'' reincarnations (Part II) While the Part I of this topic focused on Consona Corporation (former M2M Holdings ), this time the discussion continues with the recently minted Solarsoft entity, privately owned by Marlin Equity Partners. True, in Part I, besides Infor , I could have also mentioned as old news the renaming of Verticent ERP Plus (formerly PowerCerv [ evaluate this product ]) as part of the ASA International parent and SoftBrands (formerly Fourth Shift and Ar Read More...
EAM Versus CMMS: What''s Right for Your Company? Part One
As companies continue to look for more areas from which to squeeze out revenues and reduce expenses, enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized

h part 1  Versus CMMS: What''s Right for Your Company? Part One Introduction Enterprise asset management (EAM) software and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) continue to grab headlines as a realistic way to reduce expenses and increase revenues. For one, maintaining an adequate level of repair and service parts inventory based on forecasted equipment usage can prevent already limited funds from being over-allocated just to achieve a false sense of security. Also, an effective preventive Read More...
SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
One of the biggest challenges facing IT departments today is still unlocking data and processes from a plethora of heterogeneous applications running on

h part 1  Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations IT Challenges Lately, some supply chain execution (SCE) leaders, not wanting to rest on their laurels of recently outperforming the entire enterprise applications market (if not many more other markets across the entire economy spectrum), have entered a number of partnerships with the aim to thereby extend their value proposition far beyond their expertise on the execution side of the supply chain management (SCM). Part Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC''s earlier articles about companies'' need for better links between the plant (

h part 1  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC ''s earlier articles about companies'' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop Read More...

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