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Liberty Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 2: Comparison, Challenges, & Recommendations
The battle for the dominance in Web services has so far largely been a war of words without the clear winner yet (and not any time soon). While interoperability

i part 2  clarified .NET strategy. This is Part 2 of a two-part event note continues the discussion of the Market Impact of recent announcements concerning the standardization of Web Services.   Part 1 began the discussion with recent events and their Market Impact. Comparisons Somewhat surprisingly, with the blitz of all the recent hoopla surrounding Web services in its .NET strategy, Microsoft seems to have caught its archrivals asleep. The protracted lack of a clear message and a more vocal embracement of Web Read More...
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Frankie Does ERP, Part 2
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

i part 2  in my face. “Frankie, I want you to contact SAP now and open negotiations for an ERP system.” “You what.” Theodore starts reading from his printout: “Best-run businesses are using SAP solutions to help close the gap between strategy and execution—optimizing the performance of the business as well as the business network. SAP solutions, along with services and a wealth of extended value from the SAP customer-focused ecosystem, help customers become clear enterprises by providing insight for Read More...
Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 2
At the beginning of June, I attended the PowerPlex 2013 conference, Plex System’s 12th annual user conference, in Columbus, Ohio, where the focus was on the

i part 2  FDA-regulated environments is surprising. I get the track-and-trace angle, but still, why target a vertical that just invites this type of serious inquiry in areas that are targeted by auditors and compliance departments are paid to look for trouble? The cloud manufacturing space is becoming increasingly competitive, with NetSuite recently making great strides in the space, and a number of cloud ERP startups coming from the salesforce.com’s ecosystem, such as Ramco ERP On Cloud , QAD On Demand , SAP Read More...
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial
This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection

i part 2  of the PDAs change. I have selected Product Availability as the variable for priority, and can see that it would not take too much to swing the decision to the Jornada. This poses a problem to me. However, as I've gone without a PDA for most of the years of my life, a little more waiting is not likely to kill me, in part reflected by the low priority I have given availability. I also reason if I am to get one, it had better be good. I decide to take the risk, as the rest of the evidence favors the Read More...
Some Belated Insights from, well, Deltek Insight 2010 - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with me lamenting my inability to attend the Deltek Insight 2010 conference. However, I recently had an in-depth post-event

i part 2  Insight 2010 conference. However, I recently had an in-depth post-event recap instead with Deltek’s in-the-know staff members. What then followed in Part 1 were descriptions of the major developments that transpired at Deltek Insight 2010 in terms of already released products and those that were only sneak previewed (but will be released down the track ). Part 2 will analyze the corporate announcements and some new (perhaps refreshing) directions, as well as provide a glimpse of what we might expect Read More...
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector

i part 2  Sector? (Part II) Part I of this blog topic   introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS acquisition two years ago. Designed for integration and scalability, the  Epicor/CRS Retail Suite can support a wide variety of retail enterprises' requirements. These environments range from the rapidly expanding regional retailer requiring point-of-sale (POS) , store operations and merchandising, to the Read More...
Managing Compliance with 21 CFR Part 11
Compliance with regulatory requirements is a business-critical need you must maintain. But meeting this need is more challenging with the creation of new

i part 2  Compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance with regulatory requirements is a business-critical need you must maintain. But meeting this need is more challenging with the creation of new regulations, such as 21 CFR Part 11, governing the use of software for secure data processing. But compliance is possible: an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can help with audits, document and digital signatures, validation scripts, and other security needs. Read More...
Provia Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Five: 3PL Support and SCE Optimization
FourSite 4.4 is an upgrade of its fulfillment solution oriented towards third party logistics (3PL) providers. ViaOptimize, is an advanced step for companies

i part 2  single WMS product. This is Part five of an eight-part note. Parts One through Five detail recent announcements. Parts Six and Seven will discuss the market impact. Part Eight will note challenges and make user recommendations. Parts One through Four were published between August 11 and 14. Part Five to Eight will be published August 18 to 21. SCE Optimization Addressing some shortcomings of current SCE systems that admittedly mainly still automate and do not necessarily optimize operations within the sho Read More...
PeopleSoft Internationalizes Its Mid-Market Forays Part 2: Challenges & User Recommendations
Despite the challenges, PeopleSoft has raised the bar in providing solutions for smaller enterprises, and Tier 2 and Tier 3 vendors might be in for a tough

i part 2  segments' business practices. This is Part Two of a two-part analysis of recent PeopleSoft announcements. Part One discussed the announcements and began the Market Impact. Challenges Consequently, one should not expect PeopleSoft's (or any other Tier 1 vendor's) mid-market initiative to have a smooth ride yet. Although less notoriously negatively publicized than SAP, PeopleSoft remains a complex application, and the Internet architecture and new interface can mitigate that only so much. This perception Read More...
The Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part Two: Automotive Suppliers Gain
The nature of the global automotive supply chain means that the suppliers must be tightly integrated into the trading partner’s enterprise, whose supply chain

i part 2  Competitive Advantage? ). This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed the pain of integrated EDI. Part Three will discuss the gains of other industries and make user recommendations. Infor Automotive Essentials The Infor Automotive Essentials product suite has been developed specifically to benefit manufacturers in the automotive industry. Today, seventeen of the top twenty-five automotive suppliers worldwide apparently use parts of solutions found in Infor Automotive Essentials. The Read More...
Processing Complex Events (During These, oh well, Complex Times) - Part III
Part I of this blog series introduced the concept of complex event processing (CEP) and possible needs for CEP software applications. One such broad CEP

i part 2  - Part III Part I of this blog series introduced the concept of complex event processing (CEP ) and possible needs for CEP software applications. One such broad CEP platform, Progress Apama , has been offered by Progress Software Coporation after acquiring formerly independent Apama LTD in 2005. Part II then discussed Apama’s current state of affairs and its real-life deployments at companies outside its traditional stronghold of capital markets and algorithmic trading . So, what makes this product Read More...
I Keep on Knocking...
Nearly 60 percent of Australian businesses with more than 100 employees do not respond to web-generated sales enquiries (such as e-mail or web forms) within

i part 2  Keep on Knocking... Nearly 60 percent of Australian businesses with more than 100 employees do not respond to web-generated sales enquiries (such as e-mail or web forms) within seven days. But the bad news doesn’t stop there. Find out why your customers may still be waiting for you to respond—and what you can do about it. Read More...
Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1
The software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough

i part 2  electronic signatures, etc. Thus,  I concur with Frank Scavo’s assertion that, for the time being, there is only one true SaaS provider that offers a complete ERP solution for manufacturing companies : Plex Online [ evaluate this product ] from  Plex Systems (formerly Plexus Systems ) . Manufacturers and SaaS: Is There a Need? You Bet! Legacy software  is a business inhibitor in any environment, and manufacturing companies also want business-related innovation, rather than having to manage IT Read More...
Tier 1 vs. Tier 2 vs. Tier 3 ERP: What’s the Difference, Anyway?
In the software industry, at least in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) segment, there is an implicit understanding of what is meant by tier 1, 2, and 3

i part 2  tier 4 software vendor, I don’t think this applies to the ERP space. How to Distinguish the Different Tiers? The distinction between tier 1 ERP products and vendors and their tier 2 and 3 competitors appears to be obvious. Functional differences exist in scalability and related functionality of the software. Tier 1 solutions can scale up better that most tier 2 solutions. Similarly, tier 1 solutions provide a level of functionality that tier 2 and 3 solutions still don’t possess. Tier 1 products were Read More...

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