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JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 1


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k part 1  sets. JDA pledged several key commitments to its customers starting with that the company would continue to support all of its products. JDA will note replace one product with another, but will rather create a “Superior Solution” that is a “Superset” of the combined functionality. Last but not least, JDA will not impose a forced timeline to upgrade: JDA customers will be able to move to the converged solution when they are ready, i.e. in the normal cycle of upgrade. Meanwhile, certain products Read More

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k part 1  this blog post series  talked about my encounter with  BigMachines , a provider of slick  software-as-a-service (SaaS)  configure, price, and quote (CPQ)/ quote-to-order (Q2O)  solutions during my recent attendance of  Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US).  Prior to analyzing recent events at BigMachines, Part I explained the general value proposition of on-demand Q2O and CPQ software solutions . Part II will continue with a discussion of recent developments at BigMachines. From the Read More

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Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)


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