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JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 1
Last year I attended the JDA FOCUS 2009 conference to realize that Scottsdale, Arizona-based JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) has become a force to be reckoned

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...
BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

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...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the

k part 1  is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: Application software I.T. infrastructure Business process outsourcing (BPO), and Manufacturing This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. This part defines and describes common types of outsourcing. Part Three Read More...
Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series began with an analysis of the recent merger of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. Progress has this way

k part 1  a top-down manner. Dr. K asked the audience What percentage of processes within enterprises run on a BPM system? The answer was less than 5 percent, although more than 80 percent of processes need improvements. It would be counterproductive to re-implement any business process to improve it. This suboptimal practice breaks away from the notional idea that “Model, Deploy, Execute, Monitor, and Improve” is the proper cycle for achieving process management and improvement nirvana. A major problem is Read More...
Can Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part One: Event Summary
According to the early signs, it appears that key elements of Webplan''s business plan are producing results with dividends. These elements involve positioning

k part 1  ., Intel K . K ., ITRI ( Industrial Technology Research Institute ), Kawatetsu Systems , Inc ., Microsoft Co ., Ltd , NTT DATA Corporation , Oki Electric Industry Co ., Ltd ., and Unitopia should continue to advance Webplan''s position in the region. In the Asia Pacific region, the vendor sells almost exclusively through its partners, and most of its implementations are also done by partners, while Webplan typically mentors the customer or the partner before or during the implementation. The largest 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

k part 1  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 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 Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

k part 1  views, user-defined alerts, and key management reports. It is thus small wonder that the company’s R&D investment continues to exceed its peers'', and has increased 250 percent in the last five years, to the 2007 total of $45 million (USD) (and $200 million cumulatively over the last five years). During these years, Manhattan has grown to meet the needs of its more than 1,200 global customers by employing 2,000 people in 10 offices on four continents, with $337 million (USD) in revenue in 2007 and Read More...
Mobilizing Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method
The case for action is intended as a living document, to be updated and referenced by the business and the project team. It should be referenced during the

k part 1  We want people who know how it operates, who might have experience of how competitors operate, and people who are influential and respected. This is Part Two of a two-part article. Part One presented the problem. Workshop Structure Our experience is that it''s important to understand the rationale for the project at two levels—the strategic and the tactical. By focusing on both, you are better able to create a compelling argument for the initiative and better able to build a case for the different Read More...
K/3 ERP
The Kingdee Enterprise Application Suite (EAS) is the first enterprise management software for large and medium-sized businesses in China. It is compliant with

k part 1  3 ERP The Kingdee Enterprise Application Suite (EAS) is the first enterprise management software for large and medium-sized businesses in China. It is compliant with The Open Group (TOG) standards, and built on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) foundation. It covers group management; financial management; human resources management (HRM); customer relationship management (CRM); supply chain management (SCM); vendor relationship management (VRM); collaboration platform; and other management Read More...
J.D. Edwards Finds Its Inner-Self Within Its 5th Incarnation Part 2: FOCUS Announcements Continued
While significant new product deliveries have happened under the company’s own steam, J.D. Edwards has not departed from its traditional policy of congenial

k part 1  FOCUS Announcements Continued P.J. Jakovljevic - October 3, 2002 FOCUS Announcements Continued However, contrary to the concrete delivery announcements discussed in Part One, during FOCUS, J.D. Edwards announced merely its vision for a Supplier Relationship Management ( SRM ) suite with full capabilities to electronically collaborate with suppliers and partners across the supply chain. Having advanced the concept of SRM beyond other offerings currently on the market, J.D. Edwards believes to be in a Read More...
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For
In the first two parts of this series (part I, part II), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise

k part 1  Be Careful What You Ask For In the first two parts of this series ( part I , part II ), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise resource planning (ERP) system would have to support global trade management (GTM) functionality more quickly than expected. He had sent an e-mail off to his chief information officer (CIO), Mike, suggesting a new project be set up and managed by the project management office, MegaPMO. Now, with some trepidation, he Read More...
ERP and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3
Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning

k part 1  3 Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning to enterprise resource planning (ERP) or business intelligence (BI) solutions to provide control and visibility. Each provides value, but the marriage of the two becomes the perfect storm, igniting improved performance and visibility. This report discusses their synergistic relationship. Read More...
IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response
IFS could be an object case of how a great product (in terms of functionality scope and technological foundation) and knowledgeable employees are only part of

k part 1  and technological foundation) and knowledgeable employees are only part of the wholesale success in the finicky enterprise resource planning (ERP) market. Namely, back in 1994, IFS began a development project to transfer its flagship IFS Applications suite to object-oriented technology, which was completed in 1997, with the launch of the IFS Applications 1998 product suite. The IFS'' business concept has since been to increase the freedom of action and competitiveness of user companies by enabling Read More...
It’s About Process (or Ability to be Responsive) -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notions of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also tackled the similarities and subtle

k part 1  Webcom, Inc., which is known for its WebSource CPQ (standing for “configure, price, and quote”) on-demand quote to order (Q2O) suite , established with about 50 high-profile customers.  For more information on the Q2O/CPQ market, see TEC ''s earlier article entitled Q2O Systems: Solutions for Quotation Management and Pricing Configuration. Part III of this blog series will delve into Webcom’s particular brand new on-demand workflow/BPM offering called ResponsAbility . In the meantime, your Read More...
6 Immediate Business Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider
Maintaining an effective supply chain is clearly an integral part of a manufacturing company’s livelihood. Using Web-enabled tools, the enterprise is able to

k part 1  to the users'' requirements. Unlike a packaged SRM solution that is offered as a small part of an enterprise system, vendors that focus on SRM and develop their solutions from the ground up are better equipped to customize their offerings to meet these specific requirements. Financial commitment In today''s economy, companies are looking for ways to avoid biting off more than they can chew. Once touted as something to avoid, hosted services are now providing a way to reap the benefits of the technology Read More...

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