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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 with in the vast supply chain management (SCM) space. Although far from being a vocal or touchy-feely company, throughout its history JDA has been run fairly effectively by applying basic principles of sound management

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)/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

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

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 made a large leap into the business process management (BPM) space, from where it had been notably absent. The article summarized that Savvion BusinessManager 7.5 [evaluate this product] is one of the most mature BPM suites in the still

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

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 four broad outsourcing categories: application software, information technology infrastructure, business process outsourcing (BPO), and manufacturing.

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k part 1  and managers need to keep updating their decisions based on a repository of rules, policies, and regulations. Some of the simple rules can be described as part of the process description via the decision gateways (e.g.,  if-then-else ). But there could be rules that are more complex, i.e., hierarchical in nature, and thus need to be maintained outside of business processes. In that case, the company needs a BPM system with a strong  business rules management system (BRMS) . Within a BRMS, users can Read More

Are You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance?


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k part 1  You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance? It’s old, it’s new, and it’s the future. Pedigree tracking regulations were originally passed into law through the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 (PDMA). After two decades of postponing enforcement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its final stay. Pharmaceutical companies are expected to be in compliance with 21 CFR Part 203 by the year 2011. Do you have what it takes for compliance? Read More

Case Study: B&K Corporation


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k part 1  screen, and so on. Key ResponsAbility Design Tenets In contrast, ResponsAbility was built with several design concepts in mind, starting with scalability in terms of users’ ability to create an unlimited number of cases, processes, statuses, status transitions, custom fields, users, user types, departments, etc. There is also flexibility in terms of creating permissions (e.g., by project, by process, by custom fields, etc.) and the assigning of rules and permissions is visible system-wide. As for data Read More

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Up Close and Personal: Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM-Part 2


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k part 1  online. But if you know what you’re doing, this is higher qualification of your potential customers. Instead of educating and evangelizing, it’s better to start the conversation further along the line. Customers expect us to care about what they really need, not what we want them to buy. This relationship is also helping companies build a buying culture rather than just selling products. It’s “how can I help you” rather than “what can I sell you today.” To be continued… The third and Read More

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k part 1  has continued with the painstaking process of producing and executing a strategy going forward that would pragmatically blend the company''s traditional values and success factors with new approaches to stay in tune with market trends. To that end, on May 5, MAPICS announced it recently acquired the MAGIK! Product Lifecycle Management ( PLM ) solution, from its longtime partner— Ceimis Enterprises of Laguna Hills, California (US). This former strategic extension solution has purportedly been well Read More

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