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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...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

k part 1  spreadsheets or flat files. K   Kbps - Kilobits per second . Note that Kbps is NOT the same as KB (Kilobytes). There are 8 bits per kilobyte. Hence, for example, if you have a 56 Kbps modem, it actually transmits 56/8 = 7 KB per second, maximum. This is often a source of confusion when users are downloading software from the Internet, and they see download rates of less than 7KB. 4KB, which is equal to 32 Kbps, is a typical, actual download speed. Knowledgebase - A database that is stocked with 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 2
Part 1 of this series began to analyze the recent merger of Progress Software Corp. [NASDAQ: PRGS] and Savvion Inc. With this acquisition, Progress has made a

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...
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...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1
The business process management (BPM) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In

k part 1  are all “not in Kansas anymore” and may just need some ruby slippers to find our way back home to profitability. If you have 14 minutes to spare, you can re-capture the spirit of the event here . Part 2 of this blog series will analyze Trefler’s presentation and provide more details on Pegasystems’ value proposition. In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions or individual experiences with BPM solutions are more than welcome. Read More...
Should Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion
A proof of concept (POC) should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by

k part 1  whereby the client may walk away without purchasing the software are rarely used in reality as a significant investment in both money and time has been made. Furthermore, the client may be convinced to move into the POC without fully evaluating all solutions due to the perceived low risk of the POC option. Sales exercise. Depending upon the commercial agreements in place, the POC can be within the sales cycle thus the ability of vendor for full disclosure is restricted. Further, the documentation Read More...
Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While smaller businesses must be attuned to what their larger customers and trading partners require, and thus consider the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) as

k part 1  Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations Challenges At the beginning of October, during the annual conference of the American Production and Inventory Control Society , APICS 2003 , in addition to Microsoft Corporation''s (NASDAQ: MSFT) initiative to avail a majority of its Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division''s enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings with long needed pieces of product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality through Read More...
Axiom:1, Inc.
Axiom:1, Inc. is an independent consulting firm specializing in Business Process Assessment and Improvement. Our primary focus is in helping clients achieve

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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...
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...
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

k part 1  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, Appian [ evaluate this product ], Lombardi [ evaluate this product ], Colosa ProcessMaker [ evaluate this product ], Read More...
The Many Faces of PLM Part One: Event Summary
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions, like many of the application suites that have come before it, are a collection of different offerings

k part 1  , EDS PLM (now known as UGS ), PTC and MatrixOne also exhibited at the show, displaying their approach to delivering the value of PLM. The diversity of the vendors and their application offerings further highlights the need for manufacturers to understand PLM as a whole, determine the areas that will provide the most value for their business, and then map out a strategy that includes incremental steps to achieve that value. For more information on this approach, see The PLM Program An Incremental Read More...

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