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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
One of the biggest challenges facing IT departments today is still unlocking data and processes from a plethora of heterogeneous applications running on

k part 1  the entire enterprise applications market (if not many more other markets across the entire economy spectrum), have entered a number of partnerships with the aim to thereby extend their value proposition far beyond their expertise on the execution side of the supply chain management (SCM). Part One of this note detailed these developments. Indeed, one of the biggest challenges facing IT departments today is still unlocking data and processes from a plethora of heterogeneous applications running on Read More...
Provia Proves Its Way To Success Part Two: Market Impact
From the moment an order is created, Provia Software’s ViaWare and ViaView suites aim at helping managers track orders in real time and make orders visible

k part 1  entire supply chain and KPI measurements. This concludes Part Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed recent announcements. Part Three will discuss Provia''s Competitive Strategy, Challenges, and make User Recommendations. Read More...
EAM Versus CMMS: What''s Right for Your Company? Part One
As companies continue to look for more areas from which to squeeze out revenues and reduce expenses, enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized

k part 1  in more detail, two key differentiators: integration concerns and reliability-centered maintenance (RCM). The article ends with a background on Intentia and IFS, and with a general discussion about enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors'' foray into the EAM/CMMS arena. This is Part One of a four-part note. Part Two will address integration concerns. Parts Three and Four will present an analysis of two major vendors. Comparing CMMS and EAM Many regard EAM as CMMS on steroids, which is an 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

k part 1  Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Five: 3PL Support and SCE Optimization FourSite 4.4 These days when radio frequency identification (RFID) is constantly on everyone''s lips, and when every relevant enterprise application vendor is hedging its bets towards becoming RFID-ready or is even convincing the market that its RFID-compliant solution is exactly what the doctor (such as, Wal-Mart , Target , Albertsons , and the US Department of Defense [ DoD ]) ordered, the typically quiet Provia Software ( Read More...
Deltek''s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)
Well, a few months after Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek''s pre-New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has

k part 1  s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II) Well, a few months after  Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek ''s pre- New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has finally come for us to analyze why being again publicly traded should (or should not) work better for Deltek this time. If one is to judge merely by the most recent financial figures , it would appear to be working well, but my focus here is on some lingering softer issues too. So, when the new Read More...
Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM

k part 1  ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations Are ERP and PLM Speaking the Same Language? Costs are an excellent example of semantic confusion. Accountants know that cost is a not a single characteristic of an item but a category of characteristics. Without answering a series of questions about the cost, the meaning of it is vague. Is the cost the procurement cost from the supplier? Does it include shipping? Does it include tax and duty? Does it include internal overhead, or is it just direct Read More...
Up Close and Personal: Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM-Part 2
In part one of my interview with Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM, we discussed the history of SugarCRM and the open source

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...
What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (part two)
And here''s the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers

k part 1  Makes a Good White Paper Good… (part two) And here''s the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers who may *forget* that not everyone on the planet has the same rarified vocabulary, not mentioning the names of any jobs or fields...). 2. Audience, Audience (Stake a claim with your first paragraph). After the compelling title, the first paragraph makes or breaks audience “ affinity, ” which is Read More...

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