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Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1
Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M@As) in the vibrant and buoyant business process management (BPM

m part 1  Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1 Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the vibrant and buoyant  business process management (BPM)  space.  The merger of Progress Software Corp. (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. drew my attention  in particular. Why? Because, to my mind, Progress has thus made a large leap into the BPM space, a market where it has been notably absent. Namely, from Progress’ analyst event two years ago, I vividly Read More...
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Job Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 1
We certainly learn new things every day, and sometimes out of pure serendipity. Namely, when I was recently asked by one of my industry contacts (working for a

m part 1  Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 1 We certainly learn new things every day, and sometimes out of pure serendipity. Namely, when I was recently asked by one of my industry contacts (working for a PR agency) whether I would like to have a briefing with and about his client, whose name included the word batch as a part, I agreed, thinking it was a process enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor or maybe a manufacturing execution system (MES) vendor. To my chagrin, as soon as 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

m part 1  components of processes (subprocesses) M anage all elements of the business B ottom line improvements E liminate bottlenecks R apidly deploy new services (and processes). Indeed, these are some of the typical benefits of deploying BPM systems, but the trouble, called the lack of clarity and consensus, starts with the quandary about what exactly constitutes BPM, and what exact parts and capabilities of BPM help achieve those benefits? In other words, are there more important and better BPM suites and/or Read More...
Agresso + CODA, VITA + Link (+ CODA 2go): What's the Sum? (Part 1)
Over the last few years I have produced a number of articles and blog entries on two once-independent and occasionally competing products: Agresso Business

m part 1  the business, instead of molding the business around IT. The first part of this definition is similar to what many extended-ERP platform providers are doing: stitching together existing assets through a lower cost common middleware platform. This is a laudable effort, especially in this economy. However, the second part of the definition (referring more to molding software to the business and enabling flexibility and agility), simply are not considered by these quasi-SOA platforms. That is because the Read More...
Agresso Bucks the Slump (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 1
Sadly, it is not difficult for so many of us to concede that, except for maybe the historic elections in the US and the successful Olympic Games in Beijing

m part 1  (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 1 Sadly, it is not difficult for so many of us to concede that, except for maybe the historic elections in the US and the successful Olympic Games in Beijing, 2008 was a terrible and somber year. It felt long-drawn-out, and many of us will have trouble sinking it easily into oblivion. Without even talking about our retirement funds and investments being slashed by about 40 percent (as part of a potentially more far-reaching financial crisis) or about 2.6 million 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

m part 1  part because it provides many part and parcel' components of SCE. SCE has indisputably lately been growing faster than its other applications siblings, given its low-hanging fruit that provide hard benefits (e.g., improved inventory accuracy, improved space utilization, improved labor productivity, etc.) with quick deployments and appetizing price tags. To that end, warehouse, yard and transportation management have emerged as some of a rare remaining areas where companies still have an ample opportunity 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

m part 1  Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method Mobilizing Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method Featured Author - Bronwyn Evans - October 2, 2003 The Approach The best way to develop the projected benefits is to workshop these, then to prepare your case for action document and have it reviewed by the contributors. Some people conduct interviews and analyses of operations. The problem with this approach is that it takes a lot of effort and generally results in conflicting opinions in some Read More...
1 Little GB, 2 Little GB, ..., 10 Little Gigabit
The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance announced that its membership has increased to over 50 companies in less than three months.

m part 1  Networks, but to include Metropolitan (MAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) as part of IEEE 802.3ae. Market Impact The 10 Gigabit Alliance was designed to have a standard that integrates all networking technologies under one Ethernet standard for LANs, MANs, and WANs. This merging of technologies will create robust networks that will be able to leverage existing Ethernet technologies. LAN Managers will be able to leverage their existing networking infrastructure while increasing network performance. Read More...
Grape Escape 2013: Customer Value a Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2
This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in

m part 1  Escape 2013: Customer Value a Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2 This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in Boston. UNIT4 Representing UNIT4 at the event were two top managers: regular attendee Ton Dobbe, the company’s vice president of product marketing, and Anwen Robinson, managing director in UK and Ireland, who was invited to share some of UNIT4’s news in that region 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

m part 1  support those customers' demands, MBN is only a small part of the trading relationship equation. Since the technology is only an enabler to facilitate changes, for B2B collaboration to be effective, performance measurement and change management will have to be instituted. Thus, true cooperation from suppliers and customers as well as strong support services from MBS and its partners to deal with business-related questions, technical glitches, and data translation issues will be required. Read More...
SOA From a Management Perspective: Part Two
Despite the numerous benefits companies can expect from service-oriented architecture, the technology is still relatively new and implementation costs are steep

m part 1  From a Management Perspective: Part Two This is Part Two of a two-part note. Part One provides a basic understanding of SOA, the rollout plans for major software vendors, and the benefits of SOA. Concerns About SOA Back in the day when procedures and subroutines were all the rage, there was a performance concern: Did the use of subroutines, with all of its branching back and forth and passing of data, degrade performance as opposed to duplicating the code in stream? The same concern with message Read More...
Project Management Communication: Part 3 of 3
In this final installment of the Project Management Communication series, we look at a vital project management tool. This system has provided visibility to

m part 1  Management Communication: Part 3 of 3 In this final installment of the Project Management Communication series, we look at a vital project management tool. This system has provided visibility to senior management, as well as justification for projects based on the expected value of each product in its planning stage, and in projects both in progress and completed. What Is Project Portfolio Management? Project portfolio management (PPM) is a resource system that permits an enterprise to collect (or Read More...
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don't

m part 1  off to a positive, momentum-gaining start. In Part I of this three-part series, we start the countdown of the 10 reasons or objectives of kickoff meeting, from the least to the most important. When setting the agenda for the project kickoff, use these articles as a checklist. While it may not lead to a standing ovation or a nomination for Best Director , awareness of the top 10 reasons can help maximize the time spent and properly set the attitude, motivation, and discipline of the project team. 10. 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

m part 1  open source customer relationship management (CRM) space. Part 2 describes SugarCRM’s approach to development, their partner ecosystem, and how social media has changed CRM. Q: About development—most of it is done by your team of programmers, right?   A: That’s correct. Engineering is done more than 90 percent in house. We have set up this model because, while we open source everything we do, we rely on our business customers, and they demand a very solid, secure code base. And you can’t have a 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

m part 1  the POC may have marketing content that does not add value to the project. This is Part Two of a two-part tutorial. Part One discussed the structure of a POC and how it fits in the selection process. Advantages and Disadvantages to the Vendor These are the advantages to the vendor: Gain a competitive edge in the sales process. The POC is another tool in the sales toolkit. The POC can be used to move prospects into the next step of the sales process without the client having to make a full commitment. Read More...

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