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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended only a few

s part 3  as the Steelwedge Software’ s Enterprise-Enabled Excel front-end, as mentioned in Part 2 ), and economic necessity have stirred a re-awakening of interest in S&OP. For its part, by integrating  Oracle Hyperion Planning  and Demantra solutions, Oracle has expanded its S&OP footprint into IBP. As mentioned earlier, IBP fills a long-standing gap in corporate planning systems to provide the chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) with a much more accurate revenue forecast. In Read More...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4
Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few

s part 3  the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4 Part 1 of this series  talked about my attendance of the  APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October . I attended only a few education sessions, and my conference visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference''s expo floor was that its main  value proposition  this year revolved around the various flavors of  demand management , most notably Read More...
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second largest business applications provider in continental

s part 3  to cross-sell, in a s oftware plus service  manner ( discussed on Part 2 ), into parts of an organization that do not necessarily need the overkill of an on-premise solution but which are content to take an on-demand offering. That is exactly what recently happened at the Telegraph Media Group , which has selected UNIT4 solutions for use in its media sales department. Namely, FinancialForce Accounting will automate the largely manual invoicing and accounting processes used in this busy department and Read More...
E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One
E2open has not generally been known for its sales and operations planning (S&OP) capabilities. But the software provider deserves a second look for those in

s part 3  Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One Cloud software solutions provider E2open usually gets associated with the words “cloud,” “on-demand,” “supply chain management,” “supply chain visibility,” “collaborative execution,” “trading networks,” and so on. Indeed, E2open is known for enabling enterprises to procure, manufacture, sell, and distribute products more efficiently through collaborative execution across global trading networks, using real-time information, integrated Read More...
E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part Two
Last week in the TEC blog we took a close look at E2open’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategy, including the vendor’s four-step blueprint to

s part 3  Unexpected S&OP Player: Part Two Last week in the TEC blog we took a close look at E2open’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategy , including the vendor’s four-step blueprint to collaborative S&OP. We talked to E2open vice president of product marketing Sean Rollings to find out more about E2open’s S&OP strategy and capabilities. Following is a Q&A with Rollings, including more information about E2open’s S&OP offerings and Rollings’s ideas about trends in the S&OP market. Read More...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part discusses

s part 3  101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations Summary When a company contracts work from another company, it is typically called outsourcing. Outsourced work is usually performed locally (onshore outsourcing), in other countries in roughly the same time zone (nearshore outsourcing,) in countries that are many time zones away (offshore outsourcing), or some combination of the above. Literally any activity that is performed by a company can be, and probably has been, outsourced. A Read More...
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

s part 3  and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1 The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of  service economy , or the increasing importance of the service sector  in industrialized economies. But while the vast  customer service  software market’s opportunity was examined there, the series also pointed out the treacherous complexity of planning and executing service supply chains. Compared to manufacturing Read More...
What Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part II
Part I of this blog series outlined the first three suggested

s part 3  each suggested strategy. The second and final part of this blog series continues with the remaining three pieces of advice, and with my analysis. Advice #4: Collaborate with Channel Partners to Promote Products with Bloated Inventories Caused by the Downturn – For the products that have fallen victim to the abrupt economic downturn, manufacturers should work collaboratively with their channel partners to aggressively promote those products, alleviating excess levels of inventory. This action can free Read More...
Bonitasoft, Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell
Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting

s part 3  Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting process owners. To further flesh out Bonitasoft’s value prop, we recently talked to Mac McConnell, Bonitasoft’s vice president of marketing. He is responsible for all aspects of global marketing, including brand awareness, communications, demand and lead generation, and go-to-market Read More...
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 1
Certainly, I admit to not being a programmer or a techie expert (not to use somewhat derogatory words like “geek” or “nerd”) per se. Still, my engineering

s part 3  the SOA Beast - Part 1 Certainly, I admit to not being a programmer or a techie expert (not to use somewhat derogatory words like “geek” or “nerd”) per se. Still, my engineering background and years of experience as a functional consultant should suffice for understanding the advantages and possible perils of service oriented architecture (SOA). On one hand, SOA’s advantages of flexibility (agility), components’ reusability and standards-based interoperability have been well publicized . Read More...
Manufacturing Systems with an IQ: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 1
Some time in mid-2005 TEC published a six part article on IQMS, a relatively small and obscure enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor based in Paso Robles

s part 3  mid-2005 TEC published a six part article on IQMS , a relatively small and obscure enterprise resource planning (ERP ) vendor based in Paso Robles, California (US), with offices across North America (i.e., in Chicago, Canada, and Mexico), Europe (i.e., Sweden and with recently announced indirect presence in the UK ) and Asia (i.e., China and Taiwan). Some readers were likely wondering why I “made so much mileage” out of a seemingly unimportant vendor of fewer than 70 employees and with only a few Read More...
LeveragePoint Adds Value to B2B Pricing - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced LeveragePoint as a cloud-based newcomer to the business-to-business (B2B) pricing market with a novel pricing approach

s part 3  Value-based pricing is a standard part of many of the stage-gate processes used in new product development and introduction (NPD&I) at many companies. Companies want to ensure that what they are developing will have a differentiated value and will sell at a price premium that will enable them to get a high return on investment. PJ : Some so-called big iron” pricing players view you as being complementary rather than competitive. They claim that, when one peels back your solution, what your software Read More...
Global Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part II
Part I of this blog series analyzed the appropriateness of global sourcing and spend management applications for helping companies improve their cash flows and

s part 3  Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part II Part I of this blog series analyzed the appropriateness of global sourcing and spend management applications for helping companies improve their cash flows and reduce working capital. It also introduced the question what might happen to global trade management (GTM) applications down the track. Indeed, what about this credit crunch and recession, and how will that affect the global trade, imports from China, Letters of credit (L/Cs), etc.? With th Read More...
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part IV
Part III of this blog series introduced Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone

s part 3  feature request vs. bug software example from Part III , a repair service for fee process follows its own workflow via the repair department and QA, and then is shipped to the customer. Ken Hoving, Grayhill’s vice president (VP) of corporate quality said “The Webcom solution allowed us to consolidate all of our customer corrective actions in one system and enable web access across the entire organization, including our customers, resulting in cycle time improvements and increased customer Read More...

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