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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...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

s part 3  of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress  of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But lately, the 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...
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...
Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch

s part 3  abovementioned ERP shortfalls.  As said in Part 1, lean thinking revolves around  the concepts of  takt time (production rate or drumbeat ),  heijunka (load leveling and line balancing ), and manufacturing process redesign to make it more agile (i.e., the ability to quickly change between product runs and reduce setups). In such a setup, a  Visual Production Control (VPC)  that uses common sense visual signals (i.e.,  Kanbans  or supermarkets) to initiate (trigger) a new action (e.g., replenish Read More...
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the rise and fall of of erstwhile public software company Click Commerce based in Chicago, Illinois, United States (US). At

s part 3  management (CRM) space (customer service is part of CRM), and only passes on those that are either of too low quality for its standards to buy or those that get bought (at a higher premium) by Oracle , Microsoft , or SAP . Servigistics acknowledges that many bidders looked at the company. Marlin came in and made a preemptive bid to get Servigistics, which looks pretty smart given that it also had Click Commerce.  Servigistics vehemently denies the claims that it was a low-quality asset. Furthermore, the 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

s part 3  Management Implementation Guide], SOX Section 404 , OMB Circular # A-11 Part 7 [Section 300], etc.). In that regard, Deltek Cobra, after importing project schedules, baselines and WBS, helps with project cost management, change management and forecasting. The solution features integration not only with the Open Plan sibling product, but also with the Microsoft Project/Project Server and Primavera project scheduling products. These new products certainly can create opportunities for Deltek to capture Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible@much less

s part 3  the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production operation and why. Read More...
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor''s forays into the attractive retail sector

s part 3  Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II) Part I of this blog topic   introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor''s forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS acquisition two years ago. Designed for integration and scalability, the  Epicor/CRS Retail Suite can support a wide variety of retail enterprises'' requirements. These environments range from the rapidly expanding regional retailer requiring point-of-sale (POS) , store operations and Read More...
Infor24: Demystifying Infor’s Cloud Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that cloud computing is reaching mainstream adoption in the enterprise applications space. Indeed

s part 3  Demystifying Infor’s Cloud Strategy - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  started with the assertion that  cloud computing  is reaching mainstream adoption in the enterprise applications space. Indeed, virtually all renowned  independent software vendors (ISVs)  already offer or plan to offer some or all of their products as a service ( on-demand software ). My blog post then expanded onto some cloud computing definitions and nuances, to establish that  enterprise resource planning (ERP) Read More...
The ITIL Version 3 Prescription for Transitioning Services
IT service transition is difficult to manage. But with the updated guidance found in ITIL Version 3, IT organizations can plan for a more successful transition,

s part 3  over budget. New elements seem to break what was working before. Rollouts fail part way through, with no clear way to get back to the starting point. And all the while, we are hemorrhaging time and money, and losing credibility with the business. These are just a few of the challenges that the guidance in the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Version 3 is intended to help address, in particular through the volume covering the third phase of the service life cycle: Service Transition . Read More...
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article then

s part 3  s ourcing RFB and s ourcing RFQ events are those in which sourcing agents are called upon to assist in the actual purchase or sale, or to provide defining information. Agents can, in turn, create another event from the original one as needed. Frequently, companies use this event type when they are unsure about exactly what it is they are buying or selling and they need some assistance defining it. In a manner of speaking, TEC is sn example of an agent helping companies source enterprise applications. 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...
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...

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