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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 4  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...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of business process management (BPM), with an ensuing

s part 4  and Open Architecture As said in Part 1 , the integration-centric service oriented architecture (SOA )-based middleware providers have often been accused by true BPM suite providers like Pega of primarily targeting IT departments to try to sell BPM as a matter of service orchestration . These SOA integrators are sometimes seen as the BPM party “gate-crashers,” since the true value of BPM should be realized by empowering business users. Still, Pega is more than aware of the SOA, Web-oriented Read More...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended few education

s part 4  the strategic nature of S&OP . Part 5 will conclude by analyzing the S&OP solution from JDA Software as another product that arguably deserves to be in the S&OP Top 5. My guess is that  Nari Viswanathan, Aberdeen Group ''s vice president (VP) and principal SCM analyst , who recently coauthored  the S&OP AXIS Report  (subscription required) and was mentioned in  Part 2 , did not lump JDA together with i2 Technologies, Oracle , and Demand Solutions (as the vendors that are reportedly leading the Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

s part 4  workhorse has been a solid part of RedPrairie’s revenue stream. The  acquired retail store systems mentioned in Part 2  have sold relatively well independently, although even this business has somewhat slowed during the ongoing recession. The total customer count for RedPrairie''s retail products is around 100, with a total of about 30,000 sites. The install base for the  build-to-order (BTO)  manufacturing suite is smaller, with about 30 customers. RedPrairie has cross-sold the retail 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 4  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...
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

s part 4  Q2O and CPQ software solutions . Part II will continue with a discussion of recent developments at BigMachines. From the vibrant SaaS Q2O pack, BigMachines is differentiated by its market leadership with the fastest growth, the most customers, and the  strongest roster of marquee partners . Although the vendor has long been a prominent partner in both Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM On Demand ’s ecosystem, these partnerships have lately been further deepened. Ahead of the SaaS Q2O/CPQ Pack Namely, Read More...
TOTVS S/A
Founded in 1983 as the Microsiga Software Company, TOTVS is a software company focused on innovation, relationship, and management support. It is the top

s part 4  S/A Founded in 1983 as the Microsiga Software Company, TOTVS is a software company focused on innovation, relationship, and management support. It is the top leader in both Brazil (48.6% market share) and Latin America (34.5% market share). TOTVS is the largest application software company located in emerging countries and the 6th-largest ERP company in the world.  In Latin America, TOTVS was the first company in this segment to go public. It has more than 26,000 active clients and counts on the Read More...
How Some ERP Vendors Demonstrated - Warts And All Part 2: Results
This is part two of a case study from a recent selection engagement for an ETO mid-size manufacturer; we assess Oracle, J.D. Edwards, SAP, and IFS in terms of

s part 4  to the pertinent system sessions. For the most part the team followed the scripts in the original order. Ability to Finish During the Allotted Time Oracle Good - The demo team finished the scripts with acceptable requests for additional time. Some digressions were long and could have been avoided though. J.D. Edwards Good - The demo team finished the scripts with acceptable requests for additional time. The team also paced themselves well with only minor digressions. SAP Good - The demo team finished the Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

s part 4  late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud)  was tepid  when it was introduced at the Dreamforce 2009 conference . However, a few months have passed and this period has helped salesforce.com craft the much clearer cloud computing evolution message that was analyzed in Part 2 . The article then also went on to explain my change of heart and discussed Salesforce Read More...
Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?
Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software

s part 4  part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. Read More...
Jaspersoft 4 Goes Big Data
On January 11, 2011, Jaspersoft launched a new version of its business intelligence (BI) suite named Jaspersoft 4, and just a couple of weeks later, on January

s part 4  4 Goes Big Data On January 11, 2011, Jaspersoft launched a new version of its business intelligence (BI) suite named Jaspersoft 4 , and just a couple of weeks later, on January 25, the open source BI provider launched a new set of software tools that provides support for a wider variety of data sources in the “Big Data” space . This is a clear sign that BI applications will come to address a wider number of data sources and expand the reach as well as the size of the information that BI Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor ToolsGroup and its solution

s part 4  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor  ToolsGroup and its solution for planning and optimizing finished goods in distribution environments. So, How Does ToolsGroup Solve the Distribution Puzzle? Most of the benefits are driven here by the distinctive Stock Mix Optimization capability that has delivered higher service levels with much less inventory for Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a

s part 4  e ( now OneSCM, see Part 1 ) and ClearOrbit’s X.PC products had separate SRM capabilities with some common features. OneSCM is a multi-tenant SaaS solution with a strong messaging layer, whereas X.PC provided depth in collaborative demand planning, quality assurance (QA), supplier diversity, and control over shipment execution. OneSCM has added the ability to address the growing preference for affordable ''pay-as-you-go'' solutions. In the long term, the two SRM product sets are being merged into a Read More...
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software
After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM

s part 4  After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The company provides both PLM tools (e.g., computer-aided design [CAD], Read More...
Deltek''s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV)
Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [evaluate this product] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [evaluate this product

s part 4  more comprehensive competitive landscape, see Part II of this blog series ). Staying Away From On-demand, For Now One potential stumbling block could come from the company not yet having any plans to roll out on-demand versions of its software, which would allow customers to download its applications over the Internet, and which is a backbone of businesses such as Salesforce.com and NetSuite . Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors such as Salesforce.com, ADP and RightNow compete only in Deltek’s Read More...

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