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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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SignalDemand: Dealing with Supply- and Demand-side Pricing Matters - Part 1
In TEC's previous articles and blog posts about pricing management and optimization vendors like Zilliant, Vendavo, DemandTec, Servigistics or Revionics, the

v part 1  of crunching over 10,000 variables, billions of scenarios, and cycle times measured in seconds. Part 2 of this blog series will further explain SignalDemand’s pricing science. Your views, comments, opinions, etc. about the above-mentioned pricing conundrum for manufacturers and about the software category per se are welcome in the meantime. We would also be interested in hearing about your experiences with this nascent software category (if you are an existing user) or your general interest in evaluatin

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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While the WMS market is expected to continue to grow modestly and faster than the market for many other applications, it appears the WMS add-on solution, customer order fulfillment process management, will experience much higher growth.

v part 1  some publicly held SCE vendors like EXE Technologies (see SSA GT To EXE-cute (Yet) Another Acquisition ), Industry-Matematik International (IMI) , and Catalyst International (see SAPped Catalyst Warns in Wake of CEO Departure ) if just a mere SCE designation would be a guarantee of success without keeping products abreast of the latest trends or without good execution? This is Part Two of a two-part tutorial. Part One discussed how SCP and SCE need to address WMS. Examples of Meeting the Customer's Challe Read More

ROI Systems MANAGE-s Well Past 2000 Part 2: Impact and Recommendations


Expanding incrementally, with goals that are carefully balanced with providing excellent customer support, close attention to the bottom line, and leveraging a tried-and-true business model, partnerships and technologies has been ROI Systems' formula of success. It is now in a position to move forward with its plans for further needed product enhancements, staffing expansion and company growth, at a time when many of its peers continue to struggle.

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Why Reader Complaints May Be the Most Useful Part of Your Day


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v part 1  do believe that the value of the content goes beyond simple sales-pitchery), and made an interesting point concerning the way titles and abstracts inform reader expectations. While I believe the existing title and abstract are both substantively accurate, Marc’s observation was part of the impetus behind a new initiative for our white paper site. We’ve added a new category of documents called Checklists/Buyer Guides (check out the sidebar on the white paper site home page ). This category flags docume Read More

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The Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research


Most consultants agree that there are three stages that precede a software implementation project: research, evaluation, and selection. This three-part article will describe each of them, providing tips and real life examples that will help small businesses better understand what they need and how they can find the best product and vendor for them.

v part 1  for the next stage—comparable vendors and products best suited for your organization. Part 2 of this article will describe what you should do in order to ensure a successful software evaluation. Read More

MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges


MAPICS remains at a critical point in time, where immaculate execution without much space for missteps will determine its future. Despite notable functional and technological initiatives, the biggest challenge for MAPICS and its affiliate channel remains the management of still dual flagship ERP product lines.

v part 1  Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges Challenges For the last several months, MAPICS, Inc . (NASDAQ: MAPX), a global provider of extended ERP applications for world-class mid-sized manufacturers, has embarked on a painstaking process of producing a strategy going forward that would pragmatically blend the company's traditional values and success factors with new approaches to stay in tune with market trends. All the products mentioned in Part One will have lost their former trademarks. The Read More

The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2)


In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a product, a service, etc. Two main approaches can be used to perform sentiment analysis or text mining: a knowledge-based approach, which uses linguistic models to classify sentiments; and a learning-based approach, which uses

v part 1  on the Web. Some vendors are already offering analytics services ( radian6 , Sysomos , BuzzLogic , and Attentio ) to measure and analyze social media content. Now, there is also an existing trend regarding traditional BI providers to address these tasks: •    Teragram (a division of SAS Institute) unveiled its Sentiment Analysis Manager (SAM), which is a social media analysis tool that applies BI techniques to sentiment analysis. This tool can analyze content from social media sources like Amazon or Read More

A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1


Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. The

v part 1  While the best-of-breed IO vendors like  SmartOps ,  Optiant , and  ILOG LogicTools  (now part of IBM ) do not compete with Manhattan for the same business, these same vendors, at least in my observation, have a somewhat different view of the IO world than Manhattan does. Namely, all of the above named companies are manufacturing-process-centric. They provide bolt-on optimization engines essentially for  enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions (e.g., the SAP and SmartOps relationship). Read More

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