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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 Read More

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SCP and SCE Need to Collaborate for Better Fulfillment Part Two: Vendor and User Recommendations.
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

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

v part 1  functionality) from a single vendor may benefit from evaluating other products at this stage. ROI Systems should be included on a short list in selections within the SME manufacturing market where configure-to-order (CTO) assembly, repetitive/flow manufacturing, distribution, shop floor execution, and field service modules are the main pillars (bear a high importance) of an enterprise application.   This concludes Part 2 of a two-part news analysis.   Part 1 covered recent developments with ROI Systems Read More
Why Reader Complaints May Be the Most Useful Part of Your Day
As managing editor for TEC’s white paper site, I receive a wide variety of reader comments, ranging from lost password requests to queries about white papers on

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
Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC), which is an over

v part 1  PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC , NASDAQ: PMTC) , which is an over US$ 1 billion large software company that develops, markets, and supports  product development  software solutions and related services. The article analyzed the company’s genesis from its inception in 1985 through the mid 2000s. In addition to delivering Pro/ Read More
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

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

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

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

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
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

v part 1  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 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
TEC’s I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales

v part 1  I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC ’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales performance management (SPM) practices. It also introduced the latest entry in TEC’s I&CM (Incentive & Compensation Management) Evaluation Center , Varicent Software ’s flagship product, Varicent SPM [ evaluate this product ]. Varicent SPM Architecture Overview The Read More
Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1
Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops

v part 1  (MES)  partnerships, Camstar and Visiprise (now part of SAP ), to enhance its application for integrated product and product design (IPPD). The product focuses on ensuring  design for manufacturability (DFM ) or  concurrent engineering , but it does not enable simulation of manufacturing lines and operations as Dassault DELMIA or Siemens Tecnomatix do. In 2006, PTC acquired MathSoft for its renowned MathCad software that is considered the industry standard in the field. MathCad is a relatively easy Read More
Tracing Food Quality and Safety, or We Are What We Eat, After All (Part II)
Part I of this blog post introduced the burning issues of food safety and the ensuing need for traceability. To the end of providing entire food supply chain

v part 1  but also helps companies validate their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives in areas such as product safety, sustainable development and animal welfare. Lawson developed its solution in conjunction with one of the world's largest aquaculture feed production companies, Nutreco (a minor part of whose business is also poultry processing). Trace Engine is a standalone, web-based, configurable repository that can receive, filter and interpret any trace line information from Read More
Epicor Financial Management Software (v. 9.05) for Financial Packages Certification Report
Epicor Financial Management Software (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of financial packages in TEC’s Accounting Evaluation Center. The

v part 1  Financial Management Software (v. 9.05) for Financial Packages Certification Report Epicor Financial Management Software (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of financial packages in TEC’s Accounting Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst 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

v part 1  ANSI/EIA-748-A-1998, DOD  EVMIG [Earned Value 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 Read More

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