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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

x part 1  same time, Manhattan introduced  X-suite Solutions (currently consisting of Flow Management and Extended Enterprise Management ) to address complex cross-functional business issues, such as collaborating with trading partners to efficiently communicate and ensure goods move smoothly to end customers at minimum cost. The vendor also introduced IBM Cognos -enabled supply chain intelligence (SCI) to enable the quick creation of dashboards, analytics, views, user-defined alerts, and key management reports. 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 collaborative S&OP. Following is a Q&A with E2open vice president of product marketing Sean Rollings, including more information about E2open’s S&OP offerings and strategy, and Rollings’s ideas about trends in the S&OP market.

x part 1  is that they use X or Y for S&OP demand plans, financial plans, etc.—but the system they rely on for information, planning feasibility, collaboration, and execution is E2open.   TEC : What is your competitive landscape, and what separates you from the competition? SR : E2open’s unique position in the market is that we provide a platform that can tie in various data points from demand, inventory, capacity, and future supply availability—and provide highly robust yet flexible mechanisms to obtain 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 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

x part 1  schedule calls of type X to technicians of type Y!” Simple automation with limited intelligence can even be worse than manual decision-making itself because frequent illogical suggestions by the computer will make an experienced dispatch team question all of its other decisions. This distrust in the system will cause the involved humans to manually intervene and eventually stop using the system altogether. Automation might bring some benefits with small improvements in utilization, efficiency, Read More

Quantum Retail: Challenging the "Enterprise Apps Establishment" and Retailers' Mindset - Part 1


Every year-ending holiday season reminds us of the importance of consumer spending and the retail sector for the United States (US) and global economies. Many economists and pundits are then awaiting with trepidation the Black Friday sales outcome and reported consumer sentiment or Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) as bellwethers of the economy in the New Year. While this

x part 1  come in on Day X for product Z?”) rather than sociology (i.e., the likelihood of a general customer to come in for that product). Dealing With a Panoply of (Largely Static and Isolated) Systems Therefore, retailers need new models and thinking as better answers for their merchandize assortments, item allocations, and store labor in order to handle tricky factors such as seasonality, lifecycle phases of their products, weather, promotions, commodity price changes, average day-of-week and time-of-day Read More

Microsoft Analyst Event Part One: What’s New for Fall 2012


The traditional Microsoft Dynamics Fall Analyst Event (FAE) 2012 started with a tour of the flagship Microsoft Store in an opulent mall in Bellevue, WA, where Windows 8 and Surface were all the rage. Windows 8 is about the following three features: Performing tasks with fewer clicks -- the “tiles” (formerly called the “Metro” look-and-feel) are updated in real time, whereas on, say,

x part 1  that also includes the X Box Kinect for motioning—very nifty. On some level, consistency is good, but 100 percent consistency has never worked for all user constituencies, and only time will tell whether Microsoft is right or wrong here. Windows 8 and Surface – Game Changers? Now, some folks will say that the paradigm shift from the Windows XP “Start Page,” with windows and mouse use (right clicks, etc.)  to the touch interface of Surface will be steep, but as a Mac user who has not used Windows Read More

Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part III)


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x part 1  Vision 5 Series For example, the new Resource Planning module of Deltek Vision 5 [ evaluate this product ] was devised to allow project managers to assign staff to projects and immediately see the impact on labor utilization. The managers can then modify resource assignments to meet project needs, whereby color coding provides focus on resources. The new module also offers real-time insight into employee billing rates and actual labor charges. It provides visibility to align resources for upcoming project 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 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

x part 1  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 product suite’s architecture consists of several layers, starting with a number of Read More

The Many Faces of PLM Part One: Event Summary


Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions, like many of the application suites that have come before it, are a collection of different offerings that serve a common theme and contribute to overlapping value propositions. Like previous application suites, there is strategic value in approaching PLM as a set of inter-related requirements as opposed to just a collection of function-specific requirements. This is a report on the observations from the 2003 Product Development Manager’s Association (PDMA) Conference.

x part 1  application, known as SAP xPD, was developed to streamline the process of designing and developing consumer products. Another large ERP vendor, Oracle , used the event to communicate the broad and significant effort they have put into providing PLM solutions to their customers. On the other end of the spectrum was a company named imaginatik . The imaginatik product focuses on a narrow, but extremely valuable aspect of PLM known as Ideation that aims to help companies improve their process for innovation a Read More

SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Two: Market Impact


Further acquisition, partnerships, and internal development will continue to accelerate offering a much-richer level of functionality throughout the entire commerce chain software market. Market wide, the growth of industry specific, vertical solutions continues with concurrent internal development, acquisitions and partnerships, and the notion of an 'end-to-end' solution continues to evolve.

x part 1  Lately, some supply chain execution (SCE) leaders, not wanting to rest on their laurels of recently outperforming the entire enterprise applications market (if not many more other markets across the entire economy spectrum), have entered a number of partnerships with the aim to thereby extend their value proposition far beyond their expertise on the execution side of the supply chain management (SCM). Part One of this note detailed these developments. Much has been said lately about the SCE market Read More

Social ERP Emerges, Transforms the Way People Work (Part 2)


In part one of this series, we looked at how and why social media capabilities are impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. We looked at the benefits of social media in ERP, social capabilities and features, and also pointed out that user adoption and corporate governance must be considered when rolling out these tools. This second post provides an in-depth look at the different approaches major ERP vendors have taken to integrate social capabilities into their ERP systems and provides some tips for users looking for a social ERP system.

x part 1  LN, Syteline, M3, Visual, XA, LX, and System21.   Yunano and Atos —The APAC powerhouse Yunano (which purports to have a user base of 1.5 million) is also diving headfirst into social collaboration via its partnership with Atos. The telling quote from Thierry Breton, chief executive officer (CEO) of Atos, is that “our ambition is to be a zero e-mail company within 3 years.” It is quite ambitious to state that the use of e-mail will be eliminated as a communication tool, but the Atos reports that 60, Read More

Dell Takes Over the #1 Spot in the U.S. PC Market


Dell Computer takes #1 position in US PC market share, passing Compaq.

x part 1  consolidate even faster. We expect the top three vendors (Dell, Compaq, IBM) will have over 50% of the U.S. market by late 2001 (60% probability). Table 1 - US PC Shipments, 1999 Q2 (Thousands of Units) [Source:IDC] Q2 1999 Rank Vendor Q2 ''99 Ships Market Shr. (%) Q2 ''98 Ships Market Shr. (%) Growth 99/98 (%) 1 Dell 1809 16.6 1143 14.3 58 2 Compaq 1798 16.5 1157 14.4 55 3 IBM 876 8.1 511 6.4 71 4 Gateway 845 7.8 623 7.8 36 5 Hewlett Packard 841 7.8 628 7.8 34   Others 4710 43.3 3952 49.3 19   All Read More

Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I


Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate high-speed manufacturing operations (the real-time world of the plant) with the planning and engineering departments (the transactional and design world of enterprise systems). The nirvana (or utopia) hoped for thus far has been to provide

x part 1  to: Plan, Define, Control, Execute , and Analyze Production . Why do we need integrated manufacturing operations, or manufacturing execution systems (MES) linked to transactional enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, likely via some plant-level integration hub and visualization & intelligence layer ? Well, it is not a major revelation to say that, for instance, in the discrete manufacturing sector, fabrication and assembly processes are being run and managed by isolated applications, such as Read More

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x part 1  has leveraged its vast expertise earned while addressing many complex sales quote-to-order (Q2O) process issues (i.e., channel quote approvals, special pricing approvals, special non-standard product feature request approvals, etc.) and has created a brand new workflow engine, which can be (and is already) used for many generic business processes. Such examples of processes would be: RMA (Return Material/Merchandize Authorization) , NFR (New Feature Request), ECN (Engineering Change Notice), NPR (New Read More

Mobilizing Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method


The case for action is intended as a living document, to be updated and referenced by the business and the project team. It should be referenced during the implementation to ensure that the focus and anticipated outcomes are still on track. After implementation, it is a tool to use to assess the success of the project.

x part 1  to an endeavour. Our experience is that a workshop is the best means to develop a case for action because information gathering by other means takes a lot longer and doesn''t deliver a proportionately greater amount of value. Thus spending laborious hours interviewing and analysing is not necessarily going to deliver a greater return on investment. The session is best facilitated by an independent facilitator. This can be someone from an independent part of the organization, e.g. human resources, or can Read More