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AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1
A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud

y part 1  2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1 A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud commerce network provider first and foremost , while also offering additional related  spend management  software as required. The vendor is striving to become a  business-to-business (B2B)  commerce version of Amazon.com and eBay  to enable painless transactions by providing a Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Can Technology Make CFO's and Controller’s Jobs More Strategic? - Part 1
While setting down the thoughts for my recent “SaaSy discussion” blog series To SaaS or Not: Is that a Question?, something else related to software as a

y part 1  Technology Make CFO's and Controller’s Jobs More Strategic? - Part 1 While setting down the thoughts for my recent “SaaSy discussion” blog series To SaaS or Not: Is that a Question? , something else related to software as a service (SaaS ) and on-demand applications crossed my mind. Namely, it is a fact that SaaS and business process outsourcing (BPO ) providers have largely liberated human resource (HR ) and payroll managers from the drudgery of performing menial and tactical administrative Read More...
Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 2
At the beginning of June, I attended the PowerPlex 2013 conference, Plex System’s 12th annual user conference, in Columbus, Ohio, where the focus was on the

y part 1  (for the emerging Gen Y workforce that metaphor may be quite foreign and ancient?) But, keeping up with the times, Plex has just introduced the next generation Plex Manufacturing Cloud UI, which features an intuitive look and feel for an optimized customer experience (see Figure 2). The refreshed F5 UI (the name signifying the F5 ‘”refresh key” on PCs) came now because of the consumer technology tipping point, an emerging workforce with consumer-like expectations, and available resources at Plex Read More...
IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS, a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

y part 1  and the emerging Gen Y workforce. One of the biggest concerns companies are facing today is that as their aging employees leave and retire they are taking processes and know-how with them. This is because the information isn’t in their business systems, but is rather in the notebooks, scratchpads, and the minds of the workers that have been doing those jobs for years, if not decades. However, this same aging workforce is becoming proficient in the ways of Facebook, Twitter , instant messaging (IM), 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

y part 1  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 and executing service supply chains. Compared to manufacturing Read More...
ERP and BI: When 1+1=3
Learn about the synergy of these two powerful business solutions in the provocative Aberdeen Report ERP and BI: When 1+1=3.

y part 1  When 1+1=3 How do you propel your business to the next level of performance and success? Consider combining the power of enterprise resource planning (ERP) with business intelligence (BI); for many small to midsized businesses, it's proven to be a killer combination. Learn about the synergy of these two powerful business solutions in the provocative Aberdeen Report ERP and BI: When 1+1=3 . You'll discover how your company can reap the core business benefits of integrating ERP with BI: cost reductions 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

y part 1  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 Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, United Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

y part 1  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup ’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+)  suite's name is that a 99+ percentage represents the gold standard in customer service levels, and it takes a product purposely built to achieve service level excellence and to support such a high standard. ToolsGroup’s latest version of software continues to 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

y part 1  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 ] suites. It also tackled the related potential opportunities for Deltek. For one, key up- and cross-sell opportunities should come from: Additional modules, especially from the newly minted Deltek EPM [ evaluate this product ] suite: The majority of new Deltek customers initially purchase a single module or a Read More...
RedPrairie - New Name For A Brave New Value Proposition Paradigm Part Three: Continued Market Impact
RedPrairie's solution for the first time enables both private & third party logistic providers (3PLs) to meet the needs of multiple vertical industries within a

y part 1  not many WMS products yet provide the depth of functionality of advanced LMSs in such areas as support for discrete standards, labor planning, robust labor reporting and the ability to determine cost to serve specific customers. This concludes Part Three of a four-part article on RedPrairie. Part One detailed recent events. Part Two began the discussion of the Market Impact. Part Four will cover Challenges and make User Recommendations. Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

y part 1  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop Read More...
SAP Keeps Traction On Some Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive Part 1
Although SAP’s recently announced tamed results for Q1 2002, which fit within the current market milieu, may add to some challenges moving forward, particularly

y part 1  take them nearly a year to upgrade to R/3 4.6.c release from 3.x releases, one should expect same effort for the upgrade to R/3 Enterprise. Without the above maintenance extension provision, users would then be forced to either start their migration to R/3 Enterprise prior to its general availability or to upgrade to 4.6c release, which would defeat the purpose for both them and SAP, since R/3 Enterprise represents SAP's future architecture. Therefore, repeating similar moves of its foes, Oracle and Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I
As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with

y part 1  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with their neighbors and relatives (while discussing sports, weather, world politics, and the neighborhood gossip) I would sometimes naively ask for a sip of coffee. The deterring line (a bogey-man tale) from my folks would be that “kids that drink coffee end up with a tail on their rear side.” A few Read More...
Should Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion
A proof of concept (POC) should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by

y part 1  Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion Advantages and Disadvantages to the Client There are a number of advantages to the proof of concept (POC) for the client including Expectation synchronization with the vendor Improved ownership of the implementation process Identification of functional gaps or overselling Better understanding of investment required. More accurate scoping provides a better understanding of the investment Read More...

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