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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

z part 1  databases to help users analyze various aspects of their business. For more details, see the Article CRM is Busting Out of It''s Britches: Operational, Analytical, and Collaborative CRM Are Born . API - Application Programming Interface . Typically, a set of API''s will be released by the vendor of software, to enable programmers to write new code on top of the application more quickly by making use of pre-packaged code within an API set. Often used to either augment functionality, or to link one 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

z part 1  Solaris , IBM System z mainframes , and IBM AIX . Pega also uses leading application servers including IBM WebSphere, Oracle WebLogic , and Apache Tomcat . Unified processes and business rules reside in the abovementioned common repository (database), which may run on Oracle , Microsoft SQL Server , and IBM DB2 relational databases . The architecture also supports parallel computing  so that multiple nodes are available to scale up and support distributed user bases and provide resiliency. SmartBPM’s Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

z part 1  Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . JDBC technology is an API that lets you access virtually any tabular data source from the Java programming language. It provides cross-DBMS connectivity to a wide range of SQL databases. There is also a new JDBC API, which provides access to other tabular data sources, such as Read More...
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3
Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) product. In late 2008, at the

z part 1  nitty-gritty. Namely, it will analyze how this particular product release might have mitigated many of the traditional flaws of Dynamics NAV (and former Navision ) while building upon the product’s traditional (if not proverbial by now) positive traits. As a preamble, let me try to explain the concepts behind the much publicized RoleTailored user experience (UX) design and Role Centers . In particular, to use Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, employees can now log into their relevant Role Center or their Read More...
Microsoft to Add
Microsoft''s Encore acquisition should bring the two former partners'' complementary product offerings even closer together and should widen opportunities within

z part 1  (and even into the dozens of ERP product from other vendors including Best Software, see FRx Poised to Permeate Many More General Ledgers ), it has not been the case with other potential add-on products, like MBP or Forestar. Also, while Best is benefiting royally by mostly cultivating its large install base, MBS'' and SAP Business One ''s emphasis on hunting for new licenses in an all-but-stalled economy has had a limited success so far. Hence, one should not be surprised by MBS'' recent and more upbeat Read More...
FRx Poised To Permeate Many More General Ledgers Part One: Executive Summary
FRx Software Corporation, a Microsoft company and a part of Microsoft Business Solutions, might be the best example of Microsoft’s coopetitiveness.

z part 1  Detailed views using the Z to A breakout feature show detailed information for each of the accounts being broken out. Previously, only the summary account displayed details. Forecaster was formerly known as ebudgets , a product that FRx Software acquired through its acquisition of ebudgets.com in March 2001. The earlier release 4.01 of Forecaster , which was made available in 2001, immediately after the ebudgets acquisition, in addition to the enhancements to the system''s administrative, setup, input, 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

z part 1  application enables users to visualize internal production processes in near real-time, identify potential ingredient issues and respond to events or problems before a product leaves the production facility. A company can manage enterprise quality initiatives through visualization and monitoring capabilities, since Trace Engine establishes a repository for data never before available for analysis in one place. This is accomplished with techniques such as data mining for patterns and associations between Read More...
What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (part two)
And here''s the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers

z part 1  affinity, ” which is Stelzner’s term for the white paper’s ability to identify a problem or a situation with which the reader can identify. Focusing on the reader’s needs, and highlighting the “ pain points ”—the bugbears the reader hasn’t yet had any luck dealing with— makes a white paper more credible than one that only brags about the genius behind the featured product or service. And, it should be clear in the first paragraph the nature of that audience : Is it composed of Read More...
Selecting PLM Software Solutions Part 2 - Problem Overview
Past experience shows us that the vast majority of enterprise technology evaluations run over time and budget, and once selected, the majority of the

z part 1  that need to be recognized. In PLM, there is no single vendor that can meet all of the requirements, and the market is still immature, so almost every product can be the right solution provided a certain set of requirements. The Catch 22 for both buyers and vendors is to pinpoint the right opportunity in this ongoing dating game . Selecting a piece of enterprise application software has never been an exact science. Vendors'' hype, consultants'' potential conflict of interest and consequent bias, users'' dou 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

z part 1  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...
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

z part 1  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, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The company’s solutions help its client companies design products, manage product information, and improve their product development processes. PTC’s software solutions and services 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

z part 1  include the pharmaceutical vendors AstraZeneca Germany and ratiopharm, plus COOP Norway, IDS Scheer CEE (Central and Eastern Europe), Nestl Nordic, Norsk Hydro Gas & Chemicals, Osram , and Siemens ICM (Information and Communication Mobile) . The most recent endorsement to its CRM offering happened on May 15, when Deloitte Consulting , one of world-leading consulting firms, announced an expansion to its strategic alliance with SAP to jointly deliver mySAP CRM solutions for Fortune 1000 and enterprise Read More...
Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM

z part 1  replacements by geographical or organizational boundaries. For commercial or regulatory reasons, it is common to have alternative part requirements in certain geographies or for certain commercial entities. Without strong conceptual alignment in how alternates are defined between the product design and the production order, and therefore the PLM and ERP systems, material planning to accommodate multiple substitutions and approved supplier lists would be cumbersome if not impossible. If both systems don''t Read More...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1
The business process management (BPM) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In

z part 1  Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1 The business process management (BPM ) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In fact, almost all leading BPM vendors have been buzzing about their unprecedented growth and profitability, especially amidst the ongoing economic drought. It is truly difficult to argue against the need for companies from all walks of life to improve their business processes. Doing better, faste Read More...
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part III
Part II of this blog series continued the introduction of the concepts of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also zoomed in on

z part 1  management (BPM). It also zoomed in on similarities and subtle differences between the two related software categories. Finally, the idea of on-demand workflow and/or BPM solutions was introduced. To that end, W ebcom Inc.  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 Read More...

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