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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
Job Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined the problem that, as the number of systems, applications, databases, and whatnot platforms increases, the IT business

z part 1  Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series outlined the problem that, as the number of systems, applications, databases, and whatnot platforms increases, the IT business community requires a holistic approach across all these various systems to provide a single point of running IT jobs and workload automation . It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and introduced Advanced Systems Concepts Inc. (ASCI) and its ActiveBatch cross-platform Read More
Quantum Retail: Challenging the
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

z part 1  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 sale volumes, 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
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
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
Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 3
Cloud computing is allowing small to medium businesses (SMBs) to gain access to premium enterprise solutions without the traditional price tag of hardware and

z part 1  be considering for your organization, and some are more suitable than others. I will define for you the particularities of public cloud, hybrid cloud, and private cloud, along with the ramifications of these setups for your organization. Public Cloud The public cloud is by far the most talked about cloud configuration, principally because it is the one being marketed the most. A public cloud is basically an infrastructure designed to host a variety of solutions that can be accessed through a Web browser Read More
Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy
During our recent briefing, MAPICS'' executives acknowledged that almost all enterprise software companies are either

z part 1  number of its historically recognizable and invariant tenets of operation. During the same time, the vendor has continued with the painstaking process of producing and executing 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. To that end, on May 5, MAPICS announced it recently acquired the MAGIK! Product Lifecycle Management ( PLM ) solution, from its longtime partner— Ceimis Enterprises 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
Whose ROI is it Anyway? Part Two: Sorting Through Claims
ROI (return on investment) has taken on new importance in examining business initiatives and programs that often involve deployment of enterprise software and

z part 1  indicator of what Company Z should expect. Some creative vendors whip up a ROI calculator for their web site—or even hire a specialized consulting firm like ROI4Sales or Alinean to do it for them. Liars'' Poker. If the vendor thinks a ROI calculator will give customers the answer they need —the justification to buy—both will be disappointed. But like any good tool, a ROI calculator may have a place in the customer''s buying process. Note: we said customer''s buying process, which is very different 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

z part 1  introducing BI strategies to analyze the enormous amount of data flowing through the Web. In fact, some software solutions have been designed to address this type of analysis. These tools are called “social Web analytics.” According to the definition provided by The Social Web Analytics eBook (2008) , by Philip Sheldrake, social Web analytics are “the application of search, indexing, semantic analysis and business intelligence technologies to the task of identifying, tracking, listening to and Read More
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor''s forays into the attractive retail sector

z part 1  Yankee Candle Company and Zumiez , among others. The retail division employs more than 360 employees based in Newburgh, New York, the United States (US), with regional offices in Seattle, Washington, US and Bracknell, the United Kingdom (UK). The  Epicor/CRS Retail Suite  was devised to assist retailers in integrating their sales channels, order management, pricing, inventory, and resources to more effectively manage a real-time (or close to), multi-channel enterprise. Some of the retail applications Read More
J.D. Edwards Finds Its Inner-Self Within Its 5th Incarnation Part 2: FOCUS Announcements Continued
While significant new product deliveries have happened under the company’s own steam, J.D. Edwards has not departed from its traditional policy of congenial

z part 1  configurable suite will supposedly optimize supplier relationships over the course of procuring direct goods, indirect goods, services and people items a process J.D. Edwards refers to as Supplier Lifecycle Management ( SLM ). The next J.D. Edwards SRM product to be released, Buyer Workstation , is slated for next year, and it should combine the Strategic Planning and Fulfillment functions, laying the groundwork to develop the complete five-function SRM suite. This is Part Two of a four-part note on J.D. Read More
Provia Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Five: 3PL Support and SCE Optimization
FourSite 4.4 is an upgrade of its fulfillment solution oriented towards third party logistics (3PL) providers. ViaOptimize, is an advanced step for companies

z part 1  from the dock doors. Zone and location configuration are thereby automatically configured by product line. The automated re-slotting execution can be run daily, weekly, or monthly, while users have a rich graphical slotting representation on the screen. Having faster moving items closer to the dock doors reduces the travel time required to pick those items and increases the productivity of your labor force. Thus, automating the re-slotting process should allow for continual optimization, rather than Read More
SoftBrands to Institute Fourth Shift for SAP Business One Manufacturing Work-Plan Part Four: SoftBrands
This partnership provides SAP with the opportunity to further extend its reach within its large corporate customer base by serving the needs of its distant

z part 1  solutions for small and midsize manufacturing companies, with the aim of extending its leadership as a provider of solutions for an even broader range of companies, from small enterprises via mid-market companies to the world''s industry leaders. Part One and Part Two of this note details the announcements. Part Three began a discussion of the market impact by looking at SAP''s answer for SMBs and focus on penetrating the US SMB market. To that end, SoftBrands should be pleased by becoming one of a few stra Read More

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