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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don''t

z part 1  10 reasons can help maximize the time spent and properly set the attitude, motivation, and discipline of the project team. 10. Introduce Project Team Making this the least important reason does not imply that the project team is not important. But let''s face it; something has to be number 10. It is likely that, by the time of the kickoff meeting, everyone already knows who is on the project. This is not the primary purpose of the introduction. In the introduction process, preference should be given to Read More...
Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) in Process Part 2 Process PLM Motivation
This part of the series on Product Life Cycle Management in Process explores the business motivations by review business strategies.

z part 1  and the decision to commercialize the product to its availability on the market. Speeding Time-To-Market encompasses both time periods. Time-To-Market is not only important for new products. The Director of R&D of a leading food company tells us that 50% of her R&D efforts are for new products. The remaining 50% are on changes to existing products. These changes are demanded from a variety of reasons including cost reduction programs and reacting to changes in raw material supply. To speed Read More...
Up Close and Personal: Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM-Part 2
In part one of my interview with Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM, we discussed the history of SugarCRM and the open source

z part 1  like LinkedIn, CrunchBase, or ZoomInfo), and we work with Box.net for cloud collaboration. We’re also working on integration partnerships with companies like Talend , SnapLogic , and DataSync , and we have partnerships with big companies like Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM. If it touches a CRM system, we are or we will be a partner with that company.   The social element is becoming more varied—we already have partnerships with companies like HubSpot  and Qontext  for inbound marketing and social Read More...
SAP Gives in to CRM (Part Time) Matrimony
On May 2, SAP AG, the leading provider of enterprise software applications, announced a strategic alliance with Nortel Networks to develop and integrate

z part 1  single organization, said Tony Zingale, president, Clarify eBusiness Applications, Nortel Networks. With the combined industry and Internet expertise of both companies, businesses will be able to collaborate in new ways and achieve greater levels of return on relationship. Today''s agreement is aligned with the previously demonstrated open strategy for complementing mySAP.com solutions with tightly integrated applications from SAP partners for marketing planning and campaign management, catalogs, push 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

z part 1  (UK), Australia and New Zealand as potential customers. The vendor is also targeting the construction industry in the Middle East. To that end, Deltek''s international sales and consulting staff have recently expanded in part with a completed integration of Welcom International into Deltek in 2006. The company also established 24x5 support in the UK in 2007, while 24x7 support is now available for all customers. The UK staff has more than tripled since 2006 with additional support from direct sales hires 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...
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

z part 1  demand wanes toward a zero point the graph depicts a “long tail.” The long tail theory was originally coined by Chris Anderson, editor of  Wired magazine , who illustrated the concept with Internet-based selling companies such as Apple''s iTunes or Amazon.com . His book entitled “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More”   has also been a bestseller. In his part of the Webcast mentioned in Part I , Joseph Shamir, ToolsGroup’s chief executive officer (CEO), ascertained 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

z part 1  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 required to complete the implementation. Evaluation of the implementation partner. The POC process allows the client to evaluate the software and also the implementation partner. There are also limitations of the POC that should Read More...
Zuora Launches Z-Finance for the Subscription Economy
Zuora announces the launch of Z-Finance for subscription businesses. Zuora’s solution is built on a unique framework to address the shortcomings of traditional

z part 1  Launches Z-Finance for the Subscription Economy Zuora announces the launch of Z-Finance for subscription businesses . Zuora’s solution is built on a unique framework to address the shortcomings of traditional accounting methods. The solution complements popular accounting and ERP solutions such as FinancialForce, NetSuite, Oracle, Sage, SAP, and Quickbooks. Z-Finance is built on a framework containing multidimensional ledgers and a data model that inherently calculate subscription metrics like Read More...
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

z part 1  used to record and analyze the results of the scenarios (For more information on ERGO 2001 see ERGO 2001 IT Evaluation Tool ). About this note : This is a two part note. Part One includes the Business Scenarios Model and Results. Part Two contains the Qualitative Assessments and Analysis, and User Recommendations. Qualitative Assessments  Each vendor also had qualitative advantages and disadvantages captured outside ERGO 2001. IFS Advantages : IFS Applications support many to many relationships between Read More...

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