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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 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
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
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
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
Vertical Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two
In a blog post last week, I talked about Vertical Solutions’ (VSI) offerings for field service management (FSM), including the company’s customer profile

z part 1  be the product configurators, visualization tools, e-commerce storefronts, etc. (see Figure 3). We know our strengths include in-depth service knowledge as many of our employees come from large service organizations. We couple this with a non-proprietary, SaaS-enabled platform that was designed to quickly enable partners, resellers, and customers a place to meet their verticalized and/or specific needs. Figure 3 – VSI Apps Strategy In a nutshell, we beat competitors by doing the following two things: Fi Read More
EAM Versus CMMS: What''s Right for Your Company? Part One
As companies continue to look for more areas from which to squeeze out revenues and reduce expenses, enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized

z part 1  management (EAM) software and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) continue to grab headlines as a realistic way to reduce expenses and increase revenues. For one, maintaining an adequate level of repair and service parts inventory based on forecasted equipment usage can prevent already limited funds from being over-allocated just to achieve a false sense of security. Also, an effective preventive maintenance program can improve equipment utilization and availability, enabling production 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 (

z part 1  offering , with a zero-client footprint (i.e., web browser only) and subscription-based pricing. Contrary to ingrained beliefs that SaaS solutions are only suited for individual departments with limited functional footprints, the Plexus Online product features an impressively deep and broad range of features for industries like automotive or medical devices manufacturing. In fact the Plexus Online solution map reveals not only a traditional ERP scope, but also SCM modules such as program management, Read More
Lean Manufacturing: Part Two
Part One of the

z part 1  Manufacturing: Part Two Part One of the Lean Manufacturing series looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you''ll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the 5S program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. Read More
Can Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part Three: Market Impact Continued
Webplan believes its offering should benefit many departments within a manufacturing organization. When it comes to operations and manufacturing, the benefit is

z part 1  words, instead of producing optimized answers for a utopian, static world, Resolution Engine produces a series of alternate action plans for a real dynamic world. Iterative modeling capabilities enable team members to propose and detail virtually an infinite number of potential action alternatives that accurately simulate their entire MRP in just minutes, instead of the days or weeks formerly required. The embedded algorithms are based on concepts, methods, and definitions contained in the APICS '' 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
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

z part 1  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 “Post-it” notes, Read More
It’s About Process (or Ability to be Responsive) -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notions of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also tackled the similarities and subtle

z part 1  internal processes from Microsoft BizTalk Server ''s external BPM use. Namely, the first tool (somewhat of a BizTalk spin-off) is used for automating processes within an enterprise (and its enterprise resource planning [ERP] system), whereas the latter is intended for inter-enterprise process orchestrations across several disparate enterprise applications. BPM Suite Components Full-fledged BPM system components thus include visual process modeling : a graphical depiction of a process that becomes a 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
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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