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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...
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...
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...
SOA From a Management Perspective: Part Two
Despite the numerous benefits companies can expect from service-oriented architecture, the technology is still relatively new and implementation costs are steep

z part 1  calls and use of generalized routines. The problem is that you need to compare apples with apples. Improved processor speeds will benefit both SOA and non-SOA environments. Assurances must be made that the time it takes to process a complete transaction in an SOA environment is not significantly slower than what companies are experiencing today. This is why previously mentioned performance alerts are critical to the success of SOA. The prevailing IT culture may inhibit SOA. Traditionally, IT shops are Read More...
Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While smaller businesses must be attuned to what their larger customers and trading partners require, and thus consider the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) as

z part 1  Although we expect further bite-size SCM offerings from MBS in areas valuable to small and midsize businesses, the vendor must become more aggressive to offer a more cohesive overarching vision of its SCM solution rather than a number of near-impulse initiatives just to keep abreast of its peer competitors'' capabilities (e.g., Sage/Best Software , Exact Software , or ACCPAC ). MBS offers only certain demand-planning and finite scheduling pieces of SCM, and it''s always adding yet another solution to its Read More...
The Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part Two: Automotive Suppliers Gain
The nature of the global automotive supply chain means that the suppliers must be tightly integrated into the trading partner’s enterprise, whose supply chain

z part 1  are increasingly harder to squeeze out of any enterprise''s day-to-day business operations. Infor Global Solutions Discrete Group focuses on providing deep vertical expertise to the automotive and discrete manufacturing markets. Infor, formerly called Agilisys , has had over a dozen acquisitions over the last few years, including Lilly Software , and Mercia Software . Its most recent acquisition is MAPICS , which has yet to be finalized. With all of these acquisitions, this active enterprise applications 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...
It''s the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic introduced MCA Solutions and its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts

z part 1  its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts [ evaluate this product ]. That blog post also tackled MCA''s notably good times during 2007. In the meantime, an informative post on MCA was also published by the Sourcing Innovation blog . A related 2007 milestone at MCA included a significant expansion with both new and existing customers in core markets, including aviation and defense (A&D), high-tech, and semiconductor manufacturing. Specific wins 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...
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

z part 1  such as receiving, put-away, serialization, picking, packing, and shipping. However, since the warehouse is no longer merely a static storage facility, it now has to use real-time data to closely match supply to demand, eliminate the need to hold excess inventory, and increase the flow of goods throughout the supply chain. Therefore, the SCE software''s capability to handle complex requirements does not necessarily have a negative connotation like in the case of SCP, since there has been a trend of 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...
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...
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...

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