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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Security for Small and Medium Businesses
We all know what security means when we think of our home. Did we lock the door when we left for the day? Is the stove turned off? Computer security for the

and similar institutions  installed on network servers, and servers must be configured to block open, unprotected ports. (A port is similar to an apartment doorway in an apartment building.) Surveillance by network administrators must be performed. Detected viruses should be met with immediate remedial action, and a log should be kept of such occurrences. Match the rules imposed by financial institutions. Use public key encryption to transfer files to and from business partners. Network servers are an area usually overlooked and Read More
An Interview with Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin
Many corporations have failed the customer; they focus on transactions, rather than customers. Ann Grackin recently talked to Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin

and similar institutions  a limitation of capacity and effectiveness within an individual company, so the collaborative or federated model needs to be applied to meet these individual needs. Through collaboration we create new institutions supporting distributed unions. Ann: This means IT has to change too—static models cannot reconfigure the value chain or structure to gain the information or knowledge needed to service each customer as you define. Jim : That''s right. Of course, the technology infrastructure that is being Read More
Agresso Bucks the Slump (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series revisited Agresso’s post-implementation agility capabilities as a major tenet for the vendor’s continued growth in a hostile and

and similar institutions  video) he begins to panic and hyperventilate. Many unhappy ERP users will act in a similar vein when suggested a change of the system (albeit maybe they will not cut their heads off by the ceiling fan, like the bozo in the video). We should note that Agresso has been a quiet company for nearly 30 years and this was an atypically bold move for the vendor, compared to its US counterparts. So for example, when you ask someone in Europe (particularly the British) how they are, they typically reservedly Read More
The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 5: Recommendations
Winning ERP products will demonstrate deep industry functionality and tight integration with best-of-bread ‘bolt-on’ products in a particular vertical. Users

and similar institutions  Answers to these questions and a myriad of similar ones should help users create a long list of vendors to include in an ERP package selection. Precedence should be given to vendors with a proven vertical focus on the user''s industry. Another frequently forgotten, but important aspect in software selections is detail . Selections that fail to consider requirements at a sufficient level of detail inevitably produce costly surprises during subsequent implementation. Focus On The Selection Process Read More
The Promise (and Complexities) of Private Labels
Recent studies have shown that retail winners (that is, companies that outperform their peers in year-over-year, comparable store sales) carry a significantly

and similar institutions  ultimately drive gross margin and sales improvements. Similar conclusions were drawn in another late 2006 report titled The New Retail: Driving Growth through Product and Supplier Innovation by analysts Industry Directions . The research revealed that leading retailers are moving beyond the severe cost-cutting measures of the past decade to pursue more strategic private label programs that deliver differentiated products with higher margins to the market. According to Industry Directions, retailers that Read More
SAS and Action-Oriented Business Processes: Alliances, Partnerships, and Acquisitions
Combining deep analytics with BI solution functionality, expanding in certain verticals, and by acquiring several well thought out companies, have been key for

and similar institutions  and Action-Oriented Business Processes: Alliances, Partnerships, and Acquisitions SAS and Marketing Automation Being a technology leader today does not ensure longevity. Companies must continually reinvent themselves in a way that meets the needs of a rapidly changing market, yet reinvention must be balanced, incorporating the relevant aspects of a company that secured its top position in the first place. SAS Institute delivers business analytics solutions, but has been expanding its presence in Read More
Deliver Smarter Products and Services by Unifying Software Development and IT Operations
Unifying development and operations is a critical aspect of enabling a dynamic infrastructure—one that improves service, reduces cost, and manages risk to

and similar institutions  Smarter Products and Services by Unifying Software Development and IT Operations Unifying development and operations is a critical aspect of enabling a dynamic infrastructure—one that improves service, reduces cost, and manages risk to better meet the evolving challenges of today’s technology, application, and business environments. This white paper introduces a process and product framework to help organizations enable a more dynamic infrastructure for delivery of smarter products and Read More
Gen Y Talent: How to Attract and Retain the Young and the Restless
Because “Generation Y” will soon make up the bulk of the workforce, companies need to evolve their human resources (HR) programs and services to deliver to Gen

and similar institutions  Talent: How to Attract and Retain the Young and the Restless Because “Generation Y” will soon make up the bulk of the workforce, companies need to evolve their human resources (HR) programs and services to deliver to Gen Y, and focus on recruiting and retaining this next generation of workers. For HR programs to be successful, you need to know the issues surrounding Gen Y in the workplace, including why Gen Y behaves differently from Generation X and the Baby Boomers. Learn more. Read More
Linking S&OP and CPFR (For Retailers'' and Manufacturers'' Sakes): An Executive Panel Discussion
My recent blog series on the JDA FOCUS 2010 user conference focused primarily on JDA Software’s strategy and product roadmap on the heels of its recent

and similar institutions  S&OP and CPFR (For Retailers'' and Manufacturers'' Sakes): An Executive Panel Discussion My recent blog series on the JDA FOCUS 2010 user conference focused primarily on JDA Software ’s strategy and product roadmap on the heels of its recent acquisition of i2 Technologies . But FOCUS 2010 was reportedly the largest vendor’s conference ever, with more than 1,700 registered attendees, more than 100 customer presentations, and nearly 300 total sessions. Now, I concur with  ARC Advisory Group ’s Read More
The Blessing and Curse of Global Sourcing and Supplier Management
The appeal of global sourcing is understandable given the benefits of seemingly lower costs. But without discerning hidden challenges and eliminating potential

and similar institutions  Blessing and Curse of Global Sourcing and Supplier Management As discussed in The Gain and Pain of Global Retail Sourcing , for anyone who has not spent the last several years in hibernation or stranded on a remote island, it has become apparent that several market-driving forces have come together to create a perfect storm, one that makes control of the supply side more important to overall business success than ever before. Some of these driving forces include globalization (the prospect of new Read More
Fresh Business Practices for Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Distributors
The three top issues facing food and beverage manufacturers and distributors: offering appealing and fresh products; complying with new regulations to ensure

and similar institutions  Business Practices for Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Distributors The three top issues facing food and beverage manufacturers and distributors: offering appealing and fresh products; complying with new regulations to ensure product safety; and delivering total solutions to customers—including special packaging, complementary products, and timely delivery. Learn how the right enterprise software can help food and beverage companies profitably meet the challenges these issues present. Read More
Business Process Management in Free and Open Source: An Overview of the Demand and the Supply
Free and open source software (FOSS) has become a hot topic in the business process management (BPM) market. This article discusses the relevance between BPM

and similar institutions  Process Management in Free and Open Source: An Overview of the Demand and the Supply A while ago, I wrote a product note about Aras Innovator , the only enterprise open source solution available on the product lifecycle management (PLM) market. After that, my interest in free and open source software (FOSS) did not fade but I changed my focus to another category of enterprise software— business process management (BPM). This time, I was able to find more than one BPM solution that’s offered without Read More
Accelerating (and Fast-Starting) the SME Business at Oracle (and SAP) - Part 1
The blogosphere and other media outlets might still be raving about major announcements at Oracle OpenWorld 2009, such as the one about Oracle’s professed

and similar institutions  Part 1 The blogosphere and other media outlets might still be raving about major announcements at  Oracle OpenWorld 2009 , such as the one  about Oracle ’s professed strategy of “gently” and thoughtfully assimilating Sun Microsystems . The impending merger (subject to somewhat more difficulty than previously expected, due to regulatory hurdles in Europe) should make Oracle not only the world’s largest business software company, but also a major hardware player. References to  Apple Computer Read More
Sales and Operation Planning: Integrate with Finance and Improve Revenue
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization (specifically the vice president of supply chain) can use

and similar institutions  and Operation Planning: Integrate with Finance and Improve Revenue Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization (specifically the vice president of supply chain) can use to achieve visibility across the entire organization and the value chain. This white paper highlights the results of over 220 companies participating in a survey on S&OP initiatives, and compares the views of the supply chain and finance organizations. Read More
SAP NetWeaver and Globalization: Meeting Local and Global Requirements
Rapid changes in international markets—and mounting pressures to reduce costs and improve quality—make globalization a key issue for most organizations today

and similar institutions  NetWeaver and Globalization: Meeting Local and Global Requirements Rapid changes in international markets—and mounting pressures to reduce costs and improve quality—make globalization a key issue for most organizations today. Worldwide company reorganizations, acquisitions, mergers, and spin-offs affect the structure of an enterprise, demanding immediate action. Globalization requires that companies enable core business processes on a global basis, while providing ease of use for local user Read More

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