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SAP for Chemicals Functionality
SAP has been delivering on its chemicals industry strategy by expanding its capabilities for manufacturing and supply chain management, broadening its composite package applications in areas such as emissions management, pricing management, and manufacturing dashboards, and focusing on mid-market companies.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: million [USD] and $1 billion [USD]), via SAP ERP Chemicals Packaged Solution s preconfigured templates for reducing implementation times and costs. Looking at the functionality of this product, we found that it supports both batch and continuous operations, with such capabilities as continuous production for bulk ( rate routing ); discontinuous production for filling; special batch number assignment; batch classification; automatic batch number generation; first in, first out (FIFO) batch determination;

Lose the Starry-Eyes, Analyze:An Ideal Customer for Relevant INFIMACS
This is an example, using Relevant Business Systems, of how you can use the TEC ERP Evaluation Center's WebTESS tool to locate vendors that consider your company their ideal candidate.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: Candidate graph makes a big difference toward how you judge the vendor s strengths and weaknesses. We cannot first look at the Human Resources module (Figures 5 and 6), see that its Payroll Management criteria extends all the way to the edge of graph and then assume Relevant offers an excellent system for payroll management. We have to start our assumptions at the highest-level of criteria (Figures 1 and 2), compare the individual modules against each other, and consider them against a normalized

Where is Oracle in the Product Lifecycle Management Software Market?
Oracle is in the processing of developing their product lifecycle management capabilities. The question is whether they will accomplish this through the acquisition of a pure-play PLM vendor, or through internal technology development.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: them at the $1 billion (US) revenue mark by 2008, and they are performing well toward this goal. With such companies, the issue is not whether Oracle can afford one of the larger PLM vendors, but rather if an exit strategy of going to Oracle makes sense for them. Agile and MatrixOne , perceived as the pure-play collaborative product development vendors in PLM, are both in the $100 million (US) range with moderate growth. Agile has a significant installed based of over 200 clients that use Oracle for the

Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Gains Connectivity through Acquisition of Plant Intelligence Provider
SAP has gained connectivity to virtually any source on the plant floor and analytical functionality through its acquisition of Lighthammer's products for plant intelligence. SAP users in the process of evaluating plant intelligence solutions should seriously consider Lighthammer.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: SAP Bolsters NetWeaver s MDM Capabilities; Part Four: SAP and A2i ), the Lighthammer deal should provide SAP with several benefits. For one, the two parties have quite close product DNAs , since Lighthammer has long been a strategic marketing and development partner, with a manufacturing-centric product, which is now delivered as an SAP xApp-like composite application. Lighthammer, formerly an SAP partner, had worked to create technology integration between its products and the SAP architecture, so

Major Vendors Adapting to User Requirements
SAP and Microsoft have finally realized that their products will increasingly be evaluated by how well they interconnect, how flexible they are, and how intuitive their user interfaces are. However, these trends have already been incorporated by lesser-known vendors.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: should provide better data interoperability, improved security, and reduced file sizes, all with the idea of further blurring the lines between business applications and office productivity tools. This is an attempt to mitigate the current predicament whereby, on the one hand, today s knowledge workers have information overload, but on the other hand, they often still cannot access the pertinent information at the right time. Mendocino, recently released to fifty pilot customers before going to generally

Formation Systems Pioneers Product Design Collaboration For The Process Industries
Process manufacturing’s daunting mix of constraints has kept many software vendors away. Privately held Formation Systems takes up the challenge with Optiva, a suite targeted at cost-saving opportunities in the product development cycle.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: repository Optiva/Specifications Manage the variability of formulated products and their ingredients Optiva/Program Management Maintain an electronic dossier of product development projects Optiva/Advanced Program Management Model best-practice business processes with a flexible program methodology Optiva/Requirements Management Formalize, structure, and group common product requirements Optiva/Experiment Design Management Manage and execute experiments designed with a DOE system Optiva/Optimization

Microsoft Paints CRM Landscape On Lately A ‘Still Nature’ Business Applications Scenery
While most of its applications co-opetitors have been licking their wounds and bracing for a long summer drought, fat cash cushioned Microsoft has been putting together the pieces of its CRM (and likely the overall enterprise applications) strategy mosaic

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: provide the advantages of BI to their users, their smaller counterparts have been working around itwith more or less useful report writers, and that is going to change in the future. It does not take a genius to realize that over time and with these features in place, the Microsoft CRM product might appeal to the more sophisticated prospects as well, as it should offer better Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) due to the native integration to the Microsoft technology pile and the rest of the MBS product

Project Lifecycle Management Implies Long Term Value; Forget the Total Cost of Ownership Fuss
Understanding the nature and specifics of your product development life cycles, and especially new product design and initiation, can help you realize tangible cost savings and will offset the total cost of ownership of a product lifecycle management system.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: of Ownership Fuss Michael Bittner - September 28, 2005 Read Comments Background Product lifecycle management (PLM) software vendors are consistent in their belief that PLM applications software is well worth the investment because the life cycle costs of new product design and initiation (NPDI) are inherently weighted at the front end. Therefore the better job a company does in managing an efficient process toward NPDI will imply considerable cost savings over time. After a product launch, there are

Audit Considerations for Enterprise Software Implementations Part 2: Applying Controls and Audit Emphasis
Whether audit expertise is provided by an internal staff or an independent, outside agency, calling in an audit specialist is as normal as calling in a kicking specialist in a penalty or field goal situation in football. Particularly when you consider the majority of an enterprise software implementation is all about testing, the present of an auditor as a functioning member of the project team makes perfect and logical sense.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: and sponsor of this responsibility. An additional benefit of the auditor s involvement in this pilot is that the test scripts, in full or partial format, can be used in subsequent mid- and end-of-year audit testing. The auditor s familiarity with the enterprise software will continue to pay benefits in many years to come. Data Conversion A major consideration in an enterprise software implementation is migrating existing data into the new software. Particularly with legacy data, where data structures and

N-Tier Demand Management
The classic bull-whip effect means that the further a supplier is removed from the end consumer, the worse are the fluctuations in demand that they see. This has led many to recommend an n-tier approach to demand management, where everyone gets visibility to the end-customer demand at the same time. In practice, very few companies have been able to actually realize this vision. There are some practical approaches that a few leading suppliers deep in the supply chain are have taken to successfully mitigate the bull-whip effect.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: intelligence to ferret out big end-customer deals, to get a more accurate picture of actual demand. As they pursue opportunities with OEMs, the account management team should capture information on potential end-customer deals (e.g., end-customer name, project name, size and type of deal, etc.). This data is factored into the forecasting scrubbing process to eliminate duplicate demand (see sidebar Rationalizing Demand Across Channels ). Getting salespeople to consistently enter this kind of data is not

Comparison of ERP and CRM Markets Life cycle Snapshots
Today's enterprise applications are required as a matter of course to address more than the processes taking place within the walls of an enterprise. Almost all traditional ERP vendors (small and big alike) had to experience a wake-up call and have long been trying to expand their product offering in tune with the ever-changing trends and requirements of the new collaborative economy. The need for providing a full, comprehensive CRM suite rather than an individual solution or a bundle of point solutions for each distinct CRM area remains firm, and will urge further market consolidation.

BI DATA WAREHOUSE INFO: market (see Will A Big Fish s Splash Cause Minnows Flush Out Of The CRM Pond? ), and Chordiant s similar shift of focus onto the BPM market . Additionally, the Xchange s also relatively recent demise too may exemplify the other side of the CRM medal nowadays (see Xchange Adds To The List Of CRM Point Solutions Casualties ), as droves of smaller pure CRM vendors have been hard pressed to survive owing to the combined effect of CRM users disenchantment with the products hardly ever materialized

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