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Managing the Aches and Pains of Long Cycle Times: Automating Controls for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
One of the biggest challenges (or business pain points) for pharmaceutical manufacturers (or life sciences companies) is the long cycles that are required for

cycle times  generic drugs, for which cycle times can average 20 months or more (and the full time-to-market period upwards of 12 years). Why are long cycles a problem? Simply put, it comes down to the familiar equation that “time = money.” More time needed means more capital spent, and manufacturers watch their bottom lines slip farther and farther away. To begin to formulate a plan to address the issue of long cycle times, it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to this challenge. Long R&D

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A Tectonic Shift in Communications Customer Life Cycle Management


Amdocs recently announced a complete revamp of its marketing philosophy and its offering to its customers, which it believes to be the most important shift since the company's initial public offering in 1998.

cycle times  areas such as bill cycle time, hardware performance, error handling, service time-to-market, customer satisfaction, and quality. Possibly the most important facet of Amdocs integration services is that the vendor will now also provide integration services to operators that have not purchased its billing or customer relationship management (CRM) system, including software management, checking and testing, and carrying out the changes necessary to prepare the operator's system to go live. The vendor plans Read More

Enterprise Performance Management: Cycle II


In February 2009, Quocirca interviewed 800 individuals across eight geographies about their views on, and usage of, enterprise performance management (EPM) tools and processes. The research was repeated in December 2009 and there was a clear improvement in understanding of EPM basics. However, much remains to be done. The overall increase in the EPM sub-indices does not mean there is room for complacency. Find out why.

cycle times  Although the findings in cycle II show that there has been a great deal of progress across the board in the various aspects of EPM, it also shows that there is still much room for improvement. Although there is a greater understanding of the need for integrated and cohesive processes across the enterprise, few organisations are managing this effectively. Whereas the good times hid many of the issues, the bad times have brought these to the forefront, and organisations now have to tackle them head on. In Read More

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.

cycle times  and CRM Markets' Life cycle Snapshots Introduction The overall customer relationship management (CRM) market remains the land of opportunity but with many treacherous patches of quicksand for those who are uncertain about their footprint breadth in the field of either install base and product scope. It has been a no brainer the fact that the 2000s have been adverse years in the entire enterprise applications market. Following the whopping growth rates of the late 1990s, and the spending surge on sexy Read More

These are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series analyzed two white papers entitled “Customer Relationship Management: The Winning Strategy in a Challenging Economy” and “Maximizing CRM Effectiveness During Lean Times,” authored by Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Oracle CRM, respectively. My post made the case for forward-looking enterprises to leverage customer relationship management (CRM) solutions to

cycle times  stage of the sales cycle. Or it could be a suboptimal product mix in a region given local preferences. The best way to achieve triangulated forecasting is by integrating historical information from a data warehouse into the analysis, which brings us back to the intrinsic link between CRM and  business intelligence (BI)  that was mentioned in Part 1. In case of insurers and financial service organizations, CRM features could include:  managing member enrollment and communications, guiding personalized Read More

Strategic Workforce Planning: Winning Scenarios for Uncertain Times


Workforce planning—systematically aligning business strategy, human capital strategy, and budgets to ensure that talent with the right skills is in place to support anticipated and unanticipated business scenarios— is a hot topic for companies today. This report outlines the strategies processes, tools, and capabilities that organizations are putting in place to achieve the greatest returns on workforce planning efforts.

cycle times  Workforce Planning: Winning Scenarios for Uncertain Times Workforce planning—systematically aligning business strategy, human capital strategy, and budgets to ensure that talent with the right skills is in place to support anticipated and unanticipated business scenarios— is a hot topic for companies today. This report outlines the strategies processes, tools, and capabilities that organizations are putting in place to achieve the greatest returns on workforce planning efforts. Read More

Business Life Cycle Strategies for Success at Every Stage


Business is about the “survival of the fittest,” and in today’s competitive, global economy, businesses need to focus on market trends, and on how to better meet customer demands. A customer relationship management (CRM) solution helps manage, track, monitor, and analyze these customer trends for improved sales. It’s essential for businesses of all sizes—not only to succeed, but to survive.

cycle times  Life Cycle Strategies for Success at Every Stage Business is about the “survival of the fittest,” and in today’s competitive, global economy, businesses need to focus on market trends, and on how to better meet customer demands. A customer relationship management (CRM) solution helps manage, track, monitor, and analyze these customer trends for improved sales. It’s essential for businesses of all sizes—not only to succeed, but to survive. Read More

Best Practices for Microsoft SharePoint Server Application Deployments


Discover the best way to optimize Microsoft Office 2007 SharePoint Server applications and reduce network costs. Learn how download times of commonly accessed documents across a wide area network can be reduced from over four minutes to less than one second. In extreme scenarios (with user response times in excess of 10 minutes), find out how you can reduce the workflow wait down to 15 seconds!

cycle times  Practices for Microsoft SharePoint Server Application Deployments Discover the best way to optimize Microsoft Office 2007 SharePoint Server applications and reduce network costs. Learn how download times of commonly accessed documents across a wide area network can be reduced from over four minutes to less than one second. In extreme scenarios (with user response times in excess of 10 minutes), find out how you can reduce the workflow wait down to 15 seconds! Read More

Increasing Agility and Decreasing Change Life Cycle Timeframes in SOA-based Systems


While service oriented architecture (SOA)-based systems are great for re-using the existing IT infrastructure to implement newer business processes, they only help IT professionals. Thus, an SOA-based system is a technical answer to a business challenge—but in order to help businesses react to business changes, existing business rules management system (BRMS) technology should be included in the mix.

cycle times  and Decreasing Change Life Cycle Timeframes in SOA-based Systems While service oriented architecture (SOA)-based systems are great for re-using the existing IT infrastructure to implement newer business processes, they only help IT professionals. Thus, an SOA-based system is a technical answer to a business challenge—but in order to help businesses react to business changes, existing business rules management system (BRMS) technology should be included in the mix. Read More

Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Six: Custom Development and Single-Vendor versus Multi-Vendor


As componentization and Web services mature, packaged software will be less rigid and easier to adjust to unique practices-- thereby gaining some of the benefit of the custom approach. Although an enterprise can generate many benefits from standardization, it may also create other issues that may often result in disruptions.

cycle times  Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Six: Custom Development and Single-Vendor versus Multi-Vendor Introduction At the IFS Executive Forum , which took place on March 29 and 30 in Orlando, Florida (US), leading research analysts and industry experts discussed how companies can still leverage technology to maintain their competitive edge, even during tough economic times. The event was held in conjunction with IFS World Read More

Information Life Cycle Management for Business Data


While companies have long seen their stores of data as valuable corporate assets, how they manage those stores varies enormously. Today, however, new government regulations require that companies retain and control information for long periods of time. Find out what IT managers are doing to meet these new regulatory requirements, and learn about solutions for storing vast quantities of data for the lowest possible cost.

cycle times  Life Cycle Management for Business Data While companies have long seen their stores of data as valuable corporate assets, how they manage those stores varies enormously. Today, however, new government regulations require that companies retain and control information for long periods of time. Find out what IT managers are doing to meet these new regulatory requirements, and learn about solutions for storing vast quantities of data for the lowest possible cost. Read More

Value Cycle Management: A Non-Linear Approach to Supply Chain Management


Companies are moving away from the linear production path of the supply chain to embrace value cycle management (VCM). VCM is the optimization of supply chain functions across all levels of suppliers, partners, and customers through the integration, collaboration, and synchronization of technology, data, and people-centric processes. Learn how companies can employ VCM to make business processes smoother, more productive, and more profitable.

cycle times  Cycle Management: A Non-Linear Approach to Supply Chain Management Companies are moving away from the linear production path of the supply chain to embrace value cycle management (VCM). VCM is the optimization of supply chain functions across all levels of suppliers, partners, and customers through the integration, collaboration, and synchronization of technology, data, and people-centric processes. Learn how companies can employ VCM to make business processes smoother, more productive, and more Read More

TDWI Conference in Chicago: The BI-cycle Still Running


Recently, I attended the TDWI Conference in Chicago. This conference was a great opportunity to learn insights from the people who are involved in the industry. In each conference, it’s always interesting to see how the BI sector has matured. The interest in gaining more and more control and improvement in the BI terrain is still a growing process. I’m glad to know there is still a lot to say

cycle times  in the BI life cycle process because it can address data quality issues and problems in a fast manner, as well as it creates and publishes metrics for monitoring, and encourages data quality improvement. It seems that Datanomic has an interesting product on its hands. Corda I had the opportunity to talk to Alan Winters from Corda , which I haven’t done before. Corda has developed a set of products for data visualization purposes: Centerview, Popchart, and Optimap are interesting products that enable Read More

Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Three: Applications Hosting


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cycle times  Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Three: Applications Hosting Introduction At the IFS Executive Forum , which took place on March 29 and 30 in Orlando, Florida (US), leading research analysts and industry experts discussed how companies can still leverage technology to maintain their competitive edge, even during tough economic times. The event was held in conjunction with IFS World Conference 2004 , and it included six Read More