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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

f part 2  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress  of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an immaculate  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company was the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and the envy of competitors. But

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PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part One: Recent Anouncements


Hiring the former APICS president to head its manufacturing industry efforts a year ago, the high profile acquisition of renowned manufacturing ERP provider J.D. Edwards this summer, and most recently, the acquisition of demand flow and lean manufacturing software solutions from JCIT, might indicate that PeopleSoft has finally gotten its manufacturing creed. Will these moves finally and lastingly establish it as a serious contender in the manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) space?

f part 2  Part One of a five-part note. Part Two will present the market impact. Part Three will discuss project-oriented organizations. Part Four will cover MRO and spare parts management. Part Five will detail challenges and make user recommendations. Relevant History Relevant is a slightly over twenty-one years old enterprise solution provider co-founded in 1983 by Patrick Garrehy, current President and CEO, who is also a veteran of several defense industry firms prior to the Relevant's inception. The company's Read More

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 of the common CRM phraseology. Here, in alphabetical order, is the Lexicon of CRM.

f part 2  or some other means. F - G   Fail over Capability - The ability for a server, when it fails, to fail over to a machine that is running in parallel and provide seamless, non-stop processing for users. FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions . A list of questions that are repetitively asked of Customer Support Representatives. If a user views the FAQ list, they will find answers to the most commonly asked questions, saving the Support organization time and effort in handling repeat questions or problems. FFA Read More

APICS 2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1


While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention day (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4), my much shorter attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October revolved mainly around exploring the expo floor and talking to the

f part 2  2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1 While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention day ( Day 1 ,  Day 2 ,  Day 3 , and  Day 4 ), my much shorter  attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October revolved mainly around exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors . My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo Read More

Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics


If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities or competencies required to drive those metrics must include controlling supply chain costs, managing supply chain cycle time, and optimizing responsiveness to the marketplace.

f part 2  supply chain costs. The financing charges are part of the weighted average cost of capital that is affected directly by inventory decisions. Supply Chain Capability #2 -Optimizing Operational Cycle Time For this discussion, the term cycle time denotes the total time elapsed from the time an order is received until the customer can be invoiced or charged. In the case of post-sale service, cycle time refers to the time from the identification of a need for the service until the completion of the service. Read More

Are You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance?


It’s old, it’s new, and it’s the future. Pedigree tracking regulations were originally passed into law through the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 (PDMA). After two decades of postponing enforcement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its final stay. Pharmaceutical companies are expected to be in compliance with 21 CFR Part 203 by the year 2011. Do you have what it takes for compliance?

f part 2  You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance? It’s old, it’s new, and it’s the future. Pedigree tracking regulations were originally passed into law through the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 (PDMA). After two decades of postponing enforcement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its final stay. Pharmaceutical companies are expected to be in compliance with 21 CFR Part 203 by the year 2011. Do you have what it takes for compliance? Read More

Oracle8i Release 2 - Ready to Storm the Web


On November 15, Oracle Corp., announced the pending availability of Oracle8i Release 2, the follow-on to Oracle8i, the most rapidly adopted database product ever released by the company. To date, more than 5000 "Dot Coms" and other enterprises are using Oracle8i. Additionally, over 800 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have developed applications and tools optimized for Oracle8i data warehousing and online transaction processing features since the product's release in March 1999. The new release has expanded analytical data warehousing functions, native support for Java2 and performance and management enhancements.

f part 2  announced the pending availability of Oracle8i Release 2, the follow-on to Oracle8i, the most rapidly adopted database product ever released by the company. To date, more than 5000 Dot Coms and other enterprises are powering their e-businesses with Oracle8i, the database designed for the Internet. Additionally, over 800 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have developed applications and tools optimized for Oracle8i data warehousing and online transaction processing features since the product's release Read More

GE GXS: Part and Parcel of B2B Exchange


General Electric’s GXS provides the infrastructure for a new digital marketplace. The announcement sheds light on the possibility that GXS can leverage its traditional infrastructure business into a lead position within the new economy.

f part 2  GXS: Part and Parcel of B2B Exchange GE GXS: Part and Parcel of B2B Exchange D. Geller - November 1, 2000 Event Summary eeParts.com provides a trading platform for buyers and sellers of electronic components. The service provides an environment in which buyers and sellers interact anonymously. Bidders locate the components they need in a searchable inventory database and proffer bids based on the information on product specifications, availability and asking price. Sellers may accept or decline the bid Read More

Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III


Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another

f part 2  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another chronic problem is how to foster plant workers’ acceptance Read More

Processing Complex Events (During These, oh well, Complex Times) - Part II


Part I of this blog series introduced the concept of complex event processing (CEP) and possible needs for CEP software applications. One such broad CEP platform, Progress Apama, has been offered by Progress Software Coporation after acquiring the formerly independent Apama LTD in 2005. It is worth analyzing what has happened with the Apama product since being acquired by Progress Software

f part 2  there have been no further CEP products acquisitions. As part of Progress Software, however, Apama has expanded its product capabilities with enhanced visual dashboard technology, which involves the RTView technology that is provided via an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) relationship with SL . Apama has also meanwhile gained backtesting analysis capabilities, by leveraging integration of other technology from Progress-- ObjectStore . This object-oriented database  is used in the Apama product as Read More

Tier 1 vs. Tier 2 vs. Tier 3 ERP: What’s the Difference, Anyway?


In the software industry, at least in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) segment, there is an implicit understanding of what is meant by tier 1, 2, and 3 vendors. Though the distinction may seem obvious, definitions of software vendor tiers are sparse. Those that exist vary from source to source and are mainly based on the vendor’s clients’ company size, the number of the vendor’s remote

f part 2  3 ERP: What’s the Difference, Anyway? In the software industry, at least in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) segment, there is an implicit understanding of what is meant by tier 1, 2, and 3 vendors. Though the distinction may seem obvious, definitions of software vendor tiers are sparse. Those that exist vary from source to source and are mainly based on the vendor’s clients’ company size, the number of the vendor’s remote business units, and the vendor’s annual revenue. Nonetheless, it Read More

KANA Connect 2014—Morphing into Verint’s Engagement Vision: Part Two


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f part 2  beyond call centers (e.g., field service technicians).     But software technology is just one part of a customer engagement equation, given that companies are at different maturity levels of their customer service journeys. To that end, as a professional services play, Verint’s Customer Engagement Optimization Maturity Model describes how effectively current process, technology, and people capabilities support a customer engagement optimization strategy. The model fleshes out an overarching customer Read More

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f part 2  Part Three of a four-part article on MAPICS. Part One covered recent announcements. Part Two discussed the Market Impact. Part Four will cover the Competition and make User Recommendations. Revised Focus Incidentally, a sharp vertical focus founded on strong horizontal back-office applications has long been MAPICS ' modus operandi. However, given its recent new sales difficulties and the protracted confinement to the iServer platform have made the company revise and rationalize its traditional industries Read More

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f part 2  service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: Application software I.T. infrastructure Business process outsourcing (BPO), and Manufacturing This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. This part defines and describes common types of outsourcing. Part Three will recap outsourcing approaches and categories, describe recommendations for firms Read More