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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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Rootstock Software Steps Out on Force.com
One of my recent blog posts talked about the emergence of a few natively cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that leverage salesforce.com’s

force.com  Software Steps Out on Force.com One of my recent blog posts talked about the emergence of a few natively cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that leverage salesforce.com ’s Force.com platform. But looks might be somewhat deceiving here—while the products might be brand new and hosted on the latest cloud architectures, their owners and founders have been around the ERP block a few times before. Take Rootstock Software ’s co-founders Patrick “Pat” Garrehy and Chuck Olinger Read More...
In Conversation with Rootstock Management
TEC’s recent article Rootstock Software Steps Out on Force.com outlined the genesis of Rootstock Software and its cloud-based ERP offering. Rootstock Software

force.com  Software Steps Out on Force.com outlined the genesis of Rootstock Software and its cloud-based ERP offering. Rootstock Software and FinancialForce.com (a joint venture between UNIT4 and salesforce.com) announced a partnership earlier in the year to deliver a comprehensive manufacturing and accounting solution on Force.com. Rootstock is vying for its ERP solution to become the standard for manufacturing ERP solutions in the cloud, as discussed in the aforementioned recent blogpost all about Rootstock, Read More...
Two Force.com Apps Joining Forces at Dreamforce 2010
One of the major takeaway messages from salesforce.com’s recent Dreamforce 2010 conference was the company’s diversification within the platform-as-a

force.com  Force.com Apps Joining Forces at Dreamforce 2010 One of the major takeaway messages from salesforce.com ’s recent Dreamforce 2010 conference was the company’s diversification within the  platform-as-a-service (PaaS)  space. Namely, during their keynote presentations, the company’s executives admitted publicly to the Force.com platform’s proprietary nature (i.e., the non-mainstream Apex language), which made them decide recently to decouple the application development layer from  the database Read More...
Assessing FinancialForce.com’s Early Years
FinancialForce.com, the offspring of an established best-of-breed provider of accounting and project-based applications and a cloud computing pioneer, aims to

force.com  system) on top of Force.com , the famed cloud computing platform by salesforce.com. FinancialForce.com’s applications include accounting, billing, and professional services automation (PSA), with the goal to help companies align finance, sales, and service in a way that enables profitable growth. Social Accounting The Salesforce CRM (a.k.a. Sales Cloud ) offering is about growing the top line, while FinancialForce.com focuses on the bottom line. By combining those systems and aligning those business Read More...
Rootstock Software
Rootstock Software@ provides powerful manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain solutions built on the Force.com cloud computing platform. The Rootstock

force.com  solutions built on the Force.com cloud computing platform. The Rootstock solution enables real-time management of manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain operations from front to back, anytime and anywhere. The company''s cloud-based apps integrate out-of-the-box with native sales and accounting apps by salesforce.com and FinancialForce.com. Rootstock offers a reliable way to plan and execute required activities, deliver essential information to all parts of the organization, and improve timely and Read More...
AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the positive impressions from my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event. Still, while it might appear that Ariba is

force.com  For its part, the Force.com -based contract management solution, Ariba Contracts on Force.com , is admittedly experiencing slower traction than expected. The reason is that it is not a low-touch solution, i.e., it requires some services and channel drive after all. Salesforce CRM is really tailored for simplicity and flexibility, whereas automated payments and user connectivity must be rigid by default. The trick is again in finding a good balance between providing enough customization work for a Read More...
Getting an Update from BigMachines at Dreamforce 2010
Many recent TEC articles have talked about quote-to-order (Q2O) or configure, price, quote (CPQ) solutions that facilitate business-to-consumer (B2C) and

force.com  for XML)  technology. Getting Force.com Religion As seen from the above list of enhancements, most followed the simplification theme for both end-users and administrators. BigMachines admits that the product’s complexity (or at least the perception of it) and its premium brand pricing might be the only remaining competitive hurdles in some selections. Sometimes, the true  multi-tenancy software as a service (SaaS)  discussion can come into picture as well, given that most of BigMachines users have Read More...
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 1
Dreamforce, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture

force.com  in 2007 salesforce.com launched Force.com , its  platform-as-a-service (PaaS)  offering, allowing developers to build apps directly on top of Salesforce.com’s cloud infrastructure using the multi-tenant Apex code that was first unveiled in 2006. The vendor does not break out how much revenue it earns from Force.com, but in 2009 Gartner estimated that Force.com had over 1,000 customers. Not too shabby, but not exceptional either, as measured in salesforce.com’s aforementioned growth standards and Read More...
LeveragePoint Adds Value to B2B Pricing - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced LeveragePoint as a cloud-based newcomer to the business-to-business (B2B) pricing market with a novel pricing approach

force.com  apps on salesforce.com ’s Force.com cloud platform is limiting? In other words, why did you opt for Google Web Toolkit (GWT) on the front end and Java Class Libraries on the back-end? SF : Using Force.com one can build very powerful database-centric and rules-based applications. But one can only innovate at the pace that is supported by salesforce.com and in the directions that the master vendor wants to take its own applications and the market. One has to be a follower and not an innovator to develop Read More...
Vana Workforce: A Global and Integrated Solution for SMEs
Founded in 2008 as an HR technology company, Vana Workforce now sells Vana HCM software exclusively as a cloud application company. Vana HCM, fully native on

force.com  fully native on the Force.com platform, is designed for small and medium enterprises, and is a truly global application, available in multiple currencies and languages and with country-specific regulatory reporting. In 2012, Vana closed its first round of external funding and released Update 9 of its solution. In this report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic gives an overview of the background and functionality of Vana HCM, details the latest release of the solution, and tells what to expect from Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIc)
The first part (Part II) of this blog series described the opportunities for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand applications, especially in the current

force.com  SaaS product on Salesforce.com’s Force.com PaaS as follows: “For a ''pure SaaS'' offering you can’t adapt old products – you need to develop specifically for the SaaS environment. A multi-tenanted design is essential – since volume is critical to success, you need a scale, and this can only be achieved by a multi-tenanted approach (that’s why SAP has gone back to the drawing board with SAP Business ByDesign ). There are three key areas of focus – Security; Security; Security. If you can’t Read More...
Sales and price quoting should never be the bottleneck to more revenue. Quick quotes, complex configurations, pricing analytics made easy and just a click

force.com  day. Being “Native” on Force.com means that we can leverage the data and workflows you already have set-up in Salesforce.com. *Study conducted by a leading user experience research and usability testing firm. Research commissioned by Revvy CPQ July 2013. Read More...
Salesforce.com Wants to Help You Transition to a Customer Company
Coincidentally or not, my industry analyst career started at about the same time that salesforce.com was founded, back in 1999. And boy, has the vocal cloud

force.com  for customer/consumer-facing apps and Force.com for employee-oriented apps. Customer Company Offering After nearly 15 years of existence and 25 or so acquisitions, salesforce.com has garnered an impressive product portfolio (Figure 1). The vendor recently launched the next generation of its enterprise social network with social and mobile customer relationship management (CRM) in mind. With the latest iteration of Chatter, salesforce.com is offering new features that let companies access, create, and act Read More...
Infor24: Demystifying Infor’s Cloud Strategy - Part 1
Anyone that is still vociferously doubting and denying the future of cloud computing and its near-mainstream nature will sound as strange and nutty as some

force.com  the cloud, such as Force.com by salesforce.com, Windows Azure Platform by Microsoft , or Google App Engine . The application platform, whether in the cloud or on-premise, is where the programming model, business logic, and basic architecture of applications are determined. Currently, in terms of internal IT departments, PaaS is most appealing to large projects on a fast-track, small projects with limited budgets, and pilot projects. Many Roads to Cloud ERP There are no established PaaS leaders yet, but Read More...
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

force.com  proprietary nature of its Force.com cloud platform (and its Apex code), salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and his co-founder Parker Harris have recently decided to decouple Force.com into a more open application layer, for  platform as a service (PaaS)  purposes and a database layer for providing  infrastructure as a service (IaaS) .  Database in the Cloud The latter layer was named database.com , which should help to attract Java, Ruby on Rails, PHP, Perl, etc. developers, who have likely perceived For Read More...

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