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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 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

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 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

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

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 help companies align finance, sales, and service for profitable growth through its accounting, billing, and professional services automation (PSA) applications. Tom Brennan, FinancialForce.com’s vice president of product marketing, discusses the company’s successes.

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

Vana Workforce Launches Vana HCM Release Update 9


Today, Vana Workforce introduced Vana HCM Release Update 9, developed on the Force.com platform. Available stand-alone or through integration with salesforce.com, Version 9 includes new human resources and talent management features delivered in the cloud and accessible via mobile devices. Key features include new Candidate Search, Offer Builder, and Onboarding modules, which can be

force.com  , developed on the Force.com platform. Available stand-alone or through integration with salesforce.com, Version 9 includes new human resources and talent management features delivered in the cloud and accessible via mobile devices. Key features include new Candidate Search, Offer Builder, and Onboarding modules, which can be used by organizations to manage the recruitment lifecycle—from sourcing and recruiting, through hiring, to onboarding new workers into the organization. In addition, Vana HCM 9 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-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

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

When ERP and CRM Connect in the Cloud


In early 2011 Plex Systems announced that it has integrated its software-as-a-service (SaaS) enterprise resource planning (ERP) product with salesforce.com’s Sales Cloud 2. The result is a cloud-based composite application focused on the lead management process. P.J. Jakovljevic, principal analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), interviews Patrick Fetterman, Plex’s vice president of marketing.

force.com  Plex developing on the Force.com platform, is it? PF: That''s correct. We are not doing any work on Force.com, which is why salesforce.com didn''t participate in the announcement. This wasn''t a strategic partnership announcement, just a technical integration. TEC: Is the Salesforce Chatter collaboration cloud offering involved here in any way? PF: No, not at this time. TEC: Is this a move by both Plex and salesforce.com to counteract the success of integrated cloud ERP and CRM offerings from, say, NetSuite Read More

The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3)


Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service management (SSM) suite. One such broad SSM suite has been advanced by Servigistics, and Part 2 zoomed into the capabilities of one particular part of the Servigistics SSM suite: Service Knowledge Management (SKM). Potential SKM Benefits

force.com  addition to being the Force.com platform-as-a-service [PaaS] provider), beating the US$15m it paid for wireless infrastructure provider Sendia in 2006 . A somewhat strange aspect of the acquisition was that InStranet has mostly (over 75 percent of its clients) been a traditional, on-premise software provider, with the rest being hosted in a single-tenant mode. These modes of operation have been exactly the opposite of the “No Software” mantra of Salesforce.com. InStranet has also sold its KM 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 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 the vendor in 2013.

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

Agresso + CODA, VITA + Link (+ CODA 2go): What's the Sum? (Part 1)


Over the last few years I have produced a number of articles and blog entries on two once-independent and occasionally competing products: Agresso Business World (ABW) and CODA Financials. Since early 2008, these two products and their related owner companies have become siblings within the Unit 4 Agresso parent. Unit 4 Agresso is a Netherlands-based business software company that has grown

force.com  2go offering using Salesforce.com''s Force.com platform as a service (PaaS ). The offering caters to the general ledger capabilities (e.g., multi-currency and flexible chart of account [COA ] design, unified ledger design, etc.), and a fully integrated “opportunity to cash” accounts receivable (A/R ) process. The process entails the following sub-processes: invoicing from opportunity, credit management (dashboard-based credit analysis and rating), aging and collection, and cash allocation. These A/R 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: value-based pricing. In this day and age of highly accelerated new product introductions, history-based pricing approaches are often inadequate. My previous post explained the company’s approach and current state of affairs. Part 2 follows

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

RevvyCPQ


Sales and price quoting should never be the bottleneck to more revenue. Quick quotes, complex configurations, pricing analytics made easy and just a click away. In order to close the business for sales, you have to ask for the order. The problem is that putting together a simple approved price quote using traditional CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote) solutions can be very complex for sales users. We invested a lot of effort in designing a user experience so intuitive, it requires no training. Sales users love that. They can jump right in and immediately configure quotes for their eager customers.  At Model N, making CPQ easy is what we do. In fact, in independent testing, REVVY CPQ was preferred 4-to-1 by sales professionals.* We believe SaaS solutions need to be simple yet powerful.  • Built on Force.com, Built with the Sales user in mind, Built to drive Revenue. • CPQ that is so user friendly and pleasing to the eye • 100% Native on Force.com…and more. We also chose Salesforce as our development platform because we wanted you to configure your quotes in something you already use every 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.

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

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 firing on all cylinders, as is typically the case, Ariba is not all things to all people and no company is without issues. Thus this post will discuss some challenges and related rooms for improvement. To date, Ariba has been

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

Enterprise Software Trends: A Look Back at 2012


Here’s what TEC analysts have to say about some of the more significant enterprise software developments of 2012. Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst, on cloud ERP: For the ERP software space, 2012 was a year of extensive appraisal of the suitability of cloud-based ERP software to the manufacturing industry. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) concept is being clarified, and lessons are being

force.com  Cloud, like database.com and Force.com by salesforce.com), business rules engine, and much more. Bob Eastman, Senior SCM Analyst, on the effect of the economy: For all of the attention that “big data,” Apple, and mergers and acquisitions ( RedPrairie/JDA , SAP/Ariba , PTC/Servigistics , Amazon/KIVA , Honeywell/Intermec ) get, one of the more interesting stories in the supply chain space continues to be how software customers are responding to the still changing and uncertain economic forces. The 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 for the enterprise applications market observers (surprisingly, Dreamforce 2011 will take place in late August, and let’s see how that new timing will feel). Namely, in these prolonged times of bad economic news and

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