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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...
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

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...
TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of April 30th, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONS @ DEPLOYMENTSEuropean manufacturer of construction chemicals selects IFS ApplicationsIndustry tags: Process manufacturing, mining

force.com  be an alternative to salesforce.com''s Force.com, SAP (HANA), Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, etc. I guess, with the expected new cash inflow from selloffs, Progress will have to buy some in-memory and big data analytic technology, some good enterprise search, and who knows what other technology to keep abreast of the aforementioned competitors. —P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst TEC Blog post (December 2011): Progress Software Rounds Out its RPM Offering with Corticon Buy Press release Read More...
To ERP or Not to ERP, that Is the C-level Question
Whether your organization is looking to take the leap into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the first time or seeking to add to the current ERP

force.com  solution framework for you. Force.com (by Salesforce) is one provider taking a lead with this approach. On the Force.com platform, a company can subscribe to the financials component, and then choose to go with the Glovia OM or the Rootstock manufacturing component based on the company’s needs. The Challenges of “Not ERP”ing Though component-based ERP solutions have many benefits to offer companies, “to ERP” with a component ERP system does have its challenges when compared to a 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

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...
Red Hat Heads for the Cloud with OpenShift
It would be an understatement to say that Red Hat is an interesting enterprise software company. Since its founding in 1994 and initial public offering (IPO) in

force.com  expected. If one uses Force.com , Database.com , or Heroku (all parts of the Salesforce Platform ), in addition to paying for the platform license, salesforce.com also gets 25 percent from net revenues. From those ISVs that use their own platforms and connect via APIs with salesforce.com’s solutions in the AppExchange market place, that cut for salesforce.com is 15 percent of net revenues. Though some of those companies are a few-employee shops, salesforce.com does not give them any discounts or Read More...
BigIdeas 2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas, BigMachines’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago. I

force.com  configurator product on salesforce.com’s Force.com platform (with no other modules such as our extensive admin tools and rules engine/repository) is very nascent, but we have recently had a few go live customers. Stay tuned for more information and updates. PJ : Your partner ecosystem is impressive, but what about the formal SAP relationship and certification? WW : We do have a relationship with SAP and some SAP resellers (e.g., Espline ), but not nearly as close and strategic as with salesforce.com 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...
Meet the New (Revolutionized) Progress Software
According to TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic, some solid, growing, and profitable software companies never get the respect they deserve. Progress

force.com  an apparent challenge to Force.com and Heroku and their exuberant proponents at salesforce.com. Indeed, I cannot imagine a vendor that wants to develop, say, a slaughterhouse and meat-packing solution in emerging markets opting for Force.com or Heroku. But to be fair, I cannot really imagine companies developing Facebook- or Twitter-like social applications or interactive e-commerce Web stores using OpenEdge either. Progress Beyond OpenEdge To provide some historical context, for the last 15 years or so Read More...
BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

force.com  change logs and the  Force.com  platform''s user integration. In the realm of service and support, the documentation improvements include so-called “cookbooks” and knowledge base help for eligible users. To foster and nurture the sense of community and customer involvement, the  BigMachines Community  offering includes a number of  Web forums , a customer advisory board, and so on. To that end,  the BigMachines My Big Idea innovation portal  was launched in late 2008. Customers’ voting Read More...
S-Drive Storage for Salesforce Security Whitepaper
S-Drive has been built on Salesforce.com as a managed application and is delivered exclusively via the AppExchange marketplace. It is a native AppExchange

force.com  has been built on Salesforce.com as a managed application and is delivered exclusively via the AppExchange marketplace. It is a native AppExchange application, meaning that it is built to run in the cloud with multi-tenancy and scalability in mind. S-Drive uses Amazon Simple Storage Service as its file storage platform, whereas the Salesforce.com is used as the application platform as well as the file information database. Besides Salesforce.com and Amazon Web Services, SDrive does not use any other 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

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...

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