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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

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

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

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

Rootstock Software


Rootstock Software is a provider of manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems based on the salesforce.com enterprise application platform. Rootstock offers configure price quote (CPQ), engineering, planning, purchasing, inventory, production, scheduling, cost, accounting, and project management capabilities.

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

A SaaS Start-up Cautionary Tale: The Makana Experience (Or: How You Can Create a Great Product and Still Hit the Wall)


Great products and a growing customer base are not enough to succeed in the SaaS ICM marketplace. Find out why Makana, a startup SaaS vendor, found it difficult to reach profitability.

force.com  catalog. Built on the Force.com platform, Makana Motivator is still available for demonstration and deployment . In March 2008, Makana announced via press release the availability of “new capabilities that enable subscribers to even more easily model incentive costs without the time-consuming and cost-prohibitive implementation of a compensation administration system.”   Product Challenges In addition to the challenge of low brand recognition and the fledgling install base that comes with a start-up Read More

It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part IV


Part III of this blog series introduced Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here. Other Real Life ResponsAbility Use Examples In addition to the examples described in Part III, another example of the ResponsAbility software in use can be found in Grayhill

force.com  demand applications. Leveraging Salesforce.com''s Force.com platform, the next ResponsAbility release (expected in September or so) will be available for test drive and deployment at the AppExchange site . There is already GA for the Oracle CRM OnDemand ecosystem . Every customer that installs the software over the Web in a self-service manner gets the following four default workflow process templates: Bug Resolution, New Feature Request (NFR), Engineering Change Notice (ECN) and RMA. Certainly, customers Read More

Enhanced Social and Mobile Capabilities for Concurforce


With a projected $0.5 billion in revenues in 2012, Concur Technologies is the leading provider of integrated travel and expense (T@E) management solutions. The company helps individuals and organizations make sure that their expense reports are in tune with their budgets and accounting rules. Concur’s Web-based and mobile solution suite, Concur T@E Cloud, enables businesses to automate and

force.com  built on salesforce.com ’s Force.com cloud platform with native social and mobile business apps, and leverages the T&E management services of the Concur T&E Cloud. The application delivers a simple and familiar experience for salesforce.com users, saving them time and improving productivity. Concurforce allows users to perform the following activities: Business travelers can access itineraries from the TripIt mobile trip organizer, to create and submit accurate, in-policy expense reports from within Read More

TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of April 30th, 2012


SOFTWARE SELECTIONS @ DEPLOYMENTSEuropean manufacturer of construction chemicals selects IFS Applications Industry tags: Process manufacturing, mining "Polish corporation Atlas Group, which operates 18 business entities and 5 mines in Poland and internationally, has selected IFS Applications as its corporate-level ERP system. The first areas slated for implementation will be financials

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

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 US Senate hopefuls that still proudly deny evolution and climate change (while admitting to “dabbling with witchcraft” in the not-too-distant past). In fact, can anyone name a renowned enterprise resource planning (ERP

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

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

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

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 system’s functionality, your organization no longer must be bound to a one-size-fits-all ERP solution. One can pick and choose from the best of the best from ERP component vendors to fit your needs.

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

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

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 Software is one such company. Its OpenEdge platform is now fully enabled for business process management and for the cloud, and it has a winning team of acquisitions. Has Progress finally found the right balance of revenue streams and diversification to be more than the sum of its parts?

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