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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

h part 2  nodes, a strategy that hardly anyone recommends or pursues today (as mentioned in Part 1 ). The downside of owning such assets is getting locked into high costs and capital investments, with potentially inflexible capacity. Even many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly shedding their plants. Acting vertical, on the other hand, does not require retailers to own inflexible and costly manufacturing and other supply chain assets —yet it enables them to operate as though they do. This advanta

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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.

h part 2  windows, and multiple fonts. H - I   Horizontal Applications - Applications that include functionality across corporate disciplines, such as Sales, Marketing, or Service. IM - Instant Messaging. The ability for two or more users who are online to communicate via text in real time on their computers. Inference Engine - A problem resolution engine that prompts the user to answer questions about the problem that they have, and based on the answers, will ask additional questions or make recommendations Read More

As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Two: The Middleware Dilemma, Partnerships, and What Next?


Given the pressures on radio frequency identification (RFID) middleware vendors, pure-play middleware suppliers will likely either diversify or get absorbed by larger companies. All RFID vendors, regardless of category, will tend to form partnerships to hasten time to market.

h part 2  Manhattan Associates, Requio Own H Oracle Xpaseo Own, Verisign, Loftware, Cisco, Savi Technologies Own Intel, Intermec, Zebra, Alien Technologies, Enviromax Siemens Dematic Global Ranger, TagsWare Manhattan Associates Own, Alien Technoloiges, Zebra, Printronix, Tektronix, Symbol Savi Technologies Own Own WebMethods, BEA Own, SAMsys, Symbol, Matics Provia Software Own Own Own Alien Technologies, Zebra, Sun, Printronix, Psion Teklogix, LXE, IBM, Intermec Table 1 RFID Vendor Partnerships What Next? The Read More

Federal Procurement Essentials: Sealed Bidding


Selling to the government can bring new life to contract winners, particularly small and medium businesses. In fact, organizations that understand and leverage federal acquisition methods and processes can grow from scratch to a profitable bottom line, whatever their size.

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Meridian Systems’ “Catch Up” Challenge in the Capital Infrastructure Industry - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series covered the spectrum of Meridian Systems’ Proliance solution for Tier One, multi-billion-dollar global companies. It also analyzed Meridian's early bet on leveraging Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs), and harnessing the Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology collaboration that is revolutionizing the capital infrastructure industry. Meridian, which

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FRx Poised To Permeate Many More General Ledgers Part One: Executive Summary


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Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 1


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h part 2  cases, the customer must have the part but may want to buy a lower priced alternative. Yet the healthy margins on parts (usually around 25 percent) can absorb even some price reductions if necessary (or simply not raising the prices) as the suppliers' prices go up. Hence, I suspect the spare parts' prices will not go up as fast as some might expect. Servigistics claims that while a down economy certainly curtails the purchase, and hence, the production of new products, the demand for service actually inc Read More

SOA From a Management Perspective: Part Two


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Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part III)


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


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#2 Dell Tries Harder, Compaq Hurts


Dell Computer Corporation is the #2 Intel server manufacturer in the world. Can they beat Compaq and make it to #1?

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