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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

j part 1  covers the alphabet from J to Q. For A to I, see Part One . J  J2ME - Java 2 Micro Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . JDBC technology is an API that lets you access virtually any tabular data source from the Java programming language. It provides cross-DBMS connectivity to a wide range of SQL databases. There is also a

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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Intentia's Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part 1: Functions and Features of Movex


Intentia's Movex solution for the food and beverage industries has been highly regarded in Europe and the Pacific Rim. Now, Intentia is ready to gain foothold in North America. Read on to discover why this software for the process manufacturing industries should be on every food and beverage prospect’s shortlist of vendors.

j part 1  to Intentia, SAP and J.D. Edwards have been the competitors it has faced most frequently on a global scale, even for the food and beverage prospects. Specifically, this three-part article provides a glimpse of Intentia's Movex software offering by discussing the following aspects: Overview of Intentia (Part One) ERP functions and features (Part One) SCM functions and features (Part Two) Additional functions and features (Part Two) Observations and user recommendations (Part Three) This is Part One of a Read More

J.D. Edwards - A Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 1: About J.D. Edwards


Like most of its peers, J.D. Edwards is hoping to rebound by focusing on Internet collaboration and extended-ERP applications. The company has also differentiated itself from competitors by embedding Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) into its OneWorld product. While J.D. Edwards' move into the EAI arena is indisputably risky, we commend its determination to bite the bullet and include integration systems into the core product offering. However, we also believe that managing this large application portfolio, much of which involves partnering or extensive integration and customization, will be cumbersome. Part 1 presents an overview

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J.D. Edwards' QUEST To End Its String Of Pyrrhic Victories Part 1: The News


J.D. Edwards has been trying hard to reverse a continuing decline of license revenue, which is in a sharp contrast to its direct competitors’ upbeat postures. During this year's FOCUS conference for its QUEST User Group, J.D. Edwards demonstrated somewhat more galvanized strategy than the one it initiated and less successfully executed during the last year. With its renewed mid-enterprise focus and commitment to deliver customer-driven solutions, the company seems to be going back to its mid-market roots.

j part 1  the news from the J.D. Edwards conference. Part two discusses the Market Impact of this news and how it affects Users. Conference Highlights  J. D. Edwards pledged to refocus significant energy and resources on its traditional mid-enterprise marketplace. During his keynote address at FOCUS, J.D. Edwards' Chairman, President and CEO Ed McVaney, referenced the need for an integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution as a part of the mid-enterprise strategy, which should reinforce the value Read More

Liberty Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 1: Latest Announcements


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j part 1  Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 1: Latest Announcements Event Summary February appeared to be the month in which Web Services earned notable legitimacy. Recently, IBM and Microsoft , the two largest proponents of Web Services, and a slew of other prominent IT companies and enterprises ( Accenture , BEA Systems , Hewlett-Packard , Fujitsu , Intel , Oracle , and SAP to name some) have joined to form the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I, www.ws-i.com ). The Read More

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


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Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 3


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j part 1  and NSB Retail Systems jointly announced that they have agreed on terms for the acquisition of NSB by Epicor for approximately US$320 million. NSB provides a range of software and hardware solutions to apparel, specialty, and department store retailers (which all sounds quite similar to the CRS' offering). As a vendor of software for retailers of apparel, footwear and other specialty merchandise, NSB is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and registered and publicly traded in the UK. In 2007, NSB Read More

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j part 1  per unit, cost per project, or annual cost. Companies choose to outsource for many reasons. It is common for companies to embark on an outsourcing effort in order to lower costs, improve service, obtain expert skills, improve processes, or improve focus on core activities. Nevertheless, outsourcing is not right for every company. A company may be too small to effectively outsource. The company's culture may not appropriate for outsourcing or there may be customer reasons that limit or prevent the company' Read More

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j part 1  Services , prior to joining MCA a few years back. He and some subsequent MCA hires of ex-SAP staffers should have a deep understanding about how to successfully navigate through the complexities of working within SAP. Is There a Life Outside SAP's Sanctuary? However, while piggybacking on SAP remains critical, MCA cannot afford to keep all its eggs in one basket (in part given that the joint selling with SAP has yet to straighten some kinks out). Currently, MCA has about 60 employees and an install bas Read More

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j part 1  a four-part note on J.D. Edwards. Part Three will discuss the Market Impact of the announcements detailed in Part One and Part Two. Part Four will cover the Challenges J.D. Edwards faces and make User Recommendations. Read More

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j part 1  Door L. Taylor - June 26, 2000 Event Summary Lyme Computer Systems, a $16 million full-service computer reseller specializing in host embedded intrusion prevention systems has formed a strategic partnership with Network-1 Security Solutions to deliver host-embedded intrusion prevention systems. Lyme, which holds a GSA and Federal Supply Schedule, caters to Federal Agencies and the educational market. Figure 1. Lyme Computer Systems' GSA Schedule adds value to partnerships.   Market Impact Network-1's com Read More

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