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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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Comparison of ERP and CRM Markets' Life cycle Snapshots


Today's enterprise applications are required as a matter of course to address more than the processes taking place within the walls of an enterprise. Almost all traditional ERP vendors (small and big alike) had to experience a wake-up call and have long been trying to expand their product offering in tune with the ever-changing trends and requirements of the new collaborative economy. The need for providing a full, comprehensive CRM suite rather than an individual solution or a bundle of point solutions for each distinct CRM area remains firm, and will urge further market consolidation.

life cycle phases scm  ERP and CRM Markets'' Life cycle Snapshots Introduction The overall customer relationship management (CRM) market remains the land of opportunity but with many treacherous patches of quicksand for those who are uncertain about their footprint breadth in the field of either install base and product scope. It has been a no brainer the fact that the 2000s have been adverse years in the entire enterprise applications market. Following the whopping growth rates of the late 1990s, and the spending surge on Read More

The ERP Life Cycle: From Birth to Death and Birth Again


The enterprise life cycle is often misunderstood, which can lead to complications during the selection, implementation, and maintenance phases. Knowing what to expect during each phase will allow an enterprise to get better money for value from the solution.

life cycle phases scm  visually with an ERP life cycle graphic. figure 1 Figure 1: ERP Life Cycle I chose the names of each phase carefully, along with the brief explanations. In this article, I''ll expand (and expound) upon the graphic, to give you my view of each phase. Product Evaluation Raise your hand if you don''t already have an ERP solution. Okay, I see that only a few of you haven''t already been through this, but let''s pretend this is your first time through the ERP selection process. Here are the six stages of a Read More

RFID Case Study: Gillette and Provia Part One: Background


The goal of the pilot project was not to see whether RFID tags on pallets and cases could be read automatically (although one should not assume that it is easy to achieve), but rather to develop or improve the systems and business processes needed to sustain higher levels of efficiency and productivity.

life cycle phases scm  products through their production life cycle has reportedly enabled Gillette not only to reduce losses resulting from out-of-stock, stolen, or lost products, but also to improve efficiencies across its operations by monitoring the status and location of products. Loss prevention along its entire supply chain has initially galvanized the company to try new approaches to solving a venerable predicament. With eight major product categories, Gillette''s long-term vision has been to eventually apply EPCglobal Read More

Audit Considerations for Enterprise Software Implementations Part 1: Project Planning and Management


Thanks, in part, to the fallout from the financial scandals of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco and others, the corporate spotlight is being refocused on the audit function. However, by waiting until systems are live and in production before applying an audit regimen, you may miss an excellent opportunity to establish effective controls at the outset, when the enterprise software is being implemented. Read on to learn where and how, as an executive sponsor, project manager, or team member, you can instill audit procedures that can continue throughout the life of the software.

life cycle phases scm  principle of a project''s life cycle, considerable prep work is needed. Getting everyone acquainted with the requirements of the Act and making sure that projects are in compliance is no simple task. Be advised, it will not happen overnight. Consequently, an education and training process must be completed so that everyone is in agreement and on the same sheet of music. This mission should be undertaken as you would for any project but with special emphasis placed on securing a high profile executive to Read More

Configurability Strategy: A Competitive Advantage


To gain a competitive advantage, manufacturing companies that sell complex products are implementing a configurability strategy that provides more options using fewer resources. Learn about the two interrelated phases of a configurability strategy: developing the product—which emphasizes the essential functionality of a product configurator—and executing the lead-to-order (LTO) process in a lean manufacturing environment.

life cycle phases scm  documentation integrity over the life of the product '' using PLM data vault management functionality to rigorously control all versions of all product data files, including the Definition Logic Share product visualization Ensure timely distribution of product information using electronic workflow, including attached documents 3For ETO product specifications, additional PLM capabilities are significant when more design effort is required to develop a complete configuration, other than provided by Read More

Can You Add New Life To an Old ERP System?


Getting ERP transaction data into a summarized form that is useful to knowledge workers is one way to extend the value of your ERP system. This article discusses the advantages that can be gained by moving ERP and other transaction data to a data warehouse.

life cycle phases scm  You Add New Life To an Old ERP System? Can You Add New Life To an Old ERP System? Featured Author - * William R. Friend - October 31, 2003 Introduction Recently, TEC featured an article by Olin Thompson titled, The ''Old ERP'' Dilemma: Replace or Add-on which discussed options available to companies who want to add business functionality to their Old ERP systems. Certainly, there are many options now available in new business functionality that run the gamut from Supply Chain Planning (SCP) to Read More

Reference Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions


This guide to supply chain management (SCM) functions/features will help you determine which SCM features are a high priority for your organization. Learn about SCM functions and features for WMS, TMS, international trade logistics (ITL), supplier relationship management (SRM), demand management, supply chain analytics, order management, service parts planning, and more.

life cycle phases scm  exchanged during the shipment life cycle should be facilitated by the international trade logistics (ITL) system. This requires a synchronized system and process, where the product and shipment requirements are integrated into an automated order fulfillment environment. The product item master and associated tables will determine the cost of the product as well as the relationship between the product and any duties or tariffs that are applicable. Tables related to customs duties and tariffs as well as Read More

Life Science Products Selects abas ERP


Life Science Products (LSP) recently selected abas-USA as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider to replace its existing outdated Navision ERP system, which was no longer supported.

life cycle phases scm  Products Selects abas ERP Life Science Products (LSP) recently selected abas-USA as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider. LSP is a manufacturing and distribution company in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry, specializing in construction products and services (floors, walls, ceiling, and wall protection), safety supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).   The company’s existing outdated Navision ERP system (what is today Microsoft Dynamics NAV ) was no longer supported. The Read More

Real-life Examples of Killer App Marketing


Over the next decade, websites will diminish in importance and the webosphere will transform into an “app-o-sphere.” People will experience brands in a unified and interactive way regardless of what device they use. Learn about the four pillars of app marketing—acquisition campaigns, push messaging, in-app messaging, and cross-channel synchronization—and how to create killer app marketing campaigns.

life cycle phases scm  life Examples of Killer App Marketing Over the next decade, websites will diminish in importance and the webosphere will transform into an “app-o-sphere.” People will experience brands in a unified and interactive way regardless of what device they use. Learn about the four pillars of app marketing—acquisition campaigns, push messaging, in-app messaging, and cross-channel synchronization—and how to create killer app marketing campaigns. Read More

E2open Buys icon-scm, Makes Waves in Supply Chain Space


E2open and icon-scm have just combined to create a collaborative planning and execution software stalwart, enabling brand owners and their trading partners to work together to improve their supply chain performance by continuously solving real problems with better information. The transaction, valued at approximately $34 million in total (more than three times icon-scm’s revenues), represents an

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A Tectonic Shift in Communications Customer Life Cycle Management


Amdocs recently announced a complete revamp of its marketing philosophy and its offering to its customers, which it believes to be the most important shift since the company's initial public offering in 1998.

life cycle phases scm  Shift in Communications Customer Life Cycle Management Three Tenets of Amdocs'' New Go-to-Market Strategy Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX) recently unveiled a new marketing philosophy—one so significant that it is touted as the most important development since the company went public in 1998. Amdocs is an Israel-based company that provides billing systems, customer care, and support to communications companies throughout the world. Its corporate paradigm shift aims to give companies stronger, more profitable Read More

ERP Fail: When Best Practices Meet Real Life


Open University PhD candidate Gabrielle Ford has a new perspective on why, despite an abundance of expert insight, so many ERP implementations continue to fail. TEC is collaborating with Ford to provide a 20-minute survey for ERP users, and is offering three-day free access to its evaluation models and vendor data to readers who complete the survey. Take the survey now. This post signals the start

life cycle phases scm  Best Practices Meet Real Life Open University PhD candidate Gabrielle Ford has a new perspective on why, despite an abundance of expert insight, so many ERP implementations continue to fail. TEC is collaborating with Ford to provide a 20-minute survey for ERP users , and is offering three-day free access to its evaluation models and vendor data to readers who complete the survey. Take the survey now . This post signals the start of several contributions from Ford regarding the relationship users have Read More

Increasing Agility and Decreasing Change Life Cycle Timeframes in SOA-based Systems


While service oriented architecture (SOA)-based systems are great for re-using the existing IT infrastructure to implement newer business processes, they only help IT professionals. Thus, an SOA-based system is a technical answer to a business challenge—but in order to help businesses react to business changes, existing business rules management system (BRMS) technology should be included in the mix.

life cycle phases scm  Agility and Decreasing Change Life Cycle Timeframes in SOA-based Systems While service oriented architecture (SOA)-based systems are great for re-using the existing IT infrastructure to implement newer business processes, they only help IT professionals. Thus, an SOA-based system is a technical answer to a business challenge—but in order to help businesses react to business changes, existing business rules management system (BRMS) technology should be included in the mix. Read More

A Unified Approach to Workload Life Cycle Management


Traditionally, data centers have been seen as a mix of servers, operating systems, applications, and data. Moreover, the data, applications, and operating systems have been inextricably tied to the hardware on which they reside, impeding the optimal use of server resources, whether physical or virtual. Find out how to adopt a more unified approach to managing workloads in the data center—today.

life cycle phases scm  Unified Approach to Workload Life Cycle Management Traditionally, data centers have been seen as a mix of servers, operating systems, applications, and data. Moreover, the data, applications, and operating systems have been inextricably tied to the hardware on which they reside, impeding the optimal use of server resources, whether physical or virtual. Find out how to adopt a more unified approach to managing workloads in the data center—today. Read More