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Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 1
The mergers and acquisition (M@A) market seems to be coming back slowly. One evidence of this could be the late-March acquisition of long-struggling

m part 8  independent competitors such as  Mercia (now part of Infor )  and  Demantra (now part of Oracle Value Chain Planning ) . Another best-kept secret in the market is that Logility has possibly the most complete SCM functional footprint. Namely, its fully integrated Voyager solution optimizes supply chain processes from forecasting to supply planning and global sourcing and production to final delivery (execution). Part 2 of this series will analyze current Logility’s offerings for companies of all Read More
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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

m part 8  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 advantage comes in part from striking strong and Read More
Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1
Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M@As) in the vibrant and buoyant business process management (BPM

m part 8  Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1 Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the vibrant and buoyant  business process management (BPM)  space.  The merger of Progress Software Corp. (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. drew my attention  in particular. Why? Because, to my mind, Progress has thus made a large leap into the BPM space, a market where it has been notably absent. Namely, from Progress’ analyst event two years ago, I vividly Read More
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 1
February and bleak mid-winters are not exactly the high season for software user conferences in North America, and thus I accepted the invitation by UNIT4

m part 8  estimate that the SaaS market would reach $8 billion in 2009, a 21.9 percent increase from 2008 revenue of US$6.6 billion, no wonder that Salesforce.com has increased its interest in SaaS accounting (and likely in other applications down the track). Part 2 of this series will focus on FinancialForce.com’s strengths and potential challenges and on its on-premise step-sibling CODA’s recent developments. Your comments and opinions about post-implementation agility and UNIT4’s diversified strategy Read More
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second largest business applications provider in continental

m part 8  an existing  general ledger. Marrying “Cloud” and “Soil” To that end, Robinson also explained that having FinancialForce.com in its arsenal allows UNIT4 to cross-sell, in a s oftware plus service  manner ( discussed on Part 2 ), into parts of an organization that do not necessarily need the overkill of an on-premise solution but which are content to take an on-demand offering. That is exactly what recently happened at the Telegraph Media Group , which has selected UNIT4 solutions for use in Read More
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

m part 8  part of the Webcast mentioned in Part I , Joseph Shamir, ToolsGroup’s chief executive officer (CEO), ascertained that when the long tail is viewed from a supply chain perspective, the tail starts where demand becomes “intermittent.” Using this definition, ToolsGroup’s research shows that most brick-and-mortar companies (and not only e-tailers, as one might think) are also facing an increasingly long tail environment. This is because they are dealing with far more SKUs and slow-moving items with Read More
Outsourcing Security Part 3: Selecting a Managed Security Services Provider
As the final article in a three-part series on outsourcing security, the following article provides guidelines for selecting a dependable managed security

m part 8  for selecting a dependable managed security services provider. This is Part 3 of a 3-part article. Part 1 noted the benefits of outsourcing security. Part 2 evaluated the cost of such an outsourcing. Part 3 provides guidelines for selecting a security services provider. Finding what You Want Businesses turn to outsourced security or managed security services (MSS) in order to protect their information assets more efficiently and effectively. MSS encompasses various types of services, including Read More
8 Essential CRM Best Practices-an Executive Guide
In this informative white paper, 8 essential CRM best practicesan executive guide, you'll discover the eight key elements of highly successful CRM ...

m part 8  Essential CRM Best Practices-an Executive Guide Since CRM can be directly related to how much money comes in the door, shouldn't your CRM system contain all the proven CRM best practices ? Can you afford to have less than the best when it comes to dealing with your customers? In this informative white paper, 8 Essential CRM Best Practices—An Executive Guide , you'll discover the eight key elements of highly successful CRM systems—laid out for you in clear, straightforward language. So whether you're Read More
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

m part 8  here . In the main part of his presentation in Part 2 , Trefler maintained that to follow the Yellow Brick Road, which will lead any business to Oz (and back to profitability ), requires three capabilities in particular, starting with the ability to directly capture business objectives into the BPM system by the business users . It cannot be overemphasized how important it is for business users to be able to capture corporate objectives directly into the software technology so that these new Read More
It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic introduced MCA Solutions and its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts

m part 8  Service Parts Planning (SPP) module part of the SAP SCM suite [ evaluate this product ]). Moreover, SIO runs in SAP Enterprise Portal and leverages the MCA Strategy  functionality (soon to be explained), with forecasting and multi-echelon optimization capabilities. After having completed a stringent solution qualification process in SAP's test facilities, SIO is nowadays tested and supported by both MCA and SAP. To illustrate the depth of an EBS-like partnership, let us see the evolutionary path that Read More
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the

m part 8  101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories Outsourcing Categories Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: Application software I.T. infrastructure Business process outsourcing (BPO), and Manufacturing This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced Read More
Frankie Does ERP, Part 1
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

m part 8  Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request. This interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It's still colorful.] * My name is Frank. I’m a mid-level manager for a manufacturer of scrotchets here in Read More
Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news

m part 8  Scavo and Ray Wang, mentioned in Part 1 ). For one, some observers and practitioners still believe that Infor’s own tools were quite necessary to sell its product strategy. What Infor is doing now can be seen by some as the vendor admitting to not having the resources, will (perhaps even guts), and vision to deliver the original product strategy. In addition, while the new Microsoft-based  business intelligence (BI) , reporting, and  user interface (UI)  tools may be as good or even better than Read More
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIa)
The first part of this blog series described the opportunity for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand enterprise applications, especially in the current

m part 8  it must understand several misconceptions about SaaS. Part two then analyzed the first two of the top five SaaS assumptions that Gartner recently outlined in its research .  More SaaS Facts and Fiction The third assumption is that SaaS is priced as a utility model, which is almost always false. Although the claim is that companies are only charged for what and how much software they actually use, for most SaaS deployments, a company must commit to a predetermined contract, independent of actual usage. Read More
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

m part 8  solution dedicated to the mid-market that was described in Part 2 , SAP recently announced the first details of its on-demand strategy for large enterprises. SAP was surprisingly and conspicuously mum about its on-demand offerings and intentions during the recent SAPPHIRE 2009 user conference . Following suit in being dedicated to its installed on-premise customer base, on-demand software for large enterprises from SAP will consist of function-specific software applications. Available by subscription, Read More

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