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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

n part 1  prominence) of Java, i n early 2010, salesforce.com and VMware jointly announced VMforce as the cloud platform for Java developers . The VMforce discussion and decision was admittedly the seminal moment for Benioff and his co-founder Parker Harris to decide to decouple Force.com into a more open application layer (for PaaS purposes) and a database layer for providing  Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . Part 2 of this series will analyze the cloud offerings proliferation at salesforce.com and the Read More...
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A multinational consulting company specializing in industrial automation turned to TEC for help selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to replace its legacy system—a patc...
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Outsourcing Security Part 2: Measuring the Cost
Evaluating the cost of outsourcing can be challenging because most organizations cannot fully estimate the financial impact of such a decision.

n part 1  Security Part 2: Measuring the Cost Introduction For organizations of all sizes, outsourcing security is becoming an increasingly attractive method for maintaining a strong security posture. In fact, outsourced security is the fastest growing segment of the information security services market, according to a recent Gartner Dataquest study. Often, the decision to outsource security is based on cost: Can the company effectively outsource or co-source security management functions while still Read More...
BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

n part 1  renowned hosting providers. I n mid-2008 BigMachines also passed a rigorous audit for the SAS 70 Type II certification , which is generally a very big concern for global enterprises. While some competitors with much more longevity in the market, such as  Cincom Systems’ Acquire ,  Selectica Configuration Platform ,  Versata SalesBuilder (and Trilogy ) , or  FPX’s Firepond CPQ  might claim support for multiple currencies and more languages (all done in one step and with no separate local price Read More...
TradeStone Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 1
While I have repeatedly met with TradeStone Software’s top executives at the company’s head office in Gloucester, Massachusetts (and elsewhere, such as at the

n part 1  destination for name brands), N Brown Group (a catalog home shopping company), Pacific Sunwear, ShopRite (a retailer-owned co-op chain of supermarkets), and Urban Outfitters are some of the customers whose delegates I have seen mingling or heard presenting at STARS 2013 . About 100 attendees, including featured speakers and TradeStone Software’s staff members, made for an informal and intimate gathering. The vendor’s top executives were approachable, casually mingling with the crowd, and they asked Read More...
ROI Systems MANAGE-s Well Past 2000 Part 1: Recent Developments
ROI Systems' strategy in terms of enhancing its MANAGE 2000 product and its geographic coverage has apparently been paying off, which comes as a welcome news

n part 1  1 of a two-part news analysis.   Part 2 will continue the discussion of the Market Impact and make User Recommendations. Research & Development Commitment The company also reports that its commitment to invest in research and development remains a high priority as it continues to evolve its MANAGE 2000 ERP software product to be fully Web-based. In 2001, a number of Web-based applications were introduced, best-of-breed supply chain applications were integrated, and the product was migrated to an n-tier Read More...
What's in a name? or Enterprise systems' reincarnations (Part II)
While the Part I of this topic focused on Consona Corporation (former M2M Holdings), this time the discussion continues with the recently minted Solarsoft

n part 1  s in a name? or Enterprise systems' reincarnations (Part II) While the Part I of this topic focused on Consona Corporation (former M2M Holdings ), this time the discussion continues with the recently minted Solarsoft entity, privately owned by Marlin Equity Partners. True, in Part I, besides Infor , I could have also mentioned as old news the renaming of Verticent ERP Plus (formerly PowerCerv [ evaluate this product ]) as part of the ASA International parent and SoftBrands (formerly Fourth Shift and Read More...
TEC’s I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales

n part 1  I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC ’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales performance management (SPM) practices. It also introduced the latest entry in TEC’s I&CM (Incentive & Compensation Management) Evaluation Center , Varicent Software ’s flagship product, Varicent SPM [ evaluate this product ]. Varicent SPM Architecture Overview The Read More...
Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy
During our recent briefing, MAPICS' executives acknowledged that almost all enterprise software companies are either

n part 1  Two of a three-part note. Part One described recent events and began a discussion of the market impact. Part Three will discuss challenges and make user recommendations. Strategic Extensions Another headline is that MAPICS has been trying to leverage the best from each platform's camp to create advanced extended-ERP applications that would readily connect to various enterprise system packages. These strategic extensions, such as CRM, Web portals, and e-business applications will ideally be shared by both Read More...
Tracing Food Quality and Safety, or We Are What We Eat, After All (Part II)
Part I of this blog post introduced the burning issues of food safety and the ensuing need for traceability. To the end of providing entire food supply chain

n part 1  aquaculture feed production companies, Nutreco (a minor part of whose business is also poultry processing). Trace Engine is a standalone, web-based, configurable repository that can receive, filter and interpret any trace line information from virtually any system within the user enterprise, its suppliers, transporters, customers or any other third party. This product overlays other enterprise systems already in place and enables the generation of an information database ( Microsoft SQL Server ) Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part Two
Part One of the

n part 1  Manufacturing: Part Two Part One of the Lean Manufacturing series looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you'll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the 5S program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. Read More...
Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While smaller businesses must be attuned to what their larger customers and trading partners require, and thus consider the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) as

n part 1  Two of a two-part note. Part One detailed the events and discussed the market impact. The MBN and Business Portal Microsoft seems to have done much more homework when it came to MBN and Business Portal, given that it will use XML, but will also provide built-in support for various EDI standards and EDI data transports, partly by working with Covast , eBridge Software and vSync on EDI and other area of connectivity extension and enhancement. Many large corporations ( Wal-Mart for example) have found Read More...
SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
One of the biggest challenges facing IT departments today is still unlocking data and processes from a plethora of heterogeneous applications running on

n part 1  Three of a three-part note. Part One detailed the announcements. Part Two discussed Market Requirements and the Market Impact. Vendor Challenges In addition, the strong downturn in the technology economy has affected many vendors' outlooks. The infrastructure and integration are not easy segments to compete within either, with wealthy and viable competitors coming also from the EAI specialists (i.e., SeeBeyond , Tibco , webMethods , Mercator and Vitria ) , the infrastructure (platform and tools) Read More...
UCN inContact Selected as the First Hosted System to Support a Statewide 2-1-1 Intelligent Call Handling Platform
Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211), was the non-profit organization tasked with implementing an integrated call center solution in the State of

n part 1  inContact Selected as the First Hosted System to Support a Statewide 2-1-1 Intelligent Call Handling Platform Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211), was the non-profit organization tasked with implementing an integrated call center solution in the State of Washington (US). WIN 211’s challenge was to define system requirements, and select a vendor that could interconnect eight call centers into a single, cohesive information service system. For a solution, it turned to UCN inContact. Read More...
EAM Versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? Part One
As companies continue to look for more areas from which to squeeze out revenues and reduce expenses, enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized

n part 1  What's Right for Your Company? Part One Introduction Enterprise asset management (EAM) software and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) continue to grab headlines as a realistic way to reduce expenses and increase revenues. For one, maintaining an adequate level of repair and service parts inventory based on forecasted equipment usage can prevent already limited funds from being over-allocated just to achieve a false sense of security. Also, an effective preventive maintenance program can Read More...
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