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How Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of supply chain management (SCM) via a software category pioneer

o part 1  Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of  supply chain management (SCM)  via a software category pioneer, Kinaxis . The currently bullish Kinaxis has a number of customers that are SAP ERP customers too, and for a long time SAP was at first dismissive (or at least ambivalent) regarding the need for Response Management, as the company had its own well-known SAP Advanced Planner and Read More...
ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)
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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JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference on the heels of the recent merger between JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) and

o part 1  FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of  the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference  on the  heels of the recent merger between JDA Software  (NASDAQ: JDAS) and i2 Technologies . The article first discussed the different geneses and cultures of the two merging parties. One major outcome of the conference was JDA’s unveiled plan to converge most of its existing and acquired product sets. To that end, JDA pledged several key commitments to its customers, Read More...
Saba Software: All about People (Cloud) - Part 2
Part 1 of this series introduced Saba Software, a public provider of what it calls “People Cloud,” which constitutes a new class of business-critical software

o part 1  does a video posting on YouTube . The final part of this series will analyze the underlying product architecture that enables the rich functionality of Saba’s People Cloud. In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions or individual experiences with talent management, learning management, and social software solutions and use cases (see Part 1) are more than welcome. 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

o part 1  management Payroll processing Training o Recruiting Records management Supply chain management and logistics Physical material control activities Inbound transportation Customs brokerage Warehousing Outbound transportation IT-based supply chain services Order management Warehouse management/inventory management Event management Freight forwarding Transportation management Other areas that are emerging in the BPO space include: Engineering/design Drafting services Design digitization (paper to CAD) Design Read More...
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part II
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don’t

o part 1  10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part II Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part II Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - January 1, 2004 Introduction You are about to embark on an important project. Perhaps the project is implementing an ERP package, getting critical applications ready for the busy season, or setting up a warehouse and inventory for radio frequency operations. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Read More...
Vertical Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two
In a blog post last week, I talked about Vertical Solutions’ (VSI) offerings for field service management (FSM), including the company’s customer profile

o part 1  Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two In a blog post last week , I talked about Vertical Solutions’ (VSI) offerings for field service management (FSM), including the company’s customer profile, partners for extending the solution, and VSI’s big data capabilities. To expand on the company’s value prop and positioning, we recently had an in-depth candid discussion with VSI’s executive vice president (EVP) Kris Brannock. Ms. Brannock focuses on the strategy and direction of Read More...
The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2)
In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a

o part 1  Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2) In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a product, a service, etc. Two main approaches can be used to perform sentiment analysis or text mining : a knowledge-based approach, which uses linguistic models to classify sentiments; and a learning-based approach, which uses machine learning techniques to classify text. The concept of sentiment analysis 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

o 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...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I
Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate

o part 1  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate high-speed manufacturing operations (the real-time world of the plant) with the planning and engineering departments (the transactional and design world of enterprise systems). The nirvana (or utopia) hoped for thus far has been to provide a single point of operation and control for manufacturers to: Plan Read More...
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

o part 1  Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study Overview of the Selection  A mid-market Engineer-to-Order manufacturer in the aerospace and defense sector retained the services of TEC to help select an Enterprise Resource Planning System. This system is intended to replace disparate applications that lacked the functionality and integration to support the company's Lean Manufacturing initiatives. The Scripted Scenarios Read More...
Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Adds Dysfunction to the Windows Family
Once upon a time, Microsoft products could only be used after the first service pack was released. With Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1, Redmond sets out to prove

o part 1  New retail copies of Office 2000 will include SR-1 as part of the product. Market Impact At least in theory, you can download MS Office 2000 SR-1 from http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/info/officeksr1.htm. But the first question is why? Microsoft does a stellar job of convincing the market that each new packet of bug fixes is an improvement. (For clarity, Microsoft uses the term service pack for Windows NT and Internet Explorer, service release for Office and Windows 95/98 products.) This has not Read More...
It’s About Process (or Ability to be Responsive) -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notions of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also tackled the similarities and subtle

o part 1  : a graphical depiction of a process that becomes a part of the application and governs how the business process performs when companies run the application. They also feature Web and systems integration (SI) technologies , which include displaying and retrieving data via a Web browser and which enable companies to orchestrate the necessary people and legacy applications into their processes. Another important BPM component is what's been termed business activity monitoring (BAM), which gives reports on Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

o part 1  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop floor 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

o part 1  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 AremisSoft ), but these companies have not that candidly professed their appetite for more acquisitions. In any case, in April 2007 Canada-based CMS Software merged with the United Kingdom (UK)-based XKO Read More...
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part III
Part II of this blog series continued the introduction of the concepts of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also zoomed in on

o part 1  users, permissions, and import of legacy data. Part IV of this blog series will continue to delve into the Webcom’s ResponsAbility on-demand workflow/BPM offering . In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions or individual experiences with workflow/BPM tools are more than welcome. Read More...

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