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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended few education

p part 5  Coming of Age? - Part 5 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of  the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October . I attended few education sessions, as my conference visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that its main  value proposition  this year revolved around the flavors of  demand management , most notably  Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) . Read More...
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The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

p part 5  corporate  back-office systems , p oint of sale (POS)  systems, wholesaler systems, etc. RAPS Analysis – the lynchpin component with proprietary (patent pending) retail pricing science and consumer demand intelligence. The system produces analyses on product demand, volume,  key value item (KVI) , competitive pricing, category margin, product family pricing, price per unit, promotion, temporary price reduction (TPR) analysis,  brand equity  & sensitivity analysis, and so on. RAPS Portal – a Read More...
What Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part II
Part I of this blog series outlined the first three suggested

p part 5  Economy? - Part II Part I of this blog series outlined the first three suggested winning strategies by JDA Software Group Inc. that manufacturers (especially of consumer goods) could instantly deploy to drive up margins and protect shareholder value in the current economic climate (malaise). I also took the liberty of mapping, with the help of some current and former employees of JDA Software  and former Manugistics (now part of JDA), the appropriate current JDA solutions to each suggested strategy. Read More...
Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better pricing management and optimization practices. It also

p part 5  a Down Economy -- Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better pricing management and optimization practices. It also introduced the FUD (fear, uncertainty & doubt) notion about how appropriate these solutions might be in a down market. It appeared that at least the service sector (including spare parts pricing) remains largely impervious to the economic climate (if not even bolstered by a downturn). So, What's in Store for Pricing Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

p part 5  Good SCM Players - Part 4 Part 1 of this blog post series  followed the genesis of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an impeccable  supply chain management (SCM)  software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its product capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But lately, the Read More...
Finding the Key to Small Manufacturer's Profits - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series discussed the genesis of ProfitKey International, one of the longest-standing enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers for small

p part 5  Small Manufacturer's Profits - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series discussed the genesis of ProfitKey International , one of the longest-standing  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  providers for small to midsize discrete manufacturers that has never been merged with another peer product. After the protracted bankruptcy saga of its former parent company, HALO Technology Holdings , ProfitKey was recently bought out by Phoenix Asset Management , and is now keen on starting a new chapter. What Is ProfitKey Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

p part 5  Good SCM Players - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress  of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an immaculate  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company was the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and the envy of competitors. But lately, the two Read More...
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The article ended

p part 5  to the Cloud - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of  software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing  adoption. The article ended with some glimpses into the future and likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 explores the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges (and inevitable soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions will be presented. Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 2
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. My post first analyzed the

p part 5  Success(Factors) - Part 2 Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors , a public provider of  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  solutions. My post first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then, I talked about SuccessFactors’ multiple product editions to satisfy companies of all size and detailed the two core modules of the SuccessFactors BizX suite of applications: Read More...
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 4: PTC
If you have followed my previous posts of this blog series (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I guess you may have an idea about who will be the third vendor I’m

p part 5  this blog series ( Part 1 , Part 2 , and Part 3 ), I guess you may have an idea about who will be the third vendor I’m going to discuss concerning the relevance between its product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings and the lean product development (LPD) concept. Yes, it is PTC . Like Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM Software , PTC is also located in the CAD-PLM camp (read this article if you want to know more about how I categorized major PLM vendors into two categories) that provides both PLM Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a

p part 5  Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain , a  supply chain management (SCM)  division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a global technology solutions and service provider, with significant focus across two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM, with an almost even breakdown of revenues between these divisions ( the company is listed on the Indian Stock Exchange ) . My blog post first described TAKE Supply Chain’s 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

p part 5  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)/ quote-to-order (Q2O)  solutions during my recent attendance of  Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US).  Prior to analyzing recent events at BigMachines, Part I explained the general value proposition of on-demand Q2O and CPQ software solutions . Part II will continue with a discussion of recent 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

p part 5  (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 AremisSoft ), but these companies have not that Read More...

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