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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
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Bigfoot CMMS (Enterprise and Enterprise+) Is TEC Certified for CMMS and EAM
TEC is pleased to announce that cloud-based Bigfoot CMMS by Smartware Group, Inc. (versions Enterprise and Enterprise+) is now TEC Certified in the computerized

paul lachance  by Dave Peelstrom and Paul Lachance who each have over 18 years’ experience in the CMMS and preventive maintenance industry. Paul and Dave have been creating CMMS software since 1994. Since its founding, Smartware Group has been focused on providing a complete yet easy-to-use solution for organizations requiring CMMS and EAM capabilities. The company’s emphasis is on the end user experience, so much so that they have trademarked the phrase “quick to learn for quick results”™.   Smartware’s Read More...
''PM Freak'' Saves Energy with CMMS


paul lachance  computerized maintenance management system,CMMS,preventive maintenance,PM,Colorado Convention Center,Bigfoot CMMS,Smartware Group,Paul Lachance,maintenance software,industrial facilities,enterprise asset management,EAM,Web-Based Maintenance Software Read More...
Grape Escape 2013: Customer Value a Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2
This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in

paul lachance  guest from the UK, Paul Ringham, who manages UK Local Government practice at BT Global Services, a large British information technology (IT) service company and a partner of UNIT4, also confirmed this and brought to light some interesting facts about changing patterns of governmental IT spending in that country. More specifically, Mr. Ringham mentioned that governments of all levels in the UK (and probably in other regions too) are experiencing strong turmoil due to dramatically shrinking Read More...
What Is ERP in 2010?
When the term “enterprise resource planning” (ERP) was introduced, it applied primarily to the planning and management of resources needed to manufacture goods.

paul lachance  company, replied Focus contributor Paul Sita. This varies, based on whether you are in manufacturing, distribution, services or other kinds of industry. But anything that can be considered [a true] ERP solution has to address the breadth of the organization. Most customers do not implement all that functionality, certainly not in the beginning. However, they grow into it, and the integrated nature of ERP systems, by definition, brings value to whatever sub-set of applications you do implement, Mr. Sita Read More...
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Implementation Guidelines
I''m writing today from the HIMSS convention in Orlando, Florida, where I''m looking to see what new technologies are available to the health care industry to

paul lachance  EHR interface hosted by Paul Schadler, MD, Co-Medical Director Health Center Planning, Realizing and Measuring EMR Benefits: Lessons from Early Adopters , hosted by Patricia Johnston VP Texas Health Resources (THR) Information Services, and Douglas Thompson, Director FCG Painful but Necessary EMR: an Enterprise-wide Shot in the arm for Standardization , hosted by Holly Miller Information Officer University and Lynne King EHR Project Director Today I''d like to discuss guidelines to follow before selecting Read More...
The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) Conference in San Diego: The Agile Approach to Business Intelligence (BI)
Next month a TDWI World Conference will be taking place in San Diego, California. What’s so special about this conference anyway? The answer is simple:  the

paul lachance  I spoke with Mr. Paul Kautza, Director of Education at the TDWI. During the chat, he gave me some very interesting information regarding the upcoming event in San Diego. . Agile BI in a Nutshell The modern agile software development methodology evolved in the 1990s to provide an alternative method for software design processes as opposed to the traditional development process that is based on logical waterfalls and divided in micro tasks. The agile development software methodology tries to address the Read More...
Does Microsoft Have Something Against 64-Bit Processors?
More cracks appear in the Wintel duolith, as Linux appears to be the first OS “ready for prime time” on Intel’s 64-bit “Itanium” processor. Despite Microsoft’s

paul lachance  signed up for, said Paul Otellini, executive vice president and general manager of Intel''s Intel Architecture Business Group. Linux To The Rescue? Sun and Microsoft aren''t the only major OS working feverishly to deliver 64-bit offerings simultaneously with Intel''s Itanium. But of all of these offerings, only 64-bit Linux is at the beta testing stage at this point. The others are in alpha or pre-alpha. In early February, the Trillian Project--a group consisting of Caldera, CERN, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Read More...
SynQuest, Ford Deliver a Novel Application for Inbound Logistics
SynQuest’s joint development venture with Ford has produced a planning engine for inbound logistics that optimizes constraints along multiple dimensions

paul lachance  Ford executives approached consultant Paul Bender with a request for help in sorting out their inbound logistics problems. Like other automobile manufacturers, Ford routinely navigates through large numbers of parts and suppliers in order to satisfy its production needs. Ninety percent of the total cost of an automobile is determined by the series of assembly, delivery, and sourcing operations that occur before it rolls off the assembly line. Thus, relatively few cost-saving opportunities are afforded by Read More...
Eccentex-Enabling Do-it-yourself Case Management
Various types of vendors and products have taken hold of the business process management (BPM) software market. While there are mainstream BPM providers such as

paul lachance  of California Irvine (UCI), Paul Merage School of Business. TEC: Are there any evident remaining white spaces (functional gaps, based on customer inquiries and competitive face-offs) in your offering and how do you plan to fill them? GS: We have high ambitions for our platform and applications, so we are constantly looking to improve the technology, user experience, and to expand the AppLibrary with use case–specific applications. We focus on the industry needs and client/partner feedback to Read More...
Sage Analyst Day 2011: Not Your Older Brother’s Sage - Part 1
I often wonder how well-known is the fact that the Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)-based Sage Group, Plc (LSE: SGE) is a leading global provider of business management

paul lachance  the long-serving Group CEO Paul Walker, and Ron Verni and his lieutenants in North America) and a new management team in place. For one, the lack of a coherent global ERP offering and strategy seems to have limited the company’s appeal in some markets, and competitors with a more global message and more simplified (less overlapping and more integrated) product offerings have pounced on the opportunity. In fact, the list of all available Sage North America’s products (see image below) resembles Read More...
Oracle Loses Again
SAP AG has chosen SQL Server 7.0 as its strategic database for the Windows platform. The companies also will cooperate to make the Windows 2000 OS available as

paul lachance  our joint solutions, says Paul Maritz, Microsoft Developer Group vice president. Market Impact On the heels of the defection by SAP to IBM for their strategic database platform, this announcement is bound to hurt Oracle in the marketplace (See TEC News Analysis article: Oracle gets SAP''ed by IBM December 8th, 1999) Although Oracle 8i will continue to be a strategic choice for database platforms, their competition in the ERP market space continues to hurt them. Other ERP and CRM vendors increasingly Read More...
Decision Making: Why Consensus Is Important (Especially When You’re Choosing Software)
Two Brains—or Three or Four or More—Make Better Decisions than One…Anyone working in today’s office or business environment has no doubt participated at least

paul lachance  component. Consensus, according to Paul A. Keller and Thomas Pyzdek in their book, Six Sigma Demystified , “does not mean that everyone is in absolute agreement, nor that everyone thinks the proposal is the preferred approach. Rather, consensus implies that the parties are willing to accept the proposal in spite of the differences of opinion that may exist.” And, that the parties are willing to accept that their opinion may not be the one ultimately chosen. So how can you avoid the pitfalls of group Read More...
To Tax and Tax Not
Taxation of Internet commerce will be a football that gets tossed around in the United States long after Superbowl 2000 is just a memory. In Singapore, however,

paul lachance  Market Impact Massachusetts Governor Paul Celluci made sales taxes of Internet commerce a prominent point in his State of the State Address on January 20. It makes no sense to put a sales tax on Internet commerce, he announced. In fact, he had earlier overruled his own Department of Revenue and declared Massachusetts an Internet tax-free zone, thereby waiving state sales taxes on Internet services that were still permitted under the Internet Tax Freedom Act. That Act put a hold on new taxation of Read More...
3M Wraps Up HighJump, While Retalix Shops OMI International Part One: Recent Events
It appears that instead of a direct intra-market consolidation, some smaller, but profitable, undercapitalized, and undervalued warehouse management and supply

paul lachance  Wellesley, Massachusettes and St. Paul Venture Capital of Bloomington, Minnesota (both located in the US) which have been its primary investors. Most of its suite is based on the traditional bar-code technology familiar to ordinary shoppers and consumers, but the software can also use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. While radio ID tag-enabled software is still just a small part of HighJump''s revenues, more and more user companies and software vendors are adopting this technology (see Read More...
Demystifying
In August 2011, TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic experienced the 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP first-hand. Plex Systems, IQMS, and abas-USA presented

paul lachance  my selection service colleague Paul Kininmonth’s blog post from 2008 , brij (which was working with TEC in 2007), wanted to create an event where qualified manufacturing enterprises could come and witness multiple ERP packages in action (including its own). The concept of a live event had a brij sales executive thinking this at the time: I am SO confident that my product stands up against the competition that I would be willing to line it up alongside those competitors and in front of some Read More...

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