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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4
Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few

s part 12  the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4 Part 1 of this series  talked about my attendance of the  APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October . I attended only a few education sessions, and 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 various flavors of  demand management , most notably Read More

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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

s part 12  in the process.   S   Sales Pipeline - This is the list of potential customers that the sales department is currently trying to convert into paying customers. Typically, customer deals in the pipeline are assigned dollar values and percentages likely to convert , and from that, sales forecasts can be approximated. SFA - Sales Force Automation . One of the lynchpins of CRM. This enables the Sales team to capture and maintain lead and other contact information in one data store, conduct team selling, Read More
ROI Systems MANAGE-s Well Past 2000 Part 2: Impact and Recommendations
Expanding incrementally, with goals that are carefully balanced with providing excellent customer support, close attention to the bottom line, and leveraging a

s part 12  Systems MANAGE-s Well Past 2000 Part 2: Impact and Recommendations Event Summary On March 13, ROI Systems , Inc. ( www.roisystems.com ), a privately held provider of extended ERP software systems, with its headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, announced that Indiana-based Core Business Software Solutions (CBSS) would serve as a business partner in its Midwest region. CBSS, a technology consulting firm, will distribute and implement ROI Systems' MANAGE 2000 extended ERP system. CBSS's decision to distribute R Read More
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended only a few

s part 12  as the Steelwedge Software’ s Enterprise-Enabled Excel front-end, as mentioned in Part 2 ), and economic necessity have stirred a re-awakening of interest in S&OP. For its part, by integrating  Oracle Hyperion Planning  and Demantra solutions, Oracle has expanded its S&OP footprint into IBP. As mentioned earlier, IBP fills a long-standing gap in corporate planning systems to provide the chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) with a much more accurate revenue forecast. In Read More
Sales and Operations Planning Part Two: Common Scenarios
The nature of an S&OP game plan depends on several factors, such as the need to anticipate demand and the item's primary source of supply. Consideration of

s part 12  further engineering design to specify part numbers and drawings. In many cases, procurement and production activities must be initiated for critical-path components before the design has been completed. Planning calculations can use partially defined bills and routings to help coordinate these supply chain activities. Several suggestions may help. First, basic decisions must be made about using master bills or order-dependent bills to define product structure, and about the need for identifying Read More
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the

s part 12  Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3 Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors , a public provider of  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  solutions. The article first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then the article talked about SuccessFactors’ diverse product editions (tailored to satisfy companies of all sizes) and detailed the two core modules of the Read More
S-Drive Storage for Salesforce Security Whitepaper
S-Drive has been built on Salesforce.com as a managed application and is delivered exclusively via the AppExchange marketplace. It is a native AppExchange

s part 12  Drive Storage for Salesforce Security Whitepaper S-Drive has been built on Salesforce.com as a managed application and is delivered exclusively via the AppExchange marketplace. It is a native AppExchange application, meaning that it is built to run in the cloud with multi-tenancy and scalability in mind. S-Drive uses Amazon Simple Storage Service as its file storage platform, whereas the Salesforce.com is used as the application platform as well as the file information database. Besides Salesforce.com Read More
Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 4
Part 1 of this series began the analysis of the recent merger of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. Progress has this way made a

s part 12  coordinate people, data/documents, and systems. Part 2 analyzed Savvion’s capabilities with regards to the three common usage scenarios  of BPM systems, i.e., human-centric business processes, system-centric (integration) processes, and document-centric processes. Moreover, in its white paper “Understanding Usage Patterns An Enterprise BPMS Must Support,”  Savvion identifies and describes four other equally important usage scenarios that are neither very well understood by users nor well 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

s part 12  User’s Choice Then? As said in Part I, the BPM market remains quite stratified , whereby there seems to be a number of powerful and full fledged BPM software packages (e.g., from IDS Scheer, Appian, Tibco, Lombardi, Ultimus, Fujitsu, Oracle-BEA Systems, Metastorm , etc.), many of which can be found in TEC ’s BPM Evaluation Center . BPM is considered one of the most overlooked trends in enterprise applications today. In fact, it is increasingly becoming a native part of the IBM WebSphere ( best shown Read More
Bonitasoft, Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell
Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting

s part 12  Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting process owners. To further flesh out Bonitasoft’s value prop, we recently talked to Mac McConnell, Bonitasoft’s vice president of marketing. He is responsible for all aspects of global marketing, including brand awareness, communications, demand and lead generation, and go-to-market 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

s part 12  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 Boston. UNIT4 Representing UNIT4 at the event were two top managers: regular attendee Ton Dobbe, the company’s vice president of product marketing, and Anwen Robinson, managing director in UK and Ireland, who was invited to share some of UNIT4’s news in that region with analysts. Similarly to the 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

s part 12  of the conservative market. Still, many pricing vendors mentioned in Part 1 claim that business remains great for them (some continue to grow at over 60 percent year-over-year).  One vendor recently (incognito) said that the economy hasn’t hurt its business yet, but it would be a stretch to say it’s helping. A recent Business Week article entitled Five Don'ts for Marketing in Tough Times might also provide a ray of hope for pricing management solutions. The jury is still out on whether the 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

s part 12  Q2O and CPQ software solutions . Part II will continue with a discussion of recent developments at BigMachines. From the vibrant SaaS Q2O pack, BigMachines is differentiated by its market leadership with the fastest growth, the most customers, and the  strongest roster of marquee partners . Although the vendor has long been a prominent partner in both Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM On Demand ’s ecosystem, these partnerships have lately been further deepened. Ahead of the SaaS Q2O/CPQ Pack Namely, Read More
Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Much More Than Meets the Eye - Part 3
Part 1 of this series discussed the current upbeat state of affairs of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, as one of the three best-performing products within the entire

s part 12  to companies of all sizes, in part due to its multiple deployment options (with bidirectional migration options due to the same code base). Certainly, much more has to happen before there is truly a common feature set, a common look and feel, and a feasible option to move any company from one mode of deployment to another. The market will thus be keenly looking for referenceable customers from Microsoft who have done this migration even in one direction, let alone as a “round trip.” The underlying Read More
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