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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

s part 8  the strategic nature of S&OP . Part 5 will conclude by analyzing the S&OP solution from JDA Software as another product that arguably deserves to be in the S&OP Top 5. My guess is that  Nari Viswanathan, Aberdeen Group 's vice president (VP) and principal SCM analyst , who recently coauthored  the S&OP AXIS Report  (subscription required) and was mentioned in  Part 2 , did not lump JDA together with i2 Technologies, Oracle , and Demand Solutions (as the vendors that are reportedly leading the Read More
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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 8  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
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 1
At the time when my recent “SaaSy Discussions” series was already being published, I had an update briefing and great discussion with Colleen Niven Smith, vice

s part 8  services through ESBs and SIPs. Part 2 of this blog series will explore the apparent opportunity and accompanying challenges (and soul-searching) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions will follow. In the meantime, your comments and feedback with regard to the opinions and assertions expressed thus far are welcome. If you are applications users, how important are the aforementioned considerations in your software selections? Read More
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

s part 8  2 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010 , salesforce.com ’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the  cloud computing  trailblazer and unveiling of Salesforce Chatter , the company’s nascent social platform and collaboration cloud (as duly Read More
Has KANA Gotten Its Mojo Back? - Part 1
In this service economy it is not surprising to hear about smart innovative companies whose businesses have been blossoming due to the superior customer service

s part 8  KANA family is the s ocial media monitoring  solution vendor Overtone , acquired in April 2011. Overtone is a cloud-based multi-channel communication listening solution with functionality for advanced  text analytics  and customer  sentiment analysis (opinion mining) . This acquisition provides KANA with the means to obtain more detailed and relevant customer feedback via both social and traditional channels (i.e., phone, e-mail, Internet portals, Twitter , Facebook , and other social media Read More
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

s part 8  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another chronic problem is how to foster plant workers’ acceptance o Read More
Consona’s CEO Clearing the Air (about Compiere) - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about Consona Corporation’s recent acquisition of leading open source and cloud computing enterprise resource planning (ERP

s part 8  proposition. Now What? As stated in Part 1, Consona reiterates that Compiere was a technology buy and the main priority is to ramp up the distribution channel, sales, marketing, and product development in order to attract new on-premises and full-service cloud-base customers. Compiere is the world’s leading open source ERP solution, and has about 130 license-paying customers in the distribution and manufacturing industries. Tognoni compares Compiere’s wholesale distribution-oriented functional 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 8  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
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

s part 8  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup ’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+)  suite's name is that a 99+ percentage represents the gold standard in customer service levels, and it takes a product purposely built to achieve service level excellence and to support such a high standard. ToolsGroup’s latest version of software continues to Read More
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part III)
Part II of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek EPM suite, which came as a result of three focused acquisitions. It also analyzed

s part 8  s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part III) Part II of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek EPM suite, which came as a result of three focused acquisitions . It also analyzed the suite's resulting potential cross- and up-sell opportunities and its prospective additional revenue for Deltek in a standalone manner. However, Deltek has not been sitting still when it comes to continually enhancing its core products either. Deltek Vision 5 Series For example, the new Resource Read More
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector

s part 8  Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II) Part I of this blog topic   introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS acquisition two years ago. Designed for integration and scalability, the  Epicor/CRS Retail Suite can support a wide variety of retail enterprises' requirements. These environments range from the rapidly expanding regional retailer requiring point-of-sale (POS) , store operations and 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

s part 8  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
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

s part 8  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 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 Read More

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