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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 9  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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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

s part 9  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 similarities and subtle differences between the two related software categories. Finally, the idea of on-demand workflow and/or BPM solutions was introduced. To that end, W ebcom Inc.  has leveraged its vast expertise earned while addressing many complex sales quote-to-order (Q2O) Read More
Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 1
The mergers and acquisition (M@A) market seems to be coming back slowly. One evidence of this could be the late-March acquisition of long-struggling

s part 9  smaller formerly independent competitors such as  Mercia (now part of Infor )  and  Demantra (now part of Oracle Value Chain Planning ) . Another best-kept secret in the market is that Logility has possibly the most complete SCM functional footprint. Namely, its fully integrated Voyager solution optimizes supply chain processes from forecasting to supply planning and global sourcing and production to final delivery (execution). Part 2 of this series will analyze current Logility’s offerings for Read More
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part I)
In the last decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market, I've witnessed so many products and vendors disappearing and reappearing under a

s part 9  business section with a signed “come to us” letter authored by Ken deLaski, the former Deltek CEO and President. The Part II of this topic will thus analyze the recent times at Deltek and whether the company has lately evolved and separated from the competition, and whether it is going to be a very strong public company. Your views, comments and opinions, etc. are welcome in the meantime. Read More
The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 3: Rating The Vendors
We generally believe that, in the long run, market winners will be those vendors with an established large customer base and with huge financial and human

s part 9  is expanding to included SCM, CRM, and e-procurement. Part Two covered the vendors' reaction to market changes. Part Four will contain market predictions. Part Five will contain recommendations for the vendors and users. Part Five will contain links to the preceding parts. Market Leaders/Winners  We generally believe that, in the long run, market winners will be those vendors with an established large customer base and with huge financial and human resources that would make them more responsive to any Read More
E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One
E2open has not generally been known for its sales and operations planning (S&OP) capabilities. But the software provider deserves a second look for those in

s part 9  Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One Cloud software solutions provider E2open usually gets associated with the words “cloud,” “on-demand,” “supply chain management,” “supply chain visibility,” “collaborative execution,” “trading networks,” and so on. Indeed, E2open is known for enabling enterprises to procure, manufacture, sell, and distribute products more efficiently through collaborative execution across global trading networks, using real-time information, integrated Read More
TradeStone Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2
Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013. TradeStone’s Core CapabilitiesTradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities

s part 9  Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2 Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013.   TradeStone’s Core Capabilities TradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities continue to be sourcing, supplier management (including quality testing, inspections, and social, legal, and compliance-based supplier performance as exemplified in Guitar Center ’s case study), and order management, which includes global trade management (GTM) as well. Enterprise resource Read More
The Wizardry of Business Process Management: Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of business process management (BPM), with an ensuing

s part 9  of the leading BPM suite providers.  Part 2 ,  Part 3 , and  Part 4  then analyzed in depth a number of the vendor’s “BPM secret sauce” ingredients. Pega is one of the leading vendors in the overall BPM software market (it has been automating  business processes  for more than 25 years), and it has a strong presence in the financial services, insurance, and health care markets. The vendor has been most successful competing for customers whose businesses are characterized by a high degree of Read More
Epicor Claims The Forefront Of CRM.NET-ification Part 1
By harnessing .NET possibly more zealously than its creator Microsoft’s Great Plains and Navision enterprise counterparts, and while difficult market conditions

s part 9  new questions to the support team. This is Part One of a two-part analysis of news from Epicor. Part Two continues to examine the Market Impact and makes User Recommendations. Market Impact Unfazed by its partner-competitor Microsoft's blatant intrusion into the enterprise applications space (see Microsoft Throws .NET At SMEs, With CRM As Bait and Microsoft 'The Great' Poised To Conquer Mid-Market, Once and Again ), Epicor has accepted the challenge of co-opetition and has decided to bet on its strong Read More
Has KANA Gotten Its Mojo Back? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series presented the opportunity of service economy and associated complexity of providing consistently an experience of customer service

s part 9  platform, to complete our SEM vision (see Part 1) . We see that there are the following three broad aspect of service and we support all three: Agent-assisted Self-service Social or peer-assisted Role-based user experience is a key and that’s what SEM’s adaptive desktop and web self-service is designed to deliver (as explained in Part 1). The reason that companies cannot deliver that goal today is because the processes and technologies are so compartmentalized that they have to design either to the Read More
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The parent TAKE Solutions is a global

s part 9  of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain , a  supply chain management (SCM)  division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The parent TAKE Solutions is a global technology solutions and service provider, which focuses on two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM ( the company is listed on the Indian Stock Exchange ) . My first post described TAKE Supply Chain’s genesis since its inception in 1994 as BPA Solutions , through its ClearOrbit phase 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 9  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
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

s part 9  and likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges  (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions were presented, most notably  SAP Business ByDesign . Part 3 of this blog series analyzes recent SaaS initiatives by mainstream mega-vendors with some concrete examples. Mega-vendors’ Hybrid Approach Indeed, what about the Read More
Outsourcing Security Part 3: Selecting a Managed Security Services Provider
As the final article in a three-part series on outsourcing security, the following article provides guidelines for selecting a dependable managed security

s part 9  Security Part 3: Selecting a Managed Security Services Provider Introduction It's the middle of the night. A shadowed figure crouches by the window. He retrieves a menacing instrument and begins fiddling with the lock. But the intruder won't get far: the homeowners have contracted a security provider to monitor a tight alarm system-or so they thought. Actually, the security company has recently gone out of business and failed to notify its customers. As the intruder makes his way into the house, 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 9  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

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