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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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The Future for an E-sourcing Solutions Builder


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the solution builder  Apparel Retailers'' Conundrum . The solution will thereby monitor the progress of a product, and assure quality throughout the process, starting with the design concept, the product brief, the technical package, the request for quote (RFQ), the order, and all phases of testing, right through to delivery. Such tools can speed up the product design phase, while making the manufacturing and testing phases up to 30 percent more efficient, which can shave significant length off the supply cycle time. The tools Read More

Web-based Solution Steps Out for Cohesive Retailer Sourcing


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the solution builder  process. Part Three of the series Collaborative Sourcing Solution Vendor Leaves No Stone Unturned . For information on TradeStone''s history, see Collaborative Sourcing Solution Vendor Leaves No Stone Unturned . Also see A Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works . For an extensive discussion of global retail sourcing, see The Gain and Pain of Global Retail Sourcing , The Intricacies of Global Retail Sourcing , and The Fashion and Apparel Retailers'' Conundrum . Read More

Salesforce.com Launches AppExchange Store Builder


Salesforce.com recently announced AppExchange Store Builder to enable any company to create its own custom app marketplace. AppExchange Store Builder leverages technology used to create the renowned Salesforce AppExchange marketplace, replete with business apps that work tightly with salesforce.com's cloud solutions.

the solution builder  processing.   Salesforce.com offers the solution for free to its existing customers and is charging $5/user/month to non-Salesforce Cloud users. The latter is meant to create an additional revenue stream and possibly hook those users to salesforce.com’s mainstream products. But the competition will be fierce, as MobileIron, SAP’s Sybase, VMware''s AirWatch, Verivo, Oracle, IBM’s Worklight, and several startups all vie for this space. In addition, Microsoft plans to include mobile app store support Read More

How Are the Market Leaders Navigating the World of Value-added Resellers?


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the solution builder  Microsoft is reportedly using the Microsoft Solution Finder directory to identify solution areas and industries where there are opportunities for existing partners and where targeted partner recruitment is needed. In addition, the profiles are being leveraged to connect partners to other partners. In the final part of this series, we''ll look at other solutions in the ever-changing world of VARs. Read More

The Technology Choices


In the battle between Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and the UK-based the Sage Group for the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment, technology choices will be a major factor.

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The Undocumented Layers of the OSI Model and Their Impact on Security


The biggest threat to data security doesn’t come from hackers, misconfigured firewalls, missing patches, or negligent employees. Nor is it in the application layer of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Basic Model. Instead, there are three undocumented layers of the OSI Model that exert a huge influence on security decisions and the integrity of security programs. Learn about those layers and how to manage the threat.

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AMD Earnings Beat the Street! Intel Earnings Beat the Street?


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Beyond The Commission: Will You Stay Ahead of the SPM Maturity Curve?


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The Ghost in the Machine: Where Has Process Automation Left the Consumer?


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The Need to Rethink the WAN


Technological advances have evolved at an exponential rate over recent decades—we’ve seen the advent of the Internet, cloud computing, virtualization, and several other technologies. But the wide area network (WAN) technologies that are currently in use in most branch offices have changed little since the 1990s.

Business environments today are experiencing unprecedented growth and change, and IT departments are losing visibility and control. Traditional WAN technologies are a mismatch for modern branch networks that need to be up and running quickly. The demand for adaptability, awareness of costs, and the need to run and monitor business-critical processes are indicating the necessity for a new WAN technology paradigm.

New WAN services based on the latest technologies have not been deployed by traditional service providers, primarily because they require an initial financial outlay which companies are not prepared to make. But they are poised to succeed multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), and are the most viable alternative for supporting application performance while dealing with increased network traffic and the connectivity demands of cloud computing and mobile access.

In this white paper, the characteristics of WAN technology and the limitations of traditional WAN technology, including complexity, are explored. This paper also discusses some new approaches, such as a hybrid WAN, which are better suited to supporting fast-changing business and technology environments.

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Seeing through the Fog: Managing Application Performance in the Cloud


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