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Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After Part Two: Retail and Professional Service Initiatives
Lawson is sticking to its focus on selected vertical markets, but going forward the tenets of that focus will likely be more finely tuned. Namely, the vendor

w part 4  investments. The above delivery was in great part a result of the July 2002 acquisition of certain assets of Armature Holdings Ltd., a then bankrupt provider of merchandising/category management and supply chain management (SCM) solutions for retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, and wholesalers. The Armature suite had been focused on grocery and hard line retail sectors, specifically those sectors with complex product/item definition and rapid inventory management. The assets acquired included all

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An Overview of Product Lifecycle Management Implementation Challenges


Product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation brings its own set of challenges, whether considering vendor selection, employee perception management, or actual implementation. However, based on experience and study, it is possible to describe the best practices for overcoming these challenges.

w part 4  one for the organization. We took part in PLM implementations in the automotive, hi-tech, and food industries. We have gathered the inputs of these experiences, and upon studying the various means of software selection pertaining to PLM, we summarize the following process for vendor selection. i) PLM system document preparation An enterprise has to prepare a document on how they envision their PLM system: this is their company's PLM system document. First of all, let all the stakeholders of the Read More

Modern ERP Processes Behind Historic Scotch Whisky


The whisky industry is an example of a process industry where it is impossible to accurately predict demand for the final product. Goods stocked must also be meticulously accounted for, in both intermediate (partially finished) and bulk forms.

w part 4  or bottlers. Because the Workbench is part of the TROPOS ERP package, it offers inherent and uninterrupted traceability (this is necessary to ensure accurate reporting for HMCE purposes), from the receiving vats at the distillery, through warehouse maturation, further vatting, bottling, and dispatch to the customer. The product manages the entire process of reduction, filtration, mixing, and tinting (the only legal additive in whisky is caramel coloring), through to the bulk finished product. It can then Read More

Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics


If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities or competencies required to drive those metrics must include controlling supply chain costs, managing supply chain cycle time, and optimizing responsiveness to the marketplace.

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Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part III - Steps in the Architecture Process


Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current and future needs of the business organization. Managing software projects using architecture–centered methodologies must be an intentional step in the process of deploying information systems – not an accidental by–product of the software acquisition and integration process.

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Compiere ERP Becomes Part of Consona


In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere. Compiere started back in 1999. One of its founders explained to me that the company's business (circa 2004) largely came from support, migration, and priority requests from clients. An integral component of the delivery model was

w part 4  of the delivery model was Compiere's partners. So Compiere focused on providing second-level support to their network of local partners. These areas are where I'm most curious about Compiere's move to the Consona fold. These business characteristics are often associated with open source business models; over time such models have evolved to capture some other forms of revenue (noted as well in the Enterprise System Spectator blog post on the topic). It seems obvious looking at Compiere's web site that it 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 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

w part 4  ’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  covered by my blog series) , the overall Dreamforce 2010 theme was cloud proliferation (and Read More

Global Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part II


Part I of this blog series analyzed the appropriateness of global sourcing and spend management applications for helping companies improve their cash flows and reduce working capital. It also introduced the question what might happen to global trade management (GTM) applications down the track. Indeed, what about this credit crunch and recession, and how will that affect the global trade

w part 4  Best-of Breed GTM discussion will be the topic of Part III of this blog series. In the meantime, what are your views, comments, opinions, etc. about the current economic climate in your region, and about the above-mentioned GTM experts' opinions? What are your (best) GTM practices as well as experiences with particular relevant applications? Read More

Taming the SOA Beast - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications' service oriented architecture (SOA). That blog post also tackled Progress Software’s recent acquisition of Mindreef in order to round out its SOA governance solution for distributed information technology (IT) environments. Mindreef joined the Progress Actional SOA

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The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures


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Social ERP Emerges, Transforms the Way People Work (Part 2)


In part one of this series, we looked at how and why social media capabilities are impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. We looked at the benefits of social media in ERP, social capabilities and features, and also pointed out that user adoption and corporate governance must be considered when rolling out these tools. This second post provides an in-depth look at the different approaches major ERP vendors have taken to integrate social capabilities into their ERP systems and provides some tips for users looking for a social ERP system.

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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts-and-parcels, and the software category’s value proposition.  At the end of that post, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via a bit of humor and the metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23

w part 4  of 13 percent that was mentioned in Part 1 ). There was a 50 percent license revenue growth with only a 16 percent growth in professional services revenue. Half of Pega’s revenue last year came from increased adoption at existing accounts. The early 2009 numbers in this regard seem to be even more impressive. Expansion’s Opportunities and Challenges Pega’s growth rate, total revenues, focus, and financial stability argue for the vendor’s bullish posture and a goal of becoming a US$1 billion Read More

PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software


After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field—Siemens PLM Software. In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the

w part 4  Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The company provides both PLM Read More

Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 2


Part 1 of this series began to analyze the recent merger of Progress Software Corp. [NASDAQ: PRGS] and Savvion Inc. With this acquisition, Progress has made a large leap into the business process management (BPM) space, from which has been notably absent. The article asserted that Savvion BusinessManager 7.5 [evaluate this product] is one of the most mature BPM suites in the

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