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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 Read More...
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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

w part 4  Ridge Consulting, Niwot, Colorado, www.niwotridge.com. References - Part III [Abow95] Formalizing Style to Understand Descriptions of Software Architecture, G. Abowd, G. Allen and D. Garland, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methods, 4(4), pp. 319-164, 1995. [Adow93] Using Style to Understand Descriptions of Software Architecture, G. Adowd, R. Allen and D. Garlan, ACM Software Engineering Notes, December, 1993, pp. 9-20. [Adow97] Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Read More...
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

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...
6 Key Challenges Solved With End-to-end Human Resource Management
Human resource (HR) departments have an increasingly strategic role within an organization, particularly in the areas of recruiting, compensation, benefits cost

w part 4  most advanced and effective Web-based recruiting methods and helps companies meet the tightened EEOC requirements. Online recruiting has become an important part of the talent wars, providing nearly one in three new hires. Companies seeking top talent must be able to easily post job openings on Internet job sites, accept online employment applications and resumes, and accurately track online sources of hire. Abra e-Recruiter optimizes recruiting processes by automating the workflow and more accurately Read More...
Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After
Lawson Software, almost two years since a successful IPO amid adverse conditions at the time, has had its share of difficulties while rounding up its vertical

w part 4  Parts Three and Four will discuss the market impact. Part Five will cover challenges and make user recommendations. Health Care Vertical Initiatives Lawson's dominant vertical market has always been health care, where it serves more than 400 health care industry customers representing more than 4,500 facilities, including eight of the top ten integrated delivery networks. The company also serves managed care systems, academic medical centers, hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, home health 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

w part 4  (like the Deltek Briefing Wizard product mentioned in Part II of this blog series ): they mirror the portfolio management tools that Wall Street traders use to manage investments. Other new enhancements in Deltek Vision 5 would be the Inventory Management module (for customers with inventory needs in the Information Technology [IT] Consulting, Architecture & Engineering [A&E] and Interior Design sectors); enhanced earned value reporting; new international capabilities (localized further for the United Read More...
Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news

w part 4  Frank Scavo and Ray Wang, mentioned in Part 1 ). For one, some observers and practitioners still believe that Infor’s own tools were quite necessary to sell its product strategy. What Infor is doing now can be seen by some as the vendor admitting to not having the resources, will (perhaps even guts), and vision to deliver the original product strategy. In addition, while the new Microsoft-based  business intelligence (BI) , reporting, and  user interface (UI)  tools may be as good or even better Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible@much less

w part 4  it's hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production operation and why. 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

w part 4  to its own Agile Warehousing module (mentioned in Part 2) , with Gemini for Oracle, TAKE Supply Chain can also leverage WMS capabilities within Oracle, such as defined warehouses and picking policies. Gemini for Oracle offers transactions that combine separate standard Oracle MSCA or WMS transactions into one easy step, such as from Work in Process (WIP) Complete - Pack to Label Plate Number (LPN) Printed – Ship . Competitive Positioning In general, TAKE Supply Chain’s arsenal provides last-mile Read More...
SaaSy Discussions (Part I)
Much has been said and written lately, on TEC's web site as well as on many other peer sites, about the on-demand deployment model, especially about multi

w part 4  code. It also goes without saying that the underlying product architecture has to feature modern service oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure to enable processes to extend across enterprise boundaries and to support easy integration using extensible markup language (XML)/web services standards. Part Ia of this blog post will continue with Consona's concrete CRM portfolio that enables TCM, and will conclude with a well-known manufacturing ERP vendor's approach to software deployment. In the 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

w part 4  and is performing very well. As described in Part 1, KANA offers agent desktop and self-service solutions on SEM that offer desktop consolidation and knowledge infused processes to offer unprecedented visibility, agility and consistency to customer service processes. PJ : What is your message to customers where knowledge management (KM) and call-centers is not the top pain? In other words, how do you compete with the broader service suite providers (e.g., Oracle Siebel, Servigistics , RightNow, etc.)? VN Read More...
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The article ended

w part 4  of the upcoming SaaS wave 3 (mentioned in Part 1 ) for vendors (especially start-ups) will come from many new markets that are expected to open for growth opportunities (or access, with lesser barriers of entry) in line with the Long Tail theory. This theory posits that the ability to sell a large number of unique items (point solutions, in software terms), each in relatively small quantities, to satisfy small target audiences, will open gates for new market entrants. This ability will require new 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

w part 4  and support services, as well as maintenance, disaster recovery, and support for new store openings. To further expand its presence and prowess in the retail sector, in December 2007 Epicor and NSB Retail Systems jointly announced that they have agreed on terms for the acquisition of NSB by Epicor for approximately US$320 million. NSB provides a range of software and hardware solutions to apparel, specialty, and department store retailers (which all sounds quite similar to the CRS' offering). As a vendor Read More...

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