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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

z part 1  databases to help users analyze various aspects of their business. For more details, see the Article CRM is Busting Out of It's Britches: Operational, Analytical, and Collaborative CRM Are Born . API - Application Programming Interface . Typically, a set of API's will be released by the vendor of software, to enable programmers to write new code on top of the application more quickly by making use of pre-packaged code within an API set. Often used to either augment functionality, or to link one Read More

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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 4
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

z part 1  Solaris , IBM System z mainframes , and IBM AIX . Pega also uses leading application servers including IBM WebSphere, Oracle WebLogic , and Apache Tomcat . Unified processes and business rules reside in the abovementioned common repository (database), which may run on Oracle , Microsoft SQL Server , and IBM DB2 relational databases . The architecture also supports parallel computing  so that multiple nodes are available to scale up and support distributed user bases and provide resiliency. SmartBPM’s Read More
Job Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined the problem that, as the number of systems, applications, databases, and whatnot platforms increases, the IT business

z part 1  Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series outlined the problem that, as the number of systems, applications, databases, and whatnot platforms increases, the IT business community requires a holistic approach across all these various systems to provide a single point of running IT jobs and workload automation . It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and introduced Advanced Systems Concepts Inc. (ASCI) and its ActiveBatch cross-platform Read More
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3
Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) product. In late 2008, at the

z part 1  nitty-gritty. Namely, it will analyze how this particular product release might have mitigated many of the traditional flaws of Dynamics NAV (and former Navision ) while building upon the product’s traditional (if not proverbial by now) positive traits. As a preamble, let me try to explain the concepts behind the much publicized RoleTailored user experience (UX) design and Role Centers . In particular, to use Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, employees can now log into their relevant Role Center or their Read More
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

z part 1  Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . JDBC technology is an API that lets you access virtually any tabular data source from the Java programming language. It provides cross-DBMS connectivity to a wide range of SQL databases. There is also a new JDBC API, which provides access to other tabular data sources, such as Read More
Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM

z part 1  replacements by geographical or organizational boundaries. For commercial or regulatory reasons, it is common to have alternative part requirements in certain geographies or for certain commercial entities. Without strong conceptual alignment in how alternates are defined between the product design and the production order, and therefore the PLM and ERP systems, material planning to accommodate multiple substitutions and approved supplier lists would be cumbersome if not impossible. If both systems don't Read More
Case Study: SAP Business One Making The Difference For Source 1 Enterprises
For compliance with vendor requirements, Source 1 Enterprises, a supplier of health and beauty products, needed a solution to automate bill-back revenue and

z part 1  a growing small to medium-sized business (SMB) involved in both manufacturing and distribution, Source 1 Enterprises engages in several different sales, delivery, revenue and purchasing models, requiring a robust and integrated software solution. With a clear focus on a product that would meet both present and future objectives, Source 1 Enterprises recognized the importance of a solution that would integrate with technologies such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to maintain profitable relationships Read More
Can Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part Three: Market Impact Continued
Webplan believes its offering should benefit many departments within a manufacturing organization. When it comes to operations and manufacturing, the benefit is

z part 1  words, instead of producing optimized answers for a utopian, static world, Resolution Engine produces a series of alternate action plans for a real dynamic world. Iterative modeling capabilities enable team members to propose and detail virtually an infinite number of potential action alternatives that accurately simulate their entire MRP in just minutes, instead of the days or weeks formerly required. The embedded algorithms are based on concepts, methods, and definitions contained in the APICS ' Read More
Should Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion
A proof of concept (POC) should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by

z part 1  the client including Expectation synchronization with the vendor Improved ownership of the implementation process Identification of functional gaps or overselling Better understanding of investment required. More accurate scoping provides a better understanding of the investment required to complete the implementation. Evaluation of the implementation partner. The POC process allows the client to evaluate the software and also the implementation partner. There are also limitations of the POC that should Read More
SoftBrands to Institute Fourth Shift for SAP Business One Manufacturing Work-Plan Part Four: SoftBrands
This partnership provides SAP with the opportunity to further extend its reach within its large corporate customer base by serving the needs of its distant

z part 1  solutions for small and midsize manufacturing companies, with the aim of extending its leadership as a provider of solutions for an even broader range of companies, from small enterprises via mid-market companies to the world's industry leaders. Part One and Part Two of this note details the announcements. Part Three began a discussion of the market impact by looking at SAP's answer for SMBs and focus on penetrating the US SMB market. To that end, SoftBrands should be pleased by becoming one of a few stra Read More
Compaq's High-End Wintel-based Rack Servers - Working Hard to Stay #1
Compaq Computer Corporation, the #1 volume manufacturer of PC Servers, both US and worldwide, is fighting a strong challenge by Dell Computer. This note assess

z part 1  large companies wanting to minimize the floor space their computers use. Rackmount servers provide the ability to put a large number of CPUs in a small footprint, or to combine CPUs with a large number of peripherals (usually disk drive subsystems). These compete primarily in the enterprise computing market space. Compaq's (~30% market share) largest competitors are Dell, HP, and IBM (10-15% each). The rackmount market is growing, partly due to server market growth in general, and partly due to a shift Read More
Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?
Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software

z part 1  By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. Read More
Lean Manufacturing: Part Two
Part One of the

z part 1  Manufacturing: Part Two Part One of the Lean Manufacturing series looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you'll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the 5S program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. Read More
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

z part 1  used to record and analyze the results of the scenarios (For more information on ERGO 2001 see ERGO 2001 IT Evaluation Tool ). About this note : This is a two part note. Part One includes the Business Scenarios Model and Results. Part Two contains the Qualitative Assessments and Analysis, and User Recommendations. Qualitative Assessments  Each vendor also had qualitative advantages and disadvantages captured outside ERGO 2001. IFS Advantages : IFS Applications support many to many relationships between Read More
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