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Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1

Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The company’s solutions help its client companies design products, manage product information, and improve their product development processes Read More

Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1

Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a supply chain management (SCM) software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was recently renamed TAKE Supply Chain. I admit to initially being in a quandary how to figure out the company’s exact value proposition and differentiation, given that its corporate Web site and press release (PR) messages Read More

Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 3

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  • Written By: Phil Reney
  • Published: April 20 2011
Cloud computing is allowing small to medium businesses (SMBs) to gain access to premium enterprise solutions without the traditional price tag of hardware and software licenses. This third and final part of a guide to cloud assets for SMBs reviews various types of cloud configurations and the ramifications of these setups for your organizations, and also considers some of the challenges of public cloud solutions. Read More

Mergers & Acquisitions: What Happens When the Company Whose HR Software You Just Purchased Gets Acquired?

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: April 19 2011
Your company has purchased a human resources (HR) software that will improve your business. But you’ve just learned that your software vendor has been acquired by a software giant. How will this affect your software implementation and vendor support? Get a behind-the-scenes look at what mergers and acquisitions means for you—the software buyer—and find out which questions you should ask if you are in this situation. Read More

BI Hits the Road III: Two Niche Vendors Considered

As I’m writing this post, more software vendors are launching their mobile business intelligence (BI) solutions. So I’ve decided to hurry up and start talking about the vendors that are shaping the mobile BI space. In this installment of BI Hits the Road (see Part 1 and Part 2) I will describe some of the features of two specific mobile BI solutions offered by a couple of vendors: Roambi from Read More

Catching Up with Omnify Software

In the deluge of news revolving mainly around the Big Five product lifecycle management (PLM) vendors, i.e., Siemens PLM, Dassault Systemes, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), Oracle Agile PLM, and SAP PLM, hardly any noise comes from smaller PLM providers in the lower end of the market. To be certain, many smaller PLM players, who had been catering to the mid-market, such as former Read More

Talent Management 101: Moving beyond Core HR

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: April 14 2011
From the 1950s to the 1980s, when companies wanted to hire, they simply posted handmade signs on their storefronts, restaurants, or office buildings and waited for people to flock in with their resumes. An interview was often as simple as asking whether interviewees could do a specific task. If the answer was "yes," they were hired—and sometimes started working right on the spot. And that was just Read More

Social Media and Collaboration: Not for “Serious” Manufacturers? Think Again.

Many people consider social media as a set of tools for communicating with others and/or entertaining themselves and collaboration as a characteristic of business processes and workflows that allows employees to work together to be more efficient. In reality though, both social media and collaboration can help employees communicate and share information, and thus work more efficiently. In Read More

Analyzing Manhattan Associates’ Supply Chain Platform Play - Part 3

Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Manhattan Associates’ innovative Supply Chain Process Platform (SCPP)-based analytic applications, including Supply Chain Intelligence (SCI) and Total Cost to Serve (TCS). I discussed other Manhattan SCOPE suite modules as well as the company’s recent evolution from being a mere supply chain execution (SCE) provider. In Part 2, I zoomed in on the Distributed Read More

Meridian Global LMS Gets Recertified

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: April 11 2011
Meridian Knowledge Solutions has participated in Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) programs since 2007; however, it wasn’t until 2009 that I had the opportunity to meet the folks at Meridian to see what Meridian Global LMS was all about. As part of the TEC Certification process, Meridian demonstrated its learning management system (LMS) product to me during a three-hour session, following a Read More
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