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IQMS and IFS Going Strong (without Much Help from the Cloud)

These days when all the excitement seems to be coming from “social anything” and “cloud anything” gadgets, it is refreshing to see some tried-and-true enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors doing very well in their much less exciting manufacturing realms. The two vendors in this instance are IQMS and IFS, and there are many similarities between them (other than the Read More

Workforce Scheduling and Optimization: The Missing Link on the Shop Floor?

Today’s manufacturers must be able to promptly cater to customer fluctuations in demand and maintain profitability. With agile workforces, companies have a real-time supply chain and produce/deliver only what is required at the best possible cost. Learn about the challenges facing manufacturing companies, as well as the benefits of implementing a workforce managing system that offers automated workforce scheduling and optimization. Read More

Quantum Retail: Challenging the "Enterprise Apps Establishment" and Retailers’ Mindset - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series analyzed typical issues that retailers face in their cutthroat competitive environment and concluded that traditionally available packaged retail enterprise applications are sub-optimal, provide only stovepipe views, and demand constant manual intervention by a highly sophisticated user. This is especially true in the case of handling ever-more Read More

Is BI Really for Everyone?

It’s been a long time (in this business, anyway) since the very first business intelligence (BI) solutions turned up, enabling big organizations to perform data analysis, generating reports with primitive dashboards for company execs. Since then, the BI space has become agile, operational, self-service, social, and even reactive. When I started to prepare a BI buyer guide, I had to reconsider Read More

Never Gonna Give You Up, Never Gonna Let You Go

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  • Written By: Chris Tanner
  • Published: March 8 2011
Cost overruns are an all too common phenomenon with information technology (IT) projects. A myriad of causes are to blame: scope creep, improper budgeting, and customization cost underestimating, just to name a few. Then there’s one that I experienced in a previous occupation, let’s call it “One More Week” or “OMW.” The client company’s goal was to resolve some compliance issues that Read More

Analyzing Manhattan Associates’ Supply Chain Platform Play - Part 1

My recent article on Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) and RedPrairie Corporation stated that these two vendors continue to duke it out at almost every large-scale selection deal for a warehouse management system (WMS), distribution labor management system (LMS), and/or transportation management system (TMS) solution. But over the last few years they have also pursued Read More

Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 2

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  • Written By: Phil Reney
  • Published: March 4 2011
The advent of cloud computing has brought with it many considerations and challenges for organizations looking to implement cloud services, which may be exacerbated for small to medium businesses (SMBs) with limited resources. Read this second part of a three-part guide for SMBs to understand the core elements of the selection and brokering process of cloud assets, and obtain a step-by-step breakdown of the essentials. Read More

Filling the Holes and Breaking Down Artificial Walls in a Process PLM Solution Set - Part 1

The product lifecycle management (PLM) software market for process industries (food @ beverage, life sciences, chemicals, paints, consumer products, etc.) is serviced by a plethora of solution providers, but it hasn’t been well-defined as compared to its counterparts in the discrete manufacturing and fashion (apparel) industry segments. Indeed, the Process PLM solution market Read More

S&OP Newcomer Asserts Notable Domain Expertise

Today’s businesses must be able to swiftly respond to the constant changes emerging across their global global supply chains and fulfillment networks to improve operational efficiency. Follow TEC analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Kinaxis expert Trevor Miles on a discussion on the role of S&OP and how a response management solution enables multi-enterprise visibility, collaborative what-if analysis, and on-the-fly decisions. Read More

Nimble Releases New Social CRM Platform

Yesterday Nimble released the public beta of its social CRM platform at the Demo Spring 2011 event. In a future blog post, I will share my thoughts on the platform after trying the beta release, which is by the way open for invites. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Ferrara (Nimble’s founder and CEO) a while ago, and I wanted you to get some idea of who he is and some of his Read More
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