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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

Upside Software Remains on the Upside of the Contract Management Market

My recent article entitled “Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?” analyzed the importance of enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management (CLM) solutions and stated that many enterprises still use inappropriate makeshift tools to manage their important contractual terms and conditions. The article concluded with the fact that enterprise resource planning  Read More

Content Is King-Applying Intelligence to Unstructured Data

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: February 23 2011
On March 23, I have the opportunity to lead a seminar at the info360 conference in Washington, D.C., on the use of business intelligence (BI) applications and technologies to analyze unstructured data. In preparing for this seminar, I came across an article written by Bill Gates back in 1996 entitled “Content is King.” And although the theme of that article is different from the approach of this Read More

Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Epicor and SYSPRO, the two renowned enterprise resource planning (ERP) mid-market incumbents that heavily harness Microsoft’s platform tools. To that end, the business productivity tools that were illustrated in my recent blog post on what 2010 might have meant to Microsoft’s business solutions (which reflected on the highly publicized mid Read More

One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 3

Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW), which until recently had focused solely on workforce and service optimization software solutions for large field service companies. Gradually, via both internal development and a few appetizing acquisitions in 2009, the vendor added a few important growth engines, such as mobile computing solutions Read More

ERP Fail: When Best Practices Meet Real Life

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  • Written By: TEC Staff
  • Published: February 17 2011
Open University PhD candidate Gabrielle Ford has a new perspective on why, despite an abundance of expert insight, so many ERP implementations continue to fail. TEC is collaborating with Ford to provide a 20-minute survey for ERP users, and is offering three-day free access to its evaluation models and vendor data to readers who complete the survey. Take the survey now. This post signals the start Read More
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