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Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 2

Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. My post first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then, I talked about SuccessFactors’ multiple product editions to satisfy companies of Read More

iPad, Fashion PLM, and the Connection Between Fashion Designers and Customers

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: December 21 2010
I recently had the opportunity to meet with Centric Software and get to know more about Centric 8 Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Sourcing Solutions for the fashion industry. Among the interesting topics discussed, a recently launched product called Collection Book for Fashion iPad app was most impressive. In my view, this iPad app is a great product, as it takes advantage of the user Read More

TEC Certified Products: 2010 Vendor Wrap-up

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  • Written By: TEC Staff
  • Published: December 17 2010
With 2010 almost behind us, the Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) research analyst team takes a brief look at some of the newest software products to join its roster. MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 9 Plex Systems, Plex Online Sage, Sage ABRA HRMS  SmartOrg, Portfolio Navigator Vormittag Associates, Inc. (VAI), S2K EnterpriseBusiness Intelligence (BI) Solutions—Jorge García Read More

TEC Research Analyst Roundtable: Predictions for 2011

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  • Written By: TEC Staff
  • Published: December 16 2010
It’s that time of year again for TEC’s analysts to polish their crystal balls and spread their tarot cards to gaze on the future of enterprise software for 2011.Aleksey Osintsev, Research Analyst—Enterprise Resource Planning The growing interest of businesses of all sizes in so-called cloud technologies in general and in on-demand—cloud or software as a service (SaaS)—enterprise Read More

Discussing the S&OP State of Affairs with Logility’s Karin Bursa

My recent exhaustive series of articles on sales @ operations planning (S@OP) entitled “APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S@OP Coming of Age?” and the related blog post entitled “Linking S@OP and CPFR (For Retailers and Manufacturers Sake): An Executive Panel Discussion” have drawn solid interest and valuable feedback. But even more, this prolonged exposure on the S@OP Read More

Mobile Learning: Is Your Business Ready for It?

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: December 15 2010
The popularity of mobile technology has brought mobile learning (m-learning) to one’s fingertips. M-learning takes advantage of the mobility of the learner and the lightweight portability of the mobile device to support learning nuggets of content at anytime and from virtually anywhere. This article reviews issues this trend has raised and technical challenges businesses must overcome to implement this learning strategy. Read More

Epicor to Acquire Spectrum HR

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: December 14 2010
Epicor, a global leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and professional service automation (PSA) software solutions to midmarket companies and divisions of the Global 1000, announced yesterday that it would be acquiring Spectrum Human Resource Systems Corporation.Epicor delivers Read More

Are Data Warehouses as Dead as the Dodo? (Part 2: 1010data and Illuminate)

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 14 2010
Although information analysis continues to be vital for insights into a company’s health and future, the traditional data warehouse structure may already be past its best-before date, due to major and radical transformations in the market. It may just be a matter of “Evolve or Die”. . . Indeed, in my last blog post Are Data Warehouses as Dead as the Dodo? (LiveDashBoard and QlikView) Read More

Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 1

In addition to the Giants’ Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series 2010 victory, San Francisco has been even more famous for its software powerhouses, spearheaded by mighty and ever-acquisitive Oracle and the cloud computing trailblazer salesforce.com. Another company from the same metro area that has lately had admiration and accolades lavished upon it is SuccessFactors Read More

Why I Like Vanilla

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  • Written By: Hugh R. Alley
  • Published: December 9 2010
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software packages can be highly flexible, but custom configurations may cause more trouble than they’re worth when it comes time to upgrade your system. There are good reasons for keeping it simple, and understanding what your business requirements really are. Hugh R. Alley recounts his experience with ERP gone wrong and argues the merits of plain old vanilla, right out of the box. Read More
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