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Deltek and Maconomy: Gearing Up for the Global Service Economy?

Both the “old” Deltek (pre-2005) and “new” Deltek (from 2005 on) have not been strangers to acquisitions, but these were largely well thought-out and appetizing (“nip in”) purchases of smaller companies that had either an attractive piece of technology or install base (or both). However, in early June 2010, immediately after its Insight 2010 user conference, Deltek Read More

Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction? - Part 1

In her recent blog post 12 Things Retailers Did Last Year To Improve Supply Chain... IDC’s analyst Leslie Hand said that many retailers, as one of the top three priorities of the last year, implemented new “pay and bonus for performance” structures based on current labor standards/time management or simply applied new labor standards to their distribution centers (DCs) and warehouse work. Some Read More

Too Hard to Adopt PLM? Find Ways to Make It Easier

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: July 8 2010
Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are too complicated, too expensive, and take too long to implement. That’s what I said last month in a blog post. However, more and more companies find that adopting PLM is an unavoidable route to take regardless how many obstacles ahead. Can companies find ways to adopt PLM more easily and faster? After listening to Lectra’s introduction to its Easy Read More

Service Parts Planning for Maintenance Management

Whether you have a small network with a couple of printers and a fax machine, or a sophisticated shop floor using robots, cranes, etc., you have to make sure your assets are functioning properly. One of the main challenges is finding the right spare part to repair your equipment. There are two facts that are certain in the enterprise asset management (EAM) world: 1. your equipment will break Read More

Boston Grape Escape 2010: Vendor’s Announcements Review

Recently, I attended the Grape Escape analyst event in Boston. This was the 10th annual meeting organized by Judith Rothrock’s marketing company to present her clients and announce some news. I had the opportunity to listen and informally talk to software vendors, their clients, and industry analysts in addition to three one-on-one briefings with top managers from UNIT4, SYSPRO, and Meridian Read More

Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Finally Unveiled

Today in London (UK), Oracle announced the new 11g release of its Business Intelligence solution suite. There’s much interest in seeing how Oracle will be directing specific efforts to competing in the business intelligence space with this new version. This question will soon be answered upon investigating their new BI tool’s functionality, features, and improvements. Part of this Read More

Are Data Warehouses as Dead as the Dodo? (LiveDashBoard and QlikView)

If you think you have seen everything in the BI space, I’m sorry, but you may be wrong. Traditional BI solutions for large enterprises consider the data warehouse to be the basis of BI solutions. QlikTech and PRELYTIS, two innovative software providers I recently contacted, could be changing this paradigm. What follows are some of the insights and interesting proposals I gleaned from our Read More

Consona’s CEO Clearing the Air (about Compiere) - Part 1

In early June Consona Corporation’s analyst relationship (AR) contact forewarned me about the company’s upcoming acquisition of a “leading open-source and cloud computing enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor” and asked about my availability for a briefing once the acquisition was closed. After consultation with TEC’s free and open source software (FOSS) buff Josh Read More

A SaaS Start-up Cautionary Tale: The Makana Experience (Or: How You Can Create a Great Product and Still Hit the Wall)

Great products and a growing customer base are not enough to succeed in the SaaS ICM marketplace. Find out why Makana, a startup SaaS vendor, found it difficult to reach profitability. Read More

Can a Recommendation Turn Against the Person you Recommend?

We all recommend or have been recommended at some point in our professional lives, but have you ever thought about the hidden consequences a recommendation can have on the person you recommend? There are some pitfalls you should avoid when recommending people (e.g., make sure you know the person well, do not exaggerate their qualities etc.) and in order to illustrate this, I did the Read More
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