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Hoping Jon & Kate Can Come to Terms Like JDA & i2
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: November 9 2009 Many people are aware of a reality show on television titled “Jon @ Kate Plus 8”, which features a couple that is separated and ready to get divorced. Occasionally couples have disagreements and need to get away from each other to sort things out then come back to the table with new perspectives.  That’s what JDA and i2 have done with their deal from last year. JDA plans (once again) to acquire i2 Read More...
Oracle E-Business Suite vs. Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for Mixed-mode ERP
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: November 6 2009 They say a picture is worth a thousand words—but in my opinion, graphs are sometimes worth even more. Therefore, I decided to let the graphs do most of the talking about the main differences between Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (JDE) and E-Business Suite (EBS). In order to do that, I have selected our Mixed-mode Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Evaluation Center because it has Read More...
The Two Driving Forces Behind Fashion Products
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: November 5 2009 “Sometimes, I feel frustrated at work—there is a constant conflict between my department and others and it never stops.” – A product developer at a fashion company During the process of building the request for proposal (RFP) template for fashion product lifecycle management (PLM), I spent some time talking with some relatively large fashion goods manufacturers and retailers to gain a better Read More...
Enterprise Software Conferences: Why Bother?
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: November 5 2009 If you did not get the chance to read the article about the 2009 APICS Conference, I thought I should share with you some of the things we (Khudsiya and I) did or learned there. I thought I would start by imagining a conversation about imaginary analysts, between two imaginary people, in an imaginary kitchen of an imaginary company: Imaginary man (IM): “Where did G the analyst go Read More...
Vox Populi: What Does a Day in the Life of a Regular Business User Look Like?
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: November 4 2009 Vox populi is Latin for “voice of the people”– in broadcasting and television, they use the "vox pop interview" to get spontaneous opinions on a subject, from different, randomly selected people. My idea is to apply the concept to our blog—whenever you see a blog post starting with “Vox Populi,” it means we’re seeking your opinion. In broadcasting, only a few people are interviewed, and the Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: November 4 2009 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an impeccable supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its product capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain Read More...
APICS 2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: October 30 2009 While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention day (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4), my much shorter attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October revolved mainly around exploring the expo floor and talking to the Read More...
Are ERP Software Vendors Messing with Your Head? (The Fine Art of Interpreting White Papers)
Written By: David Clark Published On: October 30 2009 (Scroll down for my list of Top 10 ERP White Paper Buzzwords!) I first published a version of this post a few years ago. Sad to say, not much has changed since then… Imagine that you're at the research stage of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) selection process. You're looking to get a handle on the scope of the project, and an idea of potential solutions and approaches Read More...
The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2)
Written By: Jorge Garcia Published On: October 29 2009 In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a product, a service, etc. Two main approaches can be used to perform sentiment analysis or text mining: a knowledge-based approach, which uses linguistic models to classify sentiments; and a learning-based approach, which uses Read More...
Dassault Systèmes to Acquire IBM PLM: Big News, but Not a Big Surprise
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: October 28 2009 A few months ago while I was listening to Dassault Systèmes (DS) executives explaining the company’s sales and marketing strategies and achievements, I wondered what the next move might be since I found the relationship between DS and IBM was becoming more delicate than before. My concern was that a very sophisticated approach would be required in order to grow DS’s own sales capability, while Read More...
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