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SAP PLM: Outlook and Predictions

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: December 8 2010
This year, product lifecycle management (PLM) vendors have put many interesting initiatives on display to PLM buyers. These initiatives include the possibility of generating more synergies between enterprise search and PLM, more intuitive decision support in design and engineering, connectivity between direct modeling and history-based modeling in computer-aided design (CAD), social product Read More

Finally, SAP’s Approach to In-memory Analysis

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 8 2010
A note last week from Bradenton.com announced the availability of SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA), as well as it’s the release of SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Workforce Planning Application as the first application to take advantage of SAP HANA. On another note, Oliver Bussmann, CIO of SAP AG, says of SAP HANA: It is a technology that allows the processing of massive Read More

Announcements from UNIT4 and SYSPRO: New Phraseology and Sustainable Development

I attended Judith Rothrock’s 2010 Analyst Roadshow event in Boston last week, and was startled by a few news items from ERP vendors UNIT4 and SYSPRO. Here’s my take: UNIT4 Known as an ERP vendor that targets businesses challenged with constantly changing needs, UNIT4 is usually quite ingenious in their product marketing and branding (e.g., I have never seen other ERP vendors Read More

KronosWorks 2010: Of Next-Gen User Experience & Workforce Mobility

Given our shared presence in the Boston metro area, I’ve had numerous contacts and interactions with Kronos Incorporated in the past, but this fall was my very first attendance of the vendor’s annual user conference: KronosWorks 2010. That attendance was a worthwhile use of my time and a great learning experience about the company and its customers. As some background, here is Ventana Research’s Read More

Yellowfin Launches Version 5.1 of Yellowfin BI Software

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 6 2010
Last Friday, Yellowfin launched version 5.1 of its BI product, reinforcing core product functionality (e.g., improving metadata management) as well as expanding functionality related to new technology trends such as social media and mobile technologies. With this release, the Australian company intends to reinforce its position in the BI market and provide its customers with improved BI features.  Read More

The Four Ps of Food Safety

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  • Written By: Olin Thompson
  • Published: December 6 2010
Food safety is in the news, and recalls are not uncommon. For the food processor, a well-publicized incident can mean major damage to its brand and its revenue—and maybe the end of the company. The greater a food company’s risk, the greater the need for a proactive food safety strategy. Olin Thompson suggests the four Ps for a food safety strategy. Read More

Google and Microsoft Office to Meet in the Cloud

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 3 2010
Recently, Google launched a beta version of Cloud connect for Microsoft Office. The service will provide synchronization between Google Docs and Microsoft Office documents. What this means is that users will be able to sync documents automatically from Office to Google Docs, and access the doc from anywhere by clicking a URL. What’s more interesting is that Google Docs will allow its Read More

Collecting Meaningful Data from the Web: Once an Impossibility, Now a Reality

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 2 2010
The traditional way of extracting data from disparate data sources has been transformed by the emergence of new tools and applications, as well as the appearance of new and massive sources of information like the Web. Learn about tools you can use to turn Web data into an important asset for your organization. Read More

Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Every sensible enterprise is on a quest to deliver on time and as quickly as necessary, with minimum inventory (and working capital), and the highest necessary Read More

Preactor: Predict and React on the Shop Floor

Many best-of-breed advanced planning and scheduling (APS) vendors have come and gone since the late 90s, when APS was hyped as a tool that would be a key enabler for manufacturing companies. But one vendor that has distinguished itself is Preactor, a world leader in production planning and scheduling software. Learn more in this in-depth report, which includes a Q&A with Preactor founder and CEO Mike Novels. Read More
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