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Emptoris: Opening a New Chapter of Prosperity - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series talked about my impressions following an upbeat and constructive business update meeting at Emptoris’ headquarters. Under its new investors’ wing, with a new customer-focused CEO, and with the former Click Commerce's contract and service management (CSM) business as a new major capability, Emptoris has charted a new course recently. Read More

IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS, a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) founded in 1983 with its headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, an integrated and component-based extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite built on Read More

Are ERP Workarounds a Terrific Way of Shooting Yourself in the Foot?

Are ERP workarounds a terrific way of shooting yourself in the foot? TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu says “There’s no way to avoid ERP workarounds. And yes, they’re a problem.” TEC Analyst Jorge García says “No they’re not.” Managing Editor David Clark attempts to moderate (just a wee bit too late). Read More

Open letter to companies planning on using Social CRM

If you have decided to use social customer relationship management (SCRM) to sell your products or services, you should be ready to adapt to what your customers consider SCRM to be, not vice versa. As I mentioned in my post Social CRM is Dead, Long Live Social Media Flavored CRM, I see the “social” in SCRM as being related to human welfare and not only to social media. Therefore, SCRM should Read More

JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference on the heels of the recent merger between JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) and i2 Technologies. The article first discussed the different geneses and cultures of the two merging parties. One major outcome of the conference was JDA’s unveiled plan to converge most of its existing and acquired Read More

In-Memory Analytics: A Multi-Dimensional Study

The primary bottleneck to high-performance multidimensional analysis has been slow hard drive speed—the time it takes for data to be transferred from disk storage to random access memory (RAM). With crashing RAM prices and 64-bit addressing, in-memory architecture provides new and innovative solutions for online analytical processing (OLAP). This article looks at why and how in-memory technology transforms analytic applications for BI. Read More

Emptoris: Opening a New Chapter of Prosperity - Part 1

Good news is scarce these days across the board, and I am always keen on reporting on rare bullish enterprise applications businesses, especially if the company is in my neck of woods. Recently, I had an upbeat and constructive business update meeting in person at Emptoris’ headquarters. The Burlington, Massachusetts, US-based company was founded in 1999 as a strategic Read More

BPM Product Review: SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: August 31 2010
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: Find out about this business process management (BPM) product's strengths and challenges, and gain analyst insight into whether you should evaluate it for your BPM selection project. Read More

PDM vs. PLM: A Matrix View

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: August 27 2010
Two recent blog posts by Oleg Shilovitsky (PDM vs. PLM: A Data Perspective and PDM vs. PLM: A Process Perspective) got me wondering about what a true product lifecycle management (PLM) system actually is. In his posts, Shilovitsky discussed the differences between product data management (PDM) and PLM from the perspective of data (scope and control of the data) and process (coverage of Read More

Are “Best Practices” Dragging Your Organization Down?

When APICS invited me to be part of next October’s international conference on best practices for global supply chain and operations management, I started exploring ideas revolving around best practices, including this deceptively simple question: What is a best practice, anyway? Many organizations fail to understand the true meaning of “best practice,” erroneously treating this Read More
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