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ERP: When Transparency Becomes Tunnel Vision
Written By: David Bourque Published On: July 29 2009 The face of manufacturing is constantly changing. As enterprise resource planning (ERP) software evolves and more organizations continue to use ERP solutions, they must find a way to avoid ERP’s “tunnel vision” syndrome as manufacturing continues to grow globally. Read More...
My System Is Trying to Communicate With Me! What Do I Do?
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: July 28 2009 What you should not do is ignore whatever you see on the screen. If you don’t trust computers, remember that they were created and programmed by humans like you. And if something pops up while you’re working, it’s either because you are about to do something important that needs validation, or because the system encountered an error. There are two major types of messages that you can get Read More...
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 1
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: July 28 2009 The old adage “he who lives by the sword will die by the sword” might have been best witnessed in the life and demise of erstwhile public software company Click Commerce based in Chicago, Illinois (US). With its roots in the partner relationship management (PRM) or demand channel (chain) management (DCM) space, the company had first gobbled up a number of struggling PRM/DCM peers in the early Read More...
Rising Elephant Creates Euphoria: India's Growing Markets Are a Boon for SCM Vendors
Written By: Ashfaque Ahmed Published On: July 27 2009 The nature of the organized retailing market in India may present challenges for software providers, but the opportunity to tap into and benefit from this market's huge (and growing) potential can yield sizable returns for supply chain management software vendors. Read More...
Ingredients of a Comprehensive Retail Suite for SMBs
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: July 24 2009 To achieve success in today’s retail industry, retailers that are small to midsize businesses (SMBs) need to effectively meet their customers’ needs on time, with the right price, in the right quantity—and at the right place, with the right promotions. All of these things can be very overwhelming for a retailer. To get them, retailers require tools that support effective and precise operations. In Read More...
Infor Strikes Again (at Long Last): Getting “Soft” While Flexing Its Muscles? - Part 2
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: July 24 2009 Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Infor’s latest acquisition of SoftBrands Inc., a company with a somewhat complicated history and lineage, and formerly called Fourth Shift and AremisSoft. The post concluded that, from a higher level overview, Infor has a good synergistic opportunity with the SoftBrands Hospitality solutions but some serious tweaking to do with the SoftBrands Manufacturing Read More...
Tightening the Chain-Supply Chain Cost-cutting Strategies
Written By: TEC staff Published On: July 24 2009 As companies struggle to control costs, the supply chain and management of supply resources have come under scrutiny. The supply chain is one area where a company can achieve quick gains and receive a fast return on investment. Read More...
One Vendor's Exploit of Marrying Infrastructure with Selling and Fulfillment Applications
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: July 24 2009 For many manufacturers, distributors and retailers with a mishmash of disparate back-office business applications, Sterling Commerce, a traditional integration and communication provider, has recently unveiled a package designed to automate web-based commerce all the way from order capture to fulfillment and payment, as a result of bringing together a few prudent acquisitions over the last three years. Read More...
Ask the Experts Question: Do Organizations Really Need a Physical Data Warehouse Structure?
Written By: TEC Staff Published On: July 22 2009 We recently had a question from one of our readers (through our Ask the Experts page) discussing QlikView’s approach to data collection. Reader’s Question “QlikView says its innovative way of collecting data and not needing a physical data warehouse (DW) structure is the right thing to do in DW/business intelligence (BI) solutions. Can one expect to build a sustainable / scalable corporate Read More...
Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 1
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: July 22 2009 Undoubtedly, the recent major event at Epicor Software (despite concurrent unfortunate occasional and distracting shareholder power struggles, takeover bids, and CEO departures) was the launch of the next-generation Epicor 9 product suite in late 2008. Epicor hails Epicor 9 as an entirely new generation of business application that "redefines how enterprise systems are both built and used." For Read More...
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