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Playing Devil’s Advocate with an Innovative Vendor’s “Techies”
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: August 3 2009 Rather than pursuing the usual route of writing analyses of major market trends, we’ve decided to ask vendors about their opinions and approaches. IFS has re-joined the discussion on the topic of user experience (UX) design. Read More...
Supporting Teamwork by Abridging Departmental Silos (and All That in a Cloud)
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: July 31 2009 According to the adage “When one door closes, another one opens,” there are opportunities and unfulfilled customer needs even in this dour economic environment. Rather than hiding in a cave and waiting for the calamity to pass, some creative business software companies and individuals have been coming up with new value propositions to solve real problems for their customers. Perhaps Read More...
Operational Business Intelligence and Performance Management: Key Differentiators
Written By: Lyndsay Wise Published On: July 31 2009 The distinction between business performance management and operational business intelligence is sometimes unclear. Many vendor offerings overlap in terms of features and functionality, making it difficult to distinguish between the two. However, there are some differences worth exploring. Read More...
BI Analysis in a Nutshell: Lyzasoft
Written By: Jorge Garcia Published On: July 30 2009 In my previous post, Give BI to the Masses, I wrote about the strategies that have been implemented in some companies to empower more and more users to use business intelligence (BI) tools as part of their regular daily tasks. This extends not only to decision makers and to those in charge of knowledge management,  but also to company-wide use. This has the potential to generate very different Read More...
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...
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