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Volume 5 Issue 21
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  Should You Keep or Replace Your Legacy ERP Software? Here's How to Decide
  Not sure if you should hang on to your legacy software system or give it the boot? Find out, as TEC analyst Philippe Reney looks at the pros and cons of buying new, upgrading, or sticking with the software you've already got.


  Industry Insider: Emptoris
  TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic talks to an Emptoris exec about contract management, strategic sourcing, and other Emptoris product lines.


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Market News
From March 6th to 10th, 2012, ABAS Software AG and its software partners from around the world will demonstrate abas Business Suite (ERP, DMS, BI, Mobile Solutions), the complete package for midsize companies, in hall 5, stand C18.


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  Industry Watch: This Week in Enterprise Software News
 
Software Adoptions
City of Penticton selects Agresso ERP
ERP (Municipalities/Government)
Article
"This selection project was driven by the city's financial department, and included selection and rating parameters. UNIT4's Agresso received higher scores, but other deciding criteria reportedly included easy access to reporting information (including the ability to modify reports), overall ease of use, and comparatively favorable maintenance costs." – Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst

Drom Fragrances selects IFS Applications
ERP (Pharma/Chemical/Food)
Press release
"Another recipe-based manufacturer underlines the value of integrated ERP software for managing a multicountry business." – Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst

Lytro selects NetSuite ERP
ERP (Electronics/Manufacturing)
Press release
"One of the major advantages of cloud-based ERP systems is their scalability, and therefore their ability to support fast-growing businesses. The on-demand licensing model means the number of users can change rapidly as needed, and at the same time, the solution remains affordable. This is an essential combination for small businesses in particular." – Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst

WebAssign selects Pentaho Business Analytics
Analytics/BI (Online Training/ Education)
Press release
"WebAssign, a provider of online instructional tools, has chosen Pentaho Business Analytics to analyze data from different sources around the world, in order to gain visibility into customer sentiment and behavior.” – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Portsmouth Aviation upgrades to IFS Applications 8
ERP (Aerospace/Defense)
Article
"An existing IFS client has decided to join the 'early adopter' program for the newer version of the ERP system. Portsmouth Aviation is the first in the UK and one of the first in the world to do this. The new IFS Enterprise Explorer (IEE) user interface is among the most attractive features of this new version." – Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst

Corsair Components upgrades to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1
ERP (Electronics Manufacturing)
Press release
"As an electronics manufacturer specializing in high-performance memory for PC gaming, Corsair Components now has access to a very complete set of functionality from E-Business Suite. The solution is quite diverse and scalable for growing mid-size manufacturers, and provides functionality for handling extensive financials, detailed manufacturing with integrated engineering, and SCM. While composite best-of-breed systems are an alternative, E-Business Suite does bring the singular advantage those systems often lack: a single version of the truth." – Philippe Reney, TEC SCM Analyst

Software Vendor M&As, Partnerships, and Product Launches
Dassault Systèmes acquires Netvibes
PLM
Press release
"Social CRM meets Social PLM (product design) in a trailblazing move by Dassault Systèmes, which aligns with its moves to further involve end-customers and consumers in product design. Netvibes will reportedly be rolled into the Exalead brand (acquired in 2010). Exalead can scour the Internet and pull together all relevant sources of info, while Netvibes can then produce a nifty "situation room"-like social monitoring and listening dashboard. If you can pull info together and then use astute analytic tools against the collected information, you could 'continually' merge collections of information and discover brand/product issues and patterns that have not been 'preconfigured' into data warehouses/data marts. This is analogous to the enterprise 'big data' issue." – P.J. Jakovljevic, TEC Principal Analyst

"Dassault's efforts to get into the very young social design and PLM market segment are not new, as their 3D Experience Platform was already offering social innovation functionality. I was a bit surprised to see that Dassault characterized Netvibes purely as a search platform. Does this mean Dassault will not use Netvibes functionality for collaboration, curation, or communities? I'm reaching out to Dassault to find out..." – Gabriel Gheorghiu, TEC ERP Analyst

API Healthcare acquires Concerro
Health Care Workforce Management
Press release
"API Healthcare is one of the leading health care workforce management technology providers today. Late last week it announced that it acquired Concerro, a staffing and scheduling provider for health care. The acquisition will widen the breadth of API's reach within the health care sector to include clinics, hospitals, and more.” – Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

Oracle acquires Taleo
HCM
Press release
"The cloud HCM arms race is on, in light of SAP acquiring SuccessFactors, and salesforce.com acquiring Rypple. Taleo has long been profitable and managed conservatively (i.e., with R&D being in tune with revenues), which was likely attractive to Oracle. Also, in spite of developing its own performance management and career planning capabilities, and acquiring learning management (Learn.com), Taleo's major revenue stream was its recruitment heritage. But even with this acquisition, Oracle will still lack decent hiring capabilities for contingent workforce compared to Kronos or Peoplefluent." – P.J. Jakovljevic, TEC Principal Analyst

"Anyone who knows about talent management knows that Taleo is the leading player in that space. Oracle knows they're getting the cream of the crop with this acquisition—a cool $1.9 billion well spent. The addition of Taleo's powerful cloud tools will help improve on Oracle's existing cloud-building strategy. And it will give SAP a run for their money in the cloud market." – Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

Kenexa to merge with OutStart
Learning Management
Press release
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"While the deal has not been finalized yet, Kenexa announced late last week that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with OutStart. This acquisition will expand Kenexa's reach into the e-learning market and strengthen its existing talent management solution." – Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

IBM completes acquisition of DemandTec
Retail Analytics
Press release
"IBM is really taking an aggressive approach to fleshing out its Smarter Commerce offering, which is focused on tying sales activities to supply activities, with a heavy demand management component. DemandTec is a cloud-based analytics vendor specializing in retail analytics, and offers assortment and trade optimization, deal management, lifecycle price management, and shopper insight. What we are looking at could be the making of a top retail solution. With Watson (IBM's 'artificial intelligence' analytics system) lurking in the shadows, I fear that quite a few retail software vendors have their work cut out for them." – Philippe Reney, TEC SCM Analyst

Microsoft, GE to partner for health care venture
Health Care Systems
Press release
"Microsoft and General Electric Healthcare will partner to provide improved applications by combining GE's health care workflow development expertise with Microsoft's software applications and technologies. The partnership takes the form of a new company called Caradigm (a reference to their goal to create a new paradigm for the traditional healthcare system)." – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Oracle announces general availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics
Business Analytics/BI
Press release
"Oracle Advanced Analytics bundles Oracle R Enterprise together with Oracle Data Mining within Oracle Database 11g. This is yet another signal of the importance organizations are giving to the management and analysis of massive amounts of data." – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Oracle announces general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.2
Database Technology
Press release
"MySQL Cluster 7.2 promises improved availability and low latency features. It also incorporates SQL and NOSQL access as well as increased performance on complex queries. Oracle is expanding MySQL functionality to provide functionality for both structured and unstructured data." – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

HP releases Vertica 5.1
Data Warehouse Systems
Press release
"Vertica has released Vertica 5.1, now under the HP umbrella. The latest version of the analytics platform will offer improvements for usability, and integration with big data providers. The Vertica Management Console is improved as well, with the addition of a new client framework. Looks like Vertica is receiving a boost from HP." – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Ben E. Keith rolls out Windows 7 tablets (?!)
Mobile Computing (Wholesale and Distribution)
Press release
"Ben E. Keith Co. has completed the rollout of more than 280 tablet devices equipped with Windows 7. This is a first sign of Windows 7 adoption in the mobile world—the first step on what would seem to be a long road for Microsoft, with Apple- and Android-based mobile devices already leagues ahead." – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst



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