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Volume 5 Issue 18
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  ToolsGroup—Going Back to Its Supply Chain Planning Roots
  Today, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks at ToolsGroup, a leading supply chain planning (SCP) vendor that helps large and midmarket companies develop more accurate forecasts and inventory targets. Learn how ToolsGroup can help your company improve and automate its planning processes, as P.J. serves up a look at the company's history, solutions, and an interview with its VP of Marketing.

  Satisfied with Your Supply Chain Management?
  Is your supply chain performing to expectations, or are you experiencing problems? Let us know in this brief survey on supply chain satisfaction. Your response will remain confidential, and will form part of the original research for our upcoming SCM Buyer's Guide. As a thank you for participating, you'll receive one week's unlimited access to TEC Advisor, TEC's comprehensive online software evaluation and comparison tool.

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  Market News
  IQMS Concludes Another Record Year
IQMS continues its 10-year streak of double-digit growth with a record number of new clients, employee hires, and industry accolades in 2011
PASO ROBLES, CA – Feb 7, 2012 – IQMS, a leader in the design and development of manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, today announced its record breaking 2011 year in review. The underlying trend of 2011 at IQMS was expansion, demonstrated by an organic 24 percent revenue increase over 2010 and double-digit hiring gains in all departments. Read the press release.

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  Industry Watch: This Week in Enterprise Software News
Software Adoptions
News Item Industry/Vertical System Type TEC Analyst Perspective Useful Links
Zumba Fitnet adopts
SaaS solution Netsuite OneWorld
Fitness, Entertainment
Enterprise resource
"With a business model that is based on such diversity and distribution of business partners, Zumba's adoption of a SaaS solution is a logical way to go. The Web commerce support from NetSuite will cater nicely to Zumba's online customer base, and the multinational structure behind OneWorld will provide a consolidated view of all their partners activities. A great example of distributed supply chain management." – Phil Reney, TEC SCM Analyst NetSuite PR

TEC profile for NetSuite
Software Vendor M&As, Partnerships, and Product Launches
News Item Industry/Vertical System Type TEC Analyst Perspective Useful Links
SDL acquires Alterian Cross-industry Information Management "20-year-old information management veteran, SDL, finalized its purchase of Alterian. Although SDL has a wide range of products (content, translation management, etc.), it will fit the Alterian offering with its own Tridion WCM solution. The base products provide a similar swath of functionality but SDL sees particular plusses for its customer base because of the marketing analytics, campaign management, and social media capabilities SDL will be able to offer from Alterian. A detailed plan about merging the systems hasn't been unveiled and for now both remain available." – Josh Chalifour, TEC's Director of  Knowledge Services Press release

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IBM acquires Emptoris Cross-industry Supplier relationship management "IBM snagged a supplier management leader that provides an intuitive set of functionality. This function set is in line with business practices such as central vendor data repositories, program management, vendor portals, contract management, and analytics. Combined with the extensive demand management analytics provided by IBM's Smarter Commerce, Emptoris will provide matching efficiency in supply management. " – Phil Reney, TEC SCM Analyst IBM PR
Kronos acquires OptiLink Health care Workforce management "Kronos is at it again, scooping up its latest company with OptiLink. The addition of an acuity-based staffing solution, allows Kronos to expand its reach, uniting clinical practice with workforce management. With this acquisition, a common platform is created within which finance and nursing departments can collaborate in controlling labor costs." – Sherry Fox, HCM Research Analyst, TEC Kronos PR

TEC profile for Kronos
IFS AB (Sweden) partners with NEC Corporation (Japan) Food processing ERP "Following their long-term partnership roadmap announced more than a year ago, IFS and NEC have launched a joint solution for food and beverage businesses. Thailand is the first country where this solution is officially available. This IFS ERP solution for food and beverage companies is now available in the cloud via NEC's technology and enforced with NEC's add-ons and experience in process-oriented manufacturing." – Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst Press release
Microsoft unveils Dynamics CRM mobile Cross-industry CRM "Probably the most important feature of the 2012 Q2 service update of Microsoft Dynamics CRM is the extended availability for mobile devices. User will be able to access complete Dynamics CRM functionality on all major types of mobile devices: Windows Phone 7, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android. The new service is cloud-based and allows for synchronization between offline and online data. With the new mobile version, Microsoft will finally be a strong competitor for vendors like salesforce and Sugar CRM, which already offer extended mobile functionality on multiple device types." – Gabriel Gheorghiu, TEC ERP Analyst Microsoft PR
Salesforce.com launches Desk.com Cross-industry CRM "Salesforce.com acquired Assistly in September 2011, and Desk.com is the result of incorporating the solution into the Salesforce family of products. It is a cloud-based help desk solution (which is not exactly new, as vendors like Zendesk, Zoho, and others already doing a good job in this space). Desk.com's social features (integration with Facebook or Twitter) are also not revolutionary, but it's an interesting option for companies already using other Salesforce products." – Gabriel Gheorghiu, TEC CRM Analyst SFDC PR
Information Builders launches WebFOCUS Hyperstage Cross-industry BI "Information Builders is enriching its portfolio by offering additional ways to explore analyze and discover data by means of using in-memory and a column base database embedded directly into its WebFOCUS platform." – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst IBI PR

TEC profile for IBI
SAP announces HANA for SMEs Cross-industry Analytics "SAP announced its strategy to provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the services of the SAP HANA platform via SAP HANA analytics for SAP Business One and the SAP HANA Edge Edition. It will be interesting to see how SMEs adapt these offering to their IT strategies." – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst SAP PR

TEC profile for SAP
Oracle announces availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics Cross-industry Analytics "Oracle Advanced Analytics bundles Oracle R Enterprise together with Oracle Data Mining within Oracle Database 11g. This provides new signals regarding the importance organizations are giving to the management and analysis of massive amounts of data." – Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst Oracle PR
Oracle acquires Taleo Cross-industry HR "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 Press release

NuView Systems Releases NuViewHR v.4.16 Cross-industry HR "TEC recently certified NuViewHR v4.15 within its HR evaluation area, however, during the product demonstration, we were able to view many of the features from this newest release, and took that into consideration. NuViewHR v.4.15 was officially released on February 1, 2012." – Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst Press release

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