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Tenrox: Certification Complete
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: June 17 2011 This just in—Tenrox has joined the ranks of TEC Certified systems providing project portfolio management (PPM) functionality. See TEC’s Vendor Showcase for updated Tenrox profiles:PPM for Internal Departments PPM for Professional Services Automation I’ll be providing a full report here on the TEC site in the coming weeks (including strengths, weaknesses, and benchmarking analysis Read More...
Accountants Deserve Better?
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: May 31 2011 Accounting and Business Accounting departments have long suffered from being considered as serving a lower-priority function and playing a subsidiary role to other departments in any business—i.e., a “non-value creating” activity. Many business owners and top managers consider accounting as government mandated and a pretty much useless function. They also view accountants as boring bean Read More...
What Size Is Your Business, Really?
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: February 8 2011 I deal with many software professionals, technology business users, consultants, and analysts, and it is interesting to observe that everyone uses the same conventional mantras and familiar words, but often with slightly different meanings, and sometimes with totally different meanings. A good example of this is how businesses determine their size category: small, medium, or large. It appears Read More...
Announcements from UNIT4 and SYSPRO: New Phraseology and Sustainable Development
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: December 7 2010 I attended Judith Rothrock’s 2010 Analyst Roadshow event in Boston last week, and was startled by a few news items from ERP vendors UNIT4 and SYSPRO. Here’s my take: UNIT4 Known as an ERP vendor that targets businesses challenged with constantly changing needs, UNIT4 is usually quite ingenious in their product marketing and branding (e.g., I have never seen other ERP vendors Read More...
The Case of the Fake Transatlantic Flight: Can You Really Trust Online Tools?
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: September 17 2010 Whether we realize it or not, we all have become more or less dependent on computers, the Internet, and many different and complex computer systems. In both our business and personal lives, we widely take advantage of the immediate availability of all types of information and data, and in our day-to-day routine often do not even wonder whether we can actually rely on the data we obtain Read More...
Big ERP vs. Tier 2 ERP - Is the Gap in Functionality as Big as it Appears?
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: August 26 2010 Recently, we have witnessed Infor’s aggressive advertising campaign against its bigger rivals that are conjointly called “Big ERP,” where it is blaming them for inflexibility, neglecting customers’ interests, and charging enormous amounts of money for their software and service. As an alternative, Infor and its competitors offer a variety of tier 2 systems that can supposedly satisfy rigorous Read More...
Agricultural Commodity Trading - Quite a Different Business
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: July 20 2010 The Business of Agriculture Commodity Trading Recently, I had the opportunity to take a detailed look at the agriculture commodity trading and risk management industry after being involved in a project. In this article I will share some considerations on agricultural products trading specialties and software that supports it. While I have experience dealing with the securities market—which Read More...
Boston Grape Escape 2010: Vendor’s Announcements Review
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: July 8 2010 Recently, I attended the Grape Escape analyst event in Boston. This was the 10th annual meeting organized by Judith Rothrock’s marketing company to present her clients and announce some news. I had the opportunity to listen and informally talk to software vendors, their clients, and industry analysts in addition to three one-on-one briefings with top managers from UNIT4, SYSPRO, and Meridian Read More...
Legacy ERP Modernization: Prudence is Gold
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: March 11 2010 I am sure that after reading my previous blog post on manufacturing legacy systems many readers saw me as just another soldier of AS/400 system’s army of opponents and probably would not expect any future pro-System i/AS/400 publications. This is definitely not the case—I am not a legacy system opponent. The message I’ve been trying to deliver in my blog posts is  that a well-thought out, balanced Read More...
Retail Technology Experiments at Metro AG
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: January 12 2010 Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a Canadian retail conference where I was incredibly impressed by the presentation of Dr. Gerd Wolfram, the Managing Director of Metro Group Information Technology GmbH, IT service provider of the German retail giant Metro AG. Information technologies have a huge impact on retail business performance. This “magic” in IT technology was fantastic 15 to 20 Read More...
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