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Sage Analyst Day 2011: Not Your Older Brother’s Sage - Part 1

I often wonder how well-known is the fact that the Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)-based Sage Group, Plc (LSE: SGE) is a leading global provider of business management software and services to over 6.3 million small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) worldwide. After over 25 years in existence and with 13,400 employees worldwide, Sage reported US$2.24 billion in revenue in 2010, and the Read More

Human Capital Supply Chains: Book Review

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: March 24 2011
“Goods are uniform and people are unique.” Too obvious? Maybe, but with the success that supply chain management (SCM) has brought to manufacturers, it’s time to apply the same philosophy to human capital management (HCM). In today’s feature article, TEC HCM analyst Sherry Fox reviews Human Capital Supply Chains, a new book that provides expert advice on what works, what doesn’t, and how a simple SCM history lesson can change the way you manage your workforce. Read More

Filling the Holes and Breaking Down Artificial Walls in a Process PLM Solution Set - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series established that the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market for process industries (food @ beverage, life sciences, chemicals, paints, consumer products, etc.) has not been well-defined as compared to its counterparts in the discrete manufacturing and fashion (apparel) industry segments. Indeed, the process PLM solution market is currently Read More

Podcast: Interview with CEO of iPhone/iPad BI App Vendor MeLLmo

Listen to the podcast. Many business applications are going mobile. And BI is no exception. Many BI software vendors are launching new versions that support mobile features, while others are launching special BI applications specifically for mobile devices.This is the case with California-based MeLLmo, which offers the native iPhone/iPad RoamBI app—designed from the ground up as a Read More

Analyzing Manhattan Associates’ Supply Chain Platform Play - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Manhattan Associates’ innovative Supply Chain Process Platform (SCPP)-based applications, such as Supply Chain Intelligence (SCI) and Total Cost to Serve (TCS). The Manhattan SCOPE suite’s modules were also discussed as well as the company’s recent evolution from a mere supply chain execution (SCE) provider. The article concluded that Read More

info360: Our Panel of Experts

From March 21 to 24, 2011, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) will be at info360 in Washington, D.C. I will be teaming up with a panel of experts to discuss business intelligence (BI) and its role in analyzing unstructured data. Join us on March 23 for the TEC session—What Do I Get Out of BI?: The Role of Business Intelligence in Your Content Strategy. You can register at the info360 Web site. Read More

IQMS and IFS Going Strong (without Much Help from the Cloud)

These days when all the excitement seems to be coming from “social anything” and “cloud anything” gadgets, it is refreshing to see some tried-and-true enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors doing very well in their much less exciting manufacturing realms. The two vendors in this instance are IQMS and IFS, and there are many similarities between them (other than the Read More

Workforce Scheduling and Optimization: The Missing Link on the Shop Floor?

Today’s manufacturers must be able to promptly cater to customer fluctuations in demand and maintain profitability. With agile workforces, companies have a real-time supply chain and produce/deliver only what is required at the best possible cost. Learn about the challenges facing manufacturing companies, as well as the benefits of implementing a workforce managing system that offers automated workforce scheduling and optimization. Read More

Quantum Retail: Challenging the "Enterprise Apps Establishment" and Retailers’ Mindset - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series analyzed typical issues that retailers face in their cutthroat competitive environment and concluded that traditionally available packaged retail enterprise applications are sub-optimal, provide only stovepipe views, and demand constant manual intervention by a highly sophisticated user. This is especially true in the case of handling ever-more Read More

Is BI Really for Everyone?

It’s been a long time (in this business, anyway) since the very first business intelligence (BI) solutions turned up, enabling big organizations to perform data analysis, generating reports with primitive dashboards for company execs. Since then, the BI space has become agile, operational, self-service, social, and even reactive. When I started to prepare a BI buyer guide, I had to reconsider Read More
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