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Social Networks That Boost Your Business

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Companies are beginning to accept Web 2.0 as part of their communication, information sharing, and collaborating activities. Find out why this trend is being embraced by more companies.
  • Written By: Daniel Burrus
  • Published On: April 26 2010

UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3

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Part 1 of this blog post series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second largest business applications provider in continental Europe, to attend its UK 2010 users conference. Frankly, I was a bit skeptical about what new and exciting I might see and hear about at this event in light of the vendor’s analyst tour in Boston in late 2009. The

Beware Supply Chain Excel Users (You Are Doomed!)

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Last week, I attended a supply chain management (SCM) user conference in Florida. The main objective of the user conference was to help users learn and share experiences to eliminate business pains faced either due to lack of technology or business processes. MS Excel, was proudly mentioned in many of the conversations I had with supply chain professionals. It felt like SCM professionals were

Frankie Does ERP, Part 3

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[Editor’s note: Frank is a real person, employed at a real company. However, I’ve changed certain identifying particulars for a variety of reasons. This interactive series is an exercise in what-if analysis based on ongoing interviews with Frankie as well as your feedback. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It’s still colorful.] Previously
  • Written By: David Clark
  • Published On: April 22 2010

The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 2

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Part 1 of this series established that service supply chains have many planning levels and time horizons, which can be roughly divided into the following: the immediate period around the day of service, and forecasting and planning for the day of service. My post then expanded on the various approaches to tame the challenges on the actual day of service. The most advanced

ERP for Green Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing

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Manufacturers are facing pressure from regulators and customers to document their impact on the environment, including not only the simple carbon footprint, but other gas emissions, discharges to waterways, landfills, and product life cycle impacts. How can enterprise software help?
  • Written By: Bill Leedale
  • Published On: April 19 2010

Frankie Does ERP, Part 2

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[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request. This interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him.  You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down
  • Written By: David Clark
  • Published On: April 15 2010

What Are the Real Benefits of Vertical Integration in a Retail Supply Chain?

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This year I was invited to SCOPE East, a peer led conference focusing on supply chain issues from strategic, tactical, and operational points of views. At this conference, I was able to attend multiple educational tracks ranging from retail to consumer goods. One of the tracks that got my attention was about vertical integration in the retail supply chain presented by luxury goods retailer and

Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 1

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The mergers and acquisition (M@A) market seems to be coming back slowly. One evidence of this could be the late-March acquisition of long-struggling inventory optimization (IO) provider Optiant by long well-performing supply chain management (SCM) provider Logility. Now, I certainly wasn’t surprised by Optiant’s acquisition per se. After all, it was only a matter of time

The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1

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The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the increasing importance of the service sector in industrialized economies. But while the vast customer service software market’s opportunity was examined there, the series also pointed out the treacherous complexity of planning
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