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The Four Ps of Food Safety

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  • Written By: Olin Thompson
  • Published: December 6 2010
Food safety is in the news, and recalls are not uncommon. For the food processor, a well-publicized incident can mean major damage to its brand and its revenue—and maybe the end of the company. The greater a food company’s risk, the greater the need for a proactive food safety strategy. Olin Thompson suggests the four Ps for a food safety strategy. Read More

Google and Microsoft Office to Meet in the Cloud

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 3 2010
Recently, Google launched a beta version of Cloud connect for Microsoft Office. The service will provide synchronization between Google Docs and Microsoft Office documents. What this means is that users will be able to sync documents automatically from Office to Google Docs, and access the doc from anywhere by clicking a URL. What’s more interesting is that Google Docs will allow its Read More

Collecting Meaningful Data from the Web: Once an Impossibility, Now a Reality

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 2 2010
The traditional way of extracting data from disparate data sources has been transformed by the emergence of new tools and applications, as well as the appearance of new and massive sources of information like the Web. Learn about tools you can use to turn Web data into an important asset for your organization. Read More

Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Every sensible enterprise is on a quest to deliver on time and as quickly as necessary, with minimum inventory (and working capital), and the highest necessary Read More

Preactor: Predict and React on the Shop Floor

Many best-of-breed advanced planning and scheduling (APS) vendors have come and gone since the late 90s, when APS was hyped as a tool that would be a key enabler for manufacturing companies. But one vendor that has distinguished itself is Preactor, a world leader in production planning and scheduling software. Learn more in this in-depth report, which includes a Q&A with Preactor founder and CEO Mike Novels. Read More

Good Customer Service Is Simple

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  • Written By: Olin Thompson
  • Published: November 25 2010
Outstanding customer service is a competitive advantage. Most companies salute good customer service as a key objective. But in its simplest form, what is good customer service? Olin Thompson lays down some basic requirements for businesses and explains the role of business processes in supporting good customer service. Read More

Cameleon (Software) Might Change its Colors but Not its (Q2O/CPQ) Purpose - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series talked about my recent reunion with Cameleon Software (formerly Access Commerce) a provider of on-demand and on-premises configure, price, and quote (CPQ)/quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions. Prior to analyzing the recent events at Cameleon, Part 1 first established the need and market drivers for such software solutions. I then analyzed how Cameleon Read More

Ring the Bell: Novell Is Acquired by Attachmate for $2.2 Billion

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: November 24 2010
According to a recent news item in Computerworld, Attachmate will acquire Novell in a $2.2 billion deal. Novell also agreed to sell some intellectual property assets to CPTN Holdings, a consortium led by Microsoft. With this deal, Attachmate, a company known as a provider of terminal emulation and enterprise fraud management software, will expand its reach by offering   networking Read More

Expedia to Acquire Mobiata

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: November 24 2010
According to TechCrunch: Expedia Acquires FlightTrack App Developer Mobiata. Expedia will have the ability to travel more directly to its customers with the acquisition of mobile travel application developer Mobiata. Mobiata develops a number of mobile applications to enable customers to compare fares, check flight status, and track flights, including real-time flight tracking directly on Read More

Teradata and RainStor Join Forces for 2011

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: November 23 2010
A recent post from Doug Henschen in InformationWeek detailed the newsworthy alliance of data warehousing vendor Teradata and online storage specialist RainStor, which highlights the importance that big data markets are acquiring. Big data is turning into "giant data," and organizations that manage very large amounts of information are demanding that software vendors enable the management of Read More
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