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Interview with Mark Flaherty from InetSoft

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InetSoft Technology is a business intelligence (BI) company that has been very active this year, focusing on the process of improving their entire BI solution and to gain presence in the market. Among other things, they recently upgraded their mapping capabilities in their Style Intelligence software, launched a free dashboard software application, and added support for  enterprise resource

The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 3

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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 categories: the immediate period around the day of service, and forecasting and  planning for the day of service. My blog post then expanded on the various approaches to the challenges on the actual day of service. Part 2 delved more deeply

Reference Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions

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This guide to supply chain management (SCM) functions/features will help you determine which SCM features are a high priority for your organization. Learn about SCM functions and features for WMS, TMS, international trade logistics (ITL), supplier relationship management (SRM), demand management, supply chain analytics, order management, service parts planning, and more.
  • Written By: Anne Le Bris and Melissa Vaes, with contributions from TEC analyst data
  • Published On: May 4 2010

Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 2

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Part 1 of this series analyzed the late-March acquisition of long struggling inventory optimization (IO) provider Optiant by long well-performing supply chain management (SCM) provider Logility. The blog post then discussed Logility’s acquisition history to set the stage for the current offerings that Optiant will join. The 2004 acquisition of Demand Management, Inc. (DMI) and its Demand

Are You Ready for the Cloud?

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In almost every organization’s internal meetings and corridors, there’s a lot of chattering about whether cloud computing is an option that can bring tangible benefits or not, and if it’s time for moving to the cloud. In this brief post, I will point out some issues why you should consider moving your business's IT resources to the cloud. Moving to the cloud can be a very challenging

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
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