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Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction? - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the major modules of integrated workforce management (WFM) suites that organizations can deploy to better schedule and assign work in their production and distribution facilities, and in retail stores. Concrete examples of commercially available products included those from Kronos and RedPrairie Corporation, given those two vendors’ notable Read More

The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) Conference in San Diego: The Agile Approach to Business Intelligence (BI)

Next month a TDWI World Conference will be taking place in San Diego, California. What’s so special about this conference anyway? The answer is simple:  the general topic is going to be “Creating an Agile BI Environment”. Progressively in the last four or five years, the agile software development methodology has been jumping from the software development area to the data warehouse Read More

Grape Escape 2010: Of Cloud & Angels, Fun & Games, and “In Vino Veritas” - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series talked about the historical background of the JRocket Marketing Grape Escape event. Grape Escape has become a June fixture over past several years, right after the high traveling season to major vendors’ events subsides and before everyone takes their summer vacations. It is a signature event that showcases the intimate analyst relationships (AR) and Read More

Agricultural Commodity Trading - Quite a Different Business

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

Consona’s CEO Clearing the Air (about Compiere) - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series talked about Consona Corporation’s recent acquisition of leading open source and cloud computing enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider Compiere. After reading a slew of speculative blog posts (including the one from TEC’s free and open source [FOSS] buff and advocate Josh Chalifour), I had an incisive briefing with Consona’s CEO Jeff Tognoni, to Read More

Can Mzinga Really Make You OmniSocial?

According to Paul Greenberg, an expert in customer relationship management (CRM) and social CRM (SCRM), the term “social customer” was coined by Chris Carfi “some six or seven years ago.” But before being social customers, we are social media users—we use Facebook, Twitter, create blogs and comments on Web sites, and sometimes we can even integrate some of these tools and make them work Read More

Grape Escape 2010: Of Cloud & Angels, Fun & Games, and “In Vino Veritas” - Part 1

Every June over past several years, after the high season for traveling to major vendor events subsides, and before everyone takes their summer vacations, a group of selected enterprise applications analysts have become accustomed to attending the JRocket Marketing Grape Escape(TM) event. “Grape Escape” is a signature event that showcases the intimate analyst relationships (AR) and event expertise Read More

The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software

The third and final part of the path to ERP for small businesses series describes the software selection stage, including the dos and don’ts during vendor product demos, how to create a shortlist, and finally selecting the vendor that provides the best product and services for your needs. Read More

Deltek and Maconomy: Gearing Up for the Global Service Economy?

Both the “old” Deltek (pre-2005) and “new” Deltek (from 2005 on) have not been strangers to acquisitions, but these were largely well thought-out and appetizing (“nip in”) purchases of smaller companies that had either an attractive piece of technology or install base (or both). However, in early June 2010, immediately after its Insight 2010 user conference, Deltek Read More

Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction? - Part 1

In her recent blog post 12 Things Retailers Did Last Year To Improve Supply Chain... IDC’s analyst Leslie Hand said that many retailers, as one of the top three priorities of the last year, implemented new “pay and bonus for performance” structures based on current labor standards/time management or simply applied new labor standards to their distribution centers (DCs) and warehouse work. Some Read More
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