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The Art of Software Selection: What Would Buddha Do?
Written By: Sherry Fox Published On: October 3 2009 “Truth is one; paths are many.” - H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda Buddhism and software selection. Say what? Yes, you read that correctly. As an “aspiring Buddhist,” I’ve come to learn that Buddhist philosophy can find its way into virtually every aspect of one’s life. While ancient Buddhism still remains a mystery to many, it could certainly help shed some light on a few modern-day dilemmas Read More...
Managing Trees versus Managing Grass
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: October 2 2009 Within the product lifecycle management (PLM) arena, there is a category of solutions with a very specific industry focus: fashion and retail PLM solutions. For example, Lectra calls its solution Fashion PLM; at PTC, its FlexPLM solution is created for retail, footwear, and apparel; TradeStone Software names  its solution Merchandise Lifecycle Management (MLM)  (instead of PLM) and focuses on Read More...
When Shortlists Are Too Short, Who's to Blame?
Written By: josh chalifour Published On: October 2 2009 This insightful case study from SageCircle talks about how a vendor almost missed out on a $35M deal because it was left off an RFP shortlist. Although the case study is geared toward software vendors—focusing on the importance of an active analyst relations team—it also illustrates important points applying to software selection projects. The case study is in some ways a cautionary tale for Read More...
Food and Beverage Industry: Overview of Software Requirements
Written By: Joseph J. Strub Published On: October 2 2009 The food and beverage industries have very special needs, many of which are externally regulated. Read on to discover some of the unique challenges and software requirements for these industries. Read More...
Three Tips for PLM Boot Camp ’09 Attendees
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: October 1 2009 PLM Boot Camp ’09 is coming in one week. As one of the committee members for this event, I’m delighted to provide three tips to those who are planning to attend this two-day virtual conference. Tip #1: Prepare to See a “Different” PLM PLM Boot Camp ’09 is obviously focused on product lifecycle management (PLM). However, it also has vertical foci: the fashion and consumer products industries. Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: October 1 2009 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an immaculate supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company was the industry standard for Read More...
APICS 2009 Preview Webinar Series, Session 5: Managing Inventory in a Changing Economy
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: September 30 2009 The 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo is starting next week in Toronto (Canada). One of the educational tracks is focusing on how to manage inventory in a changing economy. As inventory is a challenging issue for all types of manufacturing organizations, regardless of industry. If an organization can manage its inventory without losing focus on demand and where its dollars are being Read More...
Nine Ways to Use ERP to Make the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean
Written By: Jakob Bjorklund Published On: September 30 2009 There are entire books and thorough training and certification processes devoted to lean supply chain practices. But within any manufacturing environment, there are a few relatively simple steps that will help any enterprise make its supply chain lean. In this article, we will touch on these simple measures—measures that any company can take. Read More...
The User's Undying Quest for Exploring and Discovering Info - Part 2
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: September 28 2009 Part 1 of this blog series depicted the differences and some subtle similarities between the well-established enterprise applications giant, SAP, and up-and-coming vendor Endeca Technologies. The article ended with the new fundamentals for the future of enterprise applications that were outlined at the Endeca Discover 2009 conference. Part 2 of this blog series explores how Read More...
Minimizing the Total Cost of Technical Support for Enterprise Applications
Written By: David Bourque Published On: September 28 2009 Many organizations don’t follow formalized processes for technical support evaluation. However, technical support is a vital component of any enterprise software solution. The fact is, poor technical support can have a severe impact on a solution’s total cost of ownership. Read More...
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