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The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 3
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: November 20 2009 Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This series, which focuses on the complexity of pricing and promotions in retailing, was inspired by JDA Software’s recent “edu-nouncement” on leading retailers' consumer-centric pricing and promotions strategies and Read More...
Your ERP Selection Challenge: Sage vs. Microsoft
Written By: David Clark Published On: November 19 2009 Sometimes a tier-two vendor knocks off one of the giants. Your turn to tell me why... Every now and then I like to spend a few hours putting myself squarely in the shoes of someone who’s selecting an ERP system, this time by using the Discrete ERP Evaluation Center to compare discrete ERP software. Here’s how I responded to the Discrete ERP Evaluation Center questionnaire (click Read More...
Where Does PLM Fit in the Extending LMS Formula?
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: November 17 2009 There are two reasons which led me to write this blog. Firstly, I recently had briefings with vendors such as Learn.com and Xyleme that made me realize that the learning management system (LMS) industry is building up more and more connections with other technologies and enterprise applications. Secondly, a recent article (see Trends in LMS by Don McIntosh) explains how LMS is evolving with Web 2 Read More...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 2
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: November 16 2009 Part 1 of this blog post series talked about my attendance at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few education sessions, as my visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that the main value propositions this year Read More...
Mixed-mode ERP Selection Projects: Who’s Buying?
Written By: Aleksey Osintsev Published On: November 13 2009 The busiest knowledge bases in our Web site are those that contain information on enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. I analyzed the profile of business users who visit our Web site to create mixed-mode ERP selection projects, and examined how that profile has changed over time (much along the lines of my colleague Kurt Chen’s PLM landscape report). I took the 2007 and Read More...
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development - Part I: An Overview
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: November 12 2009 “Basically, lean is [focused on] creating more value with less work.” – Wikipedia, Lean Manufacturing No matter who can be credited with making this statement, I have to thank him or her. This statement allows people to apply lean principles in broader circumstances than manufacturing. Following this idea, I’d like to define lean product development (LPD) as this: LPD is focused on developing Read More...
How Charismatic Is Your ERP System?
Written By: David Clark Published On: November 10 2009 While conducting “research” for another project, I stumbled across Max Weber’s notion of classification of authority, which was news to me, as is most serious Western thought. According to Weber, there are three types of authority: 1. Charismatic 2. Traditional 3. Legal Weber defined charismatic authority as being derived primarily from, well, charisma, or personal magnetism. Read More...
BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: November 10 2009 Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ)/quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions during my recent attendance of Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US). Prior to analyzing recent events at BigMachines, Part I explained the general value proposition of on-demand Q2O and CPQ software Read More...
Hoping Jon & Kate Can Come to Terms Like JDA & i2
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: November 9 2009 Many people are aware of a reality show on television titled “Jon @ Kate Plus 8”, which features a couple that is separated and ready to get divorced. Occasionally couples have disagreements and need to get away from each other to sort things out then come back to the table with new perspectives.  That’s what JDA and i2 have done with their deal from last year. JDA plans (once again) to acquire i2 Read More...
Oracle E-Business Suite vs. Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for Mixed-mode ERP
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: November 6 2009 They say a picture is worth a thousand words—but in my opinion, graphs are sometimes worth even more. Therefore, I decided to let the graphs do most of the talking about the main differences between Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (JDE) and E-Business Suite (EBS). In order to do that, I have selected our Mixed-mode Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Evaluation Center because it has Read More...
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