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CRM for the Finance and Banking Industry - Part 1
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: October 8 2009 How many different systems does a bank employee use when changing a customer’s contact information? The last time I moved and had to change my address, the bank employee used two systems, asked three or four of her co-workers for help, and took about 15 minutes to do it because the information from one system did not transfer right away to the other system. It goes without saying that this was not Read More...
The Undying Users’ Quest for Exploring and Discovering Info - Part 3
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: October 7 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 post 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 explored how SAP Read More...
APICS 2009 Convention: Day 3
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: October 6 2009 Today’s general session showcased people from around the world (Mexico, China, Italy, South Africa, Poland, India, Egypt, US, etc.) and their stories about what work in manufacturing and supply chain means to them. The idea behind this was to show us how supply chain concepts are being embraced worldwide—and the presenters did it by showing media clips and images from different continents. Read More...
APICS 2009 Convention: Day 2
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: October 6 2009 The conference really started today, with a general session featuring guest star speaker Jason Jennings, business thought leader and best-selling author. And quite a showman, we might add. At first, we learned a few new jokes and found out who the most effective (and by “effective,” we mean “adaptable”)  companies in the world are (among them: IKEA, Staples, Koch, and Smuckers). You Read More...
APICS 2009 Convention: Day 1
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: October 5 2009 Arrived in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) to attend the APICS international convention and expo—hats off to the Canadian weather (cold!!!!!!!). This first day is dedicated to the development and organization of APICS members and partners. We gained an understanding of the APICS footprint, internationally speaking, through the general session.  The general session was a great way for us to Read More...
Microsoft’s Latest Acquisitions: Who Benefits?
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: October 5 2009 Microsoft recently acquired four vertical solutions that target process manufacturing (Fullscope Inc.), professional services (Computer Generated Solutions Inc.), and retail industries (To-Increase and LS Retail ehf).  These acquisitions are no different from any other software industry vendor acquisition, as each player in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) space is trying to expand its Read More...
A Two-layer Model for Fashion PLM Functionality
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: October 5 2009 To help fashion players achieve the most out of adopting PLM methodology and systems while respecting the uniqueness of fashion products and business processes, the article introduces a two-layer model to facilitate the process of selecting a fashion PLM solution. Read More...
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...
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