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Emptoris: Opening a New Chapter of Prosperity - Part 1

Good news is scarce these days across the board, and I am always keen on reporting on rare bullish enterprise applications businesses, especially if the company is in my neck of woods. Recently, I had an upbeat and constructive business update meeting in person at Emptoris’ headquarters. The Burlington, Massachusetts, US-based company was founded in 1999 as a strategic Read More

BPM Product Review: SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: August 31 2010
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: Find out about this business process management (BPM) product's strengths and challenges, and gain analyst insight into whether you should evaluate it for your BPM selection project. Read More

PDM vs. PLM: A Matrix View

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: August 27 2010
Two recent blog posts by Oleg Shilovitsky (PDM vs. PLM: A Data Perspective and PDM vs. PLM: A Process Perspective) got me wondering about what a true product lifecycle management (PLM) system actually is. In his posts, Shilovitsky discussed the differences between product data management (PDM) and PLM from the perspective of data (scope and control of the data) and process (coverage of Read More

Are “Best Practices” Dragging Your Organization Down?

When APICS invited me to be part of next October’s international conference on best practices for global supply chain and operations management, I started exploring ideas revolving around best practices, including this deceptively simple question: What is a best practice, anyway? Many organizations fail to understand the true meaning of “best practice,” erroneously treating this Read More

Big ERP vs. Tier 2 ERP - Is the Gap in Functionality as Big as it Appears?

Recently, we have witnessed Infor’s aggressive advertising campaign against its bigger rivals that are conjointly called “Big ERP,” where it is blaming them for inflexibility, neglecting customers’ interests, and charging enormous amounts of money for their software and service. As an alternative, Infor and its competitors offer a variety of tier 2 systems that can supposedly satisfy rigorous Read More

IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 1

IFS is a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362 million in revenues in 2009. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications, an integrated and component-based extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite built on service oriented architecture (SOA Read More

5 Best Practices for Ensuring a Smooth Software Implementation

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: August 24 2010
You’ve gone through months (possibly years of preparation) and now you’re down to the final stages of your software implementation project. No matter how successfully you have executed the project to date, it can all fall apart if your service provider (software vendor or value added reseller [VAR]) can’t do its job properly! As a stakeholder in charge of your company’s IT purchasing Read More

The Many Angles to Dive into the BPM Water

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: August 24 2010
These days, the concepts of business process management (BPM) have become more unified, and BPM functionality from different vendors seems to be more converged. However, organizations may have their own reasons for adopting BPM—different business features and requirements will lead to different matching points between adopting organizations and BPM solutions. In the mean time, BPM vendors are Read More

Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news announcements, which were entitled “Infor Simplifies Connectivity and Data Sharing with Infor ION(tm)” and “Infor Selects Microsoft as Preferred Technology and Tools Provider for Infor Software," were then demystified in an Read More

Asset Performance Management - A Must Have For Asset-Intensive Companies

During an asset’s life cycle, you can save money acquiring, using, and disposing of it at the right time. When your activities do not require many assets, it is easy to understand what the optimal use of an asset is, but when you use sophisticated tools; heavy machinery; and hundreds of trucks and forklifts things can get a lot more complicated. Depending on how you use it, any tool or Read More
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