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The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

00 bubble  announced exceptional results for 2001 with dramatic increases in revenue, gross margin, transaction volume, customer acquisition and services. The privately held company closed out the year with record-breaking performance, including an 815% increase in gross margin from 2000 and revenue of $37.6 million. ecFood also acquired a major dairy industry purchasing association, retained two top ten food company accounts, and expanded its list of products and services. Market Impact ecFood ( www.ecFood.com ) Read More

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i2 Bleeds In Shark-Infested Waters
What a difference a year makes. Two months after the Nike debacle, more than a dozen class action lawsuits for securities fraud are now pending in federal and

00 bubble  McVey - May 8, 2001 Event Summary i2 Technologies deflated investor confidence last month when it announced lower than expected first quarter earnings. The once infallible vendor of supply chain management solutions warned the Street that pro forma earnings would miss the projected $0.04 per share by two cents. License revenues of $211.1 million fell from an all-time high of $244 million in the fourth quarter of 2000 while services revenue edged slightly upward to $145.4 million from $134 million in the Read More
Project Portfolio Management for New Product Development: Tracking the Project Cycle from Idea to Launch
Resource allocation and phase-based processes are key features to consider when selecting a project portfolio management solution for new product development

00 bubble  to Robert G. Cooper's 2001 book, Winning at New Products: Accelerating the Process from Idea to Launch , Stage-Gate is one of the more popular NPD methodologies adopted by organizations seeking to closely monitor the progress of their projects. (Source: http://www.prod-dev.com/stage-gate.shtml ) Stage-Gate is a best practices road map that divides NPD projects into distinct stages in order to formalize the careful evaluation of projects by management. As the above diagram shows, each stage is divided by Read More
Future Compatible
Companies contemplating upgrading or replacing their enterprise resource planning systems should evaluate whether the change will be compatible with future ERP

00 bubble  up to the year 2000. This was a period where the combined effect of Y2K compliance initiatives and the technology bubble gave rise to the largest number of IPO's and corporate acquisitions ever. There seemed to be no end in sight to the success of ERP, and vendors' share value continued to increase as CEO's continued to demonstrate increased earnings. However, this was also a period where the new concepts of e-business and e-commerce rose to challenge the vision of ERP and where many organizations, Read More
What CRM Should Have Taught IT (although not getting the message is not entirely IT's fault)
IT hasn't properly supported CRM because it hasn't understood either its importance or its requirements. The advent of CRM exacerbated a serious, pre-existing

00 bubble  Lee - May 1, 2003 Introduction Sort of unsettling statement, What CRM taught IT, no? Almost preposterous to think that CRM, the trouble-making, technology low-life that's made so many messes, could have anything to teach IT. After all, CRM isn't real technology. Or only barely so. Heck, lift the hood on half these systems and you'll see a whole farm-load of hamsters furiously peddling just to keep the belts moving. Hardly more sophisticated than the timing cams we once used for automation. Garbage—or Read More
IBM to Make Cuts in PC Business Real Change, or Just Buying Time?
International Business Machines Corp. plans to cut as much as 10% of the workforce at its personal computer division, or as many as 1,000 jobs, in a cost

00 bubble  or as much as 1,000 jobs, in a cost-cutting effort to turn around the division that lost nearly $1 billion last year. Most of the cuts will be in the marketing groups, as marketing for the different brands will be consolidated into one area. IBM products affected will include Netfinity servers, Aptiva PCs, and ThinkPad notebooks/laptops. IBM's PC business has had difficulties for several years, resulting in the consumer PC division head being replaced last summer. With the consumer PC division now being Read More
Microsoft Exchange 2000 Merits Cautious Optimism
The biggest Exchange 2000 issue is not technology, but detailed and structured planning.

00 bubble  Exchange 2000 Merits Cautious Optimism Product Background Exchange Server 2000 is, at its base level, an e-mail server targeted at the messaging needs of both large and small corporations. The initial release of Exchange was a solid first step into the corporate messaging environment, but fell short in several strategic architectural needs, including its information store, or database. Exchange 4.0 had an unexpected storage limitation of 16GB, which caught many systems integrators and Read More
JDA Portfolio: For The Retail Industry Part Two: JDA Portfolio 2004.1 Components
The unveiled product set, JDA Portfolio 2004.1 should help retailers and their suppliers optimally plan and execute the selection, quantification, assortment

00 bubble  Part Two: JDA Portfolio 2004.1 Components JDA Portfolio 2004.1 Components JDA Software Group Inc. (NASDAQ: JDAS), a prominent global provider of integrated software and professional services for the retail demand chain and over 4,600 customers, plans to build upon the collective JDA Portfolio to enable its customers to achieve a new level of operational excellence. The vendor plans to establish this capability as a defining and differentiating characteristic of its next generation PortfolioEnabled Read More
Analyzing MAPICS’ Further Steps After Frontstep
The former staunch IBM AS/400-based ERP supplier to mid-market manufacturing companies, MAPICS, has become quite a larger vendor and with a wider choice of

00 bubble  IBM iSeries (formerly IBM AS/400 )-based ERP supplier to mid-market manufacturing companies, MAPICS, has since indeed become quite a larger vendor and with a wider choice of products, having recently acquired a Microsoft .NET -based competitor. However, as the customers from both camps have been uncertain of their provider's strategy, given that bigger size brings about the need to rationalize multiple products in the same marketplace, after a few months period of buried heads and brainstorming sessions, Read More
Best Software Delivers More Insights To Its Partners (As Well As To The Market)
Several months after having unveiled its 'customer and/or partner for life' strategy blueprint at the end of 2002, Best Software recently organized its first

00 bubble  its first annual Insights 2003 conference for 2,000 business partners in Orlando, FL. The conference's aim was to mark the company's strong progress in executing against its core strategic objectives of growth and profitability, customers for life and competitive strength, which were espoused last Fall (see Best Software To Hold Competition At Bay ). To refresh our memory, Best Software then announced its strategy to enhance customer interaction and partner programs across its diverse, ever-expanding Read More
Microsoft Releases Preview of Exchange Server 2000
Microsoft Corp announced the availabilty of Exchange 2000 Server Beta 3, the messaging server previously code-named Platinum. The product will be distributed

00 bubble  Preview of Exchange Server 2000 Event Summary Atlanta Oct. 4, 1999 Today at the fourth annual Microsoft Exchange Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server beta 3, the message and collaboration server previously code-named Platinum. Beta 3, a prerelease version of the product designed for testing and evaluation by customers and partners, will be distributed to conference attendees and will be publicly available from the Microsoft Web site in English, German, Read More
Mail.com's Explosive E-Mail Growth
By the beginning of December 1999 Mail.com had over 10,000,000 established email boxes.

00 bubble  NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 7, 2000--Mail.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAIL), a leading global provider of Internet messaging services to the consumer and business markets, today announced the Company's opt-in e-mail service, Special Delivery, has grown approximately 73 percent in the fourth quarter over the third quarter of 1999, reaching the 6 million mark for weekly opt-in e-mail marketing opportunities. Market Impact By the beginning of December 1999 Mail.com had over 10,000,000 established email boxes. Read More
Compaq's 8-CPU Intel Servers: the New
Compaq started shipping its eight-CPU Intel servers, the ProLiant 8000 and 8500, in late August. These are the first true eight-way Intel servers to ship.

00 bubble  Intel servers, the ProLiant 8000 and 8500. The ProLiant 8X00 series is part of the next generation of Intel servers (along with offerings from Dell, HP, IBM, and others) which utilize the Profusion chipset. (This chipset allows servers to break through the previous limitation of four CPUs for the Intel architecture.) Although both products are geared toward the enterprise computing segment, they address different areas within that segment the PL8000 can function either as a standalone or in a rack, the Read More
ERP Shootout Sept 2009: Vendor Line-up Complete
Erp shootout. september 24 to 25, 2009 baltimore, maryland the ERP vendor shootout, hosted by the var community and moderated by technology evaluat...

00 bubble  Shootout Sept 2009: Vendor Line-up Complete VENDOR LINEUP FINALIZED! ERP SHOOTOUT SEPTEMBER 24 to 25, 2009 Baltimore, Maryland (US) The ERP Vendor Shootout ™, hosted by the VAR Community and moderated by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you and your team to see the best in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions all in one place, all at the same time! The presenting vendor lineup has now been finalized: Oracle JD Edwards, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Read More
Microsoft Introduces New Consumer Electronics-Plus Era
Don't expect to see this all happen in the year 2000, much software development must occur and standards must be decided upon prior to generic consumer

00 bubble  keynote address at CES 2000 International, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) Chairman and CEO Bill Gates demonstrated a new era in consumer electronics that will give consumers personalized, convenient access to their favorite music, news, entertainment, family photos, personal calendars and e-mail through an array of consumer electronics including televisions, telephones, home and car stereos, and Pocket PCs, from almost any location. (Source: Microsoft Corp). Market Impact Microsoft is reintroducing Read More

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