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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
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

1 2 percent  - Part 2 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 the supply chain execution (SCE) space and the envy of competitors. But lately, the two competitors that Read More...
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A multinational consulting company specializing in industrial automation turned to TEC for help selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to replace its legacy system—a patc...
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BigIdeas 2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas, BigMachines’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago. I

1 2 percent  - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas , BigMachines ’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago . I wasn’t the only one that attended BigIdeas 2011 for the first time, as in May 2011 the company’s financial backers brought in David Bonnette, a seasoned Oracle executive in the customer relationship management (CRM) realm, as the new president. Mr. Bonnette has since gradually replaced the company’s founder and former CEO Godard Read More...
“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

1 2 percent  (as mentioned in Part 1 ). The downside of owning such assets is getting locked into high costs and capital investments, with potentially inflexible capacity. Even many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly shedding their plants. Acting vertical, on the other hand, does not require retailers to own inflexible and costly manufacturing and other supply chain assets —yet it enables them to operate as though they do. This advantage comes in part from striking strong and mutually beneficial Read More...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts-and-parcels, and the software category’s

1 2 percent  - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion  about business process management’s (BPM 's) necessary parts-and-parcels, and the software category’s value proposition.  At the end of that post, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via a bit of humor and the metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23, 2009, Alan Trefler, Pegasystems’ founder and chief executive officer (CEO), gave his Read More...
Agresso Bucks the Slump (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series revisited Agresso’s post-implementation agility capabilities as a major tenet for the vendor’s continued growth in a hostile and

1 2 percent  - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series revisited Agresso ’s post-implementation agility capabilities as a major tenet for the vendor’s continued growth in a hostile and depressed environment. The continued organic growth has been complemented by in-house developments, acquisitions, and/or partnerships. More important, however, is the issue of whether Agresso has become a legitimate force to replace larger (and better known) competitors’ installations. Namely, Agresso has for many years been trying to Read More...
Auto Parts Distributor Saves 50 percent on ERP Selection with TEC
Arias Motors, the Dominican Republic’s leading auto parts distributor, had clear objectives about its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) selection: a timely

1 2 percent  Decision Montreal, QC, August 19, 2010 – Arias Motors, the Dominican Republic’s leading auto parts distributor, had clear objectives about its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) selection: a timely implementation, an affordable total cost of ownership (TCO), and a structured evaluation process to guarantee a best-fit selection. Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), the impartial advocate for the enterprise software purchaser, helped Arias Motors select a system integrating all functional areas, Read More...
PeopleSoft Building Muscles To Overcome The Rough Patch Part 1
The year 2001, which was an exceptional year of financial performance for PeopleSoft, including record total revenue, record profit, and more than $500 million

1 2 percent  The Rough Patch Part 1 PeopleSoft Building Muscles To Overcome The Rough Patch P.J. Jakovljevic - June 19. 2002 Event Summary At the beginning of 2001, PeopleSoft Inc . (NASDAQ: PSFT), one of the largest enterprise applications providers, ebulliently indicated its continued interest in rounding out its product portfolio through favorably priced acquisitions. Instead, the company recently unveiled a number of new products developed either internally or via alliances. It is likely its recently tamed new Read More...
APICS 2009 Convention: Day 1
Arrived in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) to attend the APICS international convention and expo—hats off to the Canadian weather (cold!!!!!!!). This first day is

1 2 percent  2009 Convention: Day 1 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 meet the board of directors, as well as a variety of members, instructors, partners, and Read More...
Case Study: Electronics Manufacturer Doubles Production and Market Share, Drives 20 Percent Efficiency Improvement
ARCA is one of the largest manufacturers and systems integrators of cash-handling devices in the world. ARCA’s management team searched for a new ERP solution

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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

1 2 percent  8 Mbps actually represents 1 MB per second. mCRM - Mobile Customer Relationship Management . A new term that covers the area of field force automation and remote access to corporate information in real time. Such access is becoming more and more critical as economies move towards the service sector, and there are more people in the field working at client company sites who need access to corporate data. Metadata - Metadata is data about data. It's often used when talking about XML (eXtensible Markup Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a

1 2 percent  - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain , a  supply chain management (SCM)  division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a global technology solutions and service provider, with significant focus across two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM, with an almost even breakdown of revenues between these divisions ( the company is listed on the Indian Stock Exchange ) . My blog post first described TAKE Supply Chain’s genesis since its Read More...
Partner-Friendly Oracle Update - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering. The analysis then moved into Oracle

1 2 percent  - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle ’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering . The analysis then moved into Oracle's VAD Remarketer Program , which was launched about two years ago to allow partners to determine the best growth path for their business. A Remarketer is a new class of Oracle reseller with the ability to resell only the products that fall under Oracle’s 1-Click Ordering Programs and strictly under standard terms and conditions. Read More...
ERP and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3
Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning

1 2 percent  and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3 Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning to enterprise resource planning (ERP) or business intelligence (BI) solutions to provide control and visibility. Each provides value, but the marriage of the two becomes the perfect storm, igniting improved performance and visibility. This report discusses their synergistic relationship. Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1
Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a supply chain management (SCM) software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was

1 2 percent  Chain Solutions - Part 1 Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a  supply chain management (SCM)  software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was recently renamed TAKE Supply Chain . I admit to initially being in a quandary how to figure out the company’s exact value proposition and differentiation, given that its corporate Web site and press release (PR) messages as well as webinar topics seemed to be all over the SCM map: from labeling, printing, and package Read More...
Is There Much More (Pro)Clarity In Microsoft’s BI Strategy Now? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series presented Microsoft’s official position on its recent notable change in business intelligence (BI) product strategy, whereby the

1 2 percent  - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series presented Microsoft ’s official position on its recent notable change in business intelligence (BI ) product strategy, whereby the company is breaking apart the business performance management (BPM ) family of products. To that end, Microsoft will include the monitoring and analytic functionality within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 , while seriously backpedaling on (if not completely unplugging) the development of its nascent financial planning & Read More...

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