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Case Study: Leveraging Response Management in a Super-charged Environment
Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, had a rapidly expanding customer base and shortened product life cycles. This led the company to add more contract

20 questions handheld  Pareto rule still applies: 20 percent of our customers drive 80 percent of our business, he says. Keeping up with such growth has been dificult. We've had to deal with a burgeoning workforce and a shifting organization structure that's expanded by over 30 percent in each of the last two years, Toniutti says. Our supply chain has increased from a single fully integrated manufacturing site to six sites utilizing two contract manufacturers in six different countries. Aggressive ramp rates, often Read More...
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A Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends
A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the

20 questions handheld  deployments feature on average 20 or so users, the question is whether there is a limit to how many users the system can support, or whether there is no limit per se (based on performance, etc.). In fact, xTuple wants to stay away from competing with the bigger guys. To that end, the vendor has not defined an upper limit yet, as the application scales with PostgreSQL (which has systems with thousands of concurrent users and terabytes of data). However, xTuple is starting to talk with a few bigger Read More...
The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management
Superior order management can provide you with a competitive edge across the board. To move closer to order perfection and a truly loyal customer base, you must

20 questions handheld  by the end of 2004. As it relates to customer value, having an isolated or partial view of the customer is insufficient since every process and interaction touching the customer must be incorporated. It is not just the sales view. Having a complete enterprise analysis of the customer will enable you to determine whether a customer is negatively impacting your business with activities such as predominantly low-margin purchases, high product returns, large order backlogs, excessive disputed invoices, and Read More...
Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After Part Three: Market Impact
In several aspects, Lawson Software could be regarded as an enterprise applications market anomaly. For one, at its peak in fiscal 2002, the company boasted

20 questions handheld  then leapt into the 20 percent to 40 percent range as it first honed its focus on the health care and retail markets, and later, on providing a core set of financial and human resources (HR) management applications to professional services companies, which started in earnest in 2001. At the same time, the company was able to post a long unbroken run of annual net profits. Lawson has also made forays into the public sector (e.g., state and local governments, K-12 education institutions, public Read More...
Demand Planning: Optimizing Operations across the Supply Chain
Demand planning applications can help manufacturers establish baseline sales forecasts and perform analysis to improve resource usage. They can also help

20 questions handheld  as 10%, and often 20% or more. In some cases, companies have not only accepted the fact that forecasts are soft, they've begun using software tools to enable them to track the level of variance over time, adjusting their materials procurement, operations, and distribution plans accordingly. We track our forecast accuracy, so that we can see a forecast wandering out of the norm, says the director of production planning and forecasting at a large packaged foods manufacturer. We want to know exactly Read More...
SupplyChain.Oracle.com And The 20-Day Implementation
In their zeal to convince buyers that their products are easy to implement, vendors are making extraordinary claims. But as the old saw goes, if something

20 questions handheld  running in a mere 20 days. While web-deployed applications do eliminate new hardware installations, many other tasks remain such as updating business processes, developing data interfaces and schedules, and training key personnel. It is doubtful that Oracle really expects installs to happen in 20 days start to finish, but its failure to delineate where timelines for other project components end and that for its SupplyChain.Oracle.com begins is misleading. User Recommendations Users should beware of Read More...
Evaluating Alternatives: Key Questions To Ask When Considering An Alternative ERP/MRP System
Replacing an aging enterprise resource planning/manufacturing resource planning (ERP/MRP) system to stay competitive brings with it a host of questions.

20 questions handheld  Alternatives: Key Questions To Ask When Considering An Alternative ERP/MRP System Situation Replacing an aging enterprise resource planning/manufacturing resource planning (ERP/MRP) system to stay competitive brings with it a host of questions. Will the system have the necessary visibility into manufacturing processes, particularly costs? Will it give customers and partners direct data exchange through the supply chain? Many companies facing this decision are still running old-style Read More...
10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Midmarket ERP Solution
The seas of enterprise resource planning (ERP) are vast, and navigating the rocky waters of the current market is no simple task. Midmarket ERP offerings may be

20 questions handheld  Questions to Ask When Choosing a Midmarket ERP Solution The seas of enterprise resource planning (ERP) are vast, and navigating the rocky waters of the current market is no simple task. Midmarket ERP offerings may be scaled down to meet the requirements particular to midmarket companies, but that doesn’t change the inherently complex nature of enterprise-wide technology. To ensure you choose wisely, ask at least these 10 questions when researching vendors and their products. Read More...
Handspring’s Visor Passes Pocket PC
After less than a quarter in retail outlets, Handspring’s Palm-OS based Visor has sprung past Windows-based handhelds in market share.

20 questions handheld  Krause - July 18, 2000 Event Summary [June 22, 2000] - A new report from NPD Intelect reveals that Visor, a handheld from upstart startup Handspring, has now captured 25% of all retail sales in May (up from 18% in April) of personal digital assistants (PDAs). The Visor has also maintained its hold on the #2 position (behind Palm, Inc.), surpassing such established vendors as Casio and Compaq, both sellers of Windows-based devices. Handspring was formed two years ago by CEO Donna Dubinsky, Chief Product Read More...
Open Platform Provider Answers Questions about the State of the Market
Rather than offering the customary opinions and analysis of major market trends beforehand and then giving the involved vendors a chance for a factual review

20 questions handheld  Platform Provider Answers Questions about the State of the Market The first part of this two-part series revealed Progress Software’s background as well as its product line-up. Progress’s mission and goals—to provide its clients with “software products and services... that dramatically improve development, deployment, integration, and management of quality applications worldwide”—clearly includes the practice of partnering, to the benefit of both sides. Here, Technology Evaluation Centers Read More...
The 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP: Observations - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the 11th Vendor ShootoutTM for ERP event, which took place in Boston in mid-August 2011. I was able to

20 questions handheld  in Boston in mid-August 2011. I was able to experience this co-opetitive gathering of eight solution providers and several dozen end users seeking new solutions first-hand as a neutral (and yet very active) observer (for the inner workings of the event, see my article Demystifying Vendor Shootout for ERP events ). My blog post then mentioned the following four  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  solutions (based on my partial attendance of their scripted demos): Infor ERP SyteLine, Microsoft Read More...
9 Important Business Phone System Buyer Questions
Learn about the most important factors that go into buying the right phone system, such as scalability, compatibilities, how to negotiate pricing, and more

20 questions handheld  Important Business Phone System Buyer Questions Learn about the most important factors that go into buying the right phone system, such as scalability, compatibilities, how to negotiate pricing, and more. This white paper and demo are designed to help you be an informed buyer. Whether yours is a small, medium, or large-sized business, you’ll want to know the nine key questions to ask sales reps to get the best deal on the right phone system for your needs. Read More...
Top 8 Questions to Ask Your Phone System Vendor
To help you out, here are the eight crucial questions to ask when evaluating and negotiating a phone system deal.

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Will MS try the
In what may be another attempt to gain some kind of foothold in the handheld and embedded-OS market, rumors are floating that Microsoft will open the source

20 questions handheld  Work Event Summary Updated 5:20 AM ET March 17, 2000 By John Spooner and Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet News Feeling pressure from Linux in the embedded-device market, Microsoft Corp. is contemplating giving away Windows CE to some developers for free. The company is unlikely to go so far as to try to claim its effort to be Linux-like open source, but it nonetheless seems to be counting on riding the open source movement's coattails. Microsoft Corp. could make public its plans to open the Windows CE source base as Read More...

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