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Microsoft Business Network (MBN)--Coming of Age? Part One: Event Summary
While the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) product is worth considering for a number of compelling reasons, it will take some immense doing before it becomes a
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GXS Acquires HAHT Commerce or More Synchronized Retail B2B Data Part Four: Challenges and User Recommendations.
With the acquisition of HAHT, GXS is making a play to build out its complementary software offerings_-in particular, its product information management (PIM
release new software (in 2003) aimed at helping companies organize data (i.e., catalog, translate, and synchronize) about their products. This brings us to the question about the advantages and sustainability of partner relationship management (PRM) applications. Designed to help manufacturers reach end users served by an intermediary, PRM software lets OEMs grasp feedback from end customers, while also supporting commerce and interactions with distributors. The natural question then is why only a few
Microsoft Business Network (MBN)--Coming of Age? Part Three: Challenges and Competition
While on the surface, there are few economic or strategic reasons for organizations to persist with electronic data interchange (EDI), many seem reluctant to
products like Microsoft Office 2003 within the MBS' large install base that is nearing the 300,000 mark. Hence, one should not be surprised by MBS' recent more upbeat results which were generated, in a great part, from up-selling so-called surrounding applications like Microsoft Business Network ( MBN ), Microsoft Demand Planner , or Microsoft Business Portal to its existing ERP users (see Microsoft Keeps on Rounding Up Its Business Solutions ). Namely, late in 2003, to enhance its current line of ERP
EDI versus. XML--Working in Tandem Rather Than Competing?
Electronic data interchange (EDI), extensible markup language (XML) , and any other format are merely
almost 20 percent in 2003. To be fair, though coming from a miniscule install base, XML transactions volume almost doubled during the same period and it still constitutes a single digit percentage of overall B2B transaction flows. The natural question is how come EDI has sustained its popularity and what factors are inhibiting the take-up of XML in earnest. Well, it appears that there is no immediate incentive for enterprises to move away from EDI. The key reason for this is that the number of
GXS Acquires HAHT Commerce for More Synchronized Retail B2B Data Part Three: Market Impact
There is renewed interest to provide GXS' trading services from other surviving Internet exchange providers to leverage GXS' huge expertise and investment in a
as mentioned earlier, in 2003 GXS began offering services for order life cycle visibility and data analysis tools, but that work is apparently still in progress. Since the spin-off, there has also been a renewed interest from other surviving Internet exchange providers to provide GXS' trading services by leveraging its huge expertise and investment in a global infrastructure. In particular, GXS could cater for integration between the exchange and the enterprise systems of members, including diverse
A Made2Manage Systems Customer Profile: The Story of Jasper Seating Company, Inc.
Jasper Seating, an Indiana (US)-based manufacturer of wood furniture products, faced intense pressure from Asian imports, rising raw material prices, and a
Enterprise Business System in 2003. These results included expansion into new markets, and a 25 percent increase in revenue over a two-year period.
Scala and Microsoft Become (Not So) Strange CRM Bedfellows
The Scala and Microsoft alliance in the CRM arena has merits of mutual benefits, particularly in the short to medium term, but due to vacillating motives of the
in any Microsoft Office 2003 applicationsuch as Word , Outlook , Access , or Excel and interact with information from their iScala application without having to login to the iScala system. The iScala/Office integration thus enables Scala customers to easily complete routine tasks more quickly. The integrated solution was publicly demonstrated for the first time by Scala and DSP at Microsoft Tech-Ed Europe 2003 , the premier technical training event for Microsoft-based products and technologies, in
TEC Helps Companies Compare, Select, and Evaluate PPM or Project Portfolio Management Software
Enterprise software analyst firm Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) recently launched its Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Evaluation Center, to help project
year over year.” (Gartner, 2003) In response, software evaluation firm, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) ( http://www.TechnologyEvaluation.Com/press ) created its Project Portfolio Management (PPM) evaluation center ( http://ppm.technologyevaluation.com/press ) to help companies with the challenging process of selecting a PPM software solution. Defined as a process that allows companies to align projects with available resources and corporate strategies, while providing for best value and reduced
Geac Hopes To See System21 Shine Again Like 'Aurora'
By stabilizing its financial situation and by focusing on customer service beyond reproach and on its major product’s collaborative enhancements, in part
million for fiscal year 2003 and approximately Can$86 million for fiscal year 2004 and annually thereafter. The company does not anticipate the need for future restructuring charges at this time. Although the restructuring, head count reductions, and office closings should improve earnings in fiscal 2003, the management is only forecasting Can$600 million in revenue for next year. The predictions appeared to be close to the mark based on its September 4 announcement of Q1 2003 financial results. Revenue
AFS Technologies, Inc.
AFS Technologies is a provider of end-to-end, real-time business software solutions engineered specifically for the food and beverage industry. The company has
and product improvement since 2003, resulting in a product suite using a service-oriented architecture (SOA) based on Web Services, and built on the Microsoft .NET framework 2.0. AFS also provides the PROFILE ShowCase, a source for food-service product information on the Web.
Case Study: All-in-one CRM System Supports Rapid Growth
In 2003, marketing strategies firm Piranha Marketing was rapidly growing to meet the needs of its expanding customer base. The company wanted to find a way to
Supports Rapid Growth In 2003, marketing strategies firm Piranha Marketing was rapidly growing to meet the needs of its expanding customer base. The company wanted to find a way to manage its disparate customer relationship management (CRM) software packages while continuing to increase its customer base for all services. Find out how it ended up increasing its conversion rate by 15 percent—and shortening its sales cycle by 50 percent.
RFID Case Study: Gillette and Provia Part One: Background
The goal of the pilot project was not to see whether RFID tags on pallets and cases could be read automatically (although one should not assume that it is easy
owing to its May 2003 initiated membership with EPCglobal (formerly the Auto-ID Center ), a not-for-profit research organization headquartered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT ) that is designing the critical elements and creating global standards for the next generation bar code—called the EPC Network —in partnerships with MIT and several leading retailers. Established in 1999 by The Gillette Company, Procter & Gamble , the Uniform Code Council ( UCC ), and other interested sponsors
Inovis Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS Part Three: QRS Background
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million (USD) revenues in 2003. Its historical focus has been on providing products and services to the GMA segment of the retail industry, which remains QRS' largest and most important segment within this industry. However, the vendor has lately broadened its customer base across other segments of the retail industry, since, through QRS Retail Intelligence Services, it has penetrated the grocery and mass merchant segments. It also sells its Trading Community Management services in the grocery and mass
Service911.com has inked a deal with BUY.COM to provide customer service through the Internet.
reach 2 billion by 2003. In October 1999, Dataquest predicted the entire ASP market would reach 22.7 billion by 2003. While groups attempt to define the size and evolution of the market, one message is clear; the Application Service Provider market is growing. As a result we expect to see increased alliances and partnerships as companies discover cost effective means to support their businesses. User Recommendations ASP's: The Service911.com announcement represents another positive endorsement for the
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