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SAP PLM: Outlook and Predictions
This year, product lifecycle management (PLM) vendors have put many interesting initiatives on display to PLM buyers. These initiatives include the possibility

2008 predictions  involved in sustainability—first in 2008 [ read the blog post ], and second in 2009 [ read the blog post ]. SAP came to the top both times. Of course what I used was not a scientific research approach, but I do think it more or less reflects some state of the market of sustainability. SAP’s strengths in sustainability will become a significant differentiator for SAP PLM. For example, by connecting to SAP Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS), SAP PLM’s capability in design for compliance can be Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Wrapping Up FOSS Predictions for 2010 with a Look Back
I love end of year predictions. Whether they're right or wrong is one thing, but it's valuable to imagine various scenarios of what might happen. Taking the

2008 predictions  enterprise FOSS platforms between 2008 and 2009. I want to see how those jibe with predictions from some other analysts. And maybe, if you squint real hard at the changes between the '08 and '09 stats, you’ll get some ideas about what will happen in 2010. A little googling turns up evidence and arguments demonstrating that much of the fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) about FOSS adoption have been put to rest. Remaining squabbles about the concept of obtaining and using FOSS in the enterprise appear Read More...
TOA Technologies Raises Significant New Funds to Expand FSM Space
TOA Technologies has recently raised $66 million [USD] from Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) to continue to expand and execute on its vision for better field

2008 predictions  increased 444 percent from 2008 to 2012 (see the  blog post on its recent Telefonica  mega win ). Other recent accomplishments include the following: New strategic partnerships with companies including salesforce.com, Oracle , and Accenture A successful product launch of ETAdirect Professional to meet the needs of a growing mid-market opportunity Doubling the number of new customers from 2011 to 2012 What TOA Plans to Do Now? This funding will allow TOA to continue its expansion in new geographies, Read More...
6 Specialists, 6 Industry Domains: Trends for 2008 and 2009
In a survey on upcoming trends in employee management, the Learning Review asked six experts in six major industry domains one simple question: what do you

2008 predictions  Industry Domains: Trends for 2008 and 2009 The Learning Review asked specialists from six major industry domains to share their thoughts on how they see various areas of employee management changing in the near future. The question, sent by e-mail, was simple: what do you think the main trends in [domain] will be for 2008 and 2009? Following are each of their answers. Human Resources (HR) Strategies by David Ulrich, consultant and educator in human resources management In the next one to two years, HR Read More...
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

2008 predictions  hiccups in 2007 and 2008 that involved layoffs and litigation by Ariba for patent infringement , some market observers were perhaps ready to relegate the vendor to the pack in the long term. On the contrary,  2009 was a great turnaround year for Emptoris in terms of outgrowing the market predictions in a bad economy . As soon as Emptoris noticed a downturn in 2007/2008, the company started surveying its customers to see what capabilities they would need in such tight times. Simplification, doing more Read More...
Aras Open Source PLM--Will its Business Scale?
The ZDNet article on PLM/BPM vendor, Aras, covers reasons this former proprietary vendor decided to open source its Innovator products. Two points that stuck

2008 predictions  Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Second, the change allowed Aras to pick up new customers, which it might not have been able to previously obtain. These customers were leary of some of the upfront capital costs but Aras's new subsciption model has apparently been more palatable to them. Furthermore, the article states that Aras has been picking up steam in the midmarket. Consider this in light of a recent InfoWorld post suggesting that open source business models Read More...
The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 4: Market Predictions
ERP will be redefined as a platform for enabling e-business globally. Originally focused on automating internal processes of an enterprise, ERP systems will

2008 predictions  ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 4: Market Predictions The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond Part 4: Market Predictions P.J. Jakovljevic - October 11, 2001 Executive Summary  Enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrated software solutions have become synonymous with competitiveness, particularly throughout the 1990's. ERP systems replace islands of information with a single, packaged software solution that integrates all traditional enterprise management functions (transactions) like financials, human Read More...
Case Study: Process Manufacturing
With 2008 sales of over $10 billion, a global process manufacturer realized that strategic focus on pricing was critical to enhancing its competitiveness and

2008 predictions  Study: Process Manufacturing With 2008 sales of over $10 billion, a global process manufacturer realized that strategic focus on pricing was critical to enhancing its competitiveness and overall profitability. A key element of the company’s pricing and profitability initiative was to invest in an enterprise-wide pricing solution, to take advantage of ongoing pricing opportunities. Find out about the price management solution the company chose. Read More...
Global Trade Management Software Vendors Under-Perform, But Were Predictions Overly Optimistic?
After 9/11, the analyst community optimistically predicted a sharp rise in the demand for global trade management (GTM) software. While initially vendor shares

2008 predictions  Trade Management Software Vendors Under-Perform, But Were Predictions Overly Optimistic? Background The Internet has enabled a networked world. Communication infrastructures and emerging applications, coupled with global sourcing alternatives have dramatically opened the door for international trade. Unfortunately, as a direct result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York (US), scrutiny and security, not e-commerce, have become the main themes for global trade today. By Read More...
Application Software Outsourcing: Buyers Are Seeking More Expertise from Providers
In a previous blog post, based on TEC’s outsourcing selection criteria, I summarized 6 types of experiences that a buyer should consider when choosing the best

2008 predictions  years 2006, 2007, and 2008, respectively. The Rankings The following figures show outsourcing buyers’ requirements in the four expertise areas. In each chart, expertise options are displayed in a descending manner from left to right according to the frequency that they are selected by buyers in year 2008. Figure 1. System development process expertise. Figure 2. Application development expertise. Figure 3. Top 10 domain expertise. Figure 4. Top 10 technology expertise. The Overall Trend Since the four Read More...
6 IT Resolutions You Can’t Afford NOT to Make for 2009
Yes, we know everyone had a great New Years party. We saw the ball drop from Big Apple, watched celebrations all over the globe, and optimistically made the

2008 predictions  remembered the highlights of 2008 and wondered what 2009 will bring for our economy, especially for IT. The year 2008 was the year to remember with many things that will mold the economic forecast for 2009: the US presidential election and hope for better change the financial, housing, and automotive industries’ crises which resulted in historic unemployment in US the fluctuation in crude oil prices the global economical crisis As we know, with any challenges or threats there come opportunities, so we Read More...
Experiencing a Different Corporate Culture at QAD Explore 2008
No, my intent here is not necessarily to provide a typical analyst alert after attending a vendor's annual user conference, in this case the QAD Explore 2008 in

2008 predictions  Culture at QAD Explore 2008 No, my intent here is not necessarily to provide a typical analyst alert after attending a vendor's annual user conference, in this case the  QAD Explore 2008 in Orlando, Florida (US) last month. This is not to imply that there was nothing there to write home about either. Quite the contrary, the multiple-day event was, well, eventful for market observers and hundreds of QAD 's global customers from both an official (announcements, product demos, etc.) and a fun (food, Read More...
On-premise to On-demand: The Software as a Service Opportunity for Independent Software Vendors
Predictions of the death of software are overstated. In reality, businesses are becoming more reliant on technology, not less. What’s changing, however, is the

2008 predictions  premise to On-demand: The Software as a Service Opportunity for Independent Software Vendors Predictions of the death of software are overstated. In reality, businesses are becoming more reliant on technology, not less. What’s changing, however, is the number of options available for managing, delivering, and paying for software applications. Many independent software vendors recognize the benefits of offering software as a service--a delivery alternative that can present long-term benefits for all Read More...
SAP Backpedals Its SaaS Forays -- By Design or Under Duress?
Let me start this blog post with a huge disclaimer: I have no intentions of wilfully beating up on SAP whatsoever!Sure, the enterprise applications titan

2008 predictions  extracted from the Q1 2008 earnings press release, can be seen below and you can draw your own conclusions: SAP’s small and midsize enterprise (SME) business continued to perform well in the first quarter of 2008 as the Company added more than 1,570 new SME customers (excluding customers from Business Objects) in the quarter, representing a 28% increase compared to the first quarter of 2007. A principal component of the SME strategy is SAP’s breakthrough innovative new solution, SAP Business Read More...
The New and the Noteworthy: 2008 Vendor Wrap-up
2008 seemed to be the year for mergers and acquisitions (M@As) in the world of enterprise software—with companies like Oracle picking up Primavera Software’s

2008 predictions  New and the Noteworthy: 2008 Vendor Wrap-up 2008 seemed to be the year for mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the world of enterprise software—with companies like Oracle picking up Primavera Software’s project and portfolio management (PPM) offering, and Symantec grabbing up MessageLab’s messaging and web security offering. But it was also a year for some software firms to see their latest solutions shine. With 2008 nearing its end, Technology Evaluation Center’s (TEC’s) research analyst team Read More...

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