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MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges
MAPICS remains at a critical point in time, where immaculate execution without much space for missteps will determine its future. Despite notable functional and

3 sharp  Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges Challenges For the last several months, MAPICS, Inc . (NASDAQ: MAPX), a global provider of extended ERP applications for world-class mid-sized manufacturers, has embarked on a painstaking process of producing a strategy going forward that would pragmatically blend the company's traditional values and success factors with new approaches to stay in tune with market trends. All the products mentioned in Part One will have lost their former trademarks. The Read More...
ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)
The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government...
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Made2Manage Affirms Its Technological Astuteness Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations
Although recent initiatives should, to our mind, contribute to creating increased demand and acceptance of the offering in the intended SME market, nevertheless

3 sharp  Its Technological Astuteness Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations Challenges Although initiatives covered in Part Two of this note should, to our mind, contribute to creating increased demand and acceptance of the offering in the intended SME market, nevertheless, Made2Manage will have to address certain challenges in order to continue to thrive in this cutthroat competitive environment. The competition is flying from all directions: its peers (e.g., Epicor , Lilly Software , Syspro , Read More...
Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Much More Than Meets the Eye - Part 3
Part 1 of this series discussed the current upbeat state of affairs of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, as one of the three best-performing products within the entire

3 sharp  the Eye - Part 3 Part 1 of this series  discussed the current upbeat state of affairs of  Microsoft Dynamics CRM , as one of the three best-performing products within the entire Microsoft Corporation of late. In a nutshell, during 2009, the product grew notably and surpassed one million licensed users. Microsoft’s  customer relationship management (CRM)  offering has become attractive to companies of all sizes, in part due to its multiple deployment options (with bidirectional migration options due Read More...
“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical

3 sharp  Extinct” Retailers - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical vs. horizontal integration . The analysis then moved onto the generally embattled retail sector, where a select group of innovative retailers has found a “happy medium” approach to stay well above the fray. Kurt Salmon Associated (KSA ), the leading global management consulting firm specializing in the retail and Read More...
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 3
Part 1 of this series established that service supply chains have many planning levels and time horizons, which can be roughly divided into the following

3 sharp  Supply Chains - Part 3 Part 1 of this series  established that service  supply chains  have many planning levels and time horizons, which can be roughly divided into the following categories: the immediate period around the day of service, and  forecasting  and  planning for the day of service. My blog post then expanded on the various approaches to the challenges on the actual day of service. Part 2 delved more deeply into the intricate execution issues on the day of service , starting with Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The parent TAKE Solutions is a global

3 sharp  Chain Solutions - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain , a  supply chain management (SCM)  division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The parent TAKE Solutions is a global technology solutions and service provider, which focuses on two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM ( the company is listed on the Indian Stock Exchange ) . My first post described TAKE Supply Chain’s genesis since its inception in 1994 as BPA Solutions , through its ClearOrbit phase from 2001 to Read More...
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3
Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) product. In late 2008, at the

3 sharp  NAV 2009 - Part 3 Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision ) product. In  late 2008, at the European Microsoft Convergence user conference , attendees saw the sixth major release of the product, dubbed Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 . The product’s subsequent launch in the US was in February 2009 (the replay can be seen here ). But rather than merely reciting the enhancements from the official PR and sounding like oth Read More...
Secrets to Business Growth: Tips from 3 Successful Entrepreneurs
Most small business owners grapple with the stressful question of how to maintain and grow their business. To give you a head start answering those questions

3 sharp  Business Growth: Tips from 3 Successful Entrepreneurs Most small business owners grapple with the stressful question of how to maintain and grow their business. To give you a head start answering those questions, the leaders of three rapidly growing businesses agreed to share the secrets to their success. Read on to find out what helped these businesses perform to their maximum potential and sustain impressive growth. Read More...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended only a few

3 sharp  of Age? - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my  attendance of the  APICS 2009 International Conference  in Toronto, Canada in early October.  I attended only a few education sessions, as my conference visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that the main value propositions this year revolved around the various flavors of  demand management , most notably  sales and operations Read More...
These are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 3
Part 1 of this series analyzed two white papers entitled “Customer Relationship Management: The Winning Strategy in a Challenging Economy” and “Maximizing CRM

3 sharp  and Validation - Part 3 Part 1 of this series  analyzed two white papers entitled  “Customer Relationship Management: The Winning Strategy in a Challenging Economy”  and  “Maximizing CRM Effectiveness During Lean Times”  and authored by  Microsoft Dynamics CRM  and  Oracle CRM , respectively. The blog post made the case for forward-looking enterprises to leverage  customer relationship management (CRM)  solutions to help them both weather the ongoing storm and prepare for the Read More...
3 Steps to Making Every Interaction Count
What happens between the time customers begin to research a product and the final purchase? They’re likely to check out your—and your competitors’—websites

3 sharp  Steps to Making Every Interaction Count What happens between the time customers begin to research a product and the final purchase? They’re likely to check out your—and your competitors’—websites, retail stores, contact centers, and blogs. And each point of contact puts your company in a competitive situation. That’s why the most important issue is how your company tracks customer activity in today’s multichannel world. Read More...
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Release Feature Pack 3 Now Available
SAP has recently unveiled new analytics features for some of its business intelligence (BI) portfolios that are aimed at enhancing access to and manipulation of

3 sharp  4.0 Release Feature Pack 3 Now Available SAP has recently unveiled new analytics features for some of its business intelligence (BI) portfolios that are aimed at enhancing access to and manipulation of big data. The feature pack 3.0 for the 4.0 solution release of SAP BusinessObjects includes SAP BusinessObjects BI [ Evaluate ] and SAP BusinessObjects BI Edge edition [ Evaluate ]. The release includes enhancements in what SAP calls its five pillars for business analytics: core BI, creative BI, mobile BI, Read More...
Qwest Cyber.Solutions: “A Number 3 Please, and Make It Grande”
Qwest Cyber.Solutions unveiled a new product portfolio for sector specific ASP solutions. The QCS Enterprise Freedom™ product suite is designed to offer

3 sharp  Cyber.Solutions: “A Number 3 Please, and Make It Grande” Qwest Cyber.Solutions: A Number 3 Please, and Make It Grande A. Turner - June 8 , 2000 Event Summary In May, Qwest Cyber.Solutions LLC, (QCS), an Application Service Provider (ASP) announced its strategy to deliver ASP solutions designed for key market sectors. The company has packaged a suite of ASP products, called Enterprise Freedom, to serve as the foundation for solutions offered to the finance, communications, healthcare, and Read More...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

3 sharp  the Cloud - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series  depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of  software as a service (SaaS ) and the adoption of cloud computing . The post ended with some glimpses into the future and likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges  (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions were Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3
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

3 sharp  SCM Players - Part 3 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 was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But lately, the two Read More...

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