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Annoyed by ERP? You’re Not Alone.
Buzzwords are annoying. High-pressure sales pitches are annoying. Your competitors are sort of annoying.And ERP? Really annoying.That’s the perspective

37signals blog  manager and Highrise by 37Signals. TEC: What has been your biggest business challenge to date? Tyler : Our business model is kind of a paradox. We want our sales to happen online (we're certainly not cut out to be salesmen), but our target audience doesn't even know what a CRM is so why would they come to our site in the first place? The key will be inbound marketing (blogs, social media, SEO, etc), but most of our target customers don't spend much time reading blogs or browsing social networking sites, Read More...
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RedPrairie and JDA Software Merger, Part One: What’s (Not) to Like?
My blog series in 2009 entitled “A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players” talked at great length about RedPrairie Corporation, JDA Software, and Manhattan

37signals blog  and JDA Software Merger, Part One: What’s (Not) to Like? My blog series in 2009 entitled “ A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players ” talked at great length about RedPrairie Corporation, JDA Software , and Manhattan Associates , including their corporate history and acquisitions. The general feeling at the time was that hardly any of these three great supply chain management (SCM) software companies would remain independent in the long term. It took a few years for two of these companies to decide Read More...
Hi from Kurt: TEC's New PLM Analyst
Hi, my name is Kurt, and I am a new member of the Research Analyst Group at TEC. Before contributing anything else to this blog site, I’d like to briefly

37signals blog  Hi from Kurt: TEC's New PLM Analyst Hi, my name is Kurt, and I am a new member of the Research Analyst Group at TEC . Before contributing anything else to this blog site, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. I’m from China, where I earned my degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 10 years mainly helping manufacturers plan and implement information systems. During the last 5 years in China, I invested all my energy into building up a product lifecycle management (PLM) developer. This Read More...
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I)
A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors' self-serving marketing

37signals blog  PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I) A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors' self-serving marketing fluff and buzzword verbiage ), and about their (un)intended audiences . These posts have even caused some heated debates with other blogging sites and experts on white papers , and I am going to stay away from all that here. My intention here is rather to acknowledge that, as part of my daily Read More...
Today's IT Spending and Enterprise FOSS
Making the blog rounds today: points about enterprise software purchasing in response to poor economic conditions. I'm thinking about the relationship to free

37signals blog  s IT Spending and Enterprise FOSS Making the blog rounds today: points about enterprise software purchasing in response to poor economic conditions. I'm thinking about the relationship to free and open source (FOSS) enterprise systems as well as the pricing and priorities companies are facing in terms of their means for purchasing and implementing things like ERP systems. Curt Monash's NetworkWorld.com article predicted a rocky September for IT vendors. He didn't pursue a level of granularity that Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part II
Part I of this blog series tried to analyze not only the opportunity but also the many related strings attached stemming from the American Recovery and

37signals blog  Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part II Part I of this blog series  tried to analyze not only the opportunity but also the many related strings attached stemming from  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) , a.k.a. the Economic Stimulus Plan. The inspiration came from my attendance of  the Deltek Insight 2009 user conference last May , where Deltek decided to fill a market need by convening a  separate “track” that was entitled “Stimulus & Beyond Read More...
LTCH Picks Spinnaker for SAP Third-party Support
My recent blog post said that third-party software service and maintenance providers continue to peel off lucrative maintenance contracts from large vendors one

37signals blog  Picks Spinnaker for SAP Third-party Support My  recent blog post  said that third-party software service and maintenance providers continue to peel off lucrative maintenance contracts from large vendors one customer at a time. As the latest example, Spinnaker Support , a provider of SAP and Oracle JD Edwards and Siebel third-party maintenance, application/technical management, and consulting services, recently announced that  Swiss manufacturer LTCH has chosen Spinnaker Support  as its SAP Read More...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV)
Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [evaluate this product] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [evaluate this product

37signals blog  s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV) Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [ evaluate this product ] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [ evaluate this product ] suites. It also tackled the related potential opportunities for Deltek. For one, key up- and cross-sell opportunities should come from: Additional modules, especially from the newly minted Deltek EPM [ evaluate this product ] suite: The majority of new Deltek customers initially purchase a single Read More...
Nimble Releases New Social CRM Platform
Yesterday Nimble released the public beta of its social CRM platform at the Demo Spring 2011 event. In a future blog post, I will share my thoughts on the

37signals blog  Releases New Social CRM Platform Yesterday Nimble released the public beta of its social CRM platform at the Demo Spring 2011 event. In a future blog post, I will share my thoughts on the platform after trying the beta release, which is by the way open for invites. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Ferrara (Nimble’s founder and CEO) a while ago, and I wanted you to get some idea of who he is and some of his thoughts, in order to understand the idea behind Nimble and its plans for the future. Read More...
IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 2
Part 1 of this blog topic analyzed IBM’s rationale to acquire ILOG to bolster its service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM

37signals blog  & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 2 Part 1 of this blog topic analyzed IBM ’s rationale to acquire ILOG to bolster its service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) platforms. Eventually, with ILOG fully integrated, IBM hopes to establish the following: a leading rule repository and end-to-end rule lifecycle management; a full spectrum of rules definition and execution methods; maximum rules reuse – across all BPM initiatives, SOA initiatives, Read More...
Intelligent Manufacturing Systems: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series explained IQMS’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in manufacturing. IQMS attributes its

37signals blog  Manufacturing Systems: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series explained IQMS ’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in manufacturing. IQMS attributes its continued success to its strategy of being the single source for virtually everything a target customer might need, including software development, sales and implementation services, training, and customer service and technical support. Before delving into the flagship Read More...
They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)
The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons

37signals blog  do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I) The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia & Montenegro) for personal reasons. Those several days spent in my homeland in late October/early November (whereby I missed my beloved Boston Red Sox’ winning the MLB World Series ’07 Championship , darn it!) I at least used this time to also learn about the enterprise applications market in that Read More...
Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (a.k.a., Epicor ERP [evaluate this product]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar

37signals blog  9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (a.k.a., Epicor ERP [ evaluate this product ]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar feat is yet to be accomplished even by mighty Oracle within Oracle Fusion Applications . The article also discussed Epicor’s accompanying “protect, extend, and converge” strategy for providing customers with a migration path choice at their own timetable and Read More...
Accelerating (and Fast-Starting) the SME Business at Oracle (and SAP) - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering and catering enterprise applications

37signals blog  (and Fast-Starting) the SME Business at Oracle (and SAP) - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series  outlined Oracle ’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering and catering enterprise applications to  small and medium enterprises (SME’s) . The analysis then moved onto  the Oracle Accelerate program , which was launched about three years ago to allow partners to sell more smaller projects in a fixed time and price manner. Oracle Accelerate is not only a Read More...
Agresso + CODA, VITA + Link (+ CODA 2go): What's the Sum? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series described Unit 4 Agresso’s (or Agresso in further text) dual product strategy following its acquisition of CODA in 2008. The post

37signals blog  + CODA, VITA + Link (+ CODA 2go): What's the Sum? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  described Unit 4 Agresso ’s (or Agresso   in further text) dual product strategy following its acquisition of CODA in 2008. The post then went on to analyzing (and reinforcing if you will, given a number of previous blog entries on the same topic) the post-implementation agility capabilities of Agresso Business World (ABW ) [ evaluate this product ]. The blog post attempted to explain how the product’s Read More...

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