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Frankie Does ERP, Part 1
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

B Part 1  interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It's still colorful.] * My name is Frank. I’m a mid-level manager for a manufacturer of scrotchets here in Greenfields, US of A. I have four direct reports, all of whom want my boss’s job after they’ve digested and shat mine out. Thanks to the latest round of Read More

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Intentia Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride Part 1
Intentia remains solid, with a broad product portfolio footprint and a slight increase in revenue, despite vacillating financial results. The company still

B Part 1  Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride Part 1 Intentia Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride P.J. Jakovljevic - July 15, 2002 Event Summary On June 12, Intentia International AB (XSSE: INT B), a Swedish provider of enterprise business applications for mid-size and large enterprises, vehemently denied certain erroneous information in media about its Q1 2002 cash flow situation. In issue no.23, the Swedish publication Affrsvrlden published an article that compared, in terms of liquidity, the Read More
Data Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data
Research for one of my projects led me to ask both software vendors and customers about the factors most important to software users in the selection of a

B Part 1  Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data Research for one of my projects led me to ask both software vendors and customers about the factors most important to software users in the selection of a business intelligence (BI) solution. Two topics resounded: the use of BI tools to improve data management and business performance management. Consumers are continuously looking for innovative ways to move, store, and improve the quality of their data as well as to ways to capture the most valuable Read More
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1
The business process management (BPM) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In

B Part 1  elements of the business B ottom line improvements E liminate bottlenecks R apidly deploy new services (and processes). Indeed, these are some of the typical benefits of deploying BPM systems, but the trouble, called the lack of clarity and consensus, starts with the quandary about what exactly constitutes BPM, and what exact parts and capabilities of BPM help achieve those benefits? In other words, are there more important and better BPM suites and/or components vs. those that are of less importance? In Read More
AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1
A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud

B Part 1  rules will no longer be part of the integration layer, but rather in the network layer. The  major announcement was the Microsoft Dynamics partnership along the lines to extend the value of ERP in terms of supplier connectivity, invoice automation, catalogs, etc . In July 2011 the vendor announced Ariba Collaborative Commerce for SAP ERP customers and there were similar attempts with Oracle in the past. But the major difference now seems to be that now 5,000 Microsoft Dynamics resellers will sell Ariba Read More
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

B Part 1  IT Evaluation Tool ). About this note : This is a two part note. Part One includes the Business Scenarios Model and Results. Part Two contains the Qualitative Assessments and Analysis, and User Recommendations. Qualitative Assessments  Each vendor also had qualitative advantages and disadvantages captured outside ERGO 2001. IFS Advantages : IFS Applications support many to many relationships between Engineering Change Requests and Engineering Change Orders. Its applications also easily handle stockable Read More
Compiere ERP Becomes Part of Consona
In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere.

B Part 1  ERP Becomes Part of Consona In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere . Compiere started back in 1999. One of its founders explained to me that the company's business (circa 2004) largely came from support, migration, and priority requests from clients. An integral component of the delivery model was Compiere's partners. So Compiere focused on providing second-level support to their Read More
Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?
Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software

B Part 1  executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. Read More
Can Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part Three: Market Impact Continued
Webplan believes its offering should benefit many departments within a manufacturing organization. When it comes to operations and manufacturing, the benefit is

B Part 1  Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part Three: Market Impact Continued Market Impact The past two years or so have been an interesting if not a tumultuous period for the Ottawa, Canada-based, privately-held Webplan Corporation ( www.webplan.com ), which felt compelled to further refine its original supply chain planning (SCP) and business-to-business (B2B) collaboration value proposition. The vendor has refocused onto a highly actionable response management software (a subset of broader Read More
The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures
This part discusses the causes of ill-fated implementation

B Part 1  Trends by The Conference Board. Part Two covered the major key success factors (KSF's) for enterprise applications projects. This part discusses the causes of enterprise systems implementation failures. Part Four will make User Recommendations based on this information. Other Causes of Ill-fated Implementations Some other causes of ill-fated implementations and/or poor live system performances worth pointing out would be: Lack of system discipline , which can be illustrated in many ways. One is Read More
FRx Poised To Permeate Many More General Ledgers Part One: Executive Summary
FRx Software Corporation, a Microsoft company and a part of Microsoft Business Solutions, might be the best example of Microsoft’s coopetitiveness.

B Part 1  Marriage ) to finally be a part of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) . It appears that the truly differentiating traits of the group of products recently renamed Microsoft Business Solutions for Analytics , have established the FRx financial reporting application as arguably a de facto financial analysis and reporting standard in the mid-market. This fact has also convinced Microsoft to continue to enhance the product for its loyal customer base and resellers, many of whom ironically belong to MBS's Read More
1 Little GB, 2 Little GB, ..., 10 Little Gigabit
The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance announced that its membership has increased to over 50 companies in less than three months.

B Part 1  for Local Area Networks, but to include Metropolitan (MAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) as part of IEEE 802.3ae. Market Impact The 10 Gigabit Alliance was designed to have a standard that integrates all networking technologies under one Ethernet standard for LANs, MANs, and WANs. This merging of technologies will create robust networks that will be able to leverage existing Ethernet technologies. LAN Managers will be able to leverage their existing networking infrastructure while increasing network Read More
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

B Part 1  Planning decisions play a bigger part in the bottom-line performance of the service business (i.e., financial profitability or  net income ). In other words, by omitting or neglecting any of these important logical steps, any company’s ability to deliver customer service will likely be impaired. Scheduling and Executing: Where the Rubber Meets the Road It is likely that every service business experiences the operational service chain optimization challenge on a daily basis. Simply said, service chain Read More
Should Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion
A proof of concept (POC) should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by

B Part 1  completed? A POC should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by two key variables. These variables are complexity of requirements and level of expertise within the selection and implementation team. The more complex the system requirements, the greater the benefit obtained from a POC. Complexity can be gauged by the number and nature of the modules implemented, amount of customization, number of interfaces, and the Read More

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