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Collaborative Commerce: ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: IFS - Part 2 of 2
IFS needs to bolster its brand awareness, and let the world know that they are, in fact, a real contender in the Collaborative Commerce space. Once companies

C Part 2  two-part article on Collaborative Commerce and IFS. See Part One for details on IFS and its products.

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The 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP: Observations - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the 11th Vendor ShootoutTM for ERP event, which took place in Boston in mid-August 2011. I was able to experience this co-opetitive gathering of eight solution providers and several dozen end users seeking new solutions first-hand as a neutral (and yet very active) observer (for the inner workings of the event, see my article Demystifying

C Part 2  upgrade). Initially written in C and C++, more and more of the new code is in Java. An Abundance of Free abas ERP “Goodies” One apparent differentiation is abas’ proprietary object-oriented (OO) database that is self-contained and requires no database administrator (DBA) per se. At the Shootout, abas-USA president (and co-owner) Alan Salton showed how end-users can edit table fields in a casual manner with no need for  structured query language (SQL)  programming,  stored procedures , etc. Of Read More

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Part 1 of this blog series established that by offloading non-essential and non-value-adding routine tasks to third-party business process outsourcing (BPO) specialists, many human resource (HR) and payroll managers are now able to focus more on strategic and more important tasks of managing talent and human capital of the company. The discussion then went into the possible liberation of chief

C Part 2  embedded processes, alerts, quality checks, etc.), the third know-how part of its triple-play solution cannot easily be replicated. This three-prong offering should deliver business efficiencies and keep CFOs out of jail in cases where their in-house staff might not be schooled on the latest tax laws, compliances, regulatory changes, etc. For example, do companies have the ability to satisfy various compliance and information security criteria, including Payment Card Industry (PCI ) compliance Read More

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Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts-and-parcels, and the software category’s value proposition.  At the end of that post, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via a bit of humor and the metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23

C Part 2  Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion  about business process management’s (BPM 's) necessary parts-and-parcels, and the software category’s value proposition.  At the end of that post, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via a bit of humor and the metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23, 2009, Alan Trefler, Pegasystems’ founder Read More

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Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (aka Epicor ERP [evaluate this product]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar feat has 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 on their

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It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part I)


Regardless of the economic environment (and sentiments), I always think of the opportunity within the aftermarket service and support as a profitable, high-margin and customer-captive business, and yet, still underserved. General Electric (GE) would be the proverbial example of a company that has focused on aftermarket opportunities, going so far as to call itself a "services" company as opposed

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Agile ERP Vendor Ditches a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Alliance for, well, its own CRM Solution (Part II)


Part I of this blog topic has revisited Agresso's post-implementation agility capabilities (as to accommodate businesses living in a change -- so called BLINC's), and its devised growth strategy via in-house developments, complementary acquisitions and/or partnerships. Most recently, Agresso expressed the intent to acquire the United Kingdom UK-based competitor CODA, but the analysis of this

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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 two key variables. These variables are complexity of requirements and level of expertise of the selection/implementation team. The more complex the system requirements, the greater the benefit obtained from a POC.

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C Part 2  certification, is the most critical part of SOX. While some may argue that the Act does not go far enough, it is surely a positive, aggressive start. While this reemphasis may be good news for current and ongoing systems, the process of developing an audit awareness and the need for substantial controls can and should be established as software is being implemented. If you are the project manager or the project sponsor, possibly the company's CEO or CFO, it is in your best interest to create a Read More

The Relationship between C-suite and HR


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Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III


Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another

C Part 2  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another chronic problem is how to foster plant workers’ acceptance Read More

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