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JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 1
Last year I attended the JDA FOCUS 2009 conference to realize that Scottsdale, Arizona-based JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) has become a force to be reckoned

K Part 1  sets. JDA pledged several key commitments to its customers starting with that the company would continue to support all of its products. JDA will note replace one product with another, but will rather create a “Superior Solution” that is a “Superset” of the combined functionality. Last but not least, JDA will not impose a forced timeline to upgrade: JDA customers will be able to move to the converged solution when they are ready, i.e. in the normal cycle of upgrade. Meanwhile, certain products Read More...
ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)
A multinational consulting company specializing in industrial automation turned to TEC for help selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to replace its legacy system—a patc...
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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

K Part 1  spreadsheets or flat files. K   Kbps - Kilobits per second . Note that Kbps is NOT the same as KB (Kilobytes). There are 8 bits per kilobyte. Hence, for example, if you have a 56 Kbps modem, it actually transmits 56/8 = 7 KB per second, maximum. This is often a source of confusion when users are downloading software from the Internet, and they see download rates of less than 7KB. 4KB, which is equal to 32 Kbps, is a typical, actual download speed. Knowledgebase - A database that is stocked with Read More...
Can Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part One: Event Summary
According to the early signs, it appears that key elements of Webplan's business plan are producing results with dividends. These elements involve positioning

K Part 1  ., Intel K . K ., ITRI ( Industrial Technology Research Institute ), Kawatetsu Systems , Inc ., Microsoft Co ., Ltd , NTT DATA Corporation , Oki Electric Industry Co ., Ltd ., and Unitopia should continue to advance Webplan's position in the region. In the Asia Pacific region, the vendor sells almost exclusively through its partners, and most of its implementations are also done by partners, while Webplan typically mentors the customer or the partner before or during the implementation. The largest Read More...
Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series began with an analysis of the recent merger of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. Progress has this way

K Part 1  a top-down manner. Dr. K asked the audience What percentage of processes within enterprises run on a BPM system? The answer was less than 5 percent, although more than 80 percent of processes need improvements. It would be counterproductive to re-implement any business process to improve it. This suboptimal practice breaks away from the notional idea that “Model, Deploy, Execute, Monitor, and Improve” is the proper cycle for achieving process management and improvement nirvana. A major problem is Read More...
Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 2
Part 1 of this series began to analyze the recent merger of Progress Software Corp. [NASDAQ: PRGS] and Savvion Inc. With this acquisition, Progress has made a

K Part 1  and managers need to keep updating their decisions based on a repository of rules, policies, and regulations. Some of the simple rules can be described as part of the process description via the decision gateways (e.g.,  if-then-else ). But there could be rules that are more complex, i.e., hierarchical in nature, and thus need to be maintained outside of business processes. In that case, the company needs a BPM system with a strong  business rules management system (BRMS) . Within a BRMS, users can 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.

K Part 1  financial analytic applications to mid-market and corporate businesses, has largely remained on its established track after being acquired first by one of its erstwhile greatest partners, former Great Plains Software in 2000, and particularly after its new owner subsequently ended up under Microsoft's roof in 2001 (see Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage ) to finally be a part of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) . It appears that the truly differentiating traits of the Read More...
IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 1
IFS is a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362

K Part 1  Bucking the Trends - Part 1 IFS is a public business software company (listed on the  Stockholm Stock Exchange ) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362 million in revenues in 2009. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications , an integrated and component-based extended  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  suite built on  service oriented architecture (SOA)  technology [ evaluate this product ]. The vendor has about 2,700 employees and more than Read More...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part discusses

K Part 1  of these providers are known only by their customers and current prospects. These providers need to focus on differentiation and gaining visibility in a crowded market. This concludes Part Three of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. Part Two defined and described four major outsourcing categories. Part Three recapped outsourcing approaches and categories, and described recommendations. About the Author 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.

K Part 1  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 network of local partners. These areas are where I'm most curious about Compiere's move to the Consona fold. These business characteristics are often associated with open source Read More...
What Makes a Good White Paper Good... (part three)
Here is the third point in a series that looks at the key features to consider when writing an IT white paper... so that you not only get your reader's interest

K Part 1  your reader's interest, but keep it. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Identifying a problem isn’t enough, no matter how much affinity is established with the reader (see previous post and Michael Stelzner's site ). The proposed solution must be both practical and clearly stated. If the solution that ostensibly addresses the egregious problem is utterly incomprehensible due to stratum after stratum of obfuscating and argot-laden cant, the reader is left high and dry—and Read More...
What's in a name? or Enterprise systems' reincarnations (Part II)
While the Part I of this topic focused on Consona Corporation (former M2M Holdings), this time the discussion continues with the recently minted Solarsoft

K Part 1  merged with the United Kingdom (UK)-based XKO Software Limited , a provider of specialist enterprise software. CMS has been in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) business for over 20 years, and, naturally, it has always looked for ways to improve the services and products it delivers to its customers. As the market increasingly demands consistent local service delivered on a global basis, the company hoped to enhance its ability to meet that demand via the merger. But, when CMS and XKO merged they Read More...
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don't

K Part 1  For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - December 31, 2003 Introduction You are about to embark on an important project. Perhaps the project is implementing an ERP package, getting critical applications ready for the busy season, or setting up a warehouse and inventory for radio frequency operations. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don't miss this Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I
Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate

K Part 1  rely on (suboptimal) average key performance indicators (KPIs), with emergency scheduling (constant firefighting) on paper or Excel documents. In such “clueless” environments, there are “blind spots” everywhere in terms of determining yields and losses, hidden capacity opportunity, and masked process routing and constraints by reactive work practices. Also, there are increased risks of quality non-compliance leading to manual quality assurance (QA) processes, whereas continuous improvement 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

K Part 1  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 corporate performance management Read More...

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