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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

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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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 made a large leap into the business process management (BPM) space, from where it had been notably absent. The article summarized that Savvion BusinessManager 7.5 [evaluate this product] is one of the most mature BPM suites in the still

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

Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories


Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: application software, information technology infrastructure, business process outsourcing (BPO), and manufacturing.

K Part 1  is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: Application software I.T. infrastructure Business process outsourcing (BPO), and Manufacturing This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. This part defines and describes common types of outsourcing. Part Three Read More

BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II


Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ)/quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions during my recent attendance of Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US). Prior to analyzing recent events at BigMachines, Part I explained the general value proposition of on-demand Q2O and CPQ software

K Part 1  this blog post series  talked about my encounter with  BigMachines , a provider of slick  software-as-a-service (SaaS)  configure, price, and quote (CPQ)/ quote-to-order (Q2O)  solutions during my recent attendance of  Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US).  Prior to analyzing recent events at BigMachines, Part I explained the general value proposition of on-demand Q2O and CPQ software solutions . Part II will continue with a discussion of recent developments at BigMachines. From the 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 itself as a response management player with new pricing and packaging that provides an aggressive entry point and fixed priced, fixed duration implementations; leveraging partnerships with enterprise applications vendors; and investing in field operations in North America and Asia with an expanded distribution model to include both direct and indirect global sales.

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

What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (part two)


And here's the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers who may *forget* that not everyone on the planet has the same rarified vocabulary, not mentioning the names of any jobs or fields...). 2. Audience, Audience (Stake a claim with your first paragraph). After the compelling title, the

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What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (Part 4)


Here's the final point in a series of four aimed at identifying a "good" IT white paper (and providing helpful hints, should you need to write one). The previous points addressed the importance of the white paper's introduction, of writing to a specific audience, and of proposing a viable solution. The final point, appropriately enough, considers key features of an effective conclusion. 4. All

K Part 1  Makes a Good White Paper Good… (Part 4) Here's the final point in a series of four aimed at identifying a good IT white paper (and providing helpful hints, should you need to write one). The previous points addressed the importance of the white paper's introduction, of writing to a specific audience, and of proposing a viable solution. The final point, appropriately enough, considers key features of an effective conclusion. 4. All’s Well that Ends Well… The first paragraph of the white paper Read More

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 technological initiatives, the biggest challenge for MAPICS and its affiliate channel remains the management of still dual flagship ERP product lines.

K Part 1  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 applications discussed in Part Two outside the core ERP backbones can or will be used atop of both ERP systems, and will commonly be referred as e.g., MAPICS Portal, PLM, or Read More

Integrated Security: A New Network Approach Part Two: The Shift Toward Integration


This part describes the key elements and benefits of an integrated security solution in comparison to current security solutions.

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It’s About Process (or Ability to be Responsive) -- Part II


Part I of this blog series introduced the notions of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also tackled the similarities and subtle differences between the two related software categories. Microsoft, for example, informally demarcates the Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) focus on "internal processes" from Microsoft BizTalk Server's "external BPM" use. Namely

K Part 1  Webcom, Inc., which is known for its WebSource CPQ (standing for “configure, price, and quote”) on-demand quote to order (Q2O) suite , established with about 50 high-profile customers.  For more information on the Q2O/CPQ market, see TEC 's earlier article entitled Q2O Systems: Solutions for Quotation Management and Pricing Configuration. Part III of this blog series will delve into Webcom’s particular brand new on-demand workflow/BPM offering called ResponsAbility . In the meantime, your Read More

Provia Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Five: 3PL Support and SCE Optimization


FourSite 4.4 is an upgrade of its fulfillment solution oriented towards third party logistics (3PL) providers. ViaOptimize, is an advanced step for companies who have already automated their facilities with Provia's WMS and are now looking at optimization as a key area of improvement, efficiency and cost reduction.

K Part 1  Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Five: 3PL Support and SCE Optimization FourSite 4.4 These days when radio frequency identification (RFID) is constantly on everyone's lips, and when every relevant enterprise application vendor is hedging its bets towards becoming RFID-ready or is even convincing the market that its RFID-compliant solution is exactly what the doctor (such as, Wal-Mart , Target , Albertsons , and the US Department of Defense [ DoD ]) ordered, the typically quiet Provia Software ( Read More

ERP and BI: When 1+1=3


Learn about the synergy of these two powerful business solutions in the provocative Aberdeen Report ERP and BI: When 1+1=3.

K Part 1  proven to be a killer combination. Learn about the synergy of these two powerful business solutions in the provocative Aberdeen Report ERP and BI: When 1+1=3 . You'll discover how your company can reap the core business benefits of integrating ERP with BI: cost reductions better, faster decision-making increased visibility greater transparency Learn how ERP combined with BI can help your company soar. Download your PDF copy of ERP and BI: When 1+1=3 today. For assistance, please contact customer service. Read More

Axiom:1, Inc.


Axiom:1, Inc. is an independent consulting firm specializing in Business Process Assessment and Improvement. Our primary focus is in helping clients achieve operational efficiency of their strategic plan through the alignment of people, processes and technologies.

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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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K Part 1  , EDS PLM (now known as UGS ), PTC and MatrixOne also exhibited at the show, displaying their approach to delivering the value of PLM. The diversity of the vendors and their application offerings further highlights the need for manufacturers to understand PLM as a whole, determine the areas that will provide the most value for their business, and then map out a strategy that includes incremental steps to achieve that value. For more information on this approach, see The PLM Program An Incremental Read More