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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

P Part 1  Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, United States Read More
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Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 1
My previous blog entry about procurement commandments in a down economy also made me think about whether there are different priorities for the chief

P Part 1  for the Mid-market? - Part 1 My previous blog entry about procurement commandments in a down economy also made me think about whether there are different priorities for the chief procurement officer (CPO) during prosperous economic times. Or, how different are (or should be) the CPO’s strategies in good versus bad times? Well, the CPO’s fundamental objectives do not change: procure the physical goods and services needed by the company at the best possible mix of price and performance (non-price Read More
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 1
The old adage “he who lives by the sword will die by the sword” might have been best witnessed in the life and demise of erstwhile public software company Click

P Part 1  the fourth and fifth p arts of my five-part series on the company. Not surprisingly, the honeymoon did not last long, since about 18 months from the acquisition, ITW started publicly shopping Click Commerce around for sale . As usual, there's no simple, or single, answer to what might have gone wrong there. From my perspective, though, I think that widget manufacturing-oriented ITW didn't really anticipate or ever understand how a software business operates. ITW is a strong company with excellent 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

P Part 1  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 commerce network provider first and foremost , while also offering additional related  spend management  software as required. The vendor is striving to become a  business-to-business (B2B)  commerce version of Amazon.com and eBay  to enable painless transactions by providing a behind-the-scene universal business Read More
Food and Drug Safety: Prevention Better Than Cure (For Sure) - Part 1
Food production and distribution is a serious and strategic business, and I am not aware of anyone in my surroundings that takes it lightly; food can not only

P Part 1  recalls. Finally, the last P is “Proactively respond” (OK, Olin acknowledges that it requires a little stretch here to get another “P”). Namely, if a problem is uncovered, one must be aggressive in addressing the recall and other needs, since holding back usually makes it worse. All incidents must be taken seriously and the company must respond quickly and completely.  Over-response is often less expensive in terms of dollars and negative PR than under-response. While management commitment to a 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

P Part 1  101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations Summary When a company contracts work from another company, it is typically called outsourcing. Outsourced work is usually performed locally (onshore outsourcing), in other countries in roughly the same time zone (nearshore outsourcing,) in countries that are many time zones away (offshore outsourcing), or some combination of the above. Literally any activity that is performed by a company can be, and probably has been, outsourced. A company contra Read More
ERP and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3
Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning

P Part 1  and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3 Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning to enterprise resource planning (ERP) or business intelligence (BI) solutions to provide control and visibility. Each provides value, but the marriage of the two becomes the perfect storm, igniting improved performance and visibility. This report discusses their synergistic relationship. 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.

P 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
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part V
Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone

P Part 1  to be Responsive) -- Part V Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility , the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here . The vendor just released the ResponsAbility p4 release. Competitive Offerings Do Exist Still, Webcom’s first-to-market (or close to) BPM on-demand advantage has already been challenged by the solutions from Skemma, Appian [ evaluate this product ], Lombar Read More
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector

P Part 1  Retail Sector? (Part II) Part I of this blog topic   introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS acquisition two years ago. Designed for integration and scalability, the  Epicor/CRS Retail Suite can support a wide variety of retail enterprises' requirements. These environments range from the rapidly expanding regional retailer requiring point-of-sale (POS) , store operations and merchandising, to the Read More
Compaq's High-End Wintel-based Rack Servers - Working Hard to Stay #1
Compaq Computer Corporation, the #1 volume manufacturer of PC Servers, both US and worldwide, is fighting a strong challenge by Dell Computer. This note assess

P Part 1  s High-End Wintel-based Rack Servers - Working Hard to Stay #1 Compaq's High-End Wintel-based Rack Servers - Working Hard to Stay #1 R.A. Krause - August, 1999 Product Description Compaq's high-end Intel (four CPU) rackmount servers, the ProLiant 5500R , 6400R, and 6500R, are generally used for larger installations, such as data centers/warehouses, and by large companies wanting to minimize the floor space their computers use. Rackmount servers provide the ability to put a large number of CPUs in a 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

P Part 1  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 corporate performan 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.

P Part 1  Many More General Ledgers Part One: Executive Summary Event Summary FRx Software ( www.frxsoftware.com ), a prominent provider of 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 Read More
Up Close and Personal: Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM-Part 2
In part one of my interview with Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM, we discussed the history of SugarCRM and the open source

P Part 1  at SugarCRM-Part 2 In part one of my interview with Martin Schneider , Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM , we discussed the history of SugarCRM and the open source customer relationship management (CRM) space. Part 2 describes SugarCRM’s approach to development, their partner ecosystem, and how social media has changed CRM. Q: About development—most of it is done by your team of programmers, right?   A: That’s correct. Engineering is done more than 90 percent in house. We have set up th Read More

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