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ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends
We take the liberty to comment on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints ERP

W Part 1  Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends P.J. Jakovljevic - August 25, 2001 Executive Summary  What has long been a general feeling based on rumors, news headlines and some casual survey reports hidden within analyst houses' vaults and largely inaccessible to the mass audience owing to exorbitant subscription fees, has recently been confirmed in a more tangible manner. Namely, many major companies are having difficulty achieving 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 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 1: Inexorable Statistics
We take the liberty to expand further on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints

W Part 1  Parts Two and Three will comment on the major key success factors (KSF's) for enterprise applications projects and on the causes of enterprise systems implementation failures. Part Four contains User Recommendations based on this information. Event Summary Approximately 40% of participants in The Conference Board survey reportedly failed to achieve their business case even a year after having implemented ERP. When benefits were achieved, it took six months longer than expected. This lag was often due to Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part III
Part I of this series analyzed the opportunity as well as the related attached strings stemming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA

W Part 1  (Navigating the Brave New World).” Part II of this series then analyzed why Deltek believes  it can help government contractors, architecture, engineering & construction (AEC) firms, and other  public sector  organizations in their endeavors to obtain ARRA funds (i.e., the opportunity part) and duly report on them (for transparency and accountability ). But what about the construction industry’s current challenges, its outlook, and the market trends?  The Construction Industry’s Outlook The Read More...
Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After Part Two: Retail and Professional Service Initiatives
Lawson is sticking to its focus on selected vertical markets, but going forward the tenets of that focus will likely be more finely tuned. Namely, the vendor

W Part 1  investments. The above delivery was in great part a result of the July 2002 acquisition of certain assets of Armature Holdings Ltd., a then bankrupt provider of merchandising/category management and supply chain management (SCM) solutions for retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, and wholesalers. The Armature suite had been focused on grocery and hard line retail sectors, specifically those sectors with complex product/item definition and rapid inventory management. The assets acquired included all Read More...
Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics
If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities

W Part 1  supply chain management from within industry, as a supply chain consultant, and as part of a software development organization. He has held his CPIM certification from APICS since 1989. He holds an MBA from Drexel University where he has also taught operations management and operations research. He currently works for Oracle Corporation, focusing on tools for the supply chain decision maker. Mr. Wells can be reached at mark.wells@oracle.com . 6 Penman, Stephen H., Financial Statement Analysis and Read More...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part III)
Part II of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek EPM suite, which came as a result of three focused acquisitions. It also analyzed

W Part 1  (like the Deltek Briefing Wizard product mentioned in Part II of this blog series ): they mirror the portfolio management tools that Wall Street traders use to manage investments. Other new enhancements in Deltek Vision 5 would be the Inventory Management module (for customers with inventory needs in the Information Technology [IT] Consulting, Architecture & Engineering [A&E] and Interior Design sectors); enhanced earned value reporting; new international capabilities (localized further for the United Read More...
Whose ROI is it Anyway? Part One: Introduction
With growing frequency, we hear business and IT managers asking a technology vendor to

W Part 1  ROI is it Anyway? Part One: Introduction Introduction After a few years of incredible hype and some very wishful thinking, enterprise software has finally returned to reality. Plans and promises that assumed the repeal of business fundamentals have disappeared along with the sky-high stock prices for some software vendors. But, we've been here before. In the early 1990s, we thought manufacturing automation would revolutionize business for all time. And in some ways it did. But it did not eliminate the Read More...
Vertical Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two
In a blog post last week, I talked about Vertical Solutions’ (VSI) offerings for field service management (FSM), including the company’s customer profile

W Part 1  organizations millions each year when they have the potential to switch from a cost center to a profit center. (See Vertical Solutions’ blog post on this subject ). Related Reading: Just How Smart Is Your Scheduler? (April 2013) Inside Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax—Part 2 (April 2013) TOA Technologies Raises Significant New Funds to Expand FSM Space (July 2013) Vertical Solutions Inc.—All About Field Service: Part One (August 2013) 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

W Part 1  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 excellent opportunity to get across important communications and establish the tone for the project. This article discusses the 10 objectives of a project kickoff meeting, how to achieve them, and templates for presenting them. In Part I, the first three reasons are discussed but you will be left on the edge of your seat in anticipation of Parts II and 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

W 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...
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.

W Part 1  and tag Forecaster data with XBRL tags in FRx. This concludes Part One of a four-part note. Parts Two and Three will discuss the market impact and vendor challenges. Part Four will cover competitors and make user recommendations. 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

W Part 1  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 this model because, while we open source everything we do, we rely on our business Read More...
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

W Part 1  blog series thus far. What’s the User’s Choice Then? As said in Part I, the BPM market remains quite stratified , whereby there seems to be a number of powerful and full fledged BPM software packages (e.g., from IDS Scheer, Appian, Tibco, Lombardi, Ultimus, Fujitsu, Oracle-BEA Systems, Metastorm , etc.), many of which can be found in TEC ’s BPM Evaluation Center . BPM is considered one of the most overlooked trends in enterprise applications today. In fact, it is increasingly becoming a native part Read More...
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

W Part 1  with obscurity. This obscurity was in great part due to JDA's protracted disinterest in engaging in sharing its strategy with the market influencers and with a hodgepodge of point solutions on disparate technologies and with no coherent vision and strategy. For more details on the pre- Manugistics JDA, see TEC’s six-part series from 2004 entitled  “JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry.” The Turning Tides of 2008/9 Well, what a difference a few years can make. Based on recent quarterly Read More...

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