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Federal Procurement Essentials: Sealed Bidding
Selling to the government can bring new life to contract winners, particularly small and medium businesses. In fact, organizations that understand and leverage

acceptance of quotation  submit it. Then, upon acceptance of the lowest responsive bid, the soliciting organization signing the form establishes a binding contract between both parties. Step 2: publicizing the invitation for bids The sealed bidding process then requires invitations to be publicized, by all appropriate means, sufficiently before public opening, to enable prospective bidders to prepare and submit bids. Means of publication can include direct transmittal to prospective bidders, or dissemination in public places (in

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 2: Market Impact


For the last several months, MAPICS, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAPX), a global provider of extended ERP applications for 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.

acceptance of quotation  Further, the product offering's acceptance should benefit from the recent functional enhancements too, and from the market's recent realization that product technology sooner or later will reach a commodity status (is there any vendor out there not announcing support for J2EE and/or .NET?), while the real differentiation remains in the vendor's ability to solve true business issues for the customer. Consequently, MAPICS still basically has two key ERP offerings: MAPICS ERP for iSeries (the original Read More

Maximizing Potential Benefits in Reverse Auctions


Reverse auction (RA) has emerged as a strategic tool for consumer packaged goods companies pursuing cost efficiencies in their sourcing programs. This article presents a framework to structure and gain maximum mileage out of the RA process.

acceptance of quotation  continuing to gain greater acceptance. According to Purchasing.com , in 2003, only 15 percent of buyers reported using e-auctions, while the 2004 numbers show 27 percent of buyers using RA, and another 21 percent say they will use e-auctions in the near future. A 2007 Forrester report on the e-purchasing application market also predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6 percent for e-sourcing purchases through 2008. Some of the key factors that are encouraging companies to implement RA as a Read More

Can 'Intuitive' And 'ERP' Words Be Associated?


While Intuitive Manufacturing Systems, still largely a stealth small ERP provider, may have the ‘Intuitive ERP’ trump to attract SMEs internationally, a bevy of competitors has also been engaged in delivering their panaceas to the increasingly crowding market segment.

acceptance of quotation  perceived barriers to ERP acceptance by smaller enterprises. The privately held firm, based in Kirkland, WA, while not a consistently well-known and visible vendor globally, seems to be determined to change that situation in the future. In a time in which many ERP vendors had to backpedal product development and expansion because of market conditions, Intuitive continued to pragmatically expand its product depth and breadth and geographic coverage, and to render itself as a more apparent ERP solution for Read More

Top 10 Risks to a Configuration Project and How to Avoid Them


Companies producing and selling complex and configured products can achieve a major competitive edge by successfully implementing product configurator software as a core element of a configurability strategy. This can provide a greater range of product variations, using fewer resources. Learn more about how you can gain the intended benefits from implementing a configurability strategy with product configurator software.

acceptance of quotation  team to gain user acceptance of new processes and responsibilities. In fact, the project team must relentlessly work to eliminate any potential organizational potholes and landmines that can undermine expected project benefits. Additional actions: Maintain constant contact with all affected users through both formal communication means and informal methods Conduct orientation and educational sessions, perhaps some conducted by outsiders who can bring fresh perspective to the effort Hire a change Read More

The Integrated Information Management Infrastructure: The Business Value of the Best-of-Suite Approach


Overlooking how an application fits into your overall IT landscape can lead to costly implementations. But addressing data management with middleware solutions that work seamlessly with existing applications in your company’s IT environment can lead to significant benefits. Explore the value of technology decisions that support and maintain infrastructure-wide interoperability with regard to your data management solutions.

acceptance of quotation  Integrated Information Management Infrastructure: The Business Value of the Best-of-Suite Approach Overlooking how an application fits into your overall IT landscape can lead to costly implementations. But addressing data management with middleware solutions that work seamlessly with existing applications in your company’s IT environment can lead to significant benefits. Explore the value of technology decisions that support and maintain infrastructure-wide interoperability with regard to your data Read More

The Future of Talent Management: Underlying Drivers of Change


The next generation of talent management practices and solutions will largely be driven by economic evolution, demographic changes, and technology advancements. These factors are dramatically influencing the way people work, the way companies are organized, and the way talent is managed. This paper explores how current business and talent management processes and technology must evolve in order to effectively deliver business value in the next 5 to 10 years.

acceptance of quotation  Future of Talent Management: Underlying Drivers of Change The next generation of talent management practices and solutions will largely be driven by economic evolution, demographic changes, and technology advancements. These factors are dramatically influencing the way people work, the way companies are organized, and the way talent is managed. This paper explores how current business and talent management processes and technology must evolve in order to effectively deliver business value in the next 5 Read More

Customer Experience Management: The Value of Moments of Truth


Customers perceive value based on the experiences they receive—and many big-name companies have tuned into this because they’ve made a connection with customers that transcends the basic functional value they offer. In this first part of a two-part series, learn how traditional customer relationship management (CRM) has often failed in this respect, and how managing customer experiences can drive your revenues.

acceptance of quotation  Experience Management: The Value of Moments of Truth Customers perceive value based on the experiences they receive—and many big-name companies have tuned into this because they’ve made a connection with customers that transcends the basic functional value they offer. In this first part of a two-part series, learn how traditional customer relationship management (CRM) has often failed in this respect, and how managing customer experiences can drive your revenues. Read More

Solomon Software: Breaking Away from Perception as “Best-of-Breed-Accounting” Vendor


Due to its late expansion into the ERP world, the company has been trailed by its reputation of a best-of-breed accounting software vendor. While Solomon has accelerated its schedule of new functionality, it will be hard pressed with tight “time-to-market” constraints.

acceptance of quotation  Software: Breaking Away from Perception as “Best-of-Breed-Accounting” Vendor Vendor Genesis Solomon Software, Inc. is a leading worldwide supplier of mid-market business applications exclusively optimized for Microsoft SQL Server on the Windows NT/2000 and BackOffice platforms. Founded in 1980, with headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, Solomon Software has been experiencing a steady growth over the last few years. It is a privately held company, with estimated revenues of $60 million in fiscal 1999. I Read More

The ERP Warehouse Module versus Best-of-breed WMS


Every supply chain professional must consider certain factors when comparing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) solutions for warehouse management. Effective management of warehouse, fulfillment, and distribution operations is key to business success. With so much riding on your decision, you need to thoroughly compare ERP warehouse modules and best-of-breed WMS.

acceptance of quotation  ERP Warehouse Module versus Best-of-breed WMS Every supply chain professional must consider certain factors when comparing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) solutions for warehouse management. Effective management of warehouse, fulfillment, and distribution operations is key to business success. With so much riding on your decision, you need to thoroughly compare ERP warehouse modules and best-of-breed WMS. Read More

The Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent


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acceptance of quotation  Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent IT infrastructure software has a well-established track record for experiencing frequent cost overruns and missed deadlines. Expensive software and extensive customization are the key contributors to increasing identity management costs to four or five times more than the price of the initial identity software license. Learn how software as a service (SaaS) can reduce the cost and complexity Read More

Brain of Supply Chain System


Advanced planning and optimization makes supply chain systems cost effective. It is the brain of the supply chain because it works on top of all other software tools that plan, monitor, and control supply chain activities and control them.

acceptance of quotation  of Supply Chain System Q. What is the ultimate goal of supply chain management in business? A. To perfectly match the supply side activities of procurement, production planning, distribution planning, production allocation, warehouse planning, inventory planning and so forth with the demand side activities of incoming orders and forecasts so that all demands are met with the least cost. Are today's enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM Read More

Software-as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership


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acceptance of quotation  as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) of this technological approach. Download this white paper to find out how a hosted option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and Read More

The Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part One: The Pain of Integrated EDI


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acceptance of quotation  Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part One: The Pain of Integrated EDI The Pain of Integrated EDI There is more to the best-of-breed versus integrated suite dilemma than mere data synchronization between two disparate enterprise applications. Electronic data interchange (EDI) capability, which for some high-volume industries like automotive suppliers has become a unpleasant required, has been made more dangerous by the level of work that must be dedicated to ensure the accuracy of incoming and outgoing Read More

Analysis of Active Voice's Acquisition of PhoneSoft, Inc.


Active Voice will integrate all of PhoneSoft's functionality into their existing "Unity" voice-messaging product to target Lotus Notes Domino R5.

acceptance of quotation  of Active Voice's Acquisition of PhoneSoft, Inc. Event Summary SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ - Active Voice Corporation (Nasdaq: ACVC), a global provider of unified messaging and computer telephony software solutions announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held PhoneSoft Inc., a leading provider of true unified messaging solutions for Lotus Notes/Domino. Market Impact PhoneSoft, Inc. is a privately held company that focuses on unified messaging solutions (UM), including email, Read More