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If Software Is A Commodity...Then What?
Many, if not most categories of software have become commodities. Vendors hate to hear it, but most of the products in a category produce the same results

ag commodities blog  existing vendors have an advantage and others must compete on their ability to integrate. If The Products Are Commodities, What's Important? If the software category is a commodity, do we need to talk about function? Yes, after all, that is what develops the value. Critical functions still require evaluation to make certain both what and how are appropriate for the business. But function becomes less important in a commodity category. Like any commodity purchase, the non-product issues become the Read More...
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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 or...
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Inconso AG
One of Germany@s leading logistics solutions providers is inconso AG, founded in 2002. The company@s warehouse management systems (WMS) are used worldwide by

ag commodities blog  AG One of Germany's leading logistics solutions providers is inconso AG, founded in 2002. The company's warehouse management systems (WMS) are used worldwide by several international customers. The company has set itself the task to manage the logistics of its customers through its software solutions. With its business solutions, inconso covers the areas of initial consulting through software implementation services on through to system integrations. With over 300 experienced employees, inconso Read More...
Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 1
My recent blog post on what 2010 might have meant to Microsoft’s business solutions reflected on the highly publicized mid-2010 launch of Microsoft Office 2010,

ag commodities blog  market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 1 My recent blog post on what 2010 might have meant to Microsoft ’s business solutions reflected on the highly publicized  mid-2010 launch of Microsoft Office 2010 , SharePoint Server 2010 , and Visio 2010 . For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who use some combination of one or more of Microsoft Dynamics ERP products, Microsoft Dynamics CRM , Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint Read More...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV)
Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [evaluate this product] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [evaluate this product

ag commodities blog  the suite (e.g., project management, financials, human resources [HR] or timesheets) and add more modules a few years after implementing the initial modules; and Migration from entry-level and/or legacy products to Costpoint or Vision: Deltek GCS Premier [ evaluate this product ] is a low-cost entry-level application suite designed for smaller contracting firms. As GCS customers outgrow these systems, there is opportunity for migration onto Costpoint. Similarly, we expect legacy Deltek FMS , Sema4 and Read More...
User-Friendliness Considerations for Enterprise Software
I just read Khoi Vinh's quacking cow dolphin post (by way of Nicholas Carr's blog) about how unfriendly he thinks enterprise software is (both posts are

ag commodities blog  coterie of information technology managers who are concerned primarily with stability, security and the continual justification of their jobs and staffs, enterprise software answers to few actual users. I suppose that could often be the case, but it doesn't have to be that way. I can think of at least two ways that situation doesn't have to come to pass. Get the software development process to incorporate greater open communications, as facilitated in say, an open source project, where you can gather Read More...
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The article ended

ag commodities blog  and services, whereby services aggregation, assembly, and integration needs are expected to create another huge opportunity. Vertical industry savvy and offerings will be critical for SaaS distribution, delivery hubs, and ecosystems. While customer relationship management (CRM)/ sales force automation (SFA) and  human capital management (HCM)/ talent management  solutions have paved the way in the SaaS world, vertically oriented SaaS offerings will benefit from the belief that departmental CRM or HCM Read More...
Dassault Systèmes to Acquire Realtime Technology
Dassault Systèmes announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire controlling interest in Realtime Technology AG. Dassault Systèmes, adds the high-end 3D

ag commodities blog  it has signed an agreement to acquire controlling interest in Realtime Technology AG. Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, adds the high-end 3D visualization software from Tealtime Technology into its already impressive stable of solutions for 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, and product lifecycle management (PLM). With this purchase, Dassault Systèmes extends it product portfolio into high-end 3D realtime visualization.   The acquisition of RTT includes its software division known for the Read More...
Infor24: Demystifying Infor’s Cloud Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that cloud computing is reaching mainstream adoption in the enterprise applications space. Indeed

ag commodities blog  to secure  Business Process Management (BPM)  via the following capabilities: workflow across applications,  business activity monitoring (BAM) , proactive alerting and management, and cohesive reporting. Infor chose the Windows Azure Platform because it provided the “greatest development flexibility and a robust, familiar tool set.” One of the key benefits of Azure for Infor is its ability to support both .NET Framework - and Java-based applications, as Infor has a plethora of legacy applications 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

ag commodities blog  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, the first tool (somewhat of a BizTalk spin-off) is used for automating processes within an enterprise (and its enterprise resource planning [ERP] system), whereas the Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part II
Part I of this blog series tried to analyze not only the opportunity but also the many related strings attached stemming from the American Recovery and

ag commodities blog  information from individual  government agency  entities and seamlessly publish it to required  public domain  sources. Recipients of ARRA funds must provide instant visibility into spending status and real-time reconciliation for accurate reporting. They should also have the capability to define, plan, and prioritize projects to quickly respond to new funding opportunities and execute the funding process time and again. Organizations that are unable to meet expectations and report the use of funds Read More...
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the rise and fall of of erstwhile public software company Click Commerce based in Chicago, Illinois, United States (US). At

ag commodities blog  Commerce   based in Chicago, Illinois, United States (US). At the end, the article mentioned the July 2009 merger of Servigistics and Click Commerce's Service Network Services (SNS) division. The private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners acquired both entities recently with the idea of forming a new combined company to solve the planning, optimization, execution, and analytics challenges associated with delivering post-sale service. The new company, with estimated  combined revenue of nearly $100 Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

ag commodities blog  manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop floor and the offices by gaining visibility into manufacturing operations, achieving shop floor control, managing product/process traceability, genealogy, and so on. MES solutions that integrate seamlessly into existing enterprise applications thus connect manufacturing to the enterprise in order to: Reduce costs and improve profits by collecting and communicating real-time manufacturing data 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

ag commodities blog  devised to allow project managers to assign staff to projects and immediately see the impact on labor utilization. The managers can then modify resource assignments to meet project needs, whereby color coding provides focus on resources. The new module also offers real-time insight into employee billing rates and actual labor charges. It provides visibility to align resources for upcoming projects in order to increase overall resource utilization. The available tools give project managers a view of Read More...
Infor Strikes Again (at Long Last): Getting “Soft” While Flexing Its Muscles? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Infor’s latest acquisition of SoftBrands Inc., a company with a somewhat complicated history and lineage, and formerly

ag commodities blog  Strikes Again (at Long Last): Getting “Soft” While Flexing Its Muscles? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  analyzed Infor ’s latest acquisition of SoftBrands Inc ., a company with a somewhat complicated history and lineage, and formerly called Fourth Shift and AremisSoft . The post concluded that, from a higher level overview, Infor has a good synergistic opportunity with the SoftBrands Hospitality  solutions but some serious tweaking to do with the SoftBrands Manufacturing solutions. Read More...
Oracle Loses Again
SAP AG has chosen SQL Server 7.0 as its strategic database for the Windows platform. The companies also will cooperate to make the Windows 2000 OS available as

ag commodities blog  Again Event Summary SAP AG has chosen SQL Server 7.0 as its strategic database for the Windows platform. The companies also will cooperate to make the Windows 2000 OS available as a platform choice for customers wishing to implement mySAP.com solutions. Microsoft also announced that it is the first mySAP.com customer to use Windows 2000 for its product implementation of SAP inter-enterprise software solutions. mySAP.com is an open collaborative business environment of personalized solutions on demand Read More...

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