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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 trader 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...
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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

ag trader 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...
Ultimus Case Study: Optimized Customer Fulfillment with Automated Processes
Bernstein AG, established in 1947 and headquartered in Porta Westfalica (Germany), builds and sells components and systems for industrial automation peripherals

ag trader blog  with Automated Processes Bernstein AG, established in 1947 and headquartered in Porta Westfalica (Germany), builds and sells components and systems for industrial automation peripherals. In 2002, it began the task of selecting and implementing a flexible, web-based business process management (BPM) system. One of the most important technical requirements was the universal integration of the BPM suite into its existing IT infrastructure. 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 trader 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...
PSI AG To Become More Germane Globally Via Relevant Partnership
Will the alliance of the two globally less-known vendors result in a formidable combined offering worldwide for some highly contested and yet potentially

ag trader blog  AG To Become More Germane Globally Via Relevant Partnership PSI AG To Become More Germane Globally Via Relevant Partnership P.J. Jakovljevic - January 12, 2002 Event Summary On December 19, Relevant Business Systems ( www.relevant.com ), a privately held ERP vendor for small to medium discrete complex manufacturing companies and PSI AG (Neuer Markt: PSA 2, WKN 696 822), a German provider of ERP solutions in the fields of energy, goods and information, announced that the two companies have entered into a Read More...
What Does the “M” in PLM Really Mean?
In the two previous blog posts (What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean? and What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?) I discussed the object being managed within the

ag trader blog  discussed the object being managed within the product lifecycle management (PLM) methodology. Now, it is the time to move on to the last word—“management.” Management is such a general term nowadays, that simply looking at it won’t give you much idea of what it is about in the PLM context. If your organization is looking for a PLM solution, investigating the functionality that various PLM solutions can provide will help you better understand what a PLM system should be handling. However, I’d Read More...
Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Epicor and SYSPRO, the two renowned enterprise resource planning (ERP) mid-market incumbents that heavily harness Microsoft

ag trader blog  EA tool), while Software AG acquired IDS Scheer (with its renowned ARIS tool). Thus, I doubt that mid-market ERP vendors have any of the full-fledged EA capabilities that SYSPRO now has. Even SAP and Oracle have long had to partner with IDS Scheer for the abovementioned ARIS tool for process modeling, documentation, etc. Look for SYSPRO to provide the know-how frameworks (or accelerators) down the track, e.g., for Six Sigma or Lean Manufacturing compliance as part of SYSPRO’s STARS (Structured Read More...
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 trader 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...
Some Belated Insights from, well, Deltek Insight 2010 - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with me lamenting my inability to attend the Deltek Insight 2010 conference. However, I recently had an in-depth post-event

ag trader blog  words, govWin is about leveraging technology to make essential business processes much more efficient. The offering is also a clear departure from Deltek’s historical “back office” view of the world. govWin is an evolving, dynamic portal that government contractors can leverage on a daily basis to solve some of their most pressing challenges (e.g., finding new opportunities). It is interesting to note that Deltek’s recent acquisition of INPUT (more details below) gives Deltek another network of Read More...
Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (aka Epicor ERP [evaluate this product]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar feat

ag trader blog  Epicor BPM (Business Process Management). Part 2 of this blog series analyzes the major enabling concepts and technologies within the product, such as Epicor ICE 2.0 , which is based on  Epicor True SOA ™, and includes the  Epicor Everywhere Framework ™. The article also digs deeper into the suite’s built-in business intelligence (BI ) and enterprise performance management (EPM ) capabilities. ICE, ICE, Baby... Let me step back here a bit, and start from the statement that Epicor ICE (Internet Read More...
Case Study: SAP and Sales Management
To achieve global transparency of all customer relationships, SAP AG upgraded to the latest release of the SAP customer relationship management (CRM

ag trader blog  all customer relationships, SAP AG upgraded to the latest release of the SAP customer relationship management (CRM) application. This upgrade is part of its CRM Clear Vision Program. Learn how the upgrade to a single global solution helped SAP AG achieve effective collaboration, better visibility, improved productivity, and stronger customer relationships. Read More...
How Can IT Help Competitiveness These Bleak Days? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the SAP-sponsored expert panel discussion that explored reasons to maintain IT investments even during difficult economic

ag trader blog  the human resource (HR) management side (i.e., to cultivate knowledge workers ) versus the process and software side of the house. Some nitpickers might say that even that’s no longer news since almost about everyone started jumping on the talent (and human capital) management-related business advantage bandwagon  a few years ago. We have been hearing for some time how chief information officers (CIOs) and IT managers cannot easily find the skilled workers they need to make modern systems work Read More...
Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the major modules of integrated workforce management (WFM) suites that organizations can deploy to better schedule and

ag trader blog  Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction? - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the major modules of integrated  workforce management (WFM)  suites that organizations can deploy to better schedule and assign work in their production and distribution facilities and in retail stores. Concrete examples of commercially available products included those from Kronos and RedPrairie Corporation , given those two vendors’ notable recent moves in the WFM field. While Part 1 Read More...
SaaSy Discussions (Part Ia)
Part I of this blog post introduced the common software deployment models and Consona CRM's approach in that regard. To the end of enabling Total Customer

ag trader blog  of enabling Total Customer Management (TCM) via an adaptive CRM offering, Consona CRM is built with a superior core infrastructure (customer data model, BPM, BI, SOA) and a holistic, best-of-breed product portfolio. Consona claims to be one of the market’s rare CRM offerings that is both operational and collaborative, with many years of a broad range of consulting, technical, and business process services that have created the related methodology and blueprint. Consona CRM Portfolio The vendor believes Read More...
CRM for Manufacturing vs. Regular CRM
A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog post called Customer Relationship Manufacturing. In this blog post, I described the symbiosis between the sales and

ag trader blog  A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog post called Customer Relationship Manufacturing. In this blog post, I described the symbiosis between the sales and production departments within a manufacturing company, mentioned some customer relationship management (CRM) vendors that seem to have adapted their products for the manufacturing industry, and I also promised I would get back to you with more information on these products. Why do Manufacturing Companies Need a Different Kind of CRM? Manufacturing Read More...

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