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Agricultural Commodity Trading - Quite a Different Business
The Business of Agriculture Commodity Trading Recently, I had the opportunity to take a detailed look at the agriculture commodity trading and risk

agricultural commodity  trading market—my impression of agricultural commodities trading is different from any other commodity trading business. I believe that it deserves to be classified as a stand-alone cluster within the trading and risk management business. There are some particular qualities that make it distinctive from similar business models that trade other commodities, and it can be very different from other encountered types of businesses such as: manufacturing, retail, etc. Generally, commodities are products Read More
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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

agricultural commodity  is especially prevalent with agricultural commodities, whose source base is small in geography and limited in time. It would be infinitely better for the procurement specialists to undertake a comprehensive vendor credibility exercise before awarding the contract. This could assume the shape of a vendor credibility matrix , in which vendors would be ranked not only on cost, but also on period of association and business stake in the organization, increase in supply value and volume over time, ratings for Read More
Are You Ready for the Project Economy?
The multitude of messages and media in this interactive age contributes to a fragmented consumer goods market. Shorter product life cycles, mass product

agricultural commodity  from hunter-gatherer economies to agricultural economies, and then later to industrial economies. The industrial age has given way gradually to the information economy. But at this point, all economic sectors are feeling the rise of a new paradigm – the Project Economy. The rise of the industrial economy allowed the mass-manufacture of mass-marketed products. The reduced cost of commodity goods allowed an unprecedented increase in consumption throughout the developed world. Over time, however, 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

agricultural commodity  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 generating insightful commentary). Vinh makes a point about enterprise applications not receiving the same sort of wide-spread critiques that popular commodity applications do. He attributes this to the idea that the software is used by a less-varied base of people, which aren't very likely to be Read More
An Interview with Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin
Many corporations have failed the customer; they focus on transactions, rather than customers. Ann Grackin recently talked to Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin

agricultural commodity  Interview with Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin Introduction I recently talked to Shoshana Zuboff [ 1 ] of the Harvard Business School and James Maxmin [ 2 ] of Mast Global, co-authors of The Support Economy: Why Corporations are Failing Individuals and The Next Episode of Capitalism and who also happen to be married to each other. I can imagine their dinner conversations! Shoshana Zuboff James Maxmin This book aroused my ire and also inspired me. Ire, not very latent, as a consumer who has been forced Read More
Interview with Louis Suárez-Potts of OpenOffice.org and CollabNet
Louis Suárez-Potts speaks about the political and social architecture of open source communities as well as practices for successful oversight of a project. He

agricultural commodity  with Louis Suárez-Potts of OpenOffice.org and CollabNet Introduction Louis Surez-Potts is the Chair and Secretary of the OpenOffice.org Community Council. He plays a community manager role for the OpenOffice.org project, communicating important issues between Sun Microsystems, CollabNet, and the OpenOffice.org community. Louis's insight on keeping the different entities collaborating well, within a large-scale open source project, extend from the political and social architecture to the Read More
TEC Talks to OpenMFGFree and Open Source Software Business ModelsPart Two: OpenMFG
TEC spoke with the President and Chief Executive Officer of OpenMFG, Edward L. Lilly, Jr., to find out how OpenMFG is leveraging commodity Free and open source

agricultural commodity  Talks to OpenMFGFree and Open Source Software Business ModelsPart Two: OpenMFG Introduction Consider that Free and open source software models, as opposed to the traditional proprietary models, may afford end user organizations a direct line to getting the software that is most well-adapted to their specific needs and at a lower cost. If that tends to be the case, one should ask how it is that the groups providing Free and open source enterprise software model their businesses to support that notion. Read More
Is There a Panacea for Enterprise Software Pricing Yet?
While enterprise applications are becoming a commodity, their pricing schemes have yet to follow suit. Users are put in a costly position where the

agricultural commodity  There a Panacea for Enterprise Software Pricing Yet? Problem Analysis Though there is a growing sentiment that enterprise applications are reaching a commodity status (see If Software Is a Commodity, Can You Still Win Some Competitive Advantage? ), software pricing does not seem to be following the same rules. Indeed, we can hardly think of any top-of-the-line enterprise application (the equivalent of a Lamborghini or Harley Davidson , say) that a wealthy business would deploy just to feel cool, Read More
Compaq Streamlines Product Line
Compaq is simplifying its sometimes dizzying range of product offerings in its business desktop lines. This bodes well for their customers.

agricultural commodity  Compaq Streamlines Product Line,Compaq Computer Corp,deskpro,direct sales,compaq product line,compaq desktop,commercial desktop PC,Compaq's DeskPro vision,commercial PC business,iPaq PC line,legacy free,business-oriented personal computers,Hewlett-Packard,compaq solutions,desktop functionality Read More
Oracle Announces a Slew of New In-Memory Applications
While SAP has lately given huge publicity to in-memory computing via its incessant promotion of SAP HANA, the technology has been around since the late 1990s

agricultural commodity  Announces a Slew of New In-Memory Applications While SAP has lately given huge publicity to in-memory computing via its incessant promotion of SAP HANA , the technology has been around since the late 1990s, and there are currently over 50 software vendors delivering such proven solutions. Most recently, during the COLLABORATE ’13 Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) conference, Oracle  announced new Oracle In-Memory Applications for Oracle Engineered Systems , leveraging dynamic random access Read More
Case Study: Land O’Lakes Builds Expertise, Boosts Sales
Operating as a provider of dairy products to consumers and of agricultural services products to farmers and ranchers, Land O’Lakes had two challenges. One was

agricultural commodity  to consumers and of agricultural services products to farmers and ranchers, Land O’Lakes had two challenges. One was to educate the people selling the agricultural services products so they would know what to recommend to farmers. The other was to retain those people. Learn how Land O’Lakes used a learning management solution as part of its expert seller strategy. Read More
Leveraging Intellectual Property: Why Corporate Knowledge and IP Are Critical to Your Business
Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable commodity. And today, companies can use new technology, new practices, and organizational alignment to reap the value

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The Hidden Gems of the Enterprise Application Space Part Two: Sorting and Selecting SRM Software
No vendor provides all (if even a majority) of the required solutions for a full SRM initiative at this stage, so almost all solutions will involve best-of

agricultural commodity  Hidden Gems of the Enterprise Application Space Part Two: Sorting and Selecting SRM Software Sorting the SRM Software Suppliers Given the enthusiasm from early adopters, it is hardly surprising that a wide range of software suppliers is adopting the SRM acronym. There are several dozen vendors that are offering suites of SRM functionality and coming from different worlds, based on their origins. A great part of these logically hail from the SCM space such as i2 Technologies , Logility , and Manugistics Read More
Accounting for SMBs: A Solution Beyond Entry-level Systems Red Wing Software
Many SMB companies need more functionality than an entry-level system offers, but cannot afford to pay $15,000 (USD) or more for a higher-end product, nor do

agricultural commodity  two of the leading agricultural products ( AgCHEK by Red Wing Business Systems and Perception Accounting by FMS/Harvest) under one corporate umbrella. Additionally the merger allowed Champion Business Systems to offer a mid-range, Windows-based accounting product (TurningPoint) to its large DOS customer base. Red Wing Business Systems developed TurningPoint from the ground up with their DOS users in mind. Consolidating resources further provided each company the ability to enhance quality support Read More
J.D. Edwards and Numetrix Ponder the Future as One
Deciding that acquisition is the better part of valor, Numetrix cancelled its IPO to combine fortunes with ERP vendor J. D. Edwards & Company. Though

agricultural commodity  D. Edwards and Numetrix Ponder the Future as One J.D. Edwards and Numetrix Ponder the Future as One S. McVey - September 27th, 1999 Vendor Summary Headquartered in Toronto, Numetrix was one of the pioneers of the advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software market. Founded in 1977 by Josef Schengili, the company introduced its first major product, Schedulex, in 1978. An update to Schedulex in 1983 was one of the first finite scheduling tools to incorporate advanced algorithms and offer graphical Read More

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