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PegaWorld 2011 Revisited
How did Pegasystems avert disaster and become one of the fastest growing technology companies? The business process management (BPM) vendor started delivering

alan littman  by its current CEO Alan Trefler), but it still feels like a youngish company that is just past the startup phase. This may be because the company has had four major phases in its current lifecycle, with each phase coinciding with a major product rewrite in a new technology. The first three phases lasted for more than two decades, in which the publicly traded company was a “run of the mills” and even flirted with disaster on a couple of occasions. But then in 2005, the company caught its fourth wind an Read More...
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New Management at Manhattan Associates
ATLANTA, Georgia -- Manhattan Associates Inc. MANH, the global leader in best-of-breed warehouse and transportation management systems, announced the

alan littman  Associates, Inc. announced that Alan Dabbiere will abdicate his position as President and CEO of the Atlanta-based warehouse management system vendor. His replacement, Richard (Dick) M. Haddrill, joins Manhattan from Powerhouse Technologies, a diversified gaming technology company, where he occupied the chief executive position. Founder Dabbiere will continue in his role as Chairman, remaining involved in strategic projects for the company. The announcement comes shortly before the company's third quarter Read More...
The Birds, the B's and the Web
The Internet wing of media giant NBC purchased small business portal AllBusiness.com

alan littman  and resources, including savvy Alan Braverman, President of NBCi's business-to-business division, will lead to a rapid expansion of AllBusiness.com. It is a given that ads for AllBusiness.com will soon be appearing on the peacock network, and the network that made ER's George Clooney a star and brought discussions of emergency thorectomies to the water cooler can probably do the same for AllBusiness.com. However, given that this site is a direct, and extremely strong, competitor to Microsoft's bCentral, w Read More...
TDWI Conference in Chicago: The BI-cycle Still Running
Recently, I attended the TDWI Conference in Chicago. This conference was a great opportunity to learn insights from the people who are involved in the industry.

alan littman  opportunity to talk to Alan Winters from Corda , which I haven’t done before. Corda has developed a set of products for data visualization purposes: Centerview, Popchart, and Optimap are interesting products that enable organizations to handle its data visualization tasks as part of the BI life cycle. Mr. Winters gave me an overview of Corda’s set of products and shared  some insight concerning Corda’s deployed and successful solutions. The interesting thing about Corda’s solutions is its neat re Read More...
Compaq Wins Supercomputer Contract, But Is It Enough?
Compaq recently was awarded a contract for the world’s largest supercomputer, which will use its Alpha processors. But what’s happening with their standard high

alan littman  trying to determine if Alan Greenspan will raise interest rates, the high-end Alpha systems are deserving of your attention. In the supercomputing space, IBM is also a serious contender, and should be investigated/reviewed by potential customers. The PSC win also demonstrates the scalability of the Alpha architecture. This will help reassure customers who intend to buy smaller systems, but want to plan for expansion. Read More...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

alan littman  on March 23, 2009, Alan Trefler, Pegasystems ’ founder and CEO, gave his luncheon keynote presentation at the Gartner BPM Summit in San Diego . His theme was “Don’t just Survive… Capitalize.” Trefler begun by reminding the audience that in today’s turbulent economy we are all “not in Kansas anymore” and may just need some ruby slippers to find our way back home to profitability. If you have 14 minutes to spare, you can re-capture the spirit of the event here . In the main part of his Read More...
Spring Brings New Growth To Manhattan Associates
Good execution in the wake of Y2K brings record revenue and earnings for Manhattan Associates in its first quarter.

alan littman  appointed to replace Chairman Alan Dabbiere in October 1999 amid a broad restructuring of the company's operations. There is a low probability (30%) that the agreement with CGS will yield a web hosted offering before the third quarter 2000, placing Manhattan well behind competitors such as Catalyst International, which finished work on its web deployed WMS in late 1999. Supply chain planning vendor Logility formed an alliance to offer its WarehousePRO WMS over the web through partner eBaseOne.com in Janua Read More...
Book review: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the Environment: Business Imperatives. ed. Ruth Hillary, Greenleaf Publications. February 2000
The role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in society cannot be underestimated—indeed, many think SMEs are the most important sector of a nation’s

alan littman  The first article, by Alan Smith, Robert Kemp, and Charles Duff, called “Small Firms and the Environment”, shows that many managers in the UK recognize the pressures to commit to environmental action, which is the main idea behind the entire chapter. In this article, the managers surveyed show their willingness to take action, yet indicate that they have failed to act, mainly due to a lack of information regarding available initiatives and the related costs. Even though this and other articles Read More...
How Carolina Color Chose abas ERP
Abas-USA recently announced that Carolina Color Corporation has chosen abas Business Suite for its future planned growth and business. Carolina Color provides

alan littman  its decision. Abas-USA CEO Alan Salton was contacted by the company’s IT manager, who started the conversation with, “Remember me?” Not only did Salton remember, but he still had the custom table with the calculations in the system after five upgrades, untouched and still functional. He showed it to Carolina Color again, and explained, as a proof of concept, the upgrade capabilities, and the additional functions and features since the last demo. The company underwent another ERP selection process, w Read More...
Appointment Scheduling - Achieving the Positive Ripple Effect Part 1
Accurate appointment scheduling can provide great benefit to all in the supply chain through improvements in efficiency, visibility, resource and capacity

alan littman  , June 1999 5. Alan Robinson, Fleet Management Handbook , Food Logistics , July-August 1999 Far Reaching Effects Inefficiencies resulting from the current manual appointment scheduling practices affect not only the scheduling department, but extend farther to other parts of the supply chain; Shipping, Receiving, Distribution, Purchasing, and finally to the end customer. Generally, product is ordered with respect to a particular delivery date so that acceptable inventory levels and/or a fluid production Read More...
Retailers Join Forces for a
Today's competitive retail landscape has lead to mega-mergers between some of the oldest retailers in the US: Kmart and Sears. Before the technical issues of

alan littman  of the chairman by Alan J. Lacy, current chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sears, and Aylwin B. Lewis, current president and CEO of Kmart. Lacy will be vice chairman and CEO of Sears Holdings, and Lewis will be president of Sears Holdings and CEO of Kmart and Sears Retail. Glenn R. Richter, currently executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO) of Sears, will be EVP and CFO of Sears Holdings. William C. Crowley, currently senior vice president (SVP) of finance of Kmart and a K Read More...
ACCPAC -- Being Much More Than Meets The Eye
By recently undertaking a number of both prudent and bold initiatives, ACCPAC International, still largely considered an accounting solutions provider, may have

alan littman  Executive Vice President, and Alan Wyley, eWare Executive Vice President and COO, together with the entire eWare staff, are reportedly joining ACCPAC. ACCPAC eCRM is a business application designed to integrate a user organization's interactions with its customers, trading partners and prospects across the enterprise by providing sales force automation (SFA), call center automation, marketing automation, customer and partner Internet self-service, and integrated workflow. To that end, sales team leaders Read More...
Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim

alan littman  concepts set forth in Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder's Ideas Are Free ; its goal is to solicit, rationalize, and implement between 12 and 24 recommendations per employee its first year. The third most important strategic action cited by best-in-class companies is improving manufacturing and supply chain flexibility (38%). Recognizing that supply chain integration would not be possible using spreadsheets alone, best in class Mahindra & Mahindra tackled the challenge of supply chain integration Read More...

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