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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

ant viros avant  evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical vs. horizontal integration . The analysis then moved onto the generally embattled retail sector, where a select group of innovative retailers has found a “happy medium” approach to stay well above the fray. Retailers such as PetSmart Inc ., Aéropostale Inc ., Coach Inc ., Trader Joe’s , Walgreens , and Target have realized the need to become serious product innovators and not just merchants of national product brands or sellers of 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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Epicor Conducts Its Own ROI Acquisition Rationale Part Two: Market Impact
Given Epicor's ordeal of the past and the fact that divesting several lateral products in 2001 will have greatly helped it achieve some much needed stability

ant viros avant  competed mainly with the Avant and Vantage products in the manufacturing arena. Also, the software purchases in this market have primarily been influenced by functionality, performance, availability of a Windows-based solution, price, quality and customer service. Increasingly, since customers in this market segment are looking for Microsoft SQL Server -based solutions, the Vantage product (and its smaller sibling Vista , as an introductory-level product) have turned out as better positioned to address Read More...
Two Vendor Execs Discuss the Current B2B Pricing Market (and its Future)
Why are some companies still managing their prices with spreadsheets—and leaving their single most important profit lever to such inadequate if not harmful

ant viros avant  , and BindView (now Symantec ). His clients achieved organic sales growth by aligning strategic value propositions with industry-specific business challenges and then deploying integrated sales and marketing programs that resulted in greater market awareness, increased deal flow, and improved success rates. A graduate of the GE Capital Leadership Development Program , Girgenti spent 10 years honing his business acumen in sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility within GE Capital and Read More...
Microsoft Dynamics AX: The Chosen One Among Microsoft Dynamics ERP Equals? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series positioned all four Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) product lines and concluded that Microsoft Dynamics AX

ant viros avant  , it brought an avant-garde  object-oriented programming (OOP)  technology within reach of midsize companies that also needed a  scalable  enterprise applications suite to run their operations. With their componentized approach, Axapta and IFS were a breath of fresh air at the time when monolithic ERP systems such as SAP R/3 and Baan IV were ruling the ERP market (with their lengthy implementations). The new Damgaard solution featured other advanced ideas and technology at the time, such as multi-lan Read More...
TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of June 11, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONSJeanswest selects Manhattan Associates Industry tags: Fashion/retail

ant viros avant  was that the company wanted to acquire industry-specific ERP software that included industry best practices. Among eight vendors, IQMS was judged by Standby Screw Machine as offering the best fit for its needs. —Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst IQMS: TEC profile Compare IQMS to leading competitors ********** SOFTWARE VENDOR M&As AND PRODUCT LAUNCHES OpenText acquires cloud-based messaging company EasyLink Industry tags: cross-industry OpenText has announced that it has agreed to acquire EasyLink. Read More...
Epicor's Mid-Market Pitch Becomes Higher For (One) Scala Part Two: How Scala Complements Epicor
The merger looks like a positive move for both companies and their customers, since Epicor obtains a foothold in some complementary geographic regions, and in

ant viros avant  competed mainly with the Vantage (for new business opportunities), Manage 2000 , and Avant products in the manufacturing arena, and with the Epicor Enterprise suite (formerly e by Epicor ) and the Clientele standalone CRM product for certain service industries. Increasingly, since customers in this mid-market segment are looking for Microsoft SQL Server -based solutions, the Vantage manufacturing product (and its smaller sibling Vista , as an introductory-level product) have turned out as better positio Read More...
SAP Weaves Microsoft .NET And IBM WebSphere Into Its ESA Tapestry Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
One should imagine how humongous the job of delivering plug-and-play packaged middleware components for a number of other disparate applications SAP will

ant viros avant  touted universality), SAP might want to select a preferred provider for each specified industry or a certain product line. SAP's NetWeaver/EAS approach will by no means become a real product easily and quickly, given it has taken several thousands developers only to lay down the concept. One should dare to do the math of a mere volume of the imminent work that is ahead of SAP and its partners to offer almost out-of-the-box' integrated functionality in shape of a pre-built library of business processes. No Read More...
Epicor Conducts Its Own ROI Acquisition Rationale Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
Despite notable functional and technological initiatives, the challenge for Epicor and its affiliate channel also remains the management of multiple flagship

ant viros avant  used throughout the product. Avant , on its hand, has its own idiosyncrasies and proprietary development tools. Thus, while the long awaited porting of Epicor's flagship products onto Microsoft SQL Server as well as continued focus on .NET framework should significantly relieve the company's R&D burden and improve its general competitiveness, the remaining work of delivering single .NET compliant application framework remains colossal. The existing 6,500 manufacturing customers, will sooner or later have Read More...
Has KANA Gotten Its Mojo Back? - Part 1
In this service economy it is not surprising to hear about smart innovative companies whose businesses have been blossoming due to the superior customer service

ant viros avant  “swivel chair integration” of constantly copying and pasting between multiple systems (i.e., e-mail, phone, Web page, chat, social media, etc.), by repeatedly leveraging the  Alt-Tab command  (to switch to-and-fro between the open applications windows), is not exactly the avant-garde technology paradigm of the 21st century. But even if the technology problem can be overcome via a unified system, there are still the people-, process-, and knowledge-related problems. Indeed, in service organizations w Read More...
Epicor Reaches Better Vista From This Vantage Point Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
Epicor competes in multiple enterprise business applications markets. Epicor may mean different things to different people, which does not really help mind

ant viros avant  Better Vista From This Vantage Point Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations Epicor's Manufacturing Solutions Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC ), a true mid-market incumbent vendor that has not had much good news for last several years following up on its progenitors' merger and subsequent name change in 1999, seems to finally have been disseminating upbeat news both in terms of its financial performance and of its strategy clarity. Part One of this note presented Epicor's recent Read More...
They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)
The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons

ant viros avant  ApolloG4 , boasts a multi-tenant software as a service (SaaS) architecture for on-demand deployments, in addition to solid multi-national capabilities. But I digress again, and Apollo will get an in-depth coverage in a separate blog post or in a research article on our web site/newsletter... Going back to the era of late 80’s & early 90’s, Oracle was the main provider of underlying relational database management systems (RDBMS) and development tools, whereas IBM DB2 also played a part (albeit to a muc Read More...
Can Technology Make CFO's and Controller's Jobs More Strategic? (Part 2)
Part 1 of this blog series established that by offloading non-essential and non-value-adding routine tasks to third-party business process outsourcing (BPO

ant viros avant  on strategic and more important tasks of managing talent and human capital of the company. The discussion then went into the possible liberation of chief financial officers (CFOs) and controllers from their daily grind mindless chores. A New Breed of CFOs and Controllers? I can see how financial management and accounting software as a service (SaaS ) applications and BPO offerings can provide a good value proposition , but the crux of the matter is whether CFOs and controllers will sabotage this approach� Read More...
Ramco Ships Technology And Products. Part Two: User and Vendor Recommendations
When compared to leading vendors, Ramco suffers from size, funding, and market awareness comparisons. However, it appears to be at least equal in functionality

ant viros avant  Ramco's value proposition, being cognizant of competitive offerings. The verticals that would benefit the most likely from evaluating Ramco are: Batch Process Industries Food & Beverage, Cement, Specialty Chemicals, Plastics, Textiles, and EAM Intensive Industries Aviation, Utilities Companies who are working to fill-in their application portfolio and perhaps bridge the gaps in existing applications should evaluate Ramco's modules/components and technology. A strong point of the offering appears to be t Read More...
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2
Part 1 of this series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe, to

ant viros avant  then talked about another important development that preceded both the UK user conference and the Boston analyst tour (but which was not the topic of either gathering). Namely,  in the fall of 2009, UNIT4’s on-demand venture, CODA 2go , evolved into FinancialForce.com , backed by both UNIT4 and Salesforce.com . The spin-off joint venture  combines CODA’s 30 years of designing and building financial applications with Salesforce.com’s cloud computing development platform, Force.com . The creation of Read More...
Getting a More Exact Picture of, Well, Exact Software Americas - Part 1
In the early and mid-2000s, I had a fairly close relationship with Exact Americas (at that time called Exact North America). As a result, there were two in

ant viros avant  of the first series, the avant-garde collaborative Exact e-Synergy platform was introduced to the local market (meanwhile, the product has been renamed Exact Synergy). At the time of the second series, the Exact Software parent launched its global ERP offering Exact Globe , while its American division acquired Vanguard Business Analytics, which is now the Exact Business Analytics (EBA) offering. In 2007, Exact Holding N.V. reorganized its regional structure, and Middleton, Massachusetts (US) is now the Read More...

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