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Integrating All Information Assets Part One: Why is integration an issue?
More and more companies today face a significant challenge in integrating multiple business applications. This is the natural result of fewer companies running

are there advantages to vertical integration  and other technologies. They are not constrained by legacy architecture. Nor do they have existing customers to satisfy with bug fixes and enhancements to installed software. Point solution vendors enjoy a first to market advantage. Depending upon their goals, target market and early level of success, they may or may not continue to develop their solutions as best of breed (BOB) applications. Many will start as small companies with a bright idea and a viable plan, but they may not have a magnitude of Read More...
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Nearshoring: Looking Closer to Home
Companies looking for savings but worried about the risks and cultural barriers involved in offshore outsourcing, whose business processes have a strong

are there advantages to vertical integration  could be expanded. There are two universities with good technology and language skills, says Andrew Macdonald, regional director of shared services finance at Symbol. So not only could we sufficiently get associates and staff with the right language skills, but it was also one where the cost environment was quite low. Symbol chose not to outsource the whole operation - Atos Origin helped it to develop some of the technology used at the centre - but it set up a nearshore shared service centre instead. Read More...
How to Lower Your ERP Implementation Costs
Most companies are facing a number of pressures, thanks to a stormy economic climate. To help control costs and resources, many small to medium businesses (SMBs

are there advantages to vertical integration  all, enterprise software implementations are nothing if not huge in scale, and you may find that too much flexibility leads you into time sinks of disastrous proportions. There are a few other points that distinguish CDS's approach. First of all, CDS's methodology incorporates a pilot environment for the application. Simply put, this means creating a prototype of the system you will have in the future. This is more comprehensive than the usual demo provided by fast-path implementors, and differs from a Read More...
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series introduced some common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article

are there advantages to vertical integration  the midmarket. Large corporations are there and ready, while the midmarket is not yet there according to Epicor’s findings. But the vendor claims to have a roadmap that will get it there and will continue to educate its customers toward those best practices after they have mastered the basics of spend management. The recently unveiled Ariba SIM (Supplier Information Management ) platform  is a good example of why Epicor will gladly wait and see before joining the supplier hubs fray. Namely, the Read More...
Oracle Mends Its Ways To Bounce Back
Despite its inclination to traditionally thrive on a moderate amount of controversy and to fly a number of trial balloons, Oracle, has also been a practical

are there advantages to vertical integration  clean its act. There are now reportedly over one thousand of live customers on the new 11i suite, compared to mere a dozen a year ago. Oracle also reports that there are over 4,000 other customers in various stages of transition to the 11i suite, but the company should also bear in mind that its statements will be examined through a magnifying glass and with a skeptical eye. Oracle's strategy to expand the functionality scope of the 11i e-Business Suite may indeed be attractive and encouraging for Read More...
How to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean
Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma

are there advantages to vertical integration  Lean Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma principles. Consensus is growing that technology is key for successful lean initiatives. This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives. Read More...
The Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level
Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can

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How to Unbalance Your Scorecard to Better Measure Business Performance
The Balanced Scorecard is one of the most popular methodologies for measuring business performance, with a view to enhancing it. First made popular in the early

are there advantages to vertical integration  elements and perspectives that are important to your organization. Finally, as Michael Hammer mentions in The 7 Deadly Sins of Performance Measurement and How to Avoid Them :   There are two keys to useful performance measurement: an emphasis on end-to-end business processes and a focus on the drivers of enterprise results. This might mean adjusting the fulcrum of your business performance measurement tools: Unbalance the scorecard. Do you have a story of balanced scorecard success or failure? I welcome Read More...
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Jitterbit: Integration in Harmony
California-based provider of cloud-based application and data integration solutions Jitterbit has taken its strategy to offer a platform better adapted to the

are there advantages to vertical integration  number of organizations. Companies are seeking to consolidate both data and process integration to increase efficiency of the data management process, and to reach further levels of integration with new types of systems and data sources. Integration is becoming more important than ever, and the Jitterbit Harmony Integration Cloud Platform is a good example of this clear trend in the IT industry. Read More...
Got BI? Now You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For.
According to a poll conducted by KDnuggets, salaries in the analytics and data mining space are up in 2011. While there is no direct proof that the data

are there advantages to vertical integration  and data mining space are up in 2011 . While there is no direct proof that the data explosion is increasing the need for business intelligence (BI) or business analytics (BA) specialists, it’s only natural that the increase in BI software adoption and demand for analytics should promote the growth of BI job offerings. So, if your organization already has a BI or BA application in place, or if you’re going to be implementing one in the near future, you might soon be needing a data geek. BI Is a Read More...
Best Practices in Food Traceability: Be Able to Respond to Audits in Just Minutes
Today’s ever-increasing frequency and cost of food and beverage recalls harm not only the companies directly affected, but all processors in the industry. See

are there advantages to vertical integration  how leading food processors are turning to innovative software solutions, like Plex Online, to develop a complete food safety management system that enables them to achieve best practices in food and beverage processing quality and a high level of traceability. Read More...
Do You Want Your Apps to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 1
Let me start this blog series with one disclaimer: I am not an early adopter and I do not easily fall for any vendor’s slick marketing. At a recent large

are there advantages to vertical integration  following and so on are useful dynamics and features, the biggest issue I see with these social applications paradigms is striking the right balance between important and not-so-important feeds. Already I find that I'm spending more time than I should following various people's tweets and statuses, since my darn  multi-protocol instant messenger (IM) client ( Trillian ) gives me little pop-up windows as soon as there are changes. Yes, I could turn it off, but I don't, and thus it is not hard to Read More...
How to Get Closer to Your Best Customers
In the white paper Get Closer to Your Best Customers, you'll find a host of new ideas and proven best practices for dealing with customers more e...

are there advantages to vertical integration  not alone. Many businesses are searching for new strategies to help them prosper. Customer attitudes and spending patterns have changed as well. In the white paper Get Closer to Your Best Customers , you'll find a host of new ideas and proven best practices for dealing with customers more effectively. You'll learn the four key things you can do to get close to your customers, how to weather an unpredictable economy and emerge even stronger, ways to package your products, promotions, and pricing to Read More...
From Right Brain to Retail: Cutting Time-to-market with PLM
Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM

are there advantages to vertical integration  Cutting Time-to-market with PLM Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. In this white paper, you’ll discover how PLM solutions can help your company achieve faster time-to-market. And you’ll learn how integrating PLM with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system maximizes the capabilities of both. Read More...

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