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Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

b part 15  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another chronic problem is how to foster plant workers’ acceptance Read More...
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Selecting PLM Software Solutions Part 2 - Problem Overview
Past experience shows us that the vast majority of enterprise technology evaluations run over time and budget, and once selected, the majority of the

b part 15  the viewpoint of the Buyers and Vendors. Part One Lessons Learned from Previous Enterprise Software Selections Part Two Overview of the Problems in Selecting PLM Software Part Three Presents a Solution Part Four Presents Examples of Applying the Solution Part Five Makes User Recommendations Problem Overview Prospective customers typically struggle with the following issues when selecting enterprise technologies: Their selection project teams have no effective way to define their business requirements and Read More...
Talking to (and Learning from) a Retail Store Execution Software Leader - Part 1
My recent post (Software and Human) Help Wanted in Overwhelmed Retail Stores talked about how much attention (and IT investment) retailers pay to their

b part 15  (this story was reported by Computerweekly ) . For its part,  as part of its research into the store-level execution problems retailers face, Reflexis had surveyed 200 store managers working at several chains, and 98 percent of them complained about over-analysis of data. Judging by the high piles of paper on their desks, they should have all been PhD scholars. Reflexis Differentiation In the mid-2000s Reflexis built on the task management solution by developing software for task compliance auditing ( Read More...
Project Management Communication: Developing a Plan (Part 2 Of 3)
Frequently when project teams convene to discuss post-project reviews, project team members feel that if communication had been better, the project would have

b part 15  post-project reviews, project team members feel that if communication had been better, the project would have gone smoother. The reason communication in project management is crucial is because it can impact a project’s success, and it is very important that project managers use the right types of communication during a project. Types of Project Management Communication The issues project managers (PMs) have to communicate about on a regular basis include 1. buy-in and acceptance of major project Read More...
EAM Versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? Part One
As companies continue to look for more areas from which to squeeze out revenues and reduce expenses, enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized

b part 15  article ends with a background on Intentia and IFS, and with a general discussion about enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors' foray into the EAM/CMMS arena. This is Part One of a four-part note. Part Two will address integration concerns. Parts Three and Four will present an analysis of two major vendors. Comparing CMMS and EAM Many regard EAM as CMMS on steroids, which is an oversimplification and does not paint the true picture. Typically, CMMS deals strictly within the confines of the work order Read More...
How Some ERP Vendors Demonstrated - Warts And All Part 2: Results
This is part two of a case study from a recent selection engagement for an ETO mid-size manufacturer; we assess Oracle, J.D. Edwards, SAP, and IFS in terms of

b part 15  needs and return maximum business value. TEC was retained as a neutral process facilitator with an intimate knowledge of the market/vendors and no vested interest (e.g., future system integrating opportunity) in the outcome of the selection. About this Note: This is a two part note with Part One covered the Scripted Scenario Demonstrations. Part Two discusses the specific results of the demonstrations with recommendations for users facing a similar selection process. Rating of Vendor Preparation and Read More...
Frankie Does ERP, Part 1
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

b part 15  interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It's still colorful.] * My name is Frank. I’m a mid-level manager for a manufacturer of scrotchets here in Greenfields, US of A. I have four direct reports, all of whom want my boss’s job after they’ve digested and shat mine out. Thanks to the latest round of Read More...
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications' service oriented architecture

b part 15  the SOA Beast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications' service oriented architecture (SOA). That blog post also tackled Progress Software ’s recent acquisition of Mindreef in order to round out its SOA governance solution for distributed information technology (IT) environments. Mindreef joined the Progress Actional SOA Management product family that provides policy-based visibility, security, and Read More...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the

b part 15  growing software, technology and business process outsourcing markets. This concludes Part Two of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. Part Three will recap outsourcing approaches and categories, and offer recommendations for firms looking to outsource and recommendations for outsourcing providers. About the Author A.B. Maynard has over twenty years of technology, industry, management consulting and appli 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

b part 15  my attendance of UNIT4’s Boston tour and the UK user event helped me at least allay any initial doubts about CODA’s future and UNIT4’s commitment that I might have had (as mentioned in Part 1 ). In hindsight, my initial knee-jerk assessment was way off the mark. UNIT4’s on-premise CODA Financials business continues to provide excellent customer service, while new product updates are being delivered regularly, and the product has a highly professional and experienced team. In fact, not only does Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

b part 15  (see definition of WIP bins, in Part 3 of this series). This concludes Part 2 of the series. Part 3 covers the Lexicon of CRM from R to Z. Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIc)
The first part (Part II) of this blog series described the opportunities for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand applications, especially in the current

b part 15  assumptions (misconceptions) recently outlined by  Gartner . Part IIa and Part IIb also analyzed the major technical considerations that any vendor has to go through before it can embark on delivering a SaaS offering. This final part will will conclude with the Internet hosting service considerations as well as with key success factors (KSFs) for SaaS providers. What About Hosting, Really? At the end of the day, SaaS is inherently all about hosting, and someone has to provide that intricate and Read More...
Up Close and Personal: Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM-Part 2
In part one of my interview with Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM, we discussed the history of SugarCRM and the open source

b part 15  sell you today.” To be continued… The third and final part will cover the cloud, or software as a service (SaaS), compliance for CRM, and integration of SugarCRM with other systems. Read More...
Exploring Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Epicor Software Corporation’s set of tools called the Epicor Productivity Pyramid. The Pyramid enables one of Epicor’s

b part 15  useful as standalone products, can be even more powerful when used in combination. As said in Part 1, all three of the Productivity Pyramid solutions were architected as what Epicor calls “extend” components . That is, these tools were created to enhance the value of Epicor customers’ existing investments in ERP systems. Therefore, the current Version 9.x of Epicor Productivity Pyramid actually works with the following Epicor product generations: Epicor 9.x, Vantage 8.x, Enterprise 7.x, iScala 2.x Read More...
Social ERP Emerges, Transforms the Way People Work (Part 2)
In part one of this series, we looked at how and why social media capabilities are impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. We looked at the

b part 15  work, it needs to be part of your business processes to drive business results, and it needs to be one foundation for all social collaboration across your business and processes.   That one foundation for social at SAP is Jam. In the past year alone, there have been four major releases of the SAP Jam product. SAP is definitely putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to not only a social media strategy, but also social media execution.   Oracle— The Oracle Social Network (OSN) is the heart of Read More...

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