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Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part V - Applying the Methodology
Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current

b part 19  performed, the work can be performed externally to the workflow system or as part of an application component embedded in the workflow process. Interface Objects - are made up of two types: Dialog Interfaces - provide for the manipulation of kernel objects through graphical user interfaces. The interface objects are typically partitioned into presentation objects and dialog controls that manage the flow of control in the dialog. Batch Interfaces - provide for manipulation of application kernel objects Read More...
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The Advanced Sourcing and Negotiation Benchmark Report
The wave of e-sourcing that began a decade ago resembled a “crash diet:” it had an immediate and noticeable effect on enterprises. Today’s challenge is to

b part 19  Lifecycle Sourcing application to better understand cost drivers of certain parts and determine how to reduce those costs through design and requirements modifications, part standardization opportunities, and additional e-sourcing. Results: The expanded team analyzed an initial set of key parts and found that 60% of the parts had significant cost savings opportunities. The cross-functional team was ultimately able to reduce the annual cost of the parts analyzed by a total of 8%, which resulted in a 3% Read More...
The Customer Relationship Management Vision: It Starts with Relationships
An alarming number of companies get on the wrong track when creating a customer relationship management (CRM) vision. Outlined here are four steps that take the

b part 19  Employees will need to be a part of the vision and the solution. That means communications must go beyond e-mail. Remember: it's all about people, and people need relationships in order to be committed to actions. Leaders and managers should pursue all opportunities to meet employees in small groups to engage in conversation and address whatever issues may be of concern. The Bottom Line The premise of CRM vision creation starts with an understanding of what the relationship needs to look like between the Read More...
Pricing and Revenue Optimization: A Manufacturing Perspective
Pricing and revenue optimization is the process of improving business margins by either increasing unit prices or increasing gross revenues. This type of

b part 19  the pricing process may be part of a single solution suite or may reside in different solution suites that could include supply chain management (SCM) , customer relationship management (CRM) , product life-cycle management (PLM) , or existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Having an end-to-end integrated process that leverages accurate supply-and-demand information and that links the three principal pricing stages ' strategic, tactical, and execution ' backed by strong analytics, is Read More...
Employee Web Use and Misuse: Companies, Their Employees, and the Internet
The Internet creates new opportunities for mischief—and new challenges for managers. How do you balance individual access with the overall good of the business?

b part 19  Web Use and Misuse: Companies, Their Employees, and the Internet Employee Web Use and Misuse : Companies, their employees and the Internet If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. MessageLabs, now part of Symantec, provides a range of managed services to protect, control, encrypt and archive electronic communications. Listed as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and many other analyst reports, and with more than 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 19  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...
Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better pricing management and optimization practices. It also

b part 19  pricing doesn't seemingly help, but rather procurement-oriented applications . In addition, people become more conservative when times are hard and pricing management & optimization is a category of software that is still not proven in the eyes of the conservative market. Still, many pricing vendors mentioned in Part 1 claim that business remains great for them (some continue to grow at over 60 percent year-over-year).  One vendor recently (incognito) said that the economy hasn’t hurt its business 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 19  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...
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 19  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...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 2
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. My post first analyzed the

b part 19  around the realms of Business Alignment and People Performance ( mentioned in Part 1 ), and Team Execution (which is the most recently added pillar of BizX, to be discussed shortly), SuccessFactors BizX solutions are designed to be easy enough for anyone to use, but powerful enough to uncover the critical insights that help drive business results. While available as standalone, the modules are tightly integrated with other modules as required. In fact, the appeal of managing the entire company’s executi 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 19  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...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

b part 19  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

b part 19  kind of data is being passed (see the example provided in Part 2, under the definition for Metadata). It is being heralded as the EDI of the Internet, and the future of inter-database, inter-application, and inter-company communications. ZLE - Zero Latency Enterprise . The latest, new-fangled term to come from the consulting world. It represents the Enterprise that is so technologically enabled that information is instantly accessible to anyone who needs it (or has need of it) at any time. Zero Read More...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part III)
Part II of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek EPM suite, which came as a result of three focused acquisitions. It also analyzed

b part 19  as inevitable challenges, will be analyzed in the final part of this blog series. Your comments, opinions, suggestions, experiences, etc. are welcome in the meantime. Read More...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The post ended with

b part 19  most notably  SAP Business ByDesign . Part 3 of this blog series  analyzed recent SaaS initiatives by mainstream mega-vendors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions were presented, most notably  Oracle ’s Platform for SaaS  and SAP ’s recently unveiled on-demand strategy for large enterprises. Coming back to the company that has inspired this series, Progress Software , the vendor believes that most mega-vendors, based on their nascent and budding SaaS offerings Read More...

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