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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 9  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
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Project Management Pitfalls
Through the implementation of enterprise wide systems many organizations have experienced success in transforming their enterprise from a reactionary task

b part 9  critical that a stipulation be placed on the RFP which excludes the vendor to outsource that part of the mandate. 9) Vendor Selection The pivotal piece of the Project Management puzzle as this is the solution that everyone has embarked upon and the enterprise is going to align their growth and manage their resources to. Reputation of being a stable product with few releases being produced, a large network of users to refer to and a product which is scalable and does not require a great deal of Read More
Traceability in Food and Beverage Processing
Food safety has been top-of-mind for both consumers and industry executives for a number of years. Clearly traceability plays a large role in overall food

b part 9  in Food and Beverage Processing Plex Online manufacturing ERP software offers a completely integrated solution, from recipe management to production, shipment and accounting, enabling food and beverage processors and packagers to effortlessly track lot properties while optimizing and improving other business processes Source: Plex Systems Resources Related to Traceability in Food and Beverage Processing : Traceability (Wikipedia) Traceability in Food and Beverage Processing Food and Beverage 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 9  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
Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part III - Steps in the Architecture Process
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 9  developing the technical viewpoints before the other ODP architectural views, the project is turned upside down. Conclusion of Part III This is part III of a five part note. The next part covers moving from the planning to implementation. The Author Glen B. Alleman, has provided consulting services to a variety of industries and business domains in the industrial and commercial market places. These include, e-commerce systems, publishing systems, information technology strategies, manufacturing systems, Read More
The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2)
In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a

b part 9  analyzing this information. In brief, employees are also part of the social media networks. Due to the nature of social media sources and its behavior, it is difficult to calculate social media return on investment (ROI). Social media are means by which individuals can interact; they are also segmented channels—therefore, there is no direct ROI nor is there a general consensus on how to obtain it accurately. Some companies think social media analysis adds value to the company. Other companies assess Read More
B Labs
Starting from 2000, B Labs deals with the development of software systems in the sphere of instant messaging and real-time communication. The aim of the

b part 9  Labs Starting from 2000, B Labs deals with the development of software systems in the sphere of instant messaging and real-time communication. The aim of the company is to present efficient and innovative software solutions for the organization in terms of safe exchange of messages, data and documents transmitting between the users in local networks of small offices, companies of small and medium business as well as in large corporate and enterprise networks. Company success and more than 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 9  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
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

b part 9  Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010 , salesforce.com ’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the  cloud computing  trailblazer and unveiling of Salesforce Chatter , the company’s nascent social platform and collaboration cloud (as duly  cover 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 9  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
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second largest business applications provider in continental

b part 9  FinancialForce.com , backed by both UNIT4 and Salesforce.com . Part 2 then focused on FinancialForce.com’s strengths and potential challenges and on its step-sibling CODA-Financials ’ recent developments. This final part of the series will present my observations of the recent UNIT4 user conference in the UK.  So, What Did I See in Wales? Attending UNIT4’s UK user conference gave me the complete picture of the company. Namely, prior to this opportunity, my knowledge of the vendor was limited to Read More
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software
After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM

b part 9  PLM Software After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The company provides both PLM tools (e.g., computer-aided desi 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 9  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
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 9  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

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