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Enterprise Asset Management Systems: Your Manufacturing Organization’s Underrated Superstar
For all you baseball fans living in the US and Canada, you can probably appreciate that we are quickly approaching what is referred to as “the dog days of

baseball  Superstar For all you baseball fans living in the US and Canada, you can probably appreciate that we are quickly approaching what is referred to as “the dog days of August.” This is when the pennant races are close, and almost every game has added significance for a team’s chances of making it to the playoffs. As I was enjoying one of those rare idyllic days lying in the backyard hammock and reading the sports page, it occurred to me how the good teams are not just about one or two great players. Read More...
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Talent (Human Capital) Management and Sports? Sign Me Up, Please! - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series introduced and analyzed some mixed feelings and doubts that we might still have about the noble concepts of talent management and

baseball  pointed out Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the  Oakland Athletics (A’s) . In fact, the A’s GM Billy Beane's executive talents and the organization's baseball philosophy were the subject of Michael Lewis' acclaimed book entitled Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. In other words, by paying close attention to the main pillars of talent management (i.e., recruiting, performance management, and compensation), and by aligning them to the overall business strategy of being competitive at a Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 1
In addition to the Giants’ Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series 2010 victory, San Francisco has been even more famous for its software powerhouses

baseball  Giants ’ Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series 2010 victory, San Francisco has been even more famous for its software powerhouses, spearheaded by mighty and ever-acquisitive Oracle and the  cloud computing  trailblazer salesforce.com . Another company from the same metro area that has lately had admiration and accolades lavished upon it is SuccessFactors , a player in the  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  market. In fact, a number of SuccessFactors employees are former Oracle Read More...
attune Consulting Implements SAP AFS at Bauer Performance Sports
attune Consulting, a global solutions provider to the fashion and lifestyle industries, has successfully deployed SAP Apparel and Footwear Solution (AFA) at

baseball  hockey, roller hockey, lacrosse, baseball, and softball equipment, as well as related apparel. This is an interesting story that speaks to the challenges companies face as they grow and acquire new businesses.   Following the acquisitions of Maverik Lacrosse in 2010 and Cascade Helmets in 2012, BPS established a new and expanding presence in lacrosse, one of the fastest-growing team sports in North America. attune helped BPS to implement the SAP AFS 6.5 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system across Read More...
The Undying Users’ Quest for Exploring and Discovering Info - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the differences and some subtle similarities between the well-established enterprise applications giant SAP and up-and

baseball  Pitch-count: Strike One In baseball lingo, by pitching SAP BusinessObjects Explorer to enable customers to load and manipulate enormous volumes of data into the in-memory database  (where data can be accessed almost instantly), SAP has thrown “strike one.”  Baseball aficionados will know that two more strikes are necessary to take one opposing player out, then 6 more strikes to retire the entire side in an inning, and then 24 more for the entire game. In other words, this product launch is a great Read More...
At Least Your Boss Can't Read Your Home E-mail, Right? Wrong!
A lower-court judge in St. Paul granted a subpoena to Northwest Airlines allowing them the search the home computers of employees for evidence of allegedly illegal union activities.

baseball  day to attend a baseball game. Perhaps that e-mail to your sister-in-law in which you said that you and a co-worker joked about your CEO being like the pointy-haired boss in Dilbert could be seen as working to hurt company morale. In the context of that example, this case poses two questions. First, if the company already has good reason to suspect you of sowing dissention, should they have the right to search your home computer for evidence? Second, if the company believes that somebody has been telling Read More...
Challenging the Competition: Mega-mergers and Supply Chain Technology
In theory, the Kmart-Sears merger could produce a new layer of competition to mega-retailers such as Wal-Mart. However, it needs more than just size to be competitive. It needs to coordinate its retail strategy with supply chain technology to make it triumph.

baseball  and hitters are to baseball sport clubs: the broader assortment of options should, in principle, allow each retailer to fine-tune products to the appropriate target customer demographics for each of the remaining product lines. However, one should note that though Kmart and Sears are large retailers, they do sell to different groups of consumers— Sears sells mainly to married men in their late thirties and early forties who are looking for Craftsmen tools. Kmart targets largely senior citizens with Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 1
<!--StartFragment--> In addition to the Giants’ Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series 2010 victory, San Francisco has been even more famous for its software powerhouses, spearheaded by mighty and ever-acquisitive Oracle and the cloud computing trailblazer salesforce.com. Another company from the same metro area that has lately had admiration and accolades lavished upon it is SuccessFactors

baseball  Giants ’ Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series 2010 victory, San Francisco has been even more famous for its software powerhouses, spearheaded by mighty and ever-acquisitive Oracle and the  cloud computing  trailblazer salesforce.com . Another company from the same metro area that has lately had admiration and accolades lavished upon it is SuccessFactors , a player in the  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  market. In fact, a number of SuccessFactors employees are former Oracle Read More...
SAP HANA Going “Moneyball”
After recently acquiring a sports ticketing and entertainment software solution, SAP has announced the launch of the SAP Scouting solution, an enterprise offering enabling sports franchises to improve their ability to identify and acquire the talent that should fuel their teams’ on-field success. SAP developed the solution in partnership with the National Football League’s (NFL) San Francisco

baseball  compete against much richer baseball competitors via analytics. SAP Scouting will bring together the power of cloud and in-memory analytics technologies to help teams incorporate the use of technology to drive key player personnel decisions, evaluations, and roster optimizations (in tune with NFL’s strict team salary cap limitation). SAP Scouting is envisioned to enable teams to do the following: provide scouts, executives, coaches, and trainers with the ability to access and enter player evaluations Read More...
Why Enterprise Application Search Is Crucial to Your ERP System
Enterprise applications become easier to use with the addition of powerful search capabilities. There is a distinction to be made, however, between stand-alone search tools and true enterprise application search that is built into and tightly integrated within an application.

baseball  how many home runs baseball great Hank Aaron accumulated during his career (775) or the number of goals Brazilian soccer great Ronaldo has scored in World Cup play. You could find sites containing information on industrial equipment, but probably would have trouble finding for sale listings for a used dewatering screen for your mining operation, or a rotary die cutter for your printing and converting company. Searching within Your Own Systems The ability to find things on the Web using powerful search Read More...
The Three Cs of Successful Positioning
There is a method to take you through the positioning process, where success depends on understanding three Cs--your Customer, your Competition, and your Channel. This series of articles will explain how to use them to gather intelligence, challenge assumptions, and test your positioning.

baseball  competitors. As the old baseball adage puts it, hit it where they ain t. That s ideal. Claim an unclaimed space: one that sets you apart from your competitors. But, what can you do if your competitor makes a similar claim? It s a tricky situation, and we ll look at possible options in the column devoted to the third C—competition. I ll also explore a positioning tactic that enables you to set a trap for your competitor, as well as how market confusion contributes to a longer sales cycle, and when to Read More...

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