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Tracing Food Quality and Safety, or We Are What We Eat, After All (Part II)
Part I of this blog post introduced the burning issues of food safety and the ensuing need for traceability. To the end of providing entire food supply chain

batchmaster blog  's Ross Enterprise , BatchMaster , SYSPRO , Technology Group International's (TGI) Enterprise 21 , SSI-TROPOS , or CSB System to name only some, accomplish this. However, this new product from Lawson extends the traceability in both directions: back (to the farm ) and forward (to the fork ). It sits on the Internet and accepts transactions from suppliers and suppliers' suppliers upstream and from distributors, retailers, etc. downstream to allow the company to achieve full farm-to-fork traceability. Read More...
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Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part II
Part I of this blog series tried to analyze not only the opportunity but also the many related strings attached stemming from the American Recovery and

batchmaster blog  Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part II Part I of this blog series  tried to analyze not only the opportunity but also the many related strings attached stemming from  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) , a.k.a. the Economic Stimulus Plan. The inspiration came from my attendance of  the Deltek Insight 2009 user conference last May , where Deltek decided to fill a market need by convening a  separate “track” that was entitled “Stimulus & Beyond Read More...
Agresso + CODA, VITA + Link (+ CODA 2go): What's the Sum? (Part 1)
Over the last few years I have produced a number of articles and blog entries on two once-independent and occasionally competing products: Agresso Business

batchmaster blog  + CODA, VITA + Link (+ CODA 2go): What's the Sum? (Part 1) Over the last few years I have produced a number of articles and blog entries on two once-independent and occasionally competing products: Agresso Business World (ABW) and CODA Financials . Since early 2008, these two products and their related owner companies have become siblings within the Unit 4 Agresso parent . Unit 4 Agresso is a Netherlands-based business software company that has grown since its inception in 1980 in great part via 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

batchmaster blog  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 the suite's resulting potential cross- and up-sell opportunities and its prospective additional revenue for Deltek in a standalone manner. However, Deltek has not been sitting still when it comes to continually enhancing its core products either. Deltek Vision 5 Series For example, the new Resource Pl Read More...
LTCH Picks Spinnaker for SAP Third-party Support
My recent blog post said that third-party software service and maintenance providers continue to peel off lucrative maintenance contracts from large vendors one

batchmaster blog  Picks Spinnaker for SAP Third-party Support My  recent blog post  said that third-party software service and maintenance providers continue to peel off lucrative maintenance contracts from large vendors one customer at a time. As the latest example, Spinnaker Support , a provider of SAP and Oracle JD Edwards and Siebel third-party maintenance, application/technical management, and consulting services, recently announced that  Swiss manufacturer LTCH has chosen Spinnaker Support  as its SAP Read More...
Global Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part I
I have done blog posts lately on how some supply chain management (SCM) applications could fare in a down economy. One was about pricing optimization solutions

batchmaster blog  Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part I I have done blog posts lately on how some supply chain management (SCM) applications could fare in a down economy. One was about pricing optimization solutions while the other one was about how sourcing and procurement can help enterprises in a down economy . But in the meantime the global credit crunch has dawned with a vengeance. This has not only promoted the economic downturn and recession into possible prospects of a depression, but has also Read More...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 1)
The title of this blog post might sound like a no-brainer: as clear and indisputable as the “motherhood and apple pie” adage. Yet how many times have you dealt

batchmaster blog  Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 1) The title of this blog post might sound like a no-brainer: as clear and indisputable as the “motherhood and apple pie” adage. Yet how many times have you dealt with a seemingly not-really-knowledgeable call center person over the phone or a clueless technician that showed up at your door? To be fair, maybe those folks were knowledgeable in principle, but were still ill-informed about your particular problem, previously explained at a great length Read More...
ERP Software Blog
The ERP Software Blog is a member-supported blog that includes comparisons and opinions about enterprise resource planning (ERP) and the software selection

batchmaster blog  Software Blog The ERP Software Blog is a member-supported blog that includes comparisons and opinions about enterprise resource planning (ERP) and the software selection process. Read More...
The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

batchmaster blog  Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog post series  expanded on some of TEC ’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This series, which focuses on the complexity of  pricing  and  promotions  in  retailing , was inspired by  JDA Software ’s recent “edu-nouncement” on leading retailers' consumer-centric pricing and promotions strategies  and  Revionics ’ recent (and still Read More...
SAP Backpedals Its SaaS Forays -- By Design or Under Duress?
Let me start this blog post with a huge disclaimer: I have no intentions of wilfully beating up on SAP whatsoever!Sure, the enterprise applications titan

batchmaster blog  Backpedals Its SaaS Forays -- By Design or Under Duress? Let me start this blog post with a huge disclaimer : I have no intentions of wilfully beating up on SAP whatsoever! Sure, the enterprise applications titan has lately been embroiled in an intellectual property lawsuit with archrival Oracle over improper use of support data through its TomorrowNow third-party support (recently discontinued) subsidiary . As if this wasn't enough, SAP is being sued again, and this time over an allegedly failed 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

batchmaster blog  (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) 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 Read More...
The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

batchmaster blog  Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 4 Part 1 of this blog post series  expanded on some of TEC ’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This series, which focuses on the complexity of  pricing  and  promotions  in  retailing , was  inspired by JDA Software ’s recent “edu-nouncement” on leading retailers consumer-centric pricing and promotions strategies  and  by Revionics’ recent (and still Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

batchmaster blog  You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2 In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud )  was tepid. To be frank, Marc Benioff, salesforce.com ’s flamboyant and engaging CEO, gave an atypically incoherent and dry keynote speech when he  introduced Chatter at the Dreamforce 2009 Read More...
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I)
A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors' self-serving marketing

batchmaster blog  PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I) A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors' self-serving marketing fluff and buzzword verbiage ), and about their (un)intended audiences . These posts have even caused some heated debates with other blogging sites and experts on white papers , and I am going to stay away from all that here. My intention here is rather to acknowledge that, as part of my daily Read More...
IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 1
While my two separate blog post series about workflow automation and Business Process Management (BPM) and about the long tails of supply chains were coming to

batchmaster blog  & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 1 While my two separate blog post series about workflow automation and Business Process Management (BPM) and about the long tails of supply chains were coming to their respective ends, one event that is curiously pertinent to both topics has meanwhile taken place in the market. Namely, at the end of July 2008, IBM acquired ILOG , a specialized software provider with headquarters in France and the US. Over 3,000 direct corporate customers in Read More...

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