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Analyzing MAPICS' Further Steps After Frontstep Part Five: Challenges and User Recommendations


MAPICS remains a stable company, with a strong financial position, depth of manufacturing knowledge, a strong customer service record, and a developed affiliate channel, which has also broadened its product offering. Combined respective MAPICS and Frontstep customers and partners should be encouraged by the progress of Frontstep’s assimilation. However, there will ultimately be inevitable rationalization within the maze of likely redundant product sets.

bench marking  an extremely crowded reserve bench and has to let many good players go. In any case, the jury is still out on whether MAPICS will reduce its APS choices. While the benefit of obtaining a .NET-based product is evident, the downside is also that due to the former independent companies' dissimilar technologies in the past, MAPICS will now have the burden of looking after both its AS/400 and SyteLine Progress based customers with ageing product instances. Some of existing SyteLine and Extended Systems Read More

Collaboration: The New Standard in the Supply Chain


Collaboration is becoming more and more critical to managing the supply chain process. Collaboration can take many forms in the supply chain, such as visibility, data sharing, collaborative forecasting, outsourcing, sharing resources, or joint processes. Context is needed to understand what is meant by collaboration". In this report, TEC Research Analyst Bob Eastman looks at collaboration and how it relates to demand planning and forecasting, sales and operations planning, vendor-managed inventory, and logistics, and gives important milestones marking the development of the use of collaboration in the supply chain over the last 50 years.

bench marking  The New Standard in the Supply Chain Collaboration is becoming more and more critical to managing the supply chain process. Collaboration can take many forms in the supply chain, such as visibility, data sharing, collaborative forecasting, outsourcing, sharing resources, or joint processes. Context is needed to understand what is meant by collaboration . In this report, TEC Research Analyst Bob Eastman looks at collaboration and how it relates to demand planning and forecasting, sales and Read More

Sales Is from Mars, Marketing Is from Venus


There is a disconnect between marketing and sales. Marketing is focused on the consumer experience while sales is all about the merchandise. Technologies, such as auto identification technologies, radio frequency identification, sensors, and voice activated technologies, may be able to narrow this gap.

bench marking  Is from Mars, Marketing Is from Venus Introduction Marketers understand the emotions that drive the human animal to indulge in retail excess. As such, the subliminal messages that fill the digital world of television and internet, supported by the plethora of catalogs, all reinforce the experience versus the item. And this is supported by the fantasy world of the holiday shopping mall. January is what I think of as retail research month . Actually, the retail process starts in December—shopping Read More

Proactive IT Managers Can Make a Difference


IT managers, under increasing pressure to align their activities and spending with the strategic objectives of the enterprise, need to find new ways to raise the awareness of IT opportunities throughout the enterprise. This paper presents a framework for IT managers to use as a foundation to their planning processes and as a basis for influencing enterprise strategic planning.

bench marking  IT Managers Can Make a Difference Proactive IT Managers Can Make a Difference Featured Author - William R. Friend* - May 14, 2004 Introduction In the back of every CIO's mind at the time of the annual performance review are two questions: Do I run an IT shop that is aligned with the requirements of our business? and Are the IT projects we are doing generating an acceptable return on investment? In the short term, the more expedient CIO might just try to align IT results with the expectations Read More

Financial Reporting, Planning, and Budgeting As Necessary Pieces of EPM Part One: Executive Summary


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bench marking  Reporting, Planning, and Budgeting As Necessary Pieces of EPM Part One: Executive Summary Executive Summary While ERP/accounting back-office systems and analytics have been inseparable ever since the idea of business automation via IT formed way back in the 1960s, they have nonetheless had different user experiences, evolutionary paths, and so on. Namely, although ERP systems have positively transformed many enterprises' business processes, many users have still been left feeling they were Read More

Software Evaluation, Selection, and Contract Negotiation


Most articles about the pitfalls of software implementation projects highlight the mistakes made during implementation. Examples include poor project management, scope creep, uncommitted users, or lack of an executive sponsor. All of these areas of focus are valid, but often we forget that before starting the implementation, somehow we had to choose a package and sign a contract.

bench marking  consulting firms have a bench of consulting resources who know how to configure one or several ERP systems. Since these firms can only be truly objective within the scope of these vendors, one should avoid using them for the software evaluation phase. When a company decides to launch a new product or build a factory, typically a cross functional team will: Build a business case (why do we need to do it) Define key requirements (what do we need) Determine scope (what will be done) Develop a plan (how Read More

An Introduction to Load Balancing


Is it possible for a business to ensure uninterrupted, secure, and high-performance access to network-based business applications and web sites? Yes. With network load balancers, user requests are evenly distributed among available servers so that individual servers do not become overwhelmed. Learn about the basics of load balancing and how it can improve the performance and security of your business applications.

bench marking  Introduction to Load Balancing An Introduction to Load Balancing If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. The load balancing (LB) feature distributes client requests sent to the system across several servers to optimize resource utilization. In a real-world scenario, a limited number of servers can provide service to a large number of clients. Source : Citrix Resources Related to An Introduction to Load Balancing : Load Read More

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bench marking  Automotive OEMs Might Soon Contract “BRAIN” Damage Part I The Automotive OEMs Might Soon Contract 'BRAIN' Damage P.J. Jakovljevic - August 12, 2002 Event Summary While all eyes and ears have recently been on WorldCom 's bankruptcy, another insolvency under way is sending shockwaves throughout middle and lower tiers of automotive suppliers despite its insignificant financial magnitude in comparison to the WordCom's. On July 5, the board of BRAIN International AG , a German provider automotive and Read More

The High Costs of Non-compliance for Manufacturers


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bench marking  High Costs of Non-compliance for Manufacturers The High Costs of Non-compliance for Manufacturers If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Cincom Enterprise Compliance and Quality Management helps manufacturers improve revenue, profits, and customer satisfaction by delivering a fully integrated suite of solutions that resolve issues quickly and prevent recurrence, ensuring compliance with industry and regulatory requirements. Read More

Integrated Learning and Performance: Essential to a Talent Management Strategy


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bench marking  Growth Stalls,” that talent bench shortfall is a top four root cause for revenue stalls, more impetus for better, more scientific and data-driven talent management is quickly building. In this case, about 50% of the root causes were all deemed to be within management control and one of the top causes was identified as an inability to match the skills and competencies of the workforce with what the organization needs. So this is clearly an area which is having significant business impact. However, it Read More

The Fashion and Apparel Retailers' Conundrum


Retail remains a very tactile industry, focused on the hand, drape, and durability of fabrics and trim—besides which, designs are still being sketched on paper and pinned on size models or mannequins.

bench marking  Fashion and Apparel Retailers' Conundrum Zooming into the Fashion and Apparel Retailers' Conundrum Most of the considerations explored in this series so far hold for multiple retail segments, but with an increasingly fickle and demanding customer base of teens (and paying parents) and yuppies, the fashion or apparel or garment (the precise term depends on the region) retail vertical is probably one of the fastest changing. If these retailers do not constantly refresh their presentation and assortment fo Read More

Can Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workdays (more)? - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series described the genesis and current state of affairs of Workday – a novel company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in November 2006 by two great IT minds and PeopleSoft alumni: Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri. Part 2 of this series then got under the hood and analyzed Workday’s secret sauce: its object-oriented and in-memory database (IMDB) and definitional

bench marking  a vendor's leadership and bench as well as its products. Some may wonder how Workday compares with other star vendors in the on-demand HCM space, say,  SuccessFactors ( see my related series ),  Taleo , and Saba Software ( see the related series ). As for the questions of talent management, there are vast differences among these products and in the utilization of these products, since each one reflects its heritage. Namely, Successfactors is perhaps the best talent performance management and employee Read More

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bench marking  revenue. Intentia also touts benchmark tests performed this year demonstrate that Movex NextGen provides scalability superior to that of competing products. Finally, although the market remains highly uncertain about the seriousness and length of the economic slowdown, based on its prospect pipeline, order backlog and the current customer base, Intentia anticipates positive operating earnings and considerably improved cash flow for the full fiscal year. Market Impact Like many Swedish-made products, Read More

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NetSuite OpenAir software is a cloud-based professional services automation (PSA) solution, providing project-based businesses with project management, resource management, project accounting, and timesheet and expenses management capabilities. NetSuite drives down bench time, elevates on-time project delivery, improves invoicing accuracy, streamlines revenue recognition, and increases services visibility. Key benefits: Delivers real-time visibility into your services organization's performance and profitability Improves on-time project delivery and drives project success rates Increases resource utilization with advanced resource management functionality Equips your services team with mobile access to time and expense management Reduces hardware maintenance costs and upgrade hassles with cloud-based delivery

bench marking  capabilities. NetSuite drives down bench time, elevates on-time project delivery, improves invoicing accuracy, streamlines revenue recognition, and increases services visibility. Key benefits: Delivers real-time visibility into your services organization's performance and profitability Improves on-time project delivery and drives project success rates Increases resource utilization with advanced resource management functionality Equips your services team with mobile access to time and expense management Read More