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BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

blog bigmachines  Part I of this blog post series  talked about my encounter with  BigMachines , a provider of slick  software-as-a-service (SaaS)  configure, price, and quote (CPQ)/ quote-to-order (Q2O)  solutions during my recent attendance of  Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US).  Prior to analyzing recent events at BigMachines, Part I explained the general value proposition of on-demand Q2O and CPQ software solutions . Part II will continue with a discussion of recent developments at Read More...
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BigIdeas 2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 1


blog bigmachines  be seen in  this blog post from 2010 here . Well, during the recent two-day event, I realized that the company’s employees seem to enjoy their work environment. There was plenty of professionalism and pride in their product, but there was also plenty of camaraderie and even silliness during the 2012 roadmap keynote presentation (let alone during the late-night party at the House of Blues in Chicago downtown). “All work and no play makes…”--but I digress. I wasn’t the only one to attend BigIdeas Read More...
BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part I
I recently attended Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US). During the conference, I bumped into several old acquaintances who are working for

blog bigmachines  Part 2 of this blog post series will continue with recent events at BigMachines. Your views, comments, opinions, etc., about BigMachines and about the Q2O/CPG software category per se are welcome in the meantime. We would also be interested in hearing about your experiences with these software solutions (if you are an existing user) or your general interest in evaluating these solutions as prospective customers. Read More...
BigIdeas 2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas, BigMachines’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago. I

blog bigmachines  Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas , BigMachines ’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago . I wasn’t the only one that attended BigIdeas 2011 for the first time, as in May 2011 the company’s financial backers brought in David Bonnette, a seasoned Oracle executive in the customer relationship management (CRM) realm, as the new president. Mr. Bonnette has since gradually replaced the company’s founder and former CEO Godard Abel . The Read More...
Meeting Configure One at PlanetPTC Live 2011
My recent attendance of the PlanetPTC Live 2011 event was a great learning experience. Look for an article with my impressions on the conference and on PTC’s

blog bigmachines  Cameleon, see my earlier blog post on the company. Most of Configure One’s competitors can handle product versioning that enables users to enter different versions of a product, apply changes, make them evolve during their lifecycle, and apply them on all different channels. For example, BigMachines supports effective dates in the platform. For some customer use cases, it uses data tables to accomplish what the customer desires. Yet, the true origin of such data should come from an engineering-oriented Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIb)
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

blog bigmachines  (Part II) of this blog series  described the opportunities for software as a service (SaaS ) or on-demand  applications, especially in the current difficult economic milieu. Part IIa then analyzed the  top five SaaS assumptions (misconceptions) recently outlined by  Gartner . Before any vendor can embark onto delivering a SaaS offering, it must thoroughly consider a number of harrowing SaaS technology choices and their implications. Thus, Part IIa also analyzed the decision's impact on the 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

blog bigmachines  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 Planning module of Deltek Vision 5 [ evaluate Read More...
Grape Escape 2010: Of Cloud & Angels, Fun & Games, and “In Vino Veritas” - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about the historical background of the JRocket Marketing Grape Escape event. Grape Escape has become a June fixture over past

blog bigmachines  Part 1 of this blog series talked about the historical background of the JRocket Marketing Grape Escape event . Grape Escape has become a June fixture over past several years, right after the high traveling season to major vendors’ events subsides and before everyone takes their summer vacations. It is a signature event that showcases the intimate analyst relationships (AR) and event expertise that JRocket Marketing ’s president and founder Judith Rothrock delivers to her enterprise software Read More...
Oracle Boosting Its Sales Cloud with BigMachines Buy
In a matter of days, the cloud-based configure, price, quote (CPQ)/quote to order (Q2O) market has lost its leading vendors to bigger software companies: PROS

blog bigmachines  Boosting Its Sales Cloud with BigMachines Buy In a matter of days, the cloud-based configure, price, quote (CPQ)/quote to order (Q2O) market has lost its leading vendors to bigger software companies: PROS Holdings, Inc.   acquired Cameleon Software , Infor   acquired TDCI , and CallidusCloud   acquired Webcom Inc . Now  Oracle has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire BigMachine s , the cloud-based CPQ market leader. Like its peer products do, BigMachines’ CPQ Cloud Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor ToolsGroup and its solution

blog bigmachines  Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor  ToolsGroup and its solution for planning and optimizing finished goods in distribution environments. So, How Does ToolsGroup Solve the Distribution Puzzle? Most of the benefits are driven here by the distinctive Stock Mix Optimization capability that has delivered higher service levels with much less inventory for ToolsGroup customers. As its name suggests, the feature is Read More...
Infor Strikes Again (at Long Last): Getting “Soft” While Flexing Its Muscles? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Infor’s latest acquisition of SoftBrands Inc., a company with a somewhat complicated history and lineage, and formerly

blog bigmachines  Part 1 of this blog series  analyzed Infor ’s latest acquisition of SoftBrands Inc ., a company with a somewhat complicated history and lineage, and formerly called Fourth Shift and AremisSoft . The post concluded that, from a higher level overview, Infor has a good synergistic opportunity with the SoftBrands Hospitality  solutions but some serious tweaking to do with the SoftBrands Manufacturing solutions. Some issues discussed were the long backpedaled development of the original Fourth Shift Read More...
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

blog bigmachines  Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled Manufacturing Outsourcing: Seven Common Pitfalls to Avoid , authored by Symphony Consulting and Arena Solutions . It also established an intrinsic connection with product lifecycle management (PLM) software technology as a global sourcing collaboration enabler. Indeed, several macroeconomic trends seem to be helping the PLM market, starting with the rampant offshoring of facilities and/or expansion of outsourcing and contract manufacturing Read More...
Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC), which is an over

blog bigmachines  Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC , NASDAQ: PMTC) , which is an over $1 billion (USD) large software company that develops, markets, and supports  product development  software solutions and related services. The article analyzed the company’s genesis from its inception in 1985 until the mid-2000s. Part 2 then analyzed the more recent acquisitions of the products  that have meanwhile been turned into Read More...
Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction? - Part 1
In her recent blog post 12 Things Retailers Did Last Year To Improve Supply Chain... IDC’s analyst Leslie Hand said that many retailers, as one of the top three

blog bigmachines  1 In her recent blog post 12 Things Retailers Did Last Year To Improve Supply Chain...   IDC ’s analyst Leslie Hand said that many retailers, as one of the top three priorities of the last year, implemented new “pay and bonus for performance” structures based on current labor standards/ time management  or simply applied new labor standards to their distribution centers (DCs) and warehouse work. Some also implemented comprehensive  workforce management (WFM)  products to better schedule and assi Read More...

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