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PDM vs. PLM: A Matrix View
Two recent blog posts by Oleg Shilovitsky (PDM vs. PLM: A Data Perspective and PDM vs. PLM: A Process Perspective) got me wondering about what a true product

bo vs discoverer  ) got me wondering about what a true product lifecycle management (PLM) system actually is. In his posts, Shilovitsky discussed the differences between product data management (PDM) and PLM from the perspective of data (scope and control of the data) and process (coverage of product lifecycle activities) I have a bit of a different perspective. Let me back up first and look at systems being implemented for product development and collaboration (PD&C) (I’m using this term to avoid “PDM”/”PLM”). Read More
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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The Fatal Flaws for Process Manufacturers
Every piece of software you consider holds the potential for fatal flaws. Miss the fatal flaws and it is difficult to project what the future holds for you

bo vs discoverer  only business. (see Boutique Vendors Can Bring Big Value ). The process fatal flaws stated above should be easy to find with a process only vendor. Some generalist vendors will have these features, but you must proceed with caution to insure that the generalist vendor you select has what you need and that it works in a way that satisfies your specific needs — remember the devil is in the detail. At a lower level of detail (not process, not food but meat, dairy, etc.) exist more potential fatal Read More
In-house vs. Managed Services: 4 Key Questions You Need to Ask
Installing software and patch updates can be frustrating and time-consuming for IT staff and users alike. But it's critical to update your computers regularly

bo vs discoverer  open, wireless connections exposes notebooks to viruses and malware. To protect your company's network, special approaches like audit trails and exception management are required. Comparing in-house and managed services When developing your software change management strategy, an important step is deciding who will perform the day-to-day work. If you already employ IT staff, should you purchase a software tool and continue increasing the change management responsibilities of your IT staff? Or, should Read More
Vendor Viability (Size) vs. Customer Intimacy
After almost a decade of following the enterprise applications market via insightful, sometimes exhaustive (and exhausting) free research articles (which will

bo vs discoverer  , defined in the above article as a critical yet often overlooked category that should examine the financial and management strength of the vendor. Given the huge dollars spent upon and strategic importance applied to most major IT procurements, the financial stability of the vendor supplying the product cannot be overlooked. The vendor viability evaluation section should combine quantitative Wall Street ratio and metric analysis with qualitative management and corporate evaluations. Only by combining Read More
Oracle E-Business Suite vs. Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for Mixed-mode ERP
They say a picture is worth a thousand words—but in my opinion, graphs are sometimes worth even more. Therefore, I decided to let the graphs do most of the

bo vs discoverer  most of the talking about the main differences between Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (JDE) and E-Business Suite (EBS). In order to do that, I have selected our Mixed-mode Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Evaluation Center because it has functionality from ERP for discrete, ERP for process, and ERP for engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing. For those of you who are not familiar with our Evaluation Centers, I should mention that you can use them to compare different software vendors, understand the diff Read More
“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical

bo vs discoverer  approach to stay well above the fray. Kurt Salmon Associated (KSA ), the leading global management consulting firm specializing in the retail and consumer goods industries, dubbed this strategy “Act Vertical” in its seminal research study . The firm presented the highlights of the study at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO 2009 (also known as the Retail Big Show ) in January in New York City. The accompanying slide deck can be downloaded here . Part 2 of this blog Read More
ERP vs Project-Based Solutions - Which is Right for You?
Are project-based solutions (PBS)—a new type of ERP for complex, engineer-to-order companies facing rapid change—right for you?

bo vs discoverer  vs Project-Based Solutions - Which is Right for You? Are project-based solutions (PBS)—a new type of ERP for complex, engineer-to-order companies facing rapid change—right for you? Read More
ERP Showdown: Deltek Costpoint vs. Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. Oracle E-Business Suite
We looked at eight standard ERP modules. To eliminate any chance of bias, and to ensure a level playing field, all 3,600 criteria that make up the modules and

bo vs discoverer  As you can see above, straight out of the box', Oracle E-Business Suite ranked first overall, with Deltek Costpoint coming in second, and Microsoft Dynamics AX placing third.(Overall scores were based on the average level of support the vendor offers across the entire ERP spectrum.) As the chart below shows, Oracle finished first in six of the eight modules, with Deltek and Microsoft finishing first in one module each. However, as with most aspects of enterprise software, it's not that simple or Read More
Customer Relationship Management Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics CRM vs. Oncontact CRM vs. SageCRM
For this Showdown, we looked at all three of the main CRM modules: sales force automation, marketing automation, and customer service and support. To eliminate

bo vs discoverer  CRM solution comes in both hosted (SageCRM.com) and non-hosted configurations. For this Showdown, we looked at all three of the main CRM modules: sales force automation, marketing automation, and customer service and support. To eliminate any chance of bias and to ensure a level playing field, all the criteria that make up these three modules in our CRM Evaluation Center were given equal weight and priority. In other words, no area of functionality was treated as being more important than any other. All Read More
“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

bo vs discoverer  approach to stay well above the fray. Retailers such as PetSmart Inc ., Aéropostale Inc ., Coach Inc ., Trader Joe’s , Walgreens , and Target have realized the need to become serious product innovators and not just merchants of national product brands or sellers of their own knockoffs. Kurt Salmon Associated (KSA ), the leading global management consulting firm specializing in the retail and consumer goods industries, dubbed this strategy “Act Vertical” in its seminal research study . The firm Read More
Thinking Radically: Interview with Timo Elliott, SAP’s Technology Evangelist
It is hard to imagine that organizations like SAP or former Business Objects (BO)—now a division of SAP—were once start-up companies. Nowadays on the business

bo vs discoverer  impossible to avoid the BO initialism. Like many other successful companies, SAP has grown into itself by offering a product that applied a radical approach to a business problem solution, and this is particularly true of its BO stack of BI solutions. In this installment of my Thinking Radically interview series, I had the pleasure to speak with Timo Elliott , a prominent personality in the BI space. Mr. Elliott was one of the first employees of the original French company Business Objects, which SAP acqu Read More
Merchandising Showdown! Lawson vs. Epicor/CRS vs. Aldata
Using our Merchandising Evaluation Center , we compared Lawson Software, Epicor, and Aldata Solution head-on. For the overall rankings portion, we looked at

bo vs discoverer  Module Rankings As indicated above, Aldata Solution has three first-place finishes, while Epicor and Lawson each have two. It's worth noting that in an area that matters significantly to retailers, inventory management, Aldata Solution takes the lead. Both Aldata Solution and Lawson Software are both particularly strong in price management, while Epicor is the clear winner in revenue management. Lawson Software has particular strength in the master module, which includes chart of accounts, pre-pack, and Read More
Oracle Product Showdown! JD Edwards EnterpriseOne vs. E-Business Suite
In JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and E-Business Suite, Oracle has two of the most popular enterprise solutions available in the marketplace today. To compare these

bo vs discoverer  developed by Oracle itself. Both products are enterprise solutions, both have large installed bases, and both are marketed and supported by Oracle. So what are the differences between them? If your organization is considering an Oracle enterprise solution, which is the better choice? This Vendor Showdown will help you find out. To compare these two Oracle products, we looked at six standard enterprise resource planning (ERP) modules: supply chain management, distribution process management, web commerce, Read More
Improving Intercompany Reconciliation for a Faster Close: Driving Financial Excellence
Are you moving beyond the need to comply with legislation like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), to focus instead on driving sustainability and control in your

bo vs discoverer  Intercompany Balance Performance | BO Intercompany Reconciliation | BO IC | BO Reconcile Intercompany Transactions | BO Intercompany Reconciliation Rules | BO Intercompany Reconciliation Template | BO Use Intercompany Reconciliation | BO Customize an Intercompany Reconciliation | BO Intercompany Reconciliation Process | BO Intercompany Reconciliation to Make Sure | BO Intercompany System | BO Intercompany Reconciliation Reports | BO Intercompany Reconciliations Performance Management | BO Intercompany Read More
ERP Analytics vs. BI for Manufacturing: Which Is Right for Your Organization?
Organizations are constantly looking for ways to maintain their competitive advantage and increase sales while lowering costs. Analytics helps organizations

bo vs discoverer  organization’s needs. But what about those organizations that aren’t lowering production costs, improving sales, or managing their supply chains effectively through the use of their current systems? In this case, BI for manufacturing may be the better way to meet and exceed an organization’s strategic goals. Let’s explore both options to help you determine which type of analytics is more beneficial to your organization. Organizations using an ERP solution should ask themselves whether their ERP sy Read More

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