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Best of Breed Versus Fully Integrated Software: The Pro's and Con's
After dealing with the over-hype of Y2K, companies have started to reconsider the best of breed as a viable solution to satisfy their software needs. This comes

bob alexander  user department's needs, the BoB approach to software solutions would appear obvious. However, to ensure an impartial comparison of the BoB and FIS approaches in this article, we will assume that all or, at least, a significant portion of the business applications are to be replaced. We will also assume there are no budget constraints or economic conditions to preclude an organization from replacing its entire portfolio of application software. Again, if a software selection project is faced with budget Read More...
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Kinaxis’ Response Management Helps Keep Supply and Demand in Balance
In the supply chain software market Kinaxis faces stiff competition from the likes of SAP, Oracle, JDA, and Logility, among others, but with double-digit

bob alexander  right. Supply chain analyst Bob Eastman brings us through Kinaxis' makeovers over the years to a look at the supply chain solution's architecture, then explores the company's innovation strategy as of late, including its pipeline of continual product updates and improvements and focus on its control tower and channel strategy. Read More...
OS SmackDown!
In the latest escalation in the battle between Windows and Linux, directions on how to replace each with the other have been published on the Web by their

bob alexander  FUD Killer Raymond and Bob Hat of Doom Young). Yes, we know it is silly, but hardly more so than other back-and-forth sniping we see. User Recommendations As readers have probably guessed, we view this stuff as just so much pre-wrestling-match shouting. Unless users have been dying to find a way to change their operating system, this catfight should be ignored. Purchasing decisions should of course be made on product features, not who can trash whom more effectively. Users who have a slightly warped Read More...
Microsoft’s Underlying Platform Parts for Enterprise Applications: Somewhat Explained - Part 3
Part 2 of this blog series analyzed Microsoft platform parts that are slated for shared use within the Microsoft Dynamics family of products. Particular

bob alexander  Dataquest Insight report by Bob Anderson entitled “Lawson Raises the Bar With Differentiating ERP User Interface. Curiously, Lawson has deployed another non-mainstream Microsoft technology, Microsoft Office Groove . It is a peer-to-peer (P2P) collaboration platform , providing an outstanding base for collaboration (document exchange) scenarios that involve teams with sometimes disconnected participants. Microsoft claims that future product releases will improve the alignment for collaboration between Read More...
The ROI Dilemma - Part 1 - Look at how bad you Look!
If you're going to use ROI in order to find new business or, justify your solution, be careful. ROI is a loaded gun and you might just shoot yourself.

bob alexander  you. Say, this is Bob Riefstahl with Future ERP Software and, um, I sent you a letter two months ago. Anyway, in the letter I outlined why I think we should get together. For example, did you know that your Revenue Growth has slowed substantially? And your Revenue to Fixed Asset ratio has plummeted. And your inventory levels have ballooned. Anyway, at Future ERP Software we can fix all of that. Would you entertain an appointment to discuss how we might help you with those metrics? Karen, now quite Read More...
Lawson Software Expands Vertically As Well
On October 12, Lawson Software announced the formation of a new vertical market initiative for the telecommunications industry, its sixth and newest vertical

bob alexander  industry for Lawson, said Bob North, vice president of Lawson's telecommunications field operations. We've had rapid growth in this market segment over the last three years. However, the strategic partnership with EYT extends the value of our products well beyond traditional back-office e-business solutions and will allow us to offer an end-to-end solution to the telco market. On October 9, Lawson Software announced the best quarter of contracting activity in the company's 25-year history . Lawson Read More...
Vitatech Implements New Quality Capabilities in QAD ERP
QAD has announced that Vitatech Nutritional Sciences Inc., a leader in the nutritional supplement, formulation, and manufacturing industry, has implemented new

bob alexander  and as a standalone BoB product to non-QAD ERP users). CEBOS remains an autonomous division within QAD, and its most common competitors in quality management best-of-breed deals are Sparta Systems TrackWise , EtQ , IQS , IBS AG (part of Siemens ), AssurX , and Master Control . Read More...
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My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components

bob alexander  par in functionality with BoB solutions. The solution offers advantages as part of the SAP Business Suite , and that makes our WMS a top choice for those users. For its part, SAP TM 8.0 is a broad departure from the other BoB TMS solutions. We offer a solution for all transport modes and are delivering a solution to meet the needs of all industries. In addition, we have created a solution that links all of the logistics processes together, from taking an order to settling that order. We believe that Read More...
Infinium Putting its Cards on the Table
On April 20, Infinium Software, a provider of Web-based enterprise solutions and services, announced that it introduced many significant new offerings at

bob alexander  co-presenting with Infinium CEO Bob Pemberton. Nathan's presentation focused on the importance of leveraging the Web to improve customer relationships, not only with external customers, but also with internal customers, HR managers, and associate employees. Nathan demonstrated Bellagio's innovative Web-based use of Infinium's Human Resource and Payroll solutions, and explained how Bellagio implemented a fully-automated, online employee hiring solution that processed over 83,000 employment applications, Read More...
Supply Chain Shorts for the Week of December 13, 2013
Bob Eastman, senior SCM analyst, brings you a round-up of news from Syspro, American Software, and SERUS.

bob alexander  supply chain management, SYSPRO, American Software, Serus, SAP SCM Read More...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

bob alexander  be worthwhile to read Bob Evans' Global CIO blog post as a response to a BusinessWeek ’s previous article . Other balanced and informative articles would be ZDnet blog posts by Phil Wainewright , Dennis Howlett , and Brian Sommer , as well as the WSJ blog post by Ben Worthen . In her recent blog post, Amy Wohl takes a critical view of SAP’s still thin on-demand arsenal by saying that: ... SAP is remarkably late to the SaaS market and has chosen a unique path which I don't think will work: they want to Read More...
TEC Vendor Challenge Panel Discussion Preview: Bob Eastman on Future Trends in Distribution
TEC's senior SCM analyst, Bob Eastman, is participating in a panel discussion on future trends in distribution at the TEC Vendor Challenge event, September 18

bob alexander  Challenge Panel Discussion Preview: Bob Eastman on Future Trends in Distribution TEC's senior SCM analyst, Bob Eastman, is participating in a panel discussion on future trends in distribution at the TEC Vendor Challenge event, September 18-19, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. In this sneak preview, Bob talks about disruption, disintermediation, and next-gen technologies that are helping distributors stay competitive. Read More...
EAM versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? Part Two: Integration Concerns
In most cases, companies will acquire enterprise asset management (EAM) software but the interfaces to external systems will have to be constructed.

bob alexander  whistles featured in a BOB offering (see Best of Breed Versus Fully Integrated Software: The Pro's and Con's ) . Also, since pure play EAM vendors do not rely on existing ERP modules to support certain maintenance operations, their more complete functionality may provide a better fit with how certain maintenance departments operate than with internally developed EAM solutions by ERP vendors. Also, as the EAM software has been evolving into a mature, slower-growth market, many incumbent vendors are Read More...
What's Your Global Market Price?
Thoughts on global trade, outsourcing, and your pay--how we can stop the downward pressure on wages and salaries.

bob alexander  s Your Global Market Price? Introduction The United States has nothing to fear from commercial engagement with the rest of the planet. Who said this? Alexander Hamilton , the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, and probably the one individual most responsible for the financial and commercial system we have lived under for over 220 years. He went on to say, The maxims of the United States have hitherto favored a free intercourse with all the worlds. They have conceived that they Read More...
Capitalizing on Advanced Inventory Management
Today’s distributors have an opportunity to drive performance to new levels by investing in advanced inventory management. These companies can expect to

bob alexander  Getting Business Specific —When Bob Glenn, president of Kipp Brothers, began searching for software to help his company fill orders more quickly and accurately, he knew he needed one that was easy to use and could grow with the business. He selected Infor ERP FACTS Warehouse Management because he believed the application met those criteria without question. After the application was implemented and up and running in a short time, Glenn was immediately impressed with the distribution functionality and Read More...

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