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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 elliot  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
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Implementing an Enterprise Content Management System What is in it for the organization?
Employee efficiency can greatly increase if information, currently scattered throughout a company, is structured through an appropriate enterprise content

bob elliot  need to be considered. Bob Boiko, one of the world's most well-known ECM consultants, created a formula to calculate the complexity of a content management system: (authors) x (sources) x (components) x (types) x (throughput) x (publications) x (personalization) x (redesigns) —From the Content Management Bible , Bob Boiko The equation gives a break even point on when to use a content management system. After calculating the results, you will have an idea where the organization is and you can continue Read More
How to Plan and Manage in Times of Uncertainty and Volatility? Based on Reality and Facts, Duh! (Part 1)


bob elliot  on Kinexions 2011: see Bob Ferrari’s Supply Chain Matters blog post and Trevor Miles' Kinaxis post More on Progress Revolution 2011: see TEC's related article Read More
CRM and Technological Solutions: Be the Customer
In CRM, and now e-CRM, its not about the technology, but about focusing on the locus of importance around which CRM applications grew; namely, the customer

bob elliot  Global 3500 firms, says Bob Chatham, an analyst at Forrester. Our study also shows a typical firm in this category will spend $15 million to $30 million per year on software and services to enhance the customer conversation. These are dramatic numbers. If you're your company's CIO, you just better get it right. Is it part of your plan to provide your customers with the tools to not only view information about your products, but truly interact with your company about the products, through product Read More
ReachForce Acquires SetLogik
ReachForce, a vendor of business-to-business (B2B) data solutions for marketers, has made public its acquisition of SetLogik, which provides cloud-based data

bob elliot  qualification, targeting, and conversion. Bob Riazzi, CEO and president of ReachForce, underlines that at the heart of marketing automation is the accuracy of the data, which ReachForce is attempting to keep up to date: Many marketers have automated their campaign management and digital marketing execution to drive more revenue, but poor data quality is having a negative impact on their success. It was clear what we needed to do to help, and the results are huge. With the addition of SetLogik’s Read More
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!!!
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If this proverb were applied in today’s operations, every organization would be in a reactive mode of maintenance and work

bob elliot  have been using best-of-breed (BoB) enterprise asset management (EAM) applications to manage their overall assets or enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications with built in EAM functionalities .  Nowadays most ERP applications have EAM functionality. This functionality helps integrate assets with other modules within ERP (e.g., inventory management, resource management, project management etc.). An EAM application provides an organization with specific functionalities needed for asset maintenance Read More
Baan Defectors - Is This Only Tip of an Iceberg?
While Baan may have avoided euthanasia in the nick of time, evidence is mounting that a number of anxious and/or disgruntled customers have not found this

bob elliot  characterized by chaos, said Bob St.Clair, CFO and Project Leader. We liked the fact that we knew up front who we would be dealing with at ROI and that no resellers or third party consultants would be involved in our implementation. ROI and MANAGE 2000 were a good fit for our company, not too complicated and not too expensive. Market Impact Baan's protracted financial saga, negative publicity, personnel departures and channel shakeout, as well as the uncertain direction of acquired company, have begun Read More
IBM Emptoris v10, Smarter Commerce, and Strategic Sourcing
Emptoris has been part of IBM for about 20 months, and we’re coming up on the close of its first full fiscal year under the IBM label. Since the acquisition

bob elliot  and Strategic Sourcing By Bob Eastman and P.J. Jakovljevic Emptoris has been part of IBM for about 20 months, and we’re coming up on the close of its first full fiscal year under the IBM label. Since the acquisition, IBM has been integrating Emptoris into its three-year-old Smarter Commerce conception (Emptoris was known to have had some 750 employees at the time of acquisition, but IBM will not disclose the number of employees now associated with it). This has included passing the reins from former Read More
Llamasoft Keeps Supply Chain Design Relevant
It used to be (and it might still be the case in many companies) that supply network design and optimization would be run yearly (or maybe every six months) by

bob elliot  For more information, see  Bob Eastman's blog post on Llamasoft . Llamasoft has nearly140 partners and alliance relationships—some are tech partners ( Esri, Tableau ), while some are resellers ( BMA , primarily in South Africa/India, and Optilon , primarily in Scandinavia). The vendor works with large consulting groups who have large supply chain practice groups and lease Llamasoft software on a project basis when they do strategic network optimization and inventory optimization projects for their Read More
Microsoft Analyst Event Part Two: Dynamics Offerings for ERP and CRM


bob elliot  communication (external, consumer, etc.). Bob Stutz, the new corporate vice president of Microsoft Dynamics CRM , who was previously at Siebel , pointed out that regardless of the “social CRM” trend, the general CRM purpose remains to acquire the right customers, retain the right customers, and grow the share of wallet (SOW) from existing customers. To that end, Microsoft is enhancing all the CRM realms: sales force automation (SFA), marketing automation, and customer service. The rationale of  the Read More
Future Trends in Wholesale Distribution—Part 3: Emergent and Emerging Technologies
This last post of the series on the panel discussion at the recent TEC Vendor Challenge gives an overview of several key emergent and emerging technologies that

bob elliot  for  Pemeco , and Bob Heaney, senior research analyst in supply chain management (SCM) for  Aberdeen . In  part 1 of this blog post series , I reviewed the panel’s discussion of how disruptive innovations are changing the wholesale distribution landscape. In  part 2 , I reviewed the panel’s discussion of omnichannel fulfillment, the “Next-Day Delivery” mandate, and what wholesale distributors are doing to deliver exceptional customer experiences. Below is the last post of the series on the Read More
Progress Exchange 2013 Part One: What's the Current State of Progress?
By P.J. Jakovljevic (see bio) and Bob Eastman (see bio)As it has been excruciatingly painful for die-hard Boston Red Sox fans to watch their moribund

bob elliot  see bio ) and Bob Eastman ( see bio ) As it has been excruciatingly painful for die-hard Boston Red Sox fans to watch their moribund baseball team’s previous two seasons, it has been puzzling and perhaps also painful for enterprise software market observers to watch the coinciding self-implosion of sorts of the New England software vendor Progress Software Corporation . For those who are not sure what I am referring to, 2012 and 2013 were the years in which Progress divested many of its once well-known Read More
Appointment Scheduling - Achieving the Positive Ripple Effect Part 1
Accurate appointment scheduling can provide great benefit to all in the supply chain through improvements in efficiency, visibility, resource and capacity

bob elliot  for an average week. Bob Johnson, Inbound Logistics Manager for Harris Teeter grocery stores, cites rescheduling as the largest problem in scheduling today. In an attempt to offset costs, Harris Teeter has instituted a policy of charge backs for any appointment that is rescheduled more than twice. Currently, between $7,000-$12,000 is collected each month in rescheduling fines. These figures clearly illustrate the depth of the problem. Because carriers and vendors do not personally have access to the Read More
Best Practices in Extending ERP: A Buyer’s Guide to ERP versus Best-of-breed Decisions
The trade-off between best-of-breed functionality and ease of integration is no longer so simple. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to

bob elliot  Best of Breed , BOB , Suites versus Best-of-Breed , ERP versus Best of Breed Decisions , best of breed erp , best of breed crm , best of breed BOB , best-of-breed solutions , software integration , business software , business intelligence , enterprise application , erp solution provider , erp solution , erp extensions , ERP Software Solution , erp implementation , ERP Systems , ERP supply chain tool , BOB supply chain tool , supply chain management , supply chain , SCM Supply Chain Management , best Read More
Maximizing Performance of the Entire Manufacturing Enterprise
Today’s manufacturing supply chain is challenged with increasing quality mandates, cost reductions, and delivery improvements. Technology plays a key role in a

bob elliot  and Plex is delivering. Bob Currier, vice president of Operations at Shape Corporation stated: After looking at many software solutions to manage manufacturing facilities such as ours, Plexus Online was the clear winner. We needed a solution that provides complete visibility of the entire enterprise from the shop floor to the top floor. Plex Systems offered that complete system, and it allows us to eliminate many stand-alone databases. It is intuitive to use and, what is more important, are seeing a Read More

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