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Can Brick & Mortar Leaders Be Brick & Click Leaders?
Merger mania, deregulation, and new technology are having far ranging impacts on organization, process, and technology integration in the financial services

brick  Brick & Mortar Leaders Be Brick & Click Leaders? IT Management Issue Size matters. To be in the hunt, financial services firms need to function in a single global capital market tied into many local markets. Financial services continue to build momentum towards global growth, continuing the migration from what had been a predominantly local/national business focus. This growth is being fueled by: Loosening regulations Increased savings and investments in the developed world A continuing pattern of Read More...
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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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Will a Tool Manufacturer and a Supply Chain Software Vendor
The merger of traditional brick-and-mortar manufacturer Illinois Tool Works with Internet-based Click Commerce is puzzling, but has some method to the madness

brick  Click Commerce,ITW,mergers and acquisitions,M&As,SCM,supply chain management,PRM,partner relationship management,DCM,demand channel management Read More...
Advanced Planning and Scheduling: A Critical Part of Customer Fulfillment
The face of business is rapidly evolving from traditional brick-and-mortar facades to electronic ones. While web businesses spend considerable effort in

brick  rapidly evolving from traditional brick-and-mortar facades to electronic ones. While web businesses spend considerable effort in polishing Internet front ends with sophisticated graphics and animation, they must also give attention to back end fulfillment operations. Invisible to the web consumer, these operations encompass networks of manufacturers, warehouses, and distributors that shoulder the burden of filling orders and delivering products. Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) offers powerful Read More...
i2 To Power Best Buy
Since introducing its first cavernous superstore in 1989, the Minnesota-based discount retailer has grown rapidly to over 350 stores in 39 states. The company

brick  the success of its brick-and-mortar business in cyberspace. The scope of the i2 project encompasses the major nodes along Best Buy's supply chain beginning with demand planning. Point-of-sale (POS) integration will be incorporated into the process to predict customer buying patterns and help plan promotions. The resulting forecast will then be handed over to i2's supply chain management application, which will make best use of inventory at multiple internal and third party locations to meet the demand. Read More...
Show Me the (Hidden) Money
Did you know that there is hidden money in your company? No, not in the safe, nor in some secret vault that you can access by pressing on a brick in the wall—it

brick  by pressing on a brick in the wall—it’s in your operations. At the 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo preview webinar series (session 4), Nicholas M. Testa (CEO Acuity Consulting Inc.) tried to answer the following questions concerning your company’s hidden money: How can you search for it? What tools can you use? How can you get results? The answers to all these questions have something in common—the concept of lean manufacturing. Describing lean manufacturing is out of the scope of Read More...
Great Plains - Getting Greater and Less Plain
Great Plains Software, Inc., a leading provider of e-business solutions for the mid-market, announced financial results for the fiscal quarter ended February 29, 2000.

brick  air without a proper brick business foundation. Will these capabilities be achieved with yet another acquisition? User Recommendations We generally recommend including Great Plains in a long list of an enterprise application selection to small and mid-market companies (with $1M-$250M in revenue). Great Plains should be included on any package selection short list within the SME market where electronic business and accounting modules are the main pillars of an enterprise application. Any organization Read More...
Glossary of Enterprise Applications Terminology Part One: Accounts Payable Through Internet
As enterprise applications systems developed over time, a continuous stream of new terminology surfaced. This is a glossary of those terms.

brick  Internet. It includes traditional brick and mortar businesses that also offer products online and businesses that trade exclusively electronically. capable-to-promise (CTP) : The process of committing orders against available capacity as well as inventory. This process may involve multiple manufacturing or distribution sites. Capable-to-promise is used to determine when a new or unscheduled customer order can be delivered. Capable-to-promise employs a finite-scheduling model of the manufacturing system Read More...
NetSuite Acquires Retail Anywhere’s Cloud POS
Just before the NRF BIG Retail Show 2013, NetSuite announced that it had acquired Retail Anywhere, a provider of multichannel retail management solutions. The acquisition builds on NetSuite’s SuiteCommerce platform, delivering a broad integrated cloud business suite for retailers, giving them what they need to open up new sales channels and expand their businesses globally. The addition fulfills a

brick  of sale (POSs) at brick-and-mortar stores or other locations to call centers, social media, and business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce via desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. According to the Deloitte 2012 Annual Holiday Survey , consumers who engage with retailers through multiple customer touchpoints were likely to spend 71 percent more than those who engage only through the traditional brick-and-mortar channel. The report’s findings further suggest that this cro Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+) suite's name is that a "99+ percentage" represents the gold standard in customer service levels, and it takes a product purposely built to achieve service level excellence and to support such a high standard

brick  distribution constraints than so-called “brick-and-mortar” retailers, demand will spread across a huge array of items (a.k.a., stock-keeping units or SKUs). If demand for each SKU is illustrated graphically, starting with most popular items first, as demand wanes toward a zero point the graph depicts a “long tail.” The long tail theory was originally coined by Chris Anderson, editor of  Wired magazine , who illustrated the concept with Internet-based selling companies such as Apple’s iTunes or Read More...
Informatica Heads for E-Business
Informatica Corp. (Nasdaq: INFA) today announced the acquisition of Influence Software, a leading provider of analytic applications for the e-business value chain. Informatica is acquiring Influence Software for roughly $80 million in a stock transaction that will be treated as a pooling of interests. The acquisition marks a realization of Informatica's vision to become a leading provider of packaged analytic applications for B2B e-business.

brick  established big businesses, or brick and mortar companies, with multiple supplier, sales and distribution channels who are today aggressively pursuing e-business solutions to help them automate, analyze and optimize such critical operations as procurement, logistics, inventory management, supplier efficiency and customer satisfaction. If Informatica has bet correctly, they will have a head start on many of their competitors, such as Ardent Software (currently being acquired by Informix), Computer Read More...
NetSuite to Perfect Omnichannel Order Management
NetSuite continues to round out its exacting capabilities for retailers and distributors. Having acquired the Retail Anywhere cloud point of sales (POS) system in early 2013, on the eve of the SuiteWorld 2013 conference NetSuite has acquired OrderMotion Inc., a provider of order management solutions based in Burlington, Massachusetts, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition of OrderMotion’s cloud

brick  transactions across Web store, brick-and-mortar store, mail orders, and telesales, which results in customer frustration and increased service costs. Add the complexity of DOM, where orders may be partially fulfilled from two or more locations, including drop-shippers, and companies are simply unable to keep up using homegrown or legacy order management solutions. This leads to the ironic situation of many retailers maintaining separate and often unnecessarily bloated inventories and safety stocks in Read More...

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