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Cameleon (Software) Might Change its Colors but Not its (Q2O/CPQ) Purpose - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my recent reunion with Cameleon Software (formerly Access Commerce) a provider of on-demand and on-premises configure

cameleon blog  collaborative social media capabilities, Cameleon Software has been strengthening its partnership with salesforce.com by sponsoring and exhibiting at the Dreamforce and Cloudforce events . BigMachines and FPX have yet to follow suite, while  Webcom has been embedding its ResponsAbility social platform’s capabilities within WebSource CPQ for a number of collaborative sales scenarios . Is the Q2O Market Sustainable? SaaS Q2O vendors have been showing healthy annual growth for years, which indicates the 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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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

cameleon blog  Configure One , and  Cameleon Software  for now seem to have the upper hand. About 70 percent of BigMachines customers are salesforce.com’s customers too, while Oracle CRM On Demand customers account for about 10 percent. With Oracle, the alliance is more of a co-opetition, in light of Oracle having four sales/product configurator products: in Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Siebel CRM , and Agile PLM . Oracle and salesforce.com even had back-to-back keynote 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

cameleon blog  as the “mobility” challenge. Cameleon believes that this is how companies will really get maximum ROI on their CPQ investment. For more information on 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 Read More
Cameleon (Software) Might Change Its Colors but Not Its (Q2O/CPQ) Purpose - Part 1
In this fast-moving world, use of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud Computing has grown rapidly owing to its straightforward subscription-based pricing

cameleon blog  create similar new ones). Cameleon allows  versioning  of product models by distributing new model/product releases with an appropriate packaged content depending on the different channels, understandable and easily usable by business users. All the business rules regarding pricing, promotion etc. are kept separate from the product hierarchy itself. This separation enables easy modifications in response to competitive feedback from the field. Again, ordinary business users can accomplish all of these Read More
Surviving Amid
Maybe just for the sake of change (or some fun), let me start this blog post as a quiz question. It could go like this:Can anyone name the mid-market

cameleon blog  Amid ERP Sharks as a “Visionary Vendor for the Pragmatic User” (Part I) Maybe just for the sake of change (or some fun), let me start this blog post as a quiz question. It could go like this: Can anyone name the mid-market incumbent manufacturing and distribution-oriented enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor that has a global presence (through regional territory distribution centers and a global reseller network in the United States [US], Canada, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Australia and the Read More
It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic introduced MCA Solutions and its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts

cameleon blog  s the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part II) Part I of this blog topic introduced MCA Solutions and its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts [ evaluate this product ]. That blog post also tackled MCA's notably good times during 2007. In the meantime, an informative post on MCA was also published by the Sourcing Innovation blog . A related 2007 milestone at MCA included a significant expansion with both new and existing customers in core markets, Read More
Infor Strikes Again (at Long Last): Getting “Soft” while Flexing its Muscles? - Part 1
Just when I had begun to think that Ned Lilly’s ERP Graveyard blog might go out of business soon (or at least change its name and charter), here came his new

cameleon blog  Strikes Again (at Long Last): Getting “Soft” while Flexing its Muscles? - Part 1 Just when I had begun to think that Ned Lilly’s ERP Graveyard blog might go out of business soon (or at least change its name and charter), here came his new blog entry in early June 2009 . The blog post’s cause was the official press release (PR) entitled “SoftBrands Enters Into Definitive Agreement To Be Acquired By Affiliate Of Golden Gate Capital And Infor.” Now, the acquisition was certainly not an earth 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

cameleon blog  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. ToolsGroup’s latest version of software continues to Read More
Can Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workdays (more)? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series described the genesis and current state of affairs of Workday – a novel company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in

cameleon blog  Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workdays (more)? - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series described the genesis and current state of affairs of Workday – a novel company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in November 2006 by two great IT minds and PeopleSoft alumni: Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri . Part 2 of this series then got under the hood and analyzed Workday’s secret sauce : its object-oriented and  in-memory database (IMDB)  and definitional services approach, which involves no Read More
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

cameleon blog  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop Read More
To Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved?
In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods

cameleon blog  Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved? In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods ). Another blog was about bringing cost down by using better or best inventory management processes and practices . As we have already discussed the methods, processes, and practices, let’s look now at some of the technological aspects of reducing cost. The first question that Read More
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The article ended

cameleon blog  vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of  software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing  adoption. The article ended with some glimpses into the future and likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 explores the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges (and inevitable soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and Read More
Organizations Struggle with Their Software Selection Shortlists. Here's why.
In my latest blog post, find out what organizations like yours are saying about their shortlists.

cameleon blog  Struggle with Their Software Selection Shortlists. Here's why. Unfortunately, many organizations turn to us when their software selection projects are already in trouble. We help those organizations. But I didn't send this e-mail to you so we could toot our own horn. I'm sure you get enough of that in your in-box. Especially if you've been talking to enterprise software vendors about purchasing an enterprise software system. I just wanted to let you know that most people don't realize their Read More
Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (aka Epicor ERP [evaluate this product]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar feat

cameleon blog  9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 ( aka Epicor ERP [ evaluate this product ]), Epicor Software ’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar feat has yet to be accomplished even by mighty Oracle within Oracle Fusion Applications . The article also discussed Epicor’s accompanying “Protect, Extend, and Converge” strategy for providing customers with  a migration path choice on their own timetable and Read More
They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)
The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons

cameleon blog  do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I) The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia & Montenegro) for personal reasons. Those several days spent in my homeland in late October/early November (whereby I missed my beloved Boston Red Sox’ winning the MLB World Series ’07 Championship , darn it!) I at least used this time to also learn about the enterprise applications market in that Read More

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