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And the Real ERP Is…
On October 9, I ran a contest asking readers to define ERP in their own words. Why? Because there are so many different definitions floating around on the Web

charastic words  the Real ERP Is… On October 9, I ran a contest asking readers to define ERP in their own words . Why? Because there are so many different definitions floating around on the Web that I wondered if users really know what they're getting into when selecting an ERP system. This problem was really brought home to me a few months ago, when I was asked to write a brief history of ERP (for an organization who will remain nameless). It didn't start well—throughout our first two meetings I couldn't help

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Buzzwords, Swear Words, ERP, and You


Heh heh. The Global Language Monitor (GLM) has released its Top 10 Most Confusing High-tech Buzzwords of 2008. Meh. You won’t find any buzzwords on the TEC site, I thought to myself. We run a clean shop here. But then I thought I’d match GLM’s list to actual buzzword occurrences on the TEC site. Here’s what I found: Cloud Computing: 10 results Green washing: 1 result Buzzword

charastic words  Swear Words, ERP, and You Heh heh. The Global Language Monitor (GLM) has released its Top 10 Most Confusing High-tech Buzzwords of 2008 . Meh . You won’t find any buzzwords on the TEC site, I thought to myself. We run a clean shop here. But then I thought I’d match GLM’s list to actual buzzword occurrences on the TEC site. Here’s what I found: Cloud Computing: 10 results Green washing: 1 result Buzzword Compliant: 0 results Resonate: 20 results De-duping: 2 results Virtualization: 134 Read More

BLM: Buzzword Life Cycle Management


The management of buzzwords represents a significant area of improvement for both the buzzword users (BU) and the buzzword consumers (BC). Buzzword life cycle management (BLM) is a proven discipline being applied within the software industry.

charastic words  Buzzword Life Cycle Management Executive Summary The IT industry is alive with buzzwords. The management of buzzwords represents a significant area of improvement for both the buzzword users (BU, for example vendors, analyst and consultants) and buzzword consumers (BC, mostly end users). Buzzword life cycle management (BLM) is a proven discipline being applied to this crying need within the software industry. What is a Buzzword? A buzzword is a word or phrase that enters the collective mind of the Read More

Taming the SOA Beast - Part 1


Certainly, I admit to not being a programmer or a techie expert (not to use somewhat derogatory words like “geek” or “nerd”) per se. Still, my engineering background and years of experience as a functional consultant should suffice for understanding the advantages and possible perils of service oriented architecture (SOA). On one hand, SOA’s advantages of flexibility (agility), components

charastic words  the SOA Beast - Part 1 Certainly, I admit to not being a programmer or a techie expert (not to use somewhat derogatory words like “geek” or “nerd”) per se. Still, my engineering background and years of experience as a functional consultant should suffice for understanding the advantages and possible perils of service oriented architecture (SOA). On one hand, SOA’s advantages of flexibility (agility), components’ reusability and standards-based interoperability have been well publicized . Read More

Sage ERP X3 Version 7—ERP Usability A Game Changer?


Sage announces Version 7 of its Sage ERP X3 solution, with a major focus on user experience. Get all the details in P.J.'s write-up.

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Can 'Intuitive' And 'ERP' Words Be Associated?


While Intuitive Manufacturing Systems, still largely a stealth small ERP provider, may have the ‘Intuitive ERP’ trump to attract SMEs internationally, a bevy of competitors has also been engaged in delivering their panaceas to the increasingly crowding market segment.

charastic words  'Intuitive' And 'ERP' Words Be Associated? Can 'Intuitive' And 'ERP' Words Be Associated? P.J. Jakovljevic - July 18, 2002 Event Summary Seemingly unfazed by (although certainly aware of) tough economic environment, Intuitive Manufacturing Systems ( www.intuitivemfg.com ), a privately held company offering enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for small and mid-size manufacturers, continues to pragmatically expand its operations worldwide and to unveil significant enhancements to its latest Read More

Autodesk and Jitterbit Partner to Increase Access to PLM Data


Autodesk continues its foray into the cloud product lifecycle management (PLM) game after its recent launch of Autodesk PLM 360 and acquisition of Inforbix. The focus of the Autodesk PLM 360 offering (bolstered by Jitterbit’s data integration) is to connect and orchestrate data transfers between systems. On the other hand, the focus of Inforbix is to index and mash up data across the

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Infor Unveils Implementation Accelerator For Fashion Industry


Providing implementation facilitation tools and instruments has become a common practice for many enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendors. I recently wrote about Oracle's experience in this matter, and I saw the news about Infor today. Infor has been offering a range of industry-specific predefined configurations of its software packages for some time, and now it's the turn of the

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What-if Scenarios for Analyst Firm Mergers and Acquisitions


Now that Gartner is acquiring AMR, we cannot help but wonder what will be the next acquisition or merger in the business software research field. There are not so many companies doing business software research and analysis, so the number of permutations is quite low. Let’s look at some of them and what the end result would be. Gartner acquires Aberdeen and launches The Magic Axis (Magic

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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 model and relatively quick deployment. Nowhere has that been more evident than in the niche quote-to-order (Q2O) or configure, price @ quote (CPQ) market segment. Indeed, BigMachines, FPX (formerly Firepond), Webcom

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Quote-to-order: New Ingredients in the Recipe for Success


Quote-to-order (Q2O) systems can address the increasing demand for personalized and customized products. Complex product specification, quoting, and ordering processes—as well as the software applications catering to those processes—can benefit from the use of the Web, collaboration tools, and lean thinking.

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(Software and Human) Help Wanted in Overwhelmed Retail Stores


My recent series on Quantum Retail presented the many difficult merchandise range and assortment planning issues that retailers face, and the ensuing tough decisions that they have to continually make in that regard. But a lesser-known fact is that even though retailers spend multiple billions of dollars on planning activities and supporting tools to bring customers to their stores, they only

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Jesta I.S. Vision Suite software is geared toward retailers, manufacturers, and distributors in the apparel, footwear, and soft goods industries. The broad retail suite consists of near real-time Web-based applications that are designed to help manage business processes in the areas of merchandising, merchandise lifecycle management (MLM), planning, supply chain management (SCM), and warehouse

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Delivering Efficiency: Business Processes, Automation, and Integration


Implementing IT solutions that fulfill all corporate requirements requires exhaustive research and analysis. But the reality is that most organizations have neither the time nor the resources to do all this. Indeed, such an approach is largely impractical, since by the time you’ve built your perfect solution, it may already be out of date. So what are your real options? Three words: Business. Process. Integration.

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Big Data. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry is abuzz with those two words. And while it’s understandable that the CPG world is excited by the prospect of more data that can be used to better understand the who, what, why, and when of consumer purchasing behavior, it’s critical CPG organizations pause and ask themselves, “Are we providing retail and executive team members with “quality” data, and is the data getting to the right people at the right time? Big Data can be a Big Deal - read this white paper for some useful tips on ensuring secure, quality data acquisition and management.

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