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Aspen’s Step Backward in the First Quarter Part of Familiar Dance
First quarter results tend to be Aspen Technologies’ weakest of the year and 1Q 2001 is no exception. There are signs that suggest the process manufacturing

competitive landscape templates  by changes in its competitive landscape. Aspen's broad product slate makes it vulnerable to competition along many fronts, but its market visibility has been improved by consolidation among its rivals. Simulation Sciences Inc. (SSI) was taken over by Invensys plc, the same software clearinghouse that bought troubled ERP vendor Baan last summer. Formerly a significant threat to Aspen, SSI's impact in the market has wavered since the Invensys acquisition and Invensys itself is now rumored to be on 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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PeopleSoft Internationalizes Its Mid-Market Forays Part 2: Challenges & User Recommendations
Despite the challenges, PeopleSoft has raised the bar in providing solutions for smaller enterprises, and Tier 2 and Tier 3 vendors might be in for a tough

competitive landscape templates  lately in an extremely competitive environment, and at its critical opponents' expense. Although PeopleSoft has already achieved a strong presence in the supply chain space, owing to its ongoing commitment to this sector and due to focusing its solutions on only a handful industries such as: CPG, High-Tech, and Wholesale-Distribution, it still possibly occupies the Top 5 place (at best) in the supply chain marketplace as a whole. To that end, as the company is apparently keen to change the competitive Read More...
The Need for Investment in Enterprise Innovation: Part One
Manufacturers throughout the world are scrambling to respond to ever-changing economic conditions, increasing (or at least fluctuating) material costs, and

competitive landscape templates  needs are at a competitive disadvantage. As a result of these issues with innovation, companies looking to strengthen their research and development (R&D) heft are increasingly required to identify and prioritize innovations that will return a concrete business benefit. There has lately been a shift from pure research to developing technologies that convert quickly into new business. Less Than Stellar Innovation Outcomes A recent Booz Allen Hamilton study found that companies with the highest R&D Read More...
Vendors Strive for Segment Pack Leader Status; Does Retalix Measure Up?
Software vendors strive to be leaders in their areas of expertise and Retalix seems to be no exception. But how do we recognize a segment pack leader and what

competitive landscape templates  been to build its competitive position by offering superior retail food sector technology. The software is designed to be modular, scalable to large transaction volumes, capable of handling rapid scanning with extreme reliability, and able to integrate multiple store formats and hardware systems, which are all key requirements of the retail food segment. What is most compelling about Retalix is its absolute dedication to the food related segment of retail. Best described by Barry Shacked, Retalix' chief Read More...
The Best ACT! Is Still to Come
After a long history as a contact management and relationship tracking tool, ACT! 2005, is expanding to offer more sales force automation features for small to

competitive landscape templates  greater area of the competitive landscape. Increased functionality in the area of sales and operations management increases the solutions' potential to wrestle market share away from competitors such as Salesforce.com, Goldmine, and MS CRM. This recent upgrade is in fact the most significant since ACT! came into existence as a contact management solution in 1987. The new ACT! 2005 will extend the current market leadership from lower-end, small- and medium-sized companies to the mid-range CRM marketplace. Read More...
Getting Competitive Advantage from Power Protection Products
Power disturbances might be the cause of unexplained office equipment breakdowns and damage. The office products industry could save itself numerous headaches

competitive landscape templates  Competitive Advantage from Power Protection Products Power disturbances might be the cause of unexplained office equipment breakdowns and damage. The office products industry could save itself numerous headaches—and much money—by examining open sources of data regarding power disturbances across the US. Discover more about the opportunity that exists to redefine the interface between the power grid and the machine with communications-enabled power manager devices. Read More...
Midsize Business ERP Implementation Gains Stronger Competitive Advantage
Seeking a solution to compress lead times and better customer service, Schumacher Elevator Company, a manufacturer and installer of passenger and freight

competitive landscape templates  ERP Implementation Gains Stronger Competitive Advantage Seeking a solution to compress lead times and better customer service, Schumacher Elevator Company, a manufacturer and installer of passenger and freight elevators, implemented a SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. In doing so, it enabled online ordering and customer service, and boosted its competitive advantage in just nine months. Read More...
Managing Through the Current Economic Landscape


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How to Gain Competitive Advantage through Global Product Development
Because products ultimately define a manufacturing company’s success, product development is mission-critical by definition. It’s also expensive—in most

competitive landscape templates  to Gain Competitive Advantage through Global Product Development Because products ultimately define a manufacturing company’s success, product development is mission-critical by definition. It’s also expensive—in most manufacturing sectors, companies annually reinvest between 3 and 8 percent of their total revenues back into product development. Find out how to leverage global product development to gain a dramatic increase in productivity within your product development operation. Read More...
Hendrix Wire & Cable Builds Competitive Advantage in Power Distribution Market with ERP Solution from AXIS
Hendrix Wire & Cable, an underground power distribution product manufacturer, had a highly functional in-house-developed system that fit its manufacturing

competitive landscape templates  Wire & Cable Builds Competitive Advantage in Power Distribution Market with ERP Solution from AXIS Hendrix Wire & Cable, an underground power distribution product manufacturer, had a highly functional in-house-developed system that fit its manufacturing environment. However, it was expensive to support and maintain. Management wanted to establish a foundation to support planned e-commerce initiatives and provide better visibility and executive decision support. And above all, they wanted to lower the Read More...
Perfecting the Recipe for Competitive Advantage: The Chemical Industry and Adaptive Business Networks
Chemical companies are living in a new, more complex world—one that calls for meeting demand through cooperating internally, opening processes to partners

competitive landscape templates  the Recipe for Competitive Advantage: The Chemical Industry and Adaptive Business Networks Chemical companies are living in a new, more complex world—one that calls for meeting demand through cooperating internally, opening processes to partners, suppliers, and customers, and developing newfound abilities to collaborate and change. In other words, the adaptive business network (ABN). But how do you create a successful ABN? And how does that translate into a competitive advantage? Read More...
Benchmark Study - Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. CM/Data Competitive Analysis
Competitive testing analysis is a vital part of designing, evaluating, and marketing hardware and software products. National Technical Systems (NTS) tested two

competitive landscape templates  Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. CM/Data Competitive Analysis Competitive testing analysis is a vital part of designing, evaluating, and marketing hardware and software products. National Technical Systems (NTS) tested two change management systems, measuring how quickly each compares selected datasets. Find out which solution proved to be twice as fast as the other in a local area network (LAN), and almost 24 times faster in a wide area network (WAN) environment. Learn more. Read More...
Business Intelligence for SMBs: MBS Excel Applications and Competitive Analysis
Companies relying on an Excel or Excel-like system need to know that, while Excel might suffice for ad hoc analysis and data storage for individuals or small

competitive landscape templates  MBS Excel Applications and Competitive Analysis Additional MBS Applications In May, Microsoft announced the availability of a private beta release of a new server-based business performance management (BPM) scorecard application. Code-named Maestro , the new application will reportedly take advantage of the power of the Microsoft Office System to help organizations perform deeper analyses by allowing them to build, manage, and use scorecards and key performance indicators (KPI)—all within an Read More...
Customer Relationship Management Strategies Part Three: Achieving and Maintaining the Competitive Edge
Developing the competitive edge involves information gathering and communicating. Using a continuous feedback loop that incorporates sales, service, and

competitive landscape templates  Achieving and Maintaining the Competitive Edge Achieving and Maintaining Competitive Advantage Once you have decided to modify your approach towards customer interactions, you will once again have to take a step back and look at your company from a market perspective. In this section we will discuss strategies on how to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage. If your company has been in business for any significant amount of time, you know who your competitors are, what their strengths and Read More...

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