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Compaq Wins Supercomputer Contract, But Is It Enough?
Compaq recently was awarded a contract for the world’s largest supercomputer, which will use its Alpha processors. But what’s happening with their standard high

contract backlog  Impact Winning a high-profile contract such as the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a nice trophy, and demonstrates the Alpha chip's power for high-end applications. However, contracts for 2700-processor machines are not going to get awarded every day, so Compaq must concentrate on its regular channels to get the revenues needed. Compaq announced its AlphaServer GS Series (code-named Wildfire ) in May (It Takes More Than a Fast CPU to Rule the Web ), with the stated goal of reaching $1 Billion in

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Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP)

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 order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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A Visionary of Loveliness


Informix released version 2.0 of their interactive data analysis dashboard Visionary. The tool is designed for decision-makers and provides capabilities for viewing and analyzing dynamic data from a variety of sources.

contract backlog  itself to a production contract that will push their machine utilization so high that you want to look for backup capacity elsewhere in the region? If so, which kinds of machines are most impacted? Are Web-based sales coming from the Northwest outstripping retail sales from the same region? Informix Corporation (NASDAQ: IFMX) is aiming its Visionary 2.0 product at executives who want to monitor key components of their business. Visionary is a tool with which views of complex operational data can be Read More

Emptoris: Opening a New Chapter of Prosperity - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series talked about my impressions following an upbeat and constructive business update meeting at Emptoris’ headquarters. Under its new investors’ wing, with a new customer-focused CEO, and with the former Click Commerce's contract and service management (CSM) business as a new major capability, Emptoris has charted a new course recently.

contract backlog  former Click Commerce 's contract and service management (CSM) business as a new major capability , Emptoris has charted a new course recently. Results Are Telling The company had two back-to-back record quarters, whereby year-over-year bookings grew by 24 percent in Q4 2009. Bookings came from both brand new customers (including the very first service procurement sale under Emptoris to Bell Canada ) and many existing customers with cross-sale deals of over US$ 300,000. The backlog is reportedly at an Read More

Deltek Providing Clarity for Government Contractors


TEC’s mid-2011 article, which reported on the Deltek Insight 2011 conference, indicated that Deltek has lately become the leader in market intelligence for government contractors (in addition to long being the leading provider of GovCon enterprise software solutions and professional services). By using Deltek’s market intelligence services, companies are able to benchmark their performance against

contract backlog  to quickly assess what contract backlog looks like for each customer. It helps companies answer questions such as whether they are winning new business, which projects are under-funded, and more.  No solution like this exists for government contractors today. This new tool will help government contractors be more efficient in everything from resource planning to forecasting and budgeting since it also ties the business development side of the business to the mid and back offices by integrating with our Read More

A Matter of Trust


When important information is withheld, it leads to enormous inefficiencies or even disasters in the supply chain. Trust is needed to streamline decision making and interactions in the supply chain. But, in spite of what "Kumbaya Collaborationists" preach, there are very real and serious risks with sharing information. This article explores answers to this conundrum.

contract backlog  OEMs give designs to contract manufacturer. Component suppliers share product roadmaps. Stolen IP —Example: Huawei Technologies Co., a well-known network equipment company in China was sued by Cisco Systems last year for copying Cisco's software and source code (right down to the bugs). U.S. losses to piracy in China alone are nearly $2 billion and over $10 billion worldwide. Run rate, Backlog, Inventory Positions Lower Inventory + Higher Service Levels —When inventory levels and consumption are Read More

Is Baan Showing Signs of Life After Death?


On September 20, Baan, an ERP vendor recently believed to be deceased, won its first new contract since being acquired by Invensys. The British Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) has placed a large order for the complete Baan enterprise solution. Will the market witness Baan rising like a phoenix from the ashes?

contract backlog  won its first new contract since being acquired by Invensys plc, a large British automating equipment provider; Baan is part of the Invensys Software Systems Division. Baan has won a major 3,000-user, multi-million pound order from the Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA). Part of British Ministry of Defence, DARA is the largest government-owned Aerospace and Defence facility in Europe. DARA claims to have selected Baan because its solutions offered the best business fit for DARA's complex supply chain Read More

The Automotive OEMs Might Soon Contract “BRAIN” Damage Part I


While BRAIN North America may have created a notable customer base due to its products’ functional appropriateness for the lower tiers of the automotive industry, its German parent’s impending insolvency might, in the worst-case scenario, leave all of them in the lurch.

contract backlog  Automotive OEMs Might Soon Contract “BRAIN” Damage Part I The Automotive OEMs Might Soon Contract 'BRAIN' Damage P.J. Jakovljevic - August 12, 2002 Event Summary While all eyes and ears have recently been on WorldCom 's bankruptcy, another insolvency under way is sending shockwaves throughout middle and lower tiers of automotive suppliers despite its insignificant financial magnitude in comparison to the WordCom's. On July 5, the board of BRAIN International AG , a German provider automotive and Read More

Deltek First Cloud ERP Selected by C3 Systems—Up and Running in 10 Days


C3 Systems—a management consulting and IT firm that supports federal, state, and local government customers in the US—selects Deltek First cloud ERP. Get the details in this post.

contract backlog  First delivers the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) compliance, contract management, payroll processing, and automated accounting processes needed by C3. C3 supports federal, state, and local government customers in the United States by providing management consulting, software and system engineering, and other information technology (IT) services. C3 recognized it had significant challenges with its former time management and QuickBooks accounting systems, which did not meet the needs of its growing Read More

Federal Contract Management and Vendors' Readiness Part Three: Meeting Federal Requirements


Companies that are not already offering the capabilities of meeting the exacting, stringent requirements of federal agencies will likely not be able to tap the recent surge in the federal and defense markets. Conversely, those vendors and their users--government contractors--who can deliver comprehensive solutions that satisfy the requirements of federal agencies are in the driver's seat to capture that market segment.

contract backlog  Contract Management and Vendors' Readiness Part Three: Meeting Federal Requirements Meeting Federal Requirements Companies that are not already offering the capabilities described in Part Two will likely not be able to tap the recent surge in the federal and defense markets. Conversely, those vendors and their users—government contractors—who can deliver comprehensive solutions that satisfy the exacting, stringent requirements of federal agencies are in the driver's seat to capture that market Read More

Emptoris "Procures" Zeborg's Spend Management Expertise Part Two: Market Impact


The Emptoris acquisition of Zeborg is both a wise offensive and defensive move since it combines the resources of two companies that should focus on arguably growing e-sourcing/spend management opportunities. The companies have quite complementary product offerings, industries of focus, and excellent customer references.

contract backlog  of outsourcing, virtual manufacturing, contract manufacturing, vendor managed inventory (VMI) and many other modern manufacturing concepts due to increased global competition and the need for enterprises to focus on their core competencies, enterprises are often spending even over 50 percent of their revenue on procured goods and services. Thus, suppliers' bases have been an ever-increasing factor to every organization's performance. Moreover, suppliers being manufacturers themselves, should be leveraged Read More

ASP: For The Health of It


5-Year ASP Contract for Internet Healthcare Software Awarded to Healthcare Systems & Solutions.

contract backlog  components before signing long-term contracts. Support, connectivity, ease of use, security, acceptance, and scalability are only a few considerations. Healthcare Systems & Solutions solution is attractive, however it is worth understanding the depth and complexity the solution offers. Read More

The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management


Superior order management can provide you with a competitive edge across the board. To move closer to order perfection and a truly loyal customer base, you must cost-effectively eliminate the issues preventing on-time, accurate order fulfillment. This involves every process, including planning and forecasting, acquiring and creating accurate orders and contracts, handling order changes, and resolving fulfillment and post-delivery problems.

contract backlog  Product Configuring Pricing Functionality Contract Management Inquiry, Quotation, Order Channel Synchronization Prioritization and Scheduling Billing Returns and Claims Postsales Service End-to-End Integration Intelligence Adaptability The SAP Solution SAP Integration Gaining Intelligence Through SAP Solutions End-to-End Benefits Summary EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In today's business climate, order management is crucial to corporate success as the demand for perfection increases and flexibility and tolerance for Read More

Effective Food-service Trade-spending and Contract Management


For food-service manufacturers, effective trade-spending and contract management are essential to stimulate demand, and to reward distributors and operators for achieving volume and growth objectives. The execution of such programs, however, is often a painful process for all parties involved. Find out how you can manage the entire bill-back life cycle, from initiation to settlement, and minimize error-prone manual intervention.

contract backlog  Food-service Trade-spending and Contract Management For food-service manufacturers, effective trade-spending and contract management are essential to stimulate demand, and to reward distributors and operators for achieving volume and growth objectives. The execution of such programs, however, is often a painful process for all parties involved. Find out how you can manage the entire bill-back life cycle, from initiation to settlement, and minimize error-prone manual intervention. Read More

New England Woodcraft Selects abas ERP


New England Woodcraft, a family business that manufactures custom contract furniture, has selected abas-USA as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider. The project team selected abas ERP to replace a heavily customized legacy system, which is no longer supported or upgradable.

contract backlog  business that manufactures custom contract furniture, has selected abas-USA as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider. New England Woodcraft has been supplying furniture, from 18th-century designs to more modern forms, to universities, colleges, and military bases around the world for more than 50 years.   The project team selected abas ERP to replace a heavily customized legacy system, which is no longer supported or upgradable. The replacement ERP system had to be flexible, but off the shelf. Read More

Michigan State Giving Students a Desire2Learn


Desire2Learn announced that Michigan State University (MSU) has signed a multi-year contract to use the Desire2Learn Learning Suite for the school's nearly 48,000 students. MSU selected Desire2Learn over its current provider, Blackboard, after a review of several solutions, including open-source Moodle, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn. According to the MSU Web site, “The Michigan State decision was

contract backlog  has signed a multi-year contract to use the Desire2Learn Learning Suite for the school's nearly 48,000 students. MSU selected Desire2Learn over its current provider, Blackboard, after a review of several solutions, including open-source Moodle, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn. According to the MSU Web site, “The Michigan State decision was based on input regarding features, functionality, and strategic considerations (cost, licensing terms, etc.).”  Brendan Guenther, director of support teams at MSU, Read More