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Deltek''s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)
Well, a few months after Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek''s pre-New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has

d part 14  post will wrap up Deltek''s opportunities, which in great part stem from the latest developments to its traditional breadwinning products, and also analyze some still outstanding challenges for the upbeat vendor. Your comments, opinions, suggestions, etc. are welcome in the meantime. Read More...
Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news

d part 14  explain and clarify our discussion from Part 1 , in writing and at its staff’s leisure. What follows are my prodding questions and Infor’s official answers: PJ: What were the reasons for ION taking over from Infor Open SOA.  What additional capabilities did it provide?  Was Infor struggling to deliver OpenSOA so took the cheaper and easier option by adopting the Microsoft technology stack? Infor: Just to recap, the Infor Open SOA strategy had the following three major goals: Deliver new functional Read More...
Deltek''s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV)
Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [evaluate this product] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [evaluate this product

d part 14  project-centric messaging that was described in Part I of this blog series . Every vendor must reinvent itself into something new/interesting every few years at a minimum. Deltek''s continual focus on things like EVM or project portfolio management (PPM) without any sizzle might begin to sound a bit flat after a while, at least in the global market. But we may find out soon. Namely, in only a few days, during the Deltek Insight ''08 annual user conference, the vendor might come out with a number of new Read More...
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second largest business applications provider in continental

d part 14  The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog post series  started with my invitation by  UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso ), the second largest business applications provider in continental Europe , to attend its  UK 2010 users conference . Frankly, I was a bit skeptical about what new and exciting I might see and hear about at this event in light of the vendor’s analyst tour in Boston in late 2009. The post then discussed the recent development that preceded both the UK user Read More...
E-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing - Part II
Three minutes of labor from purchase requisition to invoice payment; fully executed due diligence; commitment authorization and no delays. That is the promise

d part 14  Dowling, C. Sabean, and D. Geller - November 14, 2000 Introduction This second part of an extended note on e-procurement examines the necessary steps after a business decision to go with e-procurement has been made based on the information and criteria covered in Part I. E-procurement is an integrated system of services and technologies that provides a seamless bridge between buying and selling businesses. The e-procurement process begins at the planning stages within the buying company and extends Read More...
Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?
In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and

d part 14  example, can learn a defined part number schema that may use the following approach, where all positions are of variable length: first position for voltage; second position for horsepower; third position for amperage rating; fourth position for color; and nth position for material. Where most commercial product configurators fall short, however, is when a fixed length in each position is required. It is quite important not to impose fixed lengths onto the customers. Why? Here is an example of how coding Read More...
Has KANA Gotten Its Mojo Back? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series presented the opportunity of service economy and associated complexity of providing consistently an experience of customer service

d part 14  performing very well. As described in Part 1, KANA offers agent desktop and self-service solutions on SEM that offer desktop consolidation and knowledge infused processes to offer unprecedented visibility, agility and consistency to customer service processes. PJ : What is your message to customers where knowledge management (KM) and call-centers is not the top pain? In other words, how do you compete with the broader service suite providers (e.g., Oracle Siebel, Servigistics , RightNow, etc.)? VN : What Read More...
Frankie Does ERP, Part 1
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

d part 14  Does ERP, Part 1 [Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request. This interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It''s still colorful.] * My name is Frank. I’m a mid-level manager for a Read More...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The post ended with

d part 14  and budding SaaS offerings described in Part 2 and Part 3 , have been slow to market with SaaS offerings. Thus, the window of opportunity for Progress’ partners is still open. What Does Progress Software Offer On Demand? This link  was recently sent to more than 10,000 Progress Application Partners and independent software vendors (ISVs ) with Progress’ semi-monthly newsletter on interesting applications based on the Progress OpenEdge platform . Corporate strategies, plans, and events at Progress Read More...
They do it like that in the Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II)
The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP''s supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market. What also helps SAP ERP [evaluate this product] is a

d part 14  in the Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II) The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP ''s supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market . What also helps SAP ERP [ evaluate this product ] is a number of well-established value added resellers (VARs) that cover the entire former Yugoslavia region, some of which have a few dozen renowned installation sites (customer references) and a roster of experienced consultants. Some of these are the earlier mentioned S&T Group from Austria and 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 (

d part 14  but not least, Oracle delivered its own integrated MES-ERP-Supply Chain Management (SCM) offering within Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) release 12 . This was in great part possible due to the vendor''s existing manufacturing capabilities/modules (e.g, flow manufacturing , work-in-process [WIP ], etc.) and many customer deployments in certain manufacturing industries. More recently though, Oracle has been deeply involved in delivering its own integrated MES-ERP-Supply Chain Management (SCM) offering Read More...
How Can IT Help Competitiveness These Bleak Days? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the SAP-sponsored expert panel discussion that explored reasons to maintain IT investments even during difficult economic

d part 14  Help Competitiveness These Bleak Days? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced the SAP -sponsored expert panel discussion that explored reasons to maintain IT investments even during difficult economic times. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) article by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson entitled “Investing in the IT That Makes a Competitive Difference was the main supplement and starting point of the discussion. As I mentioned in Part 1 , in a nutshell, the panel logically (and not surprisingl Read More...
Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?
Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software

d part 14  1: Best-of-breed or Suite? Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. 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

d part 14  is focused on the demand part of the supply chain, hence providing the right solution for companies with a significant amount of finished goods inventory and those trying to achieve very high (e.g. 99+ percent) customer service levels. The vendor offers forecast enhancement to precisely and statistically profile demand curves, even at the “tail” ends. In addition, one cannot overemphasize the “inventory mix optimization” feature, where the system automatically adjusts service level targets for Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The parent TAKE Solutions is a global

d part 14  other business-impacting processes (as described in Part 2 ). And to reiterate from Part 1 , unlike other players in the value chain collaboration segment, TAKE offers customers an end-to-end solution – where supplier collaboration, compliance labeling, shipment controls, package tracking,  electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP) ,  accounts payable (A/P)  automation, and workflow management can all be addressed using an integrated out-of-the-box solution from one vendor. Not Yet in the Read More...

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