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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...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

d part 14  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, Read More...
Baan Resurrects Multi-Dimensionally Part 3: Market Impact
Baan remains one of only a handful of vendors that are capable of providing full application suites on scaleable platforms that can be globally deployed by

d part 14  Resurrects Multi-Dimensionally Part 3: Market Impact Event Summary In its bid to return to its erstwhile short-lived glory, Baan , the resurrected global provider of collaborative enterprise business solutions and a unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) division of Invensys plc, the global automation and controls group with headquarters in the UK, has lately blitzed the market with a number of announcements. The most prominent amongst these were: Deliveries of vertically focused solutions for Read More...
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For
In the first two parts of this series (part I, part II), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise

d part 14  Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For In the first two parts of this series ( part I , part II ), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise resource planning (ERP) system would have to support global trade management (GTM) functionality more quickly than expected. He had sent an e-mail off to his chief information officer (CIO), Mike, suggesting a new project be set up and managed by the project management Read More...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3)
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service

d part 14  the user can be directed to the right part and its best source given the customer’s service level agreement (SLA) commitment and location as well as part interchangeability options and availability in the network. The feedback with regard to resolution history and part availability can be automatically delivered as notifications back to the planning process so that everyone’s processes improve. SKM can also attach possible parts to resolutions, ranked by probability, and provide links to Servigistics Read More...
The 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP: Observations - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the 11th Vendor ShootoutTM for ERP event, which took place in Boston in mid-August 2011. I was able to

d part 14  11th Vendor Shootout for ERP: Observations - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of  the 11 th Vendor Shootout TM for ERP event , which took place in Boston in mid-August 2011. I was able to experience this co-opetitive gathering of eight solution providers and several dozen end users seeking new solutions first-hand as a neutral (and yet very active) observer (for the inner workings of the event, see my article Demystifying Vendor Shootout for ERP events ). My blog post Read More...
The Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research
Most consultants agree that there are three stages that precede a software implementation project: research, evaluation, and selection. This three-part article

d part 14  of what software can do (or not). You can also find a lot of useful information on user forums. You can also consult industry reports and white papers , which are sometimes offered free, but you’ll generally have to pay for them. Finally, blogs and personal Web sites of industry experts can provide valuable information that can be used in the software selection process.   At the end of the research stage, you should have a pretty good idea of your company’s software requirements and also have a Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the

d part 14  Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3 Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors , a public provider of  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  solutions. The article first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then the article talked about SuccessFactors’ diverse product editions (tailored to satisfy companies of all sizes) and detailed the two core modules of the Read More...
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

d part 14  and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II) Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled Manufacturing Outsourcing: Seven Common Pitfalls to Avoid , authored by Symphony Consulting and Arena Solutions . It also established an intrinsic connection with product lifecycle management (PLM) software technology as a global sourcing collaboration enabler. Indeed, several macroeconomic trends seem to be helping the PLM market, starting with the rampant offshoring of facilities and/or Read More...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

d part 14  the mid-market that was described in Part 2 , SAP recently announced the first details of its on-demand strategy for large enterprises. SAP was surprisingly and conspicuously mum about its on-demand offerings and intentions during the recent SAPPHIRE 2009 user conference . Following suit in being dedicated to its installed on-premise customer base, on-demand software for large enterprises from SAP will consist of function-specific software applications. Available by subscription, these SaaS add-ons will Read More...
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2
Part 1 of this series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe, to

d part 14  The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2 Part 1 of this 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 user 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. My post then talked about another important development that preceded both the UK user conference Read More...
Inside Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 2
In part 1 of this blog post series, we took a look at a major player in the field service management (FSM) market ServiceMax. In what follows is a recent

d part 14  Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 2 In part 1 of this blog post series, we took a look at a major player in the field service management (FSM) market ServiceMax . In what follows is a recent question-and-answer interview with Stacey Epstein‚ vice president (VP) of marketing at ServiceMax. Stacey has extensive experience in generating demand, fueling growth, and building brand name global recognition for technology companies. She brought two decades of cloud, Read More...
Job Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 3
Part 2 of this blog series analyzed the ActiveBatch architecture and evolution in terms of enterprise job scheduling and workload automation functional

d part 14  Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 3 Part 2 of this blog series analyzed the ActiveBatch architecture and evolution in terms of enterprise job scheduling and workload automation functional capabilities. This was done for the three older product releases. Particularly impressive was the ActiveBatch V6 release that introduced a few noble concepts like Job Library and Virtual Root . ActiveBatch V7 – The Current State of Affairs The ActiveBatch V7 release (the release has completed the Read More...

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