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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 21  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...
MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges
MAPICS remains at a critical point in time, where immaculate execution without much space for missteps will determine its future. Despite notable functional and

d part 21  fragmented buying processes (e.g., disparate part numbers and unconsolidated requirements across multiple sites) Excessive manual transactions Arms-length and casual customer and supplier relationships, with lack of information sharing Lack of sales and operational planning (SOP), and Critical equipment maintenance (unplanned downtime). To eliminate these, MAPICS would come up with the following best practices of world-class performance: Integration across the enterprise Concurrent capacity and Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1
Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a supply chain management (SCM) software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was

d part 21  OneSCM, but OneSCM currently delivers a larger SRM footprint than the individual X.PC and Resonance products. The next part of this blog series will continue with an analysis of TAKE Supply Chain''s main product lines, in particular the rest of its DDSN products (i.e., X.PC) and Demand-Driven Distribution & Fulfillment solutions (as the second major product line). In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions, or individual experiences with the aforementioned SCM issues and accompanying solutions Read More...
Geac Awakens On Its Deathbed - Part 2: Geac''s Response
While Geac’s balance sheet was boosted by recent events, a more positive sign is the company’s intent to become a true software-developing vendor, not simply a

d part 21  Geac Awakens On Its Deathbed Part 2: Geac''s Response P.J. Jakovljevic - October 18, 2001 Event Summary  On September 5, Geac Computer Corporation Limited (TSE: GAC), a struggling Canadian supplier of enterprise management software, announced that net income from continuing operations of Can$17.2 million in Q1 2002, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of Can$43.2 million during the first quarter of the previous year. While it may seem that returning to profits by merely trimming fat and 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 21  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...
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series went through the first three generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product, which at the time was called Navision and was owned

d part 21  (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series went through the first three generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product, which at the time was called Navision and was owned by the formerly independent namesake company. How has new parent  Microsoft treated the product since acquiring it in 2002 ? Well, ongoing feedback from customers, partners, and market observers shows that Microsoft Dynamics NAV [ evaluate this product ] has maintained Navision’s original Read More...
Frankie Does ERP, Part 2
[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 21  Does ERP, Part 2 [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. Previously: Episode 1 ] * Thursday evening. I’m at Read More...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the

d part 21  This part defines and describes common types of outsourcing. Part Three will recap outsourcing approaches and categories, describe recommendations for firms looking to outsource and describe recommendations for outsourcing providers. Application Software Outsourcing During the past 30 years, software has automated and simplified many work-processes, which has resulted in increased worker productivity and reduced costs for products and services. Nevertheless, the development and support of software is Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIc)
The first part (Part II) of this blog series described the opportunities for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand applications, especially in the current

d part 21  especially in the current difficult economic milieu. Part II and Part IIa then analyzed the  top five SaaS assumptions (misconceptions) recently outlined by  Gartner . Part IIa and Part IIb also analyzed the major technical considerations that any vendor has to go through before it can embark on delivering a SaaS offering. This final part will will conclude with the Internet hosting service considerations as well as with key success factors (KSFs) for SaaS providers. What About Hosting, Really? At 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 21  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...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM''s) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

d part 21  Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM''s) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s value proposition . At the end of the article, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via some humor and metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23, 2009, Alan Trefler, Pegasystems ’ founder and CEO, gave 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 21  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...
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

d part 21  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...
LeveragePoint Adds Value to B2B Pricing - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced LeveragePoint as a cloud-based newcomer to the business-to-business (B2B) pricing market with a novel pricing approach

d part 21  Adds Value to B2B Pricing - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced LeveragePoint as a cloud-based newcomer to the business-to-business (B2B) pricing market with a novel pricing approach: value-based pricing . In this day and age of highly accelerated new product introductions, history-based pricing approaches are often inadequate. My previous post explained the company’s approach and current state of affairs. Part 2 follows with my discussion with LeveragePoint’s CEO Steven Forth Read More...
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors
This part illustrates how selecting the right ERP product depends on each client''s requirements. Epicor, QAD, and Ramco Systems'' rank can change with different

d part 21  A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors Executive Summary Selecting a piece of enterprise application software has never been an exact science. Vendors'' hype, consultants'' conflict of interest, users'' doubts, tediously long selection processes, and unclear decisions rationale are some of the unfortunate watchwords for most selection practices. It is daunting for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities, strengths and weaknesses of a given enterprise Read More...

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