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The Wizardry of Business Process Management: Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of business process management (BPM), with an ensuing

d part 5  Wizardry of Business Process Management: Part 5 Part 1 of this blog series  started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of  business process management (BPM ), with an ensuing focus on  Pegasystems (also known as Pega ) as one of the leading BPM suite providers.  Part 2 ,  Part 3 , and  Part 4  then analyzed in depth a number of the vendor’s “BPM secret sauce” ingredients. Pega is one of the leading vendors in the overall BPM software market (it has been 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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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 5  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
It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic introduced MCA Solutions and its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts

d part 5  s the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part II) Part I of this blog topic introduced MCA Solutions and its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts [ evaluate this product ]. That blog post also tackled MCA's notably good times during 2007. In the meantime, an informative post on MCA was also published by the Sourcing Innovation blog . A related 2007 milestone at MCA included a significant expansion with both new and existing customers in core markets, Read More
Essential ERP - Current Market Trends - Part II
ERP applications are designed to optimize an organization’s underlying business processes — primarily accounting/financial, manufacturing, distribution, and

d part 5  ERP - Current Market Trends - Part II Essential ERP - Current Market Trends - Part II P.J. Jakovljevic - May 3, 2000   This is the second part of an extended note on the current market trends for Enterprise Resource Planning. The growth of ERP has been a direct result of the fierce global competition, short product life cycles, highly distributed operations, and information-driven management that characterize today's business environment. The vast majority of companies have always hoped to purchase an Read More
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

d part 5  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress  of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But Read More
Infor24: Demystifying Infor’s Cloud Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that cloud computing is reaching mainstream adoption in the enterprise applications space. Indeed

d part 5  other concepts and nuances described in Part 1 ? In other words, which applications will be true multi-tenant  software as a service (SaaS)  and which will be single-tenant, and why? Infor/BR : The solutions offered under the Infor24 brand are multi-tenant enabled solutions. Infor will continue to offer other solution as single-tenant hosted solutions as it has in the past. Further, in Q1 of 2011, solutions will be released for hybrid, on premise-to-cloud operations. All of our SaaS solutions support mu 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 5  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 c Read More
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

d part 5  jobs and resources. Planning decisions play a bigger part in the bottom-line performance of the service business (i.e., financial profitability or  net income ). In other words, by omitting or neglecting any of these important logical steps, any company’s ability to deliver customer service will likely be impaired. Scheduling and Executing: Where the Rubber Meets the Road It is likely that every service business experiences the operational service chain optimization challenge on a daily basis. Simply s Read More
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

d part 5  of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another chronic problem is how to foster plant workers’ acceptance of integrated ERP, MES, and plant (operations) intelligence Read More
5 Cost Estimating Myths Busted!
This paper debunks 5 myths surrounding cost estimating for manufacturing, based on years of input—talking with thousands of estimating managers, customer

d part 5  Cost Estimating Myths Busted! This paper debunks 5 myths surrounding cost estimating for manufacturing, based on years of input—talking with thousands of estimating managers, customer surveys, trainings, and on-going feedback. We expose these myths and offer improvement opportunities that can save your business. Overpriced quotations may be forcing your customers to seek out your competition. Read More
Grape Escape 2013: Customer Value a Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2
This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in

d part 5  Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2 This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in Boston. UNIT4 Representing UNIT4 at the event were two top managers: regular attendee Ton Dobbe, the company’s vice president of product marketing, and Anwen Robinson, managing director in UK and Ireland, who was invited to share some of UNIT4’s news in that region with analysts. Similarly to the Read More
IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS, a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

d part 5  Bucking the Trends - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS , a public business software company (listed on the  Stockholm Stock Exchange ) founded in 1983 with its headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™ , an integrated and component-based extended  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  suite built on  service oriented architecture (SOA)  technology [ evaluate this product ]. The article Read More
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

d part 5  natively. ODS - Operational Data Store . Part of the data warehouse; fed with scores, behaviors, and clusters in near real-time, to be able to react live to customer actions on the web site. The idea is to better serve the customer by reacting to his actions in real time. OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer . The term is typically used to identify the company that actually creates the hardware or writes the software that customers ultimately buy. They may use channel partners or Value-Added Resellers Read More

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