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Lawson Software Means Business With PSA and IPO
By acquiring a leading PSA vendor and deciding to go public, in addition to the new functional and technological enhancements to its flagship lawson.insight

danger sidekick hiptop  ERP/PSA offerings and the danger of buying irrelevant modules in an ERP/PSA bundle. On the other hand, ERP vendors will try to sell their holistic, back-office integrated paradigm, which does not require any applications interfacing or integrating. PeopleSoft and Lawson seem to have realized that merely extending their Web-enabled self-service HR applications as PSA would not suffice. To that end, in addition to recently beefing up its product offerings through internal R&D, acquisitions and product 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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19 Steps to Maintain an Accurate Inventory What You Must Know About Your Inventory
It takes $2,500 in new sales to make up $100 in lost inventory, assuming a 4 percent return. Keeping an orderly warehouse with up-to-date processes and informed

danger sidekick hiptop  Michelangelo said: The greatest danger is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. You need to address your inventory issues by aiming higher than you have in the past. Step 2: Document your processes. Now even though this article is about your inventory, you have to document all of the processes that go on in your warehouse. How can you legitimately establish any type of inventory control program if your people are not sure about what they should be doing? Read More
PC Market Figures Show Compaq, Dell, and HP Lead
The desktop PC market is turning from a five-way fight into a three-way horse race, led by Dell, Compaq, and HP.

danger sidekick hiptop  Compaq is in no danger of going under, their recent market weakness should cause potential customers to ask some tough questions, and perhaps try to improve the terms of any deal. Read More
B2Big Deal for IBM, Ariba, and i2
IBM, Ariba and i2 announce a partnership whose goal is to accelerate the real value provided by E-commerce and whose effect is to leave some companies quaking

danger sidekick hiptop  and Commerce One. The danger for them now is that someplace within IBM those same applications are sitting on a shelf, and will be dusted off and integrated with Ariba's front end. We expect to see some shake up in the mid-market, with some vendors rushing to make alliances with larger protectors. Clearly, the IBM pact bodes ill for Manugistics Group, which recently boasted that its WebWorks architecture for linking e-procurement to back-end fulfillment surpassed anything from either Ariba or Commerce Read More
Financial Analysis Clears the “Profit Haze”
Designed to be agile and dependable, financial analysis solutions can bring clarity to the reasons behind your company’s growth, and help steer you toward

danger sidekick hiptop  process, there is a danger of introducing errors into the data. And there are many, many steps in these spreadsheet processes. Some errors are introduced inadvertently. One need only search the Internet for spreadsheet errors to find dozens of horror stories resulting from simple mistakes made while working with spreadsheets. In one case, a single error in a spreadsheet resulted in shares in a public company dropping more than 25 percent, prompting the resignation of the CFO1. Numerous spreadsheet Read More
Scient Finds That Golden Eggs Can Bite
Scient’s bottom line and stock price have both suffered from two clients that ran out of funds before paying their bills. One of them was a dot-com, and it’s

danger sidekick hiptop  company is in serious danger. Scient has another dependence on dot-com companies with its recently launched Internet incubator (see Dot.Coms Getting Bred By Scient ). However, some companies in its space will suddenly be in serious danger. It's largely the luck of the draw which ones get hit by one too many bad debts or delayed contracts. User Recommendations The uncertainty about the financial status of some customers will make e-business service providers cautious. They will probably seek to do work Read More
TradeBeam Keeps on Rounding Out Its GTM Set
TradeBeam strategic expansion, which covers the entire life cycle of global trade across order, logistics and financial settlement activities, seeks to improve

danger sidekick hiptop  and anti-dumping laws—with the danger of incurring hidden costs at every step. If that is not complex enough, the events of September 11, 2001 have increased the scrutiny countries place on global trade and can impact costs adversely. According to the Brookings Institution , the cost of slowing the delivery of imported goods by just one day because of additional security checks could amount to $7 billion (USD) per year. Stringent new documentation and homeland security requirements are placing serious Read More
Difficult Conversations: Discussing CRM with Your CEO Part Two: Elements of the Discussion
A customer relationship management (CRM) system's potential can be lost if the chief executive officer (CEO) doesn't play a continuous role in its

danger sidekick hiptop  overwhelmed, and there is danger that the current balance of pain management may not be enough to keep the discussion going in the right direction. Therefore, it may be wise to review how CRM can be reasonably expected to impact other areas of pain for the CEO. It would take at least another article to discuss these in any detail, so the following comments are meant to indicate some relevant ideas but are not meant to be exhaustive by any means. Some of these issues point directly to CRM, while others Read More
Los Alamos Loses Top-Secret Information, Again!
Another security compromise occurred at Los Alamos National Laboratories last month when two hard drives containing top-secret nuclear information disappeared

danger sidekick hiptop  Browne, reducing global nuclear danger is one of the laboratory's focus areas. The Department of Energy Secretary, Bill Richardson, was roasted by Senate Republications when he failed to appear at a joint hearing of the Senate Intelligence and Energy committees. Los Alamos National Laboratory was founded in the midst of WWII as a response to the fear that Adolf Hitler would make nefarious use of the Nazi German discovery of fission which occurred in 1938. In March of 1943, a small group of scientists, Read More
The Modelling Approach to Post-implementation Agility in Enterprise Systems
Change happens, and it will always happen in virtually every business environment. The underlying enterprise system should thus be an aid to changing the

danger sidekick hiptop  Service-oriented Architecture Siren Song Danger As seen in Architecture Evolution :From Mainframes to Service-oriented Architecture , the service-oriented architecture (SOA) concept should (in theory) be able to help businesses respond more quickly and cost-effectively to changing market conditions by reconfiguring business processes. It should eventually enable agility, flexibility, visibility, collaboration with trading partners (and between functional and information technology [IT] departments), and Read More
If There's One Thing CRM Tells Us: Don't Do PLM the Same Way
Product lifecycle management (PLM) doesn't work, but it should. Industry's general approach and attitude to PLM mimics the early days of customer relationship

danger sidekick hiptop  true of PLM. The danger is that engineers and designers, in particular, are given far more administration to do, which can be, or can be seen by them as, a waste of time and actually reduce their productivity. Moreover, if they don't buy into the benefits of the metadata that the PLM system is designed to trap, they'll put minimal effort or even put pure junk in to the system, rendering it far less useful. I have seen this come to pass many times in CRM rollouts—indeed, dirty data is one of the biggest Read More
Managing Business Risk in Industrial Equipment and Supply
Industrial equipment manufacturers and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) distributors can’t afford to miss bidding deadlines, delivery dates, product

danger sidekick hiptop  it slow moving. The danger is ending up with excess inventory during economic declines. To minimize the risk of inventory shortages and write-offs, industrial companies can learn lessons from the consumer goods sector. These firms are accustomed to high volumes and large product lines, and have turned to event-driven demand and inventory planning functions as well as market analytics to determine profitable product mix (see Figure 2). Services Expansion: A solution provider stance nearly always entails Read More
Don’t Let Wireless Detour Your PCI Compliance
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has published a PCI DSS Wireless Guideline which acknowledges that wireless is a clear and

danger sidekick hiptop  a clear and present danger to network security and those who collect, store or transmit card holder data must take steps to assure that it is secure, whether or not wireless is deployed in the cardholder data environment. Organizations that handle payment card data must take steps to secure the CDE against wireless threats including unmanaged and unknown wireless devices in the environment and must scan all locations. This white paper helps organizations understand how the PCI DSS 1.2 wireless Read More
Will SAP HANA’s Big Data Usher SAP into the Intelligent BPM Elite?
SAP recently announced a new intelligent business operations bundle that aims to help organizations infuse big data insights in real time into their processes

danger sidekick hiptop  indicators (KPIs) are in danger of being breached, often helping to resolve fulfillment issues before they occur.   Change of the Process Modeling Guard   For a long time, the business process modeling standard for many SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) users has been ARIS by IDS Scheer (now Software AG ), with deep connections to SAP NetWeaver and SAP Solution Manager . But now with the advent of SAP HANA, PowerDesigner is SAP's strategic modeling tool of choice, supporting business process Read More
OS SmackDown!
In the latest escalation in the battle between Windows and Linux, directions on how to replace each with the other have been published on the Web by their

danger sidekick hiptop  is presently in little danger of being stomped by Linux. But if MS starts feeling even more threatened, we would not be surprised to see more of the same vis--vis anti-Linux tracts. If things get personal enough, we can envision a tag-team match between Microsoft (Bill Crusher Gates and Steve Mr. Intensity Ballmer) and Team Linux (Eric FUD Killer Raymond and Bob Hat of Doom Young). Yes, we know it is silly, but hardly more so than other back-and-forth sniping we see. User Recommendations As Read More

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