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100 Million Reasons To Be An ASP
Interpath received $100 million equity investment in spin-off deal between Bain Capital and CP&L — Bain Capital and Carolina Power & Light each invest $50

double click  and telecom investments include Double Click, eCredit.com, SEAT, USLEC, Therma-wave, Integrated Circuit Systems, Net Library, and many others. Since the start of 2000, Interpath has been signing up customers at a rapid pace, continuing to gain traction in the enterprise ASP marketplace. New ASP agreements - including the deals with Sagent Technology, Ericsson, Centura, First Union Mortgage, MBNA, eIRAnet and mainstreetweek.com - have totaled more than $7 million in Q1 2000. With market estimates ranging

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N-Tier Demand Management


The classic bull-whip effect means that the further a supplier is removed from the end consumer, the worse are the fluctuations in demand that they see. This has led many to recommend an n-tier approach to demand management, where everyone gets visibility to the end-customer demand at the same time. In practice, very few companies have been able to actually realize this vision. There are some practical approaches that a few leading suppliers deep in the supply chain are have taken to successfully mitigate the bull-whip effect.

double click  whether there is some double-counting going on. Formulating your own market assumptions provides the checks and balances needed to get to the best number you can for each account. Taming the Bull Whip Suppliers that are several layers deep in the supply chain can stop being at the mercy of late or incomplete demand information by Developing a demand BOM approach to understanding the actual demand as it flows through various channels Having a disciplined approach to keeping their ear to the ground on wha Read More

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We recently had the opportunity to extend our coverage of spend management software vendor Coupa with insider information from Coupa’s own top brass. Our questions and Coupa executives’ answers are as follows:TEC: We have already heard about your winning value prop, but what is typically the reason that you lose to your competitors? Coupa: Pricing is the typical reason we lose to

double click  addition, Coupa plans to double its headcount in 2013 over 2012. The company does business with any size business in any vertical, but there are a few verticals that are of particular importance: financial services, health care, retail, food & beverage, and technology. For more information on Coupa’s growth, refer to the company’s Q1 2013 results announcement . Revenue grew by more than 100 percent over Q1 2012, and the company has had 17 quarters of sequential subscription revenue growth.   BEGINLYX Read More

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double click  ESD market will nearly double in size to $1.1 billion in 2006 from $659.6 million in 2001, according to a report by industry analyst firm IDC. Security patches alone cost businesses and government agencies more than $2 billion per year to identify, research and deploy to enterprise devices, according to analyst firm Aberdeen Group. Migrating to a new operating system (OS) can take large enterprises months to complete and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Enterprises often use imaging (burning a copy Read More

Learning Management Systems (LMS) Showdown: Saba vs. Sumtotal


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double click  SumTotal's market cap is double the size of Saba's, but both are in the same league. No David and Goliath story here. Return on average equity -7.23% Annual (TTM)* -2.57 % Annual (TTM)* *All financial data from Finance.google.com Saba's Learning Suite vs. SumTotal's Talent Development Suite … Overall Performance Rankings The overall rankings you see above are based on the vendor's most recent responses to the 730 criteria in our LMS request for information (RFI). As you can see, Saba edges out SumTotal Read More

One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 2


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double click  Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW). Until recently, the software company focused solely on workforce and service optimization solutions for large field service companies. Gradually, via both internal development and a few appetizing acquisitions in 2009, the vendor has added a few important growth engines, such as  mobile computing  solutions, shift planning (rostering) solutions, and solutions Read More

Invacare Optimizes Distribution Practices


Invacare is the leader in the manufacturing and distribution of innovative home and long-term care medical products. For Invacare, warehouse management was a complex program, involving thousands of pieces moving through distribution centers, controlled by manual business processes. A typical customer order could vary greatly, ranging from a single carton to 4,000 cartons. The company needed to implement a new system that could handle orders equally well, regardless of size. Invacare implemented Click Commerce’s Warehouse Management Solution to meet the unique requirements of its warehouse operations.

double click  Optimizes Distribution Practices Invacare is the leader in the manufacturing and distribution of innovative home and long-term care medical products. For Invacare, warehouse management was a complex program, involving thousands of pieces moving through distribution centers, controlled by manual business processes. A typical customer order could vary greatly, ranging from a single carton to 4,000 cartons. The company needed to implement a new system that could handle orders equally well, regardless Read More

A Supply Chain Applications Vendor Expands Beyond Its Roots


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double click  Supply Chain Applications Vendor Expands Beyond Its Roots Click Commerce is a thriving provider of on-demand supply chain management (SCM) solutions for a variety of worldwide industries. The vendor has evolved beyond its roots, into a provider of much more comprehensive on-demand supply and demand chain management software, consulting, hosting, and related services that should enable users throughout the world to collaborate (that is, to work jointly with others), in near real time, and conduct commerce Read More

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Software Update: TEC Advisor


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double click  among others, but with double-digit revenue growth for the past seven years the company is obviously doing something right. Supply chain analyst Bob Eastman brings us through Kinaxis' makeovers over the years to a look at the supply chain solution's architecture, then explores the company's innovation strategy as of late, including its pipeline of continual product updates and improvements and focus on its control tower and channel strategy. Read More

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