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3 DSS Myths Exploded
Making a decision related to your own business or the company you work for is not simple: modern business models have too much information to be analyzed by one

dss article  DSS Myths Exploded Making a decision related to your own business or the company you work for is not simple: modern business models have too much information to be analyzed by one person without the right tools. Examples of frequent but complex decisions include developing new business models, broadening investments on technology, expanding the number of stores, or even deciding whether it’s the right time to downsize the company. To make an informed decision, it’s necessary to collect the right 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...
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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

dss article  stored in the databases. DSS - Decision Support System . An automated system that enables an employee, typically a manager, to make better decisions based on the analysis of collected data. The TESS (Technology Evaluation Support System) database system offered by TEC is an example of a DSS. E   EAI - Enterprise Application Integration . Represents the efforts that often need to be made to link data between disparate applications running on different databases. CRM packages are trying to avoid external Read More...
Quantum Snaps Off Its NAS Group
Quantum Corporation, recently acquired by Maxtor, will divest itself of its server appliance subsidiary, renaming it Snap Appliances, Inc. Snap Appliances will

dss article  companies from its current DSS businesses by making its server appliances subsidiary an independent, publicly-traded company called Snap Appliances, Inc. In a separate news release, Snap Appliances announced that it intends to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock. Quantum will conduct an initial public offering for less than 20 percent of Snap Appliance shares. Approximately six months following the IPO, Read More...
AspenTech Acquires Pipeline Scheduling and Dock Scheduling Software
Right on the heels of enhancing its aspenONE umbrella platform, AspenTech has announced the acquisition of pipeline scheduling system (PSS) and dock scheduling

dss article  and dock scheduling system (DSS) software from Refining Advantage, Inc.  PSS allows pipeline companies, refineries, and terminals with pipelines to optimize their pipeline schedules, and thus potentially improve profitability and safety. DSS is used by refineries and terminals to schedule their docks, which should help them save on demurrage costs incurred from delays in on-loading and off-loading cargo. AspenTech’s existing petroleum supply chain (PSC) products include Aspen PIMS (Process Industry Read More...
One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 1
My recent series of tutorial articles entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” and “The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal)

dss article  intelligent  decision support systems (DSS) . The company financed its operations in the early stages of development by raising money from venture capital (VC) firms, and in 2000 from its initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ stock market under the CKSW ticker symbol. The wholly owned US subsidiary, ClickSoftware, Inc. , is located in Burlington, Massachusetts. Since the mid-to-late 1990s, the company has transformed its business model to provide workforce and service management products and Read More...
The Art Of Distributed Development Of Multi-Lingual Three-Tier Internet Applications
In this article we describe author's experience with the distributed development of multi-lingual three-tier Java/ CORBA/database Internet applications. We

dss article  Art Of Distributed Development Of Multi-Lingual Three-Tier Internet Applications Introduction In this article we describe the author's experience with the unconventional development of Internet applications. They were developed for a Suisse bank as a joint cooperation between the author located in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and a Suisse software development company. The software was developed in a distributed fashion without any physical access to the production site. Due to the very strict bank's security Read More...
Not all SCM Products Are Created Equal
In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement

dss article  all SCM Products Are Created Equal Overview Amid the hype that pervades vendor marketing campaigns and press announcements, it can be difficult for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities of a given supply chain management suite. In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement planning, manufacturing planning and scheduling, distribution and transportation management, and inventory Read More...
RFID in Healthcare--A Whole Industry of Value
This article talks about recent and expected FDA regulations and how RFID can help meet those requirements while improving supply chain performance.

dss article  in Healthcare--A Whole Industry of Value Introduction The FDA is not only responsible for the protection of citizens and consumers, but also is an active partner with industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, etc., in pursuit of industry best practices. $49 billion of imports of pharmaceuticals enter this country every year. The pressure is on from consumers and industry to protect their own interests. These represent sometimes conflicting goals of protection. Protect the consumer, Read More...
Vertically Focused ERP for Today's Manufacturer
I recently came across an interesting article on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software experience—a case study of the selection and implementation of EFI

dss article  Focused ERP for Today's Manufacturer I recently came across an interesting article on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software experience—a case study of the selection and implementation of EFI Radius ERP software by a family-owned packaging and printing company named KDV Label Co. This article outlines the need for a new vertically focused solution for a modern manufacturing business and is of value to anyone remotely interested in a new ERP system. Despite developing and delivering Read More...
The People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation Through Education
This article summarizes the findings from a study of why customers failed to attain the full value potential of their SCM projects. Most SCM projects continue

dss article  People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation Through Education Introduction In software implementations, we constantly talk about need to balance people, process, and technology . Yet, to date, most SCM projects continue to focus much of their energy on technology implementations and simply pay lip service to end-user training and executive alignment. We are now a decade into the technology-enabled supply chain journey, and the lessons learned thus far dictate that this attitude must and wil Read More...
Software Selection, Mafia-style
The Guardian's excellent article How to Do Business Like the Mafia lists 7 rules for running a successful business—legitimate or otherwise.And where there

dss article  Selection, Mafia-style The Guardian's excellent article How to Do Business Like the Mafia lists 7 rules for running a successful business—legitimate or otherwise. And where there are business rules, of course, there’s enterprise software. Which led me to wonder just how the Mafia would go about the enterprise software selection process. Happily, we have Cosa Nostra 's “10 Commandments” to help us, thanks to an odd document that surfaced in November 2007. These so-called commandments were Read More...
Service Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability
This article describes the unique challenges of the service supply chain, provides a framework for understanding the service management decision hierarchy, and

dss article  Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability Abstract The last decade has witnessed a substantial shift in emphasis on the part of many OEM manufacturers, from a focus on the products they produce to a concentration on their customers and the value that their customers derive from ownership and use of these products after the initial product sale. The importance of service is made clear in a recent AMR survey 1 of manufacturing companies which revealed that service represents 24 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

dss article  Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q The Lexicon of CRM Part 2: From J to Q R. Garland - October 19, 2001 The Lexicon is divided into three parts, this being the second of three. This second section covers the alphabet from J to Q. For A to I, see Part One . J  J2ME - Java 2 Micro Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . Read More...
KronosWorks 2011: Beyond Time Clocks for Modern Workforce Management
Kronos, the company that introduced the first micro-processor time clock in the 1970s, knows how tricky workforce management (WFM) can be. In this article, TEC

dss article  2011: Beyond Time Clocks for Modern Workforce Management While there were many similarities between the KronosWorks 2011 and KronosWorks 2010 user events (see blog post on Kronos’ 2010 user conference ), attending Kronos Inc. ’s 2011 user conference was worthwhile nonetheless. Kronos knows full well that its customers’ (labor) time is money, and the company specializes in workforce management (WFM) software, which ensures that a company’s employees complete their assigned jobs and Read More...
Establishing Enterprise Architecture Governance
This article discusses the issues around implementing architecture governance, and what constitutes viable approaches to establishing effective governance

dss article  Enterprise Architecture Governance Introduction The intent of the Enterprise Architecture is to define how to build systems and capabilities for the greater good of the enterprise. Architecture governance is the process by which IT projects are reviewed in terms of their alignment with a defined architecture, and corrective changes made. John Zackman, in a recent article (DM Review, December 1999) called architecture a 'countercultural' activity. What he meant by this was that IT's attention Read More...

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