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The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 4: Market Predictions
ERP will be redefined as a platform for enabling e-business globally. Originally focused on automating internal processes of an enterprise, ERP systems will

e market  4: Market Predictions The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond Part 4: Market Predictions P.J. Jakovljevic - October 11, 2001 Executive Summary  Enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrated software solutions have become synonymous with competitiveness, particularly throughout the 1990's. ERP systems replace islands of information with a single, packaged software solution that integrates all traditional enterprise management functions (transactions) like financials, human resources/payroll, and manufacturing &

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Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM)

The Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM) Knowledge Base research helps determine support levels of various systems that help companies market their services or products effectively and efficiently. EMM tools help manage strategic planning and marketing resources (sometimes referred to as marketing resource management or MRM). This KB also covers rule-based techniques, pattern recognition, and other profiling features.  

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Where Is ERP Headed (Or Better, Where Should It Be Headed)? Part 3: E-Business and Mid-Market Shakeout


This note discusses how ERP-driven e-business will have to extend well beyond providing business partners self-service portlets. It will have to allow trading partners not only order status tracking but also the enterprise plans and conditions down to plant level for more efficient two-way interaction and support. It also discusses how consolidation, mergers and acquisitions among ERP vendors is expected to intensify.

e market  procurement market. The first e - procurement applications focused on indirect MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) supplies. E-commerce vendors introduced concepts of putting supplier catalogs online and facilitating any authorized party to place an order within established contracts and pricing. ERP vendors are beginning to offer integration that will automate the Request for Quotes (RFQ) process. Through a direct link with their financial software, companies can electronically download invoices Read More

Case Study: Staying on Top in the Fast-paced E-commerce Software Market


We all know the payoffs that can result from the “agile” methodology: highly effective self-managed teams, increased flexibility, real-time change management, tight quality control … and the list goes on. But what happens when you need to expand your agility to include an outsourcing partner 5,000 miles away? Learn what happened to Elastic Path, a Canadian company competing in the fast-paced market of e-commerce software.

e market  Top in the Fast-paced E-commerce Software Market We all know the payoffs that can result from the “agile” methodology: highly effective self-managed teams, increased flexibility, real-time change management, tight quality control … and the list goes on. But what happens when you need to expand your agility to include an outsourcing partner 5,000 miles away? Learn what happened to Elastic Path, a Canadian company competing in the fast-paced market of e-commerce software. Read More

Examples Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)? Part Three: Made2Manage Market Impact and User Recommendations


Smaller manufacturing enterprises are often more comfortable dealing with a vendor of a size and corporate culture similar to theirs. Examples of these markets can be e.g., fresh meats, dairy producers, Tier 2/3 automotive suppliers, etc. Some of these thriving Boutique Vendors will actually be conglomerates of smaller divisions or vendors with a common owner. These might even be a current mid-range vendor who specializes in a series of smaller markets or even a sub-segment of a Big Five vendor

e market  ownership (TCO) that small enterprises in its target market desire. From its early days in 1986, the company has put all of its efforts solely into serving discrete manufacturing SMEs in need of enterprise application solutions that are intuitive and, consequently, easy to use and implement. End users of smaller enterprises have indeed long been impressed with the product's intuitive user interface (UI) featuring the familiar Windows metaphor. Moreover, during last few years, Made2Manage has further Read More

PeopleSoft Revamps World for Its Mid-Market "Express" Conquest Part Two: Market Impact


The major factors of success in business applications for the mid-market segment have traditionally been--flexible pricing, packaging and deployment options; speed of implementation; vertical focus; interconnectivity to other applications and legacy systems; product scalability and scope expandability; Internet and wireless device accessibility; low cost business-to-business (B2B) electronic connectivity; and a single point of contact possibly with a local consulting and implementation support. PeopleSoft seems to have captured (or at least tackled) most of these.

e market  entry to the non-iSeries ERP market hampered its success, since it had not initially been a known force for UNIX, Oracle, and Windows customers. Then again, most new functional enhancements have since been added to the more technologically promising (in terms of support for multiple platforms and scalability) OneWorld product, which had meanwhile gained a functional edge over World in most areas, especially outside the core ERP scope. However, it still would fall behind in others, including certain Read More

e-PLM


NGC’s e-PLM is a Web-based solution for line planning, style spec development, costing, and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) compliance. It includes functionality for workflow, collaboration, and exception management. e-PLM integrates with e-SPS, NGC’s Web-based companion for purchase order (PO) distribution, work-in-process (WIP) tracking, quality control, and inbound logistics.  

e market  PLM NGC’s e-PLM is a Web-based solution for line planning, style spec development, costing, and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) compliance. It includes functionality for workflow, collaboration, and exception management. e-PLM integrates with e-SPS, NGC’s Web-based companion for purchase order (PO) distribution, work-in-process (WIP) tracking, quality control, and inbound logistics. Read More

State of the Market: HR


More than ever, executives are looking to transform human resources (HR) from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic part of the business. This state of the market report from TEC discusses the challenges that small to medium businesses (SMBs) face when recruiting, hiring, and managing staff. It also features information about the latest human resources information system (HRIS) offerings for the SMB market.

e market  companies that do not embrace these technologies will likely fall behind in their quest for market dominance. For instance, by implementing a holistic employee performance management process across the enterprise, corporate strategy can be aligned (and properly communicated) with individual goals and objectives, whereby actual performance against those goals can have ramifications for individual compensation and rewards. This should drive behavior and attitude toward executing on the corporate strategy, Read More

Enterprise Software Product Outsourcing: A Fresh Perspective for Mid-market Vendors


Creating outsourcing centers is a viable option for companies under pressure to develop quality products with tight time and budget restraints. Mid-market companies, however, often do not have this option, but can still benefit from partnering with an outsourcing provider.

e market  have embraced or are embracing outsourcing in a big way. Currently, business application software is the trendsetter creating a market share of more than 90 percent of all outsourced software revenues. Challenges of Outsourcing Yet there are challenges. Some software vendors who have been making their own systems may be reluctant to outsource their development work for the fear that their intellectual property may be leaked. Bigger vendors in this category, who want to take advantage of outsourcing, have Read More

Analytics: A Blueprint for Value in Mid-Market Organizations


While most mid-market companies have an analytics foundation designed to handle structured data, few have evolved to more dynamic environments required for big data and a pervasive and prescriptive use of advanced analytics that are essential to survive in a digital world. So, what should mid-market companies do now to improve their capabilities to convert data-driven insights into meaningful results? In this report, we explore how they can tap into their strengths, shore up their weaknesses, and learn from analytics leaders.

e market  A Blueprint for Value in Mid-Market Organizations While most mid-market companies have an analytics foundation designed to handle structured data, few have evolved to more dynamic environments required for big data and a pervasive and prescriptive use of advanced analytics that are essential to survive in a digital world. So, what should mid-market companies do now to improve their capabilities to convert data-driven insights into meaningful results? In this report, we explore how they can tap Read More

Providing Effective E-Learning for an Extremely Large and Global Distribution Channel


When Amway needed to provide training to over 4 million distributors worldwide, improve sales readiness and retention of new distributors, and manage learning across regions with different regulatory issues, it deployed SumTotal Learning Management, in three separate on-premise installations. See how this e-learning rollout to over 1.8 million people in 2 years helped Amway grow penetration to new distributors by 30%.

e market  Effective E-Learning for an Extremely Large and Global Distribution Channel When Amway needed to provide training to over 4 million distributors worldwide, improve sales readiness and retention of new distributors, and manage learning across regions with different regulatory issues, it deployed SumTotal Learning Management, in three separate on-premise installations. See how this e-learning rollout to over 1.8 million people in 2 years helped Amway grow penetration to new distributors by 30%. Read More

Mid-Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 2: Market Impact


Tier2/Tier 3 vendors are prepared to endure the onslaught of the likes of SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, as well as of proverbial mid-market leaders such as J.D. Edwards, Baan, Intentia, QAD, IFS and Epicor, and newly formed mid-market juggernauts like Microsoft Great Plains, Best Software (formerly Sage Software), and Navision, to name some. Frontstep and the Syspro Group lead the way.

e market  the heyday of the ERP market in the mid 90s somewhat postponed the consolidation in the lower tiers of the market, it has, however, not been the case in recent years. As the M&A activity is seemingly dwindling, although not completely (see SAP Tries Another, Bifurcated Tack At A Small Guy ), the vendors that have survived the crunch will now have to energetically respond to the growing demands on the underlying collaborative product architecture and functionality, with customers remaining vendor Read More

Fine-tuning the Supply Chain for Market Expansion


Staying competitive in today’s dynamic business environment is challenging for any organization. As a middle-market company, market expansion might be the right move as you pursue new business opportunities. This whitepaper outlines key areas of supply chain operations, including processes and tools, that you can leverage to aid in your expansion.

e market  tuning the Supply Chain for Market Expansion Staying competitive in today’s dynamic business environment is challenging for any organization. As a middle-market company, market expansion might be the right move as you pursue new business opportunities. This whitepaper outlines key areas of supply chain operations, including processes and tools, that you can leverage to aid in your expansion. Read More

E-mail as Intellectual Property


E-mail is more important to companies than ever, since sensitive information is e-mailed both inside and outside the organization. However, growth in overall e-mail volume, driven by more sophisticated spamming attacks, as well the need to ensure content is suitable for purpose, means that we now must reconsider how we view e-mail management within the organization.

e market  mail as Intellectual Property E-mail is more important to companies than ever, since sensitive information is e-mailed both inside and outside the organization. However, growth in overall e-mail volume, driven by more sophisticated spamming attacks, as well the need to ensure content is suitable for purpose, means that we now must reconsider how we view e-mail management within the organization. Read More

The Impact of Demand-Driven Technology in the SCM Market: IBS


The integration solutions market will be an interesting area of growth. IBS has an attractive offer for companies with complex and expensive business software at the group and headquarters level, wanting to lower costs and quicken implementation in their subsidiaries.

e market  between B2C and B2B E-commerce ). Other resulting market trends and business drivers for existing and prospective IBS customers include the need for goods and information crossing geographical and organizational boundaries; the integration of disparate systems and companies; the automation of business processes; the enablement of customer self-service, single front-end, and Web-based purchasing; improved visibility and analysis, and so on. In other words, tomorrow's SCM practices will feature an Read More

The Market Impact of Two Powerhouses


This is an analysis of the equivalent moves of two superpowers to secure the lower-end of the market, also known as the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment. One is Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), the other is UK-based the Sage Group.

e market  Market Impact of Two Powerhouses Market Impact This is an analysis of the equivalent moves of the two superpowers at the (perhaps even more promising) lower-end of the market, also known as the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment. One player is Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) , who underwent two major, well-publicized acquisitions in the early 2000s (see Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions ). The other player is the UK-based the Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), who has been Read More