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J.D. Edwards Chooses Freedom to Choose EAI
J.D. Edwards announced a new corporate vision that extends its ‘idea-to-action’ to inter-enterprise collaboration expressed in the phrase ‘freedom to choose

eai functions  Chooses Freedom to Choose EAI J.D. Edwards Chooses Freedom to Choose EAI P.J. Jakovljevic - July 27, 2000 Event Summary At its FOCUS 2000 annual user group meeting, which took place in Denver on June 19-22, J.D. Edwards' top executives unveiled a slew of initiatives that they claim will really change the enterprise applications vendor's direction. According to its press release from June 20, J.D. Edwards announced its Freedom to Choose business strategy designed to meet customers' needs for flexibility

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Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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EAI Market Consolidation Continues With Peregrine Acquisition of Extricity


Peregrine Systems, Inc. a provider of Electronic Market Enablement and Infrastructure Management solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Extricity, Inc. Extricity will contribute its B2B relationship management software as Peregrine creates a digital business offering that provides a full range of software products and managed Internet services using Peregrine’s Get2Connect global trading network.

eai functions  is offering. In the EAI and B2B world of today, custom-made acronyms and buzz terms with no industry standard definition are the rule, not the exception. The proffered technology must be distilled down to what functions it actually provides, so the vendor can be effectively compared to its competitors. Read More

Delivering Operational Excellence with Innovation: Enterprise Services Architecture for Enterprise Resource Planning


Changing business practices, especially those that consolidate business and IT functions, requires careful research and decision making. For companies needing to move beyond traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, enterprise service applications (ESA) can help reduce the complexity of having disparate IT systems. Find out about the benefits of ESA and how it can help you achieve operational excellence.

eai functions  hardwire different applications. Although EAI tools have been used success- fully for such linkage, they require employees with specialized skills who understand the inner workings of the systems on both sides to create tightly coupled integration. In addition, skilled employees are also needed to maintain the integration over the useful life of the applications. But the costs of up-front development and ongoing maintenance and efforts involved in integration can be avoided. Consider a second example of Read More

Andersen Gives Yantra a Vote of Confidence


Yantra and Andersen Consulting have announced a broad strategic alliance to provide supply chain solutions through PureEcommerce™, a Web-based customer transaction management solution for extended enterprises.

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EAI - The 'Crazy Glue' of Business Applications


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eai functions  lists a number of EAI features and functions that customers included in their Request for Proposal (RFP). The Discovered Requirement provides examples of additional capabilities that at least one customer discovered should have been included as a requirement in its RFP. The third column, entitled Implications, captures important considerations for buyers based on actual discovery during implementation and use. Category Apparent Capability Discovered Requirement Implications Performance Product supports Read More

Auto Supplier Chooses Plex Cloud ERP Over QAD, Eliminates Inventory Discrepancies


For several years, Spring Dynamics had been using an on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that included accounting functions and standard reports on inventory and accounts receivable and payable. Management wanted a more robust, comprehensive system that would also include shop floor operations and generate management reports. Learn how Plex Cloud ERP helped maximize overall business performance.

eai functions  Supplier Chooses Plex Cloud ERP Over QAD, Eliminates Inventory Discrepancies For several years, Spring Dynamics had been using an on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that included accounting functions and standard reports on inventory and accounts receivable and payable. Management wanted a more robust, comprehensive system that would also include shop floor operations and generate management reports. Learn how Plex Cloud ERP helped maximize overall business performance. Read More

Vignette of an EAI Vendor (So to Speak)


Vignette Corporation has announced a comprehensive, three-tiered Java™ technology strategy that encompasses tools, applications and a complete Java technology-enabled platform. The Vignette V/5 e-business platform will support Java Server Pages (JSP’s) and was announced at Sun Microsystems 2000 Worldwide Java Developer Conference.

eai functions  of an EAI Vendor (So to Speak) Vignette of an EAI Vendor (So to Speak) M. Reed - June 23, 2000 Event Summary Vignette Corporation has announced a comprehensive, three-tiered Java technology strategy that encompasses tools, applications and a complete Java technology-enabled platform. The Vignette V/5 e-business platform will support Java Server Pages (JSP's) and was announced at Sun Microsystems 2000 Worldwide Java Developer Conference. As part of the strategy Vignette will use JAVA Server pages Read More

Software for Real People Part One: MindManager Feature and Functions


Many software applications are indispensable for the operation and management of the enterprise. They, however, may actually stifle creativity--arguably the most valuable aspect of human capital--by requiring the user to adapt to the tool rather than have the tool supporting the user.

eai functions  for Real People Part One: MindManager Feature and Functions Introduction Throughout history, economic growth and wealth creation has been the result of one thing: productivity. In its simplest definition, productivity is the improvement in the ratio of output to input. To remain viable and competitive, every firm must continuously improve productivity. If it fails to accomplish this, the firm's very existence is a drain on economic resources. Ultimately market forces (Adam Smith's invisible Read More

A 5-step Telecom Expense Management Strategy


Many businesses today rely on telecom expense management (TEM) for mission-critical functions ranging from sales to service to customer relationship management. But despite its overall importance, nearly one-third of a telecom staff’s time is spent on processing orders and invoices. Maximizing the potential of a telecom system requires a data-driven approach. Find out how Map-To-Win is helping businesses do just that.

eai functions  5-step Telecom Expense Management Strategy Many businesses today rely on telecom expense management (TEM) for mission-critical functions ranging from sales to service to customer relationship management. But despite its overall importance, nearly one-third of a telecom staff’s time is spent on processing orders and invoices. Maximizing the potential of a telecom system requires a data-driven approach. Find out how Map-To-Win is helping businesses do just that. Read More

Mercator Continues to Suffer Turmoil - Can They Stay on the Map?


What’s new at EAI vendor Mercator Software? TEC updates a report from August 2000. Mercator Software has found themselves on a long and rocky road, where the bumps have included loss or reassignment of most of their executive management team, a precipitous drop in market capitalization, and an uncertain future. On the upside, Mercator has announced a 50% increase in revenue for October and November 2000 compared to the same period in 1999, and also announced a major sale to Amazon.com.

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Software Selection: A Third Alternative Part One: The Buyer’s Perspective


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eai functions  Selection: A Third Alternative Part One: The Buyer’s Perspective Experience has taught many of us that selecting a piece of enterprise-wide software is more of an art form than a science. In software selection, “2 + 2” may equal “4”—if the software selection process is successful and the right software, in all aspects, is selected. Or, “2 + 2” could equal “3” if it is partially successful in that the software meets many of the company’s needs but places a technological burden Read More

Cost Reduction of a Product through Value Analysis and Value Engineering


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eai functions  Reduction of a Product through Value Analysis and Value Engineering Value analysis and value engineering (VAVE) is a systematic process for analyzing the functions of a project, product, process, system, design, or service in order to achieve essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost. VAVE methods are very important and useful in driving down product costs, which helps companies retain market share and sustain their profitability. Learn how. Read More

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Many companies have used lean principles to move from a decentralized corporate management mode to a hybrid model—recognizing that different functions require different levels of centralized management to be efficient and effective. An effective lean transformation eliminates more than the most obvious areas of wasted time and resource. Find out how lean must address the unique requirements of various business processes.

eai functions  the Lean Enterprise: A Three-tiered Approach to Improving Your Operations Many companies have used lean principles to move from a decentralized corporate management mode to a hybrid model—recognizing that different functions require different levels of centralized management to be efficient and effective. An effective lean transformation eliminates more than the most obvious areas of wasted time and resource. Find out how lean must address the unique requirements of various business processes. Read More

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eai functions  Need More Than Functions and Features to Implement an ERP Package Part One: The Administrator and Customizer Introduction It stands to reason that, when selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) package, you must be sure that the software has the functions and features to support your organization. But once that assurance is obtained, now you have to worry about implementing the software. This article looks at four categories of tools that a vendor may supply and can make the implementation Read More

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Applications such as SAP provide significant value and perform critical functions inside an organization. However, they cannot be expected to do everything, just as an airplane cannot be expected to drop you off at your door like a taxi. Organizations must plan for multiple systems to handle the various types of business processes they have to manage and improve.

eai functions  and the Business Process Ecosystem: Complementing SAP and Applications such as SAP provide significant value and perform critical functions inside an organization. However, they cannot be expected to do everything, just as an airplane cannot be expected to drop you off at your door like a taxi. Organizations must plan for multiple systems to handle the various types of business processes they have to manage and improve. Read More