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In Search of Clarity: Unraveling the Complexities of Executive Decision Making
Decision making is at the core of all business activity, as executives set strategy and manage operations by weighing a vast array of factors to arrive at the

example of a decision paper  organisational behaviour, cited the example of a US firm’s Chinese subsidiary in which managers formally comply with an appraisal-based annual bonus system but construct the appraisal profiles retrospectively to fit decisions about bonuses made on different criteria. At a more strategic levels, differing cultural biases can impede important strategic discussions. Mr Becker, for example, notes that ABB’s policy of reviewing, and sometimes correcting, key decisions in the light of changing circumstances 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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A guide to the benefits, technology and implementation essentials of CRM & SFA solutions
Companies spend staggering investments to make and keep their offerings competitive. By providing a centralized location to store account history and detailed

example of a decision paper  and inconsistent. As an example to show how technology is not a process but a way of automating a process, consider a manufacturing company not meeting production targets. To reduce parts shortages, executive management decides to implement ERP software. But unbeknownst to them the Bills of Materials (lists of component part numbers and quantities for each product) used by procurement differs from how their products are actually built on the shop floor. With a flawed process introducing automation will me Read More...
The 2008 Handbook of Application Delivery: A Guide to Decision Making
IT organizations can no longer manage networks in isolation from the applications they support, requiring a shift from focusing on devices to a focus on

example of a decision paper  simple hub-and-spoke design. An example of this is a bank's ATM network where the traffic flows from an ATM to a data center and back again. This type of network is sometimes referred to as a one-to many network. A number of factors, however, cause the traffic flow in a network to follow more of a mesh pattern. One factor is the wide spread deployment of Voice over IP (VoIP)2. VoIP is an example of an application where traffic can flow between any two sites in the network. This type of network is often re Read More...
Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

example of a decision paper  of mouth. A good example of this thinking can be found in the profile Nan's Necessity. One consultant we interviewed put it this way: When I speak to groups of small independents, I ask two questions. The first, can you give me the name and contact information for your 100 most profitable customers last year? Usually about 10 percent raise their hand. And then I ask of the 10 percent, what did you do for those customers? Have you thanked them? Those are the people who love you. And they don't want discou Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I
As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with

example of a decision paper  not be the worst example of long tails, since the above-mentioned Webcast has pointed out some other businesses (like automotive aftermarket part distributors) that attribute even 98 percent of all SKUs to slow-moving items that contribute to over 60 percent of revenues. Yet, 82 percent of organizations still measure the weighted mean absolute percentage error (WMAPE), which is an appropriate key performance indicator (KPI) for a small number of items with high volumes and high demand forecast predictabil Read More...
One Vendor's Quest to Garner a Global Sourcing Ecosystem
Having started as a business-to-business integration provider for a few major retailers in the United Kingdom, Eqos has evolved into a full-fledged, worldwide

example of a decision paper  been a stellar partnership example. Eqos has integrated BizTalk into its platform, helping to evolve its technology base from an enterprise application integration (EAI) tool with message brokering services into one that offers strong business process management (BPM) services. However, in the spirit of the adage “when one door closes, another opens,” Eqos has lately regrouped around leveraging the sourcing best practices (know-how) it has learned with the high-profile clients above into a global Read More...
Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage
Software giant Microsoft treated itself with a $1.1B Christmas present; it announced an agreement to acquire its long-term partner Great Plains Software, a

example of a decision paper  And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage P.J. Jakovljevic - January 16, 2001 Event Summary On December 21, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), the world's largest software provider, announced it reached an agreement to acquire Great Plains Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: GPSI), a leading supplier of mid-market business applications. The acquisition should create new opportunities for Microsoft and Great Read More...
A Sharp ASP
Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas has selected Harbinger as their Application Service Provider of choice. The multi-year contract will allow Harbinger to

example of a decision paper  Sharp ASP A Sharp ASP A. Turner - July 14, 2000 Event Summary On June 14, 2000, Harbinger Corporation, a supplier of business-to-business (B2B) e-Commerce solutions, announced it has been selected by Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA) as its Application Service Provider (ASP). Under the multi-year contract, Harbinger will begin work to expand Sharp's e-Supplier community and integrate e-Procurement transactions via a suite of applications hosted for Sharp Microelectronics on Harbinger's Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

example of a decision paper  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress  of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an immaculate  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company was the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and the envy of competitors. But Read More...
SaaS Realities-Business Benefits for Small and Midsized Business
Software as a service (SaaS) is a highly-touted model for acquiring, using, and paying for business functionality and is widely adopted for a variety of

example of a decision paper  Realities-Business Benefits for Small and Midsized Business Software as a service (SaaS) is a highly-touted model for acquiring, using, and paying for business functionality and is widely adopted for a variety of business and information technology (IT) functions. This paper looks at advantages and business benefits—financial value, new technology, and improved operations—that SaaS provides to small and midsized businesses and shows research with small and midsized business users. Read More...
The ROI of Talent Management
Over the past decade, talent management initiatives have become one of the top priorities within global organizations. While the business value of talent

example of a decision paper  ROI of Talent Management Over the past decade, talent management initiatives have become one of the top priorities within global organizations. While the business value of talent management investments is often recognized discretely through increased efficiency, organizations have frequently found it challenging to quantify the actual business impact or return on investment of their talent management initiatives. Read More...
Selecting a PLM Vendor
PLM enterprise applications should not be selected in a vacuum. The needs and requirements of multiple departments and even business partners must be

example of a decision paper  a PLM Vendor Selecting a PLM Vendor A product lifecycle management (PLM) strategy is a must for enterprises that live or die on the suitability, timeliness, quality, and sustainability of the products they bring to market. To that end, PLM has become a proven tool in increasing competitiveness amid the increased tendency to subcontract design and engineering tasks, to rush-deliver a variety of merchandise to market for satisfying ever-changing consumer demand, and amid the increase of custom-made Read More...
Lifting a Veil of Mystery Off Jesta I.S.
Even after nearly 15 years as an enterprise analyst, I still find myself coming across a vendor that has been around for more than 40 years but one that I am

example of a decision paper  familiar with. One such example is Montreal, Canada-based Jesta I.S. , a ven dor that delivers integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) solutions to manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers in the apparel, footwear, and specialty retail industries worldwide. Jesta I.S. solutions address the complex business processes, rapidly changing product mix, and short product life cycles faced by manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers in these Read More...
A Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement
Glovia International has launched the first full-fledged and versatile, manufacturing-oriented solution that is an on-demand, enterprise resource planning

example of a decision paper  to global enterprises (for example, Dell has about 4,000 users). The functional and flexible glovia.com extended ERP suite provides for the needs of ETO, make-to-order (MTO), high-volume, and mixed-mode manufacturing environments through its broad functionality that can handle almost each stage (from design and make to fulfill and service stages) of a product life cycle. To its merit, Fujitsu is the world's third largest IT services company and a leading provider of customer-focused IT and Read More...
Can a Mobile App Get You a Job Interview?
Serendipity, in addition to actual qualifications and experience, plays a major role in a job search. Indeed, scoring an interview increases one’s chances of

example of a decision paper  a Mobile App Get You a Job Interview? Serendipity, in addition to actual qualifications and experience, plays a major role in a job search. Indeed, scoring an interview increases one’s chances of impressing (or not) a potential employer. But how do you win that face time? Candidates struggle to distinguish themselves, while recruiting managers wade through the hundreds of cut-and-dried resumes they receive each day. In the interest of “giving serendipity a nudge,” JobProx is a novel smartphone Read More...

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