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Supplier Logistics Management (SLM) Part 2
Supplier Logistics Management (SLM) offers the opportunity for considerable improvement in efficiency as well as cost reductions. SLM enables companies and

f part 6  shape the food/CPG Industry' F ood Logistics, Ronald Margulis and Mina Williams, July/August 2000 Read More
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APICS 2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1
While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention

f part 6  2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1 While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention day ( Day 1 ,  Day 2 ,  Day 3 , and  Day 4 ), my much shorter  attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October revolved mainly around exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors . My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo Read More
Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics
If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities

f part 6  supply chain costs. The financing charges are part of the weighted average cost of capital that is affected directly by inventory decisions. Supply Chain Capability #2 -Optimizing Operational Cycle Time For this discussion, the term cycle time denotes the total time elapsed from the time an order is received until the customer can be invoiced or charged. In the case of post-sale service, cycle time refers to the time from the identification of a need for the service until the completion of the service. Read More
Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1
The software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough

f part 6  compounded knowledge) philosophy of f ree and open source software (FOSS) , but without being free of charge. Namely, Plex claims to not have the  overhead cost  of internal product managers per se , since a vast majority of the new features are driven by online requests from customers. When a customer asks for some feature, Plex first checks whether there is something similar already available (perhaps called differently, but doing the same function). If not, than that customer pays some affordable Read More
Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series explained Plex Systems’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in the discrete manufacturing

f part 6  medical devices manufacturers. The final part of this blog series will peer into Plex Systems’ future, and will conclude with a brief question and answer (Q&A) session with the company’s top executives. What’s in Store for Plex Systems? For a long time Plex has operated without any external financial investment. The company  completed a US$6 million raise in December 2009 from multiple sources, although Apax Partners remains the main investors . The goal for the vendor is to accelerate growth and Read More
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

f part 6  future and likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges  (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions were presented, most notably  SAP Business ByDesign . Part 3 of this blog series analyzes recent SaaS initiatives by mainstream mega-vendors with some concrete examples. Mega-vendors’ Hybrid Approach Indeed, what about Read More
Will 2013 Be IBS’ Comeback Year? Part 2
In part 1 of this series, we took a look at IBS, some of the challenges the company was facing, and its software offerings for the business community. To

f part 6  facing, and its software offerings for the business community. To discuss the aforementioned issues (see part 1 ) and IBS’ ongoing turnaround, we recently spoke to Doug Braun, the chief executive officer (CEO) of IBS. As CEO, Mr. Braun is responsible for translating business needs into products that solve customer supply chain problems. TEC: How would you describe IBS’s current state of affairs? DB: The top challenges IBS faced were profitability, stability, and maturity of a global software Read More
Partner-Friendly Oracle Update - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering. The analysis then moved into Oracle

f part 6  Friendly Oracle Update - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle ’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering . The analysis then moved into Oracle's VAD Remarketer Program , which was launched about two years ago to allow partners to determine the best growth path for their business. A Remarketer is a new class of Oracle reseller with the ability to resell only the products that fall under Oracle’s 1-Click Ordering Programs and strictly under Read More
Bonitasoft, Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell
Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting

f part 6  Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting process owners. To further flesh out Bonitasoft’s value prop, we recently talked to Mac McConnell, Bonitasoft’s vice president of marketing. He is responsible for all aspects of global marketing, including brand awareness, communications, demand and lead generation, and go-to-market Read More
Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?
In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and

f part 6  variant at least once for the part number to be recognized. Only from that point on does B510 become valid. In contrast, Webcom Inc .'s WebSource CPQ quote-to-order (Q2O) suite (see Software as a Service beyond Customer Relationship Management and Sales ) has quite a different approach. The solution consults the embedded part number schema and the rules to check whether the new part number is even possible. If it is possible, the suite validates it and tells the prospective customer exactly what part it Read More
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software
After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM

f part 6  Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The company provides both PLM Read More
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

f part 6  2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010 , salesforce.com ’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the  cloud computing  trailblazer and unveiling of Salesforce Chatter , the company’s nascent social Read More
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 2
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. My post first analyzed the

f part 6  Ventana Research . The final part of this blog series will analyze SuccessFactors’ strengths and potential challenges. In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions or individual experiences with talent management and business execution solutions are more than welcome. Read More
Frankie Does ERP, Part 1
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

f part 6  Does ERP, Part 1 [Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request. This interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It's still colorful.] * My name is Frank. I’m a mid-level manager for a Read More

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