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BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

f part 8  Last but not least, f rom May 2009 BigMachines has been offering its quoting and configuration platform for Microsoft Dynamics CRM  with the first joint customer onboard. The vendor has dedicated personnel for all the “big three” CRM providers, which is unmatched by its competitors at this stage. Compared to most of its competitors, BigMachines also has superior global resources with reputed services, support, and high-performance operations. Its infrastructure is hosted at  NaviSite  and  Savvis Read More
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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 8  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 fe 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 8  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
Project Management Communication: Developing a Plan (Part 2 Of 3)
Frequently when project teams convene to discuss post-project reviews, project team members feel that if communication had been better, the project would have

f part 8  a Plan (Part 2 Of 3) Frequently when project teams convene to discuss post-project reviews, project team members feel that if communication had been better, the project would have gone smoother. The reason communication in project management is crucial is because it can impact a project’s success, and it is very important that project managers use the right types of communication during a project. Types of Project Management Communication The issues project managers (PMs) have to communicate about on a Read More
Anti-Virus Advisories: Rating Them
The recent ILOVEYOU worm, was the most widely spread virus or worm reported as of yet. With so many anti-virus vendors to choose from, which one should you

f part 8  P S T I F U Points Rank Alladin eSafe 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 2 9 3rd CA Inoculan 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 8 4th Content Technologies Mimesweeper 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 8th F-Secure F-Prot 2 2 0 2 0 1 2 2 11 2nd Finijan SurfinGuard 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 7 5th NAI McAfee 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 6 6th NAI Dr. Solomon's 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 6 6th NAI Virex - - - - - - - - - - Nemx AntiVirus 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 9th Norman VirusControl 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 9 3rd Proland ProtectorPlus 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 7 5th Sophos Antivirus 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 7 5th Sybari Antigen Read More
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part discusses

f part 8  Two defined and described four major outsourcing categories. Part Three recapped outsourcing approaches and categories, and described recommendations. About the Author A.B. Maynard has over twenty years of technology, industry, management consulting and application software experience. He is an experienced executive with leadership experience in the software industry, Big 4 Consulting and Fortune 1000 industrial companies where he gained extensive experience in outsourcing, I.T. Services, and enterprise Read More
Job Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 3
Part 2 of this blog series analyzed the ActiveBatch architecture and evolution in terms of enterprise job scheduling and workload automation functional

f part 8  type alternative (to the five types explained in Part 2 ), the Job Library was introduced with V6 and is being expanded in V7. The Job Library contains templates of job steps for applications such as Crystal Reports , Symantec Veritas Backup Exec , multiple database functions, ActiveBatch Task Scheduler jobs, Power Management, and so on. The Library Job Steps can be dragged and dropped to create a workflow. The user has simply to click on the provided action template, drag it to the Job Step Editor, and Read More
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector

f part 8  expected to close in February 2008. Part III of this blog topic will analyze a continuation of Epicor’s strategy to capitalize on the red-hot retail software market, where it initially jumped into with its acquisition of CRS Retail two years ago. Your views, comments, opinions, etc. about Epicor's moves in the retail sector are customarily welcome in the meantime. Read More
Job Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined the problem that, as the number of systems, applications, databases, and whatnot platforms increases, the IT business

f part 8  a mainframe  system, or for a mainframe job to trigger other workflows on Windows, Linux, UNIX or OpenVMS systems. Part 3, the final installment of this series, will analyze the latest ActiveBatch V7 release, as well as the product’s market opportunity. Your views, comments, opinions, etc. about enterprise this job scheduling solutions, and abut the software category per se are welcome in the meantime. We would also be interested in hearing about your experiences with these software solutions (if you Read More
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For
In the first two parts of this series (part I, part II), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise

f part 8  quickly. The teams had, for the most part, been part of the ERP project. The team agreed on the approach it would be using to select the software (whether it was new software or expanded functionality in their ERP system). It would follow the methodology that worked well in the past. In parallel, the team would also develop the corporate governance policies, procedures, and training required for compliance with various global trade regulations. The team quickly researched its needs and pulled together 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 8  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
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 8  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
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 8  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

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