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SAP Acquires SmartOps, At Long Last
This could be the very first time as a market observer that my reaction to a merger announcement is not “Why?” but rather “Why now?” Namely, in late February

formal letterhead  SmartOps has had a formal business relationship with SAP since 2006, and for the last four years it has been a part of the program for solution extensions at SAP, i.e., offering the SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization (EIO) by SmartOps solution. SmartOps' customers include about 60 major brands—Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 companies—in discrete manufacturing, consumer durables and packaged goods, technology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution, chemicals, and retail industries. As part of

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2008 Software Re"solutions"


A new year is upon us and with that, the word “resolution” comes to mind...res-o-l-u-tion – [rez-uh-loo-shun n] - noun 1. a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. 2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc. 3. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose. 4. the act

formal letterhead  vendors. On your company’s formal business letterhead, write a cover letter inviting the vendor to submit a proposal . Your RFP should define the entire project’s requirements, and allow the vendor to propose a number of things: contractual terms, technical specifications, delivery terms, time frame and strategy for implementation, training services, support, and of course… the price quote. Preparing a proposal can be a lengthy process. So, you should give your short-listed vendors some time to Read More

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Part 1 of this series introduced Saba Software, a public provider of what it calls “People Cloud,” which constitutes a new class of business-critical software that combines enterprise learning, talent management, and collaboration technologies. The post first described the vendor’s slew of industry rewards and accolades at the recent 2011 Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston and related events

formal letterhead  comprehensive management systems for formal and informal learning so that enterprises can identify, manage, develop, and measure the capabilities and knowledge of people throughout the organization and the supply chain, as well as empower employees to connect and contribute expertise. Built to support the people processes of the world’s most demanding organizations, this system drives new revenues, creates strategic alignment, and mobilizes people across the global ecosystem of Saba’s customers’ Read More

Best Practices for Using Excel as a BI Tool


Like its Microsoft Office cousins, Word and PowerPoint, Excel is de rigueur software in businesses around the world. And in offices that lack a formal business intelligence (BI) solution, Excel often becomes the go-to tool for compiling and analyzing business data In this guide, John Wilson, CEO of Claim Insights, and other Focus Experts offer top tips and best practices for using Excel as a business intelligence tool.

formal letterhead  offices that lack a formal business intelligence (BI) solution, Excel often becomes the go-to tool for compiling and analyzing business data In this guide, John Wilson, CEO of Claim Insights, and other Focus Experts offer top tips and best practices for using Excel as a business intelligence tool. Read More

The Keys to Effective Project Governance Leadership


Project Sponsor.com conducted a three-year research program on project governance. The findings turned up some surprising facts on how project governance is approached and applied in businesses today, and shed some light on what is required for project governance to be effective.

formal letterhead  Executives Have Had Any Formal Training for Their Project Governance Roles The most support and guidance a project governance executive usually receives is a list of accountabilities. Few ever receive any guidance on how to be a sponsor or steering committee member. Some project teams try to be helpful by providing steering committee charters to inform executives about their roles, but in my experience, these are written from the wrong perspective—that is, from the project's rather than that of the busi Read More

Yahoo! Goes Mobile in Greece


The offering is available only in English, which may prove to be a major deterrent to a large percentage of OTE’s clients. Initial wireless services will include the typical industry set of features, e-mail, stock quotes and news.

formal letterhead  said it signed a formal agreement with Yahoo! to provide its mobile phone and Internet customers access to Yahoo! services. Market Impact The agreement between the two companies became effective on August 1st 2000 and will provide Yahoo! Mobile services via WAP enabled phones to OTE's clients. The offering is available only in English, which may prove to be a major deterrent to a large percentage of OTE's clients. Initial wireless services will include the typical industry set of features, e-mail, stock Read More

Another Implementation Failure, Another Missed Learning Opportunity


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formal letterhead  either incomplete or too formal to bring to light the real issues that led to the software implementation failure. What to Look For The biggest challenge in determining what went wrong lies in posing the right questions to the right people. Questions that are too general elicit vague responses, and questions that are too detailed run the risk of getting lost in technicalities—which can make it even more difficult for you to accomplish your goal. Both customers and vendors should look at how the Read More

Plex Systems Poised to Execute in 2013


The Plex Systems team was in town recently. TEC’s P.J. Jakovljevic and I took the opportunity to sit down with the new Plex CEO, Jason Blessing, as well as V.P. of Corporate Strategy Jim Shepherd, and V.P. of Marketing Patrick Fetterman.TEC is quite well acquainted with Plex, as you can see from our multiple articles about the company on the TEC blog: The Change of Guard at Plex

formal letterhead  suggestions of a more formal product strategy guiding Plex's continuous product release strategy. I asked specifically about Plex’s supply chain strategy, where, plainly, Plex does not try to be all things to all customers. Plex feels that end-users are not looking for a supply chain suite in Plex, and that end-users are more accustomed now to selecting niche vendors for specific supply chain needs. Jim Shepherd (with whom I worked for 12+ years at AMR Research) says that this does not really come up Read More

Saba Software: Figuring Out Social Talent Management


For years, Saba Software has been helping companies transform enterprise-wide learning and how people do their work. In this article, principal TEC analyst P.J. Jakovljevic shows you how Saba’s people-centric systems enable organizations to mobilize, inspire, and engage their people to develop new strategies and initiatives, and cultivate individual and collective know-how to effectively compete and succeed in the marketplace.

formal letterhead  as managing skills, certifications, formal learning (courses and curriculums), informal learning, intelligent recommendations, social bookmarking, and social video channels. At the same conference, Saba announced the acquisition of the visual organizational planning software provider HumanConcepts , a company with about 100 employees and 500 customers (some of whom were also customers of Saba). HumanConcepts’ drag-and-drop visualization tools for workforce planning and budgeting have improved the value Read More

Justification of ERP Investments Part Four: Replacing or Re-implementing an ERP System


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formal letterhead  degree to which the formal ERP system is used to run the business. Four classifications -termed Class A through Class D--have often been used to characterize success. Figure 3.5 summarizes these classifications of ERP success. Class A User . The formal ERP system is effectively used to run the entire company. The manufacturing database defines the way products are really built, and efforts have been undertaken to simplify factory layouts and business processes. The ERP system defines realistic Read More

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formal letterhead  ) and delivered the formal product demonstration I’d requested. This demo let me do a trial of some features that I was particularly interested in taking a closer look at, including more than 100 features and functionality sets. I encourage you to stay tuned for the full certification report. In the meantime, you can interactively review IBM Cognos BI in TEC Advisor . If you have specific questions about Cognos BI’s certification, please leave me a comment below, and I’ll respond as soon as I can. Read More

Intellicus Is Now a TEC Certified Business Intelligence Solution


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formal letterhead  Plan include a new formal customer partnership with the software, electronic commerce, and Internet industry; enhanced training of patent examiners; a new second-level review of all Class 705 (business method patents) applications; and the convening of a roundtable forum with stakeholders on the issues surrounding this technology area. Market Impact The brouhaha over this issue really got going when Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos was issued a patent for Amazon.com's [NASDAQ:AMZN] one-click ordering process Read More

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formal letterhead  opportunity information (96%) Utilize formal and documented sales processes (95%) Required Actions In addition to the specific recommendations in Chapter 3 of this report, companies must take the following steps to achieve Best-in-Class status: Stop using spreadsheets and shadow accounting - too much sales information is scattered throughout the organization and many complex tasks are managed in an ad hoc manner. Organizations must streamline processes and invest in centralizing sales information to Read More