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Great Plains’ Latest Product Offering &; Ready to Stampede the SME Market?
Great Plains announced during its Stampede 2000 annual partner meeting significant extensions to its product offering. The following is our view of Great Plains

frx slogan  its prudent acquisition of FRx Software, a leader in the financial reporting market, and PWA, a UK-based provider of HR software, although less publicized, have both filled gaps in Great Plains' former product offering and have provided additional revenue streams. Nevertheless, we believe that the company will now need to take time to digest all of these acquisitions. Functionality Developed Internally One should, however, not overlook the company's effort to develop significant new functionality

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Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book ExcerptPart One: Sales and Operations Planning


Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta provides an overall understanding of how the system fits together to run a manufacturing or distribution business. This book excerpt focuses on running the business from the top with sales and operations planning (S&OP). Variation in operations affect the S&OP process and the nature of demand impacts the S&OP game plans.

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IFS To Be At Customers' (Web) Service


IFS invested heavily in both product development and worldwide growth infrastructure for a few years, now with that infrastructure in place, the company’s financial position has improved. This balancing of expenditures to promote global growth and improved cash flow has long been IFS’ mixed blessing conundrum. As the bigger vendors will intensify their mid-market aspirations, IFS continues to increase its marketshare worldwide, particularly in mid-market.

frx slogan  To Be At Customers' (Web) Service IFS To Be At Customers' (Web) Service P.J. Jakovljevic - July 2, 2002 Event Summary At the end of May, IFS AB (XSSE:IFS), a Sweden-based global mid-market enterprise applications vendor, announced that its latest product release, IFS Applications 2002 , which was launched at the beginning of the year under the slogan Packaged for Payback , includes full support for XML-based Web services as one more way to offer to its customers significant cost and time savings Read More

“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2


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Epicor Reaches Better Vista From This Vantage Point Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations


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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts-and-parcels, and the software category’s value proposition.  At the end of that post, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via a bit of humor and the metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23

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Mid-Market Strategy: International Enterprise Solutions


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Analyzing MAPICS' Further Steps After Frontstep Part Four: Market Impact Continued


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frx slogan  Commerce's Cameleon Product Configurator, FRx Reporting, and Magik! PLM), MAPICS emphasizes that all of these are OEMed, with MAPICS owning product upgrades and support so that the origin is effectively transparent. MAPICS has indeed maintained an active focus on additional partnering arrangements intended to help manufacturers move into a collaborative e-business land in a more controlled manner. To that end, its multiple partnership initiatives, like those with Vanguard Solutions Group for BI add-on Read More

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Great Plains - An SME Market Leader, But At What Cost?


Great Plains has established itself as a global small-to-medium enterprises (SME) market leader. It now derives almost 20% of revenue outside of the US market and has the potential of reaching $300 million in revenues in fiscal 2001. Its extensive and efficient global indirect channel model that consists of over 2,000 partners has been admired industry-wide. At Stampede 2000, its annual partner conference, Great Plains announced significant extensions to its product offering. However, these have been delivered at the expense of reporting losses for the last two quarters.

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