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IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 3
Part 2 of this blog topic continued to analyze IBM’s rationale behind acquiring ILOG to bolster its service oriented architecture (SOA) and business process

gartner ilog  Thus, I concur with Gartner ’s assertions that, post-acquisition, there are the following possible scenarios for the ILOG SCM applications: Moving them under the IBM SCM consulting group, though as offerings with premium services wrapped around them that will likely cost more and will receive less focus than when they belonged to ILOG; Either limiting future product development or perhaps leaving the SCM business as independent, with the research & development (R&D) investment commensurate with the Read More
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Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 1
The mergers and acquisition (M@A) market seems to be coming back slowly. One evidence of this could be the late-March acquisition of long-struggling

gartner ilog  boost in the market. Gartner ’s SCM division AMR Research had its brief alert on the event stating the obvious: the market for standalone IO providers is getting tough, as these capabilities become ever-more commoditized. I would agree that IO is becoming a necessary part of any broader SCP suite, and it is becoming ingrained in the realm of  sales & operations planning (S&OP)  as well. Standalone IO Market: Not Sustainable in the Long Run Make no mistake, Optiant was an extreme of poor financial Read More
IBM Emptoris v10, Smarter Commerce, and Strategic Sourcing
Emptoris has been part of IBM for about 20 months, and we’re coming up on the close of its first full fiscal year under the IBM label. Since the acquisition

gartner ilog  Emptoris v10, Smarter Commerce, and Strategic Sourcing By Bob Eastman and P.J. Jakovljevic Emptoris has been part of IBM for about 20 months, and we’re coming up on the close of its first full fiscal year under the IBM label. Since the acquisition, IBM has been integrating Emptoris into its three-year-old Smarter Commerce conception (Emptoris was known to have had some 750 employees at the time of acquisition, but IBM will not disclose the number of employees now associated with it). This has included Read More
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III)
Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the

gartner ilog  While many analysts like Gartner , AMR Research or Aberdeen Group have quickly come up with their customary brief alerts, the usual-suspect bloggers have not seemed that interested in this event, with the notable exception of Frank Scavo in his Enterprise Systems Spectator blog post . I concur with the assertion coming from both Epicor and the above analysts and bloggers that the retail sector is much more promising and with many more greener pastures than Epicor's traditional overcrowded manufacturing Read More
Looking For Software-The Expectations of Small and Medium Enterprises
Small and medium enterprises (SME) looking for software must understand their needs and articulate their expectations to get what they want and need from

gartner ilog  One analyst firm, the Gartner Group defines the mid market as 100 to 999 employees and the small as 5 to 99 employees. One enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor considers anything under $2 billion as the mid-market. Rather than sales volume or employees, some consultants and vendors define enterprises in terms of the characteristics of the business. These enterprises are stand-alone organizations with the power to control their own destiny, which can include some divisions of large companies. Most Read More
Application Portfolio Management: Delivering Improved Functionality
Today’s technology and application leaders are pressured to deliver functionality that drives efficiency, innovation, and growth@while reducing costs. As a

gartner ilog  organization's assets and resources. Gartner Research indicates that as portfolio management efforts such as APM mature within an organization, they become an intrinsic part of the execution process around architecture and allocation of resources. In short, APM enables business and application managers to monitor on an ongoing basis all changes that may impact the performance of technologies and applications, align changing business and technology objectives, and reduce portfolio complexity and cost of Read More
TEC Offer Tools for Software Selection at Gartner's Small Business Vision Event in Boston
According to TEC, selections for enterprise software such as ERP, ECM, CRM, or SCM solutions may fail to meet requirements if an organisation undertakes a

gartner ilog  ease the selection burden. Gartner asserts that 70 percent of IT projects fail or fall short of expectations. With the growing SMB market spending over $400 billion (USD) worldwide annually, event attendees targeting this immense and diverse market were most responsive to TEC's stated objective of assisting SMBs in complex evaluations of enterprise software. At Gartner's Small Business Vision event, held in Boston on June 6, TEC's value proposition was presented by TEC senior research analyst Hans Mercx, Read More
Never Was A Story Of More Woe Than This Of RJR And Nabisco
The complex maneuvers involved in RJR’s divestiture of Nabisco will prove simple compared to the efforts required to join Kraft and Nabisco in a way that

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Sage Advice on Selecting Analyst Services
Step away from the decision--let's look at the meta-selection. The SageCircle blog features some recent posts on selecting analyst services. So here we are, TEC

gartner ilog  type of mistake are Gartner and Forrester because they are often the only firms with any significant mindshare with buyers. This is similar to the sort of observation we make about purchasing software. We recommend that clients understand their business requirements through a formal process ensuring those relate to a request for information (RFI) about the software they'll purchase. The idea is that if you don't initiate the selection process properly you'll end up paying down the road for software that Read More
Trends in IT Needs, Purchasing, and Strategy
Is there a tension between the people authorizing IT spending in your company and those determining the needs? The roles of each C-level position, combined with

gartner ilog  , which covered new Gartner research on the roles of the chief information officer (CIO) and chief financial officer (CFO). The article highlighted several findings, the first of which was that CIOs usually require CFO authorization for IT investments. Second, it seems many IT departments report to the CFO. Finally, the report found almost half of its respondents think of IT as strategic to their business. These types of findings support the author's contention that CFOs need to have a common Read More
Wayfair Selects LLamasoft Transportation Guru
Wayfair, a US-based Internet retailer offering home furnishings and décor from more than 12,000 brands, has selected LLamasoft Transportation Guru as the

gartner ilog  Selects LLamasoft Transportation Guru Wayfair , a US-based Internet retailer offering home furnishings and décor from more than 12,000 brands, has selected LLamasoft Transportation Guru as the standard application for supply chain network design and transportation route optimization throughout the company’s global enterprise. With just under $1 billion in revenues in 2013, Wayfair has warehouse and corporate locations across the United States as well as in Australia, Germany, Ireland, and the Read More
What-if Scenarios for Analyst Firm Mergers and Acquisitions
Now that Gartner is acquiring AMR, we cannot help but wonder what will be the next acquisition or merger in the business software research field. There are not

gartner ilog  and Acquisitions Now that Gartner is acquiring AMR , we cannot help but wonder what will be the next acquisition or merger in the business software research field. There are not so many companies doing business software research and analysis, so the number of permutations is quite low. Let’s look at some of them and what the end result would be. Gartner acquires Aberdeen and launches The Magic Axis (Magic Quadrant + Aberdeen Axis). If they decide to acquire Forrester , that would be the Magic Wave Read More
Quantifying the Value of Software Asset Management
If you’re not up to speed on the key benefits of software asset management (SAM) solutions, this overview can help. Additionally, you’ll learn about the areas

gartner ilog  senior research analyst at Gartner Group, “organizations can realize cost savings of between 5 percent and 35 percent by implementing focused software asset management practices. This paper provides an overview of software asset management and its key benefits. Additionally, it highlights the areas where an SAM solution can deliver the most tangible, quantifiable cost savings to an organization. Readers will also learn how to calculate the potential return on investment (ROI) on SAM in order to Read More
TEC Presents Software Evaluation Methodology at Gartner's Small Business Vision Event in Toronto
According to Gartner, 70 percent of IT projects fail or fall short of expectations. With the SMB market spending over $400 billion (USD) annually, event

gartner ilog  Software Evaluation Methodology at Gartner's Small Business Vision Event in Toronto TEC Presents Software Evaluation Methodology at Gartner's Small Business Vision Event in Toronto Montreal, May 29, 2006 MONTREAL - May 29, 2006 - According to Gartner, 70 percent of IT projects fail or fall short of expectations. With the SMB market spending over $400 billion (USD) annually, event attendees targeting this immense market were most responsive to TEC's stated objective of assisting SMBs in complex Read More

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