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SAP HANA-One Technology to Watch in 2012 (and Beyond)
Did you know that SAP HANA is much more than a high-speed analytic appliance? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reveals how HANA is a universal database

i clarify tutorial  2009 ). Well, now I know that SAP BO Explorer is a tool for creating InfoCubes , and for further modeling and manipulation (in SAP’s lingo, an InfoCube is an OLAP cube, or a set of relational tables arranged according to a star schema, whereby a large fact table in the middle is surrounded by several dimension tables). SAP BW Accelerator is a blade server that is optimized for fast indexing and searching. Both products can nowadays run on top of HANA. Confused and overwhelmed enough?   HANA: A Read More

Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Lifting a Veil of Mystery Off Jesta I.S.
Even after nearly 15 years as an enterprise analyst, I still find myself coming across a vendor that has been around for more than 40 years but one that I am

i clarify tutorial  as an enterprise analyst, I still find myself coming across a vendor that has been around for more than 40 years but one that I am not familiar with. One such example is Montreal, Canada-based Jesta I.S. , a ven dor that delivers integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) solutions to manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers in the apparel, footwear, and specialty retail industries worldwide. Jesta I.S. solutions address the complex business processes, Read More
IT Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 2)
In my last posting I wrote about the functions of project management. When I considered alternatives to MS Project, I started thinking about the functions of

i clarify tutorial  In my last posting I wrote about the functions of project management. When I considered alternatives to MS Project, I started thinking about the functions of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software and concluded that they were similar in many respects. • Design The project blueprint and design stage where are all Business Process Models are developed • Modeling Interviewing stakeholders and developing the transactional and business process to support enterprise software deployment • Execution Read More
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems: A Tutorial Part Two: Benefits and Interfaces
A CMMS is an excellent business opportunity whose implementation can significantly improve operations, reduce equipment downtime, increase accountability of the

i clarify tutorial  Maintenance Management Systems: A Tutorial Part Two: Benefits and Interfaces Benefits A CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) can be one of the easier pieces of software to cost justify. This is not to say that every company should have one. Rather, the benefits are real and tangible; savings that you can take to the bank. You should analyze current maintenance practices, determine percentage of downtime, calculate yield loss, and loss revenue. Even if this information paints a Read More
What Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part I
According to the proverb “calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind,” in these tough times some supply chain management (SCM) vendors have been trying to take

i clarify tutorial  Tough Economy? - Part I According to the proverb “calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind,” in these tough times some supply chain management (SCM) vendors have been trying to take stock (no pun intended) of their offerings and how best to offer these to customers, to mutual benefit. In fact, I have recently seen some intriguing (if not bizarre) press releases (PRs), which read like some type of whitepapers or presentation transcripts. They were certainly different (and therefore refreshing) from Read More
What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?
In an earlier post, What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?, I discussed what the word “product” means in  product lifecycle management (PLM). In this post, I am

i clarify tutorial  PLM Really Mean? , I discussed what the word “product” means in  product lifecycle management (PLM). In this post, I am going to move onto the next letter, “L” for lifecycle . According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of lifecycle is “ a series of stages through which something (as an individual, culture, or manufactured product) passes during its lifetime .” In a typical manufacturing environment, these stages include conception, design and development, manufacture, and service. Ideally, Read More
Liberty Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 1: Latest Announcements
On one hand, some archrivals (e.g., Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle) are becoming strange bedfellows, while, on the other hand, the others (e.g., Microsoft and Sun

i clarify tutorial  Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 1: Latest Announcements Event Summary February appeared to be the month in which Web Services earned notable legitimacy. Recently, IBM and Microsoft , the two largest proponents of Web Services, and a slew of other prominent IT companies and enterprises ( Accenture , BEA Systems , Hewlett-Packard , Fujitsu , Intel , Oracle , and SAP to name some) have joined to form the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I, www.ws-i.com ). The Read More
It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part I)
Regardless of the economic environment (and sentiments), I always think of the opportunity within the aftermarket service and support as a profitable, high

i clarify tutorial  economic environment (and sentiments), I always think of the opportunity within the aftermarket service and support as a profitable, high-margin and customer-captive business, and yet, still underserved. General Electric (GE) would be the proverbial example of a company that has focused on aftermarket opportunities, going so far as to call itself a services company as opposed to a products company. GE indeed, starting with Jack Welch’s long chief executive officer (CEO) tenure, has been widely Read More
They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)
The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons

i clarify tutorial  Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I) The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia & Montenegro) for personal reasons. Those several days spent in my homeland in late October/early November (whereby I missed my beloved Boston Red Sox’ winning the MLB World Series ’07 Championship , darn it!) I at least used this time to also learn about the enterprise applications market in that region, and maybe even in the entire Read More
Retail Technology Experiments at Metro AG
Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a Canadian retail conference where I was incredibly impressed by the presentation of Dr. Gerd Wolfram, the Managing

i clarify tutorial  other stores as well. I believe this unique experience, in addition to the fact that the project is noteworthy and educative,  also helps small and large retail stores and chains to better clarify their own future innovations and technology implementation strategies. Read More
Traffic Audits Make Strange Bedfellows: Part I - The Why’s and What’s of Auditing
Have you heard the one where the Director of Product Marketing, the CIO and the auditor are found together in a small conference room? Couldn’t happen, you say

i clarify tutorial  Make Strange Bedfellows: Part I - The Why’s and What’s of Auditing This is Part I of a two part article. Part I : The Why's and What's of Auditing Part II : The Audit Process Why Audit The Numbers? If you're ever feeling really and truly mean, here's a nasty trick to play on your marketing and ad sales colleagues. Wait, with a friend, until some of these folks get on the elevator, and follow them in. Here's what you say to your companion in crime: I just heard that there was a real glitch in the Read More
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development - Part I: An Overview
“Basically, lean is [focused on] creating more value with less work.” – Wikipedia, Lean ManufacturingNo matter who can be credited with making this

i clarify tutorial  with making this statement, I have to thank him or her. This statement allows people to apply lean principles in broader circumstances than manufacturing. Following this idea, I’d like to define lean product development (LPD) as this: LPD is focused on developing more products better and with use of fewer resources. To be more specific, LPD contains the following three major elements, in my view: 1. Productivity in product development . Productivity is composed of two aspects: 1) individual Read More
Ask the Experts: Approaches to Data Mining ERP
From one of our readers comes this question:I am a student of IT Management; I have an ERP course and I am supposed to write an article to review new

i clarify tutorial  comes this question : I am a student of IT Management; I have an ERP course and I am supposed to write an article to review new aspects of ERP systems. I’ve decided to explore the reasons for using data mining techniques in ERP systems—and to look at different modules to which these techniques have been applied. I am going to prepare a framework to determine which ERP vendors use data mining techniques and whether these techniques are more effective in particular modules. I would be thankful if you Read More
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I
Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate

i clarify tutorial  of Affairs - Part I Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate high-speed manufacturing operations (the real-time world of the plant) with the planning and engineering departments (the transactional and design world of enterprise systems). The nirvana (or utopia) hoped for thus far has been to provide a single point of operation and control for manufacturers to: Plan, Define, Control, Read More
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don't

i clarify tutorial  Project Kickoff - Part I Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - December 31, 2003 Introduction You are about to embark on an important project. Perhaps the project is implementing an ERP package, getting critical applications ready for the busy season, or setting up a warehouse and inventory for radio frequency operations. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don't miss this excellent Read More

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