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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 part 7  solid multi-national capabilities. But I digress again, and Apollo will get an in-depth coverage in a separate blog post or in a research article on our web site/newsletter... Going back to the era of late 80’s & early 90’s, Oracle was the main provider of underlying relational database management systems (RDBMS) and development tools, whereas IBM DB2 also played a part (albeit to a much lesser degree). Much later, software developers started using Microsoft SQL Server and related cheaper integrated Read More...
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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

i part 7  1: From A to I The Lexicon of CRM Part 1: From A to I R. Garland - October 12, 2001 0 - A  360 degree view of the customer - A term used to describe the ability for virtually anyone in the company to know anything about the customer (products bought, support calls made, web site visits conducted, etc.). A complete, 306 degree view of customer information. 3G - Supposedly the ultimate wireless protocol technology that is already being used in areas outside of North America where countries have more Read More...
Tracing Food Quality and Safety, or We Are What We Eat, After All (Part I)
Besides the ongoing (seemingly never-ending) presidential campaign and celebrity scandals/gossip, food safety is very much in the news. Indeed, incidents of

i part 7  that enable this detailed interrogation of the data supplied by “capture” systems. Part II of this blog post will introduce the Lawson M3 Trace Engine as one such stand-alone solution. Your views, comments, opinions, etc. about the abovementioned food safety issues are welcome in the meantime. Read More...
They do it like that in the Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II)
The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP's supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market. What also helps SAP ERP [evaluate this product] is a

i part 7  Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II) The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP 's supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market . What also helps SAP ERP [ evaluate this product ] is a number of well-established value added resellers (VARs) that cover the entire former Yugoslavia region, some of which have a few dozen renowned installation sites (customer references) and a roster of experienced consultants. Some of these are the earlier mentioned S&T Group from Austria and Read More...
It’s About Process (or Ability to be Responsive) - Part I
After several years (if not decades, even) of painstakingly corralling and setting up all their custom data, objects, tables and whatnot, and making sure that

i part 7  be Responsive) - Part I After several years (if not decades, even) of painstakingly corralling and setting up all their custom data, objects, tables and whatnot, and making sure that these static and/or dynamic transactional data are secure, many enterprise applications users have realized that the time is long overdue for them to start looking at ways to make their applications more process-savvy. Companies are increasingly trying to adopt and implement standardized (and yet flexible and easily Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

i part 7  Webcast mentioned in Part I , Joseph Shamir, ToolsGroup’s chief executive officer (CEO), ascertained that when the long tail is viewed from a supply chain perspective, the tail starts where demand becomes “intermittent.” Using this definition, ToolsGroup’s research shows that most brick-and-mortar companies (and not only e-tailers, as one might think) are also facing an increasingly long tail environment. This is because they are dealing with far more SKUs and slow-moving items with lumpy, unpredi Read More...
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

i part 7  How! (Part II) Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled Manufacturing Outsourcing: Seven Common Pitfalls to Avoid , authored by Symphony Consulting and Arena Solutions . It also established an intrinsic connection with product lifecycle management (PLM) software technology as a global sourcing collaboration enabler. Indeed, several macroeconomic trends seem to be helping the PLM market, starting with the rampant offshoring of facilities and/or expansion of outsourcing and contract manu Read More...
SaaSy Discussions (Part I)
Much has been said and written lately, on TEC's web site as well as on many other peer sites, about the on-demand deployment model, especially about multi

i part 7  I am and what I do at the company). Rapid deployment (measured in weeks -- versus months or years -- and cost-effective) and robust integration (with existing applications & data, support for industry-standard application and data interfaces, and portal-based infrastructure) are other tenets of adaptive CRM. Also critical for adaptive CRM are the inherent business intelligence (BI) capabilities to understand customer and market dynamics, and business process management (BPM) in a multi-tier way (via store Read More...
Inside Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 2
In part 1 of this blog post series, we took a look at a major player in the field service management (FSM) market ServiceMax. In what follows is a recent

i part 7  Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 2 In part 1 of this blog post series, we took a look at a major player in the field service management (FSM) market ServiceMax . In what follows is a recent question-and-answer interview with Stacey Epstein‚ vice president (VP) of marketing at ServiceMax. Stacey has extensive experience in generating demand, fueling growth, and building brand name global recognition for technology companies. She brought two decades of cloud, customer relationship management (CRM), servic 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

i part 7  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 and distribution sectors. The retail applications market is indeed large (AMR Research is predicting its size to be over US$10 billion by 2011 from US$8 billion today), growing (at an estimated 7.1 cumulative annual growth rate [CAGR]) and quite fragmented (whereb Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

i part 7  Ingredients In broader terms, I think RedPrairie's strategy of expanding its  E2e Solutions (End-to-end) suite  into retail operations, possibly even more in the future with Flowcasting, has been more successful than Manhattan's attempts to leverage  the Evant acquisition to combine planning and execution (mentioned in Part 1) . Manhattan has narrowed its focus too much, i.e., by still focusing on the distribution of finished goods and staying away from the the supply chain upstream (i.e., Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

i part 7  of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud )  was tepid. To be frank, Marc Benioff, salesforce.com ’s flamboyant and engaging CEO, gave an atypically incoherent and dry keynote speech when he  introduced Chatter at the Dreamforce 2009 conference . However, a few months have passed and this period has helped Read More...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
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

i part 7  end of the article, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via some humor and metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23, 2009, Alan Trefler, Pegasystems ’ founder and CEO, gave his luncheon keynote presentation at the Gartner BPM Summit in San Diego . His theme was “Don’t just Survive… Capitalize.” Trefler begun by reminding the audience that in today’s turbulent economy we are all “not in Kansas anym Read More...

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