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A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I
As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with

i part 8  and the neighborhood gossip) I would sometimes naively ask for a sip of coffee. The deterring line (a bogey-man tale) from my folks would be that “kids that drink coffee end up with a tail on their rear side.” A few decades later (being currently admittedly addicted to Starbucks triple-shot espresso drinks), it appears that modern supply chains suffer from long tails, albeit not due to anyone’s premature coffee consumption. That (and much more) was the enlightening conclusion of the recent Webcast Read More...
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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 part 8  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...
What's in a Name? or Enterprise Systems' Reincarnations (Part I)
Well, the ERP Graveyard blog might sometimes be slightly deceiving, since not all enterprise resource planning (ERP) products necessarily die there. Some of

i part 8  product managers or developers. I recently met with AXIS and Cimnet (parts of Consona) and have vicariously learned that the staff at both places have been with the company an average of 16 years, plus, the founder of Cimnet is still there, now as a managing director of the division. Therefore, Consona is today an enterprise-class application software and services provider for both small-to-medium enterprises (SME) and Global 2000 businesses. The customer size and industry depend on the solutions from Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part I
At Deltek’s Insight 2009 user conference last May, the host software vendor did a notable thing. Namely, besides merely putting on an all-too-common multi

i part 8  Stimulus Readiness - Part I At  Deltek’s Insight 2009 user conference last May , the host software vendor did a notable thing. Namely, besides merely putting on an all-too-common multi-day conference chock full of product announcements, functional breakout sessions, and industry  best-practice  discussions, Deltek decided to fill a market need by convening a separate “track” that was dedicated to navigating the maze of  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) , a.k.a. the Read More...
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part I: You’ve Got Mail
Jim, information technology (IT) director of MegaResistCap Inc., was finally getting back to a reasonable schedule 3 months after the “go-live” date of the

i part 8  Sunday. This concludes Part I of our series. Stay tuned for Part II, where we’ll see how Jim responds to MegaResistCap’s growing business needs. Read More...
Bonitasoft, Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell
Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting

i part 8  capabilities into their applications. I could see it being a requirement for HR, sales, or finance applications to have a process management component to it. That creates opportunity for Bonitasoft in our partnerships with ISVs and technology providers, but it also creates some risk. If BPM is native in every application, there isn’t as much of a need for an independent BPMS like us. That said, that’s a longer-view fear. There are so many different technologies competing with each other; Bonitasoft 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 8  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...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

i part 8  few years back, though I still don’t know if any vendor could ever monetize it. Compared to Manhattan’s capabilities mentioned in Part 1 , RedPrairie also has a distributed order management (DOM) product that features distributed sourcing,  available-to-promise (ATP ), item substitution, and transportation cost comparisons. The vendor also has a  Business Process Platform (BPP) offering  that it launched with a pilot application at its R edShift 2008 conference  and followed up with the full Read More...
Up Close and Personal: Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM-Part 2
In part one of my interview with Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM, we discussed the history of SugarCRM and the open source

i part 8  rather than “what can I sell you today.” To be continued… The third and final part will cover the cloud, or software as a service (SaaS), compliance for CRM, and integration of SugarCRM with other systems. Read More...
SaaSy Discussions (Part Ia)
Part I of this blog post introduced the common software deployment models and Consona CRM's approach in that regard. To the end of enabling Total Customer

i part 8  Discussions (Part Ia) Part I of this blog post introduced the common software deployment models and Consona CRM 's approach in that regard. To the end of enabling Total Customer Management (TCM) via an adaptive CRM offering, Consona CRM is built with a superior core infrastructure (customer data model, BPM, BI, SOA) and a holistic, best-of-breed product portfolio. Consona claims to be one of the market’s rare CRM offerings that is both operational and collaborative, with many years of a broad range of Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

i part 8  the necessary information . I fully agree with AMR Research’s 2007 alert entitled “CDC Software Delivers Operations Excellence in Plain English” that states: “…Knowledge workers on the shop floor can’t waste time—downtime or overtime—filling out forms or navigating complex screens and menus to accomplish their goals… …Role-based workflows, stored procedures, and no-nonsense user interfaces are designed to guide operations personnel through common scenarios. The UI is also designed to w Read More...
8 Essential CRM Best Practices-an Executive Guide
In this informative white paper, 8 essential CRM best practicesan executive guide, you'll discover the eight key elements of highly successful CRM ...

i part 8  Essential CRM Best Practices-an Executive Guide Since CRM can be directly related to how much money comes in the door, shouldn't your CRM system contain all the proven CRM best practices ? Can you afford to have less than the best when it comes to dealing with your customers? In this informative white paper, 8 Essential CRM Best Practices—An Executive Guide , you'll discover the eight key elements of highly successful CRM systems—laid out for you in clear, straightforward language. So whether you're l Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible@much less

i part 8  Manufacturing: Part 1 With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production Read More...

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