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Six Keys to Exceeding Expectations with Inventory Optimization Initiatives
Inventory optimization is a proven vehicle to gain competitive value through reduced inventory, freed-up working capital, and improved service levels. But

io summary  optimization, but a best-of-breed IO solution works alongside your transaction systems and does not require a massive enterprise integration project. Time-to-value should be a matter of weeks, not years. Estimates of lead times longer than a few months should be examined skeptically. Inventory Optimization uses the data your ERP or advanced planning system have accumulated as its input, delivers optimized inventory plans, policies and specific inventory level targets as its output – which are fed right 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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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series talked about my attendance at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a

io summary  at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October.  I attended only a few education sessions, as my visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that the main value propositions this year revolved around the flavors of  demand management , most notably  sales and operations Planning (S&OP).  This made me think about the reasons for the concept’s (and accompanying software Read More...
Oracle Renders Its PLM Outline Part One: Event Summary
Although its PLM solutions will not likely be the

io summary  to capture the market's attention (see Frantic Merger-Mania Spiced Up With Vendettas Leaves Customers Anxious ), somewhat less vocally albeit in a still thoughtful way, Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL), the largest database provider and one of the largest global providers of enterprise applications, continues to pursue its internally developed product strategy. Recently, Oracle claims to have experienced a rebirth of interest in its supply chain management (SCM) capabilities as the enterprise market Read More...
Geac Awakens On Its Deathbed - Part 1: Event Summary
While Geac might not need a white knight savior any longer owing to the profitable quarter and secured additional funding, the general feeling remains that the

io summary  September 5, Geac Computer Corporation Limited (TSE: GAC), a struggling Canadian supplier of enterprise management software, announced that net income from continuing operations of Can$17.2 million in Q1 2002, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of Can$43.2 million during the first quarter of the previous year. The results are attributable to various initiatives to restore profitability undertaken since last October, including restructuring, divestitures and facility rationalization. Read More...
Best Practices for Eliminating Fragmentation With Modern Storage Technologies
Due to the significant complexity and breadth of the software and hardware used in modern storage environments, there are many myths and misconceptions

io summary  Practices for Eliminating Fragmentation With Modern Storage Technologies Due to the significant complexity and breadth of the software and hardware used in modern storage environments, there are many myths and misconceptions regarding the continuing need for solutions to fragmentation. Although it is understandably easy to accept many of them as a means for eliminating fragmentation, the fact remains that the disk is the weak link. Find out more. Read More...
Smaller Vendors Can Still Provide Relevant Business Systems Part One: Event Summary
If Relevant Business Systems deliberately wanted to maintain its astute enterprise system as one of the best-kept secrets in the A&D and government contracting

io summary  about the still ongoing consolidation in the market (see What Does Vendor Consolidation Mean To The End User? ), we mentioned that the market will not stop short at the eventual Big Few or so many leading largest vendors. Namely, we expect the market for application software to further segregate into two tiers. The first group will be a limited number of very large vendors, while the second group will be a large number of small, highly focused vendors. The latter's business model will be focusing on a Read More...
The Global MSF Interoperability (GMI) 2004 Executive Summary
True multi-service, multi-vendor global networks are the future of the telecommunications industry. However, mazes of international standards and protocols can

io summary  the future of the telecommunications industry. However, mazes of international standards and protocols can create barriers rather than solutions. For service providers and system suppliers alike, implementing standards for interoperability is far from simple. The MultiService Switching Forum (MSF) fills the void by developing implementation agreements that take standards from theory into practice. Read More...
Microsoft to Add
By adding nonprofit and public sector accounting capabilities to the forthcoming MBS Great Plains 8.0 release via acquiring a former independent software vendor

io summary  to Add Encore Functionality to MBS Great Plains 8.0 Part One: Event Summary Event Summary On April 27, Microsoft Corporation 's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Microsoft Business Solutions ( MBS ) division announced the acquisition of accounting products from a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada-based vendor, Encore Business Solutions , Inc ., that could be critical to the success of the customers and partners in the public sector. The acquisition includes Encore's not-for-profit (NFP) accounting products and the interc Read More...
Linux at 25% of Server OS Market - Is Redmond Hearing Footsteps?
Linux has now grabbed 25% of the server operating system market share, passing Novell and knocking on Windows's door.

io summary  to preliminary data from International Data Corp. (IDC). But in terms of revenue share, Linux remains a tiny fraction of the market. Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT system held steady at 38% of the server operating system market last year, while Novell Inc. finished at 19%. Meanwhile, all of the combined versions of Unix garnered 15% of the market. But IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky warned against reading too much in these numbers. All server operating systems, especially NT, are continuing to experience very str Read More...
Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 2
Part 1 of this series analyzed the late-March acquisition of long struggling inventory optimization (IO) provider Optiant by long well-performing supply chain

io summary  series analyzed the late-March acquisition of long struggling  inventory  optimization (IO) provider Optiant by long well-performing  supply chain management (SCM)  provider Logility . The blog post then discussed Logility’s acquisition history to set the stage for the current offerings that Optiant will join. The 2004 acquisition of Demand Management, Inc. (DMI) and its Demand Solutions brand was particularly valuable as it provided more than 800 active customers in the growing  small and Read More...
Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part One: Event Summary
While the recent initiatives by Microsoft Business Solutions to piecemeal bolster its product lines' SCM capabilities should benefit users, a lot more cohesive

io summary  Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part One: Event Summary Event Summary At the beginning of October, during the annual conference of the American Production and Inventory Control Society , APICS 2003 , in addition to Microsoft Corporation 's (NASDAQ: MSFT) initiative to avail a majority of its Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division's enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings with long needed pieces of product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality through an extension of the existing Read More...
SSA Global Forms a Strategic Unit with an Extended-ERP Savvy Part One: Event Summary
SSA Global seems to be doing some proper thinking while continuing to acquire new software companies. Recent unification of its broadening collection of supply

io summary  Chicago, IL-based extended enterprise solutions and services provider for process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing, consumer, services, and public companies worldwide, which had turned into a ravenous enterprise applications market consolidator over the last few years, had finally satisfied its voracious urge, the vendor struck again. To be fair, prior to its most recent acquisition, SSA Global had also done a notable work in making sense out of its slew of earlier acquisitions, which analysis will Read More...
BI Analysis in a Nutshell: Lyzasoft
In my previous post, Give BI to the Masses, I wrote about the strategies that have been implemented in some companies to empower more and more users to use

io summary  Nutshell: Lyzasoft In my previous post, Give BI to the Masses , I wrote about the strategies that have been implemented in some companies to empower more and more users to use business intelligence (BI) tools as part of their regular daily tasks. This extends not only to decision makers and to those in charge of knowledge management,  but also to company-wide use. This has the potential to generate very different types of strategies; and thus (as with all innovations) will create the need to address othe Read More...
Financial Reporting, Planning, and Budgeting As Necessary Pieces of EPM Part One: Executive Summary
Enterprise performance management (EPM) is an emerging portfolio of applications and methodologies with business intelligence (BI) architectures and

io summary  the idea of business automation via IT formed way back in the 1960s, they have nonetheless had different user experiences, evolutionary paths, and so on. Namely, although ERP systems have positively transformed many enterprises' business processes, many users have still been left feeling they were oversold due to the overwhelming notion that these systems inhibit access to the vital information jailed in the system. Many have inevitably felt that mixing real time back-office transactions with astute Read More...
Enabling Growth for Midsize Companies: Three Strategies for Growing Your Business
Growth@whether organic or acquisitive@is challenging executives today from a strategic as well as an operational perspective. Studies estimate that 50 to 80

io summary  please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. SAP Americas is a subsidiary of SAP AG, the world's largest business software company and the third-largest software supplier overall. SAP Americas' corporate headquarters is located in Newtown Square, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Source : SAP Resources Related to SAP : SAP (Wikipedia) Strategic Management (Wikipedia) Enabling Growth for Midsize Companies: Three Strategies for Growing Your Business Strategies for Growing Business is also known as : Read More...

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