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ITW Wilsonart, Neutronics, and Polk AudiO
Learn how three small and medium businesses (SMB), ITW Wilsonart Canada, Neutronics, and Polk Audio, respectively employed an enterprise system to improve

itw  and medium businesses (SMB), ITW Wilsonart Canada, Neutronics, and Polk Audio, respectively employed an enterprise system to improve operation, visibility, and performance. Read More
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Challenges for an Expanding Supply Chain Solutions Vendor
Although Click Commerce is a thriving provider of on-demand supply chain management (SCM) solutions for a variety of worldwide industries, it does have to face

itw  Illinois Tool Works ( ITW ) (which hardly anyone in the enterprise applications market has ever heard of) to acquire a software company, there might be method to this madness after all. There are immediate apparent benefits for Click Commerce, which estimated that up to $5 million (USD) of its costs (about 10 percent of total costs, and almost equal to product development costs), were associated with complying with federal regulations and burdens associated with being publicly traded. These overhead Read More
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the rise and fall of of erstwhile public software company Click Commerce based in Chicago, Illinois, United States (US). At

itw  anyone can argue that ITW considered software as its core competency, as mentioned in Part 1 ).  Servigistics is classified as a recapitalization.” Furthermore, in its history, Marlin has acquired 26 companies, and has exited only three of these. This hardly qualifies it as a flipper. But some VC insiders point to the “leopard can never change its spots” adage (or in Marlin’s case, “fish can never change its scales”). In other words, is Marlin really committed to its assets in the long Read More
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 1
The old adage “he who lives by the sword will die by the sword” might have been best witnessed in the life and demise of erstwhile public software company Click

itw  months from the acquisition, ITW started publicly shopping Click Commerce around for sale . As usual, there's no simple, or single, answer to what might have gone wrong there. From my perspective, though, I think that widget manufacturing-oriented ITW didn't really anticipate or ever understand how a software business operates. ITW is a strong company with excellent business practices across manufacturing sectors and geographies. But the executives that the manufacturer had assigned for Click Commerce to Read More
Unlikely Acquisition Has Insiders Scratching Their Heads
The announcement in September 2006 that Illinois Tool Works Inc. had made an offer to acquire all of Click Commerce's common stock made many market insiders

itw  Works Inc . ( ITW ) (NYSE: ITW) had made a cash tender offer to acquire all of the common stock of Click Commerce . (NASDAQ: CKCM) made many market insiders scratch their heads. ITW is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered components and industrial systems and consumables, consisting of approximately 700 business units in 48 countries, with some 50,000 employees, and $12.8 billion (USD) in revenues. Click Commerce, for its part, has been a thriving provider of on-demand supply chain management Read More
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 1
The old adage “he who lives by the sword will die by the sword” might have been best witnessed in the life and demise of erstwhile public software company Click Commerce based in Chicago, Illinois (US). With its roots in the partner relationship management (PRM) or demand channel (chain) management (DCM) space, the company had first gobbled up a number of struggling PRM/DCM peers in the early

itw  months from the acquisition, ITW started publicly shopping Click Commerce around for sale . As usual, there’s no simple, or single, answer to what might have gone wrong there. From my perspective, though, I think that widget manufacturing-oriented ITW didn’t really anticipate or ever understand how a software business operates. ITW is a strong company with excellent business practices across manufacturing sectors and geographies. But the executives that the manufacturer had assigned for Click Read More
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the rise and fall of of erstwhile public software company Click Commerce based in Chicago, Illinois, United States (US). At the end, the article mentioned the July 2009 merger of Servigistics and Click Commerce's Service Network Services (SNS) division. The private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners acquired both entities recently with the idea of forming a

itw  anyone can argue that ITW considered software as its core competency, as mentioned in Part 1 ).  Servigistics is classified as a “recapitalization.” Furthermore, in its history, Marlin has acquired 26 companies, and has exited only three of these. This hardly qualifies it as a “flipper.” But some VC insiders point to the “leopard can never change its spots” adage (or in Marlin’s case, “fish can never change its scales”). In other words, is Marlin really committed to its assets in the Read More
Quote-to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix
BigMachines differentiates itself in the quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere due to its solutions’ lean end-to-end, inquiry-to-order focus. Although there are other vendors offering Q2O as a service, BigMachines product is arguably more flexible, as high tech manufacturers may be noting.

itw  Illinois Tool Works ( ITW ) two years ago, but remains an independent operating company (see Will a Tool Manufacturer and a Supply Chain Software Vendor Click in Matrimony? ). According to AMR research , while sales configuration remains a component of the suite, the company targets companies looking for the broader B2B e-commerce capabilities the suite offers, such as catalog management, guided selling, pricing, partner relationship management (PRM), warehouse management, spare parts optimization, and Read More
Magic Quadrant for B2B Gateway Providers
Business-to-business (B2B) gateway solutions have matured to the point where they can support a wide range of projects. However, there are still functional differences—including product maturity, service-oriented architecture (SOA) enablement, architectural coherence, and community management—among competing solutions. Find out who the leaders, challengers, visionaries, and niche players are in the B2B gateway market.

itw  by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and hasn t been competing aggressively in the stand-alone B2B gateway software market. iSoft was acquired by nuBridges (see above). Oracle still offers a B2B gateway software solution, but is no longer competing aggressively in the stand-alone B2B gateway software market (see a more-detailed analysis above). webMethods was acquired by Software AG (see above). Cyclone Commerce was acquired by Axway; rated individually before, but now rated as the combined vendor. Evaluation Read More

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