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Software Selection: An Approach
Selecting package software can have long-term benefits or long-term regrets. To avoid the latter, your approach needs to be sound, logical, and prudent. It also

j probe  determine if the costs justify the functionality. After team members complete their evaluations, a consensus must be reached and vendors are ranked. This is your preliminary list of vendors and sequence in which you will continue to probe the validity of the vendor's claims. Finalize Vendor Selection You have now ranked the vendors and have accepted the vendor's responses with little or no question. You are ready to confirm your selection and responses by participating in demonstrations of the vendor's Read More
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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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How to Kill Your Software Selection Project in 10 Very Easy Steps
Want to join the ranks of the hapless and the crushed?Want to become an oft-cited statistic in software selection horror stories?Here’s how, in 10 easy

j probe  say this, so I’ll just come out and say it: Cover. Your. Assessments. Use a software selection methodology that provides full accountability through each step of the selection process. 6. Let software vendors set the pace in software demonstrations Two words for you: demo script . Draft one. Send it to the vendors on your shortlist. And make sure they understand they will be penalized for not sticking to it. 7. Look for the magic bullet ERP will boost your bottom line! ERP will cure what ails ‘ya! ERP Read More
Optum’s ConnectStream: First the Pieces Now the Glue
Optum bolsters its collaborative product TradeStream with integration help from webMethods.

j probe  packages. ConnectStream, developed in conjunction with webMethods, Inc., a leading vendor of B2B integration products, makes possible the transfer of data between enterprises that is then aggregated by TradeStream. The ultimate objectives of Optum's collaborative applications are to cut inventory levels and improve fulfillment for customer orders. Gaining real-time inventory visibility across enterprises has long been a pipe dream of supply chain management, said David J. Simbari, president and CEO at Read More
Company Makes Good On B2B Collaboration
Logility recently announced financial results for the third quarter ended January 31, 2000 and seemingly escaped the market turmoil that pummeled other

j probe  the third quarter ended January 31, 2000. Corporate revenue growth achieved its highest level since a decline that began in the first quarter of fiscal 1999 (Figure 1). Although software license fees at $3.9 million dropped 3% from those reported in the second quarter, they represented a 59% improvement over the same period last year. Services and maintenance revenues were $8.5 million, a 16% improvement over the comparable period last year. Most notably, Logility generated a net profit of $1.2 million fo Read More
Can You Add New Life To an Old ERP System?
Getting ERP transaction data into a summarized form that is useful to knowledge workers is one way to extend the value of your ERP system. This article

j probe  into an extensive development project. Whether you have an old or new ERP system you have probably learned that to maximize its value, you have to work hard at getting information from the ERP system to key users. According to Thompson, the data checks in, but the information can't check out of many ERP systems . You also may be finding that as e-business strategies are emerging in your supply chains, you could need access to more externally generated information than your ERP system, in its current Read More
Intentia: Stepping Out With Fashion and Style Part Four: Movex Case Study Continued With User Recommendations
Intentia's Movex provides ample tools to respond to the trends and challenges of the fashion industry. While Intentia needs to continue to work to get its

j probe  Recommendations Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - October 7, 2004 Introduction We are surrounded by fashion. In fact we come into contact with it so often that we tend to take it for granted. However, if you are in the business of fashion, you know that people's tastes are extremely fickle and ever changing. Your enterprise-wide software has to be nimble enough to turn on a dime. It also must be able to anticipate more often than to simply react. This research note explores industry characteristics and Read More
Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part III - Steps in the Architecture Process
Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current

j probe  of the final system. Project management - the professional management of the project, including resources, risk, and deliverables [PIM96]. Architecture prototyping - the construction of an architecture platform to verify the abilities of the system components. Incremental deployment - the deployment of the system in a production environment. This deployment must allow for the incremental functionality of the system, while verifying the capabilities of the application. System transition - move the Read More
J. D. Edwards FOCUSes on Active Supply Chain
With co-founder McVaney once again at the helm, J. D. Edwards flexed its new supply chain management capabilities at FOCUS 2000 in Denver.

j probe  portends the demise of J .D. Edwards' alliance with SynQuest that was announced a mere nine months ago, although twelve deals are currently in the pipeline. The agreement likely will persist for the next twelve months (70% probability) or at least until J. D. Edwards can offer ASC for the AS/400, now available only on Unix servers. User Recommendations As with all new releases, users should employ a critical approach in their evaluation of Active Supply Chain and require all potential vendors to Read More
LOGO j-guar
j-guar is a comprehensible new era business solution corresponding to all requirements of corporations looking for scalable and open solutions. It will help

j probe  j-guar j-guar is a comprehensible new era business solution corresponding to all requirements of corporations looking for scalable and open solutions. It will help you improve effective and efficient business processes in each step of value chain. j-guar has multiple currency and language types and is fully compatible with legislation of all countries thanks to the legislative harmonization, and thereby it supports international operations. Corporations having branches in different locations can share Read More
Microstrategy Cloud, New Platform and New Partnerships
During its MicroStrategy World 2011 user conference in Monte Carlo, Virginia (US)-based MicroStrategy announced a number of new products and partnerships

j probe  executive officer (CEO) Michael J. Saylor: MicroStrategy Cloud will transform the way [the company’s] customers build and deploy solutions and strategic information applications. MicroStrategy is building and deploying this infrastructure so that each customer can avoid investing millions of dollars on their own hardware and human resources. To ensure that its new cloud-based offering provides the full spectrum of BI functionality—from Data Integration to Analytics and Data Visualization Read More
What Have Epicor and Activant Been Up To (Post-Merger)?
April 2011 saw the merger of Epicor and Activant Solutions to create a global leader in business software solutions. TEC principal analyst P. J. Jakovljevic

j probe  had recently become a major force in the broader spectrum of specialty retailing with its Eagle solution. Activant has operations in California, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom (UK). At the time of the merger announcement (see the official press release [PR]), Apax stated its intentions to combine Activant and Epicor to create one of the largest global providers of enterprise applications focused on the manufacturing, distribution, Read More
IntegrateIT
Founded in 2001, IntegrateIT was formed in response to a market demand for unbiased enterprise resource planning (ERP) software selection guidance and

j probe  primarily delivered by Michael J. Carlo, an ERP design specialist with a background in manufacturing and distribution.IntegrateIT is made up of business managers with manufacturing and distribution expertise. The company's service offering includes all aspects of project management, implementation, site training, and integration with legacy applications. 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

j probe  Reasons For Having A 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 Read More
J.D. Edwards Names SynQuest Preferred Solution
September 8, 1999 09:00 AM DENVER and ATLANTA, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise business software provider J.D. Edwards & Company JDEC and advanced planning

j probe  D. Edwards Names SynQuest Preferred Solution J.D. Edwards Names SynQuest Preferred Solution S. McVey - September 10th, 1999 Event Summary J. D. Edwards has named SynQuest, Inc. a preferred solution for scheduling and execution in discrete manufacturing environments. As part of the agreement, the two companies will share in revenues generated from joint engagements. Michael Schmitt, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at J.D. Edwards, touts the move as further evidence of JDEdward's Read More
Never Was A Story Of More Woe Than This Of RJR And Nabisco
The complex maneuvers involved in RJR’s divestiture of Nabisco will prove simple compared to the efforts required to join Kraft and Nabisco in a way that

j probe  Woe Than This Of RJR And Nabisco Never Was A Story Of More Woe Than This Of RJR And Nabisco S. McVey - August 2, 2000 Event Summary Like a farmer hurrying to gather crops before the onset of locusts, R. J. Reynolds recently sold its Nabisco food subsidiary to Philip Morris, rival and co-defendant in the Florida lawsuit. Philip Morris will merge Nabisco with Kraft Foods, its $17 billion subsidiary, and expects the combination to produce $600 million in cost-savings over the next three years. Saddled with Read More

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