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Back to the Future: Olde JWT Comes Back and Agency.com Feels the Pinch
When Lipton Brisk hired web expert Agency.com over JWT it got them more than it bargained for: an agency full of ideas that clashed with their image. JWT's

j walter  to the Future: Olde JWT Comes Back and Agency.com Feels the Pinch Back to the Future: Olde JWT Comes Back and Agency.com Feels the Pinch E. Robins & L. Talarico - August 16, 2000 Event Summary JWT lost a major account of six years standing to Agency.com in 1998 because it simply did not understand the drive to the web, and lacked the technology and vision to accomplish the goal. Two years later it got it back - because Agency.com essentially failed to recognize a traditional customer with a built brand,

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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The Intranet Has Come a Long Way: Where is it Going Next?


The intranet was born from the marriage of two opposing business initiatives. The word processing department was cutting costs by eliminating the printed telephone directory and the information systems department was trying to find any reason for playing with HTML. Well, maybe not exactly, but not too far from the truth. What lies on the horizon for this collaboration technology?

j walter  is it Going Next? J. Dowling - July 26, 2002 Introduction   The intranet was born from the marriage of two opposing business initiatives. The word processing department was cutting costs by eliminating the printed telephone directory and the information systems department was trying to find any reason for playing with HTML. Well, maybe not exactly, but not too far from the truth. What lies on the horizon for this collaboration technology? Whenever my (not so) hypothetical Word Processing Department Read More

Requirements Definition For Package Implementations


How do you go about defining the requirements of large package systems, particularly those with the all-encompassing scope of ERP, EAM, and CRM software, and still satisfy the needs to the project team, the user community, and executive management? It’s a balancing act rivaling the circus performer trying to keep all of the plates spinning at once. While it is difficult to say one aspect of a project plan is more important than another, accurately and completely defining the needs to be fulfilled by the software is critical to the overall success of the implementation and the longevity of software. This article outlines a logical process for defining the requirements and keeping the plates spinning.

j walter  once getting pass these objections, users can be heard to say I was just doing it that way because I thought you needed it that way, I could have saved you time by doing that way , or, my personal favorite, You mean that I spend hours preparing that report and you throw it away. When starting this phase, if existing documentation or flowcharts are available, this information can be put to good use. However, the currency of this information must be validated. Regardless, and assuming on the Read More

ASA Research


ASA Research was founded and is run by technology consultant J. Carlton Collins. The company offers consulting, webinars, and software comparisons.

j walter  run by technology consultant J. Carlton Collins. The company offers consulting, webinars, and software comparisons. 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 sits down with CMO John Hiraoka to discuss the opportunities and challenges created by the merger and the potential synergy of the combined company, Epicor Software Corporation, to grow a wide range of products and industries, a very ambitious yet difficult-to-realize strategy.

j walter  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

Rapid Prototyping Or Simply Over-hyping


Having to install an entire suite of software before the strike of Y2K may have made rapid prototyping impractical. However, because we now have the luxury of taking on projects with narrower scopes and a return to popularity of the 'best of breed' solutions, rapid prototyping should be considered as a viable approach for implementation. Accordingly, it is important to understand what can make rapid prototype projects successful, thereby possibly enabling your organization to achieve expected results more quickly.

j walter  Over-hyping Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - November 1, 2003 Introduction Installing software using the rapid prototyping technique offers significant benefits. Results are realized sooner. You are able to visualize the working software early on in the process. A project can be divided into more manageable, doable pieces. As depicted in the model (Figure 1), in the best of all worlds, rapid prototyping should deliver benefits quickly without extending the life of the project. So why isn't rapid Read More

Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part III


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 miss this excellent opportunity to get across important communications and establish the tone for the project. This article discusses the 10 objectives of a project kickoff meeting, how to achieve them, and templates for presenting them. In Part III, we complete the discussion of the remaining four reasons, which can be even more critical to beginning a project on a positive note and reaching a successful completion.

j walter  Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part III Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part III Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - January 2, 2004 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

Microsoft Exchange 2000 Merits Cautious Optimism


The biggest Exchange 2000 issue is not technology, but detailed and structured planning.

j walter  to Jeff Andersen of J D Edwards, a current beta tester, the Active Directory Connector is stable in a single site environment, but has not been tested over Wide Area Networks. Mr. Andersen added that the only potential downside to the Active Directory Connector is the time in which it takes to populate a new directory. Exchange 2000 also provides multiple database configurations, which enables administrators to split a single logical database across multiple physical drives, thus improving performance, Read More

Microsoft Kills a Flock of Birds with One Stone


Microsoft announces it is buying nearly 25% of the common shares of archrival Corel. Aside from giving Corel a much-needed infusion of funds, what does it mean?

j walter  their relationship to encompass projects related to Microsoft's new .NET initiative. As part of this expanded relationship, Microsoft (MS) has purchased 24 million non-voting convertible preferred shares at a purchase price of U.S.$5.625 per share or a total purchase price of U.S. $135 million. The companies will also work together to support the development, testing and marketing of new products related to the .NET platform. Joint-marketing initiatives will include participation in product launches and t Read More

Special Report: The Business Information Revolution


Throughout 2011, SAP and its partners have been pushing the boundaries of traditional business intelligence (BI) with a wave of new business analytics solutions, including SAP BusinessObjects analytic applications, SAP BusinessObjects Mobile, and SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand. SAPinsider asked SAP Executive Vice President and General Manager Sanjay J. Poonen to explain the market dynamics that are driving this revolution, and what’s in it for customers.

j walter  analytics solutions, including SAP BusinessObjects analytic applications, SAP BusinessObjects Mobile, and SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand. SAPinsider asked SAP Executive Vice President and General Manager Sanjay J. Poonen to explain the market dynamics that are driving this revolution, and what’s in it for customers. Read More

Web-site Strategy for Organizations in the Corporate Services Industry


As marketing budgets shrink and companies in the corporate services industry aim to leverage their Web sites as less expensive alternatives to traditional marketing tools, Web-site strategy is becoming more important. Web-site strategy must focus on enhancing credibility, strengthening existing relationships, generating leads, and more. Get tips on how to create a Web-site strategy that will help you achieve these goals.

j walter  generation is a common objective for organisations in many industries. In an industry where business is largely referral-based, organisations must work hard to maximise lead generation, and websites have a huge potential to help. Organisations can boost lead generation by providing visitor registration options such as subscription to newsletters or personalised pages which help build prospect databases. Value exchange is key, and organisations must always follow through on promises made. A prospect may Read More

GNX


GNX is Retail Connect, providing e-business solutions and services that connect retailers, manufacturers and their trading partners to streamline and automate sourcing and supply chain processes. GNX solutions help retail industry trading partners reduce costs and improve efficiency by leveraging information visibility and joint work processes. With a hosted platform, comprehensive customer support and deep retail experience, GNX simplifies the implementation process – and makes technology investments go further. GNX customers include many of the world's largest retailers and manufacturers: Federated Department Stores; Carrefour; Coles Myer; KarstadtQuelle AG; The Kroger Co.; Metro Group; PPR Group; Ace Hardware; J Sainsbury plc; Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Diageo; Unilever; Colgate-Palmolive; and Kimberly Clark. Based in Chicago, Illinois, GNX also has offices in Herndon, Virginia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan. More information is available at www.gnx.com.

j walter  PPR Group; Ace Hardware; J Sainsbury plc; Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Diageo; Unilever; Colgate-Palmolive; and Kimberly Clark. Based in Chicago, Illinois, GNX also has offices in Herndon, Virginia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan. More information is available at www.gnx.com. Read More

J.D. Edwards - A Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 1: About J.D. Edwards


Like most of its peers, J.D. Edwards is hoping to rebound by focusing on Internet collaboration and extended-ERP applications. The company has also differentiated itself from competitors by embedding Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) into its OneWorld product. While J.D. Edwards' move into the EAI arena is indisputably risky, we commend its determination to bite the bullet and include integration systems into the core product offering. However, we also believe that managing this large application portfolio, much of which involves partnering or extensive integration and customization, will be cumbersome. Part 1 presents an overview

j walter  D. Edwards - A Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 1: About J.D. Edwards J.D. Edwards - A Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 1: About J.D. Edwards P.J. Jakovljevic - November 8, 2000 Executive Summary J.D. Edwards & Company is a leading global provider of enterprise business software applications for distribution, finance, human resources, manufacturing, customer service and supply chain management. Like most of its peers, J.D. Edwards is hoping to Read More

Whose ROI is it Anyway? Part One: Introduction


With growing frequency, we hear business and IT managers asking a technology vendor to "justify the expenditure" or "demonstrate the ROI" on their particular hardware, software or service offering. In some cases, this may be possible.

j walter  the benefits of a project, initiative or purchase to the associated costs and investment. It helps compare different programs and investments. Doing the ROI math is easy. Deciding what numbers to plug into the calculations can be tough. Making certain you understand the scope and dynamics of the whole program or initiative presents the great challenges. ROI—Upside Down, or Backward? When I hear the phrase return on investment in information technology, my ears perk up. Often, I cringe. In too many Read More

Knowledge Based Selections


Knowledge Based Selections allow companies to truly reach an optimum and justifiable technology decision. Knowledge Based Selections have several unique characteristics that enable a company to rapidly and effectively marry internal business requirements with a myriad of vendor attributes that relate to both product performance and long-term value to clients.

j walter  Selections Knowledge Based Selections J. Diezemann, B. Spencer & J. Dowling - March 14, 2001 Executive Summary   Performing a selection for a technology product requires a company to marry a myriad of internal business requirements, both present and future, with a myriad of vendor attributes that relate to both products performance as well as the ability to effectively provide long-term value to clients. In order to truly reach a best and justifiable decision that will stand up to the scrutiny of Read More