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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, Read More

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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 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
An Overview of the Knowledge Based Selection Process
The TechnologyEvaluation.Com’s (TEC) Knowledge Based Selection Process is a multi-part comprehensive analysis of a vendor’s tactical, strategic and qualitative

j walter  Selection Process B. Spencer, J. Diezemann & J. Dowling - March 15, 2001 Introduction The TechnologyEvaluation.Com's (TEC) Knowledge Based Selection Process is a multi-part comprehensive analysis of a vendor's tactical, strategic and qualitative measures as compared to the specific business and technology needs of our clients. The selection process encompasses nine process steps: Capability Assessment/Request for Information The first step in the selection process is to identify the capabilities required Read More
ICICI-Infotech's North American Strategy for Success Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
ICICI-Infotech is starting to make its presence felt in North America and raise some ERP eyebrows. Read on as to why you may want to take a closer look at this

j walter  the decline in IT jobs, particularly in the United States, offshore outsourcing (or as it is commonly referred to, offshoring) comes with a certain amount of backlash and concern. Will this concern be significant enough for prospects not to look at a potential savings in software acquisition and implementation costs? There was a certain German software vendor, that successfully brought its ERP package and jobs to the North American shores, but its well-known name temporarily escapes this author. User Read More
Attributes of Sarbanes-Oxley Tool Sets Part Two: Information and Communication, Monitoring, and Startup Tips
An earlier article, Audit Considerations for Enterprise Software Implementations, included a brief discussion of the use of computer-based tool sets and

j walter  this requirement. Accordingly, the majority of organizations have adopted this framework as the basis for compliance with Section 404 of SOX, namely Management Assessment of Internal Controls. When evaluating SOX tool sets, doesn't it make sense to determine how well the proposed software satisfies critical components of the COSO framework? Of course it does. The remainder of this note examines the five components of the COSO framework, outlining the key characteristics and attributes you should consider 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 walter  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
Fujitsu
Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), collaborates with retailing companies to help reduce their costs

j walter  Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), collaborates with retailing companies to help reduce their costs and facilitate consumer interactions. Fujitsu's pervasive retailing approach helps companies to minimize the time, cost, and risk of creating interoperability between disparate applications and devices that support a multitude of consumer touch points. Fujitsu's offering includes solution software, point-of-sale store technology, U-Scan Read More
An Interview with Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin
Many corporations have failed the customer; they focus on transactions, rather than customers. Ann Grackin recently talked to Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin

j walter  with Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin Introduction I recently talked to Shoshana Zuboff [ 1 ] of the Harvard Business School and James Maxmin [ 2 ] of Mast Global, co-authors of The Support Economy: Why Corporations are Failing Individuals and The Next Episode of Capitalism and who also happen to be married to each other. I can imagine their dinner conversations! Shoshana Zuboff James Maxmin This book aroused my ire and also inspired me. Ire, not very latent, as a consumer who has been forced into a very Read More
Telco Charged with Trickery on Technology
Bell Atlantic is charged with failing to fulfill promises to bring DSL and other high-speed Internet access to the home.

j walter  A. Kushnick, and Peter J. Brennan, formerly co-chair of a White House Roundtable for Telephone Information Services and an expert in telecommunications marketing and policy. The complaint, filed with the state's Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE), alleges that Bell Atlantic (then New England Telephone) achieved approval for price-based regulation by promising to develop enhanced cable and video services. The charges are disputed by Bell Atlantic and by a DTE commissioner who admit that the Read More
ERP and SCM Implementations Part One: Doing Too Much Too Soon
In order to get ahead of the systems development power curve, companies are attempting what is equivalent to executing a quadruple jump in ice skating; running

j walter  system's development curve, not just keep pace. Others rely on the rip off the bandage with one quick pull and the pain won't be as bad approach to software implementation. They reason that by implementing both software systems at roughly the same time, the business disruptions only have to be endured once but with great intensity. While this may work with bandages and human beings, most companies cannot withstand the shock to their organizations and personnel. This article looks at reasons advising 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 walter  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
IT Project Risk Assessment
Information technology project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative. Assessing the impact of technology on people, management systems

j walter  Project Risk Assessment IT Project Risk Assessment J. Dowling - August 22, 2002 Introduction   Information technology project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative. Assessing the impact of technology on people, management systems and other initiatives is essential to assure project success. We automate problems This department slogan was posted on my office door (the inside) for several months while I and other managers in the department struggled to break out of a string of 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 walter  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
SSA Seeks Support from Synquest


j walter  Software Associates announced a joint marketing and development agreement with SynQuest, Inc. The deal will enable SSA to sell SynQuest Manufacturing Manager software to its existing customer base and to prospective customers globally. In addition, both companies will jointly develop software to integrate SynQuest Manufacturing Manager software with eBPCS, SSA's enterprise resource planning (ERP) application suite. The arrangement will target discrete manufacturing industry segments, which account for 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

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
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