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Global IT Evaluator Teams Up with Leading, National Consultancy to Help Businesses Compare Software Better
Access Enterprise Solutions (AES) and Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) announce the launch of a new alliance that will provide customer-centric, locally

jason askelson  public sector; and publishing. Jason Seibert, managing director and COO for AES ( www.aesit.com ) indicates “the consultancy-based model for software and technology assessments allows for practical and pragmatic software evaluations and recommendations to our clients. We are excited to apply our extensive ERP experience using the eBestMatch decision support tools for our customers to select the correct applications the first time, in an expedited and objective manner.” About Technology Evaluation Cent Read More
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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

jason askelson  read Emptoris’ repartee to Jason Busch’s skeptical blog entry immediately after the acquisition announcement . Servigistics Was “Hooked” Too In early July, after the CSM spin-off, Click Commerce asked me for a briefing on the eve of another major announcement. Somewhat unsuspecting, I expected the discussion to be about the future moves of the remaining parts under Marlin. To my surprise, an executive and acquaintance from Servigistics , a provider of strategic service management (SSM) software, g Read More
Plex Systems Poised to Execute in 2013
The Plex Systems team was in town recently. TEC’s P.J. Jakovljevic and I took the opportunity to sit down with the new Plex CEO, Jason Blessing, as well as V.P.

jason askelson  The Plex team, and Jason in particular, understands this, and Plex will likely direct more investment to these areas. Even more critical, of course, are sales “feet on the street”. Plex is planning to make some solid investments in sales and marketing; the executive team is still sorting out what this means for any changes to the mix of selling resources or sales execution strategy. With these things in play, Plex seems very focused on pulling together several strategy pieces, and executing on these, Read More
Cloud ERP’s Plex Has Record 2013, Aims Higher for 2014
Plex reported another record year in 2013, adding 59 new customers and growing to nearly 400 corporate clients representing more than 1,100 manufacturing

jason askelson  team expansion included naming Jason Blessing as CEO, Heidi Melin as chief marketing officer (CMO), and Karl Ederle as vice president, product management. Blessing is working across the entire Plex organization to accelerate growth, which can be seen in Plex’s 2013 results, and this effort will likely be reflected across the whole business in the coming year. The company is growing investment in research and development (R&D) significantly, enabling it to maintain strong customer-driven development whil Read More
ERP Plus and Beyond
ERP Plus provides tools that metal fabricators need to streamline their quoting, order entry, inventory control, production, labor collection, shipping, and

jason askelson  divisions: Superior Specialties , Bemiss-Jason Display Division of Pacon Corporation, and Pacon Corporation. Though Verticent will from stay away from general ERP engagements for the time being, it did inherit a broad extended-ERP footprint, which is scalable (up to 200 users), and this should come in handy for metal service centers that plan to expand (possibly through mergers) into multisite and multinational operations. The vendor also touts its international distribution coverage via value-added Read More
Oracle Warehouse Builder: Better Late than Never?
Close to a year behind schedule, Oracle released Warehouse Builder to the market. Oracle, in an interesting contradiction in terms, has stated that the product

jason askelson  and revenue booked, said Jason Haugland, consultant for Honeywell. Because of the great data integration features in Oracle Warehouse Builder, we can easily pull flat-file data from our legacy system into our warehouse. The product also interfaces extremely well with Oracle8i, allowing us to create specific features such as materialized views and dimension capabilities, which we use to build high-level aggregate summaries directly into the database. Oracle Warehouse Builder integrates the areas that w Read More
Evaluating Strategic Information Technology Investment: An Appraisal of Software Alternatives for Small to Medium Enterprises
The problem of information technology investments particularly concerns small and medium enterprises, as they are much more limited in resources than large

jason askelson  or closed source (see Jason Miller's 2004 article Open Source versus Closed Source Security at http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/269 ). Accordingly, security-related questions are not an issue when choosing between the two solutions. Pros and Cons—Free solutions When addressing the pros and cons of software solutions, the common mistake is the presumption that open source means free. According to this presumption, one may say that the best solution is a free one. However, there are commercial Read More
Upside Software Remains on the Upside of the Contract Management Market
My recent article entitled “Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?” analyzed the importance of enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management

jason askelson  from Spend Matters' founder Jason Busch . Customer Choice Helps, Too Certainly, Ariba, Emptoris, iMANY, Hyland Software , Selectica, SAP, Oracle, Zycus, Symfact AG, Iasta, PROACTIS , and others also have competitive CLM offerings. But hardly any of them offer that much choice to their customers in terms of both functional footprint depth and breadth (from an entry-level to an all-encompassing enterprise CLM suite) and deployment (via on-premise perpetual software licenses and on-demand subscriptions). Read More
A Couple of
As is the case with white papers, vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the

jason askelson  proven spend management expert, Jason Busch , formerly of FreeMarkets (prior to Ariba acquisition of the former competitor) and now the prolific author of its well-read Spend Matters blog site .  Jason's five recommendations for CPOs would be: Save money through strategic sourcing on existing categories – now more than ever (considering top line growth is more challenging); Avoid price inflation on key commodities (or having suppliers pass along price increases); Find new ways of reducing costs (e.g., Read More
The Change of Guard at Plex Systems
Given that in mid-2012 Plex Systems, the first software company to build a full-fledged cloud-based manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution

jason askelson  of technology industry veteran Jason Blessing as the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) . Such appointments and company stewardships typically come at a time when a company is entering its next growth phase or is being taken to the next level. Blessing joins Plex Systems from Oracle , where he was senior vice president (SVP) of application development. Previously, he held a variety of executive roles at Taleo , including general manager of its small to medium business (SMB) unit and, most recently, Read More
Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 1
Plex Manufacturing Cloud is an integrated manufacturing software solution for managing the manufacturing process (including specific lean manufacturing needs

jason askelson  “big picture” view instead), Jason Blessing seems to be a smart infusion to the Plex gene pool. He is a Michigan native and local university alumnus, which means familiarity with the local mentality, but additionally, his residence in California and connections to Silicon Valley as well as experiences leading a large global product development organization at Taleo and professional services at PeopleSoft certainly bring a new perspective to Plex. Jim Shepherd, formerly of Gartner ( AMR Research ) and Read More
Procurement Outsourcing: 10 Things Companies Really Want to Know
Procurement Outsourcing: The 10 Things Companies Really Want to Know draws upon recent discussions with dozens of companies that are exploring outsourcing

jason askelson  are exploring outsourcing services. Jason Gilroy and colleagues draw upon their years of procurement expertise to provide answers to common questions surrounding the outsourcing of procurement services. Read More
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 1
My previous blog entry about procurement commandments in a down economy also made me think about whether there are different priorities for the chief

jason askelson  bloggers and pundits like Jason Busch ) started chanting the “spend management” mantra around 2002 or 2003 to try to establish a footprint that justified a best-of-breed versus enterprise suite investment. But SRM and spend management are pretty generic phrases that practitioners toss around in various forms veritably interchangeably. Truth be told, the mid-market never really caught on to the term SRM, and some incumbent vendors have responded by simply talking about their individual SRM Read More
As the Economy Rebounds, Will Your Organization Be Ready for New and Increasing Demand? A Summary of the 2009 APICS Conference
Companies can get the latest on supply chain management trends—from inventory management, forecasting, and sales and operations planning—at the annual APICS

jason askelson  is a quote from Jason Jennings? at Intel, employees can take an eight-week sabbatical? cola is used by Nascar to clean engines? 70 percent of data may rarely or never be accessed? 40 percent of printouts are discarded in 24 hours? only the paranoid survive is a quote and book by Andrew S. Grove? All that being said, the questions still stand: How will distribution and logistics companies weather the recession, and what will they learn from it? Also, how will SCM companies incorporate and use Read More
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the rise and fall of erstwhile public software company Click Commerce based in Chicago, Illinois (US). At the end of the

jason askelson  I agree with both Jason Busch's  and  Bob Ferrari’s blog posts , which advise caution. It is also difficult to dispute the recommendations from MCA’s blog post  (at least, it cannot hurt to ask these important questions in case of any merger of software companies): What is the future product roadmap? Will there be further development of the product? Will our maintenance fees be impacted? Will there be a forced product migration? Will we continue to get the same level of customer support? Will Read More

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