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Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part II: A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way
When we left Jim, it was 7 pm, Sunday night. Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, had received a message from his CIO. The company’s legal counsel wanted to

jim duggan  Way When we left Jim , it was 7 pm, Sunday night. Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, had received a message from his CIO. The company’s legal counsel wanted to know if their systems were able to support the company operating as a “deemed exporter.” ( See Part I of this series .) Jim knew he needed to work his magic and offer a solution or at least a direction to management—that’s why they paid him the big bucks. He put himself on a schedule for the evening: 1) Research, 7–9 pm; 2) Proposed Read More...
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Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part I: You’ve Got Mail
Jim, information technology (IT) director of MegaResistCap Inc., was finally getting back to a reasonable schedule 3 months after the “go-live” date of the

jim duggan  Saturday, 8:15 AM To: Jim Subject: FWD: Congrats, you are now deemed an exporter Hi Jim, please see below from Legal. Get back to me with a response by Monday. Tx, Mike. From: Francois Sent: Friday, 2:20 PM To: Mike Subject: Congrats, you are now deemed an exporter Dear Mike, At the Friday meeting of the executive operational committee, the human resources director told us that because of the status of a potential summer intern from India, we need to operate as a “deemed” exporter of our resistor Read More...
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part IV: Blinded Me with Science
At the end of part III of this series, the software selection team at MegaResistCap had turned in their software selection votes to the company’s executive

jim duggan  responses to the survey. Jim backed up his opinion and choice with decision-making science. His detailed graphs and scientific justification gave us the confidence to move ahead with this decision for the whole company.” With that, Francois moved put the following slide up on the screen: This slide shows the scores of the shortlisted vendors that the team voted on. With this one slide, the looks of defiance from the HR group began to fade away. They couldn’t argue with the science of decision making Read More...
Run your Business with no Software!
Picture your business today without software applications. It's hard to imagine, isn't it? But maybe you should try - and not for the reason you may be

jim duggan  Software! Featured Author - Jim Brown - February 14, 2004 Introduction Picture your business today without software applications. It's hard to imagine, isn't it? But maybe you should try and not for the reason you may be thinking. Think about how hard it would be to run your business if your software applications weren't working and then build a plan to provide total application availability. Is There Business Today without Technology? Software technology has become embedded in the almost every aspect of Read More...
The PLM Program An Incremental Approach to the Strategic Value of PLM
Companies that took an early adopter approach to PLM are beginning to show significant reductions in new product introduction lead times and to benefit from

jim duggan  PLM Featured Author - Jim Brown - December 21, 2003 Introduction Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a business strategy that is beginning to gain wide acceptance. Companies that took an early adopter approach to PLM are beginning to show significant reductions in new product introduction lead times and to benefit from meaningful cost savings. The results from the early pioneers confirm the business value of the concept and point to a bright future for PLM in helping companies capitalize on their Read More...
Reduce IT Procurement Time And Risk
All one has to do to get with the best product at the best price is to identify every requirement, find a product that meets all of the criteria, negotiate the

jim duggan  About The Author   Jim Dowling is VP of the Alignment Consulting Practice at TechnologyEvaluation.Com, Inc. located in Woburn, Massachusetts. TEC researches IT products and suppliers as well as the ways companies obtain business value from IT. TEC's consulting services remove time, risk and ultimately cost from IT related decisions. Jim can be reached at jdowling@TechnologyEvaluation.COM . Read More...
A Firewall is Cheaper Than a Lawyer
eBay's motion for a preliminary injunction to limit Bidder's Edge online auction search engine from linking to their site, may set precedents for future

jim duggan  CEO of Bidder's Edge, Jim Carney, defended his position stating that, we remain confident in the correctness of our position and in the need to defend the openness of the Internet. eBay's attempt to block Bidder's Edge denies and constricts the free flow of information to the consumer. Claiming intellectual property trespassing, unfair business practices, and a host of other transgressions, the giant of online auctions, eBay, filed a lawsuit last December against Bidder's Edge for linking to its site. Read More...
Implications and Attitudes As the Andersen's Split under the ICC Ruling: Consulting To Go for a Name Change
Andersen Consulting has had a running battle with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Worldwide over Arthur Andersen's encroachment on the management and technology

jim duggan  pyrrhic victory, if anything. Jim Wadia, worldwide managing partner for Arthur Andersen, has resigned, presumably over the decision. Andersen Consulting had offered to settle prior to going to the ICC with a much larger sum than the $1.2B Arthur Andersen finally got. The $1.2B consisted of $400M in transfer payments under MFIFA, and an outstanding $830M was being held in escrow. It also lost all common intellectual property rights to Andersen Consulting, except for old technology dating to the time prior Read More...
Red Hat Summit 2014: Open Source at the Forefront of IT
For Red Hat, the recent summit that took place in California was special in many instances. It marked the 10th anniversary of the Red Hat Summit and the

jim duggan  were well presented in Jim Whitehurst’s keynote. Delivering an interesting and illustrative speech, the CEO and president of Red Hat made it clear that the company is still heavily committed to the advancement of IT and open source communities, understanding that getting the highest value from IT only comes with the development of strong IT ecosystems, many times formed with offerings from a variety of providers and partners. Of course this included a commitment with the open source community and the Read More...
Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Epicor and SYSPRO, the two renowned enterprise resource planning (ERP) mid-market incumbents that heavily harness Microsoft

jim duggan  VP of product marketing,  Jim Norwood, and his assertion in a recent blog post that mobility will be a huge trend and requirement in 2011 (and later), as possibly best illustrated by SAP buying Sybase in mid-2010 . Owing to the built-in Epicor Everywhere Framework (see  the related blog post ), Epicor ERP already works on Apple ’s iPhone and iPad , and on many other popular mobile devices. For its part, through a wireless connection, the SYSPRO Mobile module provides remote access to secure SYSPRO Read More...
Do You Know What Are the
CRM, in its most straightforward definition, mandates that a company harmonize between a product/brand view of its business and the all-important customer view.

jim duggan  of Your CRM Project? Jim Mercante - November 25, 2004 Originally published - March 22, 2003 Introduction All too often companies look at CRM as a project-oriented endeavor, focusing on time and budget measures as the primary metrics of success. This is especially true in organizations that are still driven by a ROI mentality. What many business leaders fail to take into account is the unintended consequences of their actions with regard to CRM. One common function of CRM is to stratify customers by Read More...
PROMYS Is Now TEC Certified
I'm pleased to announce that the PROMYS project portfolio management for professional service automation (PPM for PSA) solution is now TEC Certified.TEC

jim duggan  Director of Business Development Jim Barnet gave me a tour of the product based on TEC's scripted scenario, which covered such PPM for PSA functionality as project management, resource planning, opportunity management, and financials. Jim also showed me a few key product differentiators. PROMYS' philosophy is that project success is based on profit margins as opposed to revenues, which provides project managers with a better understanding of their operational effectiveness. PROMYS also provides Read More...
Has Consolidation Made the PLM Market More Agile? Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
Even if Agile continues to deliver superior products, its competition against single-vendor, pre-integrated ERP suite products will force Agile to aggressively

jim duggan  management (CIRM) by APICS. Jim Brown has over fifteen years of experience in management consulting and application software focused on the manufacturing industries. Jim is a recognized expert in software solutions for manufacturing and has broad experience in applying enterprise applications such as Product Lifecycle Management, Supply Chain Management, ERP and CRM to improve business performance. Jim is a frequent author and speaker on applying software technology to achieve tangible business benefits. Read More...
Rockler Companies Moves to VISI’s ReliaCloud Service
VISI Incorporated, a provider of data center solutions, announced that it has signed a three-year agreement with Rockler Companies to provide ReliaCloud

jim duggan  and gain efficiencies,” states Jim Yothers, IT system manager for Rockler. The move will also allow Rockler to focus more on its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and business’s IT needs. VISI is a provider of data center solutions including colocation, managed services, hosted services, and cloud computing infrastructure to companies in the upper Midwest. VISI’s parent company is TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC. Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. is a rapidly growing supplier that Read More...
SAP Acquires hybris
SAP has rocked the e-commerce/digital commerce world this week with the announcement of its intention to acquire hybris. Whether you believe that this is a

jim duggan  seen before. Also, while  Jim Hagemann Snabe  acknowledged that some hybris customers have “really (wanted) to control their own destiny in their own e-commerce,” he seems, in the same breath, somewhat dismissive of this while quickly jumping to the ability of SAP’s cloud technology to deliver “radical reduction of costs” and technology simplification. While Demandware, for example, has found traction in the cloud, there still seem to be some concerns about the readiness of these platforms Read More...

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