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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 skinner  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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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 skinner  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...
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 skinner  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...
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 skinner  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...
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 skinner  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...
Service Lifecycle Management - Tapping into the Value of the Product Aftermarket
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) addresses the full lifecycle of a product. The focus of most of the current PLM solutions, however, does not make the most

jim skinner  products. About the Author Jim Brown has over 15 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 knowledge of applying Product Lifecycle Management, ERP, Supply Chain Management, CRM and other enterprise applications to improve business performance. Jim served as an executive for software companies specializing in manufacturing solutions before starting his Read More...
Are ERP Consolidators (
Even in such a volatile stock market and under investor/regulatory scrutiny, going public as a means of getting some capital investment is still an option

jim skinner  chief executive officer (CEO), Jim Schaper, has lately admitted to a likely (temporary or not) stall in future acquisitions, especially major ones. This is in part due to the changed climate owing to deflated VC investors' sentiments and a lessened availability of private equity. Infor might also be having some issues with digesting all the hefty arsenal it has acquired thus far, and its financial backers probably want to see that the vendor can run this product portfolio properly (in a cash-flow manner) Read More...
When Provider's Value Is Not In Synch With Customer's Value
Embedded knowledge exists in the supply chain to understand and unlock customer value. Integrating the chain is crucial to aligning the goals of customers and

jim skinner  loyalty and future sales. Jim Molson says Selectron is thinking through these models, and gave some insights on the insourcing or outsourcing of services. Warranty dollars are shrinking, due to the lower costs of the price of hardware. (But one would assume there is still decent margin here, since the reliability has gone up.) Forces in Outsourcing Versus Insourcing Theoretic Central Control Access to new markets or geographies Customer access to developers and engineers Asset recovery or after market Read More...
ERP Vendor Lawson Software Extends to IBM's DB2 Universal Database
Lawson Software, a major privately held provider of enterprise resource planning software, today announced the delivery of its enterprise software applications

jim skinner  their e-business goals, said Jim Kelly, vice president, Marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions. In the arena of e-business, speed is a distinct competitive advantage, and companies need a highly-scaleable, available and extensible database to power their growing e-business application needs. Lawson Software, powered by DB2 Universal Database, is positioned to help dynamic organizations move their business onto the Web and into the future. The increased platform support gained through integration Read More...
Analyst Take on SAPPHIRE 2013
With a very interesting book presentation on

jim skinner  of course increase revenue. Jim H. Snabe on SAP’s strategy and future On the other hand, the keynote from SAP’s co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe had a particular focus on adaptability and improvement, and presented some of SAP’s key technology interests. Of course, HANA played a key role in all of them. Mr. Snabe touched upon SAP’s vision for providing better and more adaptable software to support business changes. He presented HANA’s potential and focus in areas that he referred to as digital retail Read More...
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For
In the first two parts of this series (part I, part II), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise

jim skinner  staff meeting with Mike, Jim brought it up but Mike quickly asked him whether he thought the Giants should consider moving Lincecum down to the minors so he could work on his fastball. What did that mean? Did it mean Mike and the executive committee might be considering moving Jim down to the minors? It was Friday, seven days after the initial e-mail, and Jim was ready to barge into Mike’s office. Just as he was formulating his opening line, the following popped up in his inbox: Read More...
Selecting a PLM Vendor
PLM enterprise applications should not be selected in a vacuum. The needs and requirements of multiple departments and even business partners must be

jim skinner  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 Read More...
E-learning Benefits and ROI Comparison of E-learning versus Traditional Training
You’re considering a move from traditional training to e-learning, but you’re not sure if the returns will be significant. In fact, employees are better able to

jim skinner  by Anne Kitchen and Jim Ryan, AMEC.com, Copyright 2004. (11) Using the Web for Learning: Advantages and Disadvantages by Kevin Kruse, E-Learning Guru.com, Copyright 2004. (12) Using the Web for Learning: Advantages and Disadvantages by Kevin Kruse, E-Learning Guru.com, Copyright 2004. (13) Web Based Training, 2nd Edition, by Margaret Driscoll, Wiley, John & Sons, Copyright 2002, p. 8. (14) Web Based Training, 2nd Edition, by Margaret Driscoll, Wiley, John & Sons, Copyright 2002, p. 9. (15) Read More...
Is Intentia Truly Industry’s First In Food Traceability?
With the acquisition of 49% of the Norwegian software company Scase, Intentia claims to be the first Enterprise Applications provider to offer an integrated

jim skinner  this level of information. Jim Brown, VP of Marketing of SCT Corporation, Process Manufacturing & Distribution Division, states, Our many customers in the meat industries have taught us that product traceability from the farm to the consumer is a key requirement. These customers use Adage to fulfill their traceability commitment to the consumer. We see Intentia's announcement as helping the meat industry and the consumer focus on this critical need. User Recommendations Existing Intentia customers who 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 skinner  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...

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