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Can Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workdays (more)? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series described the genesis and current state of affairs of Workday – a novel company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in

jotspot blog  Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workdays (more)? - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series described the genesis and current state of affairs of Workday – a novel company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in November 2006 by two great IT minds and PeopleSoft alumni: Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri . Part 2 of this series then got under the hood and analyzed Workday’s secret sauce : its object-oriented and  in-memory database (IMDB)  and definitional services approach, which involves no Read More

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Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

jotspot blog  Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series  depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of  software as a service (SaaS ) and the adoption of cloud computing . The post ended with some glimpses into the future and likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges  (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new Read More
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIa)
The first part of this blog series described the opportunity for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand enterprise applications, especially in the current

jotspot blog  SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIa) The first part of this blog series described the opportunity for software as a service (SaaS ) or on-demand enterprise applications, especially in the current difficult economic milieu. But before any vendor can embark on delivering a SaaS offering, it must understand several misconceptions about SaaS. Part two then analyzed the first two of the top five SaaS assumptions that Gartner recently outlined in its research .  More SaaS Facts and Read More
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

jotspot blog  2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010 , salesforce.com ’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the  cloud computing  trailblazer and unveiling of Salesforce Chatter , the company’s nascent social Read More
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 1)
The title of this blog post might sound like a no-brainer: as clear and indisputable as the “motherhood and apple pie” adage. Yet how many times have you dealt

jotspot blog  Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 1) The title of this blog post might sound like a no-brainer: as clear and indisputable as the “motherhood and apple pie” adage. Yet how many times have you dealt with a seemingly not-really-knowledgeable call center person over the phone or a clueless technician that showed up at your door? To be fair, maybe those folks were knowledgeable in principle, but were still ill-informed about your particular problem, previously explained at a great length Read More
Workforce Analytics - A Blend of Business Intelligence and Human Resources
In a previous blog post, I described how artificial intelligence (AI) can help human resources (HR) in the recruiting process. It is interesting to note that

jotspot blog  Analytics - A Blend of Business Intelligence and Human Resources In a previous blog post , I described how artificial intelligence (AI) can help human resources (HR) in the recruiting process. It is interesting to note that almost half of the people who took our poll would use AI—but not extensively. Besides being used for recruiting purposes, AI is used more and more in workforce management. By combining business intelligence (BI) with HR processes, business performance management (BPM) for HR Read More
One Year Later at Deltek: More of the Same (And Then Some More) - Part II
Part I of this blog series explained Deltek’s ebullience despite a hostile and depressed environment. The continued cash-generating operation has been

jotspot blog  Year Later at Deltek: More of the Same (And Then Some More) - Part II Part I of this blog series explained Deltek ’s ebullience despite a hostile and depressed environment. The continued cash-generating operation has been complemented by in-house developments, acquisitions, and partnerships. The previous blog post also talked about the recent developments (and anticipated future developments) at Deltek’s Professional Service line of business, which is largely represented by Deltek Vision [ evaluate Read More
May a New Day Begin for Mature Enterprise Applications - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined the trend of enterprise applications vendors’ attempts to win their users’ hearts and minds (as well as wallets) via more

jotspot blog  a New Day Begin for Mature Enterprise Applications - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series outlined the trend of enterprise applications vendors’ attempts to win their users’ hearts and minds (as well as wallets) via more intuitive and appealing user interface (UI ) and user experience (UX ) design. What that means is that users can now more quickly obtain all of the relevant information they need in a personalized way, with drill-downs and other slick navigational Web 2.0 gadgets. For users, Read More
How Can IT Help Competitiveness These Bleak Days? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the SAP-sponsored expert panel discussion that explored reasons to maintain IT investments even during difficult economic

jotspot blog  Can IT Help Competitiveness These Bleak Days? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced the SAP -sponsored expert panel discussion that explored reasons to maintain IT investments even during difficult economic times. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) article by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson entitled “Investing in the IT That Makes a Competitive Difference was the main supplement and starting point of the discussion. As I mentioned in Part 1 , in a nutshell, the panel logically (and not Read More
BigIdeas 2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas, BigMachines’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago. I

jotspot blog  2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas , BigMachines ’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago . I wasn’t the only one that attended BigIdeas 2011 for the first time, as in May 2011 the company’s financial backers brought in David Bonnette, a seasoned Oracle executive in the customer relationship management (CRM) realm, as the new president. Mr. Bonnette has since gradually replaced the Read More
To Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved?
In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods

jotspot blog  Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved? In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods ). Another blog was about bringing cost down by using better or best inventory management processes and practices . As we have already discussed the methods, processes, and practices, let’s look now at some of the technological aspects of reducing cost. The first question that Read More
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

jotspot blog  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress  of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But Read More
Can You Bring Cost Down through Better Inventory Management?
In my previous blog I discussed two approaches to bringing down your cost: cost cutting and cost reducing, with regards to the overall supply chain network. The

jotspot blog  You Bring Cost Down through Better Inventory Management? In my previous blog I discussed two approaches to bringing down your cost: cost cutting and cost reducing , with regards to the overall supply chain network. The most effective way of cost reduction in supply chain is through the collaborative effort of the whole organization. As discussed previously, the supply chain has various areas where cost reduction can be done, but for this blog, I want to focus on cost reduction with better or best Read More
Infor24: Demystifying Infor’s Cloud Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that cloud computing is reaching mainstream adoption in the enterprise applications space. Indeed

jotspot blog  Demystifying Infor’s Cloud Strategy - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  started with the assertion that  cloud computing  is reaching mainstream adoption in the enterprise applications space. Indeed, virtually all renowned  independent software vendors (ISVs)  already offer or plan to offer some or all of their products as a service ( on-demand software ). My blog post then expanded onto some cloud computing definitions and nuances, to establish that  enterprise resource planning (ERP) Read More
Organizations Struggle with Their Software Selection Shortlists. Here's why.
In my latest blog post, find out what organizations like yours are saying about their shortlists.

jotspot blog  Struggle with Their Software Selection Shortlists. Here's why. Unfortunately, many organizations turn to us when their software selection projects are already in trouble. We help those organizations. But I didn't send this e-mail to you so we could toot our own horn. I'm sure you get enough of that in your in-box. Especially if you've been talking to enterprise software vendors about purchasing an enterprise software system. I just wanted to let you know that most people don't realize their Read More

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