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Customer Relationship Management and Social Networks-They're Related How, Again?
No company today can afford to ignore the value of its customers' natural social networking behavior. The advantages that these social networks can bring to a

kurt lewin  Suffice to say that Kurt Lewin, often referred to as the father of organizational change, did experiments in the 1940s on identifying the natural growth of leadership in these organic hierarchies. The validation of these hierarchies has existed since then, if you need something other than me saying it to believe it. Google him and you'll find his experiments at the University of Iowa. Okay, you might be saying, but how does this apply to CRM, again? Don't worry, we're getting closer to the answer. Read More...
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CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a

kurt lewin  and trading partners. See  Kurt Chen’s blog post on the differing scopes of PDM and PLM . Another reality is that most of CAD-based PLM vendors’ revenues still come from their CAD businesses (over two thirds of revenue). On the other hand, SAP’s 8,000 PLM customers on paper make it the PLM market leader. Some PLM market-sizing firms such as CIMdata put SAP and Oracle amid the Top 5 PLM providers (based on their PLM revenues). But the skeptic in us asks how many total active (maintenance) PLM seats Read More...
JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry -- Part Five: Analysis of Market Impact
Given the competition for retail customers and wholesale orders is intense, retailers, including software vendors, must be able to meet consumer demand quickly,

kurt lewin  Services , Capgemini , Kurt Salmon Associates , and Lakewest Consulting . These integrators, as well as independent consulting firms such as Accenture , AIG Netplex , CFT Consulting , SPL , and ID Applications , also represent competition to JDA consulting services group. The functional gap of optimizing promotion events such as markdowns and setting everyday merchandize prices based on predicted consumer demand seemingly remains even within the combined product portfolio, and lacks the capabilities of Read More...
Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1
Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops

kurt lewin  partnerships with retail consultants Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA) and Walter Wilhelm Associates .  For more information, see TEC ’s blog post from PTC’s 2010 user conference. In 2005, PTC acquired Polyplan Technologies for its technology and expertise in  manufacturing process management (MPM) , and has since integrated it into the Windchill product line. In 2007, the integrated product Windchill MPMLink was announced, along with two  manufacturing execution system (MES)  partnerships, Camstar Read More...
Cameleon (Software) Might Change its Colors but Not its (Q2O/CPQ) Purpose - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my recent reunion with Cameleon Software (formerly Access Commerce) a provider of on-demand and on-premises configure

kurt lewin  But, as discussed in  Kurt Chen’s recent blog post, is Q2O/CPQ sustainable as a standalone application in the log run ? Surely, Q2O functionality will eventually be subsumed by ERP,  customer relationship management (CRM) , or  product lifecycle management (PLM)  vendors (e.g., Consona ’s acquisition of Configure Solutions ), but the need for such solutions and their market potential is here to stay. The next frontier for Q2O solutions would be verticalization (e.g., Q2O offerings tailored for Read More...
A More Social IBM (for Enterprises, at Least)
On November 8, 2010, IBM announced its Global Business Services initiative to help companies address their social networking initiatives and issues, and use

kurt lewin  initiative. In this regard, Kurt De Ruwe, chief information officer (CIO) at Bayer MaterialScience mentioned that The power of Connections is that the knowledge sharing process is totally embedded in the tool. When a person adds a piece of information, it is automatically linked to other information available in communities, wikis or blogs. Connections 3.0 has increased these capabilities even more so. You can now see what areas of interest you have in common with other people, what communities you Read More...
Outlook for 2010
As 2009 comes to a close, we look forward to the New Year and everything trendy that it will bring. Today, TEC’s Research Analyst Round Table discusses the

kurt lewin  Social Product Development – Kurt Chen Having collective wisdom from the crowd in shaping new products isn’t a new idea within the product lifecycle management (PLM) approach. However, technological limitations have hindered the theory of social product development to be put into practice—until the prosperity of social computing tools. Generally speaking, Web 2.0 technology is the major enabler of social product development. More specifically, in 2010, I would like to see the following Read More...
Surf's Up at Akamai
Akamai has unveiled a killer IPO in a mere 14 months. Its innovative product called FreeFlow delivers website content at stellar speeds. Will it be able to

kurt lewin  akamai,streaming service provider,flash streaming hosting,flash video streaming service,video stream hosting,streaming cdn,stream hosting,cdn provider,contents delivery network,content delivery services,content delivery network,live streaming flash,flash streaming,content delivery service,flash streaming server Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

kurt lewin  some intellectual property from Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA).  Namely, Manhattan Associates acquired the former Distribution Center Management Systems (DCMS) application and related assets from KSA. The two firms also announced the formation of a strategic alliance. With this transaction, Manhattan got a second  IBM System i -based  warehouse management system (WMS) product (in addition to its flagship pick ticket management system [PkMS] WMS product) and a very strong consulting partner focused on Read More...
Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 4
Part 1 of this series began the analysis of the recent merger of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. Progress has this way made a

kurt lewin  conducted by my colleague Kurt Chen, which found that 16 percent of BPM seekers are interested in a software as a service (SaaS) delivery model . IBM BPM Blueprint (formerly Lombardi Blueprint), Appian, Cordys, and AuraPortal are some cloud-based BPM offerings. Thus, as  already mentioned in Part 1, Progress’ transformation is a work in process . In addition to  the company’s traditional lack of the professional services culture , both Progress and Savvion have traditionally focused on delighting Read More...
EIM/ECM 101: Cutting through the Confusion
EIM/ECM 101: Cutting through the ConfusionIf you’re like many people who’ve been put in charge of looking for your company’s next compensation solution, you

kurt lewin  another TEC research analyst. Kurt? Read More...
TEC Research Analyst Roundtable: Predictions for 2011
It’s that time of year again for TEC’s analysts to polish their crystal balls and spread their tarot cards to gaze on the future of enterprise software for 2011

kurt lewin  user-centric and less technical. Kurt Chen, Research Analyst—Product Lifecycle Management The year 2010 in the product lifecycle management (PLM) space has seen some exciting undertakings: social product development, computer-aided design (CAD) interoperability enhancements, PLM moving closer to the cloud, better supports for design and engineering decision making, and more. Although there were various approaches behind this year’s events, connectivity is a common thread, and it will become an even Read More...
“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical

kurt lewin  well above the fray. Kurt Salmon Associated (KSA ), the leading global management consulting firm specializing in the retail and consumer goods industries, dubbed this strategy “Act Vertical” in its seminal research study . The firm presented the highlights of the study at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO 2009 (also known as the Retail Big Show ) in January in New York City. The accompanying slide deck can be downloaded here . Part 2 of this blog series then outlined Read More...
Chatting with TradeStone Software @ NRF BIG Retail Shows - Part 1
Some signs of a modest economic recovery and cautious optimism are shyly popping out, although they might be only be crumbs of comfort for many unemployed

kurt lewin  2009 session was from Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA) , which has meanwhile resulted in my well-read series entitled  “Act Vertical Retailers vs. Go Extinct Retailers.”    Enter TradeStone Software My attendance of another BIG Ideas 2009 session brings me to  TradeStone Software . TradeStone provides  merchandise lifecycle management (MLM) software solutions  that enable a number of the world's most successful retailers to bring innovative and profitable  private label  products to market at Read More...
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