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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.

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The New and the Noteworthy: 2008 Vendor Wrap-up


2008 seemed to be the year for mergers and acquisitions (M@As) in the world of enterprise software—with companies like Oracle picking up Primavera Software’s project and portfolio management (PPM) offering, and Symantec grabbing up MessageLab’s messaging and web security offering. But it was also a year for some software firms to see their latest solutions shine. With 2008 nearing its end

kurt lewin  Lifecycle Management (PLM) – Kurt (Yu) Chen Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) – Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts (US), PTC develops, markets, and supports PLM software solutions and related services that help manufacturers improve the competitiveness of their products and product development processes. PTC offers a suite of mechanical computer-aided design (CAD) tools and a range of web-based collaboration technologies, enable manufacturing companies to create virtual Read More

TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

kurt lewin  compliance. Vendor Overview by Kurt Chen: Yu (Kurt) Chen is a TEC research analyst with over 10 years of experience in IT strategy consulting and project management. With extensive experience in planning and realizing enterprise information systems, Kurt conducts software research oriented toward both business needs and market trends. Before joining TEC, Kurt was a cofounder of a leading PLM developer in China. As one of the early PLM advocators in China, Kurt contributed toward Chinese industry Read More

TEC Research Analyst Round Table: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)


Software-as-a-service (SaaS): friend or foe? SaaS—also known as on-demand or hosted applications—is becoming more and more popular in a number of enterprise application areas and quickly changing the minds of many a skeptic. SaaS is changing the way organizations pay for, implement, and run their software applications. Unlike traditional applications, which are paid for up front and installed on

kurt lewin  you find it in. Kurt Chen (Research Analyst – Product Lifecycle Management [PLM], Quote-to-Order [Q2O], Business Process Management [BPM]) : In the product lifecycle management (PLM) area, SaaS is a force that is democratizing the PLM business management approach. Although the majority of PLM projects are still delivered through the on-premise model, SaaS is gaining ground smoothly. Currently, PLM solutions that are delivered through the SaaS model are mainly limited to small to medium businesses 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, price, and quote (CPQ)/quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions. Prior to analyzing the recent events at Cameleon, Part 1 first established the need and market drivers for such software solutions. I then analyzed how Cameleon

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

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 strategic degree. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. My post then explored the strengths and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from

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

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.Aleksey Osintsev, Research Analyst—Enterprise Resource Planning The growing interest of businesses of all sizes in so-called cloud technologies in general and in on-demand—cloud or software as a service (SaaS)—enterprise

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

The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3


Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) product. In late 2008, at the European Microsoft Convergence user conference, attendees saw the sixth major release of the product, dubbed Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009. The product’s subsequent launch in the US was in February 2009 (the replay can be seen here). But

kurt lewin  applications are falling away. Kurt Chen explains well in his recent blog post that Microsoft’s familiarity should not necessarily be taken as “done deal” when it comes to users’ acceptance of new technologies and abandonment of their beloved old solutions. At least the C/SIDE development environment remains the foundation for all the business management functionality of NAV. The framework is made up of several building blocks, called object types, which are used to create the application. These Read More

Supply Chain Vendors GT Nexus and TradeCard to Merge


In surely one of the first mergers of the year, GT Nexus and TradeCard are announcing their intent to merge their companies. GT Nexus provides a cloud-based global trade and logistics platform for manufacturers, retailers, and logistics service providers. TradeCard provides a cloud platform for managing sourcing, logistics, and finance on a single system. TradeCard, founded in 1999

kurt lewin  founded in 1999, by Kurt Cavano , likes to boast of its 10,000 organizations and 45,000 users in 78 countries. TradeCard has earned its reputation as a leading financial supply chain solution, enabling companies to automate various sourcing processes, gain better visibility into their global trade supply chain, and leverage alternative trade financing tools. GT Nexus was founded in 1998 by a couple of ex- Scopus people, Aaron Sasson (co-founder of Scopus) and Greg Johnsen . GT Nexus’ approaches the Read More

“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical vs. horizontal integration. The analysis then moved onto the generally embattled retail sector, where a select group of innovative retailers has found a “happy medium” approach to stay well above the fray. Retailers such as PetSmart Inc.

kurt lewin  of their own knockoffs. 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 2009 in New York City. The accompanying slide deck can be downloaded here . The gist of the matter is 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, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The company’s solutions help its client companies design products, manage product information, and improve their product development processes

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

“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 vs. horizontal integration. The analysis then moved onto the generally embattled retail sector, where a select group of innovative retailers has found a “happy medium” approach to stay well above the fray. Kurt Salmon Associated (KSA

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

Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 1


Especially in today’s globally competitive and recessionary environment it is imperative that companies further eliminate waste, become leaner, and become more agile to respond to customer’s demand. The ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch-phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Everyone is on a

kurt lewin  applications is desirable, as Kurt Chen discusses in his blog post . Yet, this cosmetic aspect should not be confused with using insecure and inconsistent Excel spreadsheets all over the enterprise. ERP: Necessary But Not Sufficient Thus, the first step forward for many manufacturers has been the deployment of an ERP system. Despite some pundits’ exaggerated claims of ERP's demise at the turn of the century, ERP systems have proven themselves in costing, accounting, inventory control, order 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 regular Joes. I also saw improved optimism at the recent National Retail Federation’s (NRF) BIG Retail Show 2010 in New York City in mid January. In contrast, the atmosphere of the same retail show one year ago felt like

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