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Microsoft’s Underlying Platform Parts for Enterprise Applications: Somewhat Explained - Part 4
Part 3 of this blog series analyzed the ever-evolving user interface (UI) and visualization technologies, and related approaches of Microsoft and other

l part 4  Underlying Platform Parts for Enterprise Applications: Somewhat Explained - Part 4 Part 3 of this blog series analyzed the ever-evolving user interface (UI) and visualization technologies, and related approaches of Microsoft and other independent software vendors (ISVs). Lawson Smart Office and IFS’ Project Aurora (including the first Project's delivery, IFS Enterprise Explorer [IEE]) were described. Shedding Some Northern Star Light on IEE For IEE IFS uses Microsoft ClickOnce , which is

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Well, the ERP Graveyard blog might sometimes be slightly deceiving, since not all enterprise resource planning (ERP) products necessarily die there. Some of them might even be resurected under a different name and ownership. To that end, Infor might even seem like old news today. It's been five years since its formation (no pun intended here, given its subsequent acquisition of former Formation

l part 4  8.1 continues the product's leadership in .NET-managed code software. It includes the more compelling, fully integrated Intuitive user interface (UI), and it fully supports the Microsoft .NET Framework . The Part II of this topic will analyze Solarsoft , and how all these consolidating companies might operate now in a somewhat changed climate owing to deflated venture capital (VC) inverstors' sentiments and lesser availability of private equity. Your views, comments and opinions, etc. are, as usual, Read More

Job Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 1


We certainly learn new things every day, and sometimes out of pure serendipity. Namely, when I was recently asked by one of my industry contacts (working for a PR agency) whether I would like to have a briefing with and about his client, whose name included the word "batch" as a part, I agreed, thinking it was a process enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor or maybe a manufacturing execution

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l part 4  Escape 2010: Of Cloud & Angels, Fun & Games, and “In Vino Veritas” - Part 1 Every June over past several years, after the high season for traveling to major vendor events subsides, and before everyone takes their summer vacations, a group of selected enterprise applications analysts have become accustomed to attending the JRocket Marketing Grape Escape(TM) event. “Grape Escape” is a signature event that showcases the intimate analyst relationships (AR) and event expertise that JRocket Read More

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Oracle has long moved in the direction of blurring the line between applications and infrastructure. It has leveraged the system of record elements in application suites by applying infrastructure technologies to correlate real-time events for improved decision-making.

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What's in a name? or Enterprise systems' reincarnations (Part II)


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Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)


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Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 2


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LeveragePoint Adds Value to B2B Pricing - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series introduced LeveragePoint as a cloud-based newcomer to the business-to-business (B2B) pricing market with a novel pricing approach: value-based pricing. In this day and age of highly accelerated new product introductions, history-based pricing approaches are often inadequate. My previous post explained the company’s approach and current state of affairs. Part 2 follows

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Has KANA Gotten Its Mojo Back? - Part 2


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l part 4  Overtone , a social listening platform, to complete our SEM vision (see Part 1) . We see that there are the following three broad aspect of service and we support all three: Agent-assisted Self-service Social or peer-assisted Role-based user experience is a key and that’s what SEM’s adaptive desktop and web self-service is designed to deliver (as explained in Part 1). The reason that companies cannot deliver that goal today is because the processes and technologies are so compartmentalized that they Read More

To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIa)


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