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Software Selection: A Third Alternative Part Two: Seller's Perspective and the Third Alternative
Failed projects do not bode well for the vendor. It can cause their sales cycle costs only to rise even more and their reputation to suffer or, at least, become

lt auditor  Selection: A Third Alternative Part Two: Seller's Perspective and the Third Alternative Introduction It has, indeed, become a difficult task for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, and degree of fit when selecting any given enterprise application suite for their business environment. When making strategic IT acquisitions, project teams can be confronted with an abundance of product, technology, and hardware combinations and choices. Accordingly, they

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IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part One: Event Summary


Is selling-off of its Brazilian subsidiary and of tangential CAD and payroll applications a sign that IFS is grasping the realities of a mature enterprise applications market, which requires, among many other things, finding a perfect balance between cultivating the install base versus the zeal for hitching brand new customers?

lt auditor  AutoCAD 2000i and AutoCAD LT 2000i software products by Bentley's archrival Autodesk (for more info on Autodesk, see Autodesk to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM ). As to benefit from its nemesis' predicament, Bentley has devised a survey on its Web site, and will use the survey responses to tailor its upgrade program, which will supposedly include special program pricing and services, to the needs of these AutoCAD users. The upgrade program's product offerings are based on Bentley Read More

Intentia's Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part Three: Observations and User Recommendations


The Movex collaboration application suite includes enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), business performance measurement (BPM), value chain collaboration, and e-business--although tempting to its target market, it may not likely be as profound or able to deal with the same levels of complexity as the best-of-breed concoctions or the industry’s leaders' offerings. Nevertheless, this software should be on every food and beverage prospect's shortlist of vendors, as it is highly likely to meet the requirements of many mid-size companies and even some large ones.

lt auditor  volumes about the vendor's difficulties. Nevertheless, the move should produce some positive effects, such as preventing unwanted predators from acquiring the company and alleviating concerns related to the vendor's long-term financial viability--concerns that have been instilled in prospective customers by competitors. These should bode well for new business opportunities, especially in the viability-conscious North American market. figure 3 Although Intentia has marketed its revamped architecture as Read More

Heads Roll at Consulting Giant in Wake of SEC Investigation


Recent findings by the SEC prompted global management consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to dismiss a number of its consultants, including five partners, and discipline a larger group from its U.S.-based staff of 39,000 consultants.

lt auditor  Roll at Consulting Giant in Wake of SEC Investigation Heads Roll at Consulting Giant in Wake of SEC Investigation S. McVey - January 17th, 2000 Event Summary In a document filed on January 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission reported that global audit and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP violated auditor independence rules and engaged in improper professional conduct. Independence rules prohibit tax and audit firms from making direct investments in companies they audit. The findings Read More

Business Case - Orezone


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Enterprise Process Improvement (EPI) Software: Customer and Software Vendor Collaboration


Having just completed implementing your enterprise-wide software, you are about lean back, put your feet up on the desk, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Not so fast! While you were completing your implementation project, a new release of the software may have already hit the street or, for sure, there is one in the pipeline. Now you are faced with the decision as to if and when to take on the new release. Maybe now is the time to look at how a new class of software tools, enterprise process improvement (EPI), can assist you in the upgrade decision.

lt auditor  code that is being altered, a service pack should be able to be installed with little effort or testing. Alternatively, in addition to code changes, a new release can encompass new functionality, new data elements, and revised workflows and processes. While we will discuss the costs and tasks involved with implementing a new release, it should be obvious that many of the activities you completed in the original software implementation will have to be repeated, hence, the quandary as to whether to install Read More

Is Your Financial Transaction Secure?


The FDIC imposes IT integrity ratings on financial institutions. These ratings are known as URSIT ratings and are not disclosed to the public. There is no easy discernable way to know how safe your on-line transactions are.

lt auditor  assessments to reliable security consultants? As an example, in a recent security audit done by a major bank in the U.K. for a new e-commerce site, the security auditor only scanned TCP ports and failed to scan any of the e-commerce site's UDP ports. What this means is that the security audit as defined by the consultant was only half-way useful since there are many well-known exploits of UDP ports that hackers can take advantage of that were not taken into consideration. In general, the depth of the Read More

Epicor's Mid-Market Pitch Becomes Higher For (One) Scala Part One: Event Summary


One should imagine Epicor has carefully thought out the rationale for the recent acquisition of its European counterpart Scala. The merger seems to have much of a strategic merit as opposed to a knee-jerk, ‘me too’ impulse owing to the ongoing consolidation craze in the market.

lt auditor  mergers that had initially resulted in unrelated, diverse products, and all in the face of the overall weakness of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market during 1999 and 2000. Thus, the Scala merger too seems to have much of a strategic merit as opposed to a knee-jerk, me too' impulse owing to the ongoing consolidation craze in the market. While customers want their enterprise applications providers to oblige them with new products and technologies, vendors in turn feel compelled to increase Read More

ERP and WMS Co-Existence: When System Worlds Collide


You are currently using enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. You want to improve your warehouse management and operations and are considering a warehouse management system (WMS) solution. However, there is significant overlap between ERP software and a WMS regarding inventory-related functionality. Read on to learn about some of the considerations and decisions that need to be made to ensure that the maximum benefits are obtained from each software solution.

lt auditor  of selecting finished goods resulting from production runs, assembling them for shipment and loading, and, then, shipping the goods to customers. Assuming that you produce in bulk or volume, picking for customer orders occurs more frequently and in smaller quantities (See TEC article on What You Know Before Selecting A WMS Posted on May 29, 2003). Consequently, efficiencies to be gained from these picks can be more significant and numerous than those for production orders. Rules for tweaking the way Read More

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ERP and SCM Implementations Part Two: Interfaces and Priorities


To a large extent, software packages do work out of the box. Packages that do not perform perfectly or as users would expect is when dissatisfaction arises. These can be dealt with in a rational manner through the employment of effective project and change management procedures. However, an area that typically creates problems, whether expected or not, is the development of interfaces between proprietary software that cannot be replaced.

lt auditor  This dissatisfaction can be dealt with in a rational manner through the employment of effective project and change management procedures. However, an area that typically creates problems, whether expected or not, is the development of interfaces between proprietary software that cannot be replaced. Building these interfaces takes time in terms of defining requirements, designing conceptual and detail specifications, programming, and testing. One question surrounding this issue that may seem repetitive Read More

ICICI-Infotech's North American Strategy for Success Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations


ICICI-Infotech is starting to make its presence felt in North America and raise some ERP eyebrows. Read on as to why you may want to take a closer look at this vendor and its product. In this research note, you'll also learn about the company’s strategy to target small and medium-size enterprises in order to enlarge its footprint in North America. It may appear that ICICI-Infotech is buying its way into the North American ERP market. The reason is simple; they are.

lt auditor  part, this is a result of the choice of Oracle as its development platform. However, this problem is being attacked from two directions. First, ICICI-Infotech has committed to customers as to when this issue will be resolved and is willing to put this commitment in writing at contract signing. Secondly, Oracle is revising its own development suite and tools. Prospective customers must satisfy themselves as to ICICI-Infotech's resolve and commitment to change rather than relying on Oracle to make needed Read More

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems: A Tutorial Part Two: Benefits and Interfaces


A CMMS is an excellent business opportunity whose implementation can significantly improve operations, reduce equipment downtime, increase accountability of the maintenance functions, and produce substantial financial savings. Read on to learn how this can be accomplished.

lt auditor  a manager and senior consultant in planning and executing ERP projects for manufacturing and distribution systems for large to medium-size companies in the retail, food & beverage, chemical, and CPG process industries. Additionally, Mr. Strub was a consultant and Information Systems Auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and an applications development and support manager for a Fortune 100 company. He can be reached at JoeStrub@writecompanyplus.com . Read More

EAM versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? Part Three: Analysis of IFS and Intentia


Having traditionally done implementations via their product delivery organization, IFS and Intentia also have long exhibited a focus on product quality and customer satisfaction, which manifests into a lasting relationship with each client. However like other enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) software vendors, Intentia and IFS need to string together several quarters of profitability to restore consumer confidence and long-term stability.

lt auditor  comparable with previous years results), the vendor reported $323 million (USD). As for the industry focus, Intentia is a major player in selected industry verticals such as food and beverage; fashion; automotive; paper; steel; maintenance; service and repair; and wholesale and distribution. In addition to these, the 2004 focus for its EAM solution will include power generation; primary chemicals; third party outsourced maintenance providers; metals processing; ports; and airports. On its hand, IFS target Read More

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems: A Tutorial Part One: Challenges and Features


Companies are looking for more areas to squeeze savings out of operations. One such area that may be fertile ground to explore is equipment maintenance. The class of software that can help to cultivate these savings is computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS). This article discusses the basics of CMMS and its key features, enabling you to determine whether your company should investigate this software as a potential source of savings.

lt auditor  further out of control, resulting in inconsistent or delayed repairs. The high value of capital equipment and high cost of downtime demand a complete and current knowledge of a piece of equipment's performance and history. The break-fix mode needs to be stopped in favor of failure prevention. The overall control and consistency of repairs needs to be greatly enhanced. Finally, to obtain the maximum value from maintenance personnel, scheduling effectiveness and equipment utilization must be improved. If Read More