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Data, Data Everywhere: A Special Report on Managing Information
The quantity of information in the world is soaring. Merely keeping up with, and storing new information is difficult enough. Analyzing it, to spot patterns and

make a telescope  change has begun to make a qualitative difference. This shift from information scarcity to surfeit has broad effects. What we are seeing is the ability to have economies form around the data—and that to me is the big change at a societal and even macroeconomic level, says Craig Mundie, head of research and strategy at Microsoft. Data are becoming the new raw material of business: an economic input almost on a par with capital and labour. Every day I wake up and ask, 'how can I flow data better, Read More...
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Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record p...
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Question: When is Six Sigma not Six Sigma? Answer: When it's the Six Sigma Metric!!©
Six Sigma Quality is a popular approach to process improvement, particularly among technology driven companies such as Allied Signal, General Electric, Kodak

make a telescope  critical defects, ones that make the output unusable by the customer, get a weighting of one while inconsequential defects get a weighting of zero. Cosmetic defects or ones that can be corrected or compensated for have values in between, depending on the relative cost of correction or their likely impact on the customer's repurchase decision. A similar approach is taken in Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) where improvement priorities are set based on a combination of frequency of occurrence, Read More...
TCO Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center
Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of 30

make a telescope  Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of 30% compared with traditional, built-out data center power and cooling infrastructure. Avoiding overbuilt capacity and scaling the design over time contributes to a significant percentage of the overall savings. This white paper provides a quantitative TCO analysis of the Read More...
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part II: A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way
When we left Jim, it was 7 pm, Sunday night. Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, had received a message from his CIO. The company’s legal counsel wanted to

make a telescope  but I wanted to make sure we are on the same page in our response to Legal. In short, the business and technical implications of meeting the US Bureau of Industry and Security regulations regarding “deemed exporters” go beyond the current capabilities of our ERP installation. To support these regulations, we will need advanced Global Trade Management (GTM) software capabilities. This is not to say that we can’t extend our current investment to support the requirements, but we need to review both Read More...
A Firewall is Cheaper Than a Lawyer
eBay's motion for a preliminary injunction to limit Bidder's Edge online auction search engine from linking to their site, may set precedents for future

make a telescope  Firewall is Cheaper Than a Lawyer A Firewall is Cheaper Than a Lawyer L. Taylor - May 15, 2000 Event Summary On Friday, April 14, the Federal District Court in San Jose, California held a hearing on eBay's motion for a preliminary injunction to limit Bidder's Edge, an online auction search engine, from linking to eBay's website. In an open letter dated April 20th to its user base, President and CEO of Bidder's Edge, Jim Carney, defended his position stating that, we remain confident in the correctness of Read More...
Distribution in a Challenging Economy: Online (Software as a Service) versus Traditional Software
When considering major purchases, most people ask, “Why rent when you can buy?” But with IT systems, the reverse may be true. Software as a service (SaaS

make a telescope  in a Challenging Economy: Online (Software as a Service) versus Traditional Software When considering major purchases, most people ask, “Why rent when you can buy?” But with IT systems, the reverse may be true. Software as a service (SaaS) offers many advantages over traditional software, especially in terms of the on-going costs of maintaining and upgrading systems. Learn how passing those burdens on to a SaaS vendor can help your company focus on optimizing efficiency, productivity, and Read More...
A Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader
ClickSoftware, rooted in field service workforce scheduling and optimization, provides automated workforce management and optimization solutions, on-demand and

make a telescope  earlier dispatching decisions to make room for a new appointment? The list could be much longer, but the point is clear: If the automated changes have limited scope compared with what human dispatchers are routinely expected to manage, then most exceptions will be handled manually. The solution is “managing the operation” rather than “automatically making decisions.” We at ClickSoftware believe that we are by far the leading solution of the second type, whether the comparison is done by technology Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
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

make a telescope  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2 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 Associates was the epitome of an immaculate  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company was the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and the envy of competitors. But la Read More...
Frontstep (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround
While Frontstep reported its fourth consecutive loss in Q2 2001, which was also the first quarter the company operated under the new name, the latest license

make a telescope  (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround Frontstep (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround P.J. Jakovljevic - February 26, 2001 Event Summary On January 24, Frontstep, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSTP), a leading provider of business systems for mid-sized distributors and manufacturers, announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended December 31, 2000. Revenue from new license fees was $17.2 million, up 11% from the same quarter last year. Total revenue was $34.1 Read More...
Case Study: How a Midsized Company Saved over $870,000 on a $3 Million Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in Less Than Three Weeks
In 2004, Microsoft offered a midwestern-US-based financial services corporation a range of options to renew and replace its existing enterprise agreement. But

make a telescope  Study: How a Midsized Company Saved over $870,000 on a $3 Million Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in Less Than Three Weeks In 2004, Microsoft offered a midwestern-US-based financial services corporation a range of options to renew and replace its existing enterprise agreement. But without the right negotiating skills, how could it be certain Microsoft’s offer was the most cost-saving approach? The company engaged an independent consulting firm, and in less than three weeks recognized savings of 28 pe Read More...
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Two: Baan Under Invensys
Baan's phase under Invensys, after a turbulent three years that have seen considerable people, market and technology change, and considerable worthwhile

make a telescope  the Market Impact and make User Recommendations. Responding to the US Market We would have almost bought the recent news about several hundred new customers as a firm sign of resurrection if it were not for one minor' detail there has been conspicuously small number of new customers in the US! This market, which was once enthusiastic about Baan products, has still been wary and kept the company under a magnifying glass. The company has, at least, addressed the existing North American customer base Read More...
Q: Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Billionaire? A: Baan -- Foster Care for Its Orphans Needed As Well
Baan Co. interim chief executive Pierre Everaert said he could not rule out a takeover of the troubled Dutch business-management software group. We hereby

make a telescope  buyer that might also make sense is an organization looking for a product foundation to enter the Enterprise ASP market. This area is still wide open at the moment and possible candidates for a Baan acquisition could include large ISPs, telecom companies, possibly some systems integrators, particularly some of its largest VARs like Metamor Worldwide or Vanenburg Business Systems. The benefit of this would be that the new owner could resolve the tarnished image problems by re-launching and repositioning Read More...
Top 10 Reasons Why a Metals Company Should Move to a Packaged ERP Software Solution Today
Most metals companies are recognizing that it’s time to consider replacing their aging in-house developed information systems with a commercial enterprise

make a telescope  why these companies should make the move to an industry-specific solution—the first being that the quality of their systems can be the limiting factor for growth in today’s competitive markets. Read More...
App Development in a Mobile World: A CIO Handbook
As a senior stakeholder driving mobile initiatives in your organization, you may be lost in a sea of technologies and claims from vendors promising rapid

make a telescope  Development in a Mobile World: A CIO Handbook As a senior stakeholder driving mobile initiatives in your organization, you may be lost in a sea of technologies and claims from vendors promising rapid delivery of applications to your employees, customers, and partners. To help explain some of the topics you will need to be aware of, and to separate the must-haves from the nice-to-haves, SAP has developed a reference guide for applying a mobile strategy in the context of application architectures, best Read More...
Charting a Better Course for Your Business: Eight Rules for Investing in a New Accounting System
A good financial and accounting system should propel your business forward. It should give you the specific insights you need to spot the storms ahead, help you

make a telescope  this white paper to make sure you have the facts straight about what to look for—and what to look out for. Read More...

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