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MAPICS XA Expands BI Offering Through Partnership With Vanguard
MAPICS XA expands its Business Intelligence (BI) offerings via a partnership with the Vanguard Solutions Group. With GPS, MAPICS has taken a critical step

mapics gps  expressed her view on MAPICS and GPS thus: The MAPICS XA product has a rich database. But, like most other ERP products, translating the data stored within the database to information used to make enterprise decisions has proven difficult. With the availability of the Business Intelligence solution GPS, MAPICS can provide their customers with a valuable tool for harvesting the business value out of their database. Yvonne speaks from strong position, in addition to her role at Gartner Group; she was Read More...
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Competitive Challenges for Vanguard
Vanguard's challenge is to continue to be nimble and responsive to the needs of its target market and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners.

mapics gps  Agilisys Process and now MAPICS , while SSA Global recently purchased Marcam (see The Name and Ownership Change Roulette Wheel for Marcam Stops at SSA Global ). These consolidators will try to standardize the BI solutions across their ERP product lines, which is a threat to Vanguard's favored position. This is particularly coming from Cognos —which has meanwhile become the standard BI solution across all SSA Global product lines—and within MAPICS—prior to the acquisition by Infor. In addition to Read More...
Exact Acquires Vanguard Solutions Group
With the acquisition of Vanguard, Exact Software expects to more tightly integrate Exact Business Analytics with its existing product family, and develop

mapics gps  former Lilly Software and MAPICS ), WorkWise , and Asset Point (see Has the Mid-market Found Vanguard BI Solutions? ). Exact not only expects Vanguard to continue to sell GPS through these existing partners, but also expects Vanguard to expand its partner network. Balio, president and general manager of the new division defines the new relationship as co-opetition , which, as the name suggestions, involves both cooperation and competition. He explains that while Vanguard's ERP partners will compete Read More...
Has the Mid-market Found Vanguard BI Solutions?
Enterprise performance management (EPM) and business intelligence (BI) supplier, Vanguard Solutions Group's business strategy focuses on selling with and

mapics gps  of summarization and the MAPICS XA transactional source data. In addition, GPS includes a development capability that allows the creation of customer views, integration to non-MAPICS systems, and the inclusion of custom MAPICS extensions. Some of the modules typically offered are Customer/Product Analytics—information on sales statistics, order bookings, and shipping information. Financial Analytics—graphing, analysis and reporting for general ledger (GL), accounts receivable (AR), and accounts Read More...
Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis - Part 2
Part 1 of this series analyzed the phenomenon of the rise of the service economy: the increasing importance of the service sector in industrialized economies

mapics gps  Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis - Part 2 Part 1 of this series  analyzed the phenomenon of the rise of the service economy : the increasing importance of the  service sector  in industrialized economies. Especially in a sluggish market, service delivered after the initial sale of a product is what can truly differentiate competitors. In fact, after-sale service is quite difficult to replicate. Thus, while  durable (hard) goods orders  decline and product-based margins Read More...
The Supply Chain of Sitcoms-Enhanced with Radio Frequency Identification
Imagine what sitcoms like Cheers, Laverne and Shirley, and Green Acres would look like if they were radio frequency identification (RFID) enhanced. Then picture

mapics gps  RFID,radio frequency identification,customer experience,GPS,global positioning system,tracking,tagging,supplier relationships,customer relationships,customer service Read More...
Using Location to Gain Intelligence
In a recent post on 3 trends in data visualization, we addressed the increasing importance of geolocation capabilities in data analysis. We also looked at how

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Invensys Production Solutions - Can Historic Strengths And The 'Protean Boost' Overcome Its Liabilities?
Invensys has created a new group within its Production Management Division called Invensys Production Solutions. The group includes the PRISM and Protean

mapics gps  companies, Marcam Solutions and MAPICS Inc. (NASDAQ: MAPX), the latter of which is still going strong in its original form. Paul Margolis and John Campbell founded Marcam (a name derived from their last names) back in 1980 to provide then IBM's MAPICS ERP product installation and customization services. In 1983 Marcam began developing its own planning and control software for process manufacturing companies such as food, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. The result was PRISM, which was first licensed in Read More...
Mobile Supply Chain Management: The Dream Is Becoming a Reality
Mobile computing is changing the way companies manage their entire business. The development of ultra-portable computing devices is geared to support a slew of

mapics gps  Supply Chain Management: The Dream Is Becoming a Reality Mobile solutions for businesses have made great strides since short message service (SMS) was the pinnacle of mobile business collaboration some 10 years ago. Gone is the time when personal digital assistants (PDAs) and cellular gizmos were the Transformers toys for in-the-know business men. That time saw the first attempts toward the development of ultra-portable solutions. But for the past five years, smartphones, along with the offerings Read More...
Baan Defectors - Is This Only Tip of an Iceberg?
While Baan may have avoided euthanasia in the nick of time, evidence is mounting that a number of anxious and/or disgruntled customers have not found this

mapics gps  PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards, Symix, MAPICS, QAD, as well as ROI Systems in this specific example, are only a few of the vendors, which have, with different level of candidness, developed strategies of preying on dissatisfied and apprehensive organizations where those doomed systems have been implemented. Invensys should, without any delay, address customers' concerns by unequivocally stating its more detailed product strategy and the timeframe for its delivery. Also, it is very important that the company Read More...
MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 4: Competition and User Recommendations
Production management remains MAPICS’ strongest spot, and, therefore, it has often been implemented only in manufacturing divisions of large global

mapics gps  that it would take MAPICS significantly longer, given its much more modest resources and a task of deploying onto multiple platforms. The technological foundation disparity of the products will likely take its toll by multiplying the development expenses and in delivering products integration. This also complicates the tracking of third-party partnerships to compensate the products' different weak areas. The positive news is that using the applications such as portals, PLM, or EAM (and supplier Read More...
Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part One: Recent Events and Market Impact
The former die-hard IBM AS/400-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) supplier to mid-market manufacturing companies, MAPICS, seems to have found its soul

mapics gps  MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part One: Recent Events and Market Impact Event Summary For over two years, MAPICS , Inc . (NASDAQ: MAPX), possibly the largest global provider of extended enterprise applications for solving the challenges of discrete manufacturers following the acquisition of its former competitor Frontstep (see MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way ), has shown signs of significant change and a persistent number of historically recognizable and invariant tenets of operation. Read More...
PeopleSoft - Are Business Intelligence and e-Commerce Enough?
PeopleSoft is currently developing the PeopleSoft Business Network (PSBN), which should incorporate business transactions, knowledge and analytical tools within

mapics gps  channels. J.D Edwards and MAPICS would be good examples of success in this regard. Broaden, without any further delay, product functionality, particularly in process manufacturing and in CRM, either by acquiring one of the leading mid-market ERP vendors (SSA, QAD, etc.) or CRM vendors (Vantive), or by developing a product in-house/Momentum Business Applications, Inc. User Recommendations Generally worth considering in HRMS, financial and distribution business applications - very attractive product Read More...

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