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Are ASP Applications Right for You? Part 1: Decision Factors
Like so many Internet conventions, the Application Service Provider (ASP), is really a combination of two 'old' concepts, turn key applications and outsourced

miles szczurek  About The Author    Miles Szczurek ( miles@appenture.com ) has more than 20 years experience in the Information Technology, Trading, Clearing and Risk Management areas for futures exchanges, derivatives clearing organizations, cash forward markets and B2B exchanges. He played a significant role in a number of firsts; the implementation of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's SPAN risk management software which has become the industry standard, the implementation of the world's first international Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Are ASP Applications Right for You? Part 2: Decision Criteria
Whether an application is best implemented as an ASP provided application or service, built in-house or purchased, generally depends on the same criteria as

miles szczurek  About the Author    Miles Szczurek ( miles@appenture.com ) has more than 20 years experience in the Information Technology, Trading, Clearing and Risk Management areas for futures exchanges, derivatives clearing organizations, cash forward markets and B2B exchanges. He played a significant role in a number of firsts; the implementation of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's SPAN risk management software which has become the industry standard, the implementation of the world's first international Read More...
The Instant Supply Chain Challenge
For the past few weeks, all eyes (and hearts) have been on the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. What is needed in a disaster like this is an

miles szczurek  the disaster. Just two miles away, the regional director for Catholic Relief Services said he was struggling to get good information on what supplies to send out and to find local partners for reconstruction programs. I'm sure this scene is being repeated all over the region. [1] Boston Globe 1/4/05 The Instant Supply Chain Challenge So what does this disaster have to do with normal supply chain challenges? A lot, I would contend. What is needed in a disaster like this is an Instant Supply Read More...
Asset Performance Management: The Secret to Uncovering Hidden Profits and Ending Operating Surprises
Top performers optimize their assets. It’s true in any field—sports, the arts, and business. Yet in business, optimizing performance of capital assets often

miles szczurek  customers across 1,200 square miles in a major metropolitan area. One of the utility's strategic operating goals is to proactively plan to reduce levels of contaminants, like nitrates, in the water supply; sources of contaminants include raw and/or treated wastewater and runoff from fertilizer. The organization could use the advanced analytics component of an Asset Performance Management solution to compare such things as land use and residential growth rates to potential increased levels of such Read More...
Remote Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense
Everything in the computer industry seems to be going off-shore, why not software implementations? This article looks at reasons why remote implementation of

miles szczurek  implementation team located 1,000 miles away. However, you should seriously evaluate a remote implementation scenario to determine its applicability to your software project and its potential impact on your project's budget and timeline. A software vendor, who can offer a choice between remote and on-site implementation, may be the tie-breaker in a competitive situation. Cost Savings Cost savings is the most obvious and easiest reason for justifying remote implementations. Typically, the cost of labor in Read More...
Grape 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

miles szczurek  analyst attendees traveled 3,000 miles (mostly from California or Europe, and not including my colleague Aleksey Osintsev, who drove from Montreal this year) for just a 4-hour event because they must be finding the trip worthwhile. I for one would not travel that far if it was only for some schmoozing, food, and booze,but it is indeed much more. Usual Vendor Suspects To date, I recall the following JRocket Marketing clients participating in the event:  Aligo (the mobile enterprise software company) , Del Read More...
Get on the Grid: Utility Computing
The latest business model in licensing is the utility (on demand) computing and associated pricing. Sometimes called

miles szczurek  was effectively being rendered miles away from user's location, the approach was slow and increased the network load at a time when bandwidth was at a premium price. Finally, users still had to run and maintain the proprietary thin client software on their desktops, defeating the object of running server-centric, web-based software. Ultimately, costs were not being cut by as much as promised. Currently, the need for complex client side interactions has been mitigated with the help of DHTML, which minimi Read More...
TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide
Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices

miles szczurek  they are running 100 miles per hour every day just to keep up with the daily pace of sales, that means everyone is too caught up in the complexity of business processes? and you risk burnout and overlooked tasks. You should be doing everything to find and hire engaged and motivated people who can take the business to greater levels, or you could be sacrificing the future potential of the company. And the three P's (process, productivity, and profitability) are a hallmark of professionally managed Read More...
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

miles szczurek  within a (metaphorical) thousand miles of it. In fact, using social networks is a major business initiative, and it is becoming a huge factor in how successful (or not) businesses will be with their customers in this part of the twenty-first century. Let's take a look at the premise behind social networking and how it relates to CRM—especially the next incarnation of CRM, currently being called CRM 2.0. Starting at the Root Human beings are inherently social. Human beings also tend to organize socially Read More...
American Car Makers and Bad Management
In the news, and in a few publications, the Detroit (US) car makers have been blamed for

miles szczurek  travel less than 50 miles (80km) each way. Also, as the cost of fuel is very much higher then that in the US, for the European, Asian, and African contents, a small car for travel to/from work and for the family is the more affordable option. Unlike the SUV with groceries locked in the rear, a roof rack is used to hold the groceries. With the current worldwide credit crunch, American consumers are changing tactics. They want to live within their means. They want bank savings for their shaky economic Read More...
Intraware Acquires Janus for its Extranets
Janus Technologies gets out of the (IT glass) house, hangs out at the eStorefront, and finds a new soulmate. Best of all, the company has a good chance to have

miles szczurek  about being moved 3000 miles? (We doubt that Intraware will shift its essential developers from the West Coast to Pittsburgh.) There are some interesting synergies between Janus and Intraware - accessing Intraware's eCommerce capabilities and user base - but they aren't essential. There's more potential between Commerce One and Janus, say, buying and managing assets all from the same Web site. Intraware suddenly looks a lot more appealing to Commerce One, but not because of its traditional business. Read More...
An Integrated Maintenance and Logistics Solution for Defense
Today’s defense industry needs maintenance and logistics software that increases the self-sustainability of weapons systems and allows system operators to

miles szczurek  the field, such as miles driven or configuration changes, and transmitting that information to inspection and maintenance programs, is one way that the Enigma solution improves preventative maintenance planning for equipment. The E-IML will also report fault codes back to program offices for prognostic analysis and condition based maintenance initiatives that can potentially extend the life of each vehicle and system. When integrated with the platform, the Enigma solution identifies problems by Read More...
Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

miles szczurek  300 members within 90 miles of us. We're planning an event for them to bring them into town, not just to shop but do other things as well. We have to work on different ways to bring people into the community. A few years ago there was a 10,000-person bike ride that came through Corning. I put a sign up that said ?free shipping' because they're on bicycles. I sold a lot of merchandise. . On advice You have got to be friendly. Your customers want to have fun. Steve's Selling We changed because we did Read More...
How to Roll Out an MRO System for Airlines without Making Your SCM Problems Even Worse
When it comes to complex software implementations, some industries have it tougher than others. For instance, an airline company implementing a maintenance

miles szczurek  fasteners and over 30 miles of cabling. And while not all parts or subassemblies are subject to the same maintenance frequency, they may have to handle over 10,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs) per model while factoring in versioning management. The high dollar value of the parts raises the stakes even higher: a washroom faucet can cost $10,000 (USD). Additionally, these international airlines do most of their maintenance work domestically (internally or outsourced), so as to keep maintenance flights to a Read More...

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