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Outsourcing Security Part 2: Measuring the Cost
Evaluating the cost of outsourcing can be challenging because most organizations cannot fully estimate the financial impact of such a decision.

n part 5  Security Part 2: Measuring the Cost Introduction For organizations of all sizes, outsourcing security is becoming an increasingly attractive method for maintaining a strong security posture. In fact, outsourced security is the fastest growing segment of the information security services market, according to a recent Gartner Dataquest study. Often, the decision to outsource security is based on cost: Can the company effectively outsource or co-source security management functions while still Read More...
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SSA Global Forms a Strategic Unit with an Extended-ERP Savvy Part One: Event Summary
SSA Global seems to be doing some proper thinking while continuing to acquire new software companies. Recent unification of its broadening collection of supply

n part 5  Global Forms a Strategic Unit with an Extended-ERP Savvy Part One: Event Summary Event Summary Just when many might have begun to think that SSA Global , a Chicago, IL-based extended enterprise solutions and services provider for process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing, consumer, services, and public companies worldwide, which had turned into a ravenous enterprise applications market consolidator over the last few years, had finally satisfied its voracious urge, the vendor struck again. To be fair, Read More...
SAP Bolsters NetWeaver's MDM Capabilities Part Two: xCat and SAP MDM
SAP purports that SAP MDM also lays the foundation for efficient and accurate exchange of cross-business information. Consumer products companies, for instance,

n part 5  Two of a five-part note. Part One began the event summary. Part Three will cover the market impact. Part Four will look at SAP and A2i. Part Five will discuss challenges and make user recommendations. SAP MDM The A2i acquisition follows the late 2003 announcement of the release of SAP Master Data Management ( SAP MDM ), which, as mentioned previously, is an evolutionary new offering aimed at enabling companies to harmonize data across diverse applications and IT landscapes, solving the common problems Read More...
ROI Systems Defies The Odds Through Delighted Customers Part Two: Market Impact
ROI's approach has always been to offer proven but not necessarily leading-edge product technology, which has allowed the vendor to provide its customers with

n part 5  Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed recent announcements. Part Three will discuss Strengths, Challenges and make User Recommendations. Securing the Customer Base Thus, its very delighted customer base has become much more to the vendor than a pool of excellent references. Namely, without any unusual, fine print' contractual terms, ROI's typical days of sales outstanding (DSO) figure is at most the half of the industry average (i.e. 50 vs. 100 days), which indicates happy customers gladly paying Read More...
The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software
The third and final part of the path to ERP for small businesses series describes the software selection stage, including the dos and don’ts during vendor

n part 5  to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software Parts 1 and 2 of this series described the processes of research and evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. At the end of these two stages, you should have a pretty good idea which type of software might fit the needs of your organization and which vendors might provide this solution. Part 3 will describe the final stage—selecting the software that best fits your specific needs. You started by defining the main Read More...
IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS, a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

n part 5  Bucking the Trends - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS , a public business software company (listed on the  Stockholm Stock Exchange ) founded in 1983 with its headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™ , an integrated and component-based extended  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  suite built on  service oriented architecture (SOA)  technology [ evaluate this product ]. The article anal Read More...
Top 5 Reasons Professional Services Organizations are Embracing the Cloud
In the webcastTop 5 Reasons Professional Services Organizations Are Embracing the Cloud, find out why cloud technology has so captivated PSOs and l...

n part 5  5 Reasons Professional Services Organizations are Embracing the Cloud Cloud computing adoption rates are sky-rocketing. And professional services organizations (PSOs) are leading the way. In the webcast Top 5 Reasons Professional Services Organizations Are Embracing the Cloud , find out why cloud technology has so captivated PSOs and learn about: the central role of knowledge workers in PSOs, and their reliance on the cloud today the ways cloud technology is impacting PSOs, both internally and with thei Read More...
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2
Part 1 of this series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe, to

n part 5  The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2 Part 1 of this series  started with my invitation by  UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso ), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe , to attend its  UK 2010 user conference . Frankly, I was a bit skeptical about what new and exciting I might see and hear about at this event in light of the vendor’s analyst tour in Boston in late 2009. My post then talked about another important development that preceded both the UK user conference Read More...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part discusses

n part 5  Three of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. Part Two defined and described common types of outsourcing. This part will recap outsourcing approaches and categories, and offer recommendations for firms looking to outsource and recommendations for outsourcing providers. Recommendations for Companies Looking to Outsource Some of Their Operations Companies that are interested in outsourcing some or many of Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIa)
The first part of this blog series described the opportunity for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand enterprise applications, especially in the current

n part 5  SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIa) The first part of this blog series described the opportunity for software as a service (SaaS ) or on-demand enterprise applications, especially in the current difficult economic milieu. But before any vendor can embark on delivering a SaaS offering, it must understand several misconceptions about SaaS. Part two then analyzed the first two of the top five SaaS assumptions that Gartner recently outlined in its research .  More SaaS Facts and 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

n part 5  much stronger operations outside North America have helped growth for the year to reportedly achieve 16 percent overall. Part 3 of this blog post series will analyze the current market dynamics in the retail sector, and try to explain the ongoing resurgence of JDA Software. In the meantime, your comments and feedback with regard to the opinions and assertions expressed thus far are welcome. What are your experiences with any vendor and its SCM solutions mentioned in the article? Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the

n part 5  Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3 Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors , a public provider of  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  solutions. The article first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then the article talked about SuccessFactors’ diverse product editions (tailored to satisfy companies of all sizes) and detailed the two core modules of the Read More...
The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2)
In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a

n part 5  Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2) In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a product, a service, etc. Two main approaches can be used to perform sentiment analysis or text mining : a knowledge-based approach, which uses linguistic models to classify sentiments; and a learning-based approach, which uses machine learning techniques to classify text. The concept of sentiment analysis open Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

n part 5  Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I The Lexicon of CRM Part 1: From A to I R. Garland - October 12, 2001 0 - A  360 degree view of the customer - A term used to describe the ability for virtually anyone in the company to know anything about the customer (products bought, support calls made, web site visits conducted, etc.). A complete, 306 degree view of customer information. 3G - Supposedly the ultimate wireless protocol technology that is already being used in areas outside of North America where Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible@much less

n part 5  Manufacturing: Part 1 With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production Read More...

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