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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 9  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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BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

n part 9  renowned hosting providers. I n mid-2008 BigMachines also passed a rigorous audit for the SAS 70 Type II certification , which is generally a very big concern for global enterprises. While some competitors with much more longevity in the market, such as  Cincom Systems’ Acquire ,  Selectica Configuration Platform ,  Versata SalesBuilder (and Trilogy ) , or  FPX’s Firepond CPQ  might claim support for multiple currencies and more languages (all done in one step and with no separate local price Read More
Zooming into the Clothing Retailer Conundrum
If retailers in the vertical market of fashion apparel do not constantly refresh their presentation and assortment for consumers, they run the risk of being

n part 9  or e-mail. It is not atypical for a buyer to access several such systems and maintain up to a dozen spreadsheets as part of the buying and sourcing process. Almost every organization should strive to eliminate redundant data entry and move away from multiple sourcing documents to manage commitments correctly. Having more timely information leads to more accurate demand forecasting, which then leads to lower shortage costs (that is, expenses incurred due to inadequate inventory can be reduced by more Read More
IFS To Be At Customers' (Web) Service
IFS invested heavily in both product development and worldwide growth infrastructure for a few years, now with that infrastructure in place, the company’s

n part 9  and Microsoft BizTalk Server Numerous other features for achieving faster implementation and ROI, including advanced web-based training capabilities This is Part One of a two-part analysis of the Market Impact of recent IFS announcements. Part Two will continue the Market Impact and make User Recommendations. Financials The announcement follows the May 14 report of bittersweet results for the first quarter of fiscal 2002 amidst a non-relenting gloom within the market. Total revenues during the first Read More
2008 Software Re
A new year is upon us and with that, the word “resolution” comes to mind...res-o-l-u-tion – [rez-uh-loo-shun n] - noun 1. a resolve or determination: to

n part 9  their responses). What more needs to be said, really? Unless, of course, you don’t know why you’re sending RFIs to your long-listed vendors… (Here’s a hint: this gives them the opportunity to confirm that they do indeed support your prioritized criteria, and how well they do so. All of which is the first part in the process of creating your short list of vendors and solutions . (But more on that shortly.) Software Selection Resolution # 4 I hereby vow to build a decision matrix…and to dutifully Read More
Talking to an Unrelenting Cloud Enthusiast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Xactly Corporation, a provider of fully multi-tenant, software as a service (SaaS)-based solutions for sales performance

n part 9  to an Unrelenting Cloud Enthusiast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced Xactly Corporation , a provider of fully multi-tenant, software as a service (SaaS)-based solutions for sales performance management (SPM) . The article also provided the bullish vendor’s genesis since being founded in 2005 and its current state of affairs. This article will feature my recent conversation with Xactly’s founder and CEO Christopher Cabrera. Cabrera is a noted industry expert in issues relating to Read More
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The parent TAKE Solutions is a global

n part 9  Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain , a  supply chain management (SCM)  division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The parent TAKE Solutions is a global technology solutions and service provider, which focuses on two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM ( the company is listed on the Indian Stock Exchange ) . My first post described TAKE Supply Chain’s genesis since its inception in 1994 as BPA Solutions , through its Read More
Lean Manufacturing: Part Two
Part One of the

n part 9  Manufacturing: Part Two Part One of the Lean Manufacturing series looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you'll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the 5S program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. Read More
Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?
Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software

n part 9  Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite? Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. Read More
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3)
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service

n part 9  Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3) Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service management (SSM) suite. One such broad SSM suite has been advanced by Servigistics , and Part 2 zoomed into the capabilities of one particular part of the Servigistics SSM suite: Service Knowledge Management (SKM ). Potential SKM Benefits Redux While some possible benefits from SKM deployments were Read More
Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better pricing management and optimization practices. It also

n part 9  Management in a Down Economy -- Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better pricing management and optimization practices. It also introduced the FUD (fear, uncertainty & doubt) notion about how appropriate these solutions might be in a down market. It appeared that at least the service sector (including spare parts pricing) remains largely impervious to the economic climate (if not even bolstered by a downturn). So, What's in Store Read More
Social ERP Emerges, Transforms the Way People Work (Part 2)
In part one of this series, we looked at how and why social media capabilities are impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. We looked at the

n part 9  do your work, it needs to be part of your business processes to drive business results, and it needs to be one foundation for all social collaboration across your business and processes.   That one foundation for social at SAP is Jam. In the past year alone, there have been four major releases of the SAP Jam product. SAP is definitely putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to not only a social media strategy, but also social media execution.   Oracle— The Oracle Social Network (OSN) is the Read More

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