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The Need for Investment in Enterprise Innovation: Part Two
Sopheon – Where Innovation Means Business (and Vice Versa)Last week I talked about enterprise innovation management (EIM)/innovation performance management

npd i  every area involved in innovation/NPD&I processes, including brand managers, product managers, innovation officers, marketing, scientists, process managers, etc. The vendor is also seeing C-level executives driving the need for EIM/IPM solutions—e.g. Indra Nooyi, CEO at Pepsico , defined the need for enterprise innovation management, which drove the decision to purchase Accolade. Sopheon Customers Sopheon sells its software primarily to companies with a heavy emphasis on R&D. An ideal customer profile 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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Linking S&OP and CPFR (For Retailers' and Manufacturers' Sakes): An Executive Panel Discussion
My recent blog series on the JDA FOCUS 2010 user conference focused primarily on JDA Software’s strategy and product roadmap on the heels of its recent

npd i  promotions,  new product development (NPD)  and launches, and higher levels of involvement of each component of a supply chain at the various stages of a launch. For example, there is an apparent overlap of marketing and demand planning in product launches. These two factions of a company must work closely in tandem to execute a successful product launch, continuing throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. The renaissance of IBP and S&OP tools comes from their ability to allow all of the Read More...
Single Source or Best of Breed - The Debate Continues
This will never be a clear-cut decision - it is all about the trade-offs.

npd i  (BI) New Product Development (NPD), or any of a long list of acronyms. Perhaps your ERP vendor will not have the extension or its functionality will be clearly inappropriate for your needs and you will turn to another vendor for the functionality, a Best-of breed vendor. But in many cases, the ERP vendor will have applications that potentially fill your need and you can get everything from the Single Source vendor. In either situation, is it better to limit yourself to the products from a single Read More...
One Vendor's Quest to Garner a Global Sourcing Ecosystem
Having started as a business-to-business integration provider for a few major retailers in the United Kingdom, Eqos has evolved into a full-fledged, worldwide

npd i  development and introductio n (NPD&I), total cost management, and quality and risk management. A key element of the application suite is the collation of all relevant data on potential suppliers and their bids, and the ease of comparison at the supplier selection stage. The applications provide visibility of products as they progress through the supply chain—from concept to delivery—generating alerts and reports when things do not go according to plan so problems can be avoided before they arise. By Read More...
Advertising Online - A Guide to Successful Market Penetration Part One: Why Internet Advertising
Online advertising is no longer an option, it is a requirement. Sales analysis and customer information gathering are just a few of the benefits.

npd i  every time they search (NPD). Considering these numbers and how relatively inexpensive and risk free Internet advertising is compared to other types of traditional media, it is a wonder why more businesses are not optimizing their sites on search engines (aka SEO Search Engine Optimization) to bolster online presence. This is Part One of a three-part article on successful online advertising. Part Two will discuss Search Engine Strategies. Part Three will cover Geographical Targeting and Fraud Prevention Read More...
I-Impact Predicts Your Customer Retention!
More and more, the market is requesting that a CRM or an ERP application include analytics which can be used in a myriad of businesses to predict customer

npd i  crm loyalty,crm management,customer company,customer experience management,customer loyalty,customer loyalty and retention,customer loyalty definition,customer loyalty software,customer relation management,customer relations management,customer relationship,customer relationship management solution,customer relationship management solutions,customer relationship marketing,customer research Read More...
Now Just Where Did I Put My Search Engine?
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npd i  Just Where Did I Put My Search Engine? Looking for Mr. Goodsearch While most of the technical press focuses on unstructured documents, as well as extensible markup language (XML) and hypertext markup language (HTML) search technologies, the unpublicized truth remains that more than 80 percent of today's business applications require interaction with a relational database. As Terry Moriarty noted at the 2004 Software Development West Conference, the organization is all about the database. The other Read More...
Value Proposition for IBM Power Servers And i: Comparing Costs for EnterpriseOne Deployments
It is a challenging time for Oracle EnterpriseOne (E1) users. Organizations must contain IT costs and still meet business demands. In many cases, pressures to

npd i  Proposition for IBM Power Servers And i: Comparing Costs for EnterpriseOne Deployments It is a challenging time for Oracle EnterpriseOne (E1) users. Organizations must contain IT costs and still meet business demands. In many cases, pressures to improve performance and increase efficiency are magnified by today’s economic conditions. One solution is to employ—or continue to employ—the IBM Power server platform and i for core E1 systems. Learn how four different installations fared with this Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I
Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate

npd i  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate high-speed manufacturing operations (the real-time world of the plant) with the planning and engineering departments (the transactional and design world of enterprise systems). The nirvana (or utopia) hoped for thus far has been to provide a single point of operation and control for manufacturers Read More...
Have ERP Solutions Become Greener during 2009?
If you haven’t read the blog post ERP Vendors, Are You Green Enough? that I wrote a little over a year ago, I recommend you read it first. After you’ve checked

npd i  ERP Solutions Become Greener during 2009? If you haven’t read the blog post ERP Vendors, Are You Green Enough? that I wrote a little over a year ago, I recommend you read it first. After you’ve checked it out, I assume you’ll understand that I used a flawed and extremely simplified approach to “confirm” my impression of the correlation between the size of enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors and the greenness of their offerings (see below for further explanation). About a year later, I Read More...
One Year Later at Deltek: More of the Same (And Then Some More) - Part I
Time and again during my decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market as an industry analyst I have witnessed what difference a year can make

npd i  Year Later at Deltek: More of the Same (And Then Some More) - Part I Time and again during my decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market as an industry analyst I have witnessed what difference a year can make. And boy, would 2008 be such a year! A year ago or so, I concluded an in-depth four-part series on Deltek (NASDAQ: PROJ ), whose executives were recently happy to tell me that 2008 was not that terrible a year for the company. Quite the contrary, Deltek feels comfortable as a Read More...
Traffic Audits Make Strange Bedfellows: Part I - The Why’s and What’s of Auditing
Have you heard the one where the Director of Product Marketing, the CIO and the auditor are found together in a small conference room? Couldn’t happen, you say

npd i  Audits Make Strange Bedfellows: Part I - The Why’s and What’s of Auditing This is Part I of a two part article. Part I : The Why's and What's of Auditing Part II : The Audit Process Why Audit The Numbers? If you're ever feeling really and truly mean, here's a nasty trick to play on your marketing and ad sales colleagues. Wait, with a friend, until some of these folks get on the elevator, and follow them in. Here's what you say to your companion in crime: I just heard that there was a real Read More...
Recognition for IP Telephony Open Source Style
I've seen a lot of press about the open source telephony system, Asterisk. Although I haven't worked in the telephony world for some time, I remember what it

npd i  for IP Telephony Open Source Style I've seen a lot of press about the open source telephony system, Asterisk . Although I haven't worked in the telephony world for some time, I remember what it was like administering those systems years ago in a midsize company that handled large event ticket sales. We ran some systems on OS/2 and for larger ACD call center requirements, Unix. These were not inexpensive systems. If I go to AsteriskNOW.org, now I can download a specialized Linux distribution Read More...
SaaSy Discussions (Part I)
Much has been said and written lately, on TEC's web site as well as on many other peer sites, about the on-demand deployment model, especially about multi

npd i  Discussions (Part I) Much has been said and written lately, on TEC's web site as well as on many other peer sites, about the on-demand deployment model, especially about multi-tenant software as a service (SaaS) . The opinions there have ranged from an absolute infatuation with the technology of the 22nd century or so (thereby rendering the traditional on-premise model completely passe ) to much more reserved and cautious stances . My idea here is to start with a series of blog posts discussing the Read More...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part I)
In the last decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market, I've witnessed so many products and vendors disappearing and reappearing under a

npd i  s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part I) In the last decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market, I've witnessed so many products and vendors disappearing and reappearing under a different name, ownership, etc. , but it is for the first time now, at the end of 2007 that I saw basically the same vendor go public for the second time (and in a 10 year timespan). Namely, Deltek ( evaluate its flagship product ), the leading provider of enterprise applications software designed Read More...

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