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Two Stalwart Vendors Discuss Platform Approaches (Wars)
Infor and IFS, two upper mid-market, stalwart vendors, were the first to respond to our questions-and-answers series directed at software application vendors

oss vendors  technology battles, — operating systems (OSs), as an example—to see this in a historical context. At one point, the OS one chose was considered critical to the success of the IT investment. Yet today, many of the then-leading operating systems are all but gone, and the ones that are left largely all do about the same thing. Software vendors that offered choice navigated those changes with relative ease, while those that locked in suffered badly (as did their customers). One can make the case that Read More

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ASP Infrastructure: The Party Has Started
On June 14th, Nortel Networks unveiled their Comprehensive Service Management Solution for the ASP Market. They've assembled an interesting portfolio of

oss vendors  their operations support system (OSS) developed for the ASP and hosting markets. The platform will support provisioning of multiple applications, application-to-application communication to automate manual processes, and access via thin, fit and fat clients and wireless devices. This will give service providers time-to-market differentiation, the ability to streamline and scale operations with automatic and customized billing, secure provisioning of applications and performance management. Later this Read More
Wrapping Up FOSS Predictions for 2010 with a Look Back
I love end of year predictions. Whether they're right or wrong is one thing, but it's valuable to imagine various scenarios of what might happen. Taking the

oss vendors  revenue among broader market OSS products compared to Linux isn’t large enough yet to make this one a done deal... I think this may reveal something about the mindset of those adopting FOSS applications. Though again, I don't know the details behind Driver's prediction, I assume he's referring to the model in which users can download an application (or its code) at no charge and implement it in their companies. The application may not have as many features or come with the support that an alternately Read More
Pure-Play CRM Vendors: Choose an Integrated or Best-of-Breed Solution?
When selecting a CRM vendor should you go with a one-source solution, reducing the need for integration with other corporate data sources, or go with a best-of

oss vendors  Play CRM Vendors: Choose an Integrated or Best-of-Breed Solution? Pure-Play CRM Vendors: Choose an Integrated or Best-of-Breed Solution? R. Garland - September 5, 2001 Introduction  There are a LOT of CRM vendors. If you count the pure-play Integrated CRM vendors and niche, or, fill-the-cracks vendors, there at least fifty from which to choose. Should you go with a one-source solution, reducing the need for integration with other corporate data sources, or go with a best-of-breed approach, getting Read More
Top 10 Considerations for Choosing a Server Virtualization Technology
The playing field for server virtualization has become much more crowded over the last few years. It can be very time-consuming to digest each vendor’s

oss vendors  does not support multiple OSs on the same server so it is intended for organizations that are consolidating or deploying multiple virtual servers on a single Linux, Windows or Sun physical server; Solaris Containers obviously supports Solaris while Virtuozzo supports both Linux and Windows. SWsoft Virtuozzo for Linux product does support multiple Linux distributions in the guest virtual servers. Ten Considerations #1Management Tools Many organizations undertake virtualization projects because they can Read More
11th Vendor Shootout for ERP: Aug, 2011, Boston MA, USA - Vendors Lining Up
Vendors Lining Up:The 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. August 11-12, 2011.

oss vendors  Vendor Shootout for ERP: Aug, 2011, Boston MA, USA - Vendors Lining Up 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP: Aug, 2011, Boston MA, USA - Vendors Lining Up Vendors Lining Up: The 11th Vendor Shootout ™ for ERP Boston, Massachusetts, USA August 11-12, 2011 Park Plaza Hotel and Towers Manufacturers and distributors: Hosted by the VAR Community and moderated by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) , and sponsored by IBM , the Vendor Shootout for ERP is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you and your team to see Read More
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development - Part I: An Overview
“Basically, lean is [focused on] creating more value with less work.” – Wikipedia, Lean ManufacturingNo matter who can be credited with making this

oss vendors  (Vendors) and Lean Product Development - Part I: An Overview “Basically, lean is [focused on] creating more value with less work.” – Wikipedia, Lean Manufacturing No matter who can be credited with making this statement, I have to thank him or her. This statement allows people to apply lean principles in broader circumstances than manufacturing. Following this idea, I’d like to define lean product development (LPD) as this: LPD is focused on developing more products better and with use of fewer Read More
Demonstration Post-Mortem: Why Vendors Lose Deals
In competing for client dollars, one failing makes demonstrations deadly for large and small vendors alike: lack of preparation.

oss vendors  as much jargon as possible from the scenarios and try to stick to industry standard terminology. Explain how important it is for the best people to present your scenarios and ask to see candidate resumes. For larger, multi-day demonstrations, give vendors at least four weeks to prepare. About a week before the demonstration is to take place, call the vendor and ask pointed questions about how the preparation is progressing. Ask vendors to explain how they will show a scenario of interest. Minimize the Read More
Marquee Vendors Partner for Deepening Inherent CRM and BI Links
Despite the logic behind combining customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence (BI) elements, the implementation of marketing automation

oss vendors  lifecycle management (PLM) to possibly reduce operating costs, enhance customer loyalty and lifetime value, and increase profitability. Perhaps the tightest connection between CRM and BI can be seen in marketing automation (MA). MA involves analyzing and automating the marketing process to better allocate resources into various activities, channels, and media to build and enhance profitable customer relationships. This moves beyond traditional metrics to incorporate data cleansing, analysis tools, and Read More
Two Stalwart Vendors Discuss Market Trends
In this unique question and answer series, vendors were given the opportunity to put forth their views on market trends, platform approaches, and mid-market

oss vendors  open-source equivalents, such as JBoss ). Question 2. Platform choice or lock-in? While it is apparent that Microsoft, IBM , and Oracle (and maybe even Fujitsu too) will each push its own databases, BI, and application server (AS) platforms, SAP will profess some platform choice for its clients. Epicor Software and QAD will continue to offer Microsoft SQL Server and Progress database choices in their stacks. IFS , 3i-Infotech , and IQMS use Oracle database only. Lawson Software now offers the IBM Read More

In the mid-2000s there was a beginning of public discussions and a surge in market awareness about support @ maintenance (S@M) alternatives for users of

oss vendors  introduced SAP product lines across the Americas, Europe, Middle-East, Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific, and delivered more than a 55 percent increase on a year-over-year basis. Revenue from the first half of 2012 exceeded company projections and the second half is expected to yield similar results. Are Big ERP Vendors Out of Touch? These bullish providers’ claim is that ERP software licensees are frustrated with the lack of value they receive for their hefty annual support fees. Software vendors can Read More
Boutique Vendors Can Bring Big Value
What is a boutique vendor? It tends to be small and highly focused. It is typically very strong in its chosen area. It will often prove to be the solution

oss vendors  Vendors Can Bring Big Value What Is A Boutique Vendor? What is a boutique vendor? It tends to be small and highly focused. It is typically very strong in its chosen area. It will often prove to be the solution with the greatest source of value. These qualities make it worthwhile to expend the effort of looking at boutique vendors that focus on your situation. Defining Focus Focus is an overused term. Software and services vendors use it so much that it is often meaningless. Focus is not a Read More
ERP Vendors Intrude on SCE/WMS Safe Haven
Within the warehouse management system (WMS) market, which is still the main breadwinning offering for most of the SCE vendors, most products are functionally

oss vendors  execution (SCE) markets. One possible similarity might be in the economic environment, though. Namely, even if the global economy bounces back with a vengeance, there will still likely be more solution providers than a real abundance of sales opportunities. Consequently, larger predators are going to use their huge resources such as market capitalization, credit lines, and cash to buy the smaller competitors' install base, intellectual property, sales channels, and so on, right? Well, not quite across Read More
6 Ways Vendors Are Talking At You Instead of To You


oss vendors  business as smoothly as possible? Wouldn't you rather feel like you're working with your vendor and not for them? I thought so. Not Providing Concrete Examples I see this one all the time. Vendors start by extolling the virtues of their solutions, then they make a bunch of claims about what those solutions will do for your business, and  finally they throw a laundry list of features at you in the hopes that you'll recognize what you need. But they rarely connect the dots. The problem is that many Read More
The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 3: Rating The Vendors
We generally believe that, in the long run, market winners will be those vendors with an established large customer base and with huge financial and human

oss vendors  years. In addition, they possess attractive product portfolios and innovative technology foundations. J.D. Edwards remains the fourth largest ERP vendor owing to GEAC 's recent troubles and downfall. While J.D. Edwards still has to conduct a thorough soul-searching, in order to boost its revenue growth and avert further declined license revenue, it is still in a position to give almost everybody run for its money. Strengths : Mid-market brand recognition and leadership, Flexible product architecture and Read More
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