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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...
Your Guide to OS Virtualization
Today’s information technology (IT) organizations are dealing with the consequences of exploding infrastructure complexity. At the root of the problem is

oss vendors  single application has two OSs to traverse; the guest-level OS and the hypervisor or host OS. More processing equates to slower responses and more overhead. Each OS takes space in memory, and memory is always the most constrained resource on a server. While some vendors have taken steps to maximize memory usage, the ineficiencies still exist. The duplicate OSs consume hard drive space and must be licensed and managed separately. Because virtual machines don't need hardware justiication, many IT 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...
Apriso Celebrates 20 Years of Manufacturing Software Innovation


oss vendors  to new operating systems (OSs) or hardware. In the day, these would have been big achievements, but nowadays, few vendors ever claim new hardware or OS platforms as “firsts.” In any case, of those 20 milestones, Apriso should be most proud of the following: 2004: 1st business process management (BPM)-based MOM solution to go-live 2006: FlexNet global manufacturing suite released as the 1st process-based global solution for manufacturing operations 2009: 1st business process lifecycle management Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part IV
Part I of this series analyzed the opportunities (as well as the related strings attached) stemming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

oss vendors  Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part IV Part I of this series  analyzed the opportunities (as well as the related strings attached) stemming from the  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) , a.k.a. the Economic Stimulus Plan. The inspiration came from my attendance of  the Deltek Insight 2009 user conference last May , where Deltek decided to fill a market need and interest by convening a separate “track” that was entitled  “Stimulus & Beyond (Navigating Read More...
Smaller Vendors Can Still Provide Relevant Business Systems Part Three: Project Oriented Organizations
The unique business needs of project-oriented organizations, when addressed by large ERP vendors that offer general-purpose enterprise software, typically

oss vendors  the WBS level; A cross-reference is maintained between the ACWP costed transaction and the GL journal entry; and ACWP and BCWP costed transactions are as up-to-the-minute for the project management department as the GL journal entries emanating from the regular back-office departments are for the general accounting department. Consequently, while Relevant's WBS capabilities easily satisfy government requirements for EVM, the above product architecture results with truly flexible project reporting, Read More...
Selecting PLM Software Solutions Part 4 - Comparing 3 Vendors
In PLM, there is no single vendor that can meet all of the requirements, and the market is still immature, so almost every product can be the right solution

oss vendors  average for each vendor across the high level categories with Thetis' priorities. Figure 12 click here to enlarge The Contribution Analysis graph indicates that given the priorities for an appropriate Thetis client, PDM, Engineering Change & Technology Transfer and Technology contribute the most to Thetis' weighted average. Note that the gap between the vendors' contributions to weighted average will change as a result of changing the priorities. IDe An appropriate client for IDe would have the following 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...
Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part Two: Progress
ERP vendors are making their way into the retail market by bundling, acquiring point solutions or partnering strategically to embed retail-specific functions

oss vendors  inventory levels, achieve higher gross margins, improve their inventory turnover rates, and more effectively manage their order and distribution processes. It provides retail customers with tools for vendor analysis, stock status monitoring, sales capture and analysis, merchandise allocation and replenishment, purchase order management, DC management, and so on. 3) Last but not least, as consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and distributors are increasingly required, by industry practices Read More...
Application Vendors - Avoid Sabotaging Sales With Marketing
Have you ever lost deals where you knew you had the better product? Have you ever lost deals where the prospect agreed you had a better product? The two most

oss vendors  Vendors - Avoid Sabotaging Sales With Marketing Situation Have you ever lost deals where you knew you had the better product? Have you ever lost deals where the prospect agreed you had a better product? Many reasons exist for losing deals. The two most frequent reasons are poor salesmanship and poor marketing. The sad truth is that in most cases: Good marketing beats great product. Lets take a well-known example outside the software industry. Do you have a VHS or Beta VCR? When VCRs were first 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...
Enterprise Applications Vendors Going Viral and Social: Another Take
It would not be far off the mark to say that social media, user-generated content (UGC), and online collaboration all hit the mainstream in 2009, at least

oss vendors  not much trust these (possibly staged) traditional marketing channels, but rather trust the voluntary opinions of both known and anonymous individuals that have similar needs and interests. As mentioned earlier on, savvy companies have been using these  crowdsourcing  tools to more effectively market themselves, provide two-way customer support, and solicit input on the product improvements. Compare expenditures of these costly traditional channel campaigns to the simple approach of allowing people to Read More...
Choosing a Search Partner: Five Questions Vendors Don’t Want to Answer
Identifying, evaluating, and outlining your information management needs is already a tough task@but conducting a complete vendor review can stretch the project

oss vendors  a Search Partner: Five Questions Vendors Don’t Want to Answer Identifying, evaluating, and outlining your information management needs is already a tough task—but conducting a complete vendor review can stretch the project further. To reduce the time spent learning about the information management solution landscape—and vendor tendencies—arm yourself with the questions that your search vendors don’t want to answer. The first question: Can I request a proof of concept? Learn more. Read More...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

oss vendors  Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series  depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of  software as a service (SaaS ) and the adoption of cloud computing . The post ended with some glimpses into the future and likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges  (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new Read More...

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