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Inovis Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS Part Two: QRS Marketing
QRS believes that it adds value to its customers because it offers the products and services that companies need to connect, transact, collaborate, and

pim bol  Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS Part Two: QRS Marketing Event Summary On September 3, Inovis International , Inc . An electronic data interchange (EDI), business-to-business (B2B), and value-added network (VAN) connectivity specialist, and a leader in providing e-business commerce automation solutions that facilitate the more effective management of retail, supply, and manufacturing partnerships, and QRS Corporation (NASDAQ: QRSI) announced a definitive agreement to merge. This announcement

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ERP and Warehouse Management: Technology, Challenges, and User Recommendations


Intense product architecture rejuvenation, functional enhancements cycles, and market consolidation exert pressure on all mid-market vendors offering ERP and warehouse management solutions. Adonix must carefully allot research and development funds and screen its new assets to increase its competitive edge.

pim bol  (see The Role of PIM and PLM in the Product Information Supply Chain: Where Is Your Link? ), which is an area where Adonix has not been vocal, to say the least. Also, the vendor should try to increase its base of reference accounts from the 1,200 or so companies that have purchased X3. The sixty-five sites it has in the US (which recently grew from former and new CIMPRO users) may still be insufficient to boost brand recognition and make a splash in the North American market. Internationalization Read More

JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry -- Part Five: Analysis of Market Impact


Given the competition for retail customers and wholesale orders is intense, retailers, including software vendors, must be able to meet consumer demand quickly, accurately and at the most competitive price. Despite its failed QRS acquisition, which promised to expand JDA's retail demand chain optimization applications, JDA Portfolio may be able to help retailers if it can overcome the challenges of servicing a fragmented sector and withstand the increasing competition.

pim bol  number of other best-of-breed PIM players on the market, including FullTilt Solutions , Blue Martini , Cardonet , SAQQARA , Sterling Commerce , Comergent Technologies , CommercialWare , Flow Systems , Stibo , Liaison Technologies , and Velosel . Each has a number of customers using its solutions, but the PIM market is just now heating up and the lion share of the market is still up for grabs. Nevertheless, hand-in-hand with the trend to conduct business transactions electronically via the Internet, is a Read More

Four Critical Success Factors to Cleansing Data


Quality data in the supply chain is essential in when information is automated and shared with internal and external customers. Dirty data is a huge impediment to businesses. In this article, learn about the four critical success factors to clean data: 1- scope, 2- team, 3- process, and 4- technology.

pim bol  this project. Implementing a PIM or PDM, is a whole separate project. Most vendors will only import clean data, so you still have to do the hard work first. Not to worry, most any technical analyst can link to tables via ODBC and extract out the data needed for analysis. Most data cleansing vendors have built their own proprietary tools that they load and run to do the project and then remove once the project is complete. In summary, cleansing data is a big commitment of time and resources. Businesses Read More

It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part IV


Part III of this blog series introduced Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here. Other Real Life ResponsAbility Use Examples In addition to the examples described in Part III, another example of the ResponsAbility software in use can be found in Grayhill

pim bol  price, etc.). Once the PIM case is closed, a prepared Microsoft Excel document with all of the required data about all the products in a product family can be imported into WebSource CPQ. After months of review and the evaluation of numerous vendors to help implement a Product Information Management system, we chose ResponsAbility from Webcom , stated Mark Hughes, Internet Marketing Manager at Broan-NuTone. Having several thousand products to manage from conception to obsolescence, we wanted to have Read More

Reconnecting with Cincom Systems


Cincom executives lay out some facts, and Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic discovers that Cincom Acquire isn't the old-school client-server sales product configurator he thought it was. Since about 2005, Cincom Acquire has been Web-enabled and functionally expanded to instill knowledge into sales processes (not only into engineering processes).

pim bol  Cincom Acquire: MDM and PIM systems can be integrated to Acquire. We find that, most of the time, our customers choose to integrate pricing, product catalogs, online ordering, distributed order management (DOM). If our customers need to integrate to those data integration and cleansing systems, we can do that—we have done that. Meanwhile, we have planned to deliver an integrated MDM solution for SME companies who may not have their own solution. We are currently in beta with this component. The Read More

The Intricacies of Global Retail Sourcing


Retailers should aim at curbing traditional firefighting practices in favor of productive planning and collaboration with customers. Retailers must take steps to reconcile these disparate solutions to improve their reaction time and gain maximum leverage from their sourcing activities.

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Conviction is the Intangible in a Successful Positioning Process


You need conviction to skillfully handle the inevitable criticism during the positioning process. Otherwise, you're likely to try something different every time someone challenges you. This doesn't need to happen. Adopt a positioning process that includes an evaluation criterion.

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Not All Acquisitions Happen: JDA and QRS Part One: Event and Market Impact


Recent QRS' announcement that it has terminated its agreement to merge with JDA Software, while, in a separate announcement, it stated that it will be acquired by Inovis for a $16 million (USD) higher price, might have more ramifications for JDA than merely an "unrequited love".

pim bol  Inovis apparently enters the PIM and GDS markets, will be a topic of a separate news analysis. This is Part One of a two-part note. Part Two continues the market impact and makes user recommendations. What JDA Had Planned By combining the two companies, JDA hoped to significantly enhance its position in the global field of the retail demand chain solutions providers, and to be almost uniquely positioned to deliver data rich software, best practice processes, trading community enablement and industry Read More

Consumers Shop Everywhere: Understanding Multichannel Sales


Multichannel retailers must be able to flawlessly execute a full range of services to engage, transact, and fulfill on Web placed orders. Hence, most successful multichannel retailers of today had to either build a complete set of the services in-house or outsource some or all of them.

pim bol  (see Inovis Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS ). Accurate product descriptions, specifications, pictures, etc., should give consumers and business partners more confidence that they will receive exactly what they wanted. Consequently, product categories beyond traditional books, CDs, DVDs, or games are becoming more popular for multichannel retailing. QRS, which keeps a file of 90 million universal product codes (UPC), is the bridge between disparate product information protocols used by suppliers and 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 overtaken by their competition, regardless of how competitively they source and deliver.

pim bol  (see The Role of PIM and PLM in the Product Information Supply Chain: Where is Your Link? ). This repository is the foundation of information on quality, and provides the reference point for store-specific ranges, campaigns, promotional activities, and product performance management. Eqos Promotional Event Management —automates and manages the initial planning, pre-evaluation, execution, and post-event analysis of promotions, including seasonal events, product introductions, and regular consumer Read More

Economic Benefits of PLM-enabled Collaboration


Many of today’s product lifecycle management (PLM)-enabling technologies allow complex information to be shared by dispersed teams of people. Product data management (PDM) technology is used to organize and provide access to your intellectual assets. PLM, its collaborative Product Definition management (cPDm) capabilities, and other solutions can help you go beyond asynchronous data sharing. Find out how.

pim bol  Management (PIM) Offer. This PIM Offer is one of three strategic systems offerings that support the company on a global basis-the other two are Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) . Schneider Electric's reliance on PLM has grown significantly as a result of this focused effort. Schneider reports that the PIM Offer currently has numerous global core applications based on the Windchill platform, with thousands of users each. Additionally, the initial engineering change Read More

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SAP customers waiting for MDM to address data synchronization initiatives can be confident that, in the long term, SAP will likely address consolidation of product data for more purposes than a mere compliance to retailers’ mandates.

pim bol  content repository or a PIM system. Also, TR2 has thereby provided a nifty cleansing tool and a service that Sterling customers can use, given this is a mandatory, but still often overlooked part of synchronization initiatives. Moreover, the data cleansing effort to prepare for synchronization is often multiple times the work and cost of publishing that data, and most vendors do not offer much, if any assistance, leaving the burden on the manufacturer to gather, cleanse, and normalize the data. Given Read More

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While on the surface, there are few economic or strategic reasons for organizations to persist with electronic data interchange (EDI), many seem reluctant to adopt the alternative at this stage. In fact, there has been almost negligible growth in the number of organizations replacing their EDI-based systems with XML.

pim bol  key functional gaps in PIM and data synchronization areas. Moreover, the direct acquisition of HAHT Commerce by Global eXchange Services ( GXS ) shows its commitment to the retail sector (see GXS Acquires HAHT Commerce for More Synchronized Retail B2B Data ). MBS would certainly benefit from signing one of these large, highly visible public trading exchanges, such as GXS , Transora or Elemica , which could, in turn, benefit from providing tens of thousands of their participants and trading partners with Read More

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Astute IT strategies should help any company develop a strong competitive advantage whether it be improved time-to-market, better insights about customers behavior and preferences, or to devise a more efficient supply chain. This should be embraced by Sears Holding and Federation/May.

pim bol  (see Inovis Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS ). Accurate product descriptions, specifications, pictures, etc., should give consumers and business partners more confidence that they will receive exactly what they want. Consequently, product categories beyond traditional books, CDs, DVDs or games are becoming more popular for multichannel retailing. QRS, which keeps a file of 90 million universal product codes (UPC), is the bridge between disparate product information protocols used by suppliers and the Read More