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CPQ Pioneer FPX Becomes Cloud CRM and ERP Go-to Vendor
TEC senior analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes a close look at FPX, formerly known as Firepond, a pioneer in CPQ software that automates the sales process for

pioneer pdm  as Firepond , a pioneer in configure, price, and quote (CPQ) software that automates the sales process for configurable products and services, has over the last several years gone through some serious changes and soul searching, to put it mildly. But, since appointing seasoned customer relationship management (CRM) software executive Dave Batt as CEO over a year ago, the company seems to have steadied its ship and found its raison d’etre—to be a go-to application vendor for any business process that s

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Core PLM for Process Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, recipes, formulas, production processes, design tools, document management, and collaboration. 

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Arena Solutions: More Than Just a Pretty Facelift


For over a decade, Arena Solutions has been redefining the product lifecycle management (PLM) space with a suite of cloud applications that enable engineering, manufacturing, and their extended supply chains to work better together -- from first prototype to full-scale production. In 2000, the two co-founders founded bom.com, a Web-based application for managing items, bills of material (BOMs

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GXS Acquires HAHT Commerce for More Synchronized Retail B2B Data Part Three: Market Impact


There is renewed interest to provide GXS' trading services from other surviving Internet exchange providers to leverage GXS' huge expertise and investment in a global infrastructure to provide its trading services. In particular, GXS could cater for integration between the exchange and the enterprise systems of the members, including diverse back-office and front-office systems, and for processing and routing of transactions between participants.

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Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy


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GXS Acquires HAHT Commerce for More Synchronized Retail B2B Data Part One: Event Summary


GXS, a business to business e-commerce pioneer, announced its acquisition of channel management specialist HAHT Commerce. However, despite a good complementary fit, enlarged customer base, and improved cross-selling opportunity (especially to existing customers in the retail sector), some challenges will have to be overcome and a more detailed strategy will have to be fleshed out.

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Zdesign connects participants in fashion product development organizations, and manages the time-critical communications between trading partners. It brings together members of product development teams from design, sourcing, manufacturing, sales, and marketing.   Zdesign is project-based, which parallels the basic work unit for all product development-driven companies and mirrors their activities. Product development teams can initiate projects online, invite members of their internal and external teams to participate and conduct all of their business activities and communications in one place, from anywhere, anytime.   Zdesign technology can be configured to interface with and support various IT systems including enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), product data management (PDM), and computer-aided design (CAD).    

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Mixed-Mode Manufacturing (ERP)


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 order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection.

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