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The Business Software Needs of Advertising and PR Agencies
Even though enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services is a growing market, its most important players still take a generalist approach when it comes to

pr article  Needs of Advertising and PR Agencies Even though enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services is a growing market, its most important players still take a generalist approach when it comes to dealing with specific industries, and media and advertising is one of them. Vendors like Oracle and SAP, who decided to adapt their manufacturing offering to services, or vendors like Netsuite and Deltek, who concentrated on service companies from the start, choose to mix their existing solutions—ERP, customer Read More...
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The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

pr article  offer with regards to the PR from JDA that inspired this blog series, but he wanted to stress the importance of upstream and downstream forecast integration. Revionics is focused on replenishment, assortment, and other demand intelligence applications beyond pricing, promotions, and markdowns. But the key  success factor  in his opinion is to operate with a fully integrated forecast, and that forecast cannot assume the absence of third-party applications. For example, a retailer may already have a Read More...
IFS’ Large Wins Streak Continues
In late November 2012, IFS announced that a major North American offshore oil @ gas drilling company had signed a contract to implement IFS Applications as its

pr article  similar to the previous PR on the hefty win at an Asian utility company . The offshore contract drilling company was reportedly looking to replace its existing EAM solution from an unnamed prominent vendor. The shortlist included the “who is who in EAM and maritime management software.” IFS won for the usual reasons—industry focus and industry-specific functionality, particularly the instant replication, which is of huge importance in offshore drilling. Mobility and ease of use were important Read More...
The Art, Science, and Software behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

pr article  In its abovementioned respective PR and Web-seminar, JDA and Revionics recommend three price optimization strategies that retailers must first adopt in order to form the foundation for high-performing lifecycle pricing. To plan and execute lifecycle pricing efficiently requires advanced technology solutions that integrate and optimize the following three key areas: Initial (everyday or base) prices Promotional prices Markdowns Establishing the Optimal Initial (Everyday or Base) Price Setting the Read More...
A Couple of
As is the case with white papers, vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the

pr article  Emptoris ' April 2008 PR on the findings   of a panel of financial and procurement experts that have worked and consulted with leading Fortune 1000 companies. These experts offered their advice to chief procurement officers (CPOs) on actions to take to weather, and even excel in, a potentially uncertain economic environment. The expert panel participated in a brainstorming session with leading financial, technology and procurement consultants to offer a list of immediate and intermediate steps that Read More...
The Future of Secure Remote Password (SRP) Part Two: Overcoming Obstacles to Success
This article explores the possibilities for the Secure Remote Password (SRP) in today’s multi-channel world, specifically how it improves upon the inherent

pr article  world, specifically how it improves upon the inherent insecurity of password authentication was discussed. It holds great promise as a way to strongly authenticate a user without the usual risks of dictionary attack(s) faced by other password-based authentication schemes. Obstacles To Acceptance Smart Clients A smart' client is required to carry out the computations on the shared secret and to manage the handshake with the server. This requires software to be installed on the client machine. This has the Read More...
ScheduleSoft: What about Workforce Management on the Shop Floor?
My recent article entitled “Workforce Scheduling @ Optimization: The Missing Link on the Shop Floor?” analyzed the importance of manufacturing workforce

pr article  use rudimentary tools and practices (if that) to manage their labor. The article stated that most manufacturing organizations do not yet understand the strategic value that workforce scheduling could provide to them. Often, manufacturing companies (complacently or ignorantly) think that the existing practices and tools that they have in place for labor scheduling are “good enough” or that workforce scheduling for their environment is so unique and complex that it cannot be properly automated. Until Read More...
Software Evaluation, Selection, and Procurement
The statistics for completing packaged software implementation projects are grim. This article examines how the software evaluation, selection, and procurement

pr article  evaluation, selection, and procurement processes employed by most organizations. This article reviews common problems associated with software evaluations, and introduces several ideas for improvement. This is Part One of a two-part article. Part Two will make Recommendations for Improvement. 1 - Standish Group International, Inc., The CHAOS Report , December 1, 1995. The Capital Investment Paradigm Financially, GAAP requires companies to account for most software license and implementation costs as Read More...
Enterprise Software Conferences: Why Bother?
If you did not get the chance to read the article about the 2009 APICS Conference, I thought I should share with you some of the things we (Khudsiya and I) did

pr article  Software Conferences: Why Bother? If you did not get the chance to read the article about the 2009 APICS Conference , I thought I should share with you some of the things we (Khudsiya and I) did or learned there. I thought I would start by imagining a conversation about imaginary analysts, between two imaginary people, in an imaginary kitchen of an imaginary company: Imaginary man (IM): “Where did G the analyst go? I haven’t seen him around for at least a couple of days!” Imaginary woman (I Read More...
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The article ended

pr article  informative readings on the product’s current state of affairs are Michael Krigsman's and Dennis Howlett’s respective ZDNet blog posts, and the InformationWeek article titled “ Inside SAP's Idled Business ByDesign Suite .” What Are Other Mainstream Vendors Doing? SAP’s example might show us that offering a brand new or a rewritten existing product in a SaaS manner to the same target customers requires some tweaking in terms of the vendor’s go-to-market strategy. Namely, a vendor might want to Read More...
Deltek Providing Clarity for Government Contractors
TEC’s mid-2011 article, which reported on the Deltek Insight 2011 conference, indicated that Deltek has lately become the leader in market intelligence for

pr article  industry including accounting firms, PR and marcom agencies, law firms, and management/IT consulting firms, to name a few CRM is a core capability of our overall offering, since winning new business is so critical for all of our customers.  It fits right into our portfolio of mission-critical solutions that manage the complete end-to-end business and project lifecycle for government contractors and professional services firms of all sizes around the world. Needless to say, that lifecycle starts with winn Read More...
RFID in Healthcare--A Whole Industry of Value
This article talks about recent and expected FDA regulations and how RFID can help meet those requirements while improving supply chain performance.

pr article  with FIFO effectiveness and product pedigree issues. New FDA mandates will just enhance and escalate the interest and value for this industry. This article is from Parallax View, ChainLink Research's on-line magazine, read by over 150,000 supply chain and IT professionals each month. Thought-provoking and actionable articles from ChainLink's analysts, top industry executives, researchers, and fellow practitioners. To view the entire magazine, click here . ChainLink Research is a bold new supply chain rese Read More...
Software Selection Slagging
Consulting firm, 180 Systems, posted a little note regarding an article we recently published on some parts of the evaluation and selection process that we

pr article  the evaluation and selection process that we promote. I'd recommend checking out the 180 site for additional information. In fact they have a brief list of steps that tend to be very similar to commonly recognized selection best-practices, and are in many ways, close to what we at TEC recommend (more on that later as we're preparing to publish our internal guide). 180 Systems has a few perspectives to contribute on the subject and that's why I'm surprised they didn't say something more critically astute Read More...

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