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Meridian Systems’ “Catch Up” Challenge in the Capital Infrastructure Industry - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series covered the spectrum of Meridian Systems’ Proliance solution for Tier One, multi-billion-dollar global companies. It also analyzed

products ilm  make sense of which products can and should work well together in which instances. While I can understand the Meridian CEO’s confidence in his holistic ILM/BIM offering, I certainly would not dismiss the Primavera acquisition. At least, I agree with Vinnie Mirchandani’s liking of the deal and Oracle’s vertical industry-based acquisition strategy , backed by a coherent Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM) strategy . Also, Brian Sommer has an impressive blog post on the PPM software space, besides what the

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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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The Grape Escape 2011 Roundup


Although this year Judith Rothrock could not attend herself, she’s the driving force behind the annual JRocket Marketing Grape Escape® industry analyst event, now in its 11th year. As always, this year’s Grape Escape was a well-organized event hosting some key industry players. It afforded me and my colleague Gabriel Gheorghiu another opportunity to meet the software vendors who are JRocket

products ilm  inventive in identifying its products and concepts, and this year’s announcements weren’t an exception. Known for being architecturally and conceptually different from other ERP and financial packages, UNIT4 promotes a concept of “embracing change.” In a nutshell, their software products are usually designed and developed in such a way to easily accommodate a business change of any nature that their clients might face. It can be a compliance regulation change, a merger or acquisition, an accountin Read More

Grape Escape 2010: Of Cloud & Angels, Fun & Games, and “In Vino Veritas” - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series talked about the historical background of the JRocket Marketing Grape Escape event. Grape Escape has become a June fixture over past several years, right after the high traveling season to major vendors’ events subsides and before everyone takes their summer vacations. It is a signature event that showcases the intimate analyst relationships (AR) and

products ilm  In other words, Meridian’s products address the needs of large capital infrastructure projects such as buildings, highways, malls, energy/utility plants, IT or telecommunications systems, and anything else one can think of that has a physical structure to it going through the above-mentioned phases. Indeed, you’ve got to plan something, then you’ve got to build it, and finally, you’ve got to operate it going forward. So, when Meridian says it is “PBO-squared,” the company is talking about 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 (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

products ilm  better results with Oracle’s products . Oracle’s progression from database technology to back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, middleware, business intelligence (BI) business performance management (BPM ), project portfolio management (PPM ), and constituent-facing customer relationship management (CRM) systems positions the vendor strongly to help Public Sector organizations face today’s unprecedented challenges. On February 6, 2009, President Obama unveiled a new Economic Read More

TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 23, 2012


SOFTWARE SELECTIONS @ IMPLEMENTATIONSSeaspan selects IFS Applications to support its shipbuilding projectsIndustry tags: manufacturing “Seaspan is an association of companies primarily involved in multiple sea transportation businesses. Many such activities are project-based, which is IFS’ focus. No wonder that IFS was selected to provide an ERP system for Seaspan’s shipbuilding and repair

products ilm  working on next-generation analytic products  that leverage its brand new cloud platform as well as some of SAP’s latest thinking on predictive analytics. The vendor’s plan for architectural evolution from its current product set to the next generation is to operate a hybrid cloud in the interim.” — P.J. Jakovljevic, TEC Principal Analyst TEC article (Feb 2012):  SAP SCM—Stepping Out of Obscurity MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Oracle buys assets of Skire Industry tags: capital management “Although Read More

Case Study: Martin’s Wood Products


Martin’s Wood Products, producers of solid wood furniture for over 20 years, is a family-run business that has aimed to keep pace with the enterprise resource planning (ERP) advances of the 21st century. To bring costing under control, and to automatically place accurate and consistent work orders on the shop floor, the company uses an ERP and product configurator solution. Learn more about how the solutions help the company.

products ilm  Study: Martin’s Wood Products Global Shop's One-System ERP SolutionTM integrates all of your business processes into one easy-to-use system that puts you in total control of your business. You make better decisions on the shop floor and in management meetings - this translates to leaner, more efficient operations and long-term improvements to your bottom line. Source: Global Shop Solutions Resources Related to Case Study: Martin's Wood Products : Shop Floor (Wikipedia) Case Study: Martin's Wood Read More

Product Safety and Stewardship: Taking a Strategic Approach to Safer and "Greener" Products


For many product manufacturers, the move toward safer and environmentally friendlier products involves mixed emotions. The benefit to the planet is a given. However, if not approached strategically, it can come at a high cost. This paper provides a perspective on product-related environmental regulations, their business impact, their trajectory, and how companies can move from tactical and reactive risk mitigation to seizing competitive advantage.

products ilm  to Safer and Greener Products For many product manufacturers, the move toward safer and environmentally friendlier products involves mixed emotions. The benefit to the planet is a given. However, if not approached strategically, it can come at a high cost. This paper provides a perspective on product-related environmental regulations, their business impact, their trajectory, and how companies can move from tactical and reactive risk mitigation to seizing competitive advantage. Read More

Stationery and office products design company credits selection of a winning PLM software solution to Technology Evaluation Centers’ expertise and support


Carolina Pad, a family-owned and -operated office and school supplies design company, was experiencing business challenges due to independently operating departments and multiple software systems. With the objective of integrating to a single PLM solution to obtain “one version of truth,” an internally led software selection project was launched. Unsure of the results, Carolina Pad turned to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) for expert software selection advice and project management.

products ilm  and office products design company credits selection of a winning PLM software solution to Technology Evaluation Centers’ expertise and support Lack of proper guidance and knowledge of PLM vendors and solution features almost cost Carolina Pad a failed selection.   Montreal, Canada (February 7, 2014) — Carolina Pad, a family-owned and -operated office and school supplies design company based in North Carolina, USA, was experiencing business challenges due to independently operating Read More

MRP Success Story: Swiss American Products


Learn how Swiss-American Inc., a leading manufacturer of medical products, improved the accuracy of its inventory levels by adopting a new manufacturing system complete lot traceability, manufacturing resource planning (MRP), purchasing, and manufacturing projections.

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Vendor Analysis: Kaspersky Anti-Virus Products Examined


Kaspersky Labs is no newcomer to anti-virus products. Headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with offices in Pleasanton, California and Cambridge, England, Kaspersky Labs has successfully branded itself as a leader in multi-platform anti-virus products. Though many IT decision makers neglect to protect their UNIX systems from viruses, research done by Kaspersky Labs indicates that Linux may be just as prone to viruses as Microsoft operating systems.

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The Fragile Consumer Packaged Goods Market and Private Label Products


The drive towards private labels has many impacts on the industry. A consumer packaged goods manufacturer's business strategy must recognize this and deal with the opportunities and threats it creates.

products ilm  Market and Private Label Products Introduction On average, 45 percent of products sold in Europe are private label products; this compares with 25 percent in the US. Store brands now account for one of every five items sold in US supermarkets, drug chains, and mass merchandisers. A study by the Gallup Organization found that 75 percent of consumers see private label brands as having the same quality, guarantee of satisfaction, packaging, taste, value, and performance as national brands. As the share of Read More

Case Study: Rich Products Corporation


Rich’s legacy IT systems could not interoperate with platforms and applications among departments, preventing a single, centralized view of the product development process and limiting collaboration. The company decided it needed a new product lifecycle management (PLM) system to integrate and accelerate PLM processes. Rich’s new system supports research and development (R&D), formula management, and more.

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TEC Certified Products: 2010 Vendor Wrap-up


With 2010 almost behind us, the Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) research analyst team takes a brief look at some of the newest software products to join its roster. MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 9 Plex Systems, Plex Online Sage, Sage ABRA HRMS  SmartOrg, Portfolio Navigator Vormittag Associates, Inc. (VAI), S2K EnterpriseBusiness Intelligence (BI) Solutions—Jorge García

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