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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

r part 14  a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, United Read More
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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1
The business process management (BPM) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In

r part 14  improvements E liminate bottlenecks R apidly deploy new services (and processes). Indeed, these are some of the typical benefits of deploying BPM systems, but the trouble, called the lack of clarity and consensus, starts with the quandary about what exactly constitutes BPM, and what exact parts and capabilities of BPM help achieve those benefits? In other words, are there more important and better BPM suites and/or components vs. those that are of less importance? In plain English, BPM entails all Read More
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)
Well, a few months after Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek's pre-New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has

r part 14  Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II) Well, a few months after  Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek 's pre- New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has finally come for us to analyze why being again publicly traded should (or should not) work better for Deltek this time. If one is to judge merely by the most recent financial figures , it would appear to be working well, but my focus here is on some lingering softer issues too. So, when the new management Read More
Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news

r part 14  by Frank Scavo and Ray Wang, mentioned in Part 1 ). For one, some observers and practitioners still believe that Infor’s own tools were quite necessary to sell its product strategy. What Infor is doing now can be seen by some as the vendor admitting to not having the resources, will (perhaps even guts), and vision to deliver the original product strategy. In addition, while the new Microsoft-based  business intelligence (BI) , reporting, and  user interface (UI)  tools may be as good or even better Read More
Baan Resurrects Multi-Dimensionally Part 3: Market Impact
Baan remains one of only a handful of vendors that are capable of providing full application suites on scaleable platforms that can be globally deployed by

r part 14  Resurrects Multi-Dimensionally Part 3: Market Impact Event Summary In its bid to return to its erstwhile short-lived glory, Baan , the resurrected global provider of collaborative enterprise business solutions and a unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) division of Invensys plc, the global automation and controls group with headquarters in the UK, has lately blitzed the market with a number of announcements. The most prominent amongst these were: Deliveries of vertically focused solutions for Read More
The Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research
Most consultants agree that there are three stages that precede a software implementation project: research, evaluation, and selection. This three-part article

r part 14  Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research When looking for business software, small companies might fall into the trap of being selected instead of selecting vendors. This usually happens because small companies do not allocate extensive time and resources to the process and do not have selection methodologies, which help decision makers select a product without further investigation. Not every company takes advantage of a sound software selection methodology. The good news is that other Read More
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications' service oriented architecture

r part 14  tools, service registry and repository, policy manager, monitoring console, and so on. Additionally, the goal is to enable visibility into an organization’s service portfolio via the ability to discover, categorize, manage change, audit usage, and monitor Web services. Last but not least, as discussed in Part 1, the ultimate goal is to provide better control over the lifecycle of services by enforcing policy compliance from software development to operations. But what really impressed me Read More
Inside Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 2
In part 1 of this blog post series, we took a look at a major player in the field service management (FSM) market ServiceMax. In what follows is a recent

r part 14  Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 2 In part 1 of this blog post series, we took a look at a major player in the field service management (FSM) market ServiceMax . In what follows is a recent question-and-answer interview with Stacey Epstein‚ vice president (VP) of marketing at ServiceMax. Stacey has extensive experience in generating demand, fueling growth, and building brand name global recognition for technology companies. She brought two decades of cloud, customer relationship Read More
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

r part 14  2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010 , salesforce.com ’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the  cloud computing  trailblazer and unveiling of Salesforce Chatter , the company’s nascent social Read More
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III)
Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the

r part 14  to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III) Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor 's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the acquisition of NSB Retail Systems , Epicor has further expanded its functional footprint, market share and geographic presence in the sector. Namely, NSB added over 200 specialty retail logos, thereby more than doubling Epicor’s retail install base. While many analysts like Gartner , AMR Research or Read More
They do it like that in the Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II)
The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP's supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market. What also helps SAP ERP [evaluate this product] is a

r part 14  Javnih Prihoda ( Internal Revenue Service , part of the Serbian Ministry of Finance ), there are about 150,000 such enterprises. This market segment is thus apparently much more attractive, and there is a much wider, albeit also much more diverse and scattered, supply of software solutions. There, Microsoft Dynamics NAV [ evaluate this product ] has about 50 sites, and one would expect its success in the region with an abundance of livestock, slaughterhouses and meat processing plants. However, I had no Read More
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series went through the first three generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product, which at the time was called Navision and was owned

r part 14  (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series went through the first three generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product, which at the time was called Navision and was owned by the formerly independent namesake company. How has new parent  Microsoft treated the product since acquiring it in 2002 ? Well, ongoing feedback from customers, partners, and market observers shows that Microsoft Dynamics NAV [ evaluate this product ] has maintained Navision’s original cor Read More
The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures
This part discusses the causes of ill-fated implementation

r part 14  Three of a four-part report. Part One summarized a report titled ERP Trends by The Conference Board. Part Two commented on the major Key Success Factors. Part Four makes User Recommendations. Read More
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3
Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) product. In late 2008, at the

r part 14  other media and analyst reposts, this final part will try to focus more on the nitty-gritty. Namely, it will analyze how this particular product release might have mitigated many of the traditional flaws of Dynamics NAV (and former Navision ) while building upon the product’s traditional (if not proverbial by now) positive traits. As a preamble, let me try to explain the concepts behind the much publicized RoleTailored user experience (UX) design and Role Centers . In particular, to use Microsoft Read More
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The post ended with

r part 14  Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4 Part 1 of this blog series  depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of  software as a service (SaaS)  and  cloud computing  adoption. The post ended with some glimpses into the future and the 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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