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APICS 2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1
While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention

s curve  chain partners. In principle, S&OP takes input from a variety of company experts across many disciplines, and then leverages that collective knowledge to get ahead of the curve and plan for the future. Better than any individual’s “gut” feeling or traditional wisdom, S&OP accounts for many different aspects of business to provide a more effective and informed plan for the future. S&OP’s traditional objective is to balance and synchronize supply and demand. This balance is achieved by reconciling Read More...
CRM for Financial and Insurance Markets
Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting data from all customer interactions with a company from all access points (by phone, mail, or Web, or&n...
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3 Microsoft Shop Myths Dispelled?
Here’s the context: You’re selecting an ERP system. Your office is standardized on Windows and MS Office Suite. Should you select MS Dynamics and become a full

s curve  at three reasons you should lean toward MS Dynamics—and then look at why those reasons might be less compelling than you think. Myth #1: User Adoption Is Easy True: User familiarity leads to an easier transition period. Due to the learning curve effect, it is common to see that after the implementation of a management system, productivity actually goes down before the advantages of the new system take place. What drives the temporary downturn? It could be either the reengineered business processes or Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor ToolsGroup and its solution

s curve  investment, the level of service naturally changes. Plotting these individual points creates a curve where the inventory rises dramatically as we approach the ideal (albeit impractical) 100 percent service level. Hence, as a company's service level targets go up, the amount of inventory required increases significantly, and the need for inventory optimization, which offers improved inventory efficiency, becomes increasingly more acute. For more details on how ToolsGroup’s STS curves fare, when it Read More...
i2 Technologies at the Front of the Supply Chain
i2 Technologies is the largest and fastest growing vendor of supply chain management software with $456 million in revenue over the last twelve months and a 48%

s curve  underway. Business consultants, though skilled in Rhythm applications, often lack industry-specific knowledge. This is in part due to the rapid growth of the company and the inevitable learning curve faced by new staff. i2 relies heavily on implementation partners such as Andersen Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Vendor Predictions Acquisitions: i2 continually demonstrates its willingness to make strategic acquisitions (Think Systems - '97, ITLS - '98, SMART - '99) in order to expand its product Read More...
Catalyst International to Tread Water With SAP Through 2000
While Catalyst should be congratulated for improving profitability, the Wall Street and user communities were clearly expecting to see more revenue from its

s curve  $42 million, which is simply twice their first half revenue of $21.4 million, implying a flat growth curve for the remainder of the year. Though this may not fall outside the realm of possibility, considering that the second half is usually stronger than its first (with the exception of 1999 due to Y2K), it clearly was less than Catalyst originally expected. Catalyst faces a Herculean task in educating SAP's sales force about its WMS products, which is critical for enabling them to sell them efficiently Read More...
Rimini Street: Third-party ERP Support Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come
What has made Rimini Street a leader in the third-party enterprise software service and maintenance (S&M) cottage industry? TEC principal analyst P.J

s curve  Street: Third-party ERP Support Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come What has made Rimini Street a leader in the third-party enterprise software service and maintenance (S&M) cottage industry? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic offers up some reasons and speaks with Rimini Street’s senior VP Dave Rowe on the company’s winning product and service line capabilities and future moves, and gets Dave’s interesting perspective on the need for and explosive growth of third-party support. Read More...
Key Strategies for Beating the Commoditization Curve
Margins on profitable products and services erode as they become commoditized. And now, the same process is starting to happen to the IT services market. To

s curve  Strategies for Beating the Commoditization Curve Margins on profitable products and services erode as they become commoditized. And now, the same process is starting to happen to the IT services market. To avoid the commoditization trap and distinguish their services from their competitors, managed services providers (MSPs) need to develop a two-pronged strategy that involves delivering higher-value services that yield greater profit margins, and driving down service delivery costs so they can Read More...
Sales and Operations Planning: A Journey That’s Worth the Effort
In the consumer goods (CG) industry, there has been a notable focus on sales and operations planning (S&OP). This renewed interest is noteworthy because of the

s curve  and Operations Planning: A Journey That’s Worth the Effort In the consumer goods (CG) industry, there has been a notable focus on sales and operations planning (S&OP). This renewed interest is noteworthy because of the impressive benefits that have been attributed to S&OP. Research indicates that S&OP process improvements are a primary starting point for companies seeking to be more demand-driven. This white paper looks at the results of a survey of S&OP in the CG industry. Read More...
Making Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP
Improving the supply chain is essential for any company that wants to gain or maintain a competitive edge. To do this, companies are adopting sales and

s curve  Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP Making Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Supply Chain Consultants (SCC) delivers strategic business solutions that enable clients to gather, process and share information across the extended supply chain. SCC solutions combine years of real world experience in the areas of sales and operations plan Read More...
Navision Becoming More Visible
In March Navision Software a/s announced it signed a global sales and distribution agreement with Microsoft Corporation Inc. that enables the company's partner

s curve  Becoming More Visible Navision Becoming More Visible P.J. Jakovljevic - April 21st, 2000 Event Summary In March Navision Software a/s, a Danish provider of financial and business management software solutions for the small-to-medium enterprises (SME) market, announced it has signed a global sales and distribution agreement with Microsoft Corporation Inc. that enables the company's partner network of more than 900 Navision Solution Centers to sell and distribute Microsoft BackOffice products Read More...
Microsoft
Microsoft Business Solutions (NASDAQ: MSFT), which includes the businesses of Great Plains, Microsoft bCentral, and Navision a/s, offers a range of business

s curve  Microsoft Business Solutions (NASDAQ: MSFT), which includes the businesses of Great Plains, Microsoft bCentral, and Navision a/s, offers a range of business applications for small and mid-market businesses. Microsoft Business Solutions applications can help automate end-to-end business processes across the following areas. Financials Distribution Project accounting Electronic commerce Human resources (HR) and payroll Manufacturing Supply chain management (SCM) Business intelligence (BI) Sales and Read More...
Pronto Xi Dimensions: ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) Competitor Analysis Report
TEC@s new ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) evaluation model targets the software requirements of small and medium enterprises. If your organization doesn@t have many

s curve  Xi Dimensions: ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) Competitor Analysis Report TEC's new ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) evaluation model targets the software requirements of small and medium enterprises. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't want every possible feature of the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place for your research. It covers fully featured accounting solutions with necessary manufacturing, Read More...
eHR Soft
Enterprise Version (B/S) - most useful for medium and small size enterprises and institutions that have a complete HR management process system and a high

s curve  Soft Enterprise Version (B/S) - most useful for medium and small size enterprises and institutions that have a complete HR management process system and a high level of information systems. By using a browser, the HR people can conduct HR management and most of their work on the internet interactively. This system includes a HR admin personnel portal, employee self-help portal, and a manager portal. Different users have different levels of access limits. Through their own portal, they can log-in the Read More...
Carillon Financials
Carillon is a real-time enterprise resource planning (ERP) / enterprise management system (EMS) with installations worldwide. It includes database support

s curve  Financials Carillon is a real-time enterprise resource planning (ERP) / enterprise management system (EMS) with installations worldwide. It includes database support for Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, and Oracle. The server can run on any operating system supported by the selected database platform, including Windows, Unix, Linux, and Novell. Source code is available. The Carillon Financials accounting packages, available in Enterprise, Workgroup, or Personal editions, are marketed towards small, Read More...

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