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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

s part 18  of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress  of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an immaculate  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company was the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and the envy of competitors. But Read More
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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 or...
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AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1
A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud

s part 18  2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1 A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud commerce network provider first and foremost , while also offering additional related  spend management  software as required. The vendor is striving to become a  business-to-business (B2B)  commerce version of Amazon.com and eBay  to enable painless transactions by providing a Read More
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part III
Part II of this blog series continued the introduction of the concepts of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also zoomed in on

s part 18  About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part III Part II of this blog series continued the introduction of the concepts of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also zoomed in on similarities and subtle differences between the two related software categories. Finally, the idea of on-demand workflow and/or BPM solutions was introduced. To that end, W ebcom Inc.  has leveraged its vast expertise earned while addressing many complex sales quote-to-order (Q2O) Read More
Oracle Further Orchestrates Its SOA Forays Part Five: Collaxa Acquisition
With the acquisition of Collaxa, Oracle has quickly plugged a hole in its SOA/BPM message by providing new workflow capabilities and monitoring tools to report

s part 18  WSFL ) and Microsoft' s XML business process language in BizTalk Server ( XLANG ), BPEL is platform-independent. It allows enterprises to keep internal business protocols separate from cross-enterprise protocols allowing internal processes to be changed without affecting the exchange of data from enterprise to enterprise. A BPEL document, for example, keeps track of all the business processes that are connected to a transaction and ensures that the processes are executed in the correct order through the Read More
Tracing Food Quality and Safety, or We Are What We Eat, After All (Part I)
Besides the ongoing (seemingly never-ending) presidential campaign and celebrity scandals/gossip, food safety is very much in the news. Indeed, incidents of

s part 18  data supplied by “capture” systems. Part II of this blog post will introduce the Lawson M3 Trace Engine as one such stand-alone solution. Your views, comments, opinions, etc. about the abovementioned food safety issues are welcome in the meantime. Read More
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software
After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM

s part 18  After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The company provides both PLM tools (e.g., computer-aided design [CAD], Read More
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

s part 18  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop Read More
JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference on the heels of the recent merger between JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) and

s part 18  i2’s products-plus-services traditional strategy was in part an attempt to solve these issues. Namely, if end users could not be relied upon to perform the correct steps (i.e., feed the system with correct data and interpret the system’s output), i2 wanted to take some responsibility for making sure they get and act on the correct answer (and also earn some additional bucks). We will have to wait and see whether JDA can structure its indisputable vast SCM knowledge and products into Read More
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2
Part 1 of this series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe, to

s part 18  The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2 Part 1 of this series  started with my invitation by  UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso ), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe , to attend its  UK 2010 user conference . Frankly, I was a bit skeptical about what new and exciting I might see and hear about at this event in light of the vendor’s analyst tour in Boston in late 2009. My post then talked about another important development that preceded both the UK user conference Read More
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second largest business applications provider in continental

s part 18  to cross-sell, in a s oftware plus service  manner ( discussed on Part 2 ), into parts of an organization that do not necessarily need the overkill of an on-premise solution but which are content to take an on-demand offering. That is exactly what recently happened at the Telegraph Media Group , which has selected UNIT4 solutions for use in its media sales department. Namely, FinancialForce Accounting will automate the largely manual invoicing and accounting processes used in this busy department and Read More
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

s part 18  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another chronic problem is how to foster plant workers’ acceptance o 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

s part 18  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
TradeStone Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2
Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013. TradeStone’s Core CapabilitiesTradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities

s part 18  Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2 Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013.   TradeStone’s Core Capabilities TradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities continue to be sourcing, supplier management (including quality testing, inspections, and social, legal, and compliance-based supplier performance as exemplified in Guitar Center ’s case study), and order management, which includes global trade management (GTM) as well. Enterprise resource Read More
BigIdeas 2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas, BigMachines’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago. I

s part 18  2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series talked about my very first attendance of BigIdeas , BigMachines ’ annual user conference that takes place in the fall in Chicago . I wasn’t the only one that attended BigIdeas 2011 for the first time, as in May 2011 the company’s financial backers brought in David Bonnette, a seasoned Oracle executive in the customer relationship management (CRM) realm, as the new president. Mr. Bonnette has since gradually replaced the Read More

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