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Will 2013 Be IBS’ Comeback Year? Part 2
In part 1 of this series, we took a look at IBS, some of the challenges the company was facing, and its software offerings for the business community. To

s part 27  2013 Be IBS’ Comeback Year? Part 2 In part 1 of this series, we took a look at IBS , some of the challenges the company was facing, and its software offerings for the business community. To discuss the aforementioned issues (see part 1 ) and IBS’ ongoing turnaround, we recently spoke to Doug Braun, the chief executive officer (CEO) of IBS. As CEO, Mr. Braun is responsible for translating business needs into products that solve customer supply chain problems. TEC: How would you describe IBS’s 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

s part 27  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 chance Read More...
“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 1
In over a decade of covering the enterprise application space, I’ve repeatedly lauded and advised vertical focus (i.e., someone’s proven expertise in some

s part 27  Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 1 In over a decade of covering the enterprise application space, I’ve repeatedly lauded and advised vertical focus (i.e., someone’s proven expertise in some particular industry and market segment ), but not that much vertical integration per se . My beliefs were recently confirmed by what I learned while pursuing my APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) title. Namely, Module One of the APICS CSCP Learning System , entitled “Supply Read More...
BizSlate Part 1: Newcomer Cloud ERP for Small Distributors
Like in real life, while old on-premises enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are either going into retirement or getting major facelift procedures, new

s part 27  Part 1: Newcomer Cloud ERP for Small Distributors Like in real life, while old on-premises enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are either going into retirement or getting major facelift procedures, new cloud-based ERP startups and products keep cropping up left and right. One such product is BizSlate Inc., a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering that aims to improve the way small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) in distribution- and retail-centric environments manage their customers, Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the

s part 27  Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3 Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors , a public provider of  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  solutions. The article first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then the article talked about SuccessFactors’ diverse product editions (tailored to satisfy companies of all sizes) and detailed the two core modules of the Read More...
Talking to an Unrelenting Cloud Enthusiast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Xactly Corporation, a provider of fully multi-tenant, software as a service (SaaS)-based solutions for sales performance

s part 27  to an Unrelenting Cloud Enthusiast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced Xactly Corporation , a provider of fully multi-tenant, software as a service (SaaS)-based solutions for sales performance management (SPM) . The article also provided the bullish vendor’s genesis since being founded in 2005 and its current state of affairs. This article will feature my recent conversation with Xactly’s founder and CEO Christopher Cabrera. Cabrera is a noted industry expert in issues relating to SPM, Read More...
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor''s forays into the attractive retail sector

s part 27  Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II) Part I of this blog topic   introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor''s forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS acquisition two years ago. Designed for integration and scalability, the  Epicor/CRS Retail Suite can support a wide variety of retail enterprises'' requirements. These environments range from the rapidly expanding regional retailer requiring point-of-sale (POS) , store operations and Read More...
SAP HANA: A Fast Developing “Toddler” - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed a snapshot of the SAP HANA offerings’ achievements at the time of the product’s first anniversary in June 2012. SAP is now a

s part 27  HANA: A Fast Developing “Toddler” - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series analyzed a snapshot of the SAP HANA offerings’ achievements at the time of the product’s first anniversary in June 2012. SAP is now a de facto database provider that intends to become the #2 database vendor by 2015. The company’s recently unveiled real-time data platform combines the SAP HANA platform, Sybase data management offerings, and SAP BusinessObjects solutions for  enterprise information management (EIM) . The comb Read More...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 2)
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service

s part 27  of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 2) Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service management (SSM) suite . One such broad SSM suite has been offered by Servigistics . Servigistics’ Service Knowledge Management (SKM) solution, the newest module within Servigistics SSM , is designed to meet the requirements of the technical service organizations that manage complex problem resolution. The Read More...
Manufacturing Systems with an IQ: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 1
Some time in mid-2005 TEC published a six part article on IQMS, a relatively small and obscure enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor based in Paso Robles

s part 27  mid-2005 TEC published a six part article on IQMS , a relatively small and obscure enterprise resource planning (ERP ) vendor based in Paso Robles, California (US), with offices across North America (i.e., in Chicago, Canada, and Mexico), Europe (i.e., Sweden and with recently announced indirect presence in the UK ) and Asia (i.e., China and Taiwan). Some readers were likely wondering why I “made so much mileage” out of a seemingly unimportant vendor of fewer than 70 employees and with only a few Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible@much less

s part 27  the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production operation and why. Read More...
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors
This part illustrates how selecting the right ERP product depends on each client''s requirements. Epicor, QAD, and Ramco Systems'' rank can change with different

s part 27  2 - Presents a Solution Part 3 - Presents examples of applying the Solution Part 4 - Makes User Recommendations Epicor An appropriate client for Epicor would have the following priorities: Figure 1: The rank and weighted average of the vendors given these priorities is as follows: Figure 2: Rank Vendor Weighted average 1 Epicor   79.70 2 Ramco Systems   77.92 3 QAD  67.46 Note the differences the priorities between Figure 5 in Part 2 and Figure 1 (above) and the impact that has on the results in Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part Two
Part One of the

s part 27  of the Lean Manufacturing series looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you''ll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the 5S program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIc)
The first part (Part II) of this blog series described the opportunities for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand applications, especially in the current

s part 27  several thousand seats per site ( as mentioned in Part II ), and those recurring subscription volumes certainly help absorb their hefty research and development (R&D) and marketing investments. The recent merger of Xactly and Centive  might best illustrate how difficult it is for startup SaaS vendors to reach profitability. Namely, both on-demand incentive and compensation management (I&CM ) software providers respectively had great products, good partner ecosystems, and growing install bases, but Read More...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of business process management (BPM), with an ensuing

s part 27  and Open Architecture As said in Part 1 , the integration-centric service oriented architecture (SOA )-based middleware providers have often been accused by true BPM suite providers like Pega of primarily targeting IT departments to try to sell BPM as a matter of service orchestration . These SOA integrators are sometimes seen as the BPM party “gate-crashers,” since the true value of BPM should be realized by empowering business users. Still, Pega is more than aware of the SOA, Web-oriented Read More...

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