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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 28  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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Sage Analyst Day 2011: Not Your Older Brother’s Sage - Part 1
I often wonder how well-known is the fact that the Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)-based Sage Group, Plc (LSE: SGE) is a leading global provider of business management

s part 28  by market observers . S age’s global brand recognition remains an issue too, as even often acknowledged by Sage’s executives , who have no problem explaining to anyone in Europe what Sage is and what they do for living, which is quite different in the US (including the immigration officers at border posts). Indeed, outside Europe, many individual Sage products, e.g., Peachtree, Pastel , or Accpac have much more recognition on their own. Additional negative publicity came from a major partner, MIS Read More
How Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of supply chain management (SCM) via a software category pioneer

s part 28  expiry data analysis, alternate sourcing, yield analysis, part substitution, inventory allocation, etc.In other words, Kinaxis RapidResponse is closer in functional scope to SAP APO or JDA Planner than to SAP SCRM by ICON (and Oracle Rapid Planner for that matter). Basically, Kinaxis plays in both the APS and Response Management game. SAP APO offers a variety of methods including fast-MRP, rules-based heuristics, and optimization. These algorithms browse through all of the available resources (machines, Read More
Inventory Planning & Optimization: Extending Your ERP System Part Two: How It Works
Organizations today realize that although strategies focusing on outsourcing transportation, e-business and new distribution models are important, these are all

s part 28  forecasting of demand. Increased s customer service levels. Increased Customer spending based on increased availability. Improved product mix. Dynamically reduced safety stock and therefore holding costs. Lost sales reduced. Slow moving items treated accordingly. Exception management and event management. Lead time is critical and is better understood, with business managed better accordingly. Other savings that organizations make, which are more complex to measure, but never-the-less can make a Read More
The Empires Strike Back - Part II: The Likes Of IBM, EDS, And CSC In E-Business
In the past year the traditional consulting houses have executed major initiatives to counter the challenges of the pure play and fringe market invaders. Being

s part 28  In E-Business The Empires Strike Back - Part II: The Likes Of IBM, EDS, And CSC In E-Business E. Robins - June 2, 2000 Event Summary: Since the early 90's website developers and digital business builder pure plays have rapidly grown to take a large piece of the evolving e-business service provider space. Realizing they were losing not only market share, but also skilled expertise vital to their future, the legacy consulting houses and systems integrators have announced measures to counter the rising 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 28  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 (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

s part 28  change posted transactions. As said in Part 2 , the Reverse Posting capability was introduced with Navision 4.0 , but it is not possible to simply delete or change erroneously posted transactions. Microsoft claims to have insisted on doing it this way (with an audit log of reversed transactions) for security and regulatory purposes. Then, for a long time, third-party applications using “alien” (non-C/SIDE) database platform have had issues with addressing Navision’s native database, especially in Read More
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

s part 28  par with  notebook PC s (and both surpassed  desktop computers  in 2008) when it comes to how we access the Internet. Fundamental Shift in Computing: Cloud 1 vs. Cloud 2 Salesforce.com is the first solely cloud-based company to exceed US$1.4 billion in revenues with over 77,300 corporate customers of all sizes. Possibly the best example of the pace of change in technology would be that even the Amazon.com, Google , and eBay metaphors of the early 2000s look a bit dated today in comparison to those Read More
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

s part 28  For A to I, see Part One . J  J2ME - Java 2 Micro Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . JDBC technology is an API that lets you access virtually any tabular data source from the Java programming language. It provides cross-DBMS connectivity to a wide range of SQL databases. There is also a new JDBC API, which provides Read More
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

s part 28  workhorse has been a solid part of RedPrairie’s revenue stream. The  acquired retail store systems mentioned in Part 2  have sold relatively well independently, although even this business has somewhat slowed during the ongoing recession. The total customer count for RedPrairie's retail products is around 100, with a total of about 30,000 sites. The install base for the  build-to-order (BTO)  manufacturing suite is smaller, with about 30 customers. RedPrairie has cross-sold the retail 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 28  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
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV)
Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [evaluate this product] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [evaluate this product

s part 28  more comprehensive competitive landscape, see Part II of this blog series ). Staying Away From On-demand, For Now One potential stumbling block could come from the company not yet having any plans to roll out on-demand versions of its software, which would allow customers to download its applications over the Internet, and which is a backbone of businesses such as Salesforce.com and NetSuite . Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors such as Salesforce.com, ADP and RightNow compete only in Deltek’s Read More
How Some ERP Vendors Demonstrated - Warts And All Part 2: Results
This is part two of a case study from a recent selection engagement for an ETO mid-size manufacturer; we assess Oracle, J.D. Edwards, SAP, and IFS in terms of

s part 28  to the pertinent system sessions. For the most part the team followed the scripts in the original order. Ability to Finish During the Allotted Time Oracle Good - The demo team finished the scripts with acceptable requests for additional time. Some digressions were long and could have been avoided though. J.D. Edwards Good - The demo team finished the scripts with acceptable requests for additional time. The team also paced themselves well with only minor digressions. SAP Good - The demo team finished the 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 28  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

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