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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 part 30  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 day ( Day 1 ,  Day 2 ,  Day 3 , and  Day 4 ), my much shorter  attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October revolved mainly around exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors . My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was Read More...
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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

s part 30  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 platform and collaboration cloud (as duly Read More...
Will 2013 Be IBS’ Comeback Year? Part 1
Several years ago enterprise applications market observers might have talked about Sweden’s “Three I” enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors: Intentia, IFS,

s part 30  2013 Be IBS’ Comeback Year? Part 1 Several years ago enterprise applications market observers might have talked about Sweden’s “Three I” enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors: Intentia , IFS , and IBS . While hardly anyone has ever questioned those publicly traded vendors’ industry savvy and product functionality, all three of them have struggled with stagnant growth and red ink for the major part of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The first one is no longer an independent company and is 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 30  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...
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 30  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...
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 30  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...
Exploring Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Epicor Software Corporation’s set of tools called the Epicor Productivity Pyramid. The Pyramid enables one of Epicor’s

s part 30  used in combination. As said in Part 1, all three of the Productivity Pyramid solutions were architected as what Epicor calls “extend” components . That is, these tools were created to enhance the value of Epicor customers’ existing investments in ERP systems. Therefore, the current Version 9.x of Epicor Productivity Pyramid actually works with the following Epicor product generations: Epicor 9.x, Vantage 8.x, Enterprise 7.x, iScala 2.x , and Clientele 8.x . Epicor has built these products to make Read More...
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For
In the first two parts of this series (part I, part II), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise

s part 30  two parts of this series ( part I , part II ), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise resource planning (ERP) system would have to support global trade management (GTM) functionality more quickly than expected. He had sent an e-mail off to his chief information officer (CIO), Mike, suggesting a new project be set up and managed by the project management office, MegaPMO. Now, with some trepidation, he awaited the response from the CIO. The week 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

s part 30  (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 Read More...
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The article ended

s part 30  and likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 explores the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges (and inevitable soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions will be presented.   Carpe Diem Is Still There for SaaS Aspirants The consequences of the upcoming SaaS wave 3 (mentioned in Part 1 ) for vendors (especially start-ups) will come from many new markets that are expected to open for Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

s part 30  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup ’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+)  suite's name is that a 99+ percentage represents the gold standard in customer service levels, and it takes a product purposely built to achieve service level excellence and to support such a high standard. ToolsGroup’s latest version of software continues to 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 30  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...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

s part 30  Part 1 of the series. Part 2 covers the Lexicon of CRM from J to Q. Part 3 covers the Lexicon of CRM from R to Z. 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

s part 30  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 (SOA). That blog post also tackled Progress Software ’s recent acquisition of Mindreef in order to round out its SOA governance solution for distributed information technology (IT) environments. Mindreef joined the Progress Actional SOA Management product family that provides policy-based visibility, security, and co 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 30  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...

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