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Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part I)
In the last decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market, I've witnessed so many products and vendors disappearing and reappearing under a

s part 34  business section with a signed “come to us” letter authored by Ken deLaski, the former Deltek CEO and President. The Part II of this topic will thus analyze the recent times at Deltek and whether the company has lately evolved and separated from the competition, and whether it is going to be a very strong public company. Your views, comments and opinions, etc. are welcome in the meantime. Read More...
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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 34  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...
Catalyst International Secures French Connection with Steria
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Catalyst International, Inc. CLYS, a leading supplier of warehouse management systems (WMS) applications, today announced

s part 34  Added Resellers (VARs). International sales for Catalyst WMS have remained largely flat over the last three years, in part due to an undersized direct sales force (at 14 percent of total headcount, somewhat below the industry average of 22 percent). Deciding that further European direct sales expansion would expose the company to high cost and risk, Catalyst has now committed to a course that has proved effective for other vendors, especially in the ERP market. Local resellers are able to not only sell Read More...
Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics
If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities

s part 34  on inventory that isn't selling are part of your supply chain costs. The financing charges are part of the weighted average cost of capital that is affected directly by inventory decisions. Supply Chain Capability #2 -Optimizing Operational Cycle Time For this discussion, the term cycle time denotes the total time elapsed from the time an order is received until the customer can be invoiced or charged. In the case of post-sale service, cycle time refers to the time from the identification of a need for Read More...
Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Four: Guidelines and Case Studies
The lack of effective game plans is typically cited as a leading cause of poor system implementation. The following guidelines provide suggestions for improving

s part 34  began the discussion of Sales and Operations Planning. Part Two detailed Understanding Planning Calculations. Part Three will propose Guidelines and Case Studies. Reprinted with permission from McGraw-Hill Business Analytics and S&OP The S&OP process translates business plans (expressed in dollars) into sales, production and inventory plans (expressed in units), and requires management information about planned and actual results for each game plan. Business analytics—also known as business Read More...
E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One
E2open has not generally been known for its sales and operations planning (S&OP) capabilities. But the software provider deserves a second look for those in

s part 34  Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One Cloud software solutions provider E2open usually gets associated with the words “cloud,” “on-demand,” “supply chain management,” “supply chain visibility,” “collaborative execution,” “trading networks,” and so on. Indeed, E2open is known for enabling enterprises to procure, manufacture, sell, and distribute products more efficiently through collaborative execution across global trading networks, using real-time information, integrated Read More...
IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS, a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

s part 34  Bucking the Trends - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS , a public business software company (listed on the  Stockholm Stock Exchange ) founded in 1983 with its headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™ , an integrated and component-based extended  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  suite built on  service oriented architecture (SOA)  technology [ evaluate this product ]. The article Read More...
Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?
In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and

s part 34  We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products? Previous articles have clearly defined the concepts and features of product configurators, such as product options' selection rules, procedures, constraints, variants, and so on (see Product Configurators Pave the Way for Mass Customization and CRM for Complex Manufacturers Revolves Around Configuration Software ). However, there is one feature that is sorely needed by some industries and businesses that has hardly been 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 34  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...
How to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System
Mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more than a sales forecasting or tactical planning tool. S&OP is a decision-making mechanism for aligning

s part 34  to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System Mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more than a sales forecasting or tactical planning tool. S&OP is a decision-making mechanism for aligning strategic plans with sales, operational, and financial plans. Download this TEC executive brief for pointers on selecting an S&OP system, information about how mature S&OP processes can help tackle critical business issues, and key S&OP system capabilities to look for. Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIa)
The first part of this blog series described the opportunity for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand enterprise applications, especially in the current

s part 34  understand several misconceptions about SaaS. Part two then analyzed the first two of the top five SaaS assumptions that Gartner recently outlined in its research .  More SaaS Facts and Fiction The third assumption is that SaaS is priced as a utility model, which is almost always false. Although the claim is that companies are only charged for what and how much software they actually use, for most SaaS deployments, a company must commit to a predetermined contract, independent of actual usage. If any Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a

s part 34  e ( now OneSCM, see Part 1 ) and ClearOrbit’s X.PC products had separate SRM capabilities with some common features. OneSCM is a multi-tenant SaaS solution with a strong messaging layer, whereas X.PC provided depth in collaborative demand planning, quality assurance (QA), supplier diversity, and control over shipment execution. OneSCM has added the ability to address the growing preference for affordable 'pay-as-you-go' solutions. In the long term, the two SRM product sets are being merged into a 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 34  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...
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

s part 34  and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1 The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of  service economy , or the increasing importance of the service sector  in industrialized economies. But while the vast  customer service  software market’s opportunity was examined there, the series also pointed out the treacherous complexity of planning and executing service supply chains. Compared to manufacturing Read More...
Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?
Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software

s part 34  part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. Read More...

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