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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended few education

s part 35  the strategic nature of S&OP . Part 5 will conclude by analyzing the S&OP solution from JDA Software as another product that arguably deserves to be in the S&OP Top 5. My guess is that  Nari Viswanathan, Aberdeen Group 's vice president (VP) and principal SCM analyst , who recently coauthored  the S&OP AXIS Report  (subscription required) and was mentioned in  Part 2 , did not lump JDA together with i2 Technologies, Oracle , and Demand Solutions (as the vendors that are reportedly leading the software Read More...
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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 35  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 wi Read More...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4
Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few

s part 35  the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4 Part 1 of this series  talked about my attendance of the  APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October . I attended only a few education sessions, and my conference visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that its main  value proposition  this year revolved around the various flavors of  demand management , most notably  Sa 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 35  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...
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 35  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...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3)
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 35  “Multipliers” Because the SKM solution is part of Servigistics’ overall SSM solution, users could leverage service and part usage history to narrow the search for the right resolution. Once one is found, the user can be directed to the right part and its best source given the customer’s service level agreement (SLA) commitment and location as well as part interchangeability options and availability in the network. The feedback with regard to resolution history and part availability can be 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 35  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...
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 35  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 Read More...
Frankie Does ERP, Part 2
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

s part 35  Does ERP, Part 2 [Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request. This interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him.  You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It’s still colorful. Previously: Episode 1 ] * Thursday evening. I’m at Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIb)
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 35  SAS 70 Level II, Systrust, etc. Each part of the system must be audited and these audits can cast to the amount of US$100.000 and higher . Thus, multiple components in any architecture will lead to higher compliance costs, but that’s another blog topic. Forget Not About the “SaaS Plumbing” Thingies, Either! But even solving these multiple pieces of the architectural puzzle is only the beginning, since one also must include many SaaS-specific “must have” pieces of functionality, such as a Read More...
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 35  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...
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 35  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...
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III)
Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the

s part 35  Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III) Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor 's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the acquisition of NSB Retail Systems , Epicor has further expanded its functional footprint, market share and geographic presence in the sector. Namely, NSB added over 200 specialty retail logos, thereby more than doubling Epicor’s retail install base. While many analysts like Gartner , AMR Research or 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 35  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...
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 35  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...

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