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Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 3
Part 1 of this series analyzed the late-March acquisition of long-struggling inventory optimization (IO) provider Optiant by long well-performing supply chain

s part 43  which is a broader SCM offering for the upper end of the market. The final part of this blog series now continues with the analysis of the Logility Voyager Solutions suite and analyzes how Optiant might fit in. As depicted in Figure 1 below, Logility Voyager is a set of both SCP and supply chain execution (SCE) solutions, which is a comprehensive solution rarely offered in the market (even by much larger SCM providers). Supply Chain Planning This set of modules within Logility Voyager Solutions Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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SAP Users Speak Out on Credit and Collections Shortcomings
A recent survey of companies which have implemented SAP Accounts Receivable reveal more than a few areas where the system failed to deliver. Although nearly all

s part 43  involved directly in the SAP implementation or who tracked DSO as part of their jobs. Their titles included CIOs, Finance Managers, Controllers, and SAP Project Managers (among others). The two subcategories of interest within the A/R function are credit management and collections management: Credit Management: A preventative or front-end function, credit management encompasses activities that seek to validate customers' ability to pay before a sale is made. In theory, perfect credit management would all Read More...
IBM Netfinity Server Division
IBM’s Intel-based Netfinity servers currently hold third place in the server wars with Dell and Compaq. What are their chances for improving their position?

s part 43  as their primary customer service provider. A large part of IBM's revenues are derived from services, we expect this to continue. IBM is currently on track to generate approximately $33B in services revenue. The services figure alone would put IBM in the top 25 of the Fortune 500 . Although size doesn't matter , it certainly helps in this situation. IBM can use this strength to great advantage, and does. Compaq Computer bought Digital Equipment Corporation primarily to get its services business, but we Read More...
'New' Lawson Software's Transatlantic Extended Enterprise Resource Planning Intentions
The recent merger of Lawson Software and Intentia, two vendors of similar size, but servicing different markets, will complement each other to become the

s part 43  somewhat resemble SSA Global' s acquisition of former Infinium and interBiz (see Is SSA GT Betting Infini(um)tely On Acquisitions? ). Intentia was the first full-fledged ERP vendor to introduce a completely Java-based ERP suite in 1999 (see Intentia: Java Evolution From AS/400 ), while Lawson's recently announced its service oriented architecture (SOA) framework, codenamed Landmark, should work well with Intentia's code base. Consequently, this combination positions Lawson in the top tier among Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3
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 43  late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud)  was tepid  when it was introduced at the Dreamforce 2009 conference . However, a few months have passed and this period has helped salesforce.com craft the much clearer cloud computing evolution message that was analyzed in Part 2 . The article then also went on to explain my change of heart and discussed Salesforce 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 43  “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...
Compiere ERP Becomes Part of Consona
In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere.

s part 43  ERP Becomes Part of Consona In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere . Compiere started back in 1999. One of its founders explained to me that the company's business (circa 2004) largely came from support, migration, and priority requests from clients. An integral component of the delivery model was Compiere's partners. So Compiere focused on providing second-level support to their Read More...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The post ended with

s part 43  the likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges  (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions were presented, most notably  SAP Business ByDesign . Part 3 of this blog series  analyzed recent SaaS initiatives by mainstream mega-vendors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions were Read More...
Saba Software: All about People (Cloud) - Part 2
Part 1 of this series introduced Saba Software, a public provider of what it calls “People Cloud,” which constitutes a new class of business-critical software

s part 43  management, and social software solutions and use cases (see Part 1) are more than welcome. Read More...
Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better pricing management and optimization practices. It also

s part 43  of the conservative market. Still, many pricing vendors mentioned in Part 1 claim that business remains great for them (some continue to grow at over 60 percent year-over-year).  One vendor recently (incognito) said that the economy hasn’t hurt its business yet, but it would be a stretch to say it’s helping. A recent Business Week article entitled Five Don'ts for Marketing in Tough Times might also provide a ray of hope for pricing management solutions. The jury is still out on whether the 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 43  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 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

s part 43  in the process.   S   Sales Pipeline - This is the list of potential customers that the sales department is currently trying to convert into paying customers. Typically, customer deals in the pipeline are assigned dollar values and percentages likely to convert , and from that, sales forecasts can be approximated. SFA - Sales Force Automation . One of the lynchpins of CRM. This enables the Sales team to capture and maintain lead and other contact information in one data store, conduct team selling, Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 2
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. My post first analyzed the

s part 43  Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 2 Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors , a public provider of  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  solutions. My post first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then, I talked about SuccessFactors’ multiple product editions to satisfy companies of all size and detailed the two core modules of the SuccessFactors BizX suite 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 43  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...
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial
This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection

s part 43  processes. In this, the second part of this article, we shall follow a simplified process as an illustration. The method was used by the author to conduct a selection on a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). In this case, the end result was the purchase of the suggested item! The first part, is an overview of decision support systems and knowledge based selection. About This Note : This is a two part note where Part 1 is a discussion of the use of an IT Knowledge Based selection tool as part of a Decision Read More...

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