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Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 1
The mergers and acquisition (M@A) market seems to be coming back slowly. One evidence of this could be the late-March acquisition of long-struggling

s part 46  smaller formerly independent competitors such as  Mercia (now part of Infor )  and  Demantra (now part of Oracle Value Chain Planning ) . Another best-kept secret in the market is that Logility has possibly the most complete SCM functional footprint. Namely, its fully integrated Voyager solution optimizes supply chain processes from forecasting to supply planning and global sourcing and production to final delivery (execution). Part 2 of this series will analyze current Logility’s offerings for Read More
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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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The New and the Noteworthy: 2008 Vendor Wrap-up
2008 seemed to be the year for mergers and acquisitions (M@As) in the world of enterprise software—with companies like Oracle picking up Primavera Software’s

s part 46  to harmonize enterprise PLM solutions across all EADS business divisions as part of that company’s PHENIX initiative. This was probably the biggest contract in PTC history. Looking ahead to the year 2009, I would expect PTC to keep growing both organically and by acquisitions. The recent small acquisition of Synapsis Technology shows the company’s intent in green product design and environmental regulatory compliance solutions. In 2009, SMBs may expect more offerings from PTC. Besides these, Read More
Microsoft Dynamics AX: The Chosen One Among Microsoft Dynamics ERP Equals? - Part 1
I have no reason to doubt Kirill Tatarinov, thus far the longest-standing corporate VP of Microsoft Business Solutions, when he keeps reassuring the market

s part 46  Microsoft Dynamics AX: Case Studies.” The next part of this blog series will analyze the product’s life pre-Microsoft and subsequently under Microsoft’s wing. In the meantime, your views and comments are welcome as usual. If you are existing users of Microsoft Dynamics AX or its former Axapta incarnations, what have been your experiences with these products and what is your take on the product’s future? Read More
May a New Day Begin for Mature Enterprise Applications - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined the trend of enterprise applications vendors’ attempts to win their users’ hearts and minds (as well as wallets) via more

s part 46  Day Begin for Mature Enterprise Applications - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series outlined the trend of enterprise applications vendors’ attempts to win their users’ hearts and minds (as well as wallets) via more intuitive and appealing user interface (UI ) and user experience (UX ) design. What that means is that users can now more quickly obtain all of the relevant information they need in a personalized way, with drill-downs and other slick navigational Web 2.0 gadgets. For users, personalized Read More
NavisionDamgaard Reverts To Navision, But In Name Only
Recent product releases and a profitable quarterly report from Navision, a recently merger-formed and rebranded Danish provider of enterprise business solutions

s part 46  product feature-functions and scalability still play a very important part of the selection. More comprehensive recommendations for both current and potential Navision users can be found in Navision Software a/s: Mid-market iNvasion and Does NavisionDamgaard Merger Mark Further Mid-Market Consolidation? 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 46  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
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 46  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
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 46  “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
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

s part 46  and so on. As said in Part 2 , Pegasystems  (also known as Pega ) users can use the familiar Microsoft Visio diagramming tool to visually create (model) the processes that will deliver better customer service . There are many pre-built solution frameworks with industry best practices to get them jump-started if necessary. But the second brick in the Yellow Brick Road is the ability of the technology to automate all necessary computer programming . Namely, business people can draw nice pictures and Read More
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

s part 46  and 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 analyzes recent SaaS initiatives by mainstream mega-vendors with some concrete examples. Mega-vendors’ Hybrid Approach Indeed, what about the 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 46  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
SaaSy Discussions (Part Ia)
Part I of this blog post introduced the common software deployment models and Consona CRM's approach in that regard. To the end of enabling Total Customer

s part 46  Discussions (Part Ia) Part I of this blog post introduced the common software deployment models and Consona CRM 's approach in that regard. To the end of enabling Total Customer Management (TCM) via an adaptive CRM offering, Consona CRM is built with a superior core infrastructure (customer data model, BPM, BI, SOA) and a holistic, best-of-breed product portfolio. Consona claims to be one of the market’s rare CRM offerings that is both operational and collaborative, with many years of a broad range 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 46  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

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