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E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part Two
Last week in the TEC blog we took a close look at E2open’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategy, including the vendor’s four-step blueprint to

s part 47  Unexpected S&OP Player: Part Two Last week in the TEC blog we took a close look at E2open’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategy , including the vendor’s four-step blueprint to collaborative S&OP. We talked to E2open vice president of product marketing Sean Rollings to find out more about E2open’s S&OP strategy and capabilities. Following is a Q&A with Rollings, including more information about E2open’s S&OP offerings and Rollings’s ideas about trends in the S&OP market. Read More...
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An Indian’s view on the Chindian software outsourcing condition
I was positively staggered to read the article “Should North Americans Send More Software Development Work to China?” Perhaps my opinions are underlined with a

s part 47  Indian’s view on the Chindian software outsourcing condition I was positively staggered to read the article “ Should North Americans Send More Software Development Work to China? ” Perhaps my opinions are underlined with a bias of the South Indian (you’ll find Bangalore in those parts) variety, a fierce one at that too (which is why I have long abstained from writing the article “Why Indian outsourcing is the next best thing to sliced bread”). Nevertheless, I maintain that the article does no Read More...
Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch

s part 47  abovementioned ERP shortfalls.  As said in Part 1, lean thinking revolves around  the concepts of  takt time (production rate or drumbeat ),  heijunka (load leveling and line balancing ), and manufacturing process redesign to make it more agile (i.e., the ability to quickly change between product runs and reduce setups). In such a setup, a  Visual Production Control (VPC)  that uses common sense visual signals (i.e.,  Kanbans  or supermarkets) to initiate (trigger) a new action (e.g., replenish Read More...
Accelerating (and Fast-Starting) the SME Business at Oracle (and SAP) - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering and catering enterprise applications

s part 47  of industry  best practice s for SAP and its partners to build upon. With this foundation SAP delivers a holistic, integrated  service-oriented architecture (SOA) -based application built on a single code base. Conversely, the Oracle Accelerate program is assembled from different products without complete integration between them. Oracle points out that its Accelerate solutions are complete bundles and come with all necessary integrated components. Oracle has solutions for different ERP products (i.e. Read More...
Logility: Supply Chain Innovator and Workhorse
Logility, a global provider of collaborative supply chain software solutions, is relatively small, but its functional scope (from planning to execution) and

s part 47  to evaluate multiple demand signals as part of the demand plan and is able to recommend a model switch if the demand plan is not executing according to the initial prediction. For example, Voyager Solutions will take the demand sensing information, point-of-sale (POS), or syndicated data, and determine how the company is executing against the plan. If the variations from target exceed a certain threshold or pattern, the system will proactively recommend switching to another model. From a demand Read More...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 2)
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 47  of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 2) Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service management (SSM) suite . One such broad SSM suite has been offered by Servigistics . Servigistics’ Service Knowledge Management (SKM) solution, the newest module within Servigistics SSM , is designed to meet the requirements of the technical service organizations that manage complex problem resolution. The 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 47  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...
What's in a name? or Enterprise systems' reincarnations (Part II)
While the Part I of this topic focused on Consona Corporation (former M2M Holdings), this time the discussion continues with the recently minted Solarsoft

s part 47  a name? or Enterprise systems' reincarnations (Part II) While the Part I of this topic focused on Consona Corporation (former M2M Holdings ), this time the discussion continues with the recently minted Solarsoft entity, privately owned by Marlin Equity Partners. True, in Part I, besides Infor , I could have also mentioned as old news the renaming of Verticent ERP Plus (formerly PowerCerv [ evaluate this product ]) as part of the ASA International parent and SoftBrands (formerly Fourth Shift and 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 47  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...
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 47  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...
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 47  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 (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3
Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) product. In late 2008, at the

s part 47  change posted transactions. As said in Part 2 , the Reverse Posting capability was introduced with Navision 4.0 , but it is not possible to simply delete or change erroneously posted transactions. Microsoft claims to have insisted on doing it this way (with an audit log of reversed transactions) for security and regulatory purposes. Then, for a long time, third-party applications using “alien” (non-C/SIDE) database platform have had issues with addressing Navision’s native database, especially in 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 47  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 comb Read More...
The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2)
In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a

s part 47  Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2) In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a product, a service, etc. Two main approaches can be used to perform sentiment analysis or text mining : a knowledge-based approach, which uses linguistic models to classify sentiments; and a learning-based approach, which uses machine learning techniques to classify text. The concept of sentiment analysis 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 47  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...

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