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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 1
In over a decade of covering the enterprise application space, I’ve repeatedly lauded and advised vertical focus (i.e., someone’s proven expertise in some

s part 54  Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 1 In over a decade of covering the enterprise application space, I’ve repeatedly lauded and advised vertical focus (i.e., someone’s proven expertise in some particular industry and market segment ), but not that much vertical integration per se . My beliefs were recently confirmed by what I learned while pursuing my APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) title. Namely, Module One of the APICS CSCP Learning System , entitled “Supply Read More...
These are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 3
Part 1 of this series analyzed two white papers entitled “Customer Relationship Management: The Winning Strategy in a Challenging Economy” and “Maximizing CRM

s part 54  revenue generated. Self-evident Conclusion s I concur with both of the white papers’ assertions that if history has taught us one thing, it is that organizations cannot afford to neglect strategic investments in challenging economic times. The biggest risk of all is to do nothing, since, when the economy rebounds, the competitors who decided to invest during a downturn will leap ahead of those hunkered down. Any organization that doesn’t have a well-considered strategy and the enabling tools to Read More...
S&OP Newcomer Asserts Notable Domain Expertise
Today’s businesses must be able to swiftly respond to the constant changes emerging across their global global supply chains and fulfillment networks to improve

s part 54  within the company’s distinctive supply chain management (SCM) competence. As part of the product management and product marketing team, Miles is instrumental in the company’s competitive and market intelligence, and is responsible for identifying market trends and translating them into high-level functional and product requirements. Additionally, he helps create and maintain the business case for the company’s flagship offering, RapidResponse . Prior to joining Kinaxis, Trevor worked for i2 Read More...
Epicor''s Mid-Market Pitch Becomes Higher For (One) Scala Part One: Event Summary
One should imagine Epicor has carefully thought out the rationale for the recent acquisition of its European counterpart Scala. The merger seems to have much of

s part 54  Becomes Higher For (One) Scala Part One: Event Summary Event Summary While the market has for some time been buzzing about the (for many still miraculous) predatory comeback of SSA Global , another true mid-market incumbent vendor, Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), should be lauded too for its recent revival. Like SSA Global, and intriguingly in the same time frame, Epicor did not have much upbeat news for several years following on its progenitors'' (i.e., erstwhile Platinum Corporation and Read More...
APICS 2009 Preview Series, Session 1-Time Management and Master Scheduling: Built from the Same Cloth
I listened to a webinar organized by The Association for Operations Management (APICS) for their upcoming International Conference and Expo,which will be hosted

s part 54  He mentioned that the S&OP topic will be covered in detail at the APICS convention. For me, the most interesting part of the webinar was how he explained that there has to be accountability for master scheduling within all departments of the organization. He even outlined that performance review of master scheduling needs to happen on a weekly basis to identify actions by process owners and use standardized reporting methods to capture trends and changes in master scheduling. In my past experience, many Read More...
Has KANA Gotten Its Mojo Back? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series presented the opportunity of service economy and associated complexity of providing consistently an experience of customer service

s part 54  platform, to complete our SEM vision (see Part 1) . We see that there are the following three broad aspect of service and we support all three: Agent-assisted Self-service Social or peer-assisted Role-based user experience is a key and that’s what SEM’s adaptive desktop and web self-service is designed to deliver (as explained in Part 1). The reason that companies cannot deliver that goal today is because the processes and technologies are so compartmentalized that they have to design either to the 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 54  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...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

s part 54  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup ’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+)  suite''s name is that a 99+ percentage represents the gold standard in customer service levels, and it takes a product purposely built to achieve service level excellence and to support such a high standard. ToolsGroup’s latest version of software continues to 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 54  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...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC''s earlier articles about companies'' need for better links between the plant (

s part 54  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC ''s earlier articles about companies'' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop fl 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 54  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...
The ''Joy'' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures
This part discusses the causes of ill-fated implementation

s part 54  on the major Key Success Factors. Part Four makes User Recommendations. Read More...
Talking to an Unrelenting Cloud Enthusiast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Xactly Corporation, a provider of fully multi-tenant, software as a service (SaaS)-based solutions for sales performance

s part 54  to an Unrelenting Cloud Enthusiast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced Xactly Corporation , a provider of fully multi-tenant, software as a service (SaaS)-based solutions for sales performance management (SPM) . The article also provided the bullish vendor’s genesis since being founded in 2005 and its current state of affairs. This article will feature my recent conversation with Xactly’s founder and CEO Christopher Cabrera. Cabrera is a noted industry expert in issues relating to SPM, Read More...
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications'' service oriented architecture

s part 54  the SOA Beast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications'' service oriented architecture (SOA). That blog post also tackled Progress Software ’s recent acquisition of Mindreef in order to round out its SOA governance solution for distributed information technology (IT) environments. Mindreef joined the Progress Actional SOA Management product family that provides policy-based visibility, security, and co 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 54  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...

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