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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 8  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 Read More...
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APICS 2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1
While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention

s part 8  the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1 While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention day ( Day 1 ,  Day 2 ,  Day 3 , and  Day 4 ), my much shorter  attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October revolved mainly around exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors . My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was Read More...
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

s part 8  2 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010 , salesforce.com ’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the  cloud computing  trailblazer and unveiling of Salesforce Chatter , the company’s nascent social platform and collaboration cloud (as duly Read More...
Has KANA Gotten Its Mojo Back? - Part 1
In this service economy it is not surprising to hear about smart innovative companies whose businesses have been blossoming due to the superior customer service

s part 8  KANA family is the s ocial media monitoring  solution vendor Overtone , acquired in April 2011. Overtone is a cloud-based multi-channel communication listening solution with functionality for advanced  text analytics  and customer  sentiment analysis (opinion mining) . This acquisition provides KANA with the means to obtain more detailed and relevant customer feedback via both social and traditional channels (i.e., phone, e-mail, Internet portals, Twitter , Facebook , and other social media Read More...
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 1
At the time when my recent “SaaSy Discussions” series was already being published, I had an update briefing and great discussion with Colleen Niven Smith, vice

s part 8  services through ESBs and SIPs. Part 2 of this blog series will explore the apparent opportunity and accompanying challenges (and soul-searching) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions will follow. In the meantime, your comments and feedback with regard to the opinions and assertions expressed thus far are welcome. If you are applications users, how important are the aforementioned considerations in your software selections? Read More...
What Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part II
Part I of this blog series outlined the first three suggested

s part 8  each suggested strategy. The second and final part of this blog series continues with the remaining three pieces of advice, and with my analysis. Advice #4: Collaborate with Channel Partners to Promote Products with Bloated Inventories Caused by the Downturn – For the products that have fallen victim to the abrupt economic downturn, manufacturers should work collaboratively with their channel partners to aggressively promote those products, alleviating excess levels of inventory. This action can free 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 8  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...
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 8  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...
Consona’s CEO Clearing the Air (about Compiere) - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about Consona Corporation’s recent acquisition of leading open source and cloud computing enterprise resource planning (ERP

s part 8  proposition. Now What? As stated in Part 1, Consona reiterates that Compiere was a technology buy and the main priority is to ramp up the distribution channel, sales, marketing, and product development in order to attract new on-premises and full-service cloud-base customers. Compiere is the world’s leading open source ERP solution, and has about 130 license-paying customers in the distribution and manufacturing industries. Tognoni compares Compiere’s wholesale distribution-oriented functional 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 8  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...
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 8  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...
TradeStone Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2
Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013. TradeStone’s Core CapabilitiesTradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities

s part 8  Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2 Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013.   TradeStone’s Core Capabilities TradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities continue to be sourcing, supplier management (including quality testing, inspections, and social, legal, and compliance-based supplier performance as exemplified in Guitar Center ’s case study), and order management, which includes global trade management (GTM) as well. Enterprise resource Read More...

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