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Hershey's Halloween Nightmare All Too Common for Supply Chain Implementations
On October 25, Hershey Foods Corporation announced a sharp decline in revenue and earnings for its third fiscal quarter ended September 30, 1999. Consolidated

sap nightmare  of software applications from SAP, Manugistics, and Siebel. The company chose to follow a Big Bang approach, that is, rather than moving to the new system one component at a time, it did it in one fell stroke. Many companies start out thinking in terms of a Big Bang, but later decide to follow a phased approach, in which new parts of the system are introduced incrementally. This more cautious strategy allows system bugs to be found and corrected before moving on to the next phase, while reducing the

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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3 Big Trends in Data Visualization


The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. —John W. Tukey. Exploratory Data Analysis. 1977. Data visualization is core to business intelligence (BI), as it’s the means by which data is communicated to the user. Results, alerts suggestions, or even more controlled guidance—all of these elements are passed through the data visualization

sap nightmare  of IBM Cognos and SAP BusinessObjects , who have integrated Esri ArcGIS maps into their existing BI offerings. This allows them to offer powerful mapping features and a spatial representation of data that is integrated with their in-house analytic capabilities. native location intelligence application—Products that focus on location intelligence from the get-go—such as SpatialKey , MapInfo Analytics from Pitney Bowes, and GeoBI , an open source provider of location intelligence services—or have Read More

CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a strategic degree. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. My post then explored the strengths and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from

sap nightmare  the engineering processes first. SAP and Oracle’s visualization capabilities (see Part 1) will certainly help with the non-engineering PLM users (who don’t necessarily need the data-intensive CAD models). In SAP’s experience, most customers who want to integrate their third-party PLM solution with ERP start by generating the  manufacturing bills of materials (MBOM)  directly. With that they lose the control over an end-to-end change management process. This is why many design decisions are not Read More

Show Me, Don't Sell Me


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sap nightmare  work with the products. SAP has a similarly extensive video library for its Business One product. While the videos aren’t quite as easy to find as Microsoft’s are, I thought they did a better job of connecting the dots. For each demo, SAP lists a few capabilities. When you click through to the video, you’ll notice that it explains each of those capabilities in terms of day-to-day tasks. You still have to put up with “typical user” personas, dull stock photography, and a few marketing-y bullets, Read More

Demystifying SAP Solution Manager


Many large organizations are struggling to manage all their software systems—let alone the different software versions across departments. In his article, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic discusses how SAP Solution Manager, a unique offering for centralized support and system management, covers all aspects of system deployment, operations, and continuous improvement, to ease customer pain with their complex IT environment.

sap nightmare  global corporations that use SAP ERP worldwide, with different divisions possibly using different releases of the product (which is a nightmare to manage in a manual or semi-automated manner). Add to that some third-party enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in a so-called two-tier ERP scenario for remote divisions and plants (e.g., Microsoft Dynamics AX , SAP Business One , SYSPRO , Epicor , QAD , etc.) and third-party best-of-breed solutions, many of which are endorsed and even resold by SAP Read More

SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity


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sap nightmare  about cloud solutions, mobility, SAP HANA in-memory, etc., one might lose sight of the fact that SAP has also been doing a boatload of tacit innovation in-house. At the recent SAP Influencer Summit event in Boston in December 2011, we learned of major new SAP products (recently released or slated for near future releases) in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle management (PLM). It is hoped that those so-called line-of-business (LoB) Read More

NEC to Inflate SAP Business ByDesign Tires


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sap nightmare  to Inflate SAP Business ByDesign Tires Those who have recently been gleefully celebrating the untimely death of the maligned SAP Business ByDesign cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) product might want to check their facts. The truth is that, as part of the SAP solution portfolio for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), SAP Business ByDesign has recently been made available on the SAP HANA in-memory platform. If the cloud ERP product’s initial underpinning technology was not up to snuff, this Read More

SAP Showcases Augmented Reality Android Apps


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sap nightmare  powered by CTIA , SAP showcased two forthcoming augmented reality (AR) apps , the SAP AR Warehouse Picker and SAP AR Service Technician mobile apps. These apps are expected to help simplify and improve user experience and work processes by offering a hands-free working experience.   SAP AR Warehouse Picker is designed to allow warehouse workers to do their tasks using smart glasses, which should improve situation awareness, efficiency, and workplace security. The idea is to enable a hands-free Read More

SAP for Chemicals: A Packaged Solution for Mid-market Companies


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sap nightmare  One of the series SAP for Chemicals: A Packaged Solution for Mid-market Companies. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the industry has finally gotten it right: chemicals are a notoriously slow-moving lot, in spite of (or because of) their maturity, and the fundamental challenges to the industry are obviously not going to go away. With limited asset turnover, production flexibility, and product innovation (there's simply nothing left to discover or invent, especially for basic chemical manufacturers Read More

SAP Becoming a (Legal) Polygamist


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SAP and Accenture Create a Joint Business Group


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sap nightmare  Business Group Accenture and SAP recently announced the creation of a new business group focused on shortening the time it takes to jointly develop and deliver new industry-specific solutions based on cloud and other digital technologies such as analytics and enterprise mobility. The Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group brings together the companies’ respective co-innovation, joint solution development, and go-to-market teams in an effort to focus on significantly increasing time to value for Read More

SAP Industry Solutions for Mid-market Companies


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sap nightmare  well over a decade, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has been offering market-leading enterprise applications software tailored to specific industries, starting with the oil and gas and the utilities industries (the original SAP industries). Other industries, such as media, insurance, chemicals, banking, and the public sectors have followed, highlighting SAP's lesser-known side as a market-oriented provider of industry-tailored solutions for midsized enterprises. For instance, SAP software has mapped standard business Read More

SAP Declares Victory Over Manugistics, Takes Aim at i2


On February 25 in Waltham, Massachusetts, SAP proclaimed itself the number two vendor of supply chain management solutions. Many in the room were openly skeptical, but does SAP have a case?

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SAP Powers CRM With HANA


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