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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 Read More...
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Show Me, Don't Sell Me
Are you having trouble finding concrete information about how enterprise software actually works? I know I am.I’m not talking about feature lists—you can

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...
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

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...
3 Big Trends in Data Visualization
The greatest value of a picture is when it forces usto notice what we never expected to see.—John W. Tukey. Exploratory Data Analysis. 1977.Data

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...
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

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 Industry Solutions for Mid-market Companies
For over a decade, SAP has offered industry-specific applications, starting with oil and gas and utilities solutions. Media, insurance, chemicals, banking, and

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 Gives Up, Declares Victory. Again.
Commerce One and SAP announced that Commerce One will supply the marketplace infrastructure behind the mySAP portal.

sap nightmare  Up, Declares Victory. Again. SAP Gives Up, Declares Victory. Again. D. Geller - July 5, 2000 Event Summary SAP AG and Commerce One are joining together to build what SAP wasn't able to build alone: the mySAP.com business suite. Widely perceived as lagging behind in the development of the marketplace capabilities that were an essential part of the image of mySAP, SAP has now solved its problem by bringing Commerce One, a leader in the deployment of e-procurement marketplaces, into the picture. Commerce Read More...
Is SAP Stumbling? Perhaps.
Business applications market leader SAP reported a 43% drop in net income for its first quarter ended March 31, despite a 10% increase in revenue. In a separate

sap nightmare  SAP Stumbling? Perhaps. Is SAP Stumbling? Perhaps. P.J. Jakovljevic - May 17, 2000 Event Summary In April, the business applications market leader SAP reported a 43% drop in net income for its first quarter ended March 31, despite a 10% increase in revenue. Net income for the quarter reached $53 million, or 53 cents per share, as compared to $98 million and 92 cents, respectively, in the corresponding quarter of last year (See Figure 1). Revenue rose to $1.18 billion, from $1.08 billion a year ago. Read More...
SAP for Chemicals Functionality
SAP has been delivering on its chemicals industry strategy by expanding its capabilities for manufacturing and supply chain management, broadening its composite

sap nightmare  for Chemicals Functionality SAP for Chemicals Functionality SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) is well-known for its enterprise applications software tailored to the chemicals industry. For a detailed tutorial on the chemicals industry, see So What's the Big Deal with Chemicals? . For a discussion of the SAP approach to packaged solutions, see SAP Industry Solutions for Mid-market Companies . And for a discussion directly concerned with SAP and the chemicals industry, see SAP for Chemicals: A Packaged Solution for Read More...
Has SAP Become a PLM Factor to Be Reckoned With?
You have probably heard of SAP’s recent blockbuster acquisitions, but did you know about the vendor’s fervent in-house innovation and newly developed products

sap nightmare  SAP Become a PLM Factor to Be Reckoned With? Even at the recent SAPPHIRE NOW 2011 conference, it became apparent that much of SAP ’s innovation has lately come from its blockbuster acquisitions of Business Objects and Sybase . The major headlines of the conference were along the lines of in-memory analytic applications ( SAP HANA , anyone?), mobility, on-demand/cloud applications, and so on. But SAP has also been doing a boatload of tacit and less publicized innovation in-house. At the event, we learn Read More...
SAP Gets Serious with SAP HANA and Mobility
Yesterday in San Francisco, SAP held a press conference to make two (perhaps three) major announcements about its strategy for the data management and mobility

sap nightmare  Gets Serious with SAP HANA and Mobility Yesterday in San Francisco, SAP held a press conference to make two (perhaps three) major announcements about its strategy for the data management and mobility spaces. These announcements unveiled big-time movement in two major IT areas: data management and mobility. SAP HANA and Sybase At the press conference, Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board for Technology and Innovation, spoke about SAP's roadmap for integrating Sybase and SAP's strategy over Read More...
SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity
Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle

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...
SAP To Take Care Of All Suppliers
SAP's first major product delivery that leverages recently the recently endorsed technology foundation, allows it to offer a collaborative solution. This does

sap nightmare  Summary On January 9, SAP Markets, Inc. , the Internet exchange applications providing company of the SAP AG group of companies (NYSE: SAP), which is a leading provider of business software solutions, announced the availability of mySAP Supplier Relationship Management (mySAP SRM) , an SAP Markets solution designed to manage supplier relationships in a comprehensive manner that should improve the competitiveness and profitability of a value chain. According to the company, currently, due to technology Read More...
SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy
It appears as though SAP feels confident now that its software solutions outside of its core ERP can stand on their own and attract new customers.

sap nightmare  Part 4: SAP's Strategy SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy P.J. Jakovljevic - August 7, 2001 Event Summary   During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE , on June 12-15, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, released a spate of upbeat announcements in its effort to portray itself as a reformed vendor of choice for all aspects of e-Business, including planning and collaboration. As an illustration thereof, SAP cited that its Read More...

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