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CRM For Complex Manufacturers Revolves Around Configuration Software
While pundits have been debating whether the configuration software deserves to be a CRM module on its own, it is certainly a part of the much broader CRM class

sap variant configuration  In addition, Oracle , SAP , Cincom Systems and Intentia , to name only some, have painstakingly gradually introduced their own CRM application suites, which have been increasingly attaining the full-fledged CRM product statuses. With a possible exception of Cincom that has deep roots in complex manufacturing, the focus of these ERP vendors has, however, so far primarily been on providing contact and opportunity management and after-sale customer service/call center applications along with their

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ)

Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generation of quotes that occure during the sales process. CPQ solutions create accurate and professional sales quotes for complex, custom-engineered or customizable products while streamlining core processes and lowering costs. Common features of CPQ software include product catalog and pricing functionality, product visualization, and support for channel sales.  

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Meeting Configure One at PlanetPTC Live 2011


My recent attendance of the PlanetPTC Live 2011 event was a great learning experience. Look for an article with my impressions on the conference and on PTC’s strategy with regards to the novel PTC Creo suite of design applications leveraging both the direct and parametric modeling (and in the wake of the release of nine Creo 1.0 applications), embedded software lifecycle management (with the MKS

sap variant configuration  various ERP vendors, including SAP, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) , and JD Edwards . As said earlier, Configure One has CAD integration out of the box while its competitors resell partners’ CAD functionality in the best-case scenario. More commonly, CAD integration is in an opportunistic, project-based mode, typically 2D CAD. Competitors Chime In Configure One functionality leans more towards engineering/manufacturing configuration, whereas BigMachines, Cameleon, and Read More

Lilly Software - Product Enhancements Remain Its Order 'Du Jour' Part Three: Competitive Analysis


Contrary to most of its competitors that had opportunistically pursued their customers randomly, and whose latest vertical initiatives stem from the sudden epiphany that a certain percentage of their customers come from certain industry, Lilly’s recent vertical initiatives are indeed a further sharpening of already focused solution for 'to order' manufacturers.

sap variant configuration  Not to mention that SAP , Oracle , PeopleSoft , Baan , Manugistics and J.D. Edward s will likely be faced in most if not all the above markets as well, and will not any more shrug off at Lilly as an insignificant small competitor. Last but not least, Lilly's expansion into the automotive and repetitive manufacturing sectors will be fiercely defended by the likes of BRAIN NA and QAD . This concludes Part Three of a four-part note. Part One detailed recent announcements. Part Two analyzed the Market 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 variant configuration  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

Is There a Way to Avoid Lengthy Catalog Numbers?


A sales configurator needs to be able to "decipher" products' specifications from a rule-based, constructed catalog number. Part number users should query vendors to determine whether their enterprise solutions cater to the needs of industrial automation manufacturers.

sap variant configuration  product information management (PIM)—see SAP Bolsters NetWeaver's MDM Capabilities and The Role of PIM and PLM in the Product Information Supply Chain: Where is Your Link? . Such undertakings would establish a uniform part numbering convention amid various enterprises' divisions and trading partners, and maybe even within a certain vertical industry. The current sad state of affairs is that each organization generally has its own proprietary numbering schema. While MDM and PIM tools certainly Read More

SAP Delivers Innovative Supply Chain Execution Solutions


SAP recently announced the general availability of the 9.1 versions of the SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) and SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) applications in its continuous pursuit of innovating its supply chain execution (SCE) platform. This release is heralded as the next step in SAP’s integrated SCE platform, enabling its customers to achieve efficient logistics and order fulfillment processes.

sap variant configuration  Supply Chain Execution Solutions SAP recently announced the general availability of the 9.1 versions of the SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) and SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) applications in its continuous pursuit of innovating its supply chain execution (SCE) platform. This release is heralded as the next step in SAP’s integrated SCE platform, enabling its customers to achieve efficient logistics and order fulfillment processes. Read More

SAP ERP Market Analysis for SMB'S


As you'll discover in SAP ERP for SMB, SAP offers a range of ERP solutions for small and midsized businesses including a SaaS-based version called...

sap variant configuration  As you'll discover in SAP ERP for SMB , SAP offers a range of ERP solutions for small and midsized businesses (SMBs)—including a SaaS-based version called SAP Business ByDesign. In this Aberdeen market analysis , you'll also learn about the major trends and drivers in the ERP SMB market, and how SAP ERP solutions are helping SMBs streamline and standardize their processes and operations—with functionality so robust that even larger corporations are buying in. Learn how working with the world’s Read More

SAP field service


SAP offers an end-to-end service management solution that can be used across all the departments of a company to manage contracts, process issues, and execute service orders. SAP Field Service is part of SAP Service Management, which offers functionality for service order management, installed-base management, warranty and claim management, parts logistics integration, and mobility. Analytics and big data features are also delivered by SAP to extend its core field service offering. Workforce scheduling and optimization allows users to allocate resources and optimize planning based on factors such as skills, location, customer preferences, and service commitments (as defined by contracts and SLAs). Using optimized schedules and automated processes, dispatchers can decide the most suitable resources for each task. SAP delivers its field service solution particularly to the high-tech, utilities, and industrial manufacturing industries. The solution can be delivered both on premises and in the cloud.

sap variant configuration  field service SAP offers an end-to-end service management solution that can be used across all the departments of a company to manage contracts, process issues, and execute service orders. SAP Field Service is part of SAP Service Management, which offers functionality for service order management, installed-base management, warranty and claim management, parts logistics integration, and mobility. Analytics and big data features are also delivered by SAP to extend its core field service offering. Read More

SAP Acquires TopTier To Further Broaden Its Horizons


In a move designed to increase its presence in enterprise portals and integrated business intelligence, SAP AG has announced an agreement to purchase TopTier Software for approximately $400 million USD in cash. TopTier’s products are already integrated with SAP’s mySAP Workplace, so the acquisition should be painless and have little negative effect on SAP’s 2001 earnings per share.

sap variant configuration  Further Broaden Its Horizons SAP Acquires TopTier To Further Broaden Its Horizons M. Reed - April 17, 2001 Event Summary SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), a major provider of e-business software solutions, and TopTier Software, Inc . (privately held) have announced that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement for SAP to acquire TopTier, subject to the approval of antitrust authorities. TopTier has been an SAP partner since 1999 and parts of its technology are already integrated and available within the Read More

'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG


SAP AG has seemingly crossed a strategy chasm, from a strict, stodgy, Not-Invented-Here (NIH) approach to software development and delivery, to a seemingly quite open approach of broad development alliances, company acquisitions, Internet portals development, and a deep, new relationship with IBM for both technology sharing as well as bolstering IBM Consulting’s support for SAP’s new multiple mySAP.com™ initiatives. 'Collaborative' and 'SAP' were not two words you might have ever seen in the same article. You’re seeing it now.

sap variant configuration  Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG R. Garland - September 22, 2001 Introduction  In the early 90's, ERP came of age. Everyone had to have the functionality ERP packages promised. Since then, as Web and Internet technologies have matured, CRM on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, these packages have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase is Collaborative Commerce, where we u Read More

SAP Takes HANA Enterprise to the Cloud


SAP has announced SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, taking the logical but no less important step of taking its SAP HANA platform to the cloud, giving organizations a new deployment option for the in-memory platform. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service will enable organizations to run mission-critical instances of SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management

sap variant configuration  Enterprise to the Cloud SAP has announced SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service , taking the logical but no less important step of taking its SAP HANA platform to the cloud, giving organizations a new deployment option for the in-memory platform. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service will enable organizations to run mission-critical instances of SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and Netweaver Business Warehouse solutions in the cloud, powered by HANA. SAP Read More

Configuration Solutions, LLC


Founded in 1996 as Configuration Systems & Consulting, Configuration Solutions delivers a suite of enterprise-wide and collaborative configuration software for several product and service complexities, or business and operating environments. For over fifteen years, Configuration Solutions have developed knowledge-based process and product configuration software. It is located in Portage, Michigan (US)

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SAP Releases Value Maps for Easier SAP Enterprise Support Navigation


SAP has announced SAP Enterprise Support value maps. The value maps are delivered via the SAP Enterprise Support Academy program, a dedicated portal with flexible entry points and aggregated views on learning assets and services content combining training, support, and deployment of best practices. They are an intelligent selection mechanism to help customers find the right services and tools.
sap variant configuration  Value Maps for Easier SAP Enterprise Support Navigation SAP has announced  SAP Enterprise Support value maps . The value maps are delivered via the SAP Enterprise Support Academy program, a dedicated portal with flexible entry points and aggregated views on learning assets and services content combining training, support, and deployment of best practices. They are an intelligent selection mechanism to help customers find the right services and tools. With more than 350 single services, SAP Enterprise Read More

SAP Bolsters NetWeaver's MDM Capabilities Part Four: SAP and A2i


The A2i acquisition will in the short term bring together two complementary e-commerce products that should help retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers manage and sell their products to other companies and customers on-line.

sap variant configuration  MDM Capabilities Part Four: SAP and A2i SAP As Convergence Point SAP NetWeaver , has become the main pillar of SAP AG 's (NYSE: SAP) strategy to remake itself into a platform vendor. With this and mySAP Business Suite , the broadest suite of enterprise applications in the market, SAP will sell possibly everything from application servers via middleware to Web services (envisioned, in SAP's case, to orchestrate business processes by means of packaged composite applications across and/or atop existing Read More