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ERP and SCM Implementations Part One: Doing Too Much Too Soon
In order to get ahead of the systems development power curve, companies are attempting what is equivalent to executing a quadruple jump in ice skating; running

second curve  you get to the second enterprise package, at least the technology curve should be a straight line. Now the hour of truth: go live. Rarely do packages go into production without problems. The question, that you have to ask yourself is, How many fires can you put out at the same time? Again, problems happen and things go bump in the night . The fallout in terms of lost confidence and frustrations is the real damage. The recovery time to restore user confidence does not happen overnight. To limit your Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Up Close and Personal: Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM where he provided information about the company

second curve  To be continued… The second part of the interview will cover Sugar 6 (the new version of SugarCRM), the Sugar Exchange online marketplace, software as a service, social CRM, etc. In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions about SugarCRM and its offering. Read More...
The Seven Types of Power Problems
Many of the mysteries of equipment failure, downtime, software, and data corruption are the result of a problematic power supply. Compounding the problem is

second curve  for 1/50th of a second after the ac supply is lost. Another feature of this curve is that if the input ac voltage should decrease to 80% of its nominal value, the dc output of the power supply will hold up the circuitry for a minimum of 10 seconds. On the positive side of the 100% line, power supplies must tolerate an increase of 200% for a period of at least 1 millisecond. At a period of 0.01 of the ac cycle (e.g., 1.6 microseconds in a 60 Hz system, and 2.0 microseconds in a 50 Hz system), the power Read More...
QAD Pulling through, Patiently but Passionately Part Six: User Recommendations
While hardly any vendor is safe these days including QAD, the gloomy past seems to be far behind. The company has notably broadened its offering and seems to at

second curve  for the fiscal 2004 second quarter and six-month period ended July 31, 2003. The improved financial performance has not come without astute moves with regard to product functionality enhancements. These moves include: A partnership with Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) to develop a next-generation Just-In-Time (JIT) Sequencing software module for MFG/PRO Announcement of Kanban Visualization, which enhances QAD's existing Supply Visualization (SV) solution More than two dozen important new functions and Read More...
When You Realized the Need for a Unified View of Your Customers, that is E.piphany
E.piphany’s E.5 product suite is scheduled for release in late August. The new suite combines analytical customer information with traditional CRM

second curve  $24.5 Million in the second quarter 2000, a 70% increase over the previous quarter. Although E.5 is a revolutionary product that will up the ante for competitors such as Siebel, Clarify, and Broadbase, E.5 still lacks tight integration with ERP and other back-end systems. This creates a dilemma for companies with ERP systems in place that are looking to add CRM functionality. There is currently a tradeoff between purchasing a top notch CRM product from E.piphany or Siebel that is disconnected from your Read More...
E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One
E2open has not generally been known for its sales and operations planning (S&OP) capabilities. But the software provider deserves a second look for those in

second curve  software provider deserves a second look for those in need of S&OP, as its product lineage for S&OP aligns with its support of end-to-end supply chain management (SCM), providing a product suite suitable for product companies that depend on collaboration with customers, suppliers, and distributors. E2open also enables integration of internal and partner stakeholders with E2 Cloud Connectivity . The critical aspect here is to add confidence to the underlying data and assumptions that feed into the overall Read More...
Frontstep (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround
While Frontstep reported its fourth consecutive loss in Q2 2001, which was also the first quarter the company operated under the new name, the latest license

second curve  financial results for the second quarter and six months ended December 31, 2000. Revenue from new license fees was $17.2 million, up 11% from the same quarter last year. Total revenue was $34.1 million, up 22% from the Q1 2001. However, compared to the same quarter last year, total revenue was essentially flat on lower service revenue. As expected, the company reported a loss for the quarter. The net loss was $957,000, compared to net income of $288,000, for the same quarter last year (See Figure 1). Figu Read More...
Symix Expands Its Product Offering While Remaining Profitable
Symix Systems, Inc. announced, it had completed the acquisition of Profit Solutions, Inc. (

second curve  financial results for the second quarter and six months ended December 31, 1999. Total revenue for the quarter increased 4 percent to $34.4 million from $33.1 million in last year's comparable quarter. For the six-month period ended December 31, 1999, total revenue increased 11 percent to $66.5 million from $60.0 million last year. Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2000 decreased to $288,000, or $0.04 per share (diluted), from $2.3 million, or $0.32 per share (diluted), in the second quarter of Read More...
Finance Transformation and Routine Accounting: Enabling the Corporate Controller’s Role as a Strategic Contributor
The first role of the corporate controller has been to ensure corporate financial controls and@as a distant second@make strategic business contributions. But

second curve  talented financial talent into second rate-IT personnel. To avoid this problem, enterprises need to look beyond traditional ways to help the controller achieve a big-picture view of finance. Therefore what is now needed for enterprises that cannot afford or don’t want to allocate time and personnel to the black hole of standard ERP is a new approach and model. What have emerged from this inefficient scenario are new IT solutions that are in turn creating new IT markets. Vendors, such as Corefino, have c Read More...
Ovex Technoloiges
Ovex Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. is the largest third-party offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) and IT solutions provider, and the second largest

second curve  solutions provider, and the second largest exporter of IT services in Pakistan. The company employs over 900 employees and at its seven facilities, and serves both domestic and international clients. Ovex maintains partnerships with global technology vendors like Cisco, IBM, EMC, and Microsoft, and has clients in telecommunications, manufacturing and services, banking and financial, education, media, the public sector, and health care. The corporate office is located in Lahore (Pakistan), with other Read More...
Applix Still Shows a Presence in the OLAP Market
Applix Inc. has announced an agreement with Pelephone, Israel's second largest cellular network and handset supplier, to deliver its real-time, multi

second curve  agreement with Pelephone, Israel's second largest cellular network and handset supplier, to deliver its real-time, multi-dimensional Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) solution, iTM1. Through its channel partner in Israel, BICONIX, Applix will provide Pelephone the business intelligence capability for insight and analysis of cellular customers' usage activities. iTM1 will analyze customer profiles for over 1.2 million Pelephone subscribers. Applix iTM1, together with Biconix, was able to provide the exp Read More...
Ascending the Maturity Curve: Effective Management of Enterprise Risk and Compliance
The governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) concept remains as relevant as ever. In addition to the traditional goal of meeting compliance obligations, companies

second curve  enterprise risk and compliance,risk and compliance management,risk and compliance management processes,riska nd compliance management failures,GRC Read More...
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2
Part 1 of this series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe, to

second curve  Cakewalk Either However, I second Saugatuck Research ’s initial assessment of the advent of FinancialForce.com that there will be substantial challenges – from early product immaturity, via a laggard target buyer, to a crowded competitive landscape that will only get tougher over time. Not only are there entrenched  on-premise  solutions in the lower-end of the SME market, such as those from Intuit and Sage , but there is already a slew of the abovementioned SaaS products. One should also never negl Read More...
Bigger, Broader, and Better Linked: Considerations for Integrated Sourcing of Facilities Management and Real Estate
For many companies, the second largest cost after people is facilities. Solutions have evolved from traditional out-tasking and outsourcing to the more recent

second curve  For many companies, the second largest cost after people is facilities. Solutions have evolved from traditional out-tasking and outsourcing to the more recent strategy of integrating facilities management and real estate under a single service provider. But first, understand marketplace realities: provider capabilities don’t always line up with buyer expectations. Learn about the challenges of integrating these services. Read More...
SAP Remains Solid While Transitioning
On July 20, SAP AG, the leading provider of enterprise business software applications, announced its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2000. Despite an 18%

second curve  30, 2000. In the second quarter, revenues rose 19% over the same period last year to E1.50 billion. License revenues grew by 23% to E554 million of which sales of mySAP.com, the leading e-business platform, accelerated to E261 million or 47% of total license revenues in the second quarter, compared to 22% in the first quarter 2000. Pre-tax profit in the quarter before charges for the employee stock appreciation rights program (STAR) increased 11% to E288; pre-tax profit including STAR decreased 22% to E19 Read More...

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