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Zooming into the Clothing Retailer Conundrum
If retailers in the vertical market of fashion apparel do not constantly refresh their presentation and assortment for consumers, they run the risk of being

shift differentials  Lifecycle Management With this shift, sourcing and product lifecycle management (PLM) tools have emerged as important technology enablers within the retail enterprise, since such tools can help offset the loss of control and slowed responsiveness associated with outsourcing the manufacturing of merchandise to remote parts of the world. Avant-garde retailers that are driving private label strategies forward are doing so by automating key sourcing functions, streamlining business processes, and Read More...
Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems
Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming...
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One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW). Until recently, the software company focused solely on workforce and service

shift differentials  as  mobile computing  solutions, shift planning (rostering) solutions, and solutions for the  Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) .  What ClickSoftware Offers ClickSoftware’s traditional sweet spot customer would be any organization that has over 100 field resources. The flagship Service Optimization Suite , currently at Version 8 , is the suite of applications created for this market space. The product components can be included in an offering by one of ClickSoftware’s partners (e.g., SAP , IBM , Read More...
Configuration Audit and Control for Virtualized Environments
In the computing world, a dramatic shift is taking place—enabling a new way for IT departments to manage services. The promise of a leaner, more efficient data

shift differentials  computing world, a dramatic shift is taking place—enabling a new way for IT departments to manage services. The promise of a leaner, more efficient data center has many businesses clamoring to go virtual. In the rush to virtualize, however, they have forgotten the painful and expensive lessons learned from introducing risk into the physical environment. Find out how detective controls can mitigate those risks. Read More...
Is There Much More (Pro)Clarity In Microsoft’s BI Strategy Now? - Part 1
Tough times demand tough decisions and sacrifices even from seemingly untouchable corporations. Most of us were likely discouraged (if not necessarily

shift differentials  news about Microsoft’s fundamental shift in its business intelligence (BI ) product strategy. The giant has apparently carefully evaluated and then rethought its BI portfolio, breaking apart the business performance management (BPM ) family of products. To that end, Microsoft will include the monitoring and analytic functionality within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 , while seriously backpedaling (if not completely unplugging) the development of its nascent financial planning & Read More...
The Shift to Larger, More Demanding Customers
Working with mass merchandisers is having a significant impact on how food processors and distributors run their businesses. With greater revenues increasingly

shift differentials  Shift to Larger, More Demanding Customers Working with mass merchandisers is having a significant impact on how food processors and distributors run their businesses. With greater revenues increasingly coming from these giant retail customers, food companies need to find ways to ensure the greatest efficiencies and the lowest costs, without sacrificing quality control or food safety. This white paper outlines best practices for food companies and how an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) Read More...
Technical Staff Management Systems for the Aviation Industry
In the airline industry, aircraft maintenance is an activity that has to be done throughout the day, so maintenance personnel must be available at all times

shift differentials  reasons, such as training, shift changes, leaves, service commissions, vacations, unjustified absences, etc. Secondly, the line maintenance supervisor has to solve the issue related to his or her employees' abilities. This refers to the degree of training a technician has, which allows him or her to take care of certain jobs, for example, technicians who are able to work on engines and planes; technicians who are able to work on an aircraft's electronic instruments; technicians in charge of general and Read More...
Architecting the Infrastructure for SOA and XML
The shift from traditional application design to service-oriented (SOA) principles utilizing XML and Web services promises increased IT agility and reduced

shift differentials  SOA and XML The shift from traditional application design to service-oriented (SOA) principles utilizing XML and Web services promises increased IT agility and reduced technology costs. However, without effective production-caliber infrastructure, the benefits of SOA and Web services will go unrealized. A modular solution that ensures extreme, fine-grained control over XML message handling can deliver the effective performance and policy compliance for every message. Read More...
Global Product Development Seen as a Boon for Product Lifecycle Management Vendors
An enterprise that wants to shift to a global product development strategy must invest in modern product lifecycle management (PLM) technology. Therefore, the

shift differentials  product development. Enterprises that shift over time to a global product development strategy must invest in modern PLM technology in order to minimize risk and ensure that the perceived cost savings and productivity gains are achieved. The PLM software market could be on the edge of a significant growth cycle, thanks to the coincidence of new PLM software technology capabilities and innovation with the increasing global competitive forces driving manufacturing enterprises toward global product Read More...
SoftBrands to Institute Fourth Shift for SAP Business One Manufacturing Work-Plan Part Two: SoftBrands
As for the lower-end of the market, SAP has designed SAP Business One to meet the core management needs of dynamically growing small and midsize businesses, and

shift differentials  to Institute Fourth Shift for SAP Business One Manufacturing Work-Plan Part Two: SoftBrands SoftBrands At the National Manufacturing Week ( NMW ) event, held February 23-26, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois (US) SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of enterprise applications, announced the availability of new industry-specific solutions for small and midsize manufacturing companies, with the aim of extending its leadership as a provider of solutions for an even broader range of companies, from Read More...
Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news

shift differentials  a related product strategy shift at Infor . Two late June 2010 news announcements, which were entitled  “Infor Simplifies Connectivity and Data Sharing with Infor ION(tm)”  and  “Infor Selects Microsoft as Preferred Technology and Tools Provider for Infor Software,  were then demystified in an interactive and constructive dialogue with  Soma Somasundaram, SVP of global product development (a recent internal promotion)  and Massimo Capoccia, director of product management technology. The Read More...
Palm Tries to Take the Desktop in Hand
Palm Computing to offer software to allow Palm devices to network with enterprise systems and applications.

shift differentials  in its effort to shift from gadget maker to systems vendor. At PalmSource 99, the company will unveil server software that lets Palm devices bypass the PC entirely and exchange data with back-end databases and applications. With this product, called Palm HotSync Server, will be a pack of Palm and third-party interfaces, called conduits, that handle the data exchange between Palm applications and a specific server-based enterprise resource planning suite or groupware application, for example. Market Read More...
Classic Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Shifts Over
About two-thirds of SoftBrands' revenue comes from its manufacturing division, which includes the Classic Fourth Shift solution and Fourth Shift Edition for SAP

shift differentials  Blow series. Classic Fourth Shift Classic Fourth Shift is SoftBrand's core manufacturing product aimed at manufacturing SMBs. Fourth Shift software, which is built on a Microsoft platform, was introduced in 1985 as one of the first personal computer (PC)-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Its comprehensive extended ERP suite facilitates critical business functions, including manufacturing, engineering, operations (order entry, purchasing, and shipping), financials and accounting, workflow, Read More...
Kronos Unveils Workforce Central 7
Kronos Incorporated unveils a major new version for workforce management, Workforce Central 7. The release includes improved features for real-time workforce

shift differentials  to enter availability and shift preferences, improved shift-swapping workflows, shift requests directed at employees that meet the eligibility requirements, new schedule-to-skill feature, the option to evaluate proficiency levels when planning for the right staffing mix, enhanced individual store budgeting and planning, copying or moving existing locations, as well as 'quick actions' to edit and update schedules. From a labor costing tracking perspective, Workforce Central 7 introduces enhanced Read More...
Fourth Shift Hopes To Thrive On China’s Greener Pastures
January has marked increased PR activity at Fourth Shift, with mixed, bittersweet announcements. While 2000 was a disappointing year, mostly owing to the 26.5

shift differentials  Shift Hopes To Thrive On China’s Greener Pastures Fourth Shift Hopes To Thrive On China's Greener Pastures P.J. Jakovljevic - February 6, 2001 Event Summary On January 18, the government of China's Wu Qing Economic and Technology Development Area announced the honor list of outstanding enterprises registered in its area. Fourth Shift Asia , an enterprise applications provider for small to medium manufacturing enterprises with main HQ in Minneapolis, MN, USA, was recognized as one of the top three Read More...
Driving SMB Efficiency with Business Intelligence
In the coming year, many companies will shift focus to business growth. However, continued economic volatility means that they will also need to keep costs in

shift differentials  year, many companies will shift focus to business growth. However, continued economic volatility means that they will also need to keep costs in check to maintain healthy margins. Many small to medium businesses (SMBs) are investing in business intelligence (BI) solutions to assist with this effort. Find out what tools are necessary to provide BI and how a suite of BI tools can help SMBs improve efficiency. Read More...

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