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UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second largest business applications provider in continental

unit 4 blinc  invitation by  UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso ), the second largest business applications provider in continental Europe , to attend its  UK 2010 users conference . Frankly, I was a bit skeptical about what new and exciting I might see and hear about at this event in light of the vendor’s analyst tour in Boston in late 2009. The post then discussed the recent development that preceded both the UK user conference and the Boston analyst tour (but which was not the topic of either gathering). Namely, in 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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Delving into the Facts Behind the ERP Vendor Market’s Self-Ascribed Answer for ‘Businesses Living IN Change’ ™ -An Interview with UNIT4’s Product Marketing Executive
Rather than pursuing the usual route of writing analyses of major market trends, I’ve decided to ask vendors about their opinions and approaches. UNIT4 has

unit 4 blinc  discussion is UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso ), which is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands and was founded in 1980. Today, UNIT4 develops, sells, implements, and supports business software for running, managing, and optimizing a wide range of private and public sector organizations across the globe. The company has 3,500 employees in offices across 14 European countries and five countries outside Europe, from where it supports about 100,000 customers (in part via partners) in all regions of Read More
Agile ERP Vendor Ditches a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Alliance for, well, its own CRM Solution (Part I)
Writing about failed partnerships in the enterprise applications market is like writing about the sun setting in the evening and to the west, given almost daily

unit 4 blinc  business of the Netherlands-based Unit 4 Agresso (Dutch Stock Exchange EURONEXT-U4AGR) and has subsidiaries selling its ERP platforms ( Agresso Business World and others) around the world.  In aggregate, Agresso is one of the top five providers of ERP solutions for people-based businesses, i.e., professional services and public sector organizations (besides SAP , Oracle , Infor and Lawson Software ). Agresso targets businesses with over 500 and fewer than 5,000 employees, and has been the Read More
Enterprise Systems and Post-implementation Agility-No Longer an Oxymoron?
The need to support flexibility prior to installation of enterprise systems has largely been mastered by many vendors. But what is really more important is

unit 4 blinc  wholly owned subsidiary of Unit 4 Agresso , based in Sliedrecht (the Netherlands). Agresso's North American offices are in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada); Dallas, Texas (US); and Los Angeles, California (US). In brief, the Unit 4 Agresso parent company has been an international producer of business software and a supplier of security software since 1980, at which time a dozen pioneering professionals joined forces, sharing a passion and vision to develop platform-independent and standard-based Read More
Vendor Spotlight: Agresso
Welcome to TEC's Vendor Spotlight series. This installment focuses on Agresso, a Netherlands-based ERP vendor now enjoying its fair share of success in North

unit 4 blinc  a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Unit 4 Agresso (Dutch Stock Exchange EURONET-U4AGR), a provider of business software. Unit 4 Agresso's flagship product, Agresso Business World ( ABW ), accounts for over half of its annual revenue. Though its presence is comparatively smaller in the North American market, relative to its markets across Europe (5 percent of revenues comes from North America, versus a total of 91 percent divided amongst Benelux, the UK, Sweden, Spain, Norway, and Germany), Agresso had 78 Read More
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 4: User Recommendations
This tutorial identifies the significance of researching technology vendors to both buyers and vendors/VARs. Buyers require research to determine the short

unit 4 blinc  to pinpoint the right opportunity in this ongoing 'dating game'.   In Part 1 of this article it was suggested that an effective RFI/RFP process can streamline the selection process avoid the pitfalls of past selection processes.   Part 2 proposed a solution, and this part applies the solution to three mid-tier ERP vendors, Epicor , QAD , and Ramco Systems .   Part 3 illustrated how with differing selection criteria any one of the three vendors could win.   Part 1 - Overview of the Problem Part 2 - Read More
NEC Pulls Packard Bell PCs in US
Japan's NEC Corp. plans a restructuring of its U.S. Packard Bell NEC unit that will result in layoffs of about 80 percent of the unit's staff, the departure of

unit 4 blinc  U.S. Packard Bell NEC unit that will result in layoffs of about 80 percent of the unit's staff, the departure of senior management and its withdrawal from the U.S. retail personal-computer market, according to published reports Wednesday. According to Packard Bell spokesman Ron Fuchs, NEC, together with French partner Groupe Bull, which holds 12 percent of the unit, had wanted Packard Bell NEC to post a loss of no more than $100 million in 1999, but the unit is on track for a loss of $150 million this Read More
Case Study: Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press (OUP), the largest university press in the world, publishes over 4,500 books per year. OUP has long used electronic data interchange

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ICG Commerce
ICG Commerce provides a range of services for identifying, realizing, and improving procurement savings. The company's services go beyond finding unit cost

unit 4 blinc  services go beyond finding unit cost savings or deploying software, ICG Commerce works with customers to develop multiple, coordinated, cost-saving strategies.Based in Pennyslvania, USA, ICG Commerce gears its products and services to the purpose of reducing procurement costs for customers. They focus on three specific areas of activity:- Identifying savings through effective sourcing - Realizing savings through implementation and transaction management - Continuously improving savings through ongoing Read More
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The post ended with

unit 4 blinc  then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges  (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions were presented, most notably  SAP Business ByDesign . Part 3 of this blog series  analyzed recent SaaS initiatives by mainstream mega-vendors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new strategies and solutions were presented, most notably  Oracle ’s Platform for Read More
The Benefits and Challenges of Globalization: An Economist Intelligence Unit Executive Summary
In a world with few constants, sustaining growth and outpacing competition are key concerns for just about every company, regardless of industry, geography, or

unit 4 blinc  Globalization: An Economist Intelligence Unit Executive Summary In a world with few constants, sustaining growth and outpacing competition are key concerns for just about every company, regardless of industry, geography, or size. Globalization puts pressure on companies to find the best talent and use best practices. Discover the corporate attitudes to the risks and opportunities of global competition—and how you can overcome the challenges of outsourcing your business processes. Read More
4 Key Steps to Automate IT Security Compliance
An unprecedented wave of security breaches has led to the establishment of technical standards, IT governance frameworks and laws designed to improve and

unit 4 blinc  relatively new. Different business units focus on different aspects of the total problem, using the limited tools at hand. For example, a typical enterprise may have three different IT teams assigned to compliance tasks, including: A security and vulnerability management team is tasked with identifying vulnerabilities in applications, databases and the IT infrastructure before they can compromise enterprise, employee or customer security. This team asks, Where are the vulnerabilities in our IT Read More
The Definitive Guide to Successful Deployment of VoIP and IP Telephony-Chapter 2
Chapter 2 of this 4-part e-book explores the Internet protocol telephony (IPT) life cycle, and discusses how understanding the key phases of this packet-based

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Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC), which is an over

unit 4 blinc  series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC , NASDAQ: PMTC) , which is an over $1 billion (USD) large software company that develops, markets, and supports  product development  software solutions and related services. The article analyzed the company’s genesis from its inception in 1985 until the mid-2000s. Part 2 then analyzed the more recent acquisitions of the products  that have meanwhile been turned into integrated modules for the Read More
Software Size Units
The conventional unit of measurement for software size is the point. Unfortunately, the point-based measurement system fails to account for many of the

unit 4 blinc  Size Units The conventional unit of measurement for software size is the point. Unfortunately, the point-based measurement system fails to account for many of the complexities of software development. This paper proposes software size units (SSUs) as an alternative to points, defines their component elements, and explains how to use SSUs for more accurate software estimations and easier productivity assessments. Read More

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