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Microsoft Analyst Event Part Two: Dynamics Offerings for ERP and CRM


vista tour  Analyst Event Part Two: Dynamics Offerings for ERP and CRM I recently attended the Microsoft Dynamics Fall Analyst Event (FAE) 2012 in Washington state, which started with a tour of a local Microsoft Store (see Part 1 of this blog series,  Microsoft Analyst Event Part One: What’s New for Fall 2012 ). At the company’s Redmond, WA Microsoft headquarters, Kirill Tatarinov, President of the  Microsoft Business Solutions Division (MBS) , gave us the 2012 year-end review. One major point that Read More...
Licking Desktop Problems
Like the old tootsie pop ads that ask how many licks it takes to get to the center, how many annoyances does it take to get people and businesses to change

vista tour  opposed to the new Vista version). Vista is likely to require different troubleshooting, especially with some of the new policies it introduces: for example, Vista deactivation. Columnist James Bannan described the experience this week. Put simply, your copy of Windows will stop working with very little notice (three days) and your PC will go into reduced functionality mode, where you can''t do anything but use the web browser for half an hour. You''ll then need to reapply to Microsoft to get a new Read More...
Enterprise Software Conferences: Why Bother?
If you did not get the chance to read the article about the 2009 APICS Conference, I thought I should share with you some of the things we (Khudsiya and I) did

vista tour  Software Conferences: Why Bother? If you did not get the chance to read the article about the 2009 APICS Conference , I thought I should share with you some of the things we (Khudsiya and I) did or learned there. I thought I would start by imagining a conversation about imaginary analysts, between two imaginary people, in an imaginary kitchen of an imaginary company: Imaginary man (IM): “Where did G the analyst go? I haven’t seen him around for at least a couple of days!” Imaginary woman Read More...
One Offering to Watch Unfold in 2012: UNIT4 Business Analytics Apps
For me, the third week of December 2011 was a week of revelations of sorts in the realm of enterprise applications. Amid all the IT punditry/buzzword talk

vista tour  Offering to Watch Unfold in 2012: UNIT4 Business Analytics Apps For me, the third week of December 2011 was a week of revelations of sorts in the realm of enterprise applications. Amid all the IT punditry/buzzword talk throughout the year about cloud computing, analytics, mobility, social, and in-memory, there were two concrete announcements in mid-December from two vendors that gave me pause. Both vendor product announcements are still far away from their commercial use in earnest, but their Read More...
Epicor Conducts Its Own ROI Acquisition Rationale Part Two: Market Impact
Given Epicor''s ordeal of the past and the fact that divesting several lateral products in 2001 will have greatly helped it achieve some much needed stability

vista tour  (and its smaller sibling Vista , as an introductory-level product) have turned out as better positioned to address this requirement, although both major product lines include the broad range of modules. Further, Epicor''s technology direction currently embraces the Microsoft .NET Platform for XML-based Web services. Through .NET, which is the next generation of Microsoft''s Distributed interNet Applications Architecture (DNA) and component object model (COM), the vendor hopes to be able to provide Read More...
Early Adoption of Windows Vista Yields Strong Return for Midsize Companies
IT departments in midsize companies are expected to improve the service quality to PC users, cut IT support costs, and increase business flexibility. But

vista tour  Adoption of Windows Vista Yields Strong Return for Midsize Companies IT departments in midsize companies are expected to improve the service quality to PC users, cut IT support costs, and increase business flexibility. But midsize companies often worry about tight IT budgets and few IT resources. Deploying the Windows Vista operating system can help. Find out what 73 midsize companies have to say about how Windows Vista has offered not only cost savings, but security benefits and more. Read More...
Epicor Shows Resilience When It Needs It The Most
By stemming the tide of hefty losses of past years now amid possibly the most difficult market situation, Epicor might be showing us that ''calamity is the

vista tour  includes the Vantage and Vista products remain strategic to Epicor and will continually be enhanced both with core ERP functionality and with extended-ERP components such as enterprise portals and Web storefronts. The release of the Web-enabled eFrontOffice product and its integration to back office solutions including eBackOffice , eManufacturing (Vantage) and iSolutions (Avante) products, speak in that regard. Other recent new products include eCentre , Epicor''s managed services option for delivering Read More...
APICS 2009 Convention: Day 4 (Last Day)
The last day of the conference is different in three ways: there is no general session today; we have plant tours in the afternoon; and the exhibitors are gone

vista tour  2009 Convention: Day 4 (Last Day) The last day of the conference is different in three ways: there is no general session today; we have plant tours in the afternoon; and the exhibitors are gone (which is too bad, because for IBM only you could spend hours talking with all the vendors in their booth). As usual, we had a hard time choosing which learning session to attend. Gabriel wanted to learn more about sustainable IT , from Carolyn Farr Sly (Vice President of Education, APICS Charlotte Chapter ), Read More...
BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

vista tour  (VC)  investments (mainly by  Vista Equity Partners ) thus far, the average customer acquisition cost has been around $250 K. This figure is not that impressive when compared to Salesforce.com''s,  Taleo ''s, or  SuccessFactors ’ install bases, given the similar initial VC investments before those companies went public. As pointed out in  my earlier blog series on SaaS , investors and venture capitalists can be patient only if a SaaS company grows with an acceptable CAC (customer acquisition Read More...
Subtle (or Not-so-subtle) Nuances of Microsoft .NET Enablement
The Microsoft .NET strategy continues to confuse many, due to the lack of understanding of the technology. Indeed, because of the massive marketing campaign

vista tour  of the upcoming Windows Vista and Windows Server Longhorn operating systems. It will also be available for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 . The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 includes version 2.0 of the CLR, and it consists of four major components: Windows Presentation Foundation ( WPF ) (formerly code-named Avalon ), a new user interface (UI) subsystem which is API-based on XML and vector graphics (it will make use of three-dimensional [3D] computer graphics hardware and Direct3D Read More...

IFS Defence Ltd., a joint venture between BAE Systems and IFS, recently acquired iSC, a British custom software firm. However, some product integration issues

vista tour  and infrastructure). Also recently, Vista Equity Partners combined its individual EAM and field service investments, the formerly public Indus International , with the former Mobile Data Solutions Incorporated ( MDSI ) to create the new company Ventyx . The investment of Francisco Partners in the formerly public Mincom ; Infor ’s acquisition of the formerly public Datastream (see The Impact of the “Assembler Strategy” in the Enterprise Applications Field ); Consona ’s acquisition of Relevant Read More...
Supplier Parks - Back to the Future
As supply chains become increasingly integrated and synchronized, we are witnessing the evolution of the business/production models (in some industries) that

vista tour  Parks - Back to the Future Business Integration Models: The Old and the New Ford''s River Rouge complex, the largest industrial complex in the world during the 1920''s and 30''s, is often cited as the prototypical example of vertical integration. Iron ore came in one side and autos came out the other end. Contrast that with the development of virtually integrated supply chains during the 80''s and 90''s: thousands of suppliers dispersed across the globe, each with their own role in the production of a Read More...
BI Reporting: Does the Tool Really Matter?
Last month I listened to several discussions about the importance of choosing the right reporting tool when installing a business intelligence (BI) solution

vista tour  that says: “de la vista nace el Amor” which glosses to “looks aren’t everything, but they sure do count for a lot”. Don’t get me wrong, beauty doesn’t only come in colors and forms, but also in data frames, and if put in the right place, it can help the decision-making process. Also, you don’t want to mess with a reporting tool that’s not able to fit with your corporate image, or that has a poor set of visual resources to rely on. The second reason is that sometimes when selecting a Read More...
Epicor To Try The Divestiture Tack, Too
Plagued by depleted revenues and continued hefty losses amid a difficult market situation, Epicor is trying to pull some other beleaguered competitors'' trick

vista tour  Epicor (e.g., Avante and Vista product lines) so that the company remains focused only on further developing its Microsoft-centric flagship products comprised within its e by Epicor product suite. This might help Epicor remain a prominent mid-market leader. In addition to its focus and understanding of the mid-market, the company has established a solid global infrastructure and product capabilities, as well as a vertical focus for some industries. The current hardships have reportedly not affected its Read More...
5 Steps to Successfully Conducting and Rating Software Demos
So, you’re the guy/gal who’s been put to the task of choosing your companies next enterprise software solution? Well, if you’re reading this, you’re most

vista tour  Steps to Successfully Conducting and Rating Software Demos So, you’re the guy/gal who’s been put to the task of choosing your companies next enterprise software solution? Well, if you’re reading this, you’re most probably well on your way to choosing that software by now. You’ve made your proposal to your stakeholders; you’ve gathered your requirements and prioritized them; you’ve gotten a handful of software vendors to complete your RFI. So now what? Well, there’s still one very Read More...

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