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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

d part 1  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, Read More
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Will 2013 Be IBS’ Comeback Year? Part 1
Several years ago enterprise applications market observers might have talked about Sweden’s “Three I” enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors: Intentia, IFS,

d part 1  the pharma sector and Dynaman WMS sales. IBS has also changed the strategy toward partners—in 2012, 10 percent of its revenues were reportedly via value-added resellers (VARs), and the company wants this figure to be 15 percent in 2013. In Part 2 of this blog post series, IBS CEO Doug Braun unveils his game plan. Recommended Reading IBS Enterprise (v.7) ERP for Distribution Product Certification Report (2013) . February 4, 2013. Dealing with Food Industry Pressures . November 3, 2006. Infor Joins the Read More
Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1
The software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough

d part 1  Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1 The  software as a service (SaaS)  model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough economic environment. Consider customer relationship management (CRM) , transportation management, talent management, payroll processing, travel and expense (T&E) management, strategic sourcing and procurement, and many other point (or departmental) solutions in Read More
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

d part 1  Address, Company Name, etc. D   Dashboard - A member of the Business Intelligence family that represents near-real-time data feedback about particular performance measures. Called a Dashboard because the visual implementation of the functionality often looks like the dashboard of a car, with dials and gauges representing the pulse of the organization. Data Mart - A Data Warehouse on a departmental level (for more information, see Data Warehousing). Data Mining - A general term that represents Read More
IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 1
IFS is a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362

d part 1  Bucking the Trends - Part 1 IFS is a public business software company (listed on the  Stockholm Stock Exchange ) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362 million in revenues in 2009. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications , an integrated and component-based extended  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  suite built on  service oriented architecture (SOA)  technology [ evaluate this product ]. The vendor has about 2,700 employees and more than 2, Read More
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part IV
Part III of this blog series introduced Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone

d part 1  to a customer. The defective part is also sent to the engineering department for analysis to determine the root cause and future corrective actions. Namely, in order to ensure the highest quality for which Grayhill is known, the case cannot be closed until all the corrective and preventive action (CAPA) requirements are fulfilled. To that end, the following outputs must be generated: the detailed explanation of the root cause of the problem, the short-term fix, the long-term fix, sent a final report to th Read More
Mobilizing Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method
The case for action is intended as a living document, to be updated and referenced by the business and the project team. It should be referenced during the

d part 1  The Case for Action Method Mobilizing Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method Featured Author - Bronwyn Evans - October 2, 2003 The Approach The best way to develop the projected benefits is to workshop these, then to prepare your case for action document and have it reviewed by the contributors. Some people conduct interviews and analyses of operations. The problem with this approach is that it takes a lot of effort and generally results in conflicting opinions in some areas. This approach also Read More
Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and

d part 1  Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and defense (A&D) government regulations impose very different business practices from those followed in the commercial sector. Can lean manufacturing principles really work in A&D? The answer: it depends on the architecture of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Read More
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

d part 1  and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II) Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled Manufacturing Outsourcing: Seven Common Pitfalls to Avoid , authored by Symphony Consulting and Arena Solutions . It also established an intrinsic connection with product lifecycle management (PLM) software technology as a global sourcing collaboration enabler. Indeed, several macroeconomic trends seem to be helping the PLM market, starting with the rampant offshoring of facilities and/or Read More
Tier 1 vs. Tier 2 vs. Tier 3 ERP: What’s the Difference, Anyway?
In the software industry, at least in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) segment, there is an implicit understanding of what is meant by tier 1, 2, and 3

d part 1  3 ERP: What’s the Difference, Anyway? In the software industry, at least in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) segment, there is an implicit understanding of what is meant by tier 1, 2, and 3 vendors. Though the distinction may seem obvious, definitions of software vendor tiers are sparse. Those that exist vary from source to source and are mainly based on the vendor’s clients’ company size, the number of the vendor’s remote business units, and the vendor’s annual revenue. Nonetheless, it Read More
Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1
Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops

d part 1  both modeling modes and design models with relative ease. Part 2 of this blog series will analyze PTC’s more recent acquisitions and the company’s current state of affairs. In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions, or individual experiences with the aforementioned product development issues and PTC’s related solutions are customarily more than welcome. Read More
It’s About Process (or Ability to be Responsive) -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notions of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also tackled the similarities and subtle

d part 1  transactional in nature and do not necessarily need to be part of the back-office database. In fact, trying to capture every step and status of every little case (e.g., a customer’s product complaint or improvement suggestion that needs to be investigated by several employees) would only unnecessarily encumber the ERP or customer relationship management (CRM) database. Maybe mapping only some critical data between the case management process and ERP database (e.g., for inventory or invoice adjusting pu Read More
Enabling Growth and Transformation in Pharmaceutical and Biotech R&D
Whether you’re a niche-market start-up developing a single compound or a well-established global company with dozens of projects in the pipeline, the pressure

d part 1  Growth and Transformation in Pharmaceutical and Biotech R&D Whether you’re a niche-market start-up developing a single compound or a well-established global company with dozens of projects in the pipeline, the pressure to innovate in the life sciences industry is unrelenting. That’s why you need a solution that can help monitor resources, prioritize projects, optimize the clinical trial supply chain, and maximize the overall value of your product portfolio. Read More
Grape Escape 2013: Customer Value a Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2
This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in

d part 1  Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2 This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in Boston. UNIT4 Representing UNIT4 at the event were two top managers: regular attendee Ton Dobbe, the company’s vice president of product marketing, and Anwen Robinson, managing director in UK and Ireland, who was invited to share some of UNIT4’s news in that region with analysts. Similarly to the event Read More
Whose ROI is it Anyway? Part Two: Sorting Through Claims
ROI (return on investment) has taken on new importance in examining business initiatives and programs that often involve deployment of enterprise software and

d part 1  things can happen. ROI: Do You Have what it Takes? Take time to think —about the business initiative behind the investment Take it with a grain of salt —when reviewing ROI analysis and experience of other companies Take ownership —as a customer and as a vendor—to turn the assumptions behind the ROI analysis into results As part of this collaboration, the vendor should concentrate on providing critical information that an individual customer cannot easily generate. This could include A Read More

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