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JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 1
Last year I attended the JDA FOCUS 2009 conference to realize that Scottsdale, Arizona-based JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) has become a force to be reckoned

k part 1  sets. JDA pledged several key commitments to its customers starting with that the company would continue to support all of its products. JDA will note replace one product with another, but will rather create a “Superior Solution” that is a “Superset” of the combined functionality. Last but not least, JDA will not impose a forced timeline to upgrade: JDA customers will be able to move to the converged solution when they are ready, i.e. in the normal cycle of upgrade. Meanwhile, certain products 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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Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series began with an analysis of the recent merger of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. Progress has this way

k part 1  a top-down manner. Dr. K asked the audience What percentage of processes within enterprises run on a BPM system? The answer was less than 5 percent, although more than 80 percent of processes need improvements. It would be counterproductive to re-implement any business process to improve it. This suboptimal practice breaks away from the notional idea that “Model, Deploy, Execute, Monitor, and Improve” is the proper cycle for achieving process management and improvement nirvana. A major problem is Read More...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the

k part 1  is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: Application software I.T. infrastructure Business process outsourcing (BPO), and Manufacturing This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. This part defines and describes common types of outsourcing. Part Three Read More...
Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 2
Part 1 of this series began to analyze the recent merger of Progress Software Corp. [NASDAQ: PRGS] and Savvion Inc. With this acquisition, Progress has made a

k part 1  and managers need to keep updating their decisions based on a repository of rules, policies, and regulations. Some of the simple rules can be described as part of the process description via the decision gateways (e.g.,  if-then-else ). But there could be rules that are more complex, i.e., hierarchical in nature, and thus need to be maintained outside of business processes. In that case, the company needs a BPM system with a strong  business rules management system (BRMS) . Within a BRMS, users can 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

k part 1  this blog post series  talked about my encounter with  BigMachines , a provider of slick  software-as-a-service (SaaS)  configure, price, and quote (CPQ)/ quote-to-order (Q2O)  solutions during my recent attendance of  Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US).  Prior to analyzing recent events at BigMachines, Part I explained the general value proposition of on-demand Q2O and CPQ software solutions . Part II will continue with a discussion of recent developments at BigMachines. From the Read More...
What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (Part 4)
Here's the final point in a series of four aimed at identifying a

k part 1  Makes a Good White Paper Good… (Part 4) Here's the final point in a series of four aimed at identifying a good IT white paper (and providing helpful hints, should you need to write one). The previous points addressed the importance of the white paper's introduction, of writing to a specific audience, and of proposing a viable solution. The final point, appropriately enough, considers key features of an effective conclusion. 4. All’s Well that Ends Well… The first paragraph of the white paper Read More...
Case Study: B&K Corporation
B&K Corporation engineers and manufactures test and assembly systems for automotive and other components. But B&K didn’t have the infrastructure and systems

k part 1  Study: B&K Corporation B&K Corporation engineers and manufactures test and assembly systems for automotive and other components. But B&K didn’t have the infrastructure and systems support for effective engineering controls and documentation—manual and paper-based processes meant data was often three weeks old. Find out how B&K decreased costs and improved customer service with a new automated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Read More...
Agilisys Continues Agilely Post-SCT Part 2: Market Impact
Agilisys is also leveraging its former parent's pedigree on professional services and outsourcing, the 'Concept to Customer' and 'Early Upgrade Program' being

k part 1  Agilely Post-SCT Part 2: Market Impact Market Impact As Agilisys might have changed its name and owners but never its nature, it has been executing the strategy it espoused at the time when the spin-off was announced. The new independent company has benefited from having control of its own financial and product development destiny, being able to make decisions based upon its own needs and objectives rather than being a small part of the much larger and consequently more rigid entity's needs and Read More...
MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges
MAPICS remains at a critical point in time, where immaculate execution without much space for missteps will determine its future. Despite notable functional and

k part 1  world-class mid-sized manufacturers, has embarked on a painstaking process of producing a strategy going forward that would pragmatically blend the company's traditional values and success factors with new approaches to stay in tune with market trends. All the products mentioned in Part One will have lost their former trademarks. The applications discussed in Part Two outside the core ERP backbones can or will be used atop of both ERP systems, and will commonly be referred as e.g., MAPICS Portal, PLM, or Read More...
SAP Gives in to CRM (Part Time) Matrimony
On May 2, SAP AG, the leading provider of enterprise software applications, announced a strategic alliance with Nortel Networks to develop and integrate

k part 1  (Part Time) Matrimony P.J. Jakovljevic - May 31, 2000 Event Summary On May 2, SAP AG, the leading provider of enterprise software applications, announced a strategic alliance with Nortel Networks to develop and integrate industry-specific customer interaction solutions that could extend the scope of collaborative customer relationship management (CRM). As part of the agreement, SAP has embedded within mySAP.com customer interaction applications from Nortel Networks' Clarify eBusiness Applications unit to Read More...
EAM Versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? Part One
As companies continue to look for more areas from which to squeeze out revenues and reduce expenses, enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized

k part 1  in more detail, two key differentiators: integration concerns and reliability-centered maintenance (RCM). The article ends with a background on Intentia and IFS, and with a general discussion about enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors' foray into the EAM/CMMS arena. This is Part One of a four-part note. Part Two will address integration concerns. Parts Three and Four will present an analysis of two major vendors. Comparing CMMS and EAM Many regard EAM as CMMS on steroids, which is an Read More...
Should Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion
A proof of concept (POC) should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by

k part 1  whereby the client may walk away without purchasing the software are rarely used in reality as a significant investment in both money and time has been made. Furthermore, the client may be convinced to move into the POC without fully evaluating all solutions due to the perceived low risk of the POC option. Sales exercise. Depending upon the commercial agreements in place, the POC can be within the sales cycle thus the ability of vendor for full disclosure is restricted. Further, the documentation 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

k 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 Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I
Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate

k part 1  rely on (suboptimal) average key performance indicators (KPIs), with emergency scheduling (constant firefighting) on paper or Excel documents. In such “clueless” environments, there are “blind spots” everywhere in terms of determining yields and losses, hidden capacity opportunity, and masked process routing and constraints by reactive work practices. Also, there are increased risks of quality non-compliance leading to manual quality assurance (QA) processes, whereas continuous improvement Read More...
6 Immediate Business Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider
Maintaining an effective supply chain is clearly an integral part of a manufacturing company’s livelihood. Using Web-enabled tools, the enterprise is able to

k part 1  to the users' requirements. Unlike a packaged SRM solution that is offered as a small part of an enterprise system, vendors that focus on SRM and develop their solutions from the ground up are better equipped to customize their offerings to meet these specific requirements. Financial commitment In today's economy, companies are looking for ways to avoid biting off more than they can chew. Once touted as something to avoid, hosted services are now providing a way to reap the benefits of the technology Read More...

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