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Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1
Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M@As) in the vibrant and buoyant business process management (BPM

m part 1  Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1 Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the vibrant and buoyant  business process management (BPM)  space.  The merger of Progress Software Corp. (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. drew my attention  in particular. Why? Because, to my mind, Progress has thus made a large leap into the BPM space, a market where it has been notably absent. Namely, from Progress’ analyst event two years ago, I vividly Read More

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Job Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 1
We certainly learn new things every day, and sometimes out of pure serendipity. Namely, when I was recently asked by one of my industry contacts (working for a

m part 1  Scheduling Maze in Distributed IT Landscapes - Part 1 We certainly learn new things every day, and sometimes out of pure serendipity. Namely, when I was recently asked by one of my industry contacts (working for a PR agency) whether I would like to have a briefing with and about his client, whose name included the word batch as a part, I agreed, thinking it was a process enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor or maybe a manufacturing execution system (MES) vendor. To my chagrin, as soon as the Read More
Agresso Bucks the Slump (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 1
Sadly, it is not difficult for so many of us to concede that, except for maybe the historic elections in the US and the successful Olympic Games in Beijing

m part 1  (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 1 Sadly, it is not difficult for so many of us to concede that, except for maybe the historic elections in the US and the successful Olympic Games in Beijing, 2008 was a terrible and somber year. It felt long-drawn-out, and many of us will have trouble sinking it easily into oblivion. Without even talking about our retirement funds and investments being slashed by about 40 percent (as part of a potentially more far-reaching financial crisis) or about 2.6 million Read More
Agresso + CODA, VITA + Link (+ CODA 2go): What's the Sum? (Part 1)
Over the last few years I have produced a number of articles and blog entries on two once-independent and occasionally competing products: Agresso Business

m part 1  the business, instead of molding the business around IT. The first part of this definition is similar to what many extended-ERP platform providers are doing: stitching together existing assets through a lower cost common middleware platform. This is a laudable effort, especially in this economy. However, the second part of the definition (referring more to molding software to the business and enabling flexibility and agility), simply are not considered by these quasi-SOA platforms. That is because the Read More
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 1
February and bleak mid-winters are not exactly the high season for software user conferences in North America, and thus I accepted the invitation by UNIT4

m part 1  estimate that the SaaS market would reach $8 billion in 2009, a 21.9 percent increase from 2008 revenue of US$6.6 billion, no wonder that Salesforce.com has increased its interest in SaaS accounting (and likely in other applications down the track). Part 2 of this series will focus on FinancialForce.com’s strengths and potential challenges and on its on-premise step-sibling CODA’s recent developments. Your comments and opinions about post-implementation agility and UNIT4’s diversified strategy Read More
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don't

m part 1  off to a positive, momentum-gaining start. In Part I of this three-part series, we start the countdown of the 10 reasons or objectives of kickoff meeting, from the least to the most important. When setting the agenda for the project kickoff, use these articles as a checklist. While it may not lead to a standing ovation or a nomination for Best Director , awareness of the top 10 reasons can help maximize the time spent and properly set the attitude, motivation, and discipline of the project team. 10. Read More
Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 3
Cloud computing is allowing small to medium businesses (SMBs) to gain access to premium enterprise solutions without the traditional price tag of hardware and

m part 1  Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 3 This is the final installment on cloud assets designed to help small to medium businesses (SMBs) looking to incorporate cloud services into their information technology (IT) infrastructure. The two previous entries in this trilogy were about the basics of cloud computing and the procurement of cloud services, which gave you the necessary tools to initiate, broker, and implement a cloud solution to support your business. Now let’s close the loop by formulating a Read More
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part discusses

m part 1  101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations Summary When a company contracts work from another company, it is typically called outsourcing. Outsourced work is usually performed locally (onshore outsourcing), in other countries in roughly the same time zone (nearshore outsourcing,) in countries that are many time zones away (offshore outsourcing), or some combination of the above. Literally any activity that is performed by a company can be, and probably has been, outsourced. A 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

m part 1  Systems: Solutions for Quotation Management and Pricing Configuration. Part III of this blog series will delve into Webcom’s particular brand new on-demand workflow/BPM offering called ResponsAbility . In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions or individual experiences with workflow/BPM solutions are more than welcome. BEGINLYX� Read More
Can Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part Three: Market Impact Continued
Webplan believes its offering should benefit many departments within a manufacturing organization. When it comes to operations and manufacturing, the benefit is

m part 1  planning, planning sheet, planning manager, part planning, part properties, buyer workbook, engineering workbook, customers orders, forecast, procurement, constraint management, capacity analysis, inventory analysis, inventory on hand, and inventory control. This is Part Three of a four-part note. Part One detailed the events. Part Two began a discussion of the market impact. Part Four will cover challenges and make user recommendations. RapidResponse Resolution Engine The next component, RapidResponse Read More
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

m part 1  PLM 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 Read More
Vertical Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two
In a blog post last week, I talked about Vertical Solutions’ (VSI) offerings for field service management (FSM), including the company’s customer profile

m part 1  loss costing FSM organizations millions each year when they have the potential to switch from a cost center to a profit center. (See Vertical Solutions’ blog post on this subject ). Related Reading: Just How Smart Is Your Scheduler? (April 2013) Inside Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax—Part 2 (April 2013) TOA Technologies Raises Significant New Funds to Expand FSM Space (July 2013) Vertical Solutions Inc.—All About Field Service: Part One (August 2013) 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

m part 1  eating own dog food mantra from Part III , Webcom’s staff admits to being addicted to ResponsAbility. If they look at their own statistics, which are available in the application, each Webcom employee will have personally performed thousands of transactions therein. In the next product release, due in the fall of 2008 (which is another advantage of the SaaS development, i.e., the frequency of new releases), Webcom will be adding several new features, such as visual workflow/process designer, rules Read More
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part III)
Part II of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek EPM suite, which came as a result of three focused acquisitions. It also analyzed

m part 1  Deltek Briefing Wizard product mentioned in Part II of this blog series ): they mirror the portfolio management tools that Wall Street traders use to manage investments. Other new enhancements in Deltek Vision 5 would be the Inventory Management module (for customers with inventory needs in the Information Technology [IT] Consulting, Architecture & Engineering [A&E] and Interior Design sectors); enhanced earned value reporting; new international capabilities (localized further for the United Kingdom [UK] Read More
UCN inContact Selected as the First Hosted System to Support a Statewide 2-1-1 Intelligent Call Handling Platform
Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211), was the non-profit organization tasked with implementing an integrated call center solution in the State of

m part 1  as the First Hosted System to Support a Statewide 2-1-1 Intelligent Call Handling Platform Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211), was the non-profit organization tasked with implementing an integrated call center solution in the State of Washington (US). WIN 211’s challenge was to define system requirements, and select a vendor that could interconnect eight call centers into a single, cohesive information service system. For a solution, it turned to UCN inContact. Read More

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