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Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 1
Dreamforce, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture

n part 1  prominence) of Java, i n early 2010, salesforce.com and VMware jointly announced VMforce as the cloud platform for Java developers . The VMforce discussion and decision was admittedly the seminal moment for Benioff and his co-founder Parker Harris to decide to decouple Force.com into a more open application layer (for PaaS purposes) and a database layer for providing  Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . Part 2 of this series will analyze the cloud offerings proliferation at salesforce.com and the 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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ROI Systems MANAGE-s Well Past 2000 Part 1: Recent Developments
ROI Systems' strategy in terms of enhancing its MANAGE 2000 product and its geographic coverage has apparently been paying off, which comes as a welcome news

n part 1  1 of a two-part news analysis.   Part 2 will continue the discussion of the Market Impact and make User Recommendations. Research & Development Commitment The company also reports that its commitment to invest in research and development remains a high priority as it continues to evolve its MANAGE 2000 ERP software product to be fully Web-based. In 2001, a number of Web-based applications were introduced, best-of-breed supply chain applications were integrated, and the product was migrated to an n-tier Read More
TradeStone Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 1
While I have repeatedly met with TradeStone Software’s top executives at the company’s head office in Gloucester, Massachusetts (and elsewhere, such as at the

n part 1  destination for name brands), N Brown Group (a catalog home shopping company), Pacific Sunwear, ShopRite (a retailer-owned co-op chain of supermarkets), and Urban Outfitters are some of the customers whose delegates I have seen mingling or heard presenting at STARS 2013 . About 100 attendees, including featured speakers and TradeStone Software’s staff members, made for an informal and intimate gathering. The vendor’s top executives were approachable, casually mingling with the crowd, and they asked 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

n part 1  renowned hosting providers. I n mid-2008 BigMachines also passed a rigorous audit for the SAS 70 Type II certification , which is generally a very big concern for global enterprises. While some competitors with much more longevity in the market, such as  Cincom Systems’ Acquire ,  Selectica Configuration Platform ,  Versata SalesBuilder (and Trilogy ) , or  FPX’s Firepond CPQ  might claim support for multiple currencies and more languages (all done in one step and with no separate local price 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

n part 1  going from 1 to N on-demand customers (tenants). Information security and compliance : ensuring that data and applications are accessed only by those who need to know. UI flexibility : being able to easily use the UI technologies that meet the needs of the customer. Personalization : ensuring that the application looks exactly as the tenant and end-user want. Integration : the ability to easily integrate with any other application by supporting all relevant standards Operational excellence : being Read More
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1
The business process management (BPM) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In

n part 1  Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1 The business process management (BPM ) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In fact, almost all leading BPM vendors have been buzzing about their unprecedented growth and profitability, especially amidst the ongoing economic drought. It is truly difficult to argue against the need for companies from all walks of life to improve their business processes. Doing better, Read More
What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (part two)
And here's the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers

n part 1  Paper Good… (part two) And here's the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers who may *forget* that not everyone on the planet has the same rarified vocabulary, not mentioning the names of any jobs or fields...). 2. Audience, Audience (Stake a claim with your first paragraph). After the compelling title, the first paragraph makes or breaks audience “ affinity, ” which is Stelzner’s term for 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

n part 1  (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 is important, but no less so the 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

n part 1  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 comprehensive picture of managing cloud Read More
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV)
Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [evaluate this product] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [evaluate this product

n part 1  s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV) Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [ evaluate this product ] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [ evaluate this product ] suites. It also tackled the related potential opportunities for Deltek. For one, key up- and cross-sell opportunities should come from: Additional modules, especially from the newly minted Deltek EPM [ evaluate this product ] suite: The majority of new Deltek customers initially purchase a single 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

n part 1  10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - December 31, 2003 Introduction You are about to embark on an important project. Perhaps the project is implementing an ERP package, getting critical applications ready for the busy season, or setting up a warehouse and inventory for radio frequency operations. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Read More
Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy
During our recent briefing, MAPICS' executives acknowledged that almost all enterprise software companies are either

n part 1  Two of a three-part note. Part One described recent events and began a discussion of the market impact. Part Three will discuss challenges and make user recommendations. Strategic Extensions Another headline is that MAPICS has been trying to leverage the best from each platform's camp to create advanced extended-ERP applications that would readily connect to various enterprise system packages. These strategic extensions, such as CRM, Web portals, and e-business applications will ideally be shared by both 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

n part 1  no cost or a new part is sent 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 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

n part 1  Three of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. Part Two defined and described common types of outsourcing. This part will recap outsourcing approaches and categories, and offer recommendations for firms looking to outsource and recommendations for outsourcing providers. Recommendations for Companies Looking to Outsource Some of Their Operations Companies that are interested in outsourcing some or many of 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

n part 1  Two of a two-part note on Agilisys. Part One detailed recent announcements. Part Three will cover the Challenges faced by the company and make User Recommendations. Current Agilisys Products A summary of current Agilisys product offering includes: Agilisys Supply Chain & Optimization (featuring Advanced Scheduling , Advanced Planning Enterprise Optimization , Advanced Planning Formula & Procurement Optimization , and Demand Planning modules ) Agilisys Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ) Agilisys Read More

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