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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

p part 1  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, United States Read More...
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Food and Drug Safety: Prevention Better Than Cure (For Sure) - Part 1
Food production and distribution is a serious and strategic business, and I am not aware of anyone in my surroundings that takes it lightly; food can not only

p part 1  recalls. Finally, the last P is “Proactively respond” (OK, Olin acknowledges that it requires a little stretch here to get another “P”). Namely, if a problem is uncovered, one must be aggressive in addressing the recall and other needs, since holding back usually makes it worse. All incidents must be taken seriously and the company must respond quickly and completely.  Over-response is often less expensive in terms of dollars and negative PR than under-response. While management commitment to a Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1
Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a supply chain management (SCM) software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was

p part 1  Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1 Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a  supply chain management (SCM)  software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was recently renamed TAKE Supply Chain . I admit to initially being in a quandary how to figure out the company’s exact value proposition and differentiation, given that its corporate Web site and press release (PR) messages as well as webinar topics seemed to be all over the SCM map: from labeling, printing, and Read More...
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 1
My previous blog entry about procurement commandments in a down economy also made me think about whether there are different priorities for the chief

p part 1  for the Mid-market? - Part 1 My previous blog entry about procurement commandments in a down economy also made me think about whether there are different priorities for the chief procurement officer (CPO) during prosperous economic times. Or, how different are (or should be) the CPO’s strategies in good versus bad times? Well, the CPO’s fundamental objectives do not change: procure the physical goods and services needed by the company at the best possible mix of price and performance (non-price Read More...
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 1
The old adage “he who lives by the sword will die by the sword” might have been best witnessed in the life and demise of erstwhile public software company Click

p part 1  the fourth and fifth p arts of my five-part series on the company. Not surprisingly, the honeymoon did not last long, since about 18 months from the acquisition, ITW started publicly shopping Click Commerce around for sale . As usual, there's no simple, or single, answer to what might have gone wrong there. From my perspective, though, I think that widget manufacturing-oriented ITW didn't really anticipate or ever understand how a software business operates. ITW is a strong company with excellent 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

p part 1  an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider Other Points to Consider Other points to consider when choosing an online SRM system are: Customization Financial Commitment Speed of Implementation Ability to Integrate with Existing ERP Security This is Part Three of a three-part article. Part One presented the supplier relationship activities. Part Two presented the six immediate business improvements provided by an online SRM system. Customization Each enterprise conducts its purchasing practices 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

p part 1  take responsibility for their part of the equation. This is Part Two of a two-part note. Part One defined ROI. Pseudo-accurate ROI doesn't help anyone Consider an ad from Synygy . This vendor provides software and expertise for sales incentive management and sales performance management. Surely many companies—in a wide range of industries—pay attention to performance improvement in these areas. The ad reads, help you achieve success with a proven 173% return on investment in Synygy software and 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

p part 1  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 high-speed manufacturing operations (the real-time world of the plant) with the planning and engineering departments (the transactional and design world of enterprise systems). The nirvana (or utopia) hoped for thus far has been to provide a single point of operation and control for manufacturers to: Plan, Define, Control Read More...
Compiere ERP Becomes Part of Consona
In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere.

p part 1  ERP Becomes Part of Consona In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere . Compiere started back in 1999. One of its founders explained to me that the company's business (circa 2004) largely came from support, migration, and priority requests from clients. An integral component of the delivery model was Compiere's partners. So Compiere focused on providing second-level support to their Read More...
IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response
IFS could be an object case of how a great product (in terms of functionality scope and technological foundation) and knowledgeable employees are only part of

p part 1  Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response IFS Background Recently, Industrial and Financial Systems ( IFS ) (XSSE: IFS), a Swedish extended enterprise applications supplier with sales in 45 countries, over $330 million USD) in revenues in 2003, and with more than 350,000 users worldwide, announced the following: In early January that, following the agreement with Uniativa Ltda (which acquired the entire business and 100 percent of the stock in Industrial and Financial Read More...
SOA From a Management Perspective: Part Two
Despite the numerous benefits companies can expect from service-oriented architecture, the technology is still relatively new and implementation costs are steep

p part 1  From a Management Perspective: Part Two This is Part Two of a two-part note. Part One provides a basic understanding of SOA, the rollout plans for major software vendors, and the benefits of SOA. Concerns About SOA Back in the day when procedures and subroutines were all the rage, there was a performance concern: Did the use of subroutines, with all of its branching back and forth and passing of data, degrade performance as opposed to duplicating the code in stream? The same concern with message traffic i Read More...
Time for an A/P Makeover
As with payroll before it, the actions of larger enterprises and early-adopters have made it possible for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to benefit from

p part 1  for an A/P Makeover As with payroll before it, the actions of larger enterprises and early-adopters have made it possible for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to benefit from accounts payable (A/P) automation and outsourcing. It’s important to recognize, however, that you now have several choices if you are an SMB leader that hopes to address this challenge. Find out more. 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

p part 1  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 provide extended customer-service functionality and new levels of information access and use to businesses. SAP and Nortel Networks will further extend their alliance by creating Internet-based service solutions that enable virtual communities where vendors, partners and suppliers can present themselves to their joint corp Read More...
Inovis Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS Part Four: Market Impact
While owing to a number of similar products and to former competition between the merging parties this merger has a merit of growth by acquisition in a slow

p part 1  PIM by Snatching QRS Part Four: Market Impact Market Impact On September 3, Inovis International , Inc . An electronic data interchange (EDI), business-to-business (B2B), and value-added network (VAN) connectivity specialist, and a leader in providing e-business commerce automation solutions that facilitate the more effective management of retail, supply, and manufacturing partnerships, and QRS Corporation (NASDAQ: QRSI) announced a definitive agreement to merge. This announcement occurred just as JDA Sof Read More...
SAP Keeps Traction On Some Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive Part 1
Although SAP’s recently announced tamed results for Q1 2002, which fit within the current market milieu, may add to some challenges moving forward, particularly

p part 1  Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive Part 1 SAP Keeps Traction On Some Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive P.J. Jakovljevic - June 6, 2002 Event Summary At the end of April, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, announced growing momentum for mySAP Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM) among companies seeking to leverage SAP's understanding of global business, industry-specific business solutions, and CRM functionality for the chemical industry. SAP claims that because mySAP C Read More...

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