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AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1
A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud

y part 1  2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1 A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud commerce network provider first and foremost , while also offering additional related  spend management  software as required. The vendor is striving to become a  business-to-business (B2B)  commerce version of Amazon.com and eBay  to enable painless transactions by providing a 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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Talent (Human Capital) Management and Sports? Sign Me Up, Please! - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post introduced some mixed feelings and doubts that we might still have about the noble concepts of talent management and human capital

y part 1  of basically all Gen Y candidates today (which might belong to earlier generations, like the Gen X) is that they are keen consumers of Internet technology. They are accustomed to using websites such as Amazon.com, Google, Facebook, Ask, LinkedIn, Twitter, Travelocity, and eBay (to name but a few), often on a daily basis, to buy what they want, go where they want, stay in touch with their friends and family, get their work done, and do it all and more with ease. So, when it comes to looking for a job, Read More...
Can Technology Make CFO's and Controller’s Jobs More Strategic? - Part 1
While setting down the thoughts for my recent “SaaSy discussion” blog series To SaaS or Not: Is that a Question?, something else related to software as a

y part 1  Technology Make CFO's and Controller’s Jobs More Strategic? - Part 1 While setting down the thoughts for my recent “SaaSy discussion” blog series To SaaS or Not: Is that a Question? , something else related to software as a service (SaaS ) and on-demand applications crossed my mind. Namely, it is a fact that SaaS and business process outsourcing (BPO ) providers have largely liberated human resource (HR ) and payroll managers from the drudgery of performing menial and tactical administrative Read More...
IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS, a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

y part 1  and the emerging Gen Y workforce. One of the biggest concerns companies are facing today is that as their aging employees leave and retire they are taking processes and know-how with them. This is because the information isn’t in their business systems, but is rather in the notebooks, scratchpads, and the minds of the workers that have been doing those jobs for years, if not decades. However, this same aging workforce is becoming proficient in the ways of Facebook, Twitter , instant messaging (IM), Read More...
Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 2
At the beginning of June, I attended the PowerPlex 2013 conference, Plex System’s 12th annual user conference, in Columbus, Ohio, where the focus was on the

y part 1  (for the emerging Gen Y workforce that metaphor may be quite foreign and ancient?) But, keeping up with the times, Plex has just introduced the next generation Plex Manufacturing Cloud UI, which features an intuitive look and feel for an optimized customer experience (see Figure 2). The refreshed F5 UI (the name signifying the F5 ‘”refresh key” on PCs) came now because of the consumer technology tipping point, an emerging workforce with consumer-like expectations, and available resources at Plex Read More...
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

y part 1  and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1 The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of  service economy , or the increasing importance of the service sector  in industrialized economies. But while the vast  customer service  software market’s opportunity was examined there, the series also pointed out the treacherous complexity of planning and executing service supply chains. Compared to manufacturing Read More...
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector

y part 1  customers, over the past year Epicor/CRS has engineered its POS product to support global market requirements. The latest version of RetailStore, 3.1 , released in Q3 2007 – supports French Canadian, Italian, French, and Spanish languages. The release handles capturing customer data for multiple country formats and supports multiple currency denominations and rounding. Additionally, the solution is compliant with the Unicode standard for engineering software that works across multiple regions, 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

y part 1  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 module or a Read More...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)
Well, a few months after Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek's pre-New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has

y part 1  Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II) Well, a few months after  Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek 's pre- New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has finally come for us to analyze why being again publicly traded should (or should not) work better for Deltek this time. If one is to judge merely by the most recent financial figures , it would appear to be working well, but my focus here is on some lingering softer issues too. So, when the new management Read More...
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

y part 1  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 expansion of outsourcing and contract manufacturing overseas . Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor ToolsGroup and its solution

y part 1  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor  ToolsGroup and its solution for planning and optimizing finished goods in distribution environments. So, How Does ToolsGroup Solve the Distribution Puzzle? Most of the benefits are driven here by the distinctive Stock Mix Optimization capability that has delivered higher service levels with much less inventory for Read More...
Are You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance?
It’s old, it’s new, and it’s the future. Pedigree tracking regulations were originally passed into law through the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 (PDMA

y part 1  You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance? It’s old, it’s new, and it’s the future. Pedigree tracking regulations were originally passed into law through the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 (PDMA). After two decades of postponing enforcement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its final stay. Pharmaceutical companies are expected to be in compliance with 21 CFR Part 203 by the year 2011. Do you have what it takes for compliance? Read More...
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

y part 1  Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study Overview of the Selection  A mid-market Engineer-to-Order manufacturer in the aerospace and defense sector retained the services of TEC to help select an Enterprise Resource Planning System. This system is intended to replace disparate applications that lacked the functionality and integration to support the company's Lean Manufacturing initiatives. The Scripted Scenarios allowed TEC to Read More...
Up Close and Personal: Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM-Part 2
In part one of my interview with Martin Schneider, Senior Director of Communications at SugarCRM, we discussed the history of SugarCRM and the open source

y part 1  “what can I sell you today.” To be continued… The third and final part will cover the cloud, or software as a service (SaaS), compliance for CRM, and integration of SugarCRM with other systems. 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

y part 1  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 the suite's resulting potential cross- and up-sell opportunities and its prospective additional revenue for Deltek in a standalone manner. However, Deltek has not been sitting still when it comes to continually enhancing its core products either. Deltek Vision 5 Series For example, the new Resource Planning module Read More...

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