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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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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
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
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

k part 1  companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop floor and the offices by gaining visibility into manufacturing operations, achieving shop floor control, managing Read More
The Definitive Guide to Successful Deployment of VoIP and IP Telephony-Chapter 1
As the era of traditional telephony draws to a close, the doors to the next generation in communications open. Chapter 1 of this 4-part e-book discusses

k part 1  should the user not keep up their part of the arrangements, such as using a service class for which they have not contracted. SLAs should also be automatic. At the present time, too few carriers and service providers have embraced the SLA as a strategic customer relationship management tool and require the customer to jump through hoops to get the penalties they are due. SLAs and the compliance information supporting them should be available to the customer when and as needed. We will see a lot more 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

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
ERP and BI: When 1+1=3
Learn about the synergy of these two powerful business solutions in the provocative Aberdeen Report ERP and BI: When 1+1=3.

k part 1  proven to be a killer combination. Learn about the synergy of these two powerful business solutions in the provocative Aberdeen Report ERP and BI: When 1+1=3 . You'll discover how your company can reap the core business benefits of integrating ERP with BI: cost reductions better, faster decision-making increased visibility greater transparency Learn how ERP combined with BI can help your company soar. Download your PDF copy of ERP and BI: When 1+1=3 today. For assistance, please contact customer service. Read More
The Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research
Most consultants agree that there are three stages that precede a software implementation project: research, evaluation, and selection. This three-part article

k part 1  and shipping), do you know which way is easier and more efficient for your organization? Remember, just because a process or workflow works well, it does not mean it’s the best way to do it. You should always find ways to improve a process or workflow. To make sure you find the best ERP system for you company, you must first understand what processes are the most appropriate for your organization. Appropriate, in this case, means suitable for your industry, but also efficient for your company Read More
Mobilizing Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method
The case for action is intended as a living document, to be updated and referenced by the business and the project team. It should be referenced during the

k part 1  We want people who know how it operates, who might have experience of how competitors operate, and people who are influential and respected. This is Part Two of a two-part article. Part One presented the problem. Workshop Structure Our experience is that it's important to understand the rationale for the project at two levels—the strategic and the tactical. By focusing on both, you are better able to create a compelling argument for the initiative and better able to build a case for the different Read More
Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1
Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops

k part 1  partnerships with retail consultants Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA) and Walter Wilhelm Associates .  For more information, see TEC ’s blog post from PTC’s 2010 user conference. In 2005, PTC acquired Polyplan Technologies for its technology and expertise in  manufacturing process management (MPM) , and has since integrated it into the Windchill product line. In 2007, the integrated product Windchill MPMLink was announced, along with two  manufacturing execution system (MES)  partnerships, Camstar 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

k part 1  has continued with the painstaking process of producing and executing 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. To that end, on May 5, MAPICS announced it recently acquired the MAGIK! Product Lifecycle Management ( PLM ) solution, from its longtime partner— Ceimis Enterprises of Laguna Hills, California (US). This former strategic extension solution has purportedly been well Read More
RedPrairie - New Name For A Brave New Value Proposition Paradigm Part Three: Continued Market Impact
RedPrairie's solution for the first time enables both private & third party logistic providers (3PLs) to meet the needs of multiple vertical industries within a

k part 1  is one of the key tenets that have led to its continued success. The vendor has so far focused most of its R&D on enhancing execution capabilities for specific industry requirements, on real-time collaboration of the extended supply chain, and on delivering more functionality from its suite of optimization products, which take the raw data from WMS and transform it into useful information. This is Part Three of a four-part article on RedPrairie. Part One detailed recent events. Part Two began the Read More
Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM

k part 1  ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations Are ERP and PLM Speaking the Same Language? Costs are an excellent example of semantic confusion. Accountants know that cost is a not a single characteristic of an item but a category of characteristics. Without answering a series of questions about the cost, the meaning of it is vague. Is the cost the procurement cost from the supplier? Does it include shipping? Does it include tax and duty? Does it include internal overhead, or is it just direct Read More

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