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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

d part 1  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 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, Read More

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IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 1
IFS is a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362

d part 1  Bucking the Trends - Part 1 IFS is a public business software company (listed on the  Stockholm Stock Exchange ) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362 million in revenues in 2009. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications , an integrated and component-based extended  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  suite built on  service oriented architecture (SOA)  technology [ evaluate this product ]. The vendor has about 2,700 employees and more than 2, Read More
Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1
The software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough

d part 1  Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1 The  software as a service (SaaS)  model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough economic environment. Consider customer relationship management (CRM) , transportation management, talent management, payroll processing, travel and expense (T&E) management, strategic sourcing and procurement, and many other point (or departmental) solutions in Read More
Epicor Claims The Forefront Of CRM.NET-ification Part 1
By harnessing .NET possibly more zealously than its creator Microsoft’s Great Plains and Navision enterprise counterparts, and while difficult market conditions

d part 1  uses ClienteleNet . This division of Geac Computer Corporation Limited (TSE: GAC), one of Epicor's competitors in the ERP space, stays on top of call management and problem resolution solution for supporting external customers by using Clientele Customer Support and ClienteleNet. ClienteleNet, a Web-based application used in conjunction with Clientele Customer Support, gives Geac's customers access to call history information, and, with the AnswerBook feature, the ability to search in an online Read More
Will 2013 Be IBS’ Comeback Year? Part 1
Several years ago enterprise applications market observers might have talked about Sweden’s “Three I” enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors: Intentia, IFS,

d part 1  the pharma sector and Dynaman WMS sales. IBS has also changed the strategy toward partners—in 2012, 10 percent of its revenues were reportedly via value-added resellers (VARs), and the company wants this figure to be 15 percent in 2013. In Part 2 of this blog post series, IBS CEO Doug Braun unveils his game plan. Recommended Reading IBS Enterprise (v.7) ERP for Distribution Product Certification Report (2013) . February 4, 2013. Dealing with Food Industry Pressures . November 3, 2006. Infor Joins the Read More
Should Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion
A proof of concept (POC) should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by

d part 1  have marketing content that does not add value to the project. This is Part Two of a two-part tutorial. Part One discussed the structure of a POC and how it fits in the selection process. Advantages and Disadvantages to the Vendor These are the advantages to the vendor: Gain a competitive edge in the sales process. The POC is another tool in the sales toolkit. The POC can be used to move prospects into the next step of the sales process without the client having to make a full commitment. Better Read More
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I
As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with

d part 1  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with their neighbors and relatives (while discussing sports, weather, world politics, and the neighborhood gossip) I would sometimes naively ask for a sip of coffee. The deterring line (a bogey-man tale) from my folks would be that “kids that drink coffee end up with a tail on their rear side.” A few Read More
Project Management Communication: Part 3 of 3
In this final installment of the Project Management Communication series, we look at a vital project management tool. This system has provided visibility to

d part 1  tool. This system has provided visibility to senior management, as well as justification for projects based on the expected value of each product in its planning stage, and in projects both in progress and completed. What Is Project Portfolio Management? Project portfolio management (PPM) is a resource system that permits an enterprise to collect (or document), maintain, and view information on the various stages of all its projects. This allows the project manager to classify and assign priorities for 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

d part 1  truly cool (like the 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 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

d part 1  project-centric messaging that was described in Part I of this blog series . Every vendor must reinvent itself into something new/interesting every few years at a minimum. Deltek's continual focus on things like EVM or project portfolio management (PPM) without any sizzle might begin to sound a bit flat after a while, at least in the global market. But we may find out soon. Namely, in only a few days, during the Deltek Insight '08 annual user conference, the vendor might come out with a number of new Read More
What Are the Best Practices In Managing Outsourced R&D Projects?
Predictions about the growth of outsourcing have proven to be quite on the mark. According to Partnering Forum, by the end of 2010 it is projected that over 40

d part 1  Best Practices In Managing Outsourced R&D Projects? Predictions about the growth of outsourcing have proven to be quite on the mark. According to Partnering Forum, by the end of 2010 it is projected that over 40 percent of research and development (R&D) will be outsourced in pharmaceutical industries alone. If your company is planning on outsourcing its R&D projects, this whitepaper can help you learn how to manage them successfully. 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

d part 1  things can happen. ROI: Do You Have what it Takes? Take time to think —about the business initiative behind the investment Take it with a grain of salt —when reviewing ROI analysis and experience of other companies Take ownership —as a customer and as a vendor—to turn the assumptions behind the ROI analysis into results As part of this collaboration, the vendor should concentrate on providing critical information that an individual customer cannot easily generate. This could include A Read More
Whose ROI is it Anyway? Part One: Introduction
With growing frequency, we hear business and IT managers asking a technology vendor to

d part 1  phase. Then it settles down to capture a valuable place in modern productivity and growth. What still floats around in hyper-space is how we measure the return from enterprise software investments. This is Part One of a two-part note. Part Two will continue the discussion. What is ROI? The concept of ROI ( return on investment ) is not new. It's quite straightforward. ROI relates the benefits of a project, initiative or purchase to the associated costs and investment. It helps compare different programs 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

d part 1  jobs and resources. Planning decisions play a bigger part in the bottom-line performance of the service business (i.e., financial profitability or  net income ). In other words, by omitting or neglecting any of these important logical steps, any company’s ability to deliver customer service will likely be impaired. Scheduling and Executing: Where the Rubber Meets the Road It is likely that every service business experiences the operational service chain optimization challenge on a daily basis. Simply 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

d part 1  Makes a Good White Paper Good… (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 Read More

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