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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

h part 4  nodes, a strategy that hardly anyone recommends or pursues today (as mentioned in Part 1 ). The downside of owning such assets is getting locked into high costs and capital investments, with potentially inflexible capacity. Even many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly shedding their plants. Acting vertical, on the other hand, does not require retailers to own inflexible and costly manufacturing and other supply chain assets —yet it enables them to operate as though they do. This Read More...
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How Do You Categorize Notebooks?
The notebook computer market has become one of the remaining battlegrounds for computer manufacturers. Our purpose here is to define the notebook market

h part 4  Mobile General-Purpose Low-End Reliability H H M M Feature set H M M M Price M M H H Performance H M M L Weight M H M M Battery life M H L L Ergonomics H M M L Warranty & Support H H M H Size/thickness M H M L As can be seen, there is overlap as to which factors are important in adjacent classes. We do not expect this overlap to disappear anytime soon. What Do You Get? Now that we have discussed the segments and some of the features, we need to understand what we can expect to get when we buy a machine Read More...
Federal Procurement Essentials: Sealed Bidding
Selling to the government can bring new life to contract winners, particularly small and medium businesses. In fact, organizations that understand and leverage

h part 4  G. Contract administration data H. Special contract requirements Part II - Contract Clauses I. Contract clauses Part III - List of Documents, Exhibits, and Other Attachments J. List of documents, exhibits, and other attachments Part IV - Representations and Instructions K. Representations and certifications L. Instructions, conditions, and notices to bidders M. Evaluation factors for award Nevertheless, when some flexibility is necessary, feasible, and authorized (FAR 16.203), a simplified contract Read More...
Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics
If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities

h part 4  Metrics Matrix 5 Click here to view larger image This concludes Part Two of a three-part article. Part One discussed the Supply Chain in terms of corporate objectives. Part Three will cover how Supply Chain Decisions Create Supply Chain Capabilities. 4 Crosby, Philip B., Quality is Free: The Art of Making Quality Certain, (McGraw-Hill, 1979) Juran, Joseph, M., Juran on Leadership for Quality, (Free Press, 1988) Deming, W. Edwards, Out of the Crisis, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Read More...
JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry Part One: Event Summary
From how to price and promote products to how to optimize profits, JDA Portfolio tries to create that perfect

h part 4  Portfolio: For the Retail Industry Part One: Event Summary Event Summary JDA Software Group Inc . (NASDAQ: JDAS) is a prominent global provider of integrated software and professional services for the retail demand chain with over 4,600 customers and 33 offices spanning every major global market to service customers in over 60 nations. JDA believes its has a global sales and delivery infrastructure. Namely, the vendor markets its products and services almost exclusively through its direct sales force, Read More...
They do it like that in the Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II)
The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP's supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market. What also helps SAP ERP [evaluate this product] is a

h part 4  anecdotal stories (rumors) about high-level politics occasionally playing a part in such big-ticket purchases, i.e., the German Ambassador in Belgrade might bend these buying executives’ ears in favor of SAP, while the American counterpart will do that for beloved Oracle e-Business Suite (EBS) . Thus, the domestic ERP providers, without name recognition and financial muscle, have not much to look for here, even if the solution could be a good fit. For instance, the only business that previously Read More...
Intelligent Manufacturing Systems: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series explained IQMS’ upbeat posture despite a hostile and depressed environment, while Part 2 analyzed the recent developments of

h part 4  Manufacturing Systems: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series explained IQMS ’ upbeat posture despite a hostile and depressed environment, while Part 2 analyzed the recent developments  of EnterpriseIQ [ evaluate this product ], the flagship offering of IQMS . This final part will focus on IQMS’ most recent involvement in the user experience (UX) design developments. Joining the “Winning Users’ Hearts and Minds” Fray Like many of its enterprise resource Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

h part 4  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices. It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this noble idea, and gave examples of some vendors with success in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Another chronic problem is how to foster plant workers’ acceptance Read More...
Talking to an Unrelenting Cloud Enthusiast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Xactly Corporation, a provider of fully multi-tenant, software as a service (SaaS)-based solutions for sales performance

h part 4  to an Unrelenting Cloud Enthusiast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced Xactly Corporation , a provider of fully multi-tenant, software as a service (SaaS)-based solutions for sales performance management (SPM) . The article also provided the bullish vendor’s genesis since being founded in 2005 and its current state of affairs. This article will feature my recent conversation with Xactly’s founder and CEO Christopher Cabrera. Cabrera is a noted industry expert in issues relating to SPM, 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 (

h part 4  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 ( 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 Read More...
LeveragePoint Adds Value to B2B Pricing - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced LeveragePoint as a cloud-based newcomer to the business-to-business (B2B) pricing market with a novel pricing approach

h part 4  not just that they have them. Part of the sales process should be to uncover the next best competitive alternative, and most prospects will share this with you or it can be inferred from an request for proposal (RFP)/request for quotation (RFQ). The customer is often coy (or misleading) on cost, but a good pricing team invests time in understanding the competitive alternatives and how they are priced. Pricing cannot be purely inward focused on legacy transactional data. It must look out to competitors Read More...
SAP HANA: A Fast Developing “Toddler” - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed a snapshot of the SAP HANA offerings’ achievements at the time of the product’s first anniversary in June 2012. SAP is now a

h part 4  HANA: A Fast Developing “Toddler” - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series analyzed a snapshot of the SAP HANA offerings’ achievements at the time of the product’s first anniversary in June 2012. SAP is now a de facto database provider that intends to become the #2 database vendor by 2015. The company’s recently unveiled real-time data platform combines the SAP HANA platform, Sybase data management offerings, and SAP BusinessObjects solutions for  enterprise information management (EIM) . The Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a

h part 4  Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain , a  supply chain management (SCM)  division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a global technology solutions and service provider, with significant focus across two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM, with an almost even breakdown of revenues between these divisions ( the company is listed on the Indian Stock Exchange ) . My blog post first described TAKE Read More...
Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?
Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software

h part 4  Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. Read More...

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