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The Fashion and Apparel Retailers' Conundrum
Retail remains a very tactile industry, focused on the hand, drape, and durability of fabrics and trim—besides which, designs are still being sketched on paper

h part 9  consumers (as well as how competitively they source and deliver), they run the risk of being overtaken by their competition. For more information on the scope of retail management systems, see Retail Systems: A Primer and Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors . Part Three of the series The Gain and Pain of Global Retail Sourcing . The market is buzzing about the examples of European retailers Zara and H&M , which are known for their ability to design, produce, and deliver new styles to stores in Read More

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Industry Perspectives: Strategic Workforce Management in the Automotive Industry
There’s a buzz in the automotive industry around the concept of “strategic workforce management”—getting the right people, for the right job, at the right time,

h part 9  colleagues must take to heart as part of continuous business improvement. It's a business imperative for any company hoping to lourish in the 21st Century. Those that do it right will emerge as leaders in the automotive industry. Proile Productivity Mobility Performance & Development Compensation & Beneits Stafing Rate/Ratio (Minority, Age, Part- Time, Gender, etc.) Managerial Bench Strength Operating Proit per FTE Headcount Return on Human Investment Ratio Core Productivity Rate Hire Rate Termination Read More
Zooming into the Clothing Retailer Conundrum
If retailers in the vertical market of fashion apparel do not constantly refresh their presentation and assortment for consumers, they run the risk of being

h part 9  expected to produce the highest quality items at the lowest possible prices, while buyers and sourcing people must seek to get the best prices and the tightest delivery times. Consequently, retail manufacturers should institute globally visible time-and-action calendars and leverage existing IT investments to work together to bring products to market, report on critical milestones, and achieve and propagate “one source of the truth.” Information-sharing should benefit trading partners by improving Read More
10 Principles for Knowledge Management Success
Knowledge management (KM) can mean different things to an organization depending upon the nature of the initiative. KM is not a technology or set of

h part 9  to use the tools have to be part of the design unless you plan on strong-arming them (and that doesn’t work very well). Don’t make this management decision in a vacuum. Include some people from the various groups that would directly or indirectly use the system. Sometimes there is a fear that knowledge management will be used to replace people. If your staff thinks that is what you are trying to do, then you really need to address that head-on. If that is not your intention, you should convince your Read More
New-world Value: The Strategic Impact of Business Application Suites in Today’s Corporate Environment
The concepts of return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) have been used for decades in enterprise evaluations of IT investments, including

h part 9  enable functionality they don't have now, she says. These are new levels of functionality and capability. But it's important to establish the business case as part of the overall analysis, she says. Along with ROI, payback period is a critical measure. It indicates when a company can afford to reinvest in other projects that will drive more value. The conflict between establishing a realistic business case and simultaneously recognizing potential top-line benefits can be seen in a survey of C-level 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

h part 9  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 customer relationship management (CRM) space. Part 2 describes SugarCRM’s approach to development, their partner ecosystem, and how social media has changed CRM. Q: About development—most of it is done by your team of programmers, right?   A: That’s 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 9  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
Social ERP Emerges, Transforms the Way People Work (Part 2)
In part one of this series, we looked at how and why social media capabilities are impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. We looked at the

h part 9  ERP Emerges, Transforms the Way People Work (Part 2)  In part one of this series , we looked at how and why social media capabilities are impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. We looked at the benefits of social media in ERP, social capabilities and features, and also pointed out that user adoption and corporate governance must be considered when rolling out these tools. This second post provides an in-depth look at the different approaches major ERP vendors have taken to Read More
Grape Escape 2013: Customer Value a Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2
This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in

h part 9  Value a Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2 This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in Boston. UNIT4 Representing UNIT4 at the event were two top managers: regular attendee Ton Dobbe, the company’s vice president of product marketing, and Anwen Robinson, managing director in UK and Ireland, who was invited to share some of UNIT4’s news in that region with analysts. Similarly to Read More
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications' service oriented architecture

h part 9  the SOA Beast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications' service oriented architecture (SOA). That blog post also tackled Progress Software ’s recent acquisition of Mindreef in order to round out its SOA governance solution for distributed information technology (IT) environments. Mindreef joined the Progress Actional SOA Management product family that provides policy-based visibility, security, and Read More
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

h part 9  to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3 In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud)  was tepid  when it was introduced at the Dreamforce 2009 conference . However, a few months have passed and this period has helped salesforce.com craft the much clearer cloud computing evolution message that was analyzed in Part 2 . Read More
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

h part 9  spirit of the event here . In the main part of his presentation in Part 2 , Trefler maintained that to follow the Yellow Brick Road, which will lead any business to Oz (and back to profitability ), requires three capabilities in particular, starting with the ability to directly capture business objectives into the BPM system by the business users . It cannot be overemphasized how important it is for business users to be able to capture corporate objectives directly into the software technology so that Read More
Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (a.k.a., Epicor ERP [evaluate this product]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar

h part 9  9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (a.k.a., Epicor ERP [ evaluate this product ]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar feat is yet to be accomplished even by mighty Oracle within Oracle Fusion Applications . The article also discussed Epicor’s accompanying “protect, extend, and converge” strategy for providing customers with a migration path choice at their own timetable and Read More
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For
In the first two parts of this series (part I, part II), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise

h part 9  very quickly. The teams had, for the most part, been part of the ERP project. The team agreed on the approach it would be using to select the software (whether it was new software or expanded functionality in their ERP system). It would follow the methodology that worked well in the past. In parallel, the team would also develop the corporate governance policies, procedures, and training required for compliance with various global trade regulations. The team quickly researched its needs and pulled Read More
The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2)
In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a

h part 9  Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2) In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a product, a service, etc. Two main approaches can be used to perform sentiment analysis or text mining : a knowledge-based approach, which uses linguistic models to classify sentiments; and a learning-based approach, which uses machine learning techniques to classify text. The concept of sentiment analysis Read More

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