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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

j part 1  covers the alphabet from J to Q. For A to I, see Part One . J  J2ME - Java 2 Micro Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . JDBC technology is an API that lets you access virtually any tabular data source from the Java programming language. It provides cross-DBMS connectivity to a wide range of SQL databases. There is also a

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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J.D. Edwards' QUEST To End Its String Of Pyrrhic Victories Part 1: The News


J.D. Edwards has been trying hard to reverse a continuing decline of license revenue, which is in a sharp contrast to its direct competitors’ upbeat postures. During this year's FOCUS conference for its QUEST User Group, J.D. Edwards demonstrated somewhat more galvanized strategy than the one it initiated and less successfully executed during the last year. With its renewed mid-enterprise focus and commitment to deliver customer-driven solutions, the company seems to be going back to its mid-market roots.

j part 1  the news from the J.D. Edwards conference. Part two discusses the Market Impact of this news and how it affects Users. Conference Highlights  J. D. Edwards pledged to refocus significant energy and resources on its traditional mid-enterprise marketplace. During his keynote address at FOCUS, J.D. Edwards' Chairman, President and CEO Ed McVaney, referenced the need for an integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution as a part of the mid-enterprise strategy, which should reinforce the value Read More

Liberty Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 1: Latest Announcements


On one hand, some archrivals (e.g., Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle) are becoming strange bedfellows, while, on the other hand, the others (e.g., Microsoft and Sun) remain set on irreconcilable differences between their technology camps. What are users to do when torn between the hype/promise of Web services and the fear of being outrun by events?

j part 1  Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 1: Latest Announcements Event Summary February appeared to be the month in which Web Services earned notable legitimacy. Recently, IBM and Microsoft , the two largest proponents of Web Services, and a slew of other prominent IT companies and enterprises ( Accenture , BEA Systems , Hewlett-Packard , Fujitsu , Intel , Oracle , and SAP to name some) have joined to form the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I, www.ws-i.com ). The Read More

J.D. Edwards - A Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 1: About J.D. Edwards


Like most of its peers, J.D. Edwards is hoping to rebound by focusing on Internet collaboration and extended-ERP applications. The company has also differentiated itself from competitors by embedding Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) into its OneWorld product. While J.D. Edwards' move into the EAI arena is indisputably risky, we commend its determination to bite the bullet and include integration systems into the core product offering. However, we also believe that managing this large application portfolio, much of which involves partnering or extensive integration and customization, will be cumbersome. Part 1 presents an overview

j part 1  For more information on J.D. Edwards see Part 2 of this Technology Note. Read More

Audit Considerations for Enterprise Software Implementations Part 1: Project Planning and Management


Thanks, in part, to the fallout from the financial scandals of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco and others, the corporate spotlight is being refocused on the audit function. However, by waiting until systems are live and in production before applying an audit regimen, you may miss an excellent opportunity to establish effective controls at the outset, when the enterprise software is being implemented. Read on to learn where and how, as an executive sponsor, project manager, or team member, you can instill audit procedures that can continue throughout the life of the software.

j part 1  or languages. These practices just make good sense and do not need legislation or the attachment of criminal penalties to be implemented. Steal the concepts from the SOX and start your own program to improve internal control practices. As a project manager, you should encourage the involvement of the audit function from the outset. While specific and typical areas of involvement will be addressed in Part II of this article, as part of the planning and management process, coordination with the audit 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 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

j part 1  those math and stats jocks that are interested in more detail, I suggest indulging in one of ToolsGroup’s original white papers entitled “New Concepts in Inventory Optimization” . The paper describes all of these rocket-science-like number-crunching models with gusto (several espresso shots are also recommended to keep the mind sharp & focused). Self-Adapting via Demand-Sensing Another DPM system differentiation is that it is an automatic and self-adaptive solution that yields a sustainable process Read More

Case Study: SAP Business One Making The Difference For Source 1 Enterprises


For compliance with vendor requirements, Source 1 Enterprises, a supplier of health and beauty products, needed a solution to automate bill-back revenue and current deal sheet promotions. Reporting and alert systems were also needed, to collect potential revenue based on standard vendor terms, in conjunction with the latest promotions. For a solution, the supplier turned to SAP Business One.

j part 1  meeting current and future objectives. Source : Vision33 Resources Related to SAP Business One : SAP Business One (Wikipedia) Case Study: SAP Business One Making the Difference for Source 1 Enterprises Business One is also known as : Business One Reseller , Leading Business One , Business One Software , Business One Solution , Business One Financial , Business One Applications , Business One Certification , Business One Tutorial , Business One Pricing , Business One Training , Business One Help , Read More

SAP Keeps Traction On Some Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive Part 1


Although SAP’s recently announced tamed results for Q1 2002, which fit within the current market milieu, may add to some challenges moving forward, particularly seen from sharply reduced license revenue, and while some may question SAP’s justification of assimilating its two former subsidiaries, SAP has meanwhile become much more alert and diverse to spar with difficulties.

j part 1  shipping en mass in January 2003. Given that, based on past user experiences, it would sometimes take them nearly a year to upgrade to R/3 4.6.c release from 3.x releases, one should expect same effort for the upgrade to R/3 Enterprise. Without the above maintenance extension provision, users would then be forced to either start their migration to R/3 Enterprise prior to its general availability or to upgrade to 4.6c release, which would defeat the purpose for both them and SAP, since R/3 Enterprise Read More

Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)


Part I 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

j part 1  issues of poor NPI project management, inadequate ECO processes and infrastructure and broken environmental compliance management. The research showed even greater advantages came from using on-demand PLM software (also known as software as a service or SaaS ) versus traditional client/server on-premise systems. Namely, on-demand software requires no special hardware or information technology (IT) staff, is easier to deploy than traditional on-premise client/server software and is accessible from anywhere Read More

The Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part Two: Automotive Suppliers Gain


The nature of the global automotive supply chain means that the suppliers must be tightly integrated into the trading partner’s enterprise, whose supply chain communications and management capabilities need to be able to manage that critical relationship.

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Provia Proves Its Way To Success Part Two: Market Impact


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j part 1  and Catalyst International if just a mere SCE designation would be a guarantee of success without keeping products abreast of latest trends and/or without good execution? This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed the recent product announcements. Part Three will cover Competitive Strategy, Challenges and make User Recommendations. Provia Product Strategy As for Provia, its ability to prudently expand its traditional WMS savvy into a full-fledged SCE expertise to address increasingly Read More

It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part V


Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here. The vendor just released the ResponsAbility p4 release. Competitive Offerings Do Exist Still, Webcom’s first-to-market (or close to) BPM on-demand advantage has already

j part 1  here . The vendor just released the ResponsAbility p4 release. Competitive Offerings Do Exist Still, Webcom’s first-to-market (or close to) BPM on-demand advantage has already been challenged by the solutions from Skemma, Appian [ evaluate this product ], Lombardi [ evaluate this product ], Colosa ProcessMaker [ evaluate this product ], Pipevines , and The Process Factory (powered by Cordys ), to name only a few. Even the likes of QPR Software , although not necessarily multi-tenant software as a servic Read More

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j part 1  these (in a manufacturer's jargon, MAPICS is doing either a sort of a pull' or a back scheduling' approach). The approach should focus on the customer's needs and will also possibly obfuscate any impending platform and/or product brand allegiances. As an example, if one would like to address the major issue of cutting the operations costs, there would be the following challenges to solve: Lack of integration across separate systems (e.g., order entry, manufacturing, purchasing, etc.) Planning without capa Read More

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Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1


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j part 1  modeling mode for the job within one environment. With Creo, PTC will have one design software suite with applications for both modeling approaches that share the  user interface (UI)  and file formats so that users can move between both modeling modes and design models with relative ease. Part 2 of this blog series will analyze PTC’s more recent acquisitions and the company’s current state of affairs. In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions, or individual experiences with the Read More