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Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1
Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M@As) in the vibrant and buoyant business process management (BPM

m part 1  Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1 Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the vibrant and buoyant  business process management (BPM)  space.  The merger of Progress Software Corp. (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. drew my attention  in particular. Why? Because, to my mind, Progress has thus made a large leap into the BPM space, a market where it has been notably absent. Namely, from Progress’ analyst event two years ago, I vividly Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1
The business process management (BPM) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In

m part 1  components of processes (subprocesses) M anage all elements of the business B ottom line improvements E liminate bottlenecks R apidly deploy new services (and processes). Indeed, these are some of the typical benefits of deploying BPM systems, but the trouble, called the lack of clarity and consensus, starts with the quandary about what exactly constitutes BPM, and what exact parts and capabilities of BPM help achieve those benefits? In other words, are there more important and better BPM suites and/or Read More...
Agresso + CODA, VITA + Link (+ CODA 2go): What's the Sum? (Part 1)
Over the last few years I have produced a number of articles and blog entries on two once-independent and occasionally competing products: Agresso Business

m part 1  the business, instead of molding the business around IT. The first part of this definition is similar to what many extended-ERP platform providers are doing: stitching together existing assets through a lower cost common middleware platform. This is a laudable effort, especially in this economy. However, the second part of the definition (referring more to molding software to the business and enabling flexibility and agility), simply are not considered by these quasi-SOA platforms. That is because the Read More...
Agresso Bucks the Slump (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 1
Sadly, it is not difficult for so many of us to concede that, except for maybe the historic elections in the US and the successful Olympic Games in Beijing

m part 1  (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 1 Sadly, it is not difficult for so many of us to concede that, except for maybe the historic elections in the US and the successful Olympic Games in Beijing, 2008 was a terrible and somber year. It felt long-drawn-out, and many of us will have trouble sinking it easily into oblivion. Without even talking about our retirement funds and investments being slashed by about 40 percent (as part of a potentially more far-reaching financial crisis) or about 2.6 million Read More...
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 1
February and bleak mid-winters are not exactly the high season for software user conferences in North America, and thus I accepted the invitation by UNIT4

m part 1  estimate that the SaaS market would reach $8 billion in 2009, a 21.9 percent increase from 2008 revenue of US$6.6 billion, no wonder that Salesforce.com has increased its interest in SaaS accounting (and likely in other applications down the track). Part 2 of this series will focus on FinancialForce.com’s strengths and potential challenges and on its on-premise step-sibling CODA’s recent developments. Your comments and opinions about post-implementation agility and UNIT4’s diversified strategy Read More...
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

m part 1  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...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)
Well, a few months after Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek's pre-New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has

m part 1  II) Well, a few months after  Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek 's pre- New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has finally come for us to analyze why being again publicly traded should (or should not) work better for Deltek this time. If one is to judge merely by the most recent financial figures , it would appear to be working well, but my focus here is on some lingering softer issues too. So, when the new management team took the helm at Deltek in 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

m part 1  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 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 Read More...
Inovis Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS Part Four: Market Impact
While owing to a number of similar products and to former competition between the merging parties this merger has a merit of growth by acquisition in a slow

m part 1  Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS Part Four: Market Impact Market Impact On September 3, Inovis International , Inc . An electronic data interchange (EDI), business-to-business (B2B), and value-added network (VAN) connectivity specialist, and a leader in providing e-business commerce automation solutions that facilitate the more effective management of retail, supply, and manufacturing partnerships, and QRS Corporation (NASDAQ: QRSI) announced a definitive agreement to merge. This announcement Read More...
J.D. Edwards Finds Its Inner-Self Within Its 5th Incarnation Part 2: FOCUS Announcements Continued
While significant new product deliveries have happened under the company’s own steam, J.D. Edwards has not departed from its traditional policy of congenial

m part 1  the J.D. Edwards FOCUS meeting. Part Three will discuss the Market Impact and Part Four will outline the Challenges J.D. Edwards faces and make User Recommendations. Partnerships & Alliances While the above significant new product deliveries have happened under its own steam, the company has not departed from its traditional policy of congenial partnering with other prominent software providers either. To that end, on July 15, J.D. Edwards announced the release of its latest version of Demand Planning , Read More...
SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Two: Market Impact
Further acquisition, partnerships, and internal development will continue to accelerate offering a much-richer level of functionality throughout the entire

m part 1  of the supply chain management (SCM). Part One of this note detailed these developments. Much has been said lately about the SCE market thriving and its SCP counterpart being one of the worst performing enterprise applications segments during the still ongoing economic downturn. While core back-office ERP and possibly even more cumbersome SCP systems might have traditionally excelled at planning, conceptual optimization and financial integration functions, they have not, however, addressed warehousing, 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

m part 1  potential long-term needs. For more information, see If Software Is a Commodity— Can You Still Win Some Competitive Advantage? ). This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed the pain of integrated EDI. Part Three will discuss the gains of other industries and make user recommendations. Infor Automotive Essentials The Infor Automotive Essentials product suite has been developed specifically to benefit manufacturers in the automotive industry. Today, seventeen of the top twenty-five Read More...
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic  introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector

m part 1  Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part II) Part I of this blog topic   introduced Epicor Software and its traditional vertical solutions. It also analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS acquisition two years ago. Designed for integration and scalability, the  Epicor/CRS Retail Suite can support a wide variety of retail enterprises' requirements. These environments range from the rapidly expanding regional retailer requiring point-of-sale (POS) , store Read More...

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