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Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 1
Dreamforce, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture

n part 1  prominence) of Java, i n early 2010, salesforce.com and VMware jointly announced VMforce as the cloud platform for Java developers . The VMforce discussion and decision was admittedly the seminal moment for Benioff and his co-founder Parker Harris to decide to decouple Force.com into a more open application layer (for PaaS purposes) and a database layer for providing  Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . Part 2 of this series will analyze the cloud offerings proliferation at salesforce.com and the Read More...
ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)
A multinational consulting company specializing in industrial automation turned to TEC for help selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to replace its legacy system—a patc...
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Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The post ended with

n part 1  going from 1 to N on-demand customers (tenants). Information security and compliance : ensuring that data and applications are accessed only by those who need to know. UI flexibility : being able to easily use the UI technologies that meet the needs of the customer. Personalization : ensuring that the application looks exactly as the tenant and end-user want. Integration : the ability to easily integrate with any other application by supporting all relevant standards Operational excellence : being Read More...
BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

n part 1  renowned hosting providers. I n mid-2008 BigMachines also passed a rigorous audit for the SAS 70 Type II certification , which is generally a very big concern for global enterprises. While some competitors with much more longevity in the market, such as  Cincom Systems’ Acquire ,  Selectica Configuration Platform ,  Versata SalesBuilder (and Trilogy ) , or  FPX’s Firepond CPQ  might claim support for multiple currencies and more languages (all done in one step and with no separate local price Read More...
TradeStone Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 1
While I have repeatedly met with TradeStone Software’s top executives at the company’s head office in Gloucester, Massachusetts (and elsewhere, such as at the

n part 1  destination for name brands), N Brown Group (a catalog home shopping company), Pacific Sunwear, ShopRite (a retailer-owned co-op chain of supermarkets), and Urban Outfitters are some of the customers whose delegates I have seen mingling or heard presenting at STARS 2013 . About 100 attendees, including featured speakers and TradeStone Software’s staff members, made for an informal and intimate gathering. The vendor’s top executives were approachable, casually mingling with the crowd, and they asked Read More...
Outsourcing Security Part 2: Measuring the Cost
Evaluating the cost of outsourcing can be challenging because most organizations cannot fully estimate the financial impact of such a decision.

n part 1  Security Part 2: Measuring the Cost Introduction For organizations of all sizes, outsourcing security is becoming an increasingly attractive method for maintaining a strong security posture. In fact, outsourced security is the fastest growing segment of the information security services market, according to a recent Gartner Dataquest study. Often, the decision to outsource security is based on cost: Can the company effectively outsource or co-source security management functions while still Read More...
Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While smaller businesses must be attuned to what their larger customers and trading partners require, and thus consider the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) as

n part 1  Two of a two-part note. Part One detailed the events and discussed the market impact. The MBN and Business Portal Microsoft seems to have done much more homework when it came to MBN and Business Portal, given that it will use XML, but will also provide built-in support for various EDI standards and EDI data transports, partly by working with Covast , eBridge Software and vSync on EDI and other area of connectivity extension and enhancement. Many large corporations ( Wal-Mart for example) have found Read More...
Whose ROI is it Anyway? Part One: Introduction
With growing frequency, we hear business and IT managers asking a technology vendor to

n part 1  ROI is it Anyway? Part One: Introduction Introduction After a few years of incredible hype and some very wishful thinking, enterprise software has finally returned to reality. Plans and promises that assumed the repeal of business fundamentals have disappeared along with the sky-high stock prices for some software vendors. But, we've been here before. In the early 1990s, we thought manufacturing automation would revolutionize business for all time. And in some ways it did. But it did not eliminate the Read More...
The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures
This part discusses the causes of ill-fated implementation

n part 1  This is a four-part note. Part One summarized a report titled ERP Trends by The Conference Board. Part Two covered the major key success factors (KSF's) for enterprise applications projects. This part discusses the causes of enterprise systems implementation failures. Part Four will make User Recommendations based on this information. Other Causes of Ill-fated Implementations Some other causes of ill-fated implementations and/or poor live system performances worth pointing out would be: Lack of system Read More...
N-able Technologies Inc.
In May 2013, SolarWinds acquired N-able Technologies enhancing its remote monitoring and management (RMM) offerings and adding MSP service automation to the

n part 1  able Technologies Inc. In May 2013, SolarWinds acquired N-able Technologies enhancing its remote monitoring and management (RMM) offerings and adding MSP service automation to the range of IT management challenges that the company works to address for the IT community. 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

n part 1  Two of a four-part note on J.D. Edwards. Part Three will discuss the Market Impact of the announcements detailed in Part One and Part Two. Part Four will cover the Challenges J.D. Edwards faces and make User Recommendations. Read More...
GSA Schedule Partnership Gets Network-1 in the Door
Lyme Computer, a woman-owned 18 person consultancy specializing in setting strategic IT agendas and implementation services for Federal Agenices, partners with

n part 1  Schedule Partnership Gets Network-1 in the Door GSA Schedule Partnership Gets Network-1 in the Door L. Taylor - June 26, 2000 Event Summary Lyme Computer Systems, a $16 million full-service computer reseller specializing in host embedded intrusion prevention systems has formed a strategic partnership with Network-1 Security Solutions to deliver host-embedded intrusion prevention systems. Lyme, which holds a GSA and Federal Supply Schedule, caters to Federal Agencies and the educational market. Figure 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

n 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...
SoftBrands to Institute Fourth Shift for SAP Business One Manufacturing Work-Plan Part Four: SoftBrands
This partnership provides SAP with the opportunity to further extend its reach within its large corporate customer base by serving the needs of its distant

n part 1  appropriate for its target niche. This is Part Four of a five-part note. Parts One and Two presented the event summary. Part Three began a discussion of the market impact. Part Five will cover challenges and make user recommendations. Fourth Shift Background Having long acquired a reputation for quick and inexpensive implementation and excellent service and support, during the mid-1990s, in an effort to expand up-market from its traditional small, single-site enterprise stronghold, former independent Read More...
SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
One of the biggest challenges facing IT departments today is still unlocking data and processes from a plethora of heterogeneous applications running on

n part 1  Three of a three-part note. Part One detailed the announcements. Part Two discussed Market Requirements and the Market Impact. Vendor Challenges In addition, the strong downturn in the technology economy has affected many vendors' outlooks. The infrastructure and integration are not easy segments to compete within either, with wealthy and viable competitors coming also from the EAI specialists (i.e., SeeBeyond , Tibco , webMethods , Mercator and Vitria ) , the infrastructure (platform and tools) 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

n part 1  ROI is it Anyway? Part Two: Sorting Through Claims ROI claims from technology vendors—the first liar doesn't stand a chance Confronted by the demands of today's market, enterprise software vendors at the very least play lip service to ROI selling. For many, this means showing prospects that under some average or typical conditions, implementing the software can lead to a direct cost savings that will cover the software license fee in some specified period. Vendors generally express this by saying Read More...

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