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How Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of supply chain management (SCM) via a software category pioneer

o part 1  Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of  supply chain management (SCM)  via a software category pioneer, Kinaxis . The currently bullish Kinaxis has a number of customers that are SAP ERP customers too, and for a long time SAP was at first dismissive (or at least ambivalent) regarding the need for Response Management, as the company had its own well-known SAP Advanced Planner and Read More

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Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 3
Part 1 of this series analyzed the late-March acquisition of long-struggling inventory optimization (IO) provider Optiant by long well-performing supply chain

o part 1  for the upper end of the market. The final part of this blog series now continues with the analysis of the Logility Voyager Solutions suite and analyzes how Optiant might fit in. As depicted in Figure 1 below, Logility Voyager is a set of both SCP and supply chain execution (SCE) solutions, which is a comprehensive solution rarely offered in the market (even by much larger SCM providers). Supply Chain Planning This set of modules within Logility Voyager Solutions optimizes material, inventory, Read More
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

o part 1  to regain keyboard input. O   ODBC - Open DataBase Connectivity . This is a standard protocol that is used to run queries against databases that are not natively supported (supported directly, with their own language) by an application. Most databases support ODBC connections to front-end tools, in addition to supporting specific applications natively. ODS - Operational Data Store . Part of the data warehouse; fed with scores, behaviors, and clusters in near real-time, to be able to react live to Read More
JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference on the heels of the recent merger between JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) and

o part 1  FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of  the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference  on the  heels of the recent merger between JDA Software  (NASDAQ: JDAS) and i2 Technologies . The article first discussed the different geneses and cultures of the two merging parties. One major outcome of the conference was JDA’s unveiled plan to converge most of its existing and acquired product sets. To that end, JDA pledged several key commitments to its customers, Read More
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part II
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don’t

o part 1  10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part II Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part II Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - January 1, 2004 Introduction You are about to embark on an important project. Perhaps the project is implementing an ERP package, getting critical applications ready for the busy season, or setting up a warehouse and inventory for radio frequency operations. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Read More
Should Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion
A proof of concept (POC) should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by

o part 1  Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion Advantages and Disadvantages to the Client There are a number of advantages to the proof of concept (POC) for the client including Expectation synchronization with the vendor Improved ownership of the implementation process Identification of functional gaps or overselling Better understanding of investment required. More accurate scoping provides a better understanding of the investment required to complete the 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

o part 1  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
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

o part 1  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 correct. Engineering is Read More
Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy
During our recent briefing, MAPICS' executives acknowledged that almost all enterprise software companies are either

o part 1  MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy Strategy For over two years, MAPICS , Inc . (NASDAQ: MAPX), possibly the largest global provider of extended enterprise applications for solving the challenges of discrete manufacturers following the acquisition of its former competitor Frontstep (see MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way ), has shown signs of significant change and a persistent number of its historically recognizable and invariant tenets of operation. During the same time, the vendo Read More
6 Immediate Business Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider
Maintaining an effective supply chain is clearly an integral part of a manufacturing company’s livelihood. Using Web-enabled tools, the enterprise is able to

o part 1  Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider Other Points to Consider Other points to consider when choosing an online SRM system are: Customization Financial Commitment Speed of Implementation Ability to Integrate with Existing ERP Security This is Part Three of a three-part article. Part One presented the supplier relationship activities. Part Two presented the six immediate business improvements provided by an online SRM system. Customization Each enterprise conducts Read More
It’s About Process (or Ability to be Responsive) -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notions of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also tackled the similarities and subtle

o part 1  : a graphical depiction of a process that becomes a part of the application and governs how the business process performs when companies run the application. They also feature Web and systems integration (SI) technologies , which include displaying and retrieving data via a Web browser and which enable companies to orchestrate the necessary people and legacy applications into their processes. Another important BPM component is what's been termed business activity monitoring (BAM), which gives reports on Read More
IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response
IFS could be an object case of how a great product (in terms of functionality scope and technological foundation) and knowledgeable employees are only part of

o part 1  and knowledgeable employees are only part of the wholesale success in the finicky enterprise resource planning (ERP) market. Namely, back in 1994, IFS began a development project to transfer its flagship IFS Applications suite to object-oriented technology, which was completed in 1997, with the launch of the IFS Applications 1998 product suite. The IFS' business concept has since been to increase the freedom of action and competitiveness of user companies by enabling customers to either apply IFS 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

o part 1  Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part Two: Automotive Suppliers Gain What Are Automotive Leaders Doing? The global automotive industry is becoming leaner, faster, and less forgiving than ever before. Product life cycles are shorter, customer requirements are stricter, business is dramatically more international, and profits are increasingly harder to squeeze out of any enterprise's day-to-day business operations. Infor Global Solutions Discrete Group focuses on providing deep vertical expertise to the Read More
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

o part 1  Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1 The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of  service economy , or the increasing importance of the service sector  in industrialized economies. But while the vast  customer service  software market’s opportunity was examined there, the series also pointed out the treacherous complexity of planning and executing service supply chains. Compared to Read More

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