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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

x part 1  same time, Manhattan introduced  X-suite Solutions (currently consisting of Flow Management and Extended Enterprise Management ) to address complex cross-functional business issues, such as collaborating with trading partners to efficiently communicate and ensure goods move smoothly to end customers at minimum cost. The vendor also introduced IBM Cognos -enabled supply chain intelligence (SCI) to enable the quick creation of dashboards, analytics, views, user-defined alerts, and key management reports. Read More
Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) for the Health Care Industry
PACS (Picture Archiving Communication System) manages the storage and display of digitized diagnostic images such as x-rays, CT Scans, and ultrasounds for use by radiologists and other clinician...
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Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part I)
In the last decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market, I've witnessed so many products and vendors disappearing and reappearing under a

x part 1  an “at a glance”  x/y axis grid that graphically depicted the solution targets based on two distinct client parameters:  1) business size/complexity and 2) technology requirements, the world finally “got” what Deltek was all about. All other (sometimes confusing) point and/or legacy solutions (e.g., Deltek CRM Proposals , evaluate this product ) have been subordinated to one of the three major product lines. These major products were (and still are): 1. Deltek Costpoint ( evaluate this Read More
Quantum Retail: Challenging the
Every year-ending holiday season reminds us of the importance of consumer spending and the retail sector for the United States (US) and global economies

x part 1  come in on Day X for product Z?”) rather than sociology (i.e., the likelihood of a general customer to come in for that product). Dealing With a Panoply of (Largely Static and Isolated) Systems Therefore, retailers need new models and thinking as better answers for their merchandize assortments, item allocations, and store labor in order to handle tricky factors such as seasonality, lifecycle phases of their products, weather, promotions, commodity price changes, average day-of-week and time-of-day Read More
Microsoft Analyst Event Part One: What’s New for Fall 2012
The traditional Microsoft Dynamics Fall Analyst Event (FAE) 2012 started with a tour of the flagship Microsoft Store in an opulent mall in Bellevue, WA, where

x part 1  that also includes the X Box Kinect for motioning—very nifty. On some level, consistency is good, but 100 percent consistency has never worked for all user constituencies, and only time will tell whether Microsoft is right or wrong here. Windows 8 and Surface – Game Changers? Now, some folks will say that the paradigm shift from the Windows XP “Start Page,” with windows and mouse use (right clicks, etc.)  to the touch interface of Surface will be steep, but as a Mac user who has not used Windows Read More
E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part Two
Last week in the TEC blog we took a close look at E2open’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategy, including the vendor’s four-step blueprint to

x part 1  is that they use X or Y for S&OP demand plans, financial plans, etc.—but the system they rely on for information, planning feasibility, collaboration, and execution is E2open.   TEC : What is your competitive landscape, and what separates you from the competition? SR : E2open’s unique position in the market is that we provide a platform that can tie in various data points from demand, inventory, capacity, and future supply availability—and provide highly robust yet flexible mechanisms to obtain Read More
Provia Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Five: 3PL Support and SCE Optimization
FourSite 4.4 is an upgrade of its fulfillment solution oriented towards third party logistics (3PL) providers. ViaOptimize, is an advanced step for companies

x part 1  its RFID-compliant solution is exactly what the doctor (such as, Wal-Mart , Target , Albertsons , and the US Department of Defense [ DoD ]) ordered, the typically quiet Provia Software ( www.provia.com ), a privately-held provider of supply chain execution (SCE) software solutions, naturally feels the time has come for it to be more vocal about its RFID endeavors, albeit after it has already put so much effort in terms of the proof of concept in the field. At the end of May, Provia announced at the Read More
Compiere ERP Becomes Part of Consona
In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere.

x part 1  One of its founders explained to me that the company's business (circa 2004) largely came from support, migration, and priority requests from clients. An integral component of the delivery model was Compiere's partners. So Compiere focused on providing second-level support to their network of local partners. These areas are where I'm most curious about Compiere's move to the Consona fold. These business characteristics are often associated with open source business models; over time such models have 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

x part 1  , as well as existing product partnerships with companies such as Ariba , MatrixOne , and Agile , to deliver an SRM solution today as a part of J.D Edwards 5 . Going forward, however, J.D. Edwards will make additional SRM enhancements to support the management of the five key functions of the Supplier Lifecycle design, plan, source, fulfill and settle, through real time proactive messaging and alerts presented via Web-based portals. As current supply chain offerings in the market still leave gaps in with Read More
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

x part 1  Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I The Lexicon of CRM Part 1: From A to I R. Garland - October 12, 2001 0 - A  360 degree view of the customer - A term used to describe the ability for virtually anyone in the company to know anything about the customer (products bought, support calls made, web site visits conducted, etc.). A complete, 306 degree view of customer information. 3G - Supposedly the ultimate wireless protocol technology that is already being used in areas outside of North America where Read More
SOA From a Management Perspective: Part Two
Despite the numerous benefits companies can expect from service-oriented architecture, the technology is still relatively new and implementation costs are steep

x part 1  Vendors downplay this concern, explaining that today's processing speeds more than compensate for service calls and use of generalized routines. The problem is that you need to compare apples with apples. Improved processor speeds will benefit both SOA and non-SOA environments. Assurances must be made that the time it takes to process a complete transaction in an SOA environment is not significantly slower than what companies are experiencing today. This is why previously mentioned performance alerts are Read More
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

x part 1  box and requires an XML mapping exercise. Overall : JD Edwards' integration with Microsoft Office is very sophisticated. The company has also partnered with Siebel for Customer Relationship Management and Microstrategy for Business Intelligence such that JD Edwards directly provides support to its customers. This brings exceptional functionality in these areas while mitigating some of the traditional problems of using a multi-vendor solution. Oracle Advantages : Procurement cards are highly integrated Read More
Compaq's High-End Wintel-based Rack Servers - Working Hard to Stay #1
Compaq Computer Corporation, the #1 volume manufacturer of PC Servers, both US and worldwide, is fighting a strong challenge by Dell Computer. This note assess

x part 1  capability in its class. Flexibility: The 5500R can be converted to a freestanding unit 6400R: Functionality: The ProLiant 6400R houses up to four Xeon CPUs in a 4U footprint , with only one other vendor (Dell) currently providing a similarly dense offering. The 6400R has more hot-swappable hard disk drives [CPQ: 4x1.0 , Dell:3x1.0 ], providing greater flexibility for in-box RAID configurations. The 6400R features HotPlug PCI for systems running Windows NT 4.0. This is significant, since most vendors Read More
The Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research
Most consultants agree that there are three stages that precede a software implementation project: research, evaluation, and selection. This three-part article

x part 1  companies do not allocate extensive time and resources to the process and do not have selection methodologies, which help decision makers select a product without further investigation. Not every company takes advantage of a sound software selection methodology. The good news is that other companies have been through complex selection projects before, built sophisticated tools, and developed processes to make it solid, speedy, and successful. This article will broadly review the phases involved in a Read More
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part discusses

x part 1  costs, improve service, obtain expert skills, improve processes, or improve focus on core activities. Nevertheless, outsourcing is not right for every company. A company may be too small to effectively outsource. The company's culture may not appropriate for outsourcing or there may be customer reasons that limit or prevent the company's ability to outsource. Some government agencies do not allow their contractors to outsource anything to an offshore location or management leadership may not be prepared 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

x part 1  platform (meaning web-based and XML, SOAP, J2EE, Microsoft BizTalk and .NET compliant), and there are laid out upgrade paths for the user base from old instances of R/3 product. At the same time, OS platforms can be a plethora of Windows NT, Unix and IBM iSeries (AS/400), up to mainframe systems; the similar holds for database platforms. The company plans to deliver later in the year an integration broker embedded into its J2EE-based application server, which is also in development. Also, to diffuse Read More

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