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Frankie Does ERP, Part 1
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

b part 1  interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It's still colorful.] * My name is Frank. I’m a mid-level manager for a manufacturer of scrotchets here in Greenfields, US of A. I have four direct reports, all of whom want my boss’s job after they’ve digested and shat mine out. Thanks to the latest round of Read More

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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

b part 1  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 components vs. those that are of less importance? In 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

b part 1  knowledge, or geographical location. B   B2B - Business to Business . Represents business that is conducted primarily between two businesses. B2C - Business to Customer . Represents business that is conducted between a business and end users or customers. Bluetooth - A wireless protocol that allows two objects to communicate with each other, transferring data and transmitting information without having to point at each other as today's devices equipped with IrDA technology do. BPR - Business Process Read More
Intentia Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride Part 1
Intentia remains solid, with a broad product portfolio footprint and a slight increase in revenue, despite vacillating financial results. The company still

b part 1  Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride Part 1 Intentia Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride P.J. Jakovljevic - July 15, 2002 Event Summary On June 12, Intentia International AB (XSSE: INT B), a Swedish provider of enterprise business applications for mid-size and large enterprises, vehemently denied certain erroneous information in media about its Q1 2002 cash flow situation. In issue no.23, the Swedish publication Affrsvrlden published an article that compared, in terms of liquidity, the Read More
Data Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data
Research for one of my projects led me to ask both software vendors and customers about the factors most important to software users in the selection of a

b part 1  Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data Research for one of my projects led me to ask both software vendors and customers about the factors most important to software users in the selection of a business intelligence (BI) solution. Two topics resounded: the use of BI tools to improve data management and business performance management. Consumers are continuously looking for innovative ways to move, store, and improve the quality of their data as well as to ways to capture the most valuable 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

b part 1  do not necessarily need to be part of the back-office database. In fact, trying to capture every step and status of every little case (e.g., a customer’s product complaint or improvement suggestion that needs to be investigated by several employees) would only unnecessarily encumber the ERP or customer relationship management (CRM) database. Maybe mapping only some critical data between the case management process and ERP database (e.g., for inventory or invoice adjusting purposes), and doing 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

b part 1  Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations IT Challenges Lately, some supply chain execution (SCE) leaders, not wanting to rest on their laurels of recently outperforming the entire enterprise applications market (if not many more other markets across the entire economy spectrum), have entered a number of partnerships with the aim to thereby extend their value proposition far beyond their expertise on the execution side of the supply chain management Read More
Tracing Food Quality and Safety, or We Are What We Eat, After All (Part II)
Part I of this blog post introduced the burning issues of food safety and the ensuing need for traceability. To the end of providing entire food supply chain

b part 1  confidence in a brand, but also helps companies validate their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives in areas such as product safety, sustainable development and animal welfare. Lawson developed its solution in conjunction with one of the world's largest aquaculture feed production companies, Nutreco (a minor part of whose business is also poultry processing). Trace Engine is a standalone, web-based, configurable repository that can receive, filter and interpret any trace 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

b part 1  the market, currently still being a lesser part of SAP's total revenues. With its over 20 industry-focused solutions (including, e.g., aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, financial institutions, consumer packaged goods (CPG), high-tech, mill products, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, etc.) and its sheer size, SAP is able to claim almost total industry coverage and all the manufacturing styles from simple to complex discrete and from batch to continuous process manufacturing. Still, 2002 is 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

b part 1  (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 been challenged by the solutions from Skemma, Appian [ evaluate this Read More
ERP and BI: When 1+1=3
Learn about the synergy of these two powerful business solutions in the provocative Aberdeen Report ERP and BI: When 1+1=3.

b part 1  and BI: When 1+1=3 How do you propel your business to the next level of performance and success? Consider combining the power of enterprise resource planning (ERP) with business intelligence (BI); for many small to midsized businesses, it's proven to be a killer combination. Learn about the synergy of these two powerful business solutions in the provocative Aberdeen Report ERP and BI: When 1+1=3 . You'll discover how your company can reap the core business benefits of integrating ERP with BI: cost reduc Read More
What Makes a Good White Paper Good... (part three)
Here is the third point in a series that looks at the key features to consider when writing an IT white paper... so that you not only get your reader's interest

b part 1  get your reader's interest, but keep it. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Identifying a problem isn’t enough, no matter how much affinity is established with the reader (see previous post and Michael Stelzner's site ). The proposed solution must be both practical and clearly stated. If the solution that ostensibly addresses the egregious problem is utterly incomprehensible due to stratum after stratum of obfuscating and argot-laden cant, the reader is left high and dry—and Read More
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

b part 1  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, starting with the rampant offshoring of facilities Read More
Lean Manufacturing: Part Two
Part One of the

b part 1  lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you'll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the 5S program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. 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

b part 1  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 1. Lyme Computer Systems' GSA Schedule adds value to partnerships.   Market Impact Network-1's commitment to the partnership shows how important it is for vendors hoping to make in-roads in the Federal Read More

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