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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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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...
AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1
A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud

b part 1  rules will no longer be part of the integration layer, but rather in the network layer. The  major announcement was the Microsoft Dynamics partnership along the lines to extend the value of ERP in terms of supplier connectivity, invoice automation, catalogs, etc . In July 2011 the vendor announced Ariba Collaborative Commerce for SAP ERP customers and there were similar attempts with Oracle in the past. But the major difference now seems to be that now 5,000 Microsoft Dynamics resellers will sell Ariba 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...
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...
What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (part two)
And here's the second point that all writers of IT white papers should keep in mind when writing (special notice of this point should be taken by those writers

b part 1  of this point should be taken by those writers who may *forget* that not everyone on the planet has the same rarified vocabulary, not mentioning the names of any jobs or fields...). 2. Audience, Audience (Stake a claim with your first paragraph). After the compelling title, the first paragraph makes or breaks audience “ affinity, ” which is Stelzner’s term for the white paper’s ability to identify a problem or a situation with which the reader can identify. Focusing on the reader’s needs, 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...
Social ERP Emerges, Transforms the Way People Work (Part 2)
In part one of this series, we looked at how and why social media capabilities are impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. We looked at the

b part 1  work, it needs to be part of your business processes to drive business results, and it needs to be one foundation for all social collaboration across your business and processes.   That one foundation for social at SAP is Jam. In the past year alone, there have been four major releases of the SAP Jam product. SAP is definitely putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to not only a social media strategy, but also social media execution.   Oracle— The Oracle Social Network (OSN) is the heart of 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

b part 1  Planning decisions play a bigger part in the bottom-line performance of the service business (i.e., financial profitability or  net income ). In other words, by omitting or neglecting any of these important logical steps, any company’s ability to deliver customer service will likely be impaired. Scheduling and Executing: Where the Rubber Meets the Road It is likely that every service business experiences the operational service chain optimization challenge on a daily basis. Simply said, service chain Read More...
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I
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

b part 1  of a kickoff meeting beforehand and discuss how to obtain them in order to get a project off to a positive, momentum-gaining start. In Part I of this three-part series, we start the countdown of the 10 reasons or objectives of kickoff meeting, from the least to the most important. When setting the agenda for the project kickoff, use these articles as a checklist. While it may not lead to a standing ovation or a nomination for Best Director , awareness of the top 10 reasons can help maximize the time Read More...
MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges
MAPICS remains at a critical point in time, where immaculate execution without much space for missteps will determine its future. Despite notable functional and

b part 1  faster integration of companies being acquired as part of a corporate growth strategy. Execution is Critical However, MAPICS remains at a critical point in time, where immaculate execution without much space for missteps will determine its future. Despite notable functional and technological initiatives, the biggest challenge for MAPICS and its affiliate channel remains the management of still dual flagship ERP product lines. Also, while the products may have their separate niches, they may in some Read More...
Dell Takes Over the #1 Spot in the U.S. PC Market
Dell Computer takes #1 position in US PC market share, passing Compaq.

b part 1  overall PC market, and symbolizes the leadership fight between Compaq and Dell. The numbers for the market, both US and worldwide, are shown in Tables 1 and 2, below. In addition to gaining the top US spot, Dell has increased its share of the worldwide PC market, and narrowed the gap between itself (at #2) and Compaq (#1). Market Impact This means that, after years of trying to catch Compaq, Dell has finally succeeded. With a year-over-year growth rate of 55+% (both US and worldwide), Dell is becoming Read More...
Mobilizing Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method
The case for action is intended as a living document, to be updated and referenced by the business and the project team. It should be referenced during the

b part 1  Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method Mobilizing Change Part Two: The Case for Action Method Featured Author - Bronwyn Evans - October 2, 2003 The Approach The best way to develop the projected benefits is to workshop these, then to prepare your case for action document and have it reviewed by the contributors. Some people conduct interviews and analyses of operations. The problem with this approach is that it takes a lot of effort and generally results in conflicting opinions in some 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...
ERP and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3
Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning

b part 1  and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3 Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning to enterprise resource planning (ERP) or business intelligence (BI) solutions to provide control and visibility. Each provides value, but the marriage of the two becomes the perfect storm, igniting improved performance and visibility. This report discusses their synergistic relationship. Read More...

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