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Internet Makes SCP All That It Can Be
The Internet is reshaping the supply chain planning marketplace. Several clear trends have emerged in recent years that capitalize on the possibilities for

it consultant magazine  vendors offer e-procurement capabilities, it is becoming increasingly important for them to distinguish their portals from competitors. We believe that SCP vendors are uniquely capable of doing this by providing value-added services that relate to procurement in fundamental ways. i2 Technologies is an excellent example of a SCP that is successfully bringing its considerable domain expertise in supply chain planning to enhance procurement over the Internet. User Impact: Users who want to cut their Read More
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New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 1: The Benefits of E-Procurement
From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services

it consultant magazine  and services today. But it is not a panacea. This is part 1 of a five part series on e-procurement. Part 2 will discuss the Efficiency Gains that can be expected from implementing e-procurement About the Author Scott A. Elliff is Founder and President of Capital Consulting & Management, Inc. (CCMI), offering high-quality analysis, practical advice, and fresh perspectives to help clients achieve bottom-line improvements in profitability, effectiveness, and market position. Mr. Elliff has sixteen years Read More
Confessions of a Techno Junkie
Ideas on how to survive the avalanche of technology, avoid the lure of its pitfalls, and succeed with it as the enabler to true process innovation.

it consultant magazine  rational decisions, even when it involves acquisition decisions. OK, so I read David Taber's article in the February Parallax, ( The Taber Report: Customer Behavior ), which suggests that personal purchase decisions are 80 percent emotional, but still I can aspire, right? Before you read on, understand that this is no anti-technology polemic, but rather a statement on our collective struggle to absorb the technology streaming at us. Anyway, my problem is best described as technology overdose. Read More
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Three: Applications Hosting
Mid-market enterprises might benefit from objectively evaluating the value propositions represented in successful next-generation applications service providers

it consultant magazine  five years, and how it can make or break their profitability and market share. The panel, which was moderated by Josh Greenbaum, included the following participants: Barry Wilderman; Peggy Smedley, president and editorial director; Start Magazine ; Dave Turbide, an independent consultant and renowned columnist for magazines such as The Manufacturing Systems ; and Predrag Jakovljevic, research director, TEC. In preparation for the event, we polled the thoughts and opinions of our experts and contributors: Read More
Where Has All the Service Gone?
For some reason, once a product moves into the retail channel, most manufacturers lose control. The retailer abdicates responsibility. When faced with a problem

it consultant magazine  created a situation where it is economically unviable to manufacture consumer goods in many geographies. Emerging economies, less concerned with the longer term impact of pollutants than the immediate gratification of full stomachs and vodka glasses, are reaping the benefits of social conscience and sustainability policies. More legislation and control is not the answer—this has always proved to be a double-edged sword. Automotive, textile, and other industries that imposed embargoes, penalties, and Read More
IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to
Many technology sales cycles get bogged down in the IT department. But while it is unlikely that a sale will get anywhere without IT management buy-in, IT

it consultant magazine  Ltd Resources Related to IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to Yes : Information Technology (IT), (Wikipedia) Decision Making (Wikipedia) IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to Yes Investment Decisions is also known as : Investment Decision Analysis , Investment Decision Based , Investment Decision Criteria , Investment Decision Factors , Investment Decision Individuals , Investment Decision Making , Investment Decision Making Process , Investment Decision Methods , Investment Decision Model , Read More
Is ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 2. Measuring the Impact of IT Investments
If the underlying business assumptions change, the cash flow projections may be critically flawed but the KPI’s can still be relatively reliable indicators of

it consultant magazine  ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 2. Measuring the Impact of IT Investments Measuring the Impact of IT Investments Ray Tucker, CFO of the $1.3 B adhesives manufacture H.B. Fuller, finds, We can't really understand all of the benefits that will come from electronically enabling our business. We know that as we standardize on technologies we will grow our business. The benefits will probably come from places we don't expect to see them . Tucker states that the problem with financial analysis of Read More
The Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level
Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can

it consultant magazine  Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can determine its governance maturity. A staged approach allows companies to realize rapid time to value by introducing new tools and processes on an incremental basis. As a result, they can avoid an expensive, one-size-fits-all governance solution that may bring Read More
Top Ten Reasons to Automate Your IT Processes
Today's IT infrastructure is more complex than ever. There are more applications, more servers both physical and virtual, larger global networks, and more data;

it consultant magazine  Reasons to Automate Your IT Processes Today's IT infrastructure is more complex than ever. There are more applications, more servers both physical and virtual, larger global networks, and more data; all of which needs to be managed. Businesses can't afford to solve this problem by continually adding to headcount. They have to find a way to manage it all more efficiently. This white paper explains the top ten reasons why businesses are adopting IT process automation. Read More
IT Management for Small Businesses: Using Third Parties to Help Take the Strain
Small to medium businesses (SMBs) face the same challenges as large businesses when it comes to IT management—they have increasingly complex systems they rely

it consultant magazine  as large businesses when it comes to IT management—they have increasingly complex systems they rely on to drive their businesses and gain a competitive advantage. Operating and maintaining a complex IT infrastructure requires specific skills, but getting the right staff at an affordable price can be a problem. Outsourcing IT management may help to ease the strain. Read More
Columbus IT
Columbus IT is a global technology consulting and software development company dedicated to improving your operations. You can count on Columbus for low

it consultant magazine  IT Columbus IT is a global technology consulting and software development company dedicated to improving your operations. You can count on Columbus for low risk implementations of ERP, BI, and CRM systems and faster ROI. At Columbus, software development is not an afterthought – you get the benefit of an entire division that is completely focused on the development of high quality industry solutions. Underscoring our leadership in the industry, we have been recognized as ‘Global Partner of the Read More
It Pays to Understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Mobile Computers
One of the first and seemingly simple questions that companies ask when making IT investments is “how much does it cost?” Many often find themselves wondering

it consultant magazine  companies ask when making IT investments is “how much does it cost?” Many often find themselves wondering why—even after a successful implementation—their costs keep going up. When evaluating a mobile workforce automation project, companies should take the time to conduct a thorough total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis to detect hidden costs—and avoid nasty surprises. Read More
Big Data, Mobility, and Green IT: Innovations for Manufacturers and Distributors
Your business is in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment

it consultant magazine  in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment decision, however, it should evaluate its options relative to actual business strategies and operating requirements. Only then will it put itself in a position to make a well-informed investment decision. Download this article to learn more. Read More
The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

it consultant magazine  a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It Event Summary Food and beverage industry strategic sourcing vendor ecFood , recently announced exceptional results for 2001 with dramatic increases in revenue, gross margin, transaction volume, customer acquisition and services. The privately held company closed out the year with record-breaking performance, including an 815% increase in gross margin from 2000 and revenue of $37.6 million. ecFood also acquired a major dairy industry purchasing Read More

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