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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

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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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 management (SCM) provider Logility. I then discussed Logility’s acquisition history to set the stage for the current offerings that Optiant will join.The 2004 acquisition of Demand Management, Inc. (DMI) and its Demand Solutions brand was

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

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 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

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

Saba Software: All about People (Cloud) - Part 2


Part 1 of this series introduced Saba Software, a public provider of what it calls “People Cloud,” which constitutes a new class of business-critical software that combines enterprise learning, talent management, and collaboration technologies. The post first described the vendor’s slew of industry rewards and accolades at the recent 2011 Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston and related events

o part 1  does a video posting on YouTube . The final part of this series will analyze the underlying product architecture that enables the rich functionality of Saba’s People Cloud. In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions or individual experiences with talent management, learning management, and social software solutions and use cases (see Part 1) are more than welcome. Read More

Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories


Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: application software, information technology infrastructure, business process outsourcing (BPO), and manufacturing.

o part 1  management Payroll processing Training o Recruiting Records management Supply chain management and logistics Physical material control activities Inbound transportation Customs brokerage Warehousing Outbound transportation IT-based supply chain services Order management Warehouse management/inventory management Event management Freight forwarding Transportation management Other areas that are emerging in the BPO space include: Engineering/design Drafting services Design digitization (paper to CAD) Design Read More

SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Two: Market Impact


Further acquisition, partnerships, and internal development will continue to accelerate offering a much-richer level of functionality throughout the entire commerce chain software market. Market wide, the growth of industry specific, vertical solutions continues with concurrent internal development, acquisitions and partnerships, and the notion of an 'end-to-end' solution continues to evolve.

o part 1  This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed recent announcements. Part Three will cover Challenges and make User Recommendations. Market Impact Continued acquisition, partnerships, and internal development will continue to accelerate offering a much-richer level of functionality throughout the entire commerce chain software market, as seen in the past with maybe not that fruitful partnerships like those of EXE Technologies and i2 Technologies and of SAP and Catalyst, albeit the reasons for 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 miss this excellent opportunity to get across important communications and establish the tone for the project. This article discusses the 10 objectives of a project kickoff meeting, how to achieve them, and templates for presenting them. In Part I, the first three reasons are discussed but you will be left on the edge of your seat in anticipation of Parts II and III.

o part 1  10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I Featured Author - Joseph J. Strub - December 31, 2003 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

Tier 1 vs. Tier 2 vs. Tier 3 ERP: What’s the Difference, Anyway?


In the software industry, at least in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) segment, there is an implicit understanding of what is meant by tier 1, 2, and 3 vendors. Though the distinction may seem obvious, definitions of software vendor tiers are sparse. Those that exist vary from source to source and are mainly based on the vendor’s clients’ company size, the number of the vendor’s remote

o part 1  Difference, Anyway? In the software industry, at least in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) segment, there is an implicit understanding of what is meant by tier 1, 2, and 3 vendors. Though the distinction may seem obvious, definitions of software vendor tiers are sparse. Those that exist vary from source to source and are mainly based on the vendor’s clients’ company size, the number of the vendor’s remote business units, and the vendor’s annual revenue. Nonetheless, it seems that the very Read More

Are 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

o part 1  all of the seven outsourcing pitfalls listed in Part I , it is more likely that its services revolve around selecting the right supplier, improving on the ineffective quote-and-go approach (with contract negotiation), and revealing and eliminating the hidden costs of going offshore. Outsourcing or transferring production offshore is not for everyone, especially in light of the over $4 per gallon gas prices of today . Therefore, the total cost of ownership (TCO) model should encapsulate not only the list Read More

Are You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance?


It’s old, it’s new, and it’s the future. Pedigree tracking regulations were originally passed into law through the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 (PDMA). After two decades of postponing enforcement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its final stay. Pharmaceutical companies are expected to be in compliance with 21 CFR Part 203 by the year 2011. Do you have what it takes for compliance?

o part 1  You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance? It’s old, it’s new, and it’s the future. Pedigree tracking regulations were originally passed into law through the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 (PDMA). After two decades of postponing enforcement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its final stay. Pharmaceutical companies are expected to be in compliance with 21 CFR Part 203 by the year 2011. Do you have what it takes for compliance? Read More

Integrated Security: A New Network Approach Part Two: The Shift Toward Integration


This part describes the key elements and benefits of an integrated security solution in comparison to current security solutions.

o part 1  Security: A New Network Approach Part Two: The Shift Toward Integration Integrated Security: A New Network Approach Part Two: The Shift Toward Integration Featured Author - Eric Winsborrow - December 10, 2002 The Shift Toward Integration According to Computer Economics, the worldwide financial impact of malicious code was $13.2 Billion in 2001 alone. With nearly 400 computer security vendors offering solutions spanning the spectrum from antivirus to firewalls, content filtering to intrusion Read More

Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?


Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology.

o part 1  of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. Read More

Vertical Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two


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o part 1  Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two In a blog post last week , I talked about Vertical Solutions’ (VSI) offerings for field service management (FSM), including the company’s customer profile, partners for extending the solution, and VSI’s big data capabilities. To expand on the company’s value prop and positioning, we recently had an in-depth candid discussion with VSI’s executive vice president (EVP) Kris Brannock. Ms. Brannock focuses on the strategy and direction of Read More

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o part 1  in many ways. For one, Part II of my 2008 five-part blog series entitled “It’s About Process (or Ability to be Responsive)” outlined the necessary BPM suite components. But if one is to look at BPM suites through the lens of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA ) loop, one could think of covering the following three necessary activities (within the feedback loop ): Business process modeling and analysis, which were explained earlier on; Business process automation or execution; and Business activity Read More

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o part 1  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 . Compiere started back in 1999. 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 Read More