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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

p part 1  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 of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, United States Read More...
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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

p part 1  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 commerce network provider first and foremost , while also offering additional related  spend management  software as required. The vendor is striving to become a  business-to-business (B2B)  commerce version of Amazon.com and eBay  to enable painless transactions by providing a behind-the-scene universal business Read More...
Food and Drug Safety: Prevention Better Than Cure (For Sure) - Part 1
Food production and distribution is a serious and strategic business, and I am not aware of anyone in my surroundings that takes it lightly; food can not only

p part 1  recalls. Finally, the last P is “Proactively respond” (OK, Olin acknowledges that it requires a little stretch here to get another “P”). Namely, if a problem is uncovered, one must be aggressive in addressing the recall and other needs, since holding back usually makes it worse. All incidents must be taken seriously and the company must respond quickly and completely.  Over-response is often less expensive in terms of dollars and negative PR than under-response. While management commitment to a Read More...
PROACTIS: The Best-kept Secret in Indirect Spend Management? - Part 1
In this day and age of news flying fast over the Internet and tweets reaching every nook and cranny of the world, it still took physical attendance at an

p part 1  Indirect Spend Management? - Part 1 In this day and age of news flying fast over the Internet and tweets reaching every nook and cranny of the world, it still took physical attendance at an overseas event for me to learn about a lesser-known successful software vendor. Namely,  during my attendance of UNIT4 ’s user event in the UK in early 2010 , I encountered PROACTIS as UNIT4’s exhibiting partner for spend management and e-procurement solutions. PROACTIS Group , a wholly owned subsidiary of Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1
Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a supply chain management (SCM) software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was

p part 1  Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1 Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a  supply chain management (SCM)  software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was recently renamed TAKE Supply Chain . I admit to initially being in a quandary how to figure out the company’s exact value proposition and differentiation, given that its corporate Web site and press release (PR) messages as well as webinar topics seemed to be all over the SCM map: from labeling, printing, and Read More...
Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM

p part 1  ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations Are ERP and PLM Speaking the Same Language? Costs are an excellent example of semantic confusion. Accountants know that cost is a not a single characteristic of an item but a category of characteristics. Without answering a series of questions about the cost, the meaning of it is vague. Is the cost the procurement cost from the supplier? Does it include shipping? Does it include tax and duty? Does it include internal overhead, or is it just direct 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

p part 1  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 business units, and the vendor’s annual revenue. Nonethe Read More...
Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 3
Cloud computing is allowing small to medium businesses (SMBs) to gain access to premium enterprise solutions without the traditional price tag of hardware and

p part 1  Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 3 This is the final installment on cloud assets designed to help small to medium businesses (SMBs) looking to incorporate cloud services into their information technology (IT) infrastructure. The two previous entries in this trilogy were about the basics of cloud computing and the procurement of cloud services, which gave you the necessary tools to initiate, broker, and implement a cloud solution to support your business. Now let’s close the loop by formulating a comprehens Read More...
Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Adds Dysfunction to the Windows Family
Once upon a time, Microsoft products could only be used after the first service pack was released. With Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1, Redmond sets out to prove

p part 1  will include SR-1 as part of the product. Market Impact At least in theory, you can download MS Office 2000 SR-1 from http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/info/officeksr1.htm. But the first question is why? Microsoft does a stellar job of convincing the market that each new packet of bug fixes is an improvement. (For clarity, Microsoft uses the term service pack for Windows NT and Internet Explorer, service release for Office and Windows 95/98 products.) This has not uniformly been true; in the Windows Read More...
IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response
IFS could be an object case of how a great product (in terms of functionality scope and technological foundation) and knowledgeable employees are only part of

p part 1  Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response IFS Background Recently, Industrial and Financial Systems ( IFS ) (XSSE: IFS), a Swedish extended enterprise applications supplier with sales in 45 countries, over $330 million USD) in revenues in 2003, and with more than 350,000 users worldwide, announced the following: In early January that, following the agreement with Uniativa Ltda (which acquired the entire business and 100 percent of the stock in Industrial and Financial 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

p part 1  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. Don't miss this excellent o 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

p part 1  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 (SCM). Part One of Read More...
TEC’s I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales

p part 1  Traction - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC ’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales performance management (SPM) practices. It also introduced the latest entry in TEC’s I&CM (Incentive & Compensation Management) Evaluation Center , Varicent Software ’s flagship product, Varicent SPM [ evaluate this product ]. Varicent SPM Architecture Overview The product suite’s architecture consists of several layers, Read More...
UCN inContact Selected as the First Hosted System to Support a Statewide 2-1-1 Intelligent Call Handling Platform
Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211), was the non-profit organization tasked with implementing an integrated call center solution in the State of

p part 1  First Hosted System to Support a Statewide 2-1-1 Intelligent Call Handling Platform Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211), was the non-profit organization tasked with implementing an integrated call center solution in the State of Washington (US). WIN 211’s challenge was to define system requirements, and select a vendor that could interconnect eight call centers into a single, cohesive information service system. For a solution, it turned to UCN inContact. Read More...

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