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Making Sense of the Wireless WAN Hype

loose sapphires  are playing fast and loose with terminology that should mean something. Wireless is compelling, but how do you decide what s right for you—and who do you trust?

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eBay Looking For Sun Block?

The now-infamous 1999 shutdowns of the eBay website has led them to consider alternatives to their current Sun infrastructure.

loose sapphires  shot at prying Sun loose. The Network Solutions A.root server contract loss adds fuel to the Sun is vulnerable fire. If Sun gets displaced at eBay, the perceived impact will be far greater than the actual revenue lost - we can envision rivals referring to Sun as the not in dot-com . This only increases the pressure on Sun and its rivals. In Sun's defense: the Solaris OS is generally considered highly reliable, scalable, and powerful, and its users are generally very loyal to it. There are lots of Read More

Infor Partners with CAD Service to Enhance EAM Proposition

Infor has announced a worldwide partnership with CAD Service, a provider of computer-aided design (CAD)–led asset management software. CAD Service’s enterprise asset management (EAM) OpenCAD solution is  fully integrated with the Infor EAM application, not a standalone application. The tight integration will help organizations boost asset visibility without the need to run two or more separate

loose sapphires  when a system has loose integration to a CAD tool. No longer will people have to search some shared drive for lost drawings, make sure the correct version of Autodesk is installed, or have to jump to the CAD tool to view details of the asset being managed. Kevin Price, product director, Infor EAM goes onto say, With this partnership, Infor EAM OpenCAD makes the tracking of asset usage, visualization of work areas and sourcing of information faster and easier. This more accessible, detailed visibility Read More

TurtleSpice ERP! (Week 8)

Welcome to Week 8 of TurtleSpice ERP! We’re following one company’s software selection process, from beginning to end—with a twist: It’s up to you to make sure comptroller Mike Chelonia stays on track and selects the right ERP system for the company. Cast your vote at the bottom of this post, and next week I’ll move the scenario forward based on the winning answer.The story so far: Mike

loose sapphires  which should be cut loose? Make your selection below! I’ll be taking the top 5 for next week’s episode of TurtleSpice ERP. Don’t forget, this vendor list was derived from TEC’s eBestMatch tool, and corresponds to requirements as defined in TurtleSpice ERP, Week 1 . Based on your current understanding of TurtleSpice’s requirements and your knowledge of the software products, which vendors would you choose? (If you have no personal experience of these systems, feel free to explore eBestMatch Read More

Commerce One Meets GM: Web Now Has A Really Big Parts Department

General Motors will use Commerce One's E-commerce systems to build a global purchasing marketplace for its buyers and suppliers.

loose sapphires  Global Trading Web, a loose network of purchasing portals (See TEC News Analysis article: Commerce One to Procure for the Antipodes and Elsewhere , October 5th, 1999). Participants in GM MarketSite will be able to use a catalog, a bid-quote system, or an on-line auction. GM will not dictate prices, but will use its purchasing expertise and muscle to bring suppliers into the network. While GM claims that participation will be voluntary, it expects many of its dealers, suppliers, and partners to join GM Read More

3 Things Business Decision-makers Need to Know about SOA

Anyone even peripherally exposed to business media that touch on enterprise application technology has seen the term service-oriented architecture (SOA) bandied about in advertisements and articles. Given the central role of SOA in information technology, it is important to get beyond a buzzword level understanding. There are three key concepts surrounding SOA: granularity, Web services, and change management.

loose sapphires  management Because of the loose coupling between services and service consumers, SOA-based applications facilitate change. Even so, an application provider and its customer organization must proactively consider how their product will change over time. In a selection process, it might be appropriate to ask potential vendors how an application would respond to various scenarios that could present themselves over time. Changing customer demands, the increasingly international nature of business, Read More

The Impact of IT Service on Business Process Management

There are potential benefits of operating business process management (BPM) side-by-side with business service management (BSM). BPM and BSM are emerging technologies: BPM is concerned with the orchestration and management of effective business processes, while BSM focuses on the operational effectiveness of the enabling IT services. These technologies are mutually beneficial to one another. This white paper is intended for managers interested in implementing robust BPM solutions in IT-dependent business scenarios or managers looking to lay down a basic foundation for effective on-demand utility computing. It addresses the partnership between Fuego and Proxima Technology, vendors in BPM and BSM solutions.

loose sapphires  integration options for BPM: loose or tight. A loosely integrated scenario occurs when Centauri simply supplies data blocks of information to a BPM dashboard. That is, data about IT service quality is displayed alongside data regarding business process quality. The advantage of this approach is that the IT dimension is accommodated quickly and cheaply. The downside is that data about IT service quality cannot be correlated and analyzed alongside data about business process efficiency. Tight integration Read More

Social PLM and CRM - Dassault Systèmes and Netvibes (Under the Exalead Brand)

The voice of the customer (VOC) concept has been around for decades, but the Internet and social media technologies have finally enabled it to its fullest degree. We have all heard of (and perhaps even contributed to) customers venting their anger or expressing their delight with some vendor’s service or some product’s characteristics and performance via online forums. A company’s ability to

loose sapphires  competitors currently rely on loose partnerships and/or Microsoft SharePoint ’s social capabilities in this regard. Dear readers, what are your comments and opinions with regards to this acquisition and to the product development trends? Have 3D virtual store applications, 3D visual logistics applications, and real-time-connected business dashboard apps already changed the way your companies operate? I would certainly be interested in your experiences with PLM and social product design software in Read More

Global Trade Solutions: Competition, Challenges, and User Recommendations

The global trade management market is competitive, rapidly evolving, and highly fragmented, and competition will only increase in the future. While each GTM package will have a unique combination of features and components, it will still require data input and updating by users.

loose sapphires  at least in a loose-coupled and hosted mode. For instance, a freight forwarder and customs broker may first buy modules to help conduct denied-party screenings and put together landed-cost quotations, based on customers' requests for assistance on specific activities. The software typically steps in when automation can meet customers' requirements faster and more efficiently than existing, pedestrian capabilities. TradeBeam rightfully hopes that many of its seed applications, such as inventory Read More

Tier 3 And Tier 4 ... Where Do You Go If You Don't Know, What You Don't Know.

If you are an executive in a Tier 3 or Tier 4 manufacturing company and you have wondered where to start, whom to call, what questions to ask, this article is for you.

loose sapphires  most to gain or loose with the deployment of a new system? If you have the list of requirements, how do you get it to the right potential partners and providers? Want to know which PLM product is easy to integrate with your ERP system? What SPC or MES system offers the most accessible data for report writers? What companies have the most experience integrating ERP, PLM, and AIDC for your industry? How much should a small manufacturing company budget for IT? Many reports say that 2.5 3.5% of gross revenue Read More

Will Recent Acquisition Catalyze Catalyst's Strategy? Part Four: Market Analysis, Challenges, and User Recommendations

Existing customers should be comforted by the backing of a financially stable parent company with money to invest. Although this acquisition sounds like a very positive event, and ComVest and Catalyst appear to have strategic growth intentions, look for future proof in the actions they take in the coming months.

loose sapphires  is causing them to loose revenues in their equivalent application areas, although the rationale behind the partnership was SAP's initial inadequacy in certain SCE niches. User Recommendations Current Catalyst customers should not feel any increased sense of urgency from these events. If anything, existing customers should be comforted by the backing of a financially stable parent company with money to invest. Although this acquisition sounds like a very positive event, and ComVest and Catalyst appear to Read More

“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 1

In over a decade of covering the enterprise application space, I’ve repeatedly lauded and advised vertical focus (i.e., someone’s proven expertise in some particular industry and market segment), but not that much vertical integration per se. My beliefs were recently confirmed by what I learned while pursuing my APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) title. Namely, Module One of the

loose sapphires  turned its component supplier loose to become Delphi Corporation . Hence, it appears that the days of being totally self-sufficient and capable in today's world of high technology and virtual engineering and manufacturing are over. Rather than bringing all the functions inside the walls of one corporation, large manufacturers and service providers are now more likely to adopt a lateral supply chain strategy. In a lateral supply chain constellation, separately owned firms focus on core competencies such Read More

MAPICS Unifies The Brand And Interacts For CRM Solutions

While the existing loyal client base and affiliate channel remains MAPICS’ trump card in these difficult times, the recent partnership initiatives bundled with a unified product branding might be the way to more effectively sell beyond the current XA client base, which is the must for the long-term viability.

loose sapphires  all above products will loose their current trademarks. The above-mentioned applications outside the core ERP backbones can or will be used atop of both ERP systems, and will commonly be referred as e.g., portal, PLM, or SCM solution. The above initiatives should definitely help offset an apparent dip in sales for the company's erstwhile breadwinner - the ERP for iSeries - (still known as MAPICS XA), in addition to expanding opportunities for the entire product offering. Challenges Nevertheless, the Read More

Made2Manage Offers New Functionality And A VIP Treatment Part 2: Market Impact

During last two years, Made2Manage had mobilized its resources to evolve from a vendor of traditional ERP software to a provider of 'one-stop-shop' enterprise business applications.

loose sapphires  soon be emulated and loose its differentiation value. The company should, therefore, try to interest its VARs into industry specialization and provision of vertical extensions. User Recommendations While it is unclear how many smaller vendors will survive the shrinking and more crowded market intact and avoid either bankruptcy or assimilation, Made2Manage has been taking strides that should help it weather the storm. The innovativeness of its offerings to the manufacturing SME market is attractive and Read More