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Enterprise Application Players Keep Refining Value Propositions
Because cash-strapped medium companies are looking for better options to traditional application pricing models, SAP and HP have allied to deliver

sapphire gems  was launched at SAP's Sapphire user conference. For more information, see SAP Claims Big Gains in the Low-end Battleground . Now, most of these companies are defunct, while others are no longer involved with SAP Hosting. However, SAP has been known for persisting and modifying its approaches until they work. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience in serving the world's leading companies, SAP and its partners now offer vertical solutions that help businesses improve metrics. Consequently, SAP Read More
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of June 18, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONSLoudoun County Sanitation Authority selects SAP ERPIndustry tags: utilities

sapphire gems  this year at the Sapphire event, but it was officially launched today at the e2conf. SAP claims that the main advantage of its social collaboration solutions is that it does more than just provide Facebook-like platforms for the enterprise. For instance, collaboration features will leverage business solutions like SAP Workflow. The move was expected by everyone who follows the social media space, and it remains to be seen how SAP will offer better solutions than Oracle (who created its own social network Read More
A Fresh Look at SAP’s Software-as-a-service (SaaS) Solution
After a year of silence surrounding SAP’s newest enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, SAP Business ByDesign is back. During that year, many of its

sapphire gems  a test drive at Sapphire 2009. Read More
Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver
The capabilities of SAP NetWeaver and its peer service-enabled platforms, which were originally transaction and integration platforms, have lately been expanded

sapphire gems  SAP introduced at its SAPPHIRE user conference in mid-2005; since then SAP has productized around 100 of the more than 200 applications announced at that time. In addition, new xApps include fifty new productivity applications, including those in Mendocino (a joint SAP and Microsoft product that enables SAP applications to have Microsoft Office -like user interfaces [UI]). To refresh our memory, at the SAPPHIRE 2005 conference, SAP unveiled plans to provide over 500 ESs and over 200 analytical Read More
The Hidden Gems of the Enterprise Application Space Part Two: Sorting and Selecting SRM Software
No vendor provides all (if even a majority) of the required solutions for a full SRM initiative at this stage, so almost all solutions will involve best-of

sapphire gems  Hidden Gems of the Enterprise Application Space Part Two: Sorting and Selecting SRM Software Sorting the SRM Software Suppliers Given the enthusiasm from early adopters, it is hardly surprising that a wide range of software suppliers is adopting the SRM acronym. There are several dozen vendors that are offering suites of SRM functionality and coming from different worlds, based on their origins. A great part of these logically hail from the SCM space such as i2 Technologies , Logility , and Manugistics Read More
SAP Sets a Unified Vision for HANA in the Cloud
SAP is taking fierce steps towards expanding its cloud presence. Major moves from the German software company are reshaping its approach to a market

sapphire gems  worldwide. Second, during the SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando, FL, SAP announced a  unified strategy and vision for its cloud portfolio , offering users of different sizes and from different industries ways to deploy their business software platforms within cloud or hybrid structures, as well as the means to adapt to business change and empower lines of business with purpose-built cloud applications. Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEOs of SAP AG (shown here), said: We are known around the Read More
Microsoft Business Network (MBN)--Coming of Age? Part Two: Market Impact
Microsoft Business Network (MBN) has the potential to deliver the never really (or hardly ever) realized benefits of early dot-com era Internet trading

sapphire gems  Business Network (MBN)--Coming of Age? Part Two: Market Impact Market Impact At the end of March, during its annual conference for North American customers, Convergence 2004 , Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Microsoft Business Solutions ( MBS ) division previewed upcoming versions of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions: MBS Axapta , MBS Great Plains , MBS Navision , MBS Solomon , Microsoft CRM , and related services. The main takeaway Read More
What's Ahead for Users on the Enterprise Infrastructure Battlefront?
The battle between Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, and IBM goes far beyond applications -- it goes right into the technology stack or the enterprise infrastructure. As

sapphire gems  April, during the European SAPPHIRE 2005 user conference, SAP and Microsoft announced the development of their first joint product, code-named Mendocino . Mendocino should help companies gain a competitive advantage by revolutionizing the way information workers access, analyze, and use enterprise data to make better business decisions . Accordingly, Mendocino will link SAP process functionality directly to Microsoft Office applications, and users will enjoy the familiarity of Microsoft Office as they Read More
No More Visual Intelligence, Introducing SAP Lumira
SAP is undergoing a makeover with some structural changes to certain segments of its extensive software portfolio. Just before its annual SAPPHIRE conference

sapphire gems  Just before its annual SAPPHIRE conference, SAP  re-baptized its Visual Intelligence product as SAP Lumira , its new data analytics offering. Maintaining the product's capabilities to analyze and visualize large amounts of data, and with a strong focus on self-service features, SAP will extend Lumira beyond the desktop to the cloud. SAP Lumira Cloud, an offering built in HTML5 allows out-of-the-box integration with on-premises and cloud data and, of course, native support for SAP HANA, enabling users Read More
TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of April 16th, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONSMiami-based flower distributor selects Sage ERP X3Industry tags: Distribution

sapphire gems  Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of April 16th, 2012 SOFTWARE SELECTIONS Miami-based flower distributor selects Sage ERP X3 Industry tags: Distribution Sage’s customer, Gems Group, reports that this ERP system was selected primarily because of its strong functionality set, Web enablement, graphical dashboard capabilities, embedded forecasting features, and full availability in Spanish. Flexibility was also important, as its users often need to access the software via the Read More
Onyx/Pivotal Rivalry Through Thin Rather Than Thick
The last few years have been harsh on most vendors within the CRM market segment, particularly on Onyx and Pivotal. The economic downturn and the standstill in

sapphire gems  Pivotal Rivalry Through Thin Rather Than Thick Background The latest round in the rivalry between Onyx Software Corporation (NASDAQ: ONXS) and Pivotal Corporation (NASDAQ: PVTL; TSX: PVT) began with their inceptions in 1995 and 1994 (respectively) and focused on an attempt by Onyx to buy Pivotal. This rivalry reflects the current state of the customer relationship management (CRM) mid-market. Overall the CRM software market remains a land of opportunity, but one with many treacherous patches of Read More
SAP to Acquire Ariba, Expand Cloud Presence - First Impressions
SAP and Ariba apparently have good poker faces, since during their recent user events, AribaLIVE 2012 and SAPPHIRE NOW 2012, there was no inkling of this

sapphire gems  events, AribaLIVE 2012 and SAPPHIRE NOW 2012 , there was no inkling of this development . At first glance, this is a good fit, as a plethora of large SAP customers use both Ariba Network and Ariba’s procurement, sourcing, contract management, e-invoicing, etc. software (in fact, in the early 2000s, the name Ariba was taboo at SAP’s Waldorf HQ, and Ariba was a competitor that SAP loved to hate). The arms race is accelerating in the enterprise applications space. Now that Ariba and Emptoris (acquired Read More
Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While smaller businesses must be attuned to what their larger customers and trading partners require, and thus consider the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) as

sapphire gems  Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations Challenges At the beginning of October, during the annual conference of the American Production and Inventory Control Society , APICS 2003 , in addition to Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ: MSFT) initiative to avail a majority of its Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division's enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings with long needed pieces of product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality through Read More
The Enterprise Applications 'Arms Race' To Be Number Three
Although their consolidation appetite is not diminishing by any means, some major acquisition protagonists like SSA Global and Infor seem to be showing signs of

sapphire gems  Enterprise Applications 'Arms Race' To Be Number Three Event Summary In the enterprise resource planning (ERP) world there is fierce competition to be number three (after SAP and Oracle ). The leading contenders are Infor , Lawson Software , and SSA Global . For a detailed discussion of Lawson, see New' Lawson Software's Transatlantic Extended Enterprise Resource Planning Intentions ). This is Part One of the series The Enterprise Applications Arms Race To Be Number Three . Even those who still Read More
The Emptoris acquisition of Zeborg is both a wise offensive and defensive move since it combines the resources of two companies that should focus on arguably

sapphire gems  Procures Zeborg's Spend Management Expertise Part Two: Market Impact Market Impact Emptoris, Inc. , a privately-held provider of e-sourcing solutions that support the strategic sourcing needs of global 5000 companies, early in 2003 announced the completion of financing from new and existing investors totaling $20.5 million. Menlo Ventures led the third funding round, with participation from new investor HarbourVest Partners and all existing investors, including NETinvest , from the previous two Read More
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