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Sustained Growth through Operational Excellence: Spotlight on Operations
Embarking on an operational excellence strategy should not be undertaken lightly. As with most company-wide initiatives, success requires planning, commitment

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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User-Focused Design Principles Shape the Customer Experience


Welcome to the customer experience. We all have them. Some are good, others bad. A variety of factors - the user interface (UI), customer support, marketing messages, etc. - shape these experiences. All of these things collectively create our view of a product, service or provider.

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Drop-Shipping-Internet Retailers' "Little Helper"?


Relying on drop-shipping (sometimes called "virtual inventory") is neither as easy nor as profitable as it may appear to be. Nothing has hurt the adoption of multichannel shopping more than orders which are delayed—or even cancelled—because of stock-outs.

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ERP Vendors Moving to Aerospace and Defense Markets


Market research shows that enterprise software and service markets are crossing market lines to witness strong growth in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry.

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Microsoft to Add "Encore" Functionality to MBS Great Plains 8.0 Part Two: Market Impact


Microsoft's Encore acquisition should bring the two former partners' complementary product offerings even closer together and should widen opportunities within the public and nonprofit sectors under the Microsoft umbrella. The products' technologies are quite compatible and so their integration will not be terribly complex, if it is to be complex at all.

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Workday and salesforce.com Cement Their Partnership


Unveiled at the recent Dreamforce 2013 mega conference, Salesforce1 Customer Platform is the new social, mobile, and cloud customer platform built for “the Internet of Customers”—where every company can connect with Salesforce1’s customers, employees, and partners through next-generation devices, apps, and smart products. Workday, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance, recently announced plans to launch Workday on the Salesforce1 AppExchange. Get the details.

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Big ERP Players Courting Government Agencies


There has been significant activity in the public sector, with all major players winning important new federal contracts for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). This strong government interest in ERP applications means that ERP seems to be getting some infusion from this sector at least.

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Vendor Snapshot: Infor at the TEC Vendor Challenge


More than 6,000 distributors globally use Infor’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. Infor began acquiring best-in-class solutions to address the distribution industry in 2004. Infor Distribution SX.e, which grew out of the 2004 acquisition of NxTrend, is the lead go-to-market solution covering Infor’s major micro-verticals in the industrial and professional sectors, for companies with

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Analyzing MAPICS' Further Steps After Frontstep Part Four: Market Impact Continued


While competitive costs (low and flexible software license pricing and implementation costs) and outstanding global service (proven fast implementations and customer loyalty) will remain important requirements for success, particularly in the lower end of the market, vertical focus will be the key factor for survival.

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Enterprise Resource Planning for Services, and Professional Services Automation: Where Do You Draw the Line?


Since the late nineties, enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors have developed functionality for vertical markets in the service industry. Simultaneously, professional services automation (PSA) became a viable software category. Consequently, deciphering the difference between ERP and PSA remains a challenge.

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J.D. Edwards Finds Its Inner-Self Within Its 5th Incarnation Part 3: Market Impact


In a nutshell, J.D. Edwards seems poised to deliver applications within its traditional verticals that are wide-ranging, integrated, and modular (loosely decoupled) at the same time, which is apparently a clearer message and a better business model for the company. With a new management team the company seems to have found its soul, as it has finally pinpointed the right offering for its target market (both geography, customer size, and vertical segments wise), and it also seems to be exuding an air of confidence without arrogance, which had rarely, if ever, been seen in the past.

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Syspro Hatches 'Encore' IMPACT On SME Manufacturers. Part 2: Market Impact


While Syspro’s recent product release does not necessarily represent a major ground breaking, its broad and well-attuned offering for small enterprises should certainly give other incumbent players a run for their money.

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MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically


While the existing loyal client base and seasoned affiliate channel remains MAPICS’ trump card in these difficult times, the recent moves of a unified product branding combined with addressing issues of its world-class aspiring manufacturing customers should be the way to more effectively sell to and beyond the current prevailing IBM iSeries client base, which is the must for the long-term viability.

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MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way Part 2: Market Impact


MAPICS has recently departed from its traditional practice of 'pushing' the sale of the plethora of its components onto customers. Going forward, it will rather try to solve challenges for its customers and/or prospects in their quest of becoming world-class manufacturers.

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To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part II)


Wow, how time flies and how many things have happened in the market these days to distract a market observer! Namely, only over a year after my SaaSy Discusions (Part I) and SaaSy Discussions (Part Ia) blog series, some time has at last become available for more discussions on the intriguing topic of software as a service (SaaS). The title of this SaaSy discussions series might be somewhat

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