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Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?
In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and

bid clerk  Rockwell's Raise and Eaton's Bid Manager legacy products. However, these products were written in outdated development technologies, and both giants have meanwhile implemented, at some divisions, WebSource CPQ. Moreover, there are hundreds of industrial automation firms that have long been suffering in silence from the above mentioned system shortcomings, and that are still unaware of available, off-the-shelf, intelligent part numbers solutions. This is part one of the series Can We Intelligently Use 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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ERP Systems and the ETO Manufacturing Market Part Three: User Recommendations
Companies that are project manufacturers, engineer-to-order (ETO), build-to-order, jobbing shops or contract manufacturers should think carefully when selecting

bid clerk  cycle, beginning with the bid and estimating processes, all the way to installation and service management, and thereby connecting project status tracking with back-office processes. The system should also have a bidirectional interface to CAD design and project management tools such as Microsoft Project . Many customers require weekly progress reports and are comfortable with the MS Project format, but the product on its own cannot give the visibility and scheduling over a great number of concurrent Read More...
Portals: Necessary But Not Self-sufficient
Having moved beyond its original role as a standalone presentation layer to become a part of a larger technology stack, the portal is now considered part of a

bid clerk  approach should help their bid to increase the use of Web-based portals among their enterprise customers while, at the same time, make more efficient and pointed use of their own R&D resources. In addition, some acquisitive ERP vendors with multiple product lines should be able to make new features and, at the same, improve the look-and-feel of their assorted ERP product lines faster and concurrently. Given the commoditization of technology (which is not a disparaging term for the likes of IBM and Read More...
Thinking Radically about Unstructured Data: Interview with Ron Carrière, CEO of Cirilab
Being able to manage unstructured text is no longer a “nice to have,” as companies and individual users alike have to deal with increasing amounts of

bid clerk  the early 1990s, we bid, won, and delivered a project on large engineering and unstructured data management. I was leading a swat team of data scientists to deliver that project at 20% of budget and 25% of the allotted time. The solution and savings came from a multidimensional index (GIS type) and from processing only 10% of the data and modeling all knowledge nuggets based on an aerial photo. The results were more than adequate and at great savings. The present trends in business intelligence (BI) and Read More...
Project Portfolio Management for Service Organizations: Bridging the Gap between Project Management and Operations
There are two types of project portfolio management (PPM) solutions for professional services organizations (PSO). For smaller PSOs, best-of-breed vendors

bid clerk  functionality to manage the bid-to-bill cycle, external resources, and client demands. Major ERP players entering this space are swapping their manufacturing and distribution components for portfolio and project management functionality in order to stake their place in the PPM market. In response, the niche players that continue to service this PPM market segment target small and medium businesses (SMB) by proposing more affordable PPM solutions that tightly integrate with an organization's existing IT Read More...
Successfully Managing Contract Risk
Contractors and subcontractors are both exposed to risk within a project. Thus, it is equally important to both parties that formalized risk management be

bid clerk  will force a higher bid by the subcontractor which, if backed up by a risk analysis determining why the work (hence the higher bid) is high risk, will often be the difference between a winning and loosing bid. More importantly it can be the deciding factor when determining whether to enter a bid or not. Additionally, when negotiating incentives and bonuses, being able to determine whether the proposed schedule is realistic or not is key. The most lucrative bonuses are irrelevant if they can never be Read More...
PeopleSoft - Again A Force To Be Reckoned With?
PeopleSoft is back with a vengeance! During its users conference, Connect, which took place in Los Angeles on October 22-26, it unveiled a slew of new products

bid clerk  new products in its bid to maintain its current turnaround momentum. Among them were a new product for online financial settlements between companies doing business over the Internet, called PeopleSoft MarketPay, and an expansion of PeopleSoft MarketPlace exchange technology to help manage human resources, including benefits, staffing, and travel, beside traditionally handling Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) goods procurement. The company also unveiled new functionality of PeopleSoft 8 CRM Read More...
New Version of SciQuest Advanced Sourcing Optimizer (fmr. CombineNet) Released
SciQuest, a provider of cloud-based spend management software solutions, announced the availability of a new version of SciQuest Advanced Sourcing Optimizer

bid clerk  flexibility and power to bid analysis and sourcing optimization processes. With greater analytical power and flexibility to evaluate sourcing data, users should be able to gain a more sophisticated and nuanced understanding of sourcing activities. New capabilities include the following: Cost Model Analysis Flexibility —Users can now create multiple cost models, including historic cost models, in a single sourcing event while electing which cost model to apply in “what-if” scenarios for bid analysis Read More...
Emptoris
Emptoris, an upbeat provider of strategic sourcing software for the global 5000 companies, announced its acquisition of spend management specialist Zeborg

bid clerk  for items or supplier bid forms, the Emptoris Smart Data Framework allows users to create their own definitions and forms on the fly. Key touted benefits include: More flexibility in defining goods and services Greater ability to identify and compare supplier cost drivers and capabilities Enhanced bid analysis by incorporating item and bid attributes into optimization constraints In version 4.0 of the Sourcing Portfolio, Emptoris has also made substantial enhancements to existing modules, such as: New Read More...
Generating Revenue from Service
A CRM solution, to be successful, has to support cross-business processes and a number of operations within the business, from Marketing to Service, including

bid clerk  competitive nature of the bid and help win the sale, on the grounds that their expertise and their desire to earn commission will defeat the competition. Scenario 2 New Business In most cases, the steps outlined in the best case example above, would be reversed in that the sales department would be the first to review the opportunity and the commercial department then would be asked to help prepare the bid, and the service department brought in to see if the proposal could be delivered to the proposed Read More...
Andersen Consulting to Grab a Piece of the Internet Pie
Andersen Consulting has announced plans to deploy $1 billion of its privately-held wealth for the purpose of providing venture capital to Internet start-ups.

bid clerk  Consulting Ventures in its bid to harvest the Internet economy. Market Impact A long time resident of Silicon Valley, Andersen has apparently grown tired of watching idly as tiny Internet start-ups spring from the ground and mushroom into mega-giants. The $9 billion management consulting firm's millionaire partners have taken a bold step, one that promises as much for it as it does for its investments. The move was designed in part to stem further turnover in its 65,000 consultants, a chronic problem for Read More...
How Instant, Accurate Information Can Drive Your Competitive Edge
To make timely, well-informed decisions, you need just that: time and information. This means having fast access to accurate information from every department

bid clerk  to ensure that you bid competitively, but not so low that you end up losing money? You're considering a substantial capital investment in new machinery to support a business expansion. What information about past and projected performance will help you decide whether to make the invest- ment ' and can you access that information? In each of these cases, an ad hoc gut judgment could lead to an unprofitable bid, a dissatisfied customer, a lost oppor tunity, or another misstep. The right call, however, Read More...
Ask the Experts: So, This ERP Thing… How Does It Work?
TEC reader Martin K. recently wrote in with these questions:What kind of data is handled by ERP systems and how it is done? How does the interface work? Which

bid clerk  the Experts: So, This ERP Thing… How Does It Work? TEC reader Martin K. recently wrote in with these questions: What kind of data is handled by ERP systems and how it is done? How does the interface work? Which departments normally use it? And who is the recommended team that should choose the ERP system? TEC analyst Alex Hankewicz says : To answer these questions, we need to take a step back and examine the evolution of ERP. ERP systems were developed as an extension of materials requirements Read More...
Competuition: Teach Competition to Your Procurement Process
High-profile corporate scandal has resulted in laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, to monitor business practices. To help safeguard against unethical practices

bid clerk  known as invitation to bid [ITB], or invitation to tender [ITT]) and involves the following steps: Preparation of invitation for bids Publicizing of invitation for bids Receipt of bids Public opening of bids Evaluation, and comparison of bids Selection of the lowest-priced technically acceptable solution Award of contract Sealed bids are normally solicited if Time permits the solicitation, submission, and evaluation of sealed bids; The award will be made on the basis of price and other price-related Read More...
CDC Software Wins at the Pivotal Auction. Now What? Part One: Event Summary
While Pivotal might have temporarily mitigated its protracted troubles by having the privilege to choose between three potential suitors, the time for some

bid clerk  proposal, since its initial bid was originally rejected by the Pivotal board which cited there were too many conditions attached to the deal. Therefore, for the reason of clarity and to gain some insight about the competitive space, it might be useful to chronologically review the turns of events that have led to the final sale of Pivotal, which did not exactly occur in a first come, first served fashion. This is Part One of a three-part note. Part Two will discuss the market impact. Part Three will Read More...

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