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Know Thy Market Segment's Price Response
Since no variable can influence margins as much as pricing, almost all companies need to approach the management of selling prices, discretionary discounts, and

negotiated market  factors. Such factors include negotiated (if not irresponsibly generous) discounting (a component of a price that represents a deduction from a baseline or list ); rebates and promotions; consignment costs; cooperative advertising; chargebacks; payment terms and cash discounts; online order discounts; performance penalties; receivables carrying costs; slotting allowances; stocking allowances; freight charges; volume incentives; and so forth. Each of the above factors places a unique fingerprint on

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Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM)

The Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM) Knowledge Base research helps determine support levels of various systems that help companies market their services or products effectively and efficiently. EMM tools help manage strategic planning and marketing resources (sometimes referred to as marketing resource management or MRM). This KB also covers rule-based techniques, pattern recognition, and other profiling features.  

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Essential ERP - Current Market Trends - Part II


ERP applications are designed to optimize an organization’s underlying business processes — primarily accounting/financial, manufacturing, distribution, and human resources/payroll. This note identifies current trends in the ERP market that we believe are the direct consequence of vendors’ attempts to 1) resolve current ERP functional and/or technological deficiencies, and/or 2) expand software sales both within their existing and potential customer bases.

negotiated market  the contract now at negotiated license fees, etc. 'Bolt-ons' should be selected only from official business partners of the primary ERP vendor, after making sure that partnership is not a mere marketing pitch. Finally, users should ensure that their critical requirements are unequivocally spelled out in a contract with a selected ERP vendor. Future clients are also advised to request the vendor's written commitment to promised functionality, length of implementation, and seamless future upgrades, Read More

Addressing Channels and the Low-End Market


Microsoft announced plans to increase resources and provide new tools and offerings for MBS independent software vendors (ISV) and value-added resellers (VAR). These efforts are designed to accelerate the MBS Group's partner-driven vertical strategy, providing stronger opportunities for partners to align their services and solutions with their customers' specific needs. Microsoft has to be in the small business market, which is a springboard or a feeding ground for more scalable products as these businesses grow over time.

negotiated market  pass along significantly lower negotiated rates for products and services critical to partner success. Sage recently added seventeen new offerings such as wireless and teleconferencing phone services, trade show booth rentals, leasing, advertising, web site development, shipping, and hardware purchases. The Low-End Endeavors As for the not-to-be-neglected low-end of the market, Microsoft has been ramping up the marketing campaign for the upcoming Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting product, which Read More

TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

negotiated market  the company's transportation department negotiated rates for its corporate-wide transportation and sent the information to all locations each month. Dial's local shipment coordinators used this data to prioritize and select carriers for their location's shipments. At the end of each month, corporate transportation managers evaluated and measured each facility's performance. Unfortunately, this postevent analysis rarely produced the level of route guide compliance, and corresponding cost reductions, the Read More

Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series introduced common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article then went into the philosophical and functional differences (if any) between the “spend management” and "supplier relationship management (SRM)" monikers. Further discussion was about what exact functional parts of this software category small

negotiated market  to 15 percent, and negotiated average unit price reductions of up to 25 percent. Looking back at the five supply challenges mentioned in Part 1 , sourcing can help in large part with the first three. A separate article will analyze why the concepts of strategic sourcing and sourcing optimization are generally lost on smaller and mid-market companies, and why a different approach might be needed there. Namely, a single capital expense purchase for a sourcing software seems to outweigh (in mid-market Read More

Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part Two: Progress


ERP vendors are making their way into the retail market by bundling, acquiring point solutions or partnering strategically to embed retail-specific functions within their suites. Like in all other enterprise applications markets, eventually, albeit not any time soon, the retail market too will come to a showdown between the pure retail vendors and the enterprise application vendors (e.g., Oracle, SAP, Lawson, PeopleSoft, SSA Global, Geac, Intentia, etc.), which have been striving to natively embed more retail-specific capability into their products.

negotiated market  Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part Two: Progress Software Product Groupings for Retail Part One of this note described the distinct software requirements of retail enterprises, retail stores, and suppliers to the retail industry. Aspiring software vendors offer some or most of the following groupings of products: 1) As the modern retail enterprise is required to rapidly collect, organize, distribute, analyze, and optimize information throughout its organization, retail enterprise systems Read More

Microsoft Takes A Shot at the Business Intelligence Market


Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager 2005 has allowed Microsoft to enter the business intelligence (BI) market by using its client base to expand its offering. Microsoft offers a complete solution with its SQL Server platform, OLAP, reporting analysis, and scorecarding capabilities.

negotiated market  Takes A Shot at the Business Intelligence Market Introduction Although business intelligence (BI) touts itself as being able to provide analytics to the general user population within organizations, in most instances only a small portion of decision makers actually use BI tools and applications. Generally, applications are implemented in silos across an organization. In some cases, this means implementing various applications and vendor solutions based on the needs identified within individual Read More

Has The BI Market Consolidation Been Crystal-Clearly Actuated? Part Two: Market Impact


In addition to products' rationalization, the integration at sales and cultural levels will be challenging. In general, existing customers of involved merging vendors should be alert, but they should still look at these events as positive.

negotiated market  The BI Market Consolidation Been Crystal-Clearly Actuated? Part Two: Market Impact Event Summary The frantic first week of June that marked an outright internecine war in the ERP space, seems to have been somewhat repeated in the second half of July, but this time in the business intelligence (BI) market. The following acquisitions were announced: Business Objects will acquire Crystal Decisions Hyperion will acquire Brio Software Actuate Corporation has completed the acquisition of Nimble Technology Read More

Epicor's Mid-Market Pitch Becomes Higher For (One) Scala Part Three: Market Impact


Scala, with main direct office coverage in Europe and the Far East, and through its network of partners and dealers in most remote, esoteric, and still low-penetrated markets, perfectly fits the description of an ideal Epicor supplement.

negotiated market  s Mid-Market Pitch Becomes Higher For (One) Scala Part Three: Market Impact Market Impact Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC) and Scala Business Solutions (formerly Euronext: A.SCALA), an Amsterdam, the Netherlands-based provider of collaborative enterprise software for mid-size enterprises and subsidiaries of global corporations, have completed a merger that began in late 2003. The merger creates the largest independent global mid-market provider of collaborative ERP, customer relationship Read More

PeopleSoft Internationalizes Its Mid-Market Forays


There has been an intensifying hullabaloo in the mid-market, with all Tier 1 players delivering solutions tailored for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and incumbent Tier 2/Tier 3 vendors defending their turf. PeopleSoft expands its forays outside the US with its recent announcements.

negotiated market  Internationalizes Its Mid-Market Forays PeopleSoft Internationalizes Its Mid-Market Forays P.J. Jakovljevic - September 26, 2002 Event Summary On August 26, at its annual user conference, Connect 2002, PeopleSoft Inc. (NASDAQ: PSFT), one of the leading business applications providers, announced the expansion of its mid-market offering, PeopleSoft Accelerated Solutions . The solutions will be available in France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. PeopleSoft Read More

A Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends


A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the open source door, however, with OpenMFG, its commercially licensed solution with an open source infrastructure.

negotiated market  Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends TEC's continuing question and answer (Q&A) series, in which we solicit vendors' responses to our questions and observations on market trends (see previous articles in this series: Two Stalwart Vendors Discuss Market Trends and A Partner-friendly Platform Provider Discusses Market Trends ), has become quite popular with readers and vendors alike. Another market player that has voiced its opinions is Norfolk, Virginia, (US)-based xTuple (formerly OpenMFG ). Read More

10 Strategies for Choosing a Mid-Market ERP Solution


Find out in 10 strategies for choosing a mid-market ERP solution.

negotiated market  Strategies for Choosing a Mid-Market ERP Solution Are you a midsized company looking for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution? Now's a great time to buy. Not only are the traditional mid-market ERP vendors hungry for your business, but so are the big players. Top-tier ERP vendors like SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft are chasing midsized buyers like never before. And everyone's willing to compete to make you their customer. So how do you make the most of this information? Find out in 10 Strategies Read More

Market Impact of Lawson-Intentia Merger


The Lawson and Intentia merger might create a much-needed, strong statement for the market, and provide the mid-market with more options. It may also decrease the negative momentum both companies have experienced in the frenzied and rapidly consolidating enterprise applications market.

negotiated market  Impact of Lawson-Intentia Merger Market Impact While we do not indulge in speculating who is likely to merge with whom in the highly tectonic enterprise applications market, we have to admit that the merger of Lawson Software , Inc . (NASDAQ: LWSN) with Intentia International AB (XSSE: INT B) had not crossed our mind before it actually happened. (For details on the merger announcement, see New Lawson Software's Transatlantic Extended-ERP Intentions ). The move was quite a surprise, since both Lawso Read More

Examples Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)? Part Two: Agilisys Market Impact


The most recent merger looks initially like a positive move for both companies and their customers, since Agilisys further enlarges a foothold in the discrete automotive manufacturing (which it has recently started with BRAIN) and solid SCE product modules that it might embed into its own SCM suite and possibly cross-sell into many industries (yet to be scrutinized, though).

negotiated market  Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)? Part Two: Agilisys Market Impact Market Impact While the ongoing consolidation frenzy is by no means the end of smaller vendors, the number of survivors is certainly limited to only a selected few dozen. Amid ongoing seismic consolidation tremors, smaller application vendors are left with only a few choices, such as going (or remaining) private albeit under a wealthy financial backer's wing that is also committed to Read More

Surado! A Rising Mid-market CRM Provider


Our quest for quality and well-priced mid-market CRM software solutions, takes us this week to review Surado Solutions Inc. developers of Surado CRM Solutions. Surado positions itself high in many functional areas, against many mid-market software vendors such as SalesLogix, Epicor, Microsoft CRM, Kana, and Commence Corporation.

negotiated market  A Rising Mid-market CRM Provider Event Summary Surado, a Riverside , CA company, has been in operation since 1995 and thus far can be considered a deep-rooted mid-market solution provider. Surado CRM comes loaded with features that cover most SMB's CRM needs. The software is quite easy to install and to customize. Surado's Web self-service module based on Microsoft .NET technology and Surado Integration Module 2.0 provide the means to integrate third party back-office applications and give it an Read More