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Future Trends in Wholesale Distribution—Part 2: Outside-In Omnichannel Fulfillment
The TEC Vendor Challenge was in full swing last week, with 2 days' worth of vendor demonstrations from Epicor, IBS, Infor, Microsoft, NetSuite, SAP, and VAI, as

recent technological innovations  omnichannel order fulfillment. SAP's recent acquisition of  hybris  is witness to the fact that ERP solutions may need to boost their omnichannel capabilities. “Next-Day Delivery” Mandate: Building Capability Today Consumers are, as we all know (well, we are consumers ourselves), continually raising our expectations in our e-commerce experiences. Bob Heaney sees in this a mandate for companies to be able to provide next-day delivery on all items to any customer and all home or delivery locations. Read More...
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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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KronosWorks 2010: Of Next-Gen User Experience & Workforce Mobility
Given our shared presence in the Boston metro area, I’ve had numerous contacts and interactions with Kronos Incorporated in the past, but this fall was my very

recent technological innovations  has resulted with  my recent blog post on the offering . What was quite new to me, though, is the recent work that Kronos has done with regards to mobile applications that are tailored to both managers and employees (e.g., time-off requests and related approvals). These applications will be native to iPhone , Android , Blackberry , and even to a generic (platform-neutral)  smartphone .  They will apparently be available as add-on applications from pertinent app stores, but their pricing and Read More...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management: Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of business process management (BPM), with an ensuing

recent technological innovations  as witnessed in the recent merger of Software AG and IDS Scheer , the latter party having significant footholds amid SAP and Oracle customers . In the short-to-mid-term, it appears that Pega’s focus is to maintain and extend the support of popular hardware platforms, operating systems, databases, and connectivity options to facilitate easy and rapid deployment in diverse IT environments. The focus of the most recent  SmartBPM 5.5 product release is on showing the next generation of an integrated Read More...
Analyzing MAPICS' Further Steps After Frontstep Part Five: Challenges and User Recommendations
MAPICS remains a stable company, with a strong financial position, depth of manufacturing knowledge, a strong customer service record, and a developed affiliate

recent technological innovations  One and Two detailed recent events. Parts Three and Four discussed the market impact. Challenges There will ultimately be inevitable rationalization within the remaining maze of likely redundant product sets detailed earlier. In particular, the APS direction is still clouded, since the former independent companies, MAPICS and Frontstep, even had a short partnering stint in the past. The former Frontstep (previously called Symix ) was even regarded by some as the originator of the extended ERP concept Read More...
Successful Cross-channel Retailing: 4 Concepts to Master
Savvy retailers know that it’s not enough to simply develop different retail channels. You need to make sure they all work together to deliver a seamless and

recent technological innovations  Or recall the more recent gold rush on Facebook stores, which ended in grinding failure for many retailers and counted JCPenney and The Gap among the early victims. I have nothing against experimentation—it’s critical to inspiring innovation and growth. However, a little more reflection might be in order when it comes to growing your brand and your revenues in a sustainable way. But you need to consider the fundamental aspects of a given channel and how it can be deployed to meet your customer’s Read More...
Made2Manage Affirms Its Technological Astuteness Part 2: Strategy
During the last few years, Made2Manage has evolved from a vendor of traditional MRP/ERP software to a provider of ‘one-stop-shop’ enterprise business

recent technological innovations  note. Part One discussed recent developments. Part Three will cover Challenges and make User Recommendations. Using Microsoft Technology Today, Made2Manage uses Microsoft's technology virtually for all aspects of its product development, and its strategic relationship with Microsoft has proven to be of the utmost importance given its market segment's infatuation with the technology, whose performance, reliability and scalability has long been significantly improving. By leveraging the capabilities of the Read More...
Future Trends in Wholesale Distribution—Part 1: Disruptive Innovations
The TEC Vendor Challenge was in full swing last week, with a full slate of vendor demonstrations from Epicor, IBS, Infor, Microsoft, NetSuite, SAP, and VAI, as

recent technological innovations  e-commerce vendor  hybris  has recently reported that many distributors in the electrical distribution sector still need to make investments in a number of areas to be able to offer state-of-the-art e-commerce capabilities. Enhancing one’s e-commerce capabilities becomes even more paramount with the market entrance of Google and Amazon, which chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of  Insite Software ,  Brian Strojny , rightly points out in his article “ Can Today’s Distributors Compete? Read More...
Epicor Releases Epicor HCM 5.8
Even a recent change of CEO doesn’t mean that product development stops at an enterprise service company like Epicor. At the recent HR Tech 2013 conference, the

recent technological innovations  HCM 5.8 Even a  recent change of CEO  doesn’t mean that product development stops at an enterprise service company like Epicor . At the recent HR Tech 2013 conference, the vendor announced general availability of the latest release of its human capital management (HCM) solution , Epicor HCM 5.8 . The newest release of Epicor HCM delivers expanded country-specific functionality and enhancements to goal measurement and reporting. The expanded global framework of the newest release of Epicor HCM now Read More...
The Takeaway From Microsoft TechEd 2013: Cloud and Data Power
I’ve finally had the chance to go over some of the highlights of Microsoft’s recent TechEd conference and analyst summit held in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the

recent technological innovations  the highlights of Microsoft’s recent TechEd conference and analyst summit held in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the start of June, a conference in which Microsoft reinforced its direction and commitment to work primarily on expanding the company’s presence and services in the cloud. In this post I’ll look at some relevant aspects of Microsoft’s recent conference announcements and news. According to Takeshi Numoto, Corporate VP, Server & Tools, Microsoft is taking a clear direction towards improving Read More...
The ROI of Human Resources Self-service
The role of human resources (HR) professionals has changed dramatically in recent years, as cost control and compliance measures vie for their time. Self

recent technological innovations  has changed dramatically in recent years, as cost control and compliance measures vie for their time. Self-service intranet applications help employees and managers perform key HR activities themselves, reducing the need for HR professionals to get involved in routine minutiae—and allowing them to play a strategic role in their organizations. Read More...
Big Data, Mobility, and Green IT: Innovations for Manufacturers and Distributors
Your business is in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment

recent technological innovations  ERP sustainability,green IT,ERP big data,green IT solutions,inventory movement,sustainability regulations Read More...
Microsoft 'The Great' Poised To Conquer Mid-Market, Once and Again Part 1: Recent Acquisition Announcement
Having garnered cash amounting to the GDPs of many developed countries, software giant Microsoft has treated itself with another 'billion plus' acquisition of

recent technological innovations  and Again Part 1: Recent Acquisition Announcement Event Summary On May 7, after couple of weeks of the press' speculations, and the parties' courting and 'playing hard to get' game, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), the world's largest software provider, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Navision (CSE: NAVI), a Danish provider of enterprise business solutions for mid-sized companies. The acquisition is seen to bring together the complementary geographic and product strengths of Read More...
Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part One: Recent Events and Market Impact
The former die-hard IBM AS/400-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) supplier to mid-market manufacturing companies, MAPICS, seems to have found its soul

recent technological innovations  of PLM? Part One: Recent Events and Market Impact Event Summary For over two years, MAPICS , Inc . (NASDAQ: MAPX), possibly the largest global provider of extended enterprise applications for solving the challenges of discrete manufacturers following the acquisition of its former competitor Frontstep (see MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way ), has shown signs of significant change and a persistent number of historically recognizable and invariant tenets of operation. During the same time, the Read More...
Gaining Advantage through Early Case Assessment
Courts are issuing sanctions more frequently for inadequate search methodology, and recent opinions have highlighted the need for quality in search methodology.

recent technological innovations  inadequate search methodology, and recent opinions have highlighted the need for quality in search methodology. This article provides some helpful best practices for searching, and describes how those practices can be implemented with off-the-shelf tools that enable attorneys to perform the searches in a defensible manner while avoiding sanctions. Read More...
Of Pizza and Planning: A Philosophic Approach to Supply Chains
Supply chain optimization begins not with a technological solution, but with a question: Where does the chain begin and end? Ask a manufacturer and you’ll get

recent technological innovations  Pizza and Planning: A Philosophic Approach to Supply Chains Supply chain optimization begins not with a technological solution, but with a question: Where does the chain begin and end? Ask a manufacturer and you’ll get one answer. Ask a retailer and you’ll get another. Ask a customer and you’ll get yet another. However, there is one place where consumer demand, supplier products, and retailer strategies converge: the store shelf. Read More...
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