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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

rfps bids  (RFQs), requests for proposal (RFPs), and requests for information (RFIs), facilitates the supplier evaluation efforts. Actual buying or selling (sourcing) takes place via a number of auction events that will be described shortly. Purchases can be direct or indirect, depending on whether they entail direct or indirect materials. Direct materials are materials that become part of the final product in measurable quantities. These are raw materials for manufacturers, and finished goods and components for dis 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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How One Sourcing Vendor's Offerings Are Bolstered by a Wealth of Services
Eqos is especially proud of its complementary services portfolio, which stems from a decade's worth of direct experience in providing some of the world's

rfps bids  as requests for proposal [RFPs], bids, purchase orders, invoices, etc.). The team must also develop custom training programs for administrators, super or power users, end users, etc., and develop customized documentation and “quick reference” materials. Other possible deliverables of the Eqos sourcing implementation with a full ROI include the deployment of global best practices, development of a business case, establishment of process standards, creation of a global training program, definition of en Read More
Emptoris
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

rfps bids  of requests for proposals (RFPs) to more holistic order management systems, and 2) to provide the analysis that enables buyers to assess historical supplier data and base subsequent purchasing decisions on the results. As recap, SRM allows companies to integrate with their most important suppliers to streamline order management, replenishment, and fulfillment, inventory management, and engineering change management (ECM). The key words pervading so far have been sourcing, spend management and contract man Read More
Software Evaluation and Software Selection
Organizations are surrounded by ambiguity when making their implementation decisions. Accurate and relevant criteria that are properly weighed against an

rfps bids  sends requests for proposals (RFPs) to a shortlist of vendors. Shortlisted vendors are typically invited to demonstrate their solutions, and from there, bids are placed, and a decision is made. Unfortunately, throughout this process, the selection teams face a number of difficulties in their projects. First, because of the great appreciation on product functionality and product technology requirements, other criteria that can determine the eventual success or failure of a new system are left out. For exam Read More
A Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works
TradeStone has developed an application that can be quickly configured to shift data in and out of traditional enterprise planning systems. Organizations can

rfps bids  as requests for proposal [RFPs], bids, purchase orders, invoices, and so on). It would also have to develop custom training programs (for administrators, super users, end users, and the like), and customized documentation and quick reference materials. This type of customer still reports the TCO as being well under seven figures, and a hosted service was recently launched to accommodate IT budget-constrained customers. TradeStone is also developing a program that will allow even the littlest guys to Read More
Enterprise Applications Battlefield Mid-Year Scoreboard Part 3: IBM
IBM still needs to convince users that it is nimble enough to handle the smaller projects prevalent in today’s cost-conscious market, which may be a concern

rfps bids  Applications Battlefield Mid-Year Scoreboard Part 3: IBM Enterprise Applications Battlefield Mid-Year Scoreboard Part 3: IBM P.J. Jakovljevic - August 28, 2002 Event Summary The market has recently witnessed a number of high-profile announcements of stalwart vendors in the enterprise applications space. Given the contrasting nature of these announcements, from impressive to disappointing financial performances on one hand, and from new acquisitions and/or job openings to massive layoffs on the ot Read More
IBM Express-es Its Candid Desire For SMEs Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
IBM still suffers from the image problem of being associated with products and services for very large organizations, and it will need to muster a major

rfps bids  Express-es Its Candid Desire For SMEs Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations IBM's Challenges Despite IBM Corporation's (NYSE: IBM) clout at selling its services, its recognition as an SME product provider has yet to be established, although the mid-market segment has accounted for $20 billion in 2002, which was almost a quarter of its $81 billion total revenue in 2002, and without the newly allocated resources for the Express program, which include a 6,000-person sales organization and a $200 Read More
A Dynamic Answer to Enterprise Resource Planning for Services
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors do battle to win business and Epicor is leveraging Microsoft's technology to deliver a mid-market solution to

rfps bids  Dynamic Answer to Enterprise Resource Planning for Services Although revenue for Microsoft Business Solutions hovers around the $1 billion (USD) mark (only 1/40 of Microsoft's total revenue), Epicor has strategically carved out a significant niche in the Microsoft enterprise resource planning (ERP) market. Epicor, a Microsoft BackOffice certified company, has built nearly a $400 million (USD) business by being early adopters of .NET technology and one of the first enterprise applications to have 1,000 Read More
One Year Later at Deltek: More of the Same (And Then Some More) - Part II
Part I of this blog series explained Deltek’s ebullience despite a hostile and depressed environment. The continued cash-generating operation has been

rfps bids  Year Later at Deltek: More of the Same (And Then Some More) - Part II Part I of this blog series explained Deltek ’s ebullience despite a hostile and depressed environment. The continued cash-generating operation has been complemented by in-house developments, acquisitions, and partnerships. The previous blog post also talked about the recent developments (and anticipated future developments) at Deltek’s Professional Service line of business, which is largely represented by Deltek Vision [ evaluate Read More
Frantic Merger-Mania Spiced Up With Vendettas Leaves Customers Anxious
Although end-user companies should continue to track the financial health of their vendors to possibly discern if the vendor will be a collector or one of the

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Food and Drug Safety: Prevention Better Than Cure (For Sure) - Part 2
Part I of this blog series introduced the burning issues of food safety and the resultant need for a holistic and proactive safety strategy (rather than to

rfps bids  ), requests for proposal (RFPs) or Plant Certifications documents are processed, integrated material disclosure processes can streamline processes for low risk and high quality suppliers and provide additional scrutiny for higher risk suppliers, materials and plants. Materials disclosure and screening processes can proactively identify issues, protect product safety, and reduce process lead times and costs. Optimized Scheduling and Planning with Product Safety and CTP Constraints With compliance and Read More
Choosing an Open Source Vendor and Service Provider
As more companies begin to use open source, demand for direct support and services beyond the on-line community will grow. If you're looking for open source

rfps bids  refuse to respond to RFPs. If you're used to dealing with proprietary software vendors, where it seems like you can't shake them off your ankle, this can be quite a shock. Don't be surprised— it's nothing personal. It just reflects the less costly business model. Five Things to Learn About an Open Source Service Provider What if you're looking for some consulting help rather than support services? Are there other things you should be thinking about when engaging an open source service provider? Here Read More
Creating a Business from a Project
Many software services companies are not able to turn their individual project successes into a line of business that brings in additional revenue streams. At

rfps bids  responses to RFIs and RFPs. This phase is typically driven by the company's presales organization. However, full involvement of the LOB team members plays a crucial role, particularly in specialized technology areas. While the deal closure phase is driven by the salesperson handling the opportunity, chances of success are enhanced by the quality and speed of inputs provided by the LOB and presales teams. Often, this phase is kicked off by a presentation to the members of the prospective customer's Read More
Case Study: Rich Products Corporation
Rich’s legacy IT systems could not interoperate with platforms and applications among departments, preventing a single, centralized view of the product

rfps bids  Study: Rich Products Corporation Infor PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) helps your business maximize profit by optimizing every stage of your product's life, from bids or project request to portfolio management, to product development, to scale up, to ongoing maintenance and retirement. Source: Infor Resources Related to Case Study: Rich Products Corporation : Rich Products Corporation (Wikipedia) Product Lifecycle Management (Wikipedia) Case Study: Rich Products Corporation Product Lifecycle Manag Read More
GE GXS: Part and Parcel of B2B Exchange
General Electric’s GXS provides the infrastructure for a new digital marketplace. The announcement sheds light on the possibility that GXS can leverage its

rfps bids  GXS: Part and Parcel of B2B Exchange GE GXS: Part and Parcel of B2B Exchange D. Geller - November 1, 2000 Event Summary eeParts.com provides a trading platform for buyers and sellers of electronic components. The service provides an environment in which buyers and sellers interact anonymously. Bidders locate the components they need in a searchable inventory database and proffer bids based on the information on product specifications, availability and asking price. Sellers may accept or decline the bid Read More

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