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The Market Impact of Two Powerhouses
This is an analysis of the equivalent moves of two superpowers to secure the lower-end of the market, also known as the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment. One is Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), the other is UK-based the Sage Group.
: The Market Impact of Two Powerhouses The Market Impact of Two Powerhouses P.J. Jakovljevic - August 25, 2005 Read Comments Market Impact This is an analysis of the equivalent moves of the two superpowers at the (perhaps even more promising) lower-end of the market, also known as the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment. One player is Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) , who underwent two major, well-publicized acquisitions in the early 2000s (see Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business
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.
: profit, due mostly to cost containment, with some additional improvements in services margins and a reduction in days sales outstanding (DSO). Yet, revenue has been stubbornly declining, down to $335 million (USD) in fiscal 2005 from $354 million (USD) a year before. Of this, the biggest concern was the steep drop in license revenue, which was down to $58 million (USD) in 2005 from $92 million (USD) a year earlier. On a more positive note, Lawson has maintained a strong balance sheet and a strong cash
Inflation’s Demise: The Impact on Business Informa
Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) business models and information systems originated in the 1970s and 1980s, an inflationary period. They addressed business priorities that were strongly influenced by inflation. Many manufacturers are now confronting worldwide price stability, or even deflationary pressure, and can
: limited, at best. Labor Cost Control During periods of persistent surplus capacity, manufacturers can be expected to reduce their variable labor costs as much as possible. This may be done through elimination of overtime, shift reductions, work-hour reductions, temporary or permanent pay cuts, temporary or permanent layoffs, and reduction of employee benefits. Further, operations may be scaled back or eliminated at high-cost union shops, as well as within high-cost or restrictive labor markets such
The Impact of Disk Fragmentation
Just about every IT professional has a fragmentation horror story about a system so severely degraded by fragmentation that it was unusable. But very few IT professionals can offer more than anecdotal evidence regarding the importance of defragmentation software. That’s why we decided to put fragmentation to the test, with the intent of answering the basic question: is fragmentation really a problem in your organization?
: Service (SaaS) | Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
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Enterprise Impact Simulation An IT Revolution In The Making
The IT industry is ripe for a revolution. For years the IT executive’s job has been to give the business units the tools they need to run the business. Today, more and more, the IT organization is the business. Enterprise Impact Simulation will give IT executives the capabilities they need to accurately predict the impacts of change.
: promise of the future. Cost and schedule over-runs and the inability to see them coming in time to prevent them, delivery of systems or enhancements with less than required functionality, and unintended impacts to organizations that weren t notified of changes to a system they use are typical examples of past failures. Loss of important knowledge as employees leave for higher paying positions due to the shortage of IT labor is one of today s biggest challenges. Enterprise Impact Simulation addresses the
Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions AfterPart Three: Market Impact
In several aspects, Lawson Software could be regarded as an enterprise applications market anomaly. For one, at its peak in fiscal 2002, the company boasted annual revenues of nearly $430 million, but it still has only a slender (less than 10 percent of revenues) presence outside of its US domestic market. Further, it remains a major force in enterprise applications software, yet it does not cater the functionality to manufacturing sectors, and the vastness of its sales are thus derived from just a few service-oriented vertical markets-primarily health care and retail.
: scheduling, order component, and cost adjustment capabilities) Warehouse Management Sales Analysis Billing, Franchise Management (it is an integrated franchiser-to-franchisee solution that manages contracts, loans and royalties for the franchisees) Customer Self-Service Lawson Retail Operations Suite Last but not least, Lawson Retail Operations Suite solutions are built for high-volume retail enterprises and encompass a range of activities, including the management of item information, category planning
Not All Acquisitions Happen: JDA and QRSPart Two: Market Impact
The QRS acquisition by JDA would have eventually brought together two providers of complementary e-commerce products that would help retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers manage and sell their products to other companies and customers on-line. JDA now remains on its own to define a revised PIM/GDS strategy.
: able to reduce the cost of financial operations, mismatches between purchase orders and invoices, inaccurate product shipments, and stock-outs. Yet, the still current, manual, paper-based item authorization procedures at some sites continues to create unnecessary shipment lag times and also impede the future growth. This is particularly true when, on average, a grocery retailer may be required to collect and enter hundreds of pieces of data to introduce one new product from one supplier a the network of
SSA GT to EXE-cute (Yet) Another AcquisitionPart Three: Impact on SSA GT
Even in the cases where the company has been showing close attention to its customers' wish lists, its crucial tenet of operation is profitability and setting realistic goals. The return on investment (ROI) justification works for the vendor, particularly when its CEO has a strong accounting background. It does not appear very realistic to expect the equitably due attention to over a dozen products, though, as only the enhancements that will result in marketing value to SSA GT will pass.
: product even at the cost of its technological antiquity. Further, it has a track record of strong functional development that preserves the customer s current investment. Indeed, it is impressive that SSA GT has even shown some success with managing such a seemingly unwieldy set of disparate products, particularly coming from former interBiz, considering that a vendor of Computer Associates stature was not able to do much with almost a dozen products, some being of vintage 78 or 82. To that end,
Five Ways to Positively Impact Customer Retention and Business Operations
Consult five ways to positively impact your customer retention and your business operations. Find the software information you're looking for. Maintaining strong business performance and retaining loyal customers requires continual vigilance and assessment. Establishing metrics that focus on value-added and customer- centric performance allows manufacturers to stay close to the pulse of market changes and dynamics. Learn how performance tools such as dashboards and reporting can help your company monitor performance and enable better and faster decision making.
: such as the rising cost of energy and materials, global competition, and the introduction of new regulatory mandates. But they all directly impact the cost of goods sold, influence the final price, and continually put financial performance in jeopardy. How a company responds to these factors can also impact long-term customer satisfaction and retention. There is no question that the escalating cost of fuel and energy, as an example, will continue to drive up costs at every level of the supply chain.
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Provia Proves Its Way To SuccessPart Two: Market Impact
From the moment an order is created, Provia Software’s ViaWare and ViaView suites aim at helping managers track orders in real time and make orders visible throughout the entire delivery process, which is the core of its value proposition.
: its customers reduce the costs associated with their supply chains, where one of the most significant facilitators is postponement, and that is where kitting helps because it allows enterprises to keep their products in a more generic state for as late as possible. To that end, Provia s advanced kitting capability allows users to have generic products assembled ahead of time with the option to assemble and configure them to order , based on last-moment customer requests, which should keep inventory levels
Not All Acquisitions Happen: JDA and QRSPart One: Event and Market Impact
Recent QRS' announcement that it has terminated its agreement to merge with JDA Software, while, in a separate announcement, it stated that it will be acquired by Inovis for a $16 million (USD) higher price, might have more ramifications for JDA than merely an
: expected to produce annual cost savings ranging from $20 to $25 million (USD)dollars within the first eighteen months after closing. With thirty-three offices spanning every major global market to service customers in over sixty nations, JDA believed its global sales and delivery infrastructure was perfectly positioned for another successful acquisition—also by far the largest amid the slew of previous JDA acquisitions. The vendor markets its products and services almost exclusively through its direct
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