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'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG
SAP AG has seemingly crossed a strategy chasm, from a strict, stodgy, Not-Invented-Here (NIH) approach to software development and delivery, to a seemingly

crm scm bi  Internet technologies have matured, CRM on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, these packages have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase is Collaborative Commerce, where we unite all of the above elements into one coherent system within and between organizations. This is the Big Kahuna, the zero latency, fully transparent, 360 degree exposure that is the stuff systems integrators dream of. Is it here? Are the technologies mature enough? Simple

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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MAPICS Unifies The Brand And Interacts For CRM Solutions


While the existing loyal client base and affiliate channel remains MAPICS’ trump card in these difficult times, the recent partnership initiatives bundled with a unified product branding might be the way to more effectively sell beyond the current XA client base, which is the must for the long-term viability.

crm scm bi  task despite SalesLogix' Open CRM initiative, a number of mid-market ERP product alliances and subsequent product integration experiences. Furthermore, owing also to the acquisition of former competitor Pivotpoint, MAPICS delivered over the last 18 months a plethora of new e-business modules and expanded its platform reach from its solely IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400) and DB/2 platforms to include Microsoft Windows NT, UNIX operation systems and Oracle DBMS platforms. MAPICS' solutions now comprise two Read More

TARGIT BI Product Certified


Recently, I met over the Web with TARGIT’s Ruben Knudsen and Ulrik Pedersen, along with some TEC cohorts to verify TARGIT’S BI product.  TARGIT had  completed a TEC-designed RFI containing a list of BI capabilities that every BI vendor could support  “out of the box.” The RFI is a common list of BI capabilities that we send to all BI vendors, and from the long list of TARGIT responses, we chose

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Mid-Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 1: Recent Announcements


While the ERP mid-market has seen more vibrant intra-market merger & acquisition activity during 2001, it appears that 2002 will, for some more tenacious Tier 2/Tier 3 vendors, be the year of delivering products under their own steam as to counteract the onslaught by Tier 1 vendors and mid-market juggernauts.

crm scm bi  Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 1: Recent Announcements Event Summary Microsoft 's acquisition of Great Plains , MAPICS' acquisition of Pivotpoint, and the merger of former Navision Software and Damgaard in 2000, combined with the anxiety of the then only looming economic slowdown, triggered the spate of mergers & acquisitions throughout 2001 (see The Mid-Market Is Consolidating, Lo And Behold ). As the ground seems to be settling down from quakes and tremors of these mergers, Read More

Why Are CRM and Analytics Intrinsically Connected?


The new metrics of customer profitability, lifetime value, and wallet share are needed to supplement the traditional metrics of market share and penetration. Typical functional components of marketing automation include customer data cleansing and analysis tools, and campaign management systems.

crm scm bi  Are CRM and Analytics Intrinsically Connected? Why Are CRM and Analytics Intrinsically Connected? As its name suggests, customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on building enterprise profitability through the service and management of customer behavior and processes. It centers on the collection and analyses of customer-derived information to exploit this knowledge to better meet customer needs and business objectives. The APICS Dictionary describes CRM as a marketing philosophy where Read More

Why CRM Is So Hard and What To Do About It: Data is key to making CRM work


Making a CRM investment work is a two-step process that begins with unifying disparate systems by creating and managing standardized, reusable business definitions mapped to the different CRM system schemas throughout the organization.

crm scm bi  CRM Is So Hard and What To Do About It: Data is key to making CRM work Introduction Over the next five years, companies will spend $150 billion to reinvent sales, marketing and service. Customer relationship management (CRM) is the hub of this turning wheel, and data is the axle. It's why Gartner calls managing customer-related data the number one obstacle to getting a return on CRM investments. To fully exploit the power of CRM, and to realize its much-hyped promise, organizations must first recognize Read More

Access Commerce Spices Up North American CRM Fray


In May, Access Commerce, a French CRM vendor, announced the opening of its first USA office in San Diego, California. During Explore 2000, QAD’s annual user conference, Access Commerce announced the release of eCameleon for MFG/PRO.

crm scm bi  Spices Up North American CRM Fray Access Commerce Spices Up North American CRM Fray P.J. Jakovljevic - July 5, 2000 Event Summary According to the company's press release from June 8, Access Commerce, a French eCRM vendor, has announced its acquisition of AIS Technologies Inc. from Vancouver - British Columbia, Canada - a leading e-business solution provider for mid-sized enterprises. This acquisition will accelerate growth plans for penetrating into North America as well as the development of Read More

Business Intelligence Portal (BI Portal) : Business Intelligence (BI) Competitor Analysis Report


This business intelligence (BI) knowledge base covers a full range of BI functionality. BI applications enable real time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. BI users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that support business decisions. This knowledge base covers everything from data mining to analytics, querying, reporting, workflow, and in-depth analysis.

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The Forrester Wave: CRM Suites for Large Organizations, Q2 2010


In Q2 2010, Forrester evaluated 18 customer relationship management (CRM) solutions—CDC Software, Chordiant Software, FrontRange Solutions, Maximizer Software, Microsoft, NetSuite, Oracle, Pegasystems, RightNow Technologies, SageCRM, Sage SalesLogix, salesforce.com, SAP CRM, SugarCRM, and Sword Ciboodle—against 516 criteria reflecting the requirements of large organizations. Learn what they discovered.

crm scm bi  Forrester Wave: CRM Suites for Large Organizations, Q2 2010 In Q2 2010, Forrester evaluated 18 customer relationship management (CRM) solutions—CDC Software, Chordiant Software, FrontRange Solutions, Maximizer Software, Microsoft, NetSuite, Oracle, Pegasystems, RightNow Technologies, SageCRM, Sage SalesLogix, salesforce.com, SAP CRM, SugarCRM, and Sword Ciboodle—against 516 criteria reflecting the requirements of large organizations. Learn what they discovered. Read More

Social CRM is Dead, Long Live Social Media Flavored CRM


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BI on the Go: About Functionality and Level of Satisfaction


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