Enterprise Resource Planning

August 26, 2019 Microsoft Earnings Soar on the Heels of Inspire Partner Conference

Microsoft smashed the numbers with its Q4 2019 earnings report, with revenues rising a stellar 12% and hitting on all cylinders with quarterly revenue of $33.7 billion. Notable increases include Azure, growth up 64%; Surface, up 14%; and LinkedIn, up 25%.

August 25, 2019 SAP Is Getting Sued by Teradata for Taking Away Your Choice – A Game of Monopoly?

Teradata’s legal action against SAP has serious potential ramifications on customer choice in the enterprise data analytics and warehousing (EDAW) space. SAP customers contemplating a move to HANA (or S/4HANA) may conclude their data is moving into an environment where SAP calls the shots.

August 22, 2019 Infor Lands Massive PLM Partnership in the Fashion World

Infor secured a multimillion-dollar product lifecycle management (PLM) deal with Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki.

August 14, 2019 Sage Business Cloud Is Not Just One Product; It Is Multiple Products in One

Sage Business Cloud is not just one product. That was the message we received during an Info-Tech software vendor briefing with Sage. If you browse the Sage website it seems obvious Sage offers more than one application, but this may not always be obvious to some.

July 22, 2019 IFS and Acumatica Share Leadership Now – Is This a Birth of Another ERP Titan?

IFS AB owner since 2015, EQT Partners acquired Acumatica, another ERP vendor. While IFS and Acumatica are still expected to operate independently, sharing leadership and expertise between two different but successful products has interesting prospects to rival ERP giants like Oracle, SAP, Infor, and Microsoft in the not-so-remote future.

July 19, 2019 Can You Implement an ERP Using Agile Practices?

SAP and IBM have their Activate and Ascend agile methodologies for ERP implementation but do they work? I went hunting for success stories and did not find any…at first. I came across a SAP/IBM success story that indicates the potential for a happy medium between Waterfall and Agile methods.

July 18, 2019 Oracle’s Q4 FY19 Earnings May Shed Light on Cloud Strategy

Oracle just reported slightly better than expected Q4 FY19 results with revenues of $11.1B for the quarter and $39.5B for the year, up 3% in constant currency. A closer look at Oracle's change in the reporting of cloud revenues offers some clues about its longer-term cloud transition strategy.

July 18, 2019 SAP Partners Up With Uber Freight to Bring the Freight Industry to the Next Level of Automation and Better the Environment

SAP and Uber Freight are taking on a joint venture to integrate Uber Freight into SAP Logistics Business Network. The goal is to simplify load management and execution by enabling customers to leverage transportation rates from the Uber Freight network of reliable drivers. As a positive “side effect,” better utilization of unused trucks can make a positive impact on environment. For those looking for a convincing reason to go with one supply chain management system or ERP vendor over the other, this might be it.

July 04, 2019 Enterprise IT Shifting Focus to Resource Management, Data Shows

As enterprise IT organizations are trending towards resource management offices, they are signaling the need for improved resource management usefulness from top PPM vendors.

July 04, 2019 Enhance Your Mobile Presence With Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms

Mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) vendors give organizations the opportunity to enter the mobile space by providing the capabilities to develop native-like applications through a code-once-and-deploy-everywhere approach without the need for comprehensive technical expertise of the target mobile platform.

May 10, 2019 SAP Presents a Generational Opportunity to Re-Negotiate Your ERP Contracts

The confluence of SAP’s Digital Access outcome-based license model, a massive push for S4/HANA adoption, and the continuing growth of SAP’s cloud offerings present a once-in-a-generation opportunity for savvy enterprise clients to completely re-negotiate their entire license portfolio.

April 22, 2019 Manic Monday

Just like one is likely to be introspective on any given Monday and concentrate on the tasks of the workweek ahead, monday.com (previously dapulse) is good for lurking but not so much for collaborating.

April 16, 2019 Leverage the Data in Your QA Tools to Strengthen Testing

A lot of data is captured in the tools you use for product delivery. Use these insights to gain a full picture of the health of your products and focus your tests on the scenarios that matter.

April 08, 2019 Kaspersky Introduces Endpoint Security Cloud in Two Tiers

Kaspersky has revamped its Endpoint Security Cloud to now offer two versions, Cloud and Cloud Plus. Geared towards small and medium-sized enterprises, this two-tiered product enables organizations the flexibility to choose the level of protection that suits their organization’s requirements.

March 22, 2019 AI Continues to Fuel ERP Vendors’ Arms Race – Don’t Disregard This When Considering Your Next ERP Project

Artificial intelligence continues to fuel the arms race among ERP vendors. Last week Oracle announced that it has extended the AI (machine learning, to be more precise) capabilities within ERP Cloud and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud products.

March 11, 2019 Sage Earns Top Rated ERP Award From TrustRadius While Not Being Even Listed at Other Sources. Why?

A growing number of SaaS vendors offer cafeteria-style modular capabilities, which makes ERP selection very challenging. On top of that, the term "ERP" itself is becoming washed out, due to no clear definition of what constitutes an ERP, besides its vendor’s labeling as such.

March 01, 2019 Maxta Hyperconvergence Closes as the HCI Market Solidifies

Maxta Hyperconvergence closed its doors in January as venture capital funding ran out. With the market clearly maturing, is start-up space in HCI officially closed?

April 23, 2018 Get Back To the Future With Resource Allocations

In finance services, it can be a gut instinct to manage and track human resource time in the same manner that we manage money – track every single thing that happens. The problem occurs when we put large amounts of effort into collecting granular data that is not informing any business decision, and is not changing any functional behavior. In the financial services industry, we would call that wasteful spending.

August 17, 2017 Do Not Pass Go…Before Setting Yourself up for ERP Project Success

ERP projects are difficult. There is no point in sugar-coating it or spinning it any other way. They are complex in scope and structure, touch numerous parts of an organization, can span multiple locations and geographies, carry a high profile across an organization, and can create real bottom-line damage when they go wrong. Google “ERP Failure” and you’ll be staring down the barrel of over one million results; not a confidence booster if delivering the project is your responsibility and life’s focus for the next year or more.