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Archive for October, 2005

Your Web Based Future

Chris Shaul With Google and Sun collaborating to bring a web based version of Open Office to consumers, Microsoft has now jumped into the web applications game, but with bigger plans than just an office suite. How about a web based ERP system from Microsoft? Okay, now that is nothing new. There are plenty of […]

ERP Tiers: What Tier are you in?

ERP vendors and consultants are always trying to classify you as a company into distinct ERP tiers. What is your vertical industry? What is your revenue? How many employees? These are all questions of where you fit within their offering. Others talk about ERP Tiers. What are tiers? ERP Tiers are classifications of software by […]

ERP and Lean

Chris Shaul Today, many ERP vendors are offering Lean Manufacturing modules in their solutions. These modules propose to assist companies in their lean effort. The real question is to what degree will these modules be used. Can a traditional manufacturer going to a lean model utilize a lean software tool immediately? When implementing an ERP […]

A developers view of ERP

A fascinating article on the design and functionality of an ERP system from a different perspective: “… The task of IT is to begin building systems on a new foundation, using a new kind of blueprint. First, adopt the following rule: Business processes define database table relationships; database table configurations drive application components; applications drive […]

ERP for the little guy

Chris Shaul Most of the news and information you hear on the web or read in print about ERP relates to SAP, Oracle and other large systems. There is a derth of information on ERP for the small shop or for the under 10 million dollar manufacturer. What then do people do when they have […]

The Shrinking Landscape of ERP

Chris Shaul Now that Oracle has gobbled up its competitors, Peoplesoft and JD Edwards, and has aquired Seibel CRM, there is a shrinking landscape of Tier 1 vendors available in the marketplace. It used to be the old JBOPS (JD Edwards, Baan, Oracle, Peoplesoft, and SAP) that people relied on as the playing field for […]

The ERP comeback

Chris Shaul ERP seems to be on the move again this year. Vendors are ramping up, customers are calling again, selection projects are beginning. Why now? With all of the things going on in the world, what is it that is driving the return of ERP and technology initiatives? This can be attributed to several […]

What makes a successful ERP implementation?

What makes a successful ERP implementation? ERP implementations are the most difficult thing you will probably have to do. They are painful and they usually tear a team apart (and then bring them back together) before going live. Some say that a major ERP implementation will go live under its third project manager! While this […]

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