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Tuesday’s Tip: Customers Seek Turnkey Applications From Their Technology Provider

Customers Expect Their Software Solutions To Be Turnkey The recent Q2 2010 update to the Software Insider Vendor Selection Survey highlights some changing expectations of 401 respondents in the vendor selection process.  Business technologists were asked to rate their top 5 selection criteria.  Key findings demonstrate how functionality, ownership experience, and ecosystem feedback categories dominate […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 14, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: Why Next Gen Apps Must Improve Existing Activity Streams

Upcoming Data Deluge Threatens The Effectiveness Of Activity Streams Activity streams, best popularized by consumer apps such as Facebook and Twitter, have emerged as the Web 2.0 visualization paradigm that addresses the massive flows of information users face (see Figure 1).  As a key element of the dynamic user experiences discussed in the 10 elements […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 30, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: The SAP Optimization List – Key Ecosystem Vendors You Should Know

High Cost Of Ownership And Changing Requirements Drive SAP Users To Seek Optimization Solutions

As users await SAP to regain its mojo (see Dennis Howlett’s post) and implement it’s “Voice of the Customer” strategy in 2010, users must continue to reduce their cost of ownership and complexity. In addition, rapidly changing business requirements require some users to seek SaaS alternatives, additional point solutions, and extensions.
Consequently, vendors providing SAP optimization and extension solutions represent one of the fastest growing parts of the $78.7B (2009 Altimeter Group estimate), 850,000 SAP service partner and developer ecosystem. SAP users already embrace many of the solutions from vendors on this inaugural SAP Optimization List as part of their business value oriented apps strategy. The living list covers seven areas including:

1. application extension and usability;
2. application life cycle management;
3. archiving, storage, and test data management;
4. license management and optimization;
5. Microsoft Office integration;
6. third party maintenance; and
7. virtualization

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 5, 2010

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Product Review: Epicor 9 Delivers Next Generation Apps Capabilities Today

Epicor Succeeds On Delivering A Converged Product Line Epicor’s latest release, Epicor 9, provides a proof point that an acquisition intensive vendor can keep their promises to both acquire and deliver on innovation.  Under the themes of “Protect, Extend, and Converge”, the Irvine, CA based mid-market software provider committed to its customers to support prior […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 24, 2009

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Friday’s Feature: Snapshots In Enterprise 2.0 UX/UI – Eshbel’s Priority 13

Usability and User Experience Matter in Enterprise 2.0 Apps Welcome to the fifth in a series of Friday’s Features showcasing the latest and greatest in enterprise apps usability. Many ERP software vendors including Epicor, Eshbel, IFS, Infor, Lawson, Microsoft Dynamics, and Syspro have made significant progress in improving usability as they progress to Enterprise 2.0 […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 1, 2009

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Friday’s Feature: Snapshots In Enterprise 2.0 UX/UI – Lawson Smart Office

Usability and User Experience Matter in Enterprise 2.0 Apps Welcome to the fourth in a series of Friday’s Features showcasing the latest and greatest in enterprise apps usability. Many ERP software vendors including Epicor, IFS, Infor, Lawson, Microsoft Dynamics, and Syspro have made significant progress in improving usability as they progress to Enterprise 2.0 apps. […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 13, 2009

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Friday’s Feature: Snapshots In Enterprise 2.0 UX/UI – Epicor 9

Usability and User Experience Matter in Enterprise 2.0 Apps Welcome to the third in a series of Friday’s Features showcasing the latest and greatest in enterprise apps usability. Many ERP software vendors including Epicor, IFS, Infor, Lawson, Microsoft Dynamics, and Syspro have made significant progress in improving usability as they progress to Enterprise 2.0 apps. […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 20, 2009

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Friday’s Feature: Snapshots In Enterprise 2.0 UX/UI – IFS Applications

Usability and User Experience Matter in Enterprise 2.0 Apps Welcome to the second in a series of Friday’s Features showcasing the latest and greatest in enterprise apps usability. Many ERP software vendors including Epicor, IFS, Infor, Lawson, Microsoft Dynamics, and Syspro have made significant progress in improving usability as they progress to Enterprise 2.0 apps. […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 13, 2009

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Friday’s Feature: Snapshots In Enterprise 2.0 UX/UI – Microsoft Dynamics

Usability and User Experience Matter in Enterprise 2.0 Apps Welcome to the first in a series of Friday’s Features showcasing the latest and greatest in enterprise apps usability.   Many ERP software vendors including Epicor, IFS, Infor, Lawson, Microsoft Dynamics, and Syspro have made significant progress in improving usability as they progress to Enterprise 2.0 apps.  […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 6, 2009

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