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Packaged Software 101

Maybe software should be packaged like this?  Photo: Tetra Pak Package Portfolio, by Tetra Pak, CC license A “packaged application” is software already built, coded, tested, used by other enterprises in your industry, and hopefully a solution that will meet most of your needs.  In general I recommend using packaged applications (why re-invent something?) But […]

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A Confusing Market for Enterprise Software

Image by lofrev.net It’s getting harder to determine which software vendors have what capabilities. This is because: The number of technology startups has increased; Big software companies have been acquiring other firms to increase the breadth of their capabilities; Established firms are rapidly making changes to their suite of applications – adding capabilities so quickly […]

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A Software Vendor Checklist

Please choose the door through which your next software vendor will take you.  Image: Doors of Dublin, by Tim Sackton, edited to fit 569 X 368px, CC license. Selecting a software vendor is difficult at best in the 21st century; here are some must-have criteria, in addition to, but perhaps more important than, cost and […]

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Automate Your Paper Workflow

Image by Digital Strategy, CC license Although EDI has been around for 20 years, lots of companies still process orders and invoices manually; that is, they receive a written, faxed, or e-mailed purchase order or invoice, then  type it into whatever software they have for tracking and fulfilling orders and paying suppliers. If you  can’t […]

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FUD Still Here 35 Years Later

Photo by Jimmy Brown, CC license   FUD stands for fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and was a phrase used in the early 1980s to describe the unsettling and confusing atmosphere companies faced as they began investing heavily in software applications. In 1979 Gideon Gartner, formerly a top technology analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., capitalized on […]

The Self-Perpetuating Software Market

You need to understand the way software firms, consultants and advisory services interact with one another. In the process of thoroughly confusing yourself trying to scan the software market for something resembling a solution to your problem, you will at some point realize that there aren’t many places to go for an objective appraisal of […]

How to Handle a FUD Experience

Two years ago I began exploring “cloud” software for integrating our company with its trading partners. This is how one company explains the benefits of its cloud software solution: “Cloud supply chain platforms invert the traditional EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) hub equation by moving the data processing and linking logic from the partners at the […]