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  • School district weighs options for struggling ERP software project

    Posted January 17, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    An Arizona school district is mulling over whether to continue working on a major software project, upgrade its legacy system or restart from scratch with a different product.
  • ERP: Oracle vs. SAP vs. The Upstarts

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    As 2012 comes to a close, the ERP software market's biggest players, Oracle and SAP, are seeing their long rivalry become a stalemate, while they face a common set of enemies in the form of upstart ERP vendors based in the cloud, such as NetSuite and Workday.
  • Infor teams up with VMWare for virtualized ERP

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 9:22 am

    Infor has teamed up with VMWare to help customers of its Infor10 LN ERP (enterprise resource planning) software run on VMWare's latest virtualization technology, opening a door to private cloud deployments and potentially lower infrastructure costs.
  • Air Force scraps massive ERP project after racking up $1 billion in costs

    Posted November 14, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    The U.S. Air Force has decided to scrap a major ERP (enterprise resource planning) software project after spending $1 billion, concluding that finishing it would cost far too much more money for too little gain.
  • Manufacturer sues IBM over SAP project 'disaster'

    Posted November 9, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    IBM has been slapped with a multimillion dollar lawsuit by chemical products manufacturer Avantor Performance Materials, which alleges that IBM lied about the suitability of a SAP-based software package it sells in order to win Avantor's business.
  • Death of ERP as we know it

    Posted August 29, 2012 - 11:26 am

    ERP systems are used throughout most large enterprises, with SAP and Oracle accounting for 80% or more of the installed based in regulated sectors such as pharma and energy. But these same systems, with their million development budgets and long learning curves, have been singularly unsuccessful in smaller enterprises.
  • ERP vendor Deltek going private in $1.1 billion deal

    Posted August 27, 2012 - 11:48 am

    ERP software vendor Deltek is being purchased by private equity firm Thoma Bravo in a US$1.1 billion deal, the companies announced Monday. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter.
  • Accounts payable automation: Thinking outside ERP

    Posted July 31, 2012 - 11:19 am

    The economic whirlwind of the past few years has forced even the savviest of companies to rethink how and where their money is spent. Increasingly, the microscope is being placed on internal back-office processes, seen as prime candidates for strategic cost-cutting initiatives. Perhaps unsurprisingly to many who work within the department, accounts payable (AP) has emerged as an area ripe for improvement.
  • Simple steps to keep your next ERP upgrade on time and on budget

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    Major enterprise resource planning (ERP) software upgrades by definition affect your whole organization. The "opportunities" for system failure, lost time, missed revenue and extra cost are abundant during the process. Indeed, there are legends surrounding upgrades that spiral out of control and never get fully implemented.
  • Review

    Review: Up close with NetSuite's deep ERP

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 10:55 am

    NetSuite offers extensive ERP, CRM, and other business management functionality to organizations that recognize the value proposition associated with SaaS
  • Massive Air Force ERP software project still struggling

    Posted February 13, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    Two completed pilots of the more-than-US$5 billion project are being scrapped.
  • SAP's HANA in-memory database will gain ability to run ERP this year

    Posted January 25, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    SAP plans to roll out support for the ERP module within its flagship Business Suite product family on the HANA in-memory database platform in the fourth quarter of this year, executive board member and technology chief Vishal Sikka said in an interview Wednesday.
  • ERP makes a comeback

    Posted December 21, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    Most big companies rolled out their first ERP systems more than a decade ago. Now one in four businesses plans to upgrade or roll out a new ERP system
  • 10 biggest ERP software failures of 2011

    Posted December 20, 2011 - 10:43 am

    With the year drawing to a close, one thing seems abundantly clear: There are still an awful lot of ERP and other software projects running off the rails out there.
  • Approach SaaS ERP with caution: Analysts

    Posted December 8, 2011 - 5:56 pm

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can be a headache for businesses. There is a high barrier for entry, both in terms of financial commitment and investing in IT experts to keep it running. Naturally, getting your ERP through a software-as-a-service model seems like the perfect way to mitigate that problem, but according to industry analysts, there are a lot of things to consider before taking that plunge.
  • Legacy application fixer-uppers

    Posted November 7, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Legacy applications are one of the most difficult issues to face within IT. A rip-and-replace approach is expensive and thus difficult to justify; plus, it tends to interrupt operations. Here's how 3 companies solved their legacy application problems.
  • 5 tech pros companies want to hire

    Posted October 25, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Networking pros are among the top five tech professionals that companies want to hire, according to Robert Half Technology.
  • 9/11: Are Lessons Learned Still Being Applied?

    Posted September 9, 2011 - 7:36 pm

    Disaster - is your IT continuity and contingency plan ready for another 9/11?
  • Cloud computing: SaaS ERP revs up auto parts supplier

    Posted September 9, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    When auto parts supplier Inteva Products LLC spun out from its parent company Delphi in 2008, CIO Dennis Hodges was left standing in a heap of legacy ERP equipment.
  • Salesforce.com gets into ERP with Infor, Workday

    Posted September 1, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    Salesforce.com is strengthening its hand in the ERP (enterprise resource planning) market, announcing on Thursday two new partnerships with Infor and Workday that will result in an intermingling of the companies' applications and technologies.
  • University tests ERP on new Dell cloud

    Posted September 1, 2011 - 11:20 am

    University of Kentucky CIO Vince Kellen is considering moving some of the university's SAP work to a cloud environment, which would make him a relatively early adopter of ERP in the cloud.
  • Customize your ERP or adapt to it? What's your strategy?

    Posted July 15, 2011 - 9:14 am

    If your enterprise has customized your mission-critical ERP systems over the years, your future upgrades will likely be more troublesome and terrifying because the changes can conflict with the patches. On the other hand, if you are running out-of-the-box ERP with little customization, maybe you're not getting all the important features your business needs.
  • Microsoft talks cloud CRM, ERP at partner conference

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    Microsoft is expected on Tuesday to update its strategy for cloud-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) software during the annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles.
  • Enterprise customer interest in ERP gaining at mid-year

    Posted June 27, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    Last fall, a Forrester Research study found that most had no interest in investing in ERP. New information, however, is showing a renewed enthusiasm for ERP.
  • Lawson shareholders sue to block Infor sale

    Posted June 8, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    A pair of Lawson Software shareholders have filed a class action lawsuit to block the ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor's sale to Infor and its parent company Golden Gate Capital, according to documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
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