Archive for Descartes Systems Group

Where SaaS Makes Sense

As an ARC Advisory Group enterprise software analyst, I am acutely aware of the promotional activities surrounding the software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model. In fact, it sometimes concerns me that the SaaS model is being promoted as the ideal means of application deployment for all customers in all situations. I do not believe it is such a cut and dry argument. Clearly the decision is complex. However, I do believe there are a few key characteristics […]

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Guest Commentary: What Logistics Technology Providers Can Learn from Social Media

There is no escaping the social media hype in today’s press. While the platforms are not necessarily geared for logistics, there are important parallels in logistics to what has made the social media market so successful. Taking a look at some of the fundamental challenges in logistics shows how social media-oriented logistics solutions can address some of the most important challenges faced in logistics today. Logistics is one of the most dynamic industries in the […]

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Guest Commentary: What is the Half-Life of Your Logistics Technology Investments?

According to Merriam Webster, one of the definitions of half-life is a period of usefulness or popularity preceding decline or obsolescence. It is important to match the half-life of your business processes with the half-life of the technology investments you are making. With the half-life of many business processes dramatically shrinking, the notion that every Logistics IT purchase needs to be a long-term strategic investment as opposed to a short-term tactical one has become bad […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 27-31, 2013)

After a cold and wet holiday weekend, summer has arrived with a vengeance, with temperatures in the 90s yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Time to put away the turtlenecks and find my bathing suit. It was a relatively quiet week for news, but here’s what caught my attention: Descartes Reports Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Results Transplace Selects New Equity Partner Greenbriar Equity Group Supply Vision Partners with FindMyFreight.com U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Policy on […]

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Seinfeld and Last Mile Logistics

One of the funniest episodes of Seinfeld was “The Pool Guy,” where Kramer’s phone number is very similar to Moviefone’s, the movie listing service, and he gets many calls from people wanting show times. In the end, Kramer decides to just play along and he makes himself sound like an automated messaging system. For those with a sadistic sense of humor, the laughs come from the irritation he causes the callers. I hate automated calling […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 26-30, 2012)

I didn’t win the $585 million PowerBall jackpot this week, which is not surprising, because when it comes to lotteries, taking shortcuts through town when I’m late, and picking the fastest checkout lines, I’m like Hemingway’s old man: “salao, which is the worst form of unlucky.” On to the news, which is dominated this week by transportation management technology. LeanLogistics Announces On-Demand TMS SuiteApp for Netsuite’s Suitecloud Computing Platform C.H. Robinson Introduces Navisphere® Technology Platform […]

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Guest Commentary: Is Community Cloud the Future of Logistics?

Are you saturated by all the cloud hype? Recently, a leading analyst firm published a report on cloud computing that listed 24 variations. It’s tough to name a vendor that does not claim to have a cloud offering. With all of the confusion, it’s hard to identify what part of cloud technology will really benefit logistics and other sophisticated ecosystems. I believe that community cloud has the potential to transform not only company performance, but […]

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Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2012 Global User Conference

I attended the Descartes Evolution 2012 Global User & Partner Conference a couple of weeks ago. When Art Mesher took over as CEO of Descartes Systems Group eight years ago, I wasn’t sure the company was going to survive. Today, it is a thriving company. What are the secrets of its turnaround? Descartes (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor) was one of the first enterprise software companies to move to the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Moving from upfront […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 12-16, 2012)

Get your Twinkies and Wonder Bread while they last. Hostess Brands is going out of business. In more important news… Descartes Acquires Exentra Descartes Community Cloud-Based Service Unveiled at Descartes’ Global User & Partner Conference LeanLogistics Releases On-Demand TMS® v.12.3.0 E2open Announces Availability of Next-Generation E2 Cloud Connectivity UPS Introduces New Cloud-Based Technology Platform to Improve International Supply Chain Management Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 Million Miles Freight Shipments Rose 0.2% in September from […]

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Yard Management Solutions Impose Control on an Inherently Chaotic Process

As Chris Jones from Descartes said in a Logistics Viewpoints column, the Forrest Gump quote — “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get” — applies to the challenge of managing a yard, particularly inbound dock operations. A yard management system (YMS) controls the yard attached to a warehouse or distribution center (DC). YMS functionality includes dock door scheduling, check in and check out, location of trailers in the […]

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