Archive for SaaS

More than Software Provider, Think Partner

Supply chain execution is complex, and the pace of change is rapid. Which is a big reason why companies continue to turn to software as a service (SaaS) solutions to help digitize and integrate their supply chains. In today’s environment where future-proof SCE technology leads the way, it’s also important to look beyond feature-function checklists and consider the long-term value of the partnership. Technology…and so much more Finding a software vendor that understands your business […]

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SaaS Makes It Easier for Big Projects to get Approved… Just Kidding

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a rental model that allows you to purchase enterprise software without paying giant upfront license fees. In theory, this means software becomes an operational expense (OPEX) rather than a capital expense (CAPEX). As software markets shifted from CAPEX to OPEX, we were supposed to see dramatic changes to software markets. We have…  And we have not. What we have seen is many enterprise software markets make a big transition […]

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Cloud Solutions Upend the System Integration Market

The $200 billion system integration industry, which was designed around customization, needs a new business model according to Mark Hurd, the CEO of Oracle. Mr. Hurd exclaimed, “the current model is unsustainable.”

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Share Everything: Why Multi-Tenant Technology Wins

It was 30 years ago that Robert Fulghum first published his collection of essays “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”  In the title essay, he provided a list of how to live, what to do, and how to be.  First and foremost on his list was “share everything.”  Software infrastructure was almost undoubtedly not what Robert had on his mind as he wrote his Credo many years ago, but the adage […]

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Is Oracle’s Acquisition of Logfire a Cloud-WMS Inflection Point?

Oracle recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Logfire, a Cloud WMS provider. Last year I explained that Cloud WMS deployments still remain limited compared to Cloud adoption of other supply chain software (I am using the term “Cloud” to represent single instance, multi-tenant solutions). And with good reason. WMS is a real-time application that requires quick response times to function properly. In addition, a WMS solution supports processes often confined to a single facility. […]

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The Myths and Realities of Implementing a TMS

As a company grows and expands its geographic footprint by procuring and selling goods around the globe, its supply chain naturally becomes more complex. As a result, a savvy supply chain manager will often look to deploy a transportation management system [TMS] to plan and run the company’s transport operations. Unfortunately there are some lingering myths about implementing a TMS that have kept many businesses from transitioning away from outdated legacy systems. Here are the […]

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Resolve to Make 2016 the Year of the TMS for Your Business

If you’re like most, you’re probably toying with the idea of making some New Year’s resolutions for 2016 – to exercise more often, cut down on the Big Macs, stop cursing, whatever. But you don’t need to limit those resolutions to your personal life. How about resolving to improve your company’s transportation management next year? You might think it’s too late for such an ambitious undertaking at this late date. But you’d be wrong. With […]

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5 Bold Predictions from the CEO of Oracle

Mark Hurd, the CEO of Oracle, made some bold predictions for where the enterprise market is going. Prediction 1: 80% of all applications will run in the Cloud by 2025. Today, he said, 24 percent of enterprise applications are in the cloud. Prediction 2: By 2025, Two Suite providers will have 80% of the SaaS Applications market. Further, Oracle will be one of the two. Prediction 3: 100% of New Development Testing will be in […]

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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: Three Reasons We’re all Moving to the Cloud

Did you buy something with a credit card today? Are you working from a location other than your company’s headquarters? Did you check your bank account online this morning or download a file housed in an online data storage service? These are all examples of how we live our daily personal and professional lives in the cloud, often without even realizing it. Our data is stored in a secure location not physically near us, and […]

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