SAP Launches Business ByDesign

SAP's official announcement of Business ByDesign, formerly known as A1S, targets midsize companies looking for relief from complicated ERP implementations and support. Some key points regarding the Business ByDesign (BBD) announcement:

• The solution will be provided as a hosted, subscription service

• A dedicated website enables a try-before-you-buy sales approach, where customers can rapidly configure a demo system that reflects their needs

• Pricing is set at $149 per user, per month, with an nominal charge for self-service users

• The scope of the offering is comprehensive, spanning finance, HR, supply chain, supplier relationship management, CRM, project management and compliance management.

• SAP has 20 live early adopters and another 20 that are actively engaged in rolling the solution out. The initial emphasis is on US and Germany, with expansion to more markets in 2008 and 2009.

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RFID in the Automotive Industry: Perspectives From IBM's Innovating With Insight Symposium in Stuttgart, Germany

Today was the first day of IBM's Innovating With Insight Symposium being held at the company's RFID Solution Center in Stuttgart, Germany. Most attendees are from European automotive OEMs or suppliers, with roughly even representation from business process owners and IT managers. While everyone agrees that external market pressures are forcing auto manufacturers to either innovate or stagnate (one IBM survey noted 90% of auto industry executives want to drive moderate or substantial change in their organizations) many disagree on the role that RFID will play in this transformation:
  • A few European divisions like DaimlerChrystler AG have invested in leading-edge RFID pilots oriented around operations processes (like vehicle tracking or container management, for example) but have not taken the next steps towards full implementation. Why?
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Taleo Introduces Its Version of Employee Performance Management

Taleo unveiled its product and vision for employee performance management at the vendor’s user conference, Taleo World, which was well attended with over 600 customers, 50 financial analysts, and a smattering of industry analysts like me. 

Taleo’s new product is built on its new platform “Akira” which will eventually become the platform for all of its products.  Its user interface (including hooks to apps like Outlook) demos quite well and exploits social networking and Web 2.0 technologies — all hot technologies that grabbed the audience’s attention.  Apart from the shock and awe of the nice interface, the real value of an integrated performance and recruiting solution should not be ignored and includes:

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Cognos Makes A Smart Move To Pick Up Applix

Continuing the trend of rapid consolidation in the business performance solutions (BPS) space, Cognos announced a definitive agreement to acquire Applix on Sept. 5. Cognos is positioning the acquisition as an extension of its financial performance management capability. The combination is an interesting contrast of styles:

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