Sunday, April 21, 2013

Oracle versus Salesforce | Larry Ellison versus Marc Benioff

A lot has been written about the competition and rivalry between Oracle Corporation and Salesforce Corporation, as well as the rivalry between Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff. Check out the two videos below:

Larry Ellison Bashes "Cloud Computing" terminology in September 2009 (not the cloud computing concept) - He something on the lines below (transcript in red color):

"What do you mean by Cloud? Cloud is water vapor. The use of the terminology is nonsense". If there is no hardware or software, we are all so screwed! 

What is Cloud? All that the cloud is:

  • A computer attached to a network
  • Cloud has software and hardware too
  • Databases
  • Operating systems
  • Memory
  • Microprocessors
  • Internet
But that does not mean that hardware and software is dead:
  • Is Samsung dead? Will there be no memory in the cloud?
  • Is Cisco dead? Will there be no network in the cloud?
  • Is Intel dead? Will there be no microprocessors in the cloud?
  • Is Oracle dead? Will there be no databases, no applications,  and no middleware in the cloud?
  • No! A cloud is just computers in a network! 
  • In terms of business model, it is RENTAL
  • Earlier, Salesforce was SaaS, now it is cloud computing
  • They just change a term, and they think they invented technology
  • Lets call it cloud -- sure beats innovation"

However, in September 2010, Larry Ellison was more receptive and defined his version of the Cloud:

Marc Benioff says (transcript in blue on the lines below) 

Oracle is a FALSE cloud - He says that  Oracle is:
  • not a public cloud - is a ghost
  • is a private cloud - is a screen scrapers
  • not have automatic upgrades
  • not have the scale
  • is for the elite
  • not democratic
  • not elastic
  • is more about hardware and software sales
  • not have integrated marketplace
  • not have apps
  • not energy efficient
  • not economical
  • not environmental

Monday, April 15, 2013

What is OKR?

From the link:

Objectives and Key Results.

OKR stands for Objectives and Key Results. It is a method of tracking individual objectives and their outcomes. A number of services, such as OKRHub and OKRHQ, have formed to help businesses track these measures.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Social Goals Overview

All Hands Video:

Rypple Intro

GoInstant and Google+ Hangouts demo

GoInstant - Get closer to your customers.

GoInstant Co-Browsing: How It Works

Marketo Solutions Overview

Sales Cloud Demo and Overview: Convert CRM to ROI

Improve Your Materials Requirement Planning with SAP HANA

Exploit Your Demand and Supply Planning with SAP HANA

Supply Chain Execution with SAP software

Warehouse Management with SAP Software

How SAP HANA helped CIR Foods eliminate Supply Chain waste

SAP Visual Intelligence for Your Supply Chain Data -- Big and Small

[Testimonial] SAP Forecasting and Replenishment for Retail

SAP Supply Chain Management: Overview Video

SYSPRO ERP Business Software for Manufacturing and Distribution

SAP Supply Chain Management Overview

Saturday, April 13, 2013

What is Resource Management? What are the types of Resource Management? Examples?

From the link:

In organizational studies, resource management is the efficient and effective deployment of an organization's resources when they are needed. Such resources may include financial resources, inventory, human skills, production resources, or information technology (IT). In the realm of project management, processes, techniques and philosophies as to the best approach for allocating resources have been developed.

Resource management is a key element to activity resource estimating and project human resource management. Both are essential components of a comprehensive project management plan to execute and monitor a project successfully. As is the case with the larger discipline of project management, there are resource management software tools available that automate and assist the process of resource allocation to projects and portfolio resource transparency including supply and demand of resources.

Examples of Resource Management:
  • Human Resource Management
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Enterprise Resource Management
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Water Resource Management
  • Aviation Resource Management
  • Crisis Resource Management
  • Global Resource Management
  • Marketing Resource Management
  • Customer Resource Management
  • Coordinated Resource Management
  • Storage Resource Management
  • Marine Resource Management
  • Energy Resource Management
  • Dynamic Resource Management
  • Cockpit Resource Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Community Resource Management
  • Demand & Resource Management
  • Sharepoint Resource Management
  • Vessel Resource Management
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Forest Resource Management
  • Heritage Resource Management
  • Volunteer Resource Management
  • Bio-Resource Management
  • Renewable Resource Management
  • Risk Resource Management
  • Radio Resource Management
  • Indigenous People's Resource Management
  • Business Portfolio (Resource) Management 

Work / Employee Scheduling Software

From the link:

Employee scheduling software automates the process of creating and maintaining a schedule. Such software will usually track vacation time, sick time, compensation time, and alert when there are conflicts. As a database of schedules are accumulated over time, it may analyze past activity and prepare data for payroll. Although it may not make strategic decisions to lower costs and improve performance, it does manage the tasks.

For smaller businesses it is increasingly important to keep the costs low on this administrative task, which can be quite large keeping the composition of the modern workforce in mind. Flexible management of availability of the employees, shift trading, automatic scheduling processes and the such are key in keeping the costs down. Many vendors are based exclusively online to meet the increasingly web savvy workforce of today. Scheduling can be done for a variety of industries, including retail, government, education, healthcare, manufacturing, and distributional services.

This software may be a part of an ERP package or a module of such packages, which is effective for an operations department. Today’s employee scheduling software often includes mobile applications. In a world of connectivity, managers can reach their workforce through mobile devices. Employers can submit requests and take action on potential workforce management issues all while on the go.

Abbreviations in IT (Information Technology): Some useful ones...

  • SUP: Sybase Unwired Platform
  • MBO: Mobile Business Object
  • POS: Point Of Sales
  • SKU: Stock Keeping Unit
  • 3PL: Third Party Logistics
  • SD: Sales and Distribution
  • MM: Material Management
  • WM: Warehouse Management
  • BI: Business Intelligence
  • BW: Business Information Warehouse
  • BOBJ: Business Objects
  • SQL: Structured Query Language
  • DBA: Data Base Administrator
  • NAV: Navision
  • AD: Active Directory
  • AI: Active Intelligence
  • B2B: Business to Business
  • B2C: Business to Consumer
  • CSV: Comma Separated Values
  • MX: Mail Exchange
  • QA: Quality Assurance
  • OS: Operation System
  • RDM: Relational Data Model
  • KPI: Key Performance Indicator
  • EDI: Electronic Data Exchange
  • RFID: Radio Frequency Identification
  • SaaS: Software as a Service
  • VB: Visual Basic
  • IPMS: Integrated Platform Management System
  • SAD: Single Administrative Document
  • SRS: SQL Reporting Services
  • ERD: Entity Relationship Diagram
  • PBX: Private Branch Exchange
  • SCCM: System Center Configuration Manager 
  • BES: Blackberry Enterprise Server
  • ITIL: Information Technology Infrastructure Library
  • ITSM: Information Technology Service Management
  • WAN: Wide Area Network
  • SAN: Storage Area Network
  • OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • ETL: Extract, Transform, Load
  • ECC: Error Correcting Code
  • FI: Finance
  • CO: Controlling
  • BEx: Business Explorer
  • CMS: Content Management System
  • HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language
  • OOP: Object Oriented Programming
  • SDLC: Systems Development Life Cycle
  • SDLC: Synchronous Data Link Control
  • CSS: Cascading Style Sheets
  • MVC: Model View Controller
  • LAMP (stack): Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP / Perl / Python
  • CMMI: Capability Maturity Model Integration
  • COBIT: Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology
  • MOQ: Minimum Order Quantity
  • DR: Disaster Recovery
  • SLA: Service Level Agreement
  • ABAP: Advanced Business Application Programming
  • TMS: Transportation Management Software
  • PP: Production Planning
  • CPG: Consumer Packaged Goods
  • IS: Industry Solutions
  • PCI: Peripheral Component Interconnect
  • VB: Visual Basic
  • ASP: Active Server Pages
  • SBA: Senior Business Analyst
  • SKU: Stock Keeping Units

Wintel Application or Server (Windows + Intel)

From the link:
  • Wintel is a combination word of Windows and Intel, referring to personal computers using Intel x86 compatible processors running Microsoft Windows.
  • Wintel is windows server OS running on Intel or any hardware supporting x86 architecture

WM = Warehouse Management. / WMS = Warehouse Management Software (SAP EWM: Extended Warehouse Management)

What is WMS? Warehouse Management System...
From the link:

A warehouse management system (WMS) is a key part of the supply chain and primarily aims to control the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse and process the associated transactions, including shipping, receiving, putaway and picking. The systems also direct and optimize stock putaway based on real-time information about the status of bin utilization. A WMS monitors the progress of products through the warehouse. It involves the physical warehouse infrastructure, tracking systems, and communication between product stations.

More precisely, warehouse management involves the receipt, storage and movement of goods, (normally finished goods), to intermediate storage locations or to a final customer. In the multi-echelon model for distribution, there may be multiple levels of warehouses. This includes a central warehouse, a regional warehouses (serviced by the central warehouse) and potentially retail warehouses (serviced by the regional warehouses).

Warehouse management systems often utilize automatic identification and data capture technology, such as barcode scanners, mobile computers, wireless LANs and potentially radio-frequency identification (RFID) to efficiently monitor the flow of products. Once data has been collected, there is either a batch synchronization with, or a real-time wireless transmission to a central database. The database can then provide useful reports about the status of goods in the warehouse.

Warehouse design and process design within the warehouse (e.g. wave picking) is also part of warehouse management. Warehouse management is an aspect of logistics and supply chain management.