Tony Baer, senior contributing editor


Virtualization, Cloud Analytics August 1, 2008

Platform as a service: Kerry Group extends enterprise apps into the cloud

For the Americas region of Kerry Ingredients, part of Kerry Group, new product development is the lifeblood of the business. Until recently, the maker of custom ingredients for major food & beverage manufacturers relied on a homegrown application written in Microsoft Visual Basic (VB) to manage its new product development processes.

By Tony Baer, senior contributing editor
Info Management June 1, 2008

Web paradigm arises as alternative to SOA

After recently surveying early adopters of service-oriented architecture (SOA), Ann Thomas Manes, an analyst with Midvale, Utah- based Burton Group, concluded that the technology approach was stuck in a holding pattern. “It has become clear to me that SOA is not working in most organizations,” she writes in her blog, adding that most SOA-enabled companies “have yet to demonst...

By Tony Baer, senior contributing editor
Workforce Development April 1, 2008

Tech traffic cop: SOA tries the enterprise system on for size

Having just completed an acquisition that doubled the company's size, Cohoes, N.Y.-based Mohawk Fine Papers needed to rationalize a diverse collection of enterprise applications, a manufacturing network that doubled to six sites, and a distribution network that quadrupled to four warehouses. “With a larger network comes more pressure on us to do effective advanced planning and forecasting...

By Tony Baer, senior contributing editor
Project Management March 1, 2008

IT adopts a service mentality

Change management has long been a byword in manufacturing. Many won't think of altering a product design, bill of material, production line layout, inventory plan, or supply chain schedule without careful impact analysis or simulation. “Because we do government contracts, we can't simply allow buyers to make a substitution for a part specified in the manufacturing bill of material,”...

By Tony Baer, senior contributing editor
Manufacturing IT, MES November 14, 2007

Intelligent investment: IBM in motion to buy Cognos

Cognos, which has an OLAP platform, specializes in query, reporting, and performance management that will complement IBM’s existing capabilities in data transformation and integration, change data capture, customer data management, data archiving, and more.

By Tony Baer, senior contributing editor
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