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Online Communities and the Business Ecosystem November 26, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Business, collaboration, enterprise 2.0.
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After writing a number of postings on technology and business processes, we noticed that the readership stats for collaborative technology and collaborative business processes are now about equal.  To us, this provides a confirmation that it is time to focus on the business ecosystem that is created by using these two concepts together.  We discussed this a few times back in Spring 2007 in our posting on “Enterprise 2.0“.

What is a business ecosystem?  The following definition comes from Ray Wang of Forrester:

These ecosystems increasingly specialized and rely on the intellectual property (IP) innovation networks of Partners, Suppliers, Financiers, Inventors, Transformers and Brokers.  As software vendors and systems integrators expand into new markets, they will form solutions-centric ecosystems to enable exclusive, complementary, and “co-opetive” relationships.



Above and Beyond Software November 19, 2007

Posted by Shailesh Alawani in Business, Technology.
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Most of the attention these days is paid to the end-user applications.  There are a huge number of discussions about Web 2.0 applications, social networking, and the latest trends in enterprise application architecture.

However, the visible part of an enterprise application is similar to the visible part of an iceberg:  as menacing as icebergs appear, most of the iceberg is underwater.  Enterprise applications are much the same, with their back-end services and databases being the bulk of the system.

At Serus, we have built industry-leading content integration engines, combined with a set of services offered to keep them operating in top condition, even as data requirements change.  We call these “managed services”, and we call the trend “Software plus Services”.  Think of these services as being “above and beyond” the application itself. (more…)

The Role of Master Data Management in Operations November 16, 2007

Posted by Mike Lazich in Business, Technology.
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Master Data Management (MDM) is a discipline for providing consistent content of your key reference data across different parts of your organization.  Examples include:

  • Standard customer data
  • Standard part data
  • Standard pricing data

MDM has emerged in the last several years as a separate enterprise software architecture category as the requirement for consistently defined and maintained enterprise data has become more apparent.  (more…)

Amazon’s Kindle ebook Reader for the Holidays November 9, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Announcements.
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amazonkindle.jpgOne of the most-looked-for announcements for this Christmas is not related to Shrek, Harry Potter, or Spiderman, but is the Amazon “Kindle” ebook reader.

The specifications appear to be:  base price $399, 6-inch screen, WiFi, and a touch screen.  It stores 200 books on internal memory, and runs a version of Linux.

Amazon will be announcing special pricing and distribution of major books in the ebook format in time for the holidays.

Best Practices for Fabless Semiconductor Firms – Part II November 6, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Business.
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In Part I, we began with a definition of best practices, and looked at specific best practices within the operations group of a fabless semiconductor firm.  Much of this material is based on publications within the industry by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) (formerly FSA).

When to have a Foundry Manager in a Fabless Company

Within a traditional semiconductor organization, the foundry manager is responsible for all activities within the foundry, including production, inbound and outbound shipments, procurement, technology selection, and operations.  It would seem that in a fabless company, there is no such requirement.

However, many fabless companies do have such a role.  Splitting foundry management from operations management is an important practice in a number of conditions.  A member of our Customer Advisory Board described some of conditions upon which this becomes a best practice:

  • when there are multiple fabrication technologies being used
  • when there are multiple fabs being used
  • when there is complex mixture of products (more…)