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T
he latest BriefingsDirect case study interview explores how large businesses are using cloud commerce and automated sourcing and procurement to dramatically improve how they modernize and manage their buying processes.

In doing so, we'll see how they improve cash management and gain an analytical edge to constantly improving these vital processes. The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC), for example, has moved its procurement activities to the cloud and adopted strategic sourcing, dramatically increasing efficiency across the purchases managed.

Through our discussion with Karen Sherrill, Senior Commodity Manager at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, learn more about how a large medical enterprise is conducting its business better through collaborative cloud commerce. The moderator is Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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Recent trends are driving savvy companies to improve how they manage their supplier and buying processes using dynamic discounting.

The latest BriefingsDirect discussion focuses then on how discount management and dynamic discounting can dramatically improve how enterprises procure by better managing the buying process, improving cash management, and gaining an analytic edge on constantly improving processes through cloud-enabled automation.

To learn more about how buyers and sellers can benefit from such improved business processes around cash management in the procurement phase we interviewed Drew Hofler, Senior Manager, Working Capital Solution at Ariba. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. [Disclosure: Ariba is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

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How do IT architectures at software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers provide significant advantages over traditional enterprise IT architectures?

We answer that "Architecture is Destiny" question by looking at how one SaaS provider, Workday, has from the very beginning moved beyond relational databases and distributed architectures that date to the mid-1990s.

Instead, Workday has designed its architecture to provide secure transactions, wider integrations, and deep analysis off of the same optimized data source -- all to better serve business needs. The advantages of these modern services-based architecture can be passed on to the end users -- and across the ecosystem of business process partners -- at significantly lower cost than conventional IT.

Join a technology executive from Workday, Petros Dermetzis, Vice President of Development there, to explore how architecting properly provides the means to adapt and extend how businesses need to operate, and not be limited by how IT has to operate. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

 

Additional resources:

The Real SaaS Manifesto (whitepaper)
Things Large Enterprises Need to Know About SaaS
Strength from the Core: Why Bolted-On BI Doesn't Work for HR
Built-In Business Intelligence
Real Saas
Notes from Workday's Technology Summit

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Businesses are increasingly using cloud and e-commerce to improve how they do sales, marketing, and online transactions.

One company, Tampa-based MarkMaster, has quickly moved to nearly all-paperless sales transactions, found new customers via online networks, and increased the amount of product it sells to its existing clients. This was accomplished without a lot of additional IT or business-process spending by using cloud-based collaborative business commerce solutions.

To learn more about how MarkMaster is conducting its business better, BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, recently interviewed Kevin Govin, the CEO at MarkMaster.

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As wireless communications technology becomes embedded in the lifestyles of consumers -- led by the younger generations that have always known it -- small businesses are seeking ways to catch the wave. Gaining an advantage with younger shoppers online and off can be daunting to small businesses that would rather not manage technology but instead exploit it. This podcast tells the story of how UPS extended its global package delivery tracking and Quantum View services to the wireless domain and reached out in whole new ways via Short Message Service (SMS) texting to mobile devices. One small business, Moosejaw, used UPS as its technology and logistics source to link wirelessly to its hipper, younger clients -- to stay in touch, provide a strong sense of community, and to give them access to whatever information they may want on how to get their purchases fast and easily. Some even got some lessons in dating. Listen to Dana Gardner moderate this 28-minute sponsored podcast, joined by Jeff Reid, the UPS's Director of Customer Technology Marketing, and Robert Wolfe, the Co-Founder of Moosejaw. Read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/06/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-podcast_21.html. Sponsor: UPS.
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WSO2 has entered the open source SOA field with a slate of veterans from Web services specifications, application server and lightweight framework development. The latest offering to the market came June 11 with the arrival of WSO2 ESB 1.0, based on Apache Synapse and targeted at both developers who want to use ESBs quickly, as well as operations architects seeking lightweight and high-performing components. To help evaluate the WSO2 approach, moderator Dana Gardner is joined by Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, and Paul Fremantle, co-founder and vice president of technology at WSO2. Learn more about ESBs and the ways in which open source complements SOA in this 44-minute sponsored deep-dive discussion. Read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/06/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-podcast.html. Sponsor: WSO2.
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Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, Vol. 15, a weekly discussion and dissection of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)-related news and events, with a panel of IT analysts. In this episode, recorded March 23, 2007, our experts examine the burgeoning role of SOA Architect. Joined by Steve Nunn, vice president and COO of The Open Group, and John Bell, an enterprise architect at Marriott International, we examine how deep business knowledge, technical savvy, and strong interpersonal skills need to come together for SOA architects. So far, there are not enough to fill the job openings, spurring more certification and training. We also look at SCA/SDO moving to OASIS, and Microsoft's role in federated SOA. Please join noted IT industry analysts Jim Kobielus and Neil Macehiter for our discussion, hosted and moderated by Interarbor analyst Dana Gardner. Read a full transcript of the podcast at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/06/briefingsdirect-soa-insights-analysts.html.
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Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, Vol. 14, a weekly discussion and dissection of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)-related news and events, with a panel of IT analysts. In this episode, recorded March 9, 2007, our experts examine the SOA Consortium, formed Feb. 12. The advocacy group's approach combines input from enterprises and vendors to promote the business value and adoption paths for SOA. Our guest this week is Dr. Richard Soley, the chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG) and also executive director of the consortium. We also look at news from EclipseCon. Join noted IT analysts Joe McKendrick, Tony Baer, and Jim Kobielus for our discussion, hosted and moderated by Interarbor analyst Dana Gardner. Read a full transcript of the podcast at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/05/briefingsdirect-soa-insights-analysts.html.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 5:01 PM

Effective information-sharing across the distribution of goods -- visibility into transportation supply chains and distribution networks -- is a part of the information revolution and the knowledge economy. Global players in the distribution channel are looking for reductions in cost, efficiency improvements, and reduced time to distribution -- all of which can substantially reduce the total cost of an overall production and distribution activity. UPS started with tracking on the Web in the early '90s and today supports tracking in 63 countries. UPS serves the basic supply chain visibility needs of shippers, receivers, importers, and exporters -- both residential and commercial, through its traditional U.S. small package services, as well as via UPS Freight, Air, and Ocean Freight Services. This podcast examines the visibility service UPS has in place, as well as the market trends driving the need for greater supply chain technology and efficiency. Join Jim Rice, director of the Integrated Supply Chain Management Program at MIT; Stephanie Callaway, director of customer technology marketing at UPS; Frank Deen is the shipping manager at Rackmount Solutions, and John Schaffer, president of TrueWave, in this podcast discussion, moderated by Interarbor Solutions Principal Analyst Dana Gardner. Read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/05/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-podcast_21.html. Sponsor: UPS.
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IBM helped the Eclipse Foundation score a huge hit with the Eclipse development framework and community. Now the software engineering target is even higher, but the methods are similar. IBM will in June will unveil details about its Jazz framework and community for automation and governance of complex, collaborative application development processes. IBM will make elements of the community open, as well as interlace new Rational, Lotus, WebSphere and Tivoli products with Jazz. Hear BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner interview Scott Hebner, the vice president for marketing and strategy for IBM Rational Software, on some key elements of the emerging ALM 2.0 framework. Read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/05/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-podcast_20.html. Sponsor: Interarbor Solutions.
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