Sep 14, 2011

Groaning Shelves – avoiding Shelf Ware in the world of SAP

I have just spent the past week in meetings with our sales organization and one of the topics that came up as a topic line was the concept of Shelf ware. Enterprise Irregular Ray Wang wrote in 2010 that In the latest Software Insider survey, 57% of global enterprises own more software licenses than deployed Shelf ware of course is an interesting concept in that it is not something that a given organization ever intentionally invests in. In the realm of enterprise systems however there is almost always some software that lands up being bought but never gets implemented. The… Read more

Mar 3, 2011

Microsoft InfoPath or Adobe Forms?

Many enterprises have requirements that naturally lead to solutions that involve deploying electronic forms. These forms can be implemented utilizing a wide range of technologies currently available in the market. For companies that have significant investments in both SAP and Microsoft, the discussion is often narrowed down to Microsoft InfoPath versus Adobe Forms, which are both products for designing and deploying XML-based data entry forms. Microsoft InfoPath is a forms designer which, being part of the Microsoft Office suite, offers a familiar design experience to existing Office users. InfoPath forms can either be deployed as standalone forms which require form… Read more

Nov 23, 2010

The application of the form – comparing form technologies

There are plenty of articles on the web that speak to the immense benefits to be had from implementing electronic forms over paper forms, and of course the merits of electronic over paper and manual are largely intuitive. Valuable metrics like turnaround time, reduced printing, filing and retrieval delay costs are all part of the formula on cost and return however one shouldn’t be too easily seduced into the idea of forms if it is not appropriate. Paper-based form processes have limitations Adobe in particular has put out a number of articles and ROI calculators that indicate that some of… Read more