Louis Columbus

Louis Columbus

Louis Columbus has a diverse background that includes business strategy, marketing, product management, industry analyst, sales and technology leadership roles in start-ups and large-scale enterprises. He’s also an active member of the Enterprise Irregulars, a group of enterprise software analysts, bloggers, and executives. Louis also teaches graduate-level courses in business strategy and marketing at Webster and Loyola Marymount universities. He is a regular contributor to the Forbes.com as Enterprise Software Strategist and his own Software Strategies blog. Louis has published 16 books on a variety of operating system and software topics and spoken internationally on many aspects of cloud computing and enterprise software.

7 Cutting Edge Business Analytics Tools

Business analytics (BA) tools have reached an inflection point. This change is driven by the need to increase the depths of functionality tools deliver without a data scientist supporting them.  Businesses are developing advanced technologies to meet this new need, including Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Hadoop.

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Comparing Cloud ERP Systems: Who’s Winning & Why in 2018

In 2018 and beyond, the factors that drive organizations to acquire a new cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) system often begin with a few strong focuses. In particular, product quality, production and process monitoring, an increased use of analytics and business intelligence (BI) applications and the need for greater mobility are becoming necessities for companies adopting ERP.

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Market Guide to Cloud WMS

Supply chains are the lifeblood of any business, sustaining the ability to compete for new customers while fulfilling orders and commitments to existing ones. For any company to grow, they have to excel in every aspect of supply chain management (SCM), from planning and logistics to fulfillment and optimization, including warehouse management. The competitive intensity in every industry is growing, making supply chains and the warehouses that enable them more important than ever. In ever-increasing numbers, businesses have adopted cloud WMS solutions to improve their supply chains.

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The 10 Most Important Inventory Management Metrics and KPIs

Visit any manufacturer and observe the Balanced Scorecards (BSC), dashboards, reports and performance measurements they use. You’ll be able to tell relatively quickly how they define themselves as a business, what matters most, the level of collaboration going on and, most importantly, how they prioritize their customers (or how they don’t). Analytics, metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) need to define the most effective behaviors for a supply chain operation, including Inventory Warehouse Management, to get to its goals.

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How To Kickstart CPQ Strategies and Grow Revenue in 2018

Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) is the fuel that drives sales cycles for any company that sells complex, configurable products and services. The greater the customization a product has, the more important it is to support selling efforts with a CPQ application that scales across all selling channels. For additional insights into why CPQ is one of the hottest CRM applications in enterprise software today, please see the article, The State of the CPQ Market 2017.

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Five Strategies for Driving Revenue Growth With Predictive Analytics

The greatest competitive edge any company can have is knowing more about its operations and the market dynamics affecting its operations than its competitors. Competing with greater intensity and the ability to get more done in less time is what differentiates market leaders from every other company in a given industry.

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10 Ways Cloud Computing Is Revolutionizing Supply Chain Management

Cloud-based applications and platforms are revolutionizing supply chains today, scaling operations from the most complex global supplier networks to those being developed by small businesses. Based on conversations with senior management teams including Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) in the last few weeks, several key insights emerge.

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10 Ways Real-Time Business Analytics Are Driving Revenue

In 2018, real-time analytics will continue to drive new business models, increase insights into customer behavior and be one of the primary catalysts driving a revolution in selling, manufacturing and service. From the algorithms to the applications they power and the systems they enable, companies of all sizes will have a chance to capitalize on real-time analytics.

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How the Internet of Things (IoT) is Revolutionizing Inventory Management

The greater the speed, scale and accuracy of data collaboratively shared across supply chains, the stronger supplier networks become. The world’s best-performing supply chains, as defined by Gartner earlier this year in their annual Supply Chain 25 List, are all using digital transformation technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive analytics in full production environments. IoT is revolutionizing every aspect of these world-class supply chains.

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Building a Warehouse Management System Business Case

All businesses put a high priority on making their supply chains efficient, economical and a strong contributor to profitable growth. The gains made throughout a supplier network are, at times, marginalized by inefficient distribution, storage and warehouse locations that don’t have a Warehouse Management System (WMS) in place, or are relying on one built for business requirements of the past. In high-performance supply chains, the WMS orchestrates every aspect of optimizing multiple warehouse locations, from receiving and storage to inventory management, order processing, shipping and Material Handling Device Control. In many ways, the WMS is the core of any supply chain and supplier network.

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