24 12 2013
2013 was an important year for us. One of the highlights was the celebration of our 10th anniversary as an independent company. We enjoyed a magical family day in Disneyland Paris. My favorite moment of 2013 was the start of our company blog. Together with our wonderful social media team, we already published more than 80 interesting articles, on very diverse topics. We hope you enjoyed reading them. I want to explicitly thank the team for their drive, enthusiasm and appreciated input.
2013 has been quite a successful year for Office 365. The platform didn’t only receive the major upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to 2013. It also got lots of other smaller updates as well. I even presume that SharePoint 2013 was the last major update of the Office 365 platform we will ever experience. From this year onwards, Office 365 receives a constant flow of new features and patches, meaning that updates happen more gradually.
Quite a lot has changed in software engineering in the past 5 years. The market evolved dramatically, and so have the expectations of our customers. Innovative development paradigms tend to replace the old ones. As a software developer, you have to keep a cool head with all the new hypes circling around. You definitely must not follow all new buzzwords that spread every year along immature frameworks. I am talking about mobility against reason. Think also about agility without delivery. These days, it’s cloud above all, everywhere.
In this final article of the series, we have a look at what e-business means for warehousing and logistics from a systems’ point of view. Secondly, we briefly discuss the real-time feedback from ERP systems to front-end systems. To conclude, we share a word on quality and return procedures that need to be much more prominent when engaging in e-business.
10 12 2013
In the first article of the e-business insights series, we shared the top 5 driving forces for setting up an e-commerce channel. Starting an e-commerce channel does not go without risks or considerations. In this second part we briefly zoom in on 2 important considerations when you start selling your goods or services over the internet.
In its pure essence, e-business is the support of business activities using information technology. Quite a lot of people confuse e-business with e-commerce. However, it is much more than selling products over the internet. It is the integration of electronic business methods in all possible business activities within a company. In a series of 3 short articles, we give you some important insights into e-business. In this post we have a look at what drives companies to start an e-commerce channel. In a second article we list some important strategic and operational considerations. In the third and closing article of this e-business insights series, we show that the biggest investments lie in the front-end development and not in the back-end system integration. This article is based on an interview with Folker Lamote, Senior Manager and Business Plan Owner of SAP Logistics, and Koen Mannaerts, Marketing and Agile Coach at Delaware Consulting.