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There is no right or wrong way to define collaboration. The actual process of collaborating can be organic, formal, used for ad–hoc purposes or designed for longer-term, repeating situations. IDC and IDC Manufacturing Insights breaks the collaboration market into subcategories, including: Integrated Collaborative Environments (ICEs) – a framework for e-collaboration based on a shared directory and messaging platform Team Collaborative Applications (TCAs) – Web-based tools for formal teams

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Mobility and Manufacturers' Key Strategic Vendors

By Kimberly Knickle – 4 Comments

If you've been reading our manufacturing research for some time, you know that we've grouped the influential IT vendors in the manufacturing industry using the acronym SHOMI (pronounced "show me") to represent SAP, HP, Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM. Manufacturers invest heavily in these SHOMI vendors for IT applications, infrastructure, hardware, services and, sometimes, even mobile devices.

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Barely solvent European nations, social unrest, bubble fears in emerging economies, and a dysfunctional American federal government - we thought the uncertainty at the beginning of the year was high, but now we long for those more serene times.   The question we are getting most the last few weeks is whether the current instability will impact IT spending for the balance of 2011 and into 2012.  To at least partially answer that, let's focus in on the United States.

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We talked in the predictions for 2011 about the evolution of visibility for a 'hard to justify' blue sky vision, to one facilitated by a specific use case.  Here is what we had said:'Supply Chain Visibility Will Climb on the IT Application Priority List a  Manufacturing Companies Increasingly Identify Critical Use Cases to Drive Both Cost Savings and Improved Service Levels'. It was, and remains, the contention of IDC Manufacturing Insights that perhaps companies need to think about visibility in

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