Janet Rae-Dupree

Innovation Journalist

Silicon Valley/Bay Area

Janet Rae-Dupree

An award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience writing for newspapers, magazines, web sites and book publishers



ERP project gone wrong triggers $100 million lawsuit

Implementation of enterprise resource planning software can be fraught with trouble. In the case of brewery operator MillerCoors, it was fraught with more than $100 million in trouble. That’s how much MillerCoors says IT services firm HCL Technologies owes, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Illinois.
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Case Study: New PDI ERP system powers Retif Oil and Fuel

After piecing together various enterprise resource planning tools over the past few decades, managers at Retif Oil and Fuel in Louisiana knew their growing company needed an entirely new approach to ERP. But a general-purpose system wouldn’t do much good for Retif, one of America’s leading distributors of specialty petroleum products.
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With blockbuster drugs coming off patent, rising research and development costs and profit margins growing ever slimmer, biotechnology and pharmaceu- tical companies are feeling the pressure to find every business advantage they can. One of the symptoms of that pressure has been a kaleidoscope of innovative business decisions.
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Cellular Interactions at ASCB 2016

Among the myriad phenomena discussed at ASCB 2016, cell signaling and bacterial enzymes that set off eukaryote mating swarms were among the most intriguing. At the Logic of Signaling Symposium, two researchers—the Broad Institute’s Aviv Regev and Denise Montell from the University of California, Santa Barbara—discussed their work determining how cells respond to a variety of biological signals.
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Seeing More at ASCB 2016: Pushing the Limits of Imaging

While the scores of sessions conducted over the course of the 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting resonated with the meeting’s theme, “Following the Arc of Scientific Discovery,” the common message woven throughout the five days was one of newfound microscopic insight. Breakthroughs in imaging are showing biologists for the first time cellular functions about which we previously could only hypothesize.
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Decking the holiday halls via ERP offers lessons for all companies

Decking the holiday halls via ERP offers lessons for all companies. When custom holiday ornament maker ChemArt Co. decided to deck its own halls with a new enterprise resource planning system, finding the right match wasn’t easy. The company, which has made the official White House holiday ornament for more than two decades, knew back in 2009 that its ancient Unix infrastructure would need to be replaced.
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Healthcare executives steer ERP investments cloudwards

While enterprise resource planning systems have become standard in nearly every U.S. industry, hospitals and other healthcare organizations have been slow to adopt them, according to a survey from consultancy Black Book Market Research. Describing the healthcare ERP software sector as “inert,” the survey noted growth of less than 2% in 2015 as hospitals devoted funding instead to medical billing conversion, cybersecurity and population health and analytics, among other priorities.
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Can a Plant Heal Cancer Patients?

Mirko Beljanski's research into plants that can affect and heal cancer is finally getting the respect it deserves -- 18 years after his death.
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Case Study: ERP streamlines operations for equipment rental firm

When US rental company Herc Rentals wanted to simplify its operations across 280 branch locations, executives knew that quality ERP software would go a long way toward getting them there. After analyzing the competition, Herc ultimately chose Infor CloudSuite to manage everything from data consolidation and customer demand response to fleet management and asset availability.
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Manufacturers Choose Deacom ERP to Unify Business Process Solutions

Two manufacturing companies – Kahiki Foods of Ohio and Process Technologies of Pennsylvania -- have chosen Deacom’s ERP software to simplify and consolidate their existing business process systems. Kahiki Foods, a manufacturer of all-natural frozen Asian meals and appetizers, also wants Deacom’s system to help them scale up both their branded retail and private-label businesses.
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Godfreys cleans up its ERP by switching to Pronto Software

Godfreys, a specialty retailer of domestic and commercial floor care cleaning products, has selected Pronto Software’s ERP solution to replace its old, outdated and jury-rigged resource planning system. After a thorough review of the company’s legacy system, Godfreys IT manager Mark Norman concluded that the world’s largest vacuum cleaner retailer was so hamstrung by its legacy ERP system that some business process changes simply couldn’t be implemented.
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ERP goes to school...and makes the grade

Roughly half of all K-12 schools instructing about 32 million students in 70 countries will be able to tap into ERP technology now that PowerSchool has purchased educational back-office software maker SunGard K-12. By purchasing SunGard from financial services technology leader FIS (formerly Fidelity National Information Services Inc.)
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Janet Rae-Dupree

I cover innovation as my beat, focusing on emerging technologies, scientific discovery, R&D, entrepreneurship, intellectual property and market transfer.