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|March 29, 2010
||Microsoft Dynamics CRM: The Competition Strikes Back
Microsoft Dynamics CRM has been wildly successful, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic concludes his three-part examination of Microsoft’s flagship customer relationship management (CRM) solution with a look at the product’s limitations and drawbacks.
In today’s frenzied, internet-driven, corporate dominated world of non-stop consumerism and 24/7 business transactions, who’s leading and who’s following? TEC’s Managing Editor David Clark takes a look at the fluid, ever-evolving relationship between provider and consumer—and how process automation is blurring the lines of demarcation.
We’ve come a long way from the little red schoolhouse. How far? TEC Analyst Sherry Fox takes you on a tour of all the different mediums humanity has developed for learning—everything from good old-fashioned books to high-tech marvels.
|March 26, 2010
||Is HR Outsourcing Right for Your Organization?
Outsourcing your human resources (HR) can help you save money, improve service quality, and retain your good employees. But does this mean it’s right for your organization? Learn all about the pros and cons of HR outsourcing to determine if it’s better to keep your HR in-house or contract it out to specialists.
Everyone wants to bring out the best in their employees, but how exactly do you do that? Find out about some leadership skills and strategies—some of which may surprise you—that will make your employees positively eager to show up for work every day.
Smart companies are realizing that better managing their human capital is the key to success in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Discover Total Reward Management (TRM), a new program that fosters collaboration between line managers and HR pofessionals to unleash your emplyees’ potential.
|March 24, 2010
||The Buddha's Approach to Software Selection
Software selection according to Buddha? That’s right. Today, we present the enlightening and informative “Eightfold Path to Software Selection”. It’s full of timeless wisdom—and practical advice—on how to stay on the road to finding the most “righteous” software solution for your company’s needs.
Vendors like to pack their white papers with buzzwords—and sometimes it can get just a wee bit misleading. So here’s a handy buzzword translator to help you understand what a vendor really means when they call their product a “user-friendly, holistic, scalable, cutting edge, full-featured, synergistic, and flexible solution”.
Avoiding the major pitfalls of software selection can be as simple as understanding the difference between functions and criteria. Sounds too good to be true? See for yourself—in this straightforward guide to the easy way to select enterprise software.
So you think your ERP shortlist is complete? Maybe not. St. Andrews Goldfield thought the same thing—until TEC helped this gold mining company expand its shortlist to include what turned out to be the winning solution. Learn how TEC helped this mining firm strike ERP gold.
Click here for the information and resources you need to make an informed Mining and Quarrying software selection.
|March 22, 2010
||Annoyed with Business Software? You're Not Alone
Annoyed with ERP? Frustrated with CRM? If you’re fed up with software that’s too complicated and unfriendly, you’re not alone. In this TEC interview, meet the guys behind Less Annoying Software, and learn about an online customer management solution that’s so simple and user friendly, people are actually happy to use it.
Process manufacturers have a notoriously difficult time finding the right ERP software. Find out how to match your needs against ERP vendor offerings to get the process ERP solution that makes the most sense for your operation.
TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic continues his examination of service industries with a look at some of the major trends driving this fast-growing global sector. Learn about service lifecycle management, service segmentation, and the impact mobile technology is having on service delivery in part 2 of this special report.
If you’re looking for an ERP system for your small business, TEC’s ERP for Small Busineses: A Buyer’s Guide is full of handy information, tips, strategies, and case studies to make your job a whole lot easier.
|March 19, 2010
||TEC Product Note: Aras Innovator PLM
Today, TEC Analyst Kurt Chen offers you a close-up look at Aras Innovator—the only open source enterprise PLM software you can currently get your hands on. Learn about the challenges, strengths, and weaknesses of this unique PLM solution—as well as Kurt’s recommendations to both the vendor and potential users.
With service now accounting for a staggering 70 percent of the world’s economic output, TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic casts his eye at the key drivers of this giant economic sector—and explores the trends, strategies, and solutions driving today’s modern service industries.
Bringing customer input into the product design process has at best been an imperfect science. But as you’ll discover in this report on PLM, the combination of new-generation 3D viewers and Web 2.0 technology may be pointing to an exciting new era in stakeholder design collaboration.
|March 17, 2010
||PDS Vista HRMS 4.1: A Comprehensive Report
Today, we focus on HR solution Vista HRMS 4.1 from PDS Software. Learn all about the features, functionality, and competitive strengths and weaknesses of this full-featured HRMS solution available in both on-demand and on-premise configurations.
If you’re looking to strengthen the very backbone of your organization, look no further than your HR department. Find out how smart companies are realizing that the once-boring and purely administrative old HR department is quickly morphing into a vital and dynamic part of the business—and an engine of strategic growth.
How do you attract, nurture, and retain the best and the brightest employees? Discover how a successful talent management program can help you get the most out of your organization’s greatest asset: its people.
|March 15, 2010
||SAP BusinessObjects Edge: An In-depth Analysis
Today we offer you a close-up look at SAP’s BI solution for small and midsized businesses: BusinessObjects Edge. Learn about this full-featured BI solution from the inside out—everything from product highlights to functionality to competitive standing—in TEC’s latest Certification Report.
Your ERP for manufacturing solution probably has built-in analytics, but is this really sufficient for your needs? Find out whether you should spring for a full-blown BI solution, or can get away with the analytics you’ve already got in this guide to ERP analytics vs. BI for manufacturing.
No matter how good your BI tools are, poor data quality can lead to inefficiency and frustration, Learn about the steps you can take to ensure your data is clean, accurate, and able to support sound business decision-making.
|March 12, 2010
||When Is It Time to Replace Your AS/400?
So, you’re still running with that venerable old legacy system, the IBM AS/400. Isn’t it time to throw it out and replace it with something shiny and new? Not necessarily—as TEC Analyst Aleksey Osintsev discovered when he looked into the how, when, and why of AS/400 upgrades.
In his latest report, TEC Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic looks at up and coming merchandise lifecycle management (MLM) vendor TradeStone—and how it’s new product offerings are helping the company get contracts with major fashion retailers and attention from software giants SAP and Oracle.
After so many years of talk, the concept of a paperless office has finally become a reality. The question is: do you really want one? You’ll be in a much better position to decide when you learn all about the pros and cons of going paper-free.
|March 10, 2010
||Social CRM: Fact or Fiction?
Here’s an interesting question for you: What do you get when you combine social media with CRM? TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu looks at this issue of marrying a purely commercial tool with a genuine social phenomenon—and his conclusions may surprise you.
You wouldn’t use a typewriter to write up a business letter—that’s old-fashioned. But using a generic, vanilla ERP system to run a modern business makes almost as little sense. In his latest report, TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic makes the case for finally moving to industry-specific ERP solutions.
In this high-tech era, why is it still virtually impossible to book a doctor’s appointment online? If you’ve ever asked yourself the same question, here’s your opportunity to discover why online medical scheduling is an idea whose time has still not yet come.
|March 8, 2010
||Accounting Software Selection Challenge: Microsoft vs. Infor
Things are not always what they appear to be—and that goes for certain aspects of software selection as well. Is one software solution better than another if it supports more features and functions right out of the box? Not necessarily—as you’ll discover in the latest software selection challenge by TEC’s Managing Editor, David Clark.
Businesses have been relying on financial statements for hundreds of years. Find out how digital dashboards and browser-based accounting are making it possible to get an instantaneous picture of your company’s financial performance—set against the metrics that are most critical to your company’s success.
You know your accounting system is a critical part of your company’s infrastructure, but how do you know when it’s time to replace it? TEC Analyst Aleksey Osintsev has come up with six things that should set off alarm bells—and get you thinking about showing your old accounting system the door.
|March 5, 2010
||Oracle E-Business Suite: An In-depth Report
In the latest TEC Certification Report, we take the skins off E- Business Suite to give you a detailed look at what’s inside. Find out about the market position features, functionality, and competitive strengths of Oracle’s flagship ERP solution—one designed for virtually any kind of business.
Remarkably, ERP vendor SYSPRO has found a way to satisfy both early adopters (visionaries) and those who prefer to wait until a product is well tested and established (pragmatists). As TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu discovered, it’s a concept called PragmaVision, and here’s how it’s been applied to SYSPRO Version 6.1.
If you’re looking for ways to survive the hard economic times, TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic has you covered. In his latest report, P.J. lays out three ways you can use CRM—to not only weather the economic downturn—but come out stronger and more competitive when the economy rebounds.
|March 3, 2010
||Lombardi Teamwork BPM: The TEC Certification Report
Recently acquired by IBM, business process management (BPM) vendor Lombardi Software has been in the spotlight lately. Today, we present a detailed report on Lombardi’s Teamwork collaborative BPM solution—with a look at everything from product highlights and competitive analysis, to market summary data and functionality graphs.
SaaS is still struggling to find acceptance in the BPM space, but there are some interesting trends emerging. What type of organization—and which industries—are most likely to go the SaaS route for BPM? TEC Analyst Kurt Chen set out to find the answer—and what he discovered might surprise you.
Dynamics CRM recently surpassed the one million user mark. Find out what’s driving this phenomenal success, and what innovative new features Microsoft has added to the Dynamics CRM mix, in this report from TEC Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic.
|March 1, 2010
||Handy Reference Guide to Discrete ERP Functions and Features
For the easy way to get up to speed on all the different things discrete manufacturing ERP systems can do, check out this handy reference guide to discrete ERP functions and features. You’ll get a concise, at-a-glance view of the functionality of all eight ERP modules, with each module broken down by major headings such as general ledger, payroll, product costing, forecasting, quality management, shop floor control, and many more.|
What a difference a decade makes. In the last 10 years, the manufacturing industry has undergone nothing short of a revolution in the way it functions. What are the major trends driving this seismic shift, and how are software solutions evolving to address them? Find out in this report on the ever-changing landscape of discrete ERP.
Like many people, you may be curious about the difference between BI and BPM. For the answer, check out TEC analyst Jorge Garcia’s look at what these two closely related software solutions have in common, and what sets them apart.
|February 26, 2010
||iVantage 5.0 HR Software: The TEC Certification Report
Interested in a new HR solution? Here’s an opportunity to get the lowdown on iVantage 5.0—a best-of-breed HR solution from veteran vendor Spectrum. You’ll learn about all the tools, modules, and functionality iVantage 5.0 has to offer—as well as its competitive position in the marketplace. It’s the easy way to get up to speed on this popular, on-demand HR solution that’s suitable for both large and small companies.
If you’re looking for a way motivate and retain your best employees while pocketing a substantial ROI at the same time, look no further than employee incentive management (EIM). Find how about the current trends in EIM and how you can use it to coax the best performance out of your company’s sales force.
You may never have heard of TradeStone Software, but their client list reads like a who’s who of retailers. In this report from TEC Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic, discover how TradeStone’s products are making it possible for retailers to bring innovative and profitable private label products to market at ever higher speeds.
|February 24, 2010
||SaaS Is Hot, But Is It Ready for PLM?
Have you ever noticed that with all the talk of SaaS these days, you rarely hear PLM mentioned in the same breath? Today, TEC Analyst Kurt Chen answers the question: Why has SaaS caught fire for so many kinds of software solutions—but not when it comes to PLM?
Once you understand all the ways PLM helps foster creativity, productivity, and innovation, you’ll wonder how manufacturers ever got by without it. Learn how PLM works, all the benefits it brings, and how it can help your company compete in a fiercely competitive marketplace.
TEC Principal Analyst P.J Jakovljevic still has his eyes set on all those billions of dollars in US stimulus funds. Find out how vendors—Meridian Systems and Skire—are helping project-based organizations (PBOs) get their share of the action, while industry giants SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft are stepping up to the plate with stimulus-oriented accounting and reporting solutions.
|February 22, 2010
||ERP for Small Business Buyer's Guide
With so many different systems to choose from, how do you figure out which ERP system is best for your small business? In TEC’s ERP for Small Business Buyer’s Guide, you’ll get directions on how to proceed, over 10 specially selected case studies, handy capsule listings for the most popular solutions, and a comprehensive ERP vendor directory. It’ll make your job of zeroing in on the right ERP solution a whole lot easier.
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could lay out a clear, concise, and proven approach to enterprise software selection? TEC has; and in this straightforward, easy-to-follow guide, you’ll learn about the steps to take—and the processes to follow—to find just the right software solution for your company’s needs.
Costs—they’re what keep managers and executives awake at night, especially in an economic downturn. Here’s a timely look at the costs that go into the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a software system—and how to keep them at rock bottom.
|February 19, 2010
||How Your Company's Office Jerks can Destroy an IT Project
Ever notice how the toxic personalities in an organization—otherwise known as the office jerks—can cause an IT project to go south in sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but almost always in appalling and disastrous ways? Well, here's a lighthearted guide to dealing with your company's office jerks during the software selection process, and how you can emerge—hopefully—with your sanity intact, and with a software system that actually works.
You need to check out a lot of things before you buy software. But would you ever consider a vendor’s corporate personality? What if your ERP vendor is a psychopath? Would you choose software from a vendor whose corporate culture is not the same as yours? Let us know in this quick one-question survey.
First it was Dassault Systemes, then Siemens. This time, TEC Analyst Kurt Chen puts the spotlight on PTC’s Windchill, as he takes a look at how well this popular PLM solution supports lean product development (LPD).
|February 17, 2010
||Slash Warehouse Costs with a Labor Management System
You may have heard that a labor management system (LMS) can drive down your warehouse costs; or that it’s one of the fastest-growing segments in the supply chain software market. But if you’re not quite sure how an LMS works—or all the ways it can benefit your company—here’s an easy way to find out.
It’s been a long time coming, but companies are finally learning to view employees as a strategic asset rather than an administrative cost of doing business. Find out how human capital management (HCM) is helping to build stronger, more competitive organizations by aligning workforce capabilities with business strategy.
If you think Dynamics CRM is only for small businesses, think again. The fact is, some of the big guys are happily using it to increase sales by as much as 20 percent. And that’s just one of the useful nuggets of information you’ll find in TEC Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic’s report on this popular Microsoft solution.
|February 15, 2010
||Creating the Perfect Supply Chain
The goal is simple: getting the right product to the right customer at the right time for the right price. But what’s the secret of making this happen? Let TEC Analyst Khudsiya Quadri show you the way to the perfect supply chain—through just the right blend of ERP, SCM, and advance planning and scheduling (APS).
For engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers, the squeeze is on: fierce international competition; complex parts scheduling; and razor-sharp deadlines. What can ETO manufacturers do to ease the squeeze? Find out why many are turning to SCM—and how it’s helping them to manage their outsourcing more efficiently and run a more competitive outfit.
Many books have been written about lean supply chain practices, but you don’t have to read every word to start enjoying some of the benefits lean offers. Learn nine simple ways you can use ERP to lean down your supply chain—beginning right now.
|February 12, 2010
||Guide to Your ERP Success: Getting the Research Right
ERP projects crash and burn for many reasons, but one of the most common is faulty research. Here’s how to prevent it from happening to you. Follow the steps laid out in TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu’s guide to ERP research—and you’ll be well on your way to building a solid foundation for a winning ERP implementation.
Ever wonder how the organizational pieces of the ERP puzzle fit together—how the end users, vendors, consultants, and VARS interact to form the ERP landscape you see today? Find out as TEC Analyst Kurt Chen takes you on a guided tour of the major players in the ERP ecosystem.
CRM players are claiming they do business process management (BPM)—and BPM players are saying they do CRM. What’s going on here, and what does it mean to your business? Find out as TEC’s Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic examines the special “peas and carrots” relationship between these two popular software solutions.
|February 10, 2010
||SAP Users: Beef Up Your BI with Every Angle
Every Angle may be the “best kept secret in the SAP world”, but it’s one you really ought to know about. Learn about this powerful SAP add-on, and how it can beef up your BI by analyzing ERP data from a variety of different—and revealing—angles.
Successful BI implementations aren’t exactly on the endangered species list, but a whopping 70 percent fail to meet company expectations. To make sure you come out a winner in your next BI project, check out the five essential steps to pulling off a BI implementation that works.
Did you know that cloud computing may be the best way to manage your company’s expense? Learn all about the efficiencies and cost savings you can tap into with an on-demand spend management solution—and the five best practices that make it all work.
|February 8, 2010
||Consona CRM: A Special In-depth Report
Consona—a CRM and ERP vendor—is determined to establish a CRM “kingdom” based on its CRM solution for the manufacturing, distribution, financial services, healthcare, and high-tech sectors. Learn about Consona’s CRM market strategy—and what lies ahead for its flagship Consona Enterprise CRM solution—in this in-depth report from TEC’s Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic.
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The interest in quote-to-order (Q2O) systems is rising—and for good reason. Learn how a Q2O solution can help your company address the ever-increasing market demand for personalized and customized products, often referred to as mass customization.
Getting production and sales to work closely together is a sure path to a competitive advantage for any small and midsized business. Today, TEC’s Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu offers his suggestions on how you can achieve this kind of close cooperation in your organization.
|February 5, 2010
||Top 10 Reasons Companies are Adopting a PLM Solution
The benefits a PLM solution offers are many and varied, but some benefits are consistently more popular than others. To get a handle on the major trends driving PLM adoption check out TEC Analyst Kurt Chen’s report on the top 10 reasons companies are opting for a PLM solution.
PLM is helping many different industries develop better and more successful products—and process manufacturing is no exception. Today, TEC’s Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic examines the special needs and challenges of the process manufacturing sector, and how PLM can play an expanded role in process manufacturing product development.
Here are some CRM trends and strategies that can help you get you past the recession to the better economic times ahead.
|February 3, 2010
||The Global Construction Industry: Challenges, Outlook, and Market Trends
Goods times or bad, the construction industry is a global giant: $5 trillion in output, 100 million employees worldwide, and 10 percent of the planet’s GDP. Today, TEC’s Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic offers his analysis of the industry’s current challenges, outlook, and market trends—including models to improve communication between construction project participants.
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We all know the population is aging, but here’s a shocking statistic: by 2050, people over 80 will be America’s single biggest demographic group. How will the graying of the workforce impact a business’s succession planning? TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu looks at this issue, and asks you, our reader, to offer some feedback.
Learn how to groom “inside-outside” company leaders—people who bring both an insider’s intimate knowledge of the organization and an outsider’s ability to foster radical change.
|February 1, 2010
||Introducing TEC's Powerful New Software Selection Tool!
With hundreds of solutions available in just about every software category, how can you easily determine which solutions are worth evaluating? TEC Advisor to the rescue! Discover a powerful new tool that can save you time and effort by instantly creating a working list of vendor solutions based on the particular needs of your organization. It’s fast, easy, and free.
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The high rate of software implementation failure is largely the result of problems during the functional requirements phase. Learn how to get this critical part of the process right—and avoid having your software selection project become another sorry statistic.
Rapid implementation of an ERP solution can reduce costs and time-to-benefit (TTB), but requires the right strategy and tools to succeed. Find out how you can enjoy the upside of rapid implementation while avoiding all the risks.
|January 29, 2010
||The Next Generation of Retail Pricing Optimization Solutions
Price optimization solutions can help retailers analyze sales data, track competitors’ prices, and respond effectively to consumer trends. Learn about the current vendor landscape—and vendors’ approaches to the next generation of pricing optimization solutions—in this report from TEC’s Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic.
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Retailers are constantly striving to create a unique shopping experience for their customers. In this Economist Intelligence Unit survey report, discover the techniques that 180 senior retail executives are using to attract and retain customers in a challenging and fiercely competitive retail environment.
Finally, learn about the six most common mistakes businesses make in tough economic times—and how the right business intelligence (BI) solution can help you avoid them all.
|January 27, 2010
||TEC Certification Report: Windchill (PLM) 9.0
The latest TEC Certification Report focuses on Windchill 9.0 from veteran PLM vendor Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). Click here for an in-depth analysis of Windchill’s product highlights, unique features, functionality, competitiveness, ease-of-use, and implementation.
Getting maximum customer input into the product development process is one of the secrets of top performing companies. TEC Research Analyst Kurt Chen looks at some of the principles and solutions that can help you develop more successful products through better communication with customers.
The market demands constant innovation. But how do you empower your company’s innovators with the tools and strategies to develop a steady stream of new and profitable products? Find out here.
|January 25, 2010
||Your CRM Selection Challenge: CDC Pivotal CRM vs. NetSuite CRM+
If you like a good challenge, here’s one based on a real-life selection project. Two popular CRM solutions (CDC Pivotal CRM and. NetSuite CRM+) are closely ranked in functionality in our CRM Evaluation Center based on “flat”, non-prioritized ratings. Your challenge is to poke around the CRM Evaluation Center and figure out why the solution that appears to be the stronger of the two is not necessarily the client’s best choice.
Failure to properly define business requirements is the biggest single cause of software selection and implementation failure. Click here for some handy advice on how to get this critical part of the process right.
|January 22, 2010
||How Can You Reshape Your Supply Chain Network?
The glue that holds together an organization’s complex, global, and highly interconnected supply chain is e-commerce. To learn how you can make e-commerce work for your company across suppliers, logistics providers, and international boundaries, click here.
The challenge of e-commerce is using technology to help you understand your customers better—and turn one-time purchases into life-long relationships. Click here to learn about e-commerce initiatives that can help your company succeed at the tricky business of selling to consumers on the Web.
Interested in harnessing the power of Web 2.0 to increase sales and your bottom line? Find out how to pull it off here.
|January 20, 2010
||Accpac: Get the Lowdown on a Legendary Accounting Software
Want the lowdown on Accpac, the remarkably successful accounting solution for small and midsized businesses (SMBs)? There’s no better place to get it than in TEC’s Spotlight Report. You’ll learn about Accpac’s history, functionality, market position, competitors, and the challenges that lie ahead for this legendary software application that’s been around since the 1970’s.
There’s still hundreds of billions in economic stimulus funds available in the US, but to get at it you have to deal with a myriad of compliance and reporting requirements. TEC’s Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic takes a look at those requirements, as well as how solutions from Deltek can help you get some of that government money flowing your way.
How can a customer relationship management (CRM) solution help your company successfully pass through each stage of its development, and help ensure it enjoys a healthy and profitable business life cycle? Click here to find out.
|January 18, 2010
||Sage SalesLogix v7.5.2: An Analyst's View
The new version of SalesLogix v7.5.2 is out—and TEC analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu recently viewed a webinar detailing improvements over the previous release, as well as an overview of the mobile version. For Gabriel’s impressions of the latest incarnation of this popular customer relationship management (CRM) solution, as well as a link to the webinar, click here.
Smart companies know that true CRM success comes from being fanatically data-driven. That sounds like good advice, but what exactly does it mean, and how can your company achieve it? Find out here.
Here’s a white paper with a name that says it all: Using to CRM Sell More. If boosting sales and revenues is high-up on your agenda, you ought to check this out.
|January 15, 2010
||PLM and Lean Product Development - Part 3: Siemens PLM Software
Continuing with our look at PLM vendors and lean product development (LDP), today’s report focuses on PLM software from prominent industry player Siemens. Get an analyst’s view of a comprehensive array of PLM offerings that not only support the concepts of lean, but also help reduce the complexities of developing new products.
TEC’s Principal Analyst PJ Jakovljevic’s chronicle of Oracle’s drive to conquer the enterprise resource planning (ERP) mid-market examines the software giant’s most likely obstacle: competition from SAP’s Business All-in-One. Find out more about the battle of the ERP titans—and what’s in it for your small or midsized company—here.
Here’s a ground-up approach to finding the right PLM solution—one that will bring you the return on investment (ROI) you want—and the kind of improvements that will most benefit your organization.
|January 13, 2010
||The Revolution in the Retail Shopping Experience is Almost Here
Robots that walk around the store educating customers and entertaining kids while their parents shop? Radio-frequency identification (RFID)-equipped “smart coolers” that verify the freshness of food products? Customers using “sound showers” to check out CDs and DVDs before they buy? The future of retail is just around the corner—and it promises to be a dazzling, high-tech affair. Click here to learn more about the fast-approaching revolution in the consumer shopping experience.
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a red-hot topic these days, so we decided to take a closer look at JDA Software’s S&OP solution—and how it can help your company lower costs, forecast more accurately, increase supply chain visibility (SCV), and improve customer service.
It’s now possible for your retail operation to build a competitive advantage by leveraging a total retail solution based on collective retail intelligence. Click here to find out how.
|January 11, 2010
||Four BI Dashboard Design Pitfalls to Avoid
For any business intelligence (BI) solution, the dashboard is the all-critical main screen by which end users, executives, and managers actually see the data generated by the system. To make sure your company’s dashboards make the grade, here are the four major dashboard design pitfalls to avoid.
Business service management (BSM) is all about managing IT resources in a way that is meaningful to the business. And if you think that sounds like typical IT hype, click here. You’ll find out how BSM done properly can actually help you improve efficiency, speed up the decision-making process, and reduce costs.
To learn about a faster way to respond to your customers’ issues and concerns—one that will save staff time and provide better intelligence for company executives—click here.
|January 8, 2010
||Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions: A Product Analysis
Today, we offer you a product analysis of fashion product lifecycle management (PLM) and sourcing solutions e-PLM and e-SPS to follow up on the recent launch of TEC’s PLM for Fashion Evaluation Center. Click here to learn about the background, strategy, strengths, and weaknesses of these popular fashion solutions from veteran vendor New Generation Computing (NGC).
The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is coming—is your company ready? Click here to find out more about the new set of regulations that is sending shockwaves through the apparel and retail sectors.
Click here to learn how a well-known US packaged food manufacturer’s PLM solution is helping the company expedite product introductions, reduce costs, and improve overall product quality.
|January 6, 2010
||Where IT is Headed: Outlook for 2010
Where is IT headed in 2010? TEC’s research analysts offer up trends for some of the most exciting and critical business technologies. Click here for the outlook on social networking and product development, business intelligence (BI), enterprise resource planning (ERP), software-as-a-service (SaaS), and mobile commerce (m-commerce).
Web 2.0 and social networking are starting to revolutionize how companies do business—particularly in the area of marketing. To find out how smart companies are harnessing the power of online communities, what the trends are in B2B, and how software vendors are responding, click here.
E-discovery involves identifying, retrieving, and processing documents and data for pending or current litigation—and it can get expensive. Find out how your company can reduce the substantial costs of e-discovery.
|January 4, 2010
||6 Software Solutions that Achieved TEC Certification in 2009
A number of highly rated software solutions joined the ranks of TEC certified solutions in 2009. Click here for a capsule review of six vendor solutions—ranging from enterprise resource planning (ERP) to business intelligence (BI) to business performance management (BPM) and human resources (HR)—that have achieved this special status in the last year.
If you’re considering upgrading your traditional phone system to a premise-based private branch exchange (PBX) system, click here to find out what you need to know before talking to vendors.
Upgrading your ERP system can help your company drive down costs, raise employee productivity, and produce meaningful business process improvement. Click here to find out how.