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The Blessing and Curse of SharePoint's "Grandma's Attic" - Part 1

Notwithstanding Microsoft's recent purchase of Skype, some pundits have started to question its relevance in the long term (in view of the ongoing consumer mobile devices and/or social media success of Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle, salesforce.com, etc.). However, there are still many Microsoft products that are quite relevant. One of them is undoubtedly Microsoft Read More

On-demand Retail Trade Partner Integration Provider Asserts its Expertise

SPS Commerce delivers on-demand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) SCM solutions to address inefficiencies in the retail supply chain network. Find out why SPS’ latest tools are a cut above the rest and how they help improve the way suppliers, retailers, and other trading partners manage and fulfill orders. And get the inside story as TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic sits down for a candid conversation with SPS’ Jim Frome. Read More

Sage ERP and CRM Portfolio Update: Clarity at Last

Having developed an extraordinary customer experience (ECE) strategy—“Enrich, Connect, Grow”—Sage is firming up its enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) portfolios with a wealth of enhancements and by embracing the cloud. P.J. Jakovljevic, principal analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), sheds some light on their market positioning and future direction. Read More

YouTube Founders Acquire Real-time BI vendor Tap11

If you still think business intelligence (BI) hasn’t yet hit the big time in IT industry terms, think again. On May 9, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, founders of YouTube (and now directing their new company AVOS), announced the acquisition of Tap11, a real-time BI platform. Here’s what Hurley had to say in this regard: Our vision is to create the world's best platform for users to save Read More

Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC), which is an over US$ 1 billion large software company that develops, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The article analyzed the company’s genesis from its inception in 1985 through the mid Read More

Deloitte Acquires Oco, Joins the BI Family

In what seems to be a smart move by Deloitte, this Monday the consultancy company announced the acquisition of the promising software-as-a-service (SaaS) business intelligence (BI) company Oco, which will form Deloitte Analytics Tactical Advantage (DATA). (You can evaluate Oco On Demand Business Intelligence with TEC Advisor.) With this acquisition, Deloitte will address efforts to Read More

Using ERP to Deliver E-commerce for Engineer-to-order Companies

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  • Written By: Gregory Romanello
  • Published: May 5 2011
Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use e-commerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase profits through a lean approach to document management and more efficient project administration. This article outlines the ways that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can facilitate ETO e-commerce by opening portals to suppliers, project collaborators, and customers. Read More

Oracle Goes Mobile-with More Collaborative BI Solutions

Yesterday Oracle announced its new releases of Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications and Oracle Real-Time Decisions. With these new releases of Oracle’s BI solutions, all BI applications support iPhone and iPad mobile access without additional effort or configuration. According to Paul Rodwick, vice president of Product Management for Oracle Read More

Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a global technology solutions and service provider, with significant focus across two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM, with an almost even breakdown of revenues between these divisions (the company is Read More

Infor Joins the S&OP Fray

With the release of Infor S&OP 1.0, Infor dispels rumors that it’s not an aggressive product innovator. Learn about the features and functions of Infor S&OP 1.0, a solution addressing every major stage in the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process and enabling fast, confident decision making, and follow a discussion between TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Infor’s SCM product managers on the S&OP market. Read More
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