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ERP Fail: When Best Practices Meet Real Life

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  • Written By: TEC Staff
  • Published: February 17 2011
Open University PhD candidate Gabrielle Ford has a new perspective on why, despite an abundance of expert insight, so many ERP implementations continue to fail. TEC is collaborating with Ford to provide a 20-minute survey for ERP users, and is offering three-day free access to its evaluation models and vendor data to readers who complete the survey. Take the survey now. This post signals the start Read More

Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?

For companies handling many contracts, ensuring trading partners adhere to contract details is often too cumbersome to be executed without enabling technology. Contract lifecycle management (CLM) solutions enable companies to take control of their contracts in order to understand the requirements of trading partners and their ability to meet the contract parameters, and to reduce the organization’s risk to exposure. Read More

TEC Certification-Ensuring that End Users and Vendors Speak the Same Language

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  • Written By: Rahim Kaba
  • Published: February 16 2011
In perusing Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) Vendor Showcase, you’ve likely noticed the TEC logo next to certain software solutions. For those of you new to our Web site, you may not be aware that this represents vendors that have successfully completed the TEC Certification Program.  For a solution be to TEC Certified, our research analysts work in conjunction with the vendor Read More

Are Manhattan Associates and RedPrairie's Paths Really Diverging?

My 2009 series on a few good supply chain management (SCM) players portrayed Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) and RedPrairie Corporation as fierce competitors. Indeed, these two vendors continue to duke it out at almost every large-scale selection deal for a warehouse management system (WMS), distribution labor management system (LMS), or transportation management system Read More

BI Hits the Road II

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: February 14 2011
In my previous blog post BI Hits the Road, I briefly discussed the new adoption of mobile business intelligence (BI) offerings and featured some important vendors in this space. Here I’ll continue the discussion into mobile BI space expansion, and cover of some of the features, considerations, and challenges in the utilization of mobile BI solutions. Though mobile technology is not Read More

ERP for Medium and Large Manufacturing Companies: 7 Challenges - an Introduction

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) was born of the need of large companies to manage their resources and operations. In the early stages of ERP almost half a century ago, only multinational corporations could afford the investment in the software and the infrastructure needed to support it. Material requirements planning (MRP), the predecessor of ERP, was used by only a couple hundred companies in Read More

Quantum Retail: Challenging the "Enterprise Apps Establishment" and Retailers' Mindset - Part 1

Every year-ending holiday season reminds us of the importance of consumer spending and the retail sector for the United States (US) and global economies. Many economists and pundits are then awaiting with trepidation the Black Friday sales outcome and reported consumer sentiment or Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) as bellwethers of the economy in the New Year. While this Read More

Mobile Supply Chain Management: The Dream Is Becoming a Reality

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  • Written By: Phil Reney
  • Published: February 8 2011
Mobile computing is changing the way companies manage their entire business. The development of ultra-portable computing devices is geared to support a slew of mobile solutions to help you run your business on the fly. Read on to find out how modern computing devices can support the expansion of a range of mobile solutions for supply chain management (SCM) and how the cloud will help your business achieve total portability. Read More

What Size Is Your Business, Really?

I deal with many software professionals, technology business users, consultants, and analysts, and it is interesting to observe that everyone uses the same conventional mantras and familiar words, but often with slightly different meanings, and sometimes with totally different meanings. A good example of this is how businesses determine their size category: small, medium, or large. It appears Read More

Getting an Update from BigMachines at Dreamforce 2010

Many recent TEC articles have talked about quote-to-order (Q2O) or configure, price, quote (CPQ) solutions that facilitate business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) sales, thus helping companies sell more products and services faster. A number of thriving vendors provide on-demand product configurator, pricing and quoting, proposal generator, and B2B Read More
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