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Mobile Learning: Is Your Business Ready for It?

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: December 15 2010
The popularity of mobile technology has brought mobile learning (m-learning) to one’s fingertips. M-learning takes advantage of the mobility of the learner and the lightweight portability of the mobile device to support learning nuggets of content at anytime and from virtually anywhere. This article reviews issues this trend has raised and technical challenges businesses must overcome to implement this learning strategy. Read More

Epicor to Acquire Spectrum HR

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: December 14 2010
Epicor, a global leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and professional service automation (PSA) software solutions to midmarket companies and divisions of the Global 1000, announced yesterday that it would be acquiring Spectrum Human Resource Systems Corporation.Epicor delivers Read More

Are Data Warehouses as Dead as the Dodo? (Part 2: 1010data and Illuminate)

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 14 2010
Although information analysis continues to be vital for insights into a company’s health and future, the traditional data warehouse structure may already be past its best-before date, due to major and radical transformations in the market. It may just be a matter of “Evolve or Die”. . . Indeed, in my last blog post Are Data Warehouses as Dead as the Dodo? (LiveDashBoard and QlikView) Read More

Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 1

In addition to the Giants’ Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series 2010 victory, San Francisco has been even more famous for its software powerhouses, spearheaded by mighty and ever-acquisitive Oracle and the cloud computing trailblazer salesforce.com. Another company from the same metro area that has lately had admiration and accolades lavished upon it is SuccessFactors Read More

Why I Like Vanilla

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  • Written By: Hugh R. Alley
  • Published: December 9 2010
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software packages can be highly flexible, but custom configurations may cause more trouble than they’re worth when it comes time to upgrade your system. There are good reasons for keeping it simple, and understanding what your business requirements really are. Hugh R. Alley recounts his experience with ERP gone wrong and argues the merits of plain old vanilla, right out of the box. Read More

TEC's New IT Directory

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  • Written By: Rahim Kaba
  • Published: December 9 2010
Web directories are great resources for people looking for a consolidated listing of companies, products, services, and other items. Organized in series of categories and menus, directories can be quite broad, such as the well-known Yahoo! Directory, or more specialized to cater to particular niche audiences like arts @ crafts fanatics. Some directories are free, while others are based on a paid Read More

SAP PLM: Outlook and Predictions

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: December 8 2010
This year, product lifecycle management (PLM) vendors have put many interesting initiatives on display to PLM buyers. These initiatives include the possibility of generating more synergies between enterprise search and PLM, more intuitive decision support in design and engineering, connectivity between direct modeling and history-based modeling in computer-aided design (CAD), social product Read More

Finally, SAP’s Approach to In-memory Analysis

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 8 2010
A note last week from Bradenton.com announced the availability of SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA), as well as it’s the release of SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Workforce Planning Application as the first application to take advantage of SAP HANA. On another note, Oliver Bussmann, CIO of SAP AG, says of SAP HANA: It is a technology that allows the processing of massive Read More

Announcements from UNIT4 and SYSPRO: New Phraseology and Sustainable Development

I attended Judith Rothrock’s 2010 Analyst Roadshow event in Boston last week, and was startled by a few news items from ERP vendors UNIT4 and SYSPRO. Here’s my take: UNIT4 Known as an ERP vendor that targets businesses challenged with constantly changing needs, UNIT4 is usually quite ingenious in their product marketing and branding (e.g., I have never seen other ERP vendors Read More

KronosWorks 2010: Of Next-Gen User Experience & Workforce Mobility

Given our shared presence in the Boston metro area, I’ve had numerous contacts and interactions with Kronos Incorporated in the past, but this fall was my very first attendance of the vendor’s annual user conference: KronosWorks 2010. That attendance was a worthwhile use of my time and a great learning experience about the company and its customers. As some background, here is Ventana Research’s Read More
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