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Who Needs Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Anyway?
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: December 29 2009 What is EAM? As the acronym implies, EAM is used to manage assets in a company, which can be a module in an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution or a standalone product. EAM is also known as computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), or computerized maintenance management information system (CIMMS), and it is a software package used to plan, control, and monitor assets from Read More...
Accelerating (and Fast-Starting) the SME Business at Oracle (and SAP) - Part 3
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: December 29 2009 Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering and catering enterprise applications to small and medium enterprises (SME’s). The analysis then moved onto the Oracle Accelerate program, which was launched about three years ago to allow partners to sell more smaller projects in a fixed time and price Read More...
‘Twas the Night Before Software Selection
Written By: Sherry Fox Published On: December 25 2009 ‘Twas the night before selection, and all through the place, Enterprise software was a decision we faced. Our requirements are gathered, BPM is all done, Now all that’s left is a choice; only one! We know what we want, and we know what we need, But the stakeholders are skeptics; our advice they won't heed. We’ve thought about everything and all that we do— Our everyday tasks Read More...
‘Tis that time of the year when customer and technical support people go crazy…
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: December 25 2009 This happens either because customers did not want to pay for upgrades or customizations all year long, or vendors simply ignored their clients’ needs and requests. Christmas is the time of year when business software proves what it can really do because it’s used very close to its full potential , when sales and purchases are at a very high level. Unfortunately, customer and Read More...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: December 23 2009 Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few education sessions, and my conference visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that its main value proposition this year revolved around the Read More...
The Evolution of a Real-time Data Warehouse
Written By: Jorge Garcia Published On: December 23 2009 Real-time data warehouses are common in some organizations. This article reviews the basic concepts of a real-time data warehouse and it will help you determine if your organization needs this type of IT solution. Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part I
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: December 21 2009 At Deltek’s Insight 2009 user conference last May, the host software vendor did a notable thing. Namely, besides merely putting on an all-too-common multi-day conference chock full of product announcements, functional breakout sessions, and industry best-practice discussions, Deltek decided to fill a market need by convening a separate “track” that was dedicated to Read More...
TEC Research Analyst Round Table: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Written By: TEC Staff Published On: December 18 2009 Software-as-a-service (SaaS): friend or foe? SaaS—also known as on-demand or hosted applications—is becoming more and more popular in a number of enterprise application areas and quickly changing the minds of many a skeptic. SaaS is changing the way organizations pay for, implement, and run their software applications. Unlike traditional applications, which are paid for up front and installed on Read More...
Workforce Analytics - A Blend of Business Intelligence and Human Resources
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: December 17 2009 In a previous blog post, I described how artificial intelligence (AI) can help human resources (HR) in the recruiting process. It is interesting to note that almost half of the people who took our poll would use AI—but not extensively. Besides being used for recruiting purposes, AI is used more and more in workforce management. By combining business intelligence (BI) with HR processes, business Read More...
The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 4
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: December 16 2009 Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This series, which focuses on the complexity of pricing and promotions in retailing, was inspired by JDA Software’s recent “edu-nouncement” on leading retailers consumer-centric pricing and promotions strategies and by Revionics’ recent (and Read More...
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