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Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3

Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then the article talked about SuccessFactors’ diverse product editions (tailored to Read More

Lean as a Response to Global Outsourcing Challenges

The recent trend of manufacturing companies in outsourcing their production tasks to other parts of the world has certainly been effective in reducing production costs and increasing profit margins, but at the cost of complex supply chains and inability to quickly respond to new requests or demand changes. Learn how lean production can address global outsourcing challenges and help your company realize strategic growth. Read More

What 2010 Meant For Microsoft Business Solutions

In 2008, I wrote a four-part series that explained in great detail Microsoft’s platform technology pieces, commonly used in Microsoft Dynamics and many other enterprise applications. Primarily, these "plumbing" tools were Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, and Office within enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications, while Read More

Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the cloud computing Read More

I Want My Private Cloud

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: January 20 2011
Although many organizations are considering reaping the benefits of a cloud computing platform, they have concerns with the handling of sensitive information on a public cloud platform. An alternate option is available, and it means having our own private cloud. This article discusses aspects of private cloud computing and its advantages and drawbacks for organizations considering the adoption of a private cloud strategy. Read More

Top Three Learning Management Trends for 2011

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: January 19 2011
Learning management is a growing market in certain geographical areas and within specific industries. The availability of mobile and collaborative learning devices and tools, as well as the wider adoption of Web 2.0 technologies, is opening up a whole new world of opportunities for people to learn. Read this article on user interest in learning management systems and learn about three learning management trends for 2011. Read More

Jaspersoft 4, New Year . . . New Gear

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: January 19 2011
On January 11, 2011, Jaspersoft launched a new version of its BI suite named Jaspersoft 4. The open source software provider will be promoting its new business intelligence (BI) suite designed to provide users with self-service BI features via its Web Application user interface (UI). Built on open Web standards, Jaspersoft 4 is a complete Web application, and it’s ready to be deployed on premise Read More

One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW). Until recently, the software company focused solely on workforce and service optimization solutions for large field service companies. Gradually, via both internal development and a few appetizing acquisitions in 2009, the vendor has added a few important growth engines, such as mobile computing Read More

Choosing the Right Service Provider through TEC Accreditation

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  • Written By: Rahim Kaba
  • Published: January 17 2011
Last year, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) introduced its Accreditation Program to provide software buyers with insight into the quality of implementation and support services delivered by value-added resellers (VARs), channel partners, implementers, vendors, and consultants. With the end user in mind, we established an in-depth questionnaire that captures the customer’s level of satisfaction Read More

Friendly Competition Friday - 2010 Analyst Audience

I was playing with an interesting site recently called Compete.com. Compete.com tracks the US traffic audience of various Web sites. Thanks to you, our visitors, I was pleased to see that TEC has surpassed a number of firms (Gartner and Forrester) over the last several months. To see for yourself, click this compete.com link for the 2010 stats.click the image for a larger version As much as I Read More
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