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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

TDWI Vegas: How to Build an Enterprise Data Strategy

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: February 4 2011
It takes a lot of commitment, preparation, and time to fully embrace a successful enterprise data strategy. Managing data within a corporation has reached an all-new level of importance. Data is being collected from extremely diverse sources and fully dissected; as the subject of increasingly complex processes, data quality must be maintained. In addition, data management and manipulation must Read More

Analytics Leader Voices Its Opinions on S&OP State of Affairs

Today’s retail companies are realizing the importance of creating an optimal balance between supply and demand, with a focus on sensing and shaping demand rather than trying to match demand to existing supply. Learn about the newest solutions and offerings from SAS for the retail industry and follow a question and answer session on the state of affairs on S&OP with TEC analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Charles Chase from SAS. Read More

Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 1

My recent blog post on what 2010 might have meant to Microsoft’s business solutions reflected on the highly publicized mid-2010 launch of Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and Visio 2010. For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who use some combination of one or more of Microsoft Dynamics ERP products, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint Read More

Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 1

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  • Written By: Phil Reney
  • Published: January 27 2011
Cloud computing is changing the scope of information technology (IT) management, and organizations must be highly adaptable to safeguard the continuity of their business operations. Although small to medium businesses (SMBs) lead the adoption of hosted services, little information is currently available to help them integrate these tools. Read part 1 of a three-part guide to get insights for navigating through the clouds. Read More

Jaspersoft 4 Goes Big Data

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: January 27 2011
On January 11, 2011, Jaspersoft launched a new version of its business intelligence (BI) suite named Jaspersoft 4, and just a couple of weeks later, on January 25, the open source BI provider launched a new set of software tools that provides support for a wider variety of data sources in the “Big Data” space. This is a clear sign that BI applications will come to address a wider number of data Read More
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