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Can a Virtual Vuvuzela Help Make Your Voice Heard in the Social Media Universe?

It’s a really noisy world we’re living in, and the social media universe is no exception. Even with the tightest security settings and minimal online presence/popularity, you are still subject to advertising, invites, recommendations, requests, etc., most of which are not very useful to you. And things will only get worse: Twitter will start selling followers, Facebook launched Facebook Read More

Exploring Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 1

About two years ago, Epicor Software Corporation launched its next-generation converged product Epicor 9 (a.k.a. Epicor ERP [evaluate this solution]), which was covered at great length in my 2009 series. Over 250 customers have thus far gone live on Epicor 9, with roughly 1,700 units shipped in 21 months. If these numbers are not overly impressive to some, they are not Read More

An Update on Zilliant (and the B2B Pricing Market, in General)

In this good, bad, and arguably recovering economy, many companies are looking to their pricing strategies and practices as a way to improve profits without necessarily repelling customers. Pricing is an important component of an enterprise’s business processes and financial performance, since companies in many industries can face a variety of pricing problems such as Read More

ERP Features and Functions: Reference Guide to Process Manufacturing Software

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  • Written By: Anne Le Bris and Melissa Vaes, with contributions from TEC analyst data
  • Published: September 21 2010
This reference guide provides insight into the process manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) features and functions that are accessible on today’s market. This guide will help you to find out which features and functions are essential to your organization’s needs and which are not. Read More

IBM Acquires Netezza: The Industry's Spending Spree Continues

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: September 21 2010
Hot off the presses is news that IBM is set to acquire Netezza in a $1.7 billion deal: the giant is spending money like there’s no tomorrow, and playing out strategies in response to aggressive moves by other vendors in the data warehouse space. This acquisition, along with SAP’s recent acquisition of Sybase and EMC’s acquisition of Greenplum will surely not be the only ones reshaping Read More

BIS ProStaff gets TEC Certified

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: September 21 2010
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with the folks at BIS as part of TEC’s Certification process. For BIS, the value-add of TEC Certification was clear—and all they had to do was complete a detailed questionnaire/request for information (RFI) and demonstrate certain solution-specific features and functions that I outlined for them in a demo script. I sat down for the three-hour session with Read More

PROACTIS: The Best-kept Secret in Indirect Spend Management? - Part 1

In this day and age of news flying fast over the Internet and tweets reaching every nook and cranny of the world, it still took physical attendance at an overseas event for me to learn about a lesser-known successful software vendor. Namely, during my attendance of UNIT4’s user event in the UK in early 2010, I encountered PROACTIS as UNIT4’s exhibiting partner for spend Read More

The Case of the Fake Transatlantic Flight: Can You Really Trust Online Tools?

Whether we realize it or not, we all have become more or less dependent on computers, the Internet, and many different and complex computer systems. In both our business and personal lives, we widely take advantage of the immediate availability of all types of information and data, and in our day-to-day routine often do not even wonder whether we can actually rely on the data we obtain Read More

What Does HD-PLM Mean for the Fashion Industry?

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: September 16 2010
A few months ago, when Siemens PLM Software unveiled its High Definition Product Lifecycle Management (HD-PLM) technology, designers and product developers in aerospace, automotive, and other similar industries were probably excited about this new offering as they saw the opportunity to enhance their decision making. I was also excited, and saw HD-PLM as a sign that PLM vendors were starting to Read More

Winning Users' Hearts & Minds via Usability: A Retail Example

My recent blog series entitled “Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction?” established that WFM systems have evolved from point solutions (i.e., time and attendance [T@A], workforce scheduling, absence management, human resources [HR], payroll, etc.) into unified solutions with a common user interface (UI), integrated WFM modules, and centralized Read More
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