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A Tour of the Clouds

The term “cloud computing” might be the next biggest trend in the IT industry. Jorge Garcia explains some of the basic ideas behind cloud computing—and how it may help your organization in the future. Read More

HD-PLM, Exalead, and Project Lightning, What Do They Have in Common?

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: June 18 2010
There wasn’t a lack of big news in the product lifecycle management (PLM) industry in the past few weeks. On May 20th, Siemens PLM Software unveiled High Definition Product Lifecycle Management (HD-PLM) at the World Exposition Shanghai China 2010 (Expo 2010). On June 7th, PTC told PTC/USER 2010 attendees that a virtual launch event for Project Lightning was schedule on October 28th, 2010. Two days Read More

Winning your market - with "dumb" questions

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  • Written By: Roy Semple
  • Published: June 18 2010
Positioning Part 3: Why we should love dumb questionsPart 2 was about the choices to consider when formulating your campaign positioning—now we’ll see why those initial choices are probably wrong. Over the years, I've learned to love the uninformed viewpoint. At TEC, we call this unbiased (and yes, refreshingly ignorant) perspective the tourist’s view. We worship the “innocent bystander”—the Read More

How to Use Technology to Redefine Today’s Economy

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  • Written By: Daniel Burrus
  • Published: June 17 2010
Daniel Burrus examines how using technology can not only help organizations lower costs and become more efficient, but also redefine today’s economy. Learn the ways you can redefine your business and stay profitable. Read More

Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud) was tepid. To be frank, Marc Benioff, salesforce.com’s flamboyant and engaging CEO, gave an atypically incoherent and dry keynote speech when he Read More

Compiere ERP Becomes Part of Consona

In the enterprise open source space, a notable change came to light today affecting Compiere users and partners. Consona announced its acquisition of Compiere. Compiere started back in 1999. One of its founders explained to me that the company's business (circa 2004) largely came from support, migration, and priority requests from clients. An integral component of the delivery model was Read More

TEC Spotlight Report: Pronto Software

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  • Written By: David Clark
  • Published: June 16 2010
In this spotlight report, David Clark examines Pronto Software. Learn all about the product’s history and marketing positioning, as well as its strengths, competitors, and challenges. Also featured in this Spotlight Report: a high-level overview of PRONTO-Xi Functionality. Read More

Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series explained Plex Systems’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in the discrete manufacturing sector. While the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, the article concurred with Frank Scavo’s recent assertion that, for the time being, there is only one true SaaS enterprise resource Read More

Customer Relationship Malpractice

Although malpractice is usually a term used in medicine, its definition (“any instance of improper professional conduct”) shows that the term can be used in any profession. In my opinion, malpractice can also be found in customer relationship management (CRM).  It can result in financial damage (lost sales, penalties for not delivering on time, etc.) or loss of confidence, which can jeopardize the Read More

TDWI Conference in Chicago: The BI-cycle Still Running

Recently, I attended the TDWI Conference in Chicago. This conference was a great opportunity to learn insights from the people who are involved in the industry. In each conference, it’s always interesting to see how the BI sector has matured. The interest in gaining more and more control and improvement in the BI terrain is still a growing process. I’m glad to know there is still a lot to say Read More
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