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Volume 5 Issue 57
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  An Amateur Software Buyer's Guide to Outplaying Vendors
  Ever feel like the vendors are in control of your software selection project? You’re not wrong. You might evaluate new solutions once every five years—or less—but vendors sell their solutions to companies every day. Today TEC analyst Aleksey Osintsev explains what gives vendors their edge, and reveals four things you can do to level the playing field.

  Cloud ERP Wars Intensifying in Full Force(.com)
  Both startups and more established players are building enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions on Force.com—salesforce.com’s social enterprise cloud computing platform. Fresh from a trip to the Cloudforce event in Chicago, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic has the latest developments—and drama—from the cloud ERP space. And he shares them with you in his latest blog post.

  Comparing ERP Software?
  Use TEC Advisor to compare ERP for discrete manufacturing, according to your organization's characteristics and needs. It's free, fast, online, and easy—and you'll see the results immediately.

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  Coming Soon: TEC Certification for PPM Vendor PROMYS
  TEC is pleased to announce that project portfolio management (PPM) vendor PROMYS has joined TEC's certification program.

A full certification report for PROMYS will be live on TEC’s sites shortly. Certification reports contain TEC’s detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of TEC-certified software solutions, as well as vendor analysis.

Read the TEC Vendor Showcase overview for PROMYS now!

  Market News
  The 14th Vendor Shootout for ERP
View live scripted demonstrations from software industry leaders, including: Oracle, Infor, Epicor, IQMS, SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, Abas, Plex, and Sage.

Focus: Manufacturing and Distribution
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: June 21–22, 2012

Why you should attend:
• Jumpstart your evaluation and selection project by comparing up to nine ERP
  solutions in just two days
• Evaluate your existing software against top industry players
• Get up close and personal with a selection of the best solutions in the marketplace
• Get an expert perspective from Technology Evaluation Centers

Take part in the most informative and interactive software vendor event in the industry. Space is limited, so register now to secure your place!

  Popular IT White Papers
  7 Tips for EAM Selection
Thriving in Crisis: How to Effectively Manage a Product Recall through IT
Pragmatist's Guide: Building a Business Case for a Formula-based ERP
An ERP Guide to Driving Efficiency
Top 10 Concerns of Buying a VoIP Business Phone System
Why Performance Management? A Guide for the Midsize Organization
Databases and ERP Selection: Oracle vs SQL Server
True SaaS for Mobility: Defining Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and How It Fits the Needs of Business Today

IT Events Center: Click to Register!
Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit May 21–23
Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference May 21–23
Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit June 5–7
GEM Forum for CEE, SEE, and CIS June 7–8
Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit June 11–14
info360 Conference and Expo June 12–14
GEM Forum Nordics June 19–20
GigaOM Structure June 20–21
The 14th Vendor Shootout for ERP June 21–22



  Industry Watch: This Week in Enterprise Software News
  Here's a taste of what's in the news this week.

Software Selections
Los Angeles County selects SAS to provide analytics services and applications
BI/business analytics
"Los Angeles County uses SAS predictive analytics and data mining solutions as well as SAS BI solutions to fight organized fraud within the Department of Public and Social Services. Uncovering more than 200 probable fraud cases = BI and business analytics at their best." — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst
Executive recruitment firm Green Park selects Cézanne OnDemand HR software
HR; cross-industry
See the TEC profile for Cézanne Software
Compare HR software now
Buy a detailed report on Cézanne Suite functionality by clicking here
"For large organizations that need to get a handle on their employee absences and streamline the management process, Cézanne provides a robust solution via its OnDemand platform." — Sherry Fox, TEC HR Analyst

Global logistics provider Panalpina selects RedPrairie Supply Chain Suite
See the TEC profile for RedPrairie
Compare SCM software now
Buy a detailed report on RedPrairie E2e functionality by clicking here
"The scalability of RedPrairie's offering makes it a key player for third-party logistics providers that operate in a multi-modal environment while providing added services to their customers. By engaging with a full platform, Panalpina will be able to significantly reduce the hurdles of data transfer between integrated systems." — Philippe Reney, TEC SCM Analyst

 Read all of this week's industry news commentary on the TEC Blog.  

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helps private- and public-sector organizations choose the best enterprise software
solutions for their unique business needs—quickly, impartially, and cost-effectively.

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