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Volume 5 Issue 37
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  CAD-centric or ERP-centric PLM—What's Right for You?
  Should your next PLM system come from a veteran CAD/CAM vendor like Siemens, Dassault, or PTC, or from a big ERP vendor like SAP, Oracle, or Infor. That's the question TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes on today, as he examines the pros and cons of ERP-based PLM offerings.

  Sword Ciboodle—One More BPM-centric CRM Provider
  Few CRM vendors embed business process management (BPM) functionality into their solutions, but one notable exception is Sword Ciboodle. Learn about the CRM vendor that's helping companies deliver an integrated, seamless, multichannel customer experience by improving their customer-facing processes.

  Comparing PLM software?
  Compare product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions using TEC Advisor, 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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New Vendor Data on ERP Software Functionality Available to TEC Members
If you're seeking enterprise software, you need to determine how well your requirements are supported by a vendor's product. Ability LLC recently completed TEC's request for information (RFI) about ERP system Ability 585 to help you do just that.

Ability 585 data is now available in TEC's Vendor Showcase. Hit the link to:
• compare Ability 585 to other ERP software,
• download TEC's evaluation report for Ability 585,
• access an Ability 585 competitor analysis,
• and more.

Access Ability 585 RFI data now.

  Market News
  Iliad Africa Limited Leverages K8 System for Ambitious Growth Strategy
Iliad, one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of building materials, has successfully completed the initial phase of its new 100+ location K8 implementation. K8 was chosen as the ERP component of its IT standardization strategy. Prior to the commitment to K8, Kerridge Commercial Systems products were already in place at Iliad and have played an integral part of the company’s impressive growth for more than a decade. With K8, IT standardization is enabling the introduction of best practice processes and system controls across the company. In addition to upgrading the existing systems, K8 is replacing a number of disparate non-integrated systems—a situation that had arisen as a result of business acquisitions. Read the press release.

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GEM Forum Nordics June 19–20

  Reader Polls
  Let us know your opinion on these ongoing business challenges.

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