Executive Brief: 3 Key Success Strategies for Insurance, Banks, and Financial Services

Financial services organizations are always looking for ways to improve business processes to implement tighter control—and improve the bottom line. But finding new ways to boost efficiency is challenging. One strategy for success is to improve the use and allocation of resources in order to eliminate errors from duplicate data entry. Discover more about this strategy and two others, as well as how they can benefit you.

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Future Tech: Where Will Telephony Be in Two Years?

Right now, there are two clear trends that will continue to shape business telephony into the next two years: Internet protocol (IP)-based communications and mobility. Download this concise executive brief to get an expert's take on voice over IP (VoIP), IPv6, converged networks, and more. Read More

11 Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is your information backbone, reaching into all areas of your business and value chain. That’s why replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner. And since your long-term business strategy will shape your selection, it’s critical that your ERP provider be part of your vision. Read More

Keeping Score: Evolving Wholesale Credit on a Maturity Model

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The inner workings of a global financial institution can contain literally hundreds of systems in which credit risk is recorded. This risk may be managed with dozens of different, disparate systems, which can appear to be an overwhelming and resource-intensive process. This is where a maturity model comes into play. A maturity model scorecard provides banks with a single point of reference to understand what they are, where they wish to go, some practical ideas about where to start, and how to do it most cost-effectively. Read More

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Banking Analytics with SAP for Banking

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Reporting Value of IT Services with Balanced Scorecards

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Reducing Operational Risk of IT Service in Finance

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