Author: Jane Affleck


Decision Making: Why Consensus Is Important (Especially When You’re Choosing Software)

Two Brains—or Three or Four or More—Make Better Decisions than One… Anyone working in today’s office or business environment has no doubt participated at least once in the ubiquitous group brainstorming session. Some may enjoy these sessions as a respite from cheerless, lonely cubicle life. Others, however, may just as soon remain ensconced in front of their monitors and keyboards, solitary Read More

Between Toyota and Sony: Japanese Software in the US Market

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  • Written By: Jane Affleck
  • Published: December 16 2008
Asprova, Japanese developer of production scheduler/advanced planning and scheduling (APS) solutions, is eager to break into the US market. The company is curious, however, and perhaps a bit puzzled by the fact that there seems to be hesitation in the US market about buying Japanese-made software. Considering the popularity of Japanese-made consumer electronics and computer accessories, (in 2007 Read More

How a Jerk at Work Can Put the Kibosh on Your ERP Software Selection Project

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  • Written By: Jane Affleck
  • Published: October 21 2008
The old software selection “how-to” horse may not have been beaten to death yet, but it’s certainly received a few good whacks. As you already know, particularly if you peruse the TEC site or subscribe to TEC’s newsletters, there are myriad articles on the challenges of software selection from various sources, offering advice to everyone from worried delegators at the top of the corporate food Read More

Managing the Aches and Pains of Long Cycle Times: Automating Controls for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

One of the biggest challenges (or business pain points) for pharmaceutical manufacturers (or life sciences companies) is the long cycles that are required for research and development (R@D) and product approval. This is particularly a challenge for manufacturers of generic drugs, for which cycle times can average 20 months or more (and the full time-to-market period upwards of 12 years). Why Read More

Information Security 101: an Introduction to Being Compliant and Protecting Your Assets

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  • Written By: Jane Affleck
  • Published: January 25 2008
E-mail, Internet access, and collaborative tools (whether a phone system’s conferencing capabilities, or document-sharing applications) are “must-haves” for most businesses today. But by now many managers know that you shouldn’t stop at just implementing these tools and then going ahead, footloose and fancy-free, with using them. As with any other asset, you need to protect not just the Read More

An Introduction to E-learning and Learning Management Systems (LMS)

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  • Written By: Jane Affleck
  • Published: January 18 2008
Not so long ago (or, back in the early ’90s, when I was a first-year college student) there were two ways to get a post-secondary education: by attending classes at a university or college with hundreds of other coffee-stoked students, or by signing up for what used to be called “distance” learning (or even before that, “by correspondence,” as though courses consisted of a series of letters Read More

Software Selection Horoscopes for January 2008

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  • Written By: Jane Affleck
  • Published: December 31 2007
Come on, admit it: you read your horoscope. Maybe not every morning. But you do read it, even if just for comic relief, or because it allows you to feel a surge of superiority before you head out the door to scrape your car or pummel your way onto public transport. Either way, reading your horoscope is a pleasant diversion. But here's a horoscope for the new year that provides you with more Read More

What Makes a Good White Paper Good… (Part 4)

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  • Written By: Jane Affleck
  • Published: December 10 2007
Here's the final point in a series of four aimed at identifying a "good" IT white paper (and providing helpful hints, should you need to write one). The previous points addressed the importance of the white paper's introduction, of writing to a specific audience, and of proposing a viable solution. The final point, appropriately enough, considers key features of an effective conclusion. 4. All Read More

What Makes a Good White Paper Good... (part three)

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  • Written By: Jane Affleck
  • Published: December 6 2007
Here is the third point in a series that looks at the key features to consider when writing an IT white paper... so that you not only get your reader's interest, but keep it. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Identifying a problem isn’t enough, no matter how much "affinity" is established with the reader (see previous post and Michael Stelzner's site). The proposed Read More
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