Author: Larry Blitz


Overwhelmed by Vendor Hype? Head for the Exit Before It's Too Late

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Frustrated with all the hype and buzzwords that software vendors throw around? You’re not alone. TEC senior copywriter Larry Blitz and managing editor David Clark take a (mostly tongue-in-cheek) look at software providers’ major language crimes. And what you can do about it.Larry: Dave, some people put software vendors in the same less-than-saintly category as used car salesmen or, dare
  • Written By: Larry Blitz
  • Published On: January 26 2012

IT White Papers: The World’s Greatest Cure for Insomnia!

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Having trouble sleeping at night? Lots of people are these days, and for good reasons. The economy is in the dumps. Jobs are on the endangered species list. We’re steadily running out of oil. And terrorists are trying to kill us. Now, if all that isn’t enough to keep you awake at 4 o’clock in the morning, there’s always the fact that the planet is threatening to terminally overheat. Yup
  • Written By: Larry Blitz
  • Published On: November 9 2010

Should You Cut Back or Freeze IT Spending in a Recession?

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With little doubt that the US economy is in or near recession, the big question now is whether we’re heading into a global credit freeze and financial meltdown. If the worst happens, all bets are off—we’ll be pretty much in uncharted territory. But if we do manage to escape with nothing more severe than a typical recession, what approach should you take towards IT spending? The usual

Behind the Scenes of TEC’s Vendor Showdowns

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TEC’s Vendor Showdown series is the most popular regular feature that we run here at TEC. So far, we’ve run quite a few Showdowns, and usually things go smoothly, but sometimes there’s more that goes on than meets the eye—and then it’s usually problems, as you’ll see in a moment. I should know, I’m the person who writes TEC’s Vendor Showdowns. For those who've never seen one, Showdowns compare
  • Written By: Larry Blitz
  • Published On: September 3 2008

A Very Helpful Tool When You’re Choosing a New Software Solution

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If you've ever been involved in selecting a business software solution, you know how tricky it can be. Today’s software systems are quite complex, and it can be very difficult to tell which vendor has the solution best suited for the special needs and business processes of your organization. One way to help avoid making a bad choice is to have a complete list of software functions to refer to.Let
  • Written By: Larry Blitz
  • Published On: November 9 2007

TEC Vendor Showdowns Generate a Lot of Interest

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Here at TEC, our most popular feature is something we call a Vendor Showdown. We take two or three vendors who market the same type of solution (ERP or CRM or business process management, or HR, etc.), and compare their functionalities head on. The results are based on the most recent RFI information we gather from the vendors. As a quick example, our discrete ERP RFI contains a list of  3,690
  • Written By: Larry Blitz
  • Published On: November 6 2007