TEC Buyer's Guides

TEC's buyer's guides are designed to help you make more informed buying decisions by examining the major vendors and products in a variety of different software spaces. You'll also find analyses of how different software types can help your business grow, and tips for selecting the right software solutions for your company.

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TEC 2015 ERP for Wholesale and Distribution Buyer's Guide

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: June 23 2015
The wholesale and distribution (W&D) industry is the last mile of the supply chain network and involves the packaging and distribution of manufactured products to retail stores. The W&D industry is rife with challenges, which makes selecting the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for wholesale and distribution even more important. The TEC 2015 ERP for Wholesale and Distribution Buyer’s Guide was developed to help wholesalers and distributors evaluate the ERP solutions available to address... Read More

TEC 2015 HCM for Midsize Enterprises Buyer's Guide

The midsize enterprise is not a uniform concept. It takes several forms that require different levels of software capabilities and robustness. In particular, the human capital management (HCM) software requirements of smaller midsize companies (100–1,000 employees) and larger midsize companies (1,000–5,000 employees) vary considerably. Some vendors specialize in one of these two major segments, while others offer reduced versions of their enterprise class solutions to smaller mid-market clients.... Read More

TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer's Guide

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: February 3 2015
The TEC ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide was developed to provide unique perspectives on the state of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution market for manufacturers. Discrete manufacturers face a number of business challenges in the 21st century, including the traditional challenges of planning and managing production, managing costs, and staying compliant with regulations, and newer challenges related to the ability to support customizable and complex products and global markets,... Read More

TEC 2015 Cloud BI and Analytics Buyer's Guide

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 9 2014
After the advent of the Internet, “cloud computing” is perhaps the biggest trend in the recent history of the information technology (IT) industry. Having emerged as the ultimate software delivery platform paradigm, cloud computing has dramatically impacted not only the IT industry, but also the way business is conducted. It has accelerated the emergence of highly innovative business intelligence (BI) and business analytics offerings while boosting the evolution and radical adaptation of existing... Read More

TEC 2014 HCM Buyer’s Guide for Medium and Large Enterprises

How do you treat humans as capital? The concept of human capital depends on its two parts: what we understand by “human” and what defines something as “capital.” The supporting technology then is a shape-giving agent to what human capital management (HCM) or human resources (HR) departments can become.

This buyer’s guide examines high-level features and functions offered by HCM technology vendors. It underlines the market tension between a tendency to consolidate various aspects of... Read More

TEC 2014 ERP for Midsize Manufacturers Buyer's Guide

It’s hard to imagine a modern manufacturing business operating without the use of some kind of ERP software that facilitates the management of day-to-day production, and financial, logistical, and other operations. In fact, many manufacturing companies have undergone ERP selection and implementation processes not just once but several times already in their existence.

As one of the largest segments of manufacturing companies, midsize manufacturers have the largest choice of available... Read More

TEC 2014 Mobile BI Buyer's Guide

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 20 2013
Once considered a nice-to-have, mobility is now standard in most business intelligence (BI) applications. Most traditional BI and analytics software providers have a complementary mobile offering, and new software offerings are emerging that provide BI functions solely for mobile platforms. This buyer’s guide surveys the mobile BI landscape and describes some of the more important solutions in this space. This guide will help you understand the various types of software offerings on the market,... Read More

TEC 2013 Supply Chain Management Buyer’s Guide

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  • Published: August 27 2013
This buyer’s guide provides an overview of supply chain management (SCM), including an in-depth look at the major issues affecting the supply chain today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major nextgeneration technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions.

This SCM buyer’s guide features a special report on the wholesale distribution industry, with an examination of the challenges facing this industry, and the innovation... Read More

TEC 2013 ERP Buyer's Guide for Process Manufacturing

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  • Published: May 28 2013
A focus on user experience is driving ERP vendors to deliver lean, flexible solutions that blur the lines between traditional ERP tiers. Read this buyer’s guide and see how vendors are addressing the most pressing process manufacturing challenges—especially for food and beverage companies who face unique pressures in today’s health-conscious market—and how trends like integrated BI, in-memory analytics, mobility, and social media are changing the way process manufacturers do business.

This... Read More

TEC 2013 CRM Buyer's Guide for Medium and Large Enterprises

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  • Published: March 28 2013
Great customer service is the best (some say the only) way to truly stand out from the competition. CRM vendors are helping companies rise to the challenge with new tools for building and measuring relationships. In the 2013 TEC CRM Buyer’s Guide, analyst Raluca Druta walks you through the latest CRM developments and looks at how trends like customer experience management, mobility, and social media integration are changing the way companies do business.

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