TEC Industry Reports

These reports feature original research from TEC analysts. They cover a wide variety of topics related to selecting and using enterprise software. They also examine general and industry-specific trends, developments, and issues.

How Midsize Businesses Find the Right HCM Best Practices

Midsize organizations find themselves in a unique position: they have outgrown smaller organizations in both number of employees, business capabilities, and revenue, but have not usurped their stronghold of the business landscape as have larger corporations. How should these organizations manage their human capital and continue to grow their business and effectively compete in the market?

TEC human capital management (HCM) analyst Raluca Druta thinks they need to look to their smaller... Read More

2015 ERP Snapshot: Manufacturers’ Business and Technology Challenges

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: February 24 2015
To tap into the pulse of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) community, TEC ran a survey with our user community in late 2014. The “ERP Survey for Manufacturers” collected a broad range of user input in an effort to understand manufacturers’ business challenges, ERP software issues, and technology initiatives, and to see what is missing from ERP systems in general. The survey captured detailed results from nearly 250 manufacturers of all sizes, operating all across the globe.

The survey... Read More

User Simplicity for Business Agility with Bizagi BPM Suite

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: February 23 2015
Bizagi's BPM Suite is a business process management (BPM) suite with a set of distinctive capabilities for designing, developing, and delivering agile yet powerful business process management proficiency.

Bizagi covers the complete BPM process with components to model, build, and run: Bizagi Modeler, a fully BPMN process modeling environment; Bizagi Studio, an application for transforming process models into running applications and workflows; and Bizagi Engine, which executes and controls... Read More

Autodesk Sets the Bar for Cloud Product Development

Enormous 3D model file sizes, massive data with a very high level of fidelity and precision, and elaborate 3D visualization are just a few of the requirements of customers using Autodesk and other design software solutions. At the recent Autodesk University 2014 conference, Autodesk announced several initiatives and products to enable designers and engineers to work in new and improved ways, including A360 Team, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Autodesk PLM 360. Find out more in this Autodesk product note... Read More

PTC Creo 3.0—Changing the CAD Game

Computer-aided design (CAD) software is changing. As more and more business is being subcontracted, outsourced, and offshored, manufacturers need to adapt to a multi-CAD world. They need to accommodate diverse formats of product design files and geometry data. As a result, CAD software is changing in an effort to make data more reusable and to enable customers and suppliers to collaborate more effectively.

PTC develops product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions. The company’s three-dimensional... Read More

Retail Retold: How the Internet of Things Is Evolving Omnichannel Retail

Most merchants and consumers have adjusted to the multi-device, multichannel environment known as omnichannel retailing. But there are real challenges that the omnichannel environment brings to the retail industry, even before considering how the Internet of Things (IoT) will amplify the complexity. P.J. Jakovljevic and Raluca Druta report on how the IoT is altering the retail world. Read More

Mindjet, Post Spigit Merger—Still Fostering Innovation

Companies tend to wait until something goes wrong and then scramble to do something, rather than anticipating the inevitable lifecycle of a product. Similarly, many organizations put all of their energy into maintaining an existing competitive advantage only to lose out on potential innovation and creating the next competitive edge.

But employees and customers already have the ideas that could help businesses grow. To the organizations that thrive, innovation isn’t just second nature—it... Read More

TEC Highlights Report: Infor LN

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: February 11 2015
Infor LN is built to provide companies with a strategic platform for growth and innovation. It is 1) a best-in-class operational enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; 2) specialized by industry to support micro-vertical suites; and 3) optimized for complex, global operations.

Infor LN is a complete business solution that supports a broad range of vertical markets, including industrial manufacturing, distribution, high tech, aerospace and defense, equipment, automotive, and maintenance,... Read More

AscentERP—That “Other” Cloud ERP Vendor

When one thinks of truly cloud ERP solution providers for midsize manufacturers and distributors, Plex, NetSuite, or Acumatica might come to mind. If one then adds to that salesforce.com’s ecosystem at the AppExchange marketplace, Rootstock Software or Kenandy might also be thought of, but ironically not AscentERP by Precisio Business Solutions, although the latter has many more customers than its two aforementioned talked-about peers combined.

TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks... Read More

Huddle: About Secure Cloud Content Collaboration

TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic takes an in-depth look at Huddle, a secure cloud content collaboration tool, and talks with Huddle's CEO and co-founder Alastair Mitchell about how the company is tackling mobility and anlytics, Huddle's patent-pending intelligent recommendation engine, and why he thinks Huddle wins over SharePoint. Read More
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