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.

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 sheds light on a number of issues facing ERP users and reveals a few surprises. The results can be useful for manufacturers and other ERP users to use as a benchmark to understand the issues facing their peers, as well as what trends are shaping the industry.

To see what's important to your peer ERP users with regards to top business challenges and ERP and technology investment plans for 2015, and to find out what is most challenging for other businesses in terms of their ERP systems, read this TEC survey report. Also included in the report is TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm's take on the survey results and insight into the ERP market in 2015. 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 all processes automated by Bizagi Studio. Bizagi's focus on design, workflow, and security, its ability to be easily integrated with a number of third party and legacy systems, and its low-code architecture makes it an appealing solution for many companies. Read more in this spotlight report on Bizagi BPM Suite by TEC principal BI analyst Jorge Garcia. 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 from TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic. 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 (3D) product design solution PTC Creo allows for CAD system interoperability, which is boosting user productivity, enabling collaboration, and fostering innovation.

This report from P.J. Jakovljevic and Ted Rohm reviews how the software works. You’ll learn about the technology behind PTC Creo and what direction the product development software vendor is headed in. Find out why PTC Creo is a game-changer for the industry. 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 is rather a core process and a culture. It is not about waiting for change, but rather about making change happen repeatedly and even predictably.

Mindjet is an innovation management software company whose aim is to enable organizations to boost personal productivity through brainstorming and visualization of innovation and ideas. TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic explores the company’s philosophy and interviews Milind Pansare, vice president of product marketing at Mindjet. 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, repair, and operations (MRO) service providers. Being built for these industries means that the product is especially strong in the supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing management, project lifecycle management, and service lifecycle management functional areas.

The latest version of Infor’s ERP product Infor LN, version 10.3, was presented to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) in a multi-hour, scripted demonstration. TEC was able to see first-hand the product’s user interface, usability, customization, and underlying business. TEC also saw the product in action, executing a suite of real-world business process scenarios.

The investments made by Infor in Infor LN over the past few years have yielded a refreshing, modern ERP system. This report reviews the product’s highlights in terms of functionality and usability, and notes Infor LN’s key differentiators in the highly competitive ERP solution market. 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 at AscentERP's origins and current place in the cloud ERP marketplace. He also speaks with co-founder and president Shaun McInerney about the company's target market, mobility, social, and business intelligence (BI) strategy, and highlights from 2014 as well as a look into what's in store for the company in 2015. 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

Financial Applications Comparison Chart

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  • Published: January 15 2015
It’s clear that most software vendors offer solutions that fully support standard financial functionality. So how do you choose the financial software that's right for your company? See how some of the major players stack up. Read More
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