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.

Back to Basics: Cloud Computing 101

Computing in the cloud, one of the most impactful trends in both enterprise and personal computing today, is having a dramatic effect on how data is accessed, utilized, and stored, how software is run, and how information is secured. In fact, almost every form of computing resource, including storage, hardware, and software, is now being offered “in the cloud.”

For enterprises the choice of whether or not to "go cloud" is complicated, and requires an honest assessment of needs and a... Read More

QAD Develops Browser-Based ERP Software User Experience

In this product note, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks at QAD Enterprise Applications suite, and its new browser ERP software user experience. Also explored are QAD Cloud EDI, and the QAD “Channel Islands” approach to ERP software user experience and architecture, and what this means for users. Read More

Version 9.0 Expands Tableau’s Analytics and BI Reach

In this product note, TEC's principal BI and data management analyst Jorge García takes a look at Tableau's new data analysis capabilities in its newest release, version 9.0. The new version adds major improvements in terms of data visualization, discovery, and analysis, and includes support for a number of new data sources and improvements for existing connections. Tableau 9.0 also introduces a set of elements that improve one of the hardest parts of the data analysis process, data preparation. Read More

Who Should Be Involved in Your Enterprise Software Selection Process?

Whether you are a small company looking to grow your business by automating routine and laborious business tasks or a larger company looking to uniformly run your operations across various divisions, you may need to consider buying a new enterprise software system or upgrading your current one. And once you’ve decided that an enterprise software purchase is in order, you need to determine how to go about selecting a system. One of the very first questions you’ll need to answer is who will be involved... Read More

LogFire Fits Warehouse Management Software to the Cloud

LogFire offers the only multi-tenant and cloud-based warehouse management system (WMS) on the market, boasting a lower pricing scheme and shorter implementations than its on-premise counterparts. The company's cloud WMS also differentiates itself in the WMS market with its intended user base: multi-channel retail, e-commerce, and source-to-store process companies, as well as its presence in many Latin America countries. TEC's principal analyst PJ Jakovljevic looks at the vendor's value prop, and... Read More

BI Software with Intuitive, Interactive Data Visualization and Analytics

Long-standing business intelligence (BI) software vendor Dundas Data Visualization, or simply Dundas, keeps reinventing itself by developing fresh, new BI products organically by putting to good use the experience it has garnered in the BI and analytics spaces over the past 20 years. The company has renewed its flagship offering Dundas Dashboard by providing enhanced data visualization and discovery capabilities. The brand new product Dundas BI is an end-to-end BI platform that provides support... Read More

Teradata 15—Scalable, Integrated, and Connected

Whereas release 14 of the Teradata Database meant a step forward in terms of improving performance, efficiency, and manageability, release 15 brings improvements to many functional features, such as enabling the database to scale in many directions.

Extending the database’s number of data types as well as reinforcing its application and information integration capabilities, Teradata has taken important steps to enable its database to fit better within an integrated data ecosystem, one... Read More

JDA Software—A New Rejuvenated Company Catering to the Entire Omnichannel Supply Chain

In today’s world of omnichannel commerce, no one vendor can afford to not pay attention to the trends shaping and reshaping the market landscape. In this background and with a new CEO at its helm, JDA Software is taking a whole new approach to omnichannel commerce—developing a unified platform that will help organizations deliver a truly unified and consistent omnichannel experience to their customers.

TEC’s principal analyst PJ Jakovljevic attended the recent JDA Focus 2015 event, where... Read More

WorkForce Software EmpCenter: Sophisticated Software for Complex Labor Needs

Global organizations that require a workforce management (WFM) software solution may wish to consider the Workforce Software EmpCenter suite to manage the complex labor laws and policies of multiple jurisdictions, along with languages, currencies, and other requirements and nuances associated with conducting business internationally. The WFM software relies on configuration as opposed to customization in order to stay up to date with modifications in legislation.

WorkForce Software also... Read More

2015 Technologies Impacting ERP for Wholesale and Distribution

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: May 19 2015
The focus of this TEC report is the wholesale and distribution (W&D) industry and the technology market forces impacting this critical element linking producers and retailers in the distribution channel. TEC senior analyst Ted Rohm looks at how the big four forces driving change across the entire software landscape—social, mobile, analytics, and cloud—are affecting wholesalers and distributors, and gives an overview of how the latest technology trends of 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and... Read More
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