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.

The Biggest SAP Product Launch in a Quarter Century and What it Means to ERP

SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP's next-generation business suite, is being touted as the company's largest product development undertaking since the launch of the venerable client/server SAP R/3 offering in 1992. TEC's principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes an in-depth look at S/4HANA in his latest product note, including the advances made with the new product and how they result in the solution's promised simplicity, speed, and flexibility. SAP's release event left him with lots... Read More

The Makings of a Great ERP User Experience

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: March 17 2015
In recent years, it has become evident that all vendors of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions provide robust functional capabilities or partner with best-of-breed solutions to fill functional gaps. But one area where ERP solution providers are beginning to differentiate themselves is how they deliver on user interface, thereby shaping a user’s experience within the system. But what makes a great user experience?

It's vital to ensure that the user experience elements that your... Read More

HCM Best Practices for Midsize Businesses

Midsize organizations find themselves in a unique position: they have surpassed smaller organizations in 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 midsize businesses must take HCM lessons... Read More

SAP Means Business with SMEs, This Time for Real

TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic talks about SAP SME news and developments from the global SAP SME Summit in his latest vendor note, including the SAP SME ERP portfolio, SAP Business ByDesign, SAP Business One, SAP Business All-in-One on HANA, and more.  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
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