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.

Analyzing the Descartes Logistics Cloud Community

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Logistics is the backbone of commerce, yet it is often very complex and thus inefficient. Descartes' SaaS solutions simplify global logistics and hence improve the productivity, performance, and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Read P.J. Jakovljevic’s writeup on the vendor and find out how Descartes’ solutions can bridge the information gap between logistics organizations, and provide visibility into the entire logistics process.
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  • Published On: August 26 2013

The Benefits of CRM/ERP Integration

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Superior customer service is the best way for companies to stand out. That’s made customer relationship management (CRM) software more important than ever, so it’s no surprise that a lot of ERP vendors are integrating CRM functionality into their solutions. In this Sage-sponsored interview, CRM analyst Raluca Druta explains how that helps companies automate workflows, improve communication, and enhance the customer experience.
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  • Published On: August 22 2013

How Mobile ERP Is Changing the Way Manufacturers Do Business

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Mobile is changing the way companies do business—and manufacturers are no exception. They’re asking ERP vendors for apps that help control core manufacturing operations. But are they seeing the ROI they’re looking for? In this Sage-sponsored interview, TEC senior business intelligence and data management analyst, Jorge García, talks about the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of mobile ERP for manufacturing.
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  • Published On: August 22 2013

Why Manufacturers and Distributors (Still) Need Different ERP Systems

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The distinction between manufacturing- and distribution-focused enterprises used to be very clear. Lately, however, the offshore movement of manufacturing capacity has made many domestic manufacturers look and act very much like distributors, while distribution companies have had to start performing functions that typically have been performed by manufacturers. Yet, even as the lines become increasingly blurred between manufacturing and distribution, the key processing needs of these organizations remain significantly different. In this special primer, TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic takes a look at what those needs are and how they have changed over time.
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  • Published On: August 16 2013

Enterprise Mobility in Life Sciences: Responding to Change and Transforming Healthcare Delivery

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Life sciences enterprises are undergoing tremendous change on a number of fronts. Healthcare-related organizations involved in the life sciences industry are challenged more than ever with providing and ensuring continuous and effective supply and delivery of services, drugs, and equipment, and improving the quality of patient care. See how mobile technologies can help life sciences companies address today's trends and tomorrow’s challenges.
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  • Published On: August 8 2013

Coupa: Spend Management Software Leader or Challenger?

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Coupa was born more than six years ago out of the need to provide cloud procurement software that was affordable and easy to install and use. Today, Coupa enables organizations to harness every online transaction to optimize spend—providing a true cloud SaaS application that offers rapid deployment and reduced IT burden. Get the details on Coupa in part 1 of a two-part vendor feature from TEC’s own P.J. Jakovljevic.
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  • Published On: July 30 2013

SAP Cloud for Travel: A Newcomer Market Challenger

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Rising travel costs, increasing business travel in this age of globalization, including online bookings across multiple sites, and increasing costs to process expenses all drive the development of travel and expenses (T&E) solutions. TEC’s P.J. Jakovljevic looks at SAP Cloud for Travel, and describes how recent enhancements in the product offer travelers and organizations additional choice and efficiencies for T&E management.
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  • Published On: July 29 2013

One In-memory Solution Fits All: QlikView Stands Out with Unique Approach and Broad Applicability

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In 1993, Swedish-based Qlik Technologies launched a desktop data management solution that soon evolved so that both the application and data resided entirely in RAM memory, converting the solution into one of the first in-memory based applications. Today the QlikView solution boasts approximately 28,000 customers in more than 100 countries. In this report, TEC data management analyst Jorge García gives an overview of the history, highlights, strengths, and challenges of QlikTech’s flagship in-memory data discovery application.
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  • Published On: July 15 2013

Starfish ETL Spotlight Report

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Data integration and data migration processes are an important component of an organization's data management cycle. After assessing real data movement scenarios within its own list of customers, CRM consulting services company Technology Advisors has stepped into the software development field with several applications to add value to existing CRM offerings. The company launched Starfish ETL, a migration and data extraction application, in 2010. In this TEC Spotlight report TEC Senior Data Management Analyst Jorge Garcia details Starfish's background, structure, key features, and benefits.
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  • Published On: July 11 2013
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