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.

CellarStone QCommission Spotlight Report

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  • Published: September 5 2013
CellarStone offers sales commission management software tools to companies of all sizes through its flagship sales commission product, QCommission, and its sister product for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB), Easy-Commission. Read this QCommission spotlight report to find out how QCommission's sales commission management, integration, analytics, and reporting capabilities, as well as CellarStone's comprehensive implementation process, enables organizations to consolidate sales commission data under one umbrella and simplify the tasks and workflows required to handle sales commission management. Read More

Analyzing the Descartes Logistics Cloud Community

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  • Published: August 26 2013
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. Read More

The Benefits of CRM/ERP Integration

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  • Published: August 22 2013
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. Read More

How Mobile ERP Is Changing the Way Manufacturers Do Business

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  • Published: August 22 2013
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. Read More

Why Manufacturers and Distributors (Still) Need Different ERP Systems

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  • Published: August 16 2013
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. Read More

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

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  • Published: August 8 2013
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. Read More

Coupa: Spend Management Software Leader or Challenger?

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  • Published: July 30 2013
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. Read More

SAP Cloud for Travel: A Newcomer Market Challenger

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  • Published: July 29 2013
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. Read More

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

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  • Published: July 15 2013
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. Read More
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