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TDWI Vegas: How to Build an Enterprise Data Strategy

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: February 4 2011
It takes a lot of commitment, preparation, and time to fully embrace a successful enterprise data strategy. Managing data within a corporation has reached an all-new level of importance. Data is being collected from extremely diverse sources and fully dissected; as the subject of increasingly complex processes, data quality must be maintained. In addition, data management and manipulation must Read More

Analytics Leader Voices Its Opinions on S&OP State of Affairs

Today’s retail companies are realizing the importance of creating an optimal balance between supply and demand, with a focus on sensing and shaping demand rather than trying to match demand to existing supply. Learn about the newest solutions and offerings from SAS for the retail industry and follow a question and answer session on the state of affairs on S&OP with TEC analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Charles Chase from SAS. Read More

Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 1

My recent blog post on what 2010 might have meant to Microsoft’s business solutions reflected on the highly publicized mid-2010 launch of Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and Visio 2010. For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who use some combination of one or more of Microsoft Dynamics ERP products, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint Read More

Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 1

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  • Written By: Phil Reney
  • Published: January 27 2011
Cloud computing is changing the scope of information technology (IT) management, and organizations must be highly adaptable to safeguard the continuity of their business operations. Although small to medium businesses (SMBs) lead the adoption of hosted services, little information is currently available to help them integrate these tools. Read part 1 of a three-part guide to get insights for navigating through the clouds. Read More

Jaspersoft 4 Goes Big Data

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: January 27 2011
On January 11, 2011, Jaspersoft launched a new version of its business intelligence (BI) suite named Jaspersoft 4, and just a couple of weeks later, on January 25, the open source BI provider launched a new set of software tools that provides support for a wider variety of data sources in the “Big Data” space. This is a clear sign that BI applications will come to address a wider number of data Read More

When ERP and CRM Connect in the Cloud

In early 2011 Plex Systems announced that it has integrated its software-as-a-service (SaaS) enterprise resource planning (ERP) product with salesforce.com’s Sales Cloud 2. The result is a cloud-based composite application focused on the lead management process. P.J. Jakovljevic, principal analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), interviews Patrick Fetterman, Plex’s vice president of marketing. Read More

Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3

Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then the article talked about SuccessFactors’ diverse product editions (tailored to Read More

Lean as a Response to Global Outsourcing Challenges

The recent trend of manufacturing companies in outsourcing their production tasks to other parts of the world has certainly been effective in reducing production costs and increasing profit margins, but at the cost of complex supply chains and inability to quickly respond to new requests or demand changes. Learn how lean production can address global outsourcing challenges and help your company realize strategic growth. Read More

What 2010 Meant For Microsoft Business Solutions

In 2008, I wrote a four-part series that explained in great detail Microsoft’s platform technology pieces, commonly used in Microsoft Dynamics and many other enterprise applications. Primarily, these "plumbing" tools were Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, and Office within enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications, while Read More

Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the cloud computing Read More
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