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5 Ways to Effectively use Social Media to Conduct Your Job Search

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: October 8 2010
In Using Social Media Tools for Recruiting Talent, I discussed how more and more businesses today are using social media tools for attracting and finding the right person to fill a position. This current post will focus on the job seeker. It’s no secret that the last few years has seen unemployment rates rise well above the norm. In fact, recent numbers show that—while things are slowly getting Read More

Exploring Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series introduced Epicor Software Corporation’s set of tools called the Epicor Productivity Pyramid. The Pyramid enables one of Epicor’s main business strategies: to extend the value of several of its mature enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications by making enterprise data readily and easily available to all stakeholders. My blog post then zoomed on to the Epicor Read More

How to Make People More Willing to Share Knowledge in Their PLM Environment

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: October 7 2010
In Why Some People Don’t Like PLM, Graham McCall said that some product lifecycle management (PLM) users’ reluctance to share knowledge with others is the obstacle toward higher acceptance of PLM. I thought his point made perfect sense, and my instant reaction was to ask myself: How can this problem be resolved? Ideally, a PLM system is a platform for people to work together. This means that Read More

PROACTIS: The Best-kept Secret in Indirect Spend Management? - Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series introduced PROACTIS, a UK- and US-based specialist vendor of spend control and e-procurement solutions with accredited partners worldwide. I had the chance to meet the company during my attendance of UNIT4’s UK user event in early 2010, where PROACTIS was an exhibiting partner. The article then expanded on the company’s history, its procure-to-pay Read More

Ask the Experts: What’s the Difference between ASP and SaaS?

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: October 1 2010
This interesting question recently arrived in our Ask the Experts inbox, so I thought I’d write a brief post clarifying the difference between ASP and SaaS models.TEC’s Take on ASP and SaaS Perhaps not surprisingly, Wikipedia’s definitions for these two terms contribute to the confusion: An application service provider (ASP) is a business that provides computer-based services to Read More

Can a Virtual Vuvuzela Help Make Your Voice Heard in the Social Media Universe?

It’s a really noisy world we’re living in, and the social media universe is no exception. Even with the tightest security settings and minimal online presence/popularity, you are still subject to advertising, invites, recommendations, requests, etc., most of which are not very useful to you. And things will only get worse: Twitter will start selling followers, Facebook launched Facebook Read More

Exploring Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 1

About two years ago, Epicor Software Corporation launched its next-generation converged product Epicor 9 (a.k.a. Epicor ERP [evaluate this solution]), which was covered at great length in my 2009 series. Over 250 customers have thus far gone live on Epicor 9, with roughly 1,700 units shipped in 21 months. If these numbers are not overly impressive to some, they are not Read More

An Update on Zilliant (and the B2B Pricing Market, in General)

In this good, bad, and arguably recovering economy, many companies are looking to their pricing strategies and practices as a way to improve profits without necessarily repelling customers. Pricing is an important component of an enterprise’s business processes and financial performance, since companies in many industries can face a variety of pricing problems such as Read More

ERP Features and Functions: Reference Guide to Process Manufacturing Software

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  • Written By: Anne Le Bris and Melissa Vaes, with contributions from TEC analyst data
  • Published: September 21 2010
This reference guide provides insight into the process manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) features and functions that are accessible on today’s market. This guide will help you to find out which features and functions are essential to your organization’s needs and which are not. Read More

IBM Acquires Netezza: The Industry's Spending Spree Continues

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: September 21 2010
Hot off the presses is news that IBM is set to acquire Netezza in a $1.7 billion deal: the giant is spending money like there’s no tomorrow, and playing out strategies in response to aggressive moves by other vendors in the data warehouse space. This acquisition, along with SAP’s recent acquisition of Sybase and EMC’s acquisition of Greenplum will surely not be the only ones reshaping Read More
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