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10 Reasons You Should Care about Software Mergers & Acquisitions
Written By: TEC Staff Published On: November 29 2007 Like it or not, the enterprise software industry shifts constantly as vendors merge or acquire one another. But how does it affect you? Here are ten reasons. 1) Acquisitions can wreak havoc if you’re in the middle of an implementation Does your ERP system provider have your concerns at heart during the vital implementation phase? Is it responding to your questions? Is your implementation on Read More...
Web 2.0 -- "Wow!" or "So What?!"
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: November 27 2007 Another buzzword (albeit not another three letter acronym [TLA]) that has slowly (or not) but surely crept into our collective mind is certainly Web 2.0. Although there have been some attempts at defining the term, such as at Wikipedia, ZDNet or TechTarget (and there are also some noble attempts of ZDNet bloggers, such as Richard MacManus or David Berlind), it is most likely that 10 different Read More...
Supply Chain Management 101
Written By: David Clark Published On: November 26 2007 I covered the basics of ERP previously, and thought I'd move on to supply chain management (SCM), which we're also featuring in tomorrow's TEC Newsletter (go to Newsletter archives), with lots of white paper goodness, to boot. So, What is SCM? Supply chain management (SCM) systems coordinate the movement of products and services from suppliers to customers (including Read More...
What Is ERP, Anyway?
Written By: David Clark Published On: November 26 2007 We get asked this question a lot, so I thought I'd provide a brief overview. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software unifies traditional management functions within a coherent, integrated system. These management functions may vary from product to product, but comprehensive ERP software applications encompass the following areas: • sales • marketing • human resources Read More...
AGPL v3 Touches Web Services
Written By: josh chalifour Published On: November 20 2007 The Free Software Foundation (FSF) issued a press release on its newly published Affero General Public License (AGPL) version 3. This license affects the modification and distribution of software oriented toward Web-based services. The popular adoption of Web-based applications as an alternate to in-house software implementations has meant that free and open source software developed for web Read More...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part I)
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: November 20 2007 In the last decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market, I've witnessed so many products and vendors disappearing and reappearing under a different name, ownership, etc., but it is for the first time now, at the end of 2007 that I saw basically the same vendor go public for the second time (and in a 10 year timespan). Namely, Deltek (evaluate its flagship product), the leading Read More...
The SMB Advantage-Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Written By: David Clark Published On: November 19 2007 Is there really such a thing as the small to medium business (SMB) advantage? Maybe, maybe not. In recent years, rapid growth has created mounds of data which—far from serving better business decisions—actually insulate executives from suppliers, customers, and employees. The founding, preemptive advantage of SMBs—that executives are closer to the action—has dissipated under the crushing Read More...
Vendor Rating Updates: BPM, ERP, PLM
Written By: josh chalifour Published On: November 16 2007 Here's an update on new TEC vendor ratings and certifications. If you're currently evaluating or researching ERP, business process management (BPM), or product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, here's what we have new for you. Reports are available as well as in-depth rating evaluations in the evaluation centers. Here are the new items. TEC published up-to-date information for version 4 of Read More...
Recognition for IP Telephony Open Source Style
Written By: josh chalifour Published On: November 14 2007 I've seen a lot of press about the open source telephony system, Asterisk. Although I haven't worked in the telephony world for some time, I remember what it was like administering those systems years ago in a midsize company that handled large event ticket sales. We ran some systems on OS/2 and for larger ACD call center requirements, Unix. These were not inexpensive systems. If I go to Read More...
Witty and viral marketing of enterprise applications?
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: November 13 2007 Reading in-flight magazines and running through airports today, we can see advertising for enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, but it is always a serious stuff (albeit well done and to the point), such as "Best run businesses run on SAP" (or so). Nowadays, however, if we go to the virtual online, social-networking world (with viral marketing and advertising at its core), we can even find Read More...
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