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Customer Data Integration: A Primer
Written By: Lyndsay Wise Published On: September 11 2009 Customer data integration (CDI) involves consolidation of customer information for a centralized view of the customer experience. Implementing CDI within a customer relationship management initiative can help provide organizations with a successful framework to manage data on a continuous basis. Read More...
Using Predictive Analytics within Business Intelligence: A Primer
Written By: TEC Analysts Published On: September 11 2009 What are predictive analytics, and how are they used within business intelligence applications and for business performance management? Read More...
APICS 2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: September 9 2009 In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we are in a global economic crisis where every manufacturer, supplier, and producer is trying to reduce cost and minimize waste while increasing production or throughput, I am particularly interested in the “lean” educational track to hear Read More...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: September 9 2009 Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The post ended with some glimpses into the future and the likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors Read More...
Getting It Right: ERP Solutions for Mixed-mode Manufacturers
Written By: Alexander Hankewicz Published On: September 9 2009 Falling somewhere between discrete and process manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturers haven’t always been well served by traditional discrete or process enterprise resource planning solutions. But that’s changing now, as mixed-mode manufacturers finally have access to solutions that truly address their needs. Read More...
Deacom Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: September 8 2009 We recently certified Deacom Integrated Accounting and ERP Software v 10.4. Before sharing my impressions of Deacom’s product, I would like to briefly describe the certification process so you can better understand how it works. The Process: It all starts with a request for information (RFI) file, which is a hierarchical list of system features and functions that the vendor completes by Read More...
Microsoft Dynamics: ERP as a Platform
Written By: Neil Stolovitsky Published On: September 8 2009 As ERP becomes more and more of a commodity, vendors are faced with the challenge of delivering an affordable core offering by delivering just the right mix of “standard” back-office capabilities and the vertical-specific capabilities demanded by the customers they serve. In light of this reality, some vendors have positioned themselves as best-of-breed ERP vendors that serve certain key verticals Read More...
Your Reference Guide to SMB Accounting Software Features
Written By: TEC staff Published On: September 7 2009 This reference guide provides insight into the accounting features and functions currently available on today's market for small to medium businesses (SMBs). It will help you determine which features your organization needs—and doesn't need. Read More...
Enterprise Resource Planning for Services: Has Software as a Service Become Service-oriented Architecture for Small to Medium Businesses?
Written By: Neil Stolovitsky Published On: September 7 2009 In the past, enterprise resource planning (ERP) initiatives were far too costly for smaller organizations to consider. However, a trend has recently emerged where software vendors are now offering software-as-a-service business models for ERP implementation to even the smallest organizations. Read More...
An Analyst's View of Process Industry SMB Challenges
Written By: TEC staff Published On: September 7 2009 Process manufacturing industries have distinct needs from an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Here’s an overview of what process manufacturing requires from an ERP solution, including business intelligence capabilities. Read More...
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