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Manage the Change or Change the Management during an ERP Software Selection: The Change

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Change happens all the time—but why are changes in our personal lives similar to those in our professional lives?  There are some major events that occur and change things forever. For an individual, such a change can be caused by marriage; for a company, by the selection of an ERP system. There is always a way out when relationships stop working (both between people and companies), but it can be

Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part IV

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Part I of this series analyzed the opportunities (as well as the related strings attached) stemming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), a.k.a. the Economic Stimulus Plan. The inspiration came from my attendance of the Deltek Insight 2009 user conference last May, where Deltek decided to fill a market need and interest by convening a separate “track” that was entitled

Is Your ERP System Provider a Psychopath?

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Here’s an often overlooked factor in ERP software selection, and it’s got nothing to do with ERP functions or features: Personality. That’s right, personality. No, I’m not talking about the personality of your presumptive ERP systems (see also: pathetic fallacy). Nor am I talking exclusively about the personality of the ERP vendor sales reps, say, or of the software demo team.
  • Written By: David Clark
  • Published On: February 16 2010

PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 4: PTC

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If you have followed my previous posts of this blog series (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I guess you may have an idea about who will be the third vendor I’m going to discuss concerning the relevance between its product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings and the lean product development (LPD) concept. Yes, it is PTC. Like Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM Software, PTC is also located in the CAD
  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published On: February 16 2010

Enterprise Resource Planning for Small Businesses Buyer’s Guide: A Preview

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Technology Evaluation Centers will be launching a buyer’s guide for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for small businesses. Here’s a preview of the guide describing the idea behind it and what it can do for you. Why an ERP Buyer’s Guide for Small Businesses? My experience as a trainer and consultant in ERP showed that most small businesses have a very subjective, therefore

Labor Management Systems: Optimizing Worker Productivity While Reducing Labor Costs

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Labor management systems (LMSs) are used primarily as a way for distribution operations to manage and track its labor activities. This includes real-time interaction with warehouse management and warehouse control systems in order to collect data on what workers are doing, how many locations they have visited, what inventory they have handled, what equipment they have used, and what paths they
  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published On: February 16 2010

Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Much More Than Meets the Eye - Part 1

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While Microsoft Corporation has not usually been that forthcoming about breaking down its revenues per individual product lines, during one earnings announcement call for financial analysts in 2009, the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions for people and businesses pointed out the following three products as its best performers: SharePoint, Microsoft

Comparative Analysis: Are You Still Confused About APS, SCM, and ERP?

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Constant changes are happening in the software market, either in software delivery methods, features and functions, or software integrations with other applications. Organizations are looking for solutions which can fix problems and make business processes more cost-effective. What are these solutions?

Why Are You Afraid of (Re) Defining Business Processes?

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We all are—except consultants who praise the importance of business processes, but sometimes don’t practice what they preach. Business processes can be simply good or bad habits that people follow mostly because it’s what they’ve always done rather than it being a way to work more efficiently. There are a few very good reasons that make people afraid of changing the way they do their

The Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research

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Most consultants agree that there are three stages that precede a software implementation project: research, evaluation, and selection. This three-part article will describe each of them, providing tips and real life examples that will help small businesses better understand what they need and how they can find the best product and vendor for them.
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