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The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 2: Evaluation of ERP Software

If you’ve gone through the research phase while looking for ERP, the next major step is the evaluation process. At the end of it, you should have a shortlist of products that best fit your needs, which will be used in the final stage: the selection. Read More

UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 1

February and bleak mid-winters are not exactly the high season for software user conferences in North America, and thus I accepted the invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe, to its UK 2010 user conference. The attraction, in addition to the Celtic Manor Resort in lush South Read More

My PLM Video Playlist on YouTube

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: April 1 2010
A little heads-up: We’re going to start having videos on TEC’s Web site. We'll produce videos in the future but the first step we’ll start with is a library of links to freely available ones from YouTube. Although YouTube mainly serves as a source of entertainment, there are videos for other purposes as well. After a little searching and watching, here is my playlist of YouTube videos related to Read More

TEC Launches a New Decision Support System: jDICE (just Decide-Ignore [Your Idiot] Customers and Employees)

Montreal, QC — April 1, 2010 — Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), a world-wide leader in enterprise software evaluation, has released a new decision support system for pragmatic decision makers who already know what’s most important for their company: jDICE™ (just Decide—Ignore [Your Idiot] Customers and Employees). After all, why should you worry about customers or employees when Read More

Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis - Part 3

Part 1 of this series analyzed the phenomenon of the service economy or the increasing importance of the service sector in industrialized economies. Especially in a sluggish market, the service delivered after the initial sale of a product is what can truly differentiate competitors. The service opportunity is also there, since after-sale service is quite difficult to Read More

Product Note: Jaspersoft-Is It Ready for Big Enterprises?

Entering the BI space for large companies is not a small challenge. Jaspersoft may be doing its homework to acquire more recognition and make a smooth but sure entrance into the “large scale” BI segment. Read More

SaaS BI Provider BIME Announces Release of v1.60: Geospatial Analysis

With the belief that business intelligence (BI) applications are sometimes too hard to use, manage, and deploy, We Are Cloud, a software provider company based in France (Oh la la!), created BIME, a software-as-a- service (SaaS) BI application. BIME’s goal is to offer a powerful tool from the cloud to make BI easy. Yes, I am talking about a SaaS BI offering. Recently, a colleague and I Read More

Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Much More Than Meets the Eye - Part 3

Part 1 of this series discussed the current upbeat state of affairs of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, as one of the three best-performing products within the entire Microsoft Corporation of late. In a nutshell, during 2009, the product grew notably and surpassed one million licensed users. Microsoft’s customer relationship management (CRM) offering has become attractive to companies Read More

The Art of Learning

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: March 25 2010
There was a time when school was the place for learning. Thirty-five years ago—when I was a young girl—children went to schools where the curriculum included such basic subjects as mathematics, reading, writing, and music and the forums available to us consisted of text books, encyclopedias, and newspapers. The global introduction to the personal computer (PC)—as early as the mid 1980’s—gave us Read More

Human Resources: To Outsource or Not to Outsource, That Is the Question

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: March 24 2010
As human resource outsourcing (HRO) becomes an increasingly popular option for many HR organizations, they must inform themselves about the benefits and challenges outsourcing brings. Find out why outsourcing your HR activities may or may not be right for you. Read More
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