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Making a list and checking it twice is a particularly good practice when picking a finance and accounting software solution. If you don?t find the right product for your company, you?ll just pay for the mistakes on the back end. But first you need to know which features your small to midsize business must have and which you don?t want. Get some tips that will help you create your finance and accounting checklist.
Related to Making Software: Accounting and Financial Management, Decision Making, Small Business Accounting, Software Selection, Inside Business Finance
Do you know what evaluation criteria you should consider when making a customer relationship management (CRM) purchase? Before embarking on the process of making this critical business decision, learn more about the 10 fundamental functional areas to consider, including acquiring new sales, improving customer satisfaction, getting a consistent view of the customer, and improving renewal, up-sell, and cross-sell.
Related to Making Software: Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Decision Making, Marketing Automation, Practices and Business Issues, Sales Force Automation (SFA), Software Selection, NetSuite
Once you decide it?s time to upgrade the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for accounting system, the next question is: ?How much does it cost?? However, many variables factor into the total project price?and software is only a fraction of that. Discover 16 insider tips that can help you save money, as well as 30 specific questions to ask your software vendor, so you can avoid hidden costs and understand the total quote.
Related to Making Software: Accounting and Financial Management, Consulting and Services, Decision Making, Software Selection, CAL Business Solutions
Many small to medium businesses (SMBs) do not have experience with software as a service (SaaS), but are looking to adopt SaaS solutions soon. According to studies, 2009 will be the tipping point, with a majority of companies aiming to adopt SaaS this year. But these companies must be cautious, as the old rules for on-premise software analysis and purchase don?t apply. Discover the new rigorous criteria you should use.
Related to Making Software: Consulting and Services, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Decision Making, Hosting Services, Knowledge Management and Collaboration, Learning and Education, Office Application and Automation, Project and Process Management, Software Selection, HyperOffice
Choosing the right sales and product configurator is daunting. Complex products, services, and processes can contain hundreds of thousands of possibilities. To be effective, your sales and product configurator solution needs to have at least four key characteristics, including the flexibility to model your products and processes. Discover how to get the best configurator vendor and how to make the most of implementation.
Related to Making Software: Business Process Modeling, Decision Making, Manufacturing Management, Product Data Management, Product/Item Configurator, Sales Management, Software Selection, Cincom Systems
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems offer great value to companies, but choosing the right ERP system can be overwhelming. To choose the system and vendor that can best meet your needs, you need the tools that can help you address the business goals of your enterprise and mitigate the risks involved in a selection project. You can apply these concepts to a variety of ERP selection processes. Learn more.
Related to Making Software: Decision Making, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Risk Management, Software Selection, Cincom Systems
As time passes, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems drift further and further into misalignment with enterprise goals, strategies, and tactics. Eventually your legacy ERP system begins to interfere with your company?s ability to operate efficiently. Examine ERP evaluation criteria and techniques, and equip yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to measure your current ERP system?s effectiveness.
Related to Making Software: Change Management, Decision Making, Decision Making Considerations, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), IT Solutions Architecture, Legacy Connectivity, Software Selection, Strategy, Cincom Systems
Because today?s IT budgets are under increasing scrutiny and business requirements have become more complex, buyers of business intelligence (BI) solutions must evaluate total cost of ownership (TCO). The BI architecture can be an asset to IT departments, meeting a range of user needs while minimizing the amount of IT maintenance and administration. Learn more about how to do TCO analysis of a BI system?before you buy.
Related to Making Software: Business Intelligence (BI), Business Performance Management (BPM), Data Management and Analysis, Decision Making, Software Selection, Total Cost Analysis (TCO), Microstrategy, Inc.
Continuous change in the retail industry is limiting retailers? ability to plan, forecast, price, and replenish. Thus, many retailers are facing a dilemma: they need new retail technology to adapt their processes and respond more rapidly to changing markets, but they can?t afford the up-front expenditure or lengthy implementation. But advances in new software-as-a-service (SaaS) retail solutions can help. Learn how.
Related to Making Software: Decision Making, Hosting Services, Return on Investment (ROI), Software Selection, Technology Tools and Methods, Predictix, LLC, Retail Trade
Oracle?s Accelerate is a program in which Certified and Certified Advantage partners build industry-specific solutions combining Oracle enterprise applications and rapid-implementation tools with the partners? own expertise or software. The program aims to reduce the time, complexity, and cost of deploying Oracle solutions, to make them suitable for mid-market companies and governmental organizations. Learn more.
Related to Making Software: Consulting and Services, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Decision Making, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Installation (Support and Pre-installation), Partnership Management, Software Selection, Oracle, Executive, Legislative, and Other General Government Support, Manufacturing
Many successful midsized companies reach a point when transitioning to a tier-one enterprise application system is necessary. Transitioning to a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is a challenge?but it may not be as complex as you think. Learn common myths about tier-one ERP systems, as well as how ERP solutions can help you manage regulatory compliance and track performance with key performance indicators.
Related to Making Software: Business Performance Management (BPM), Change Management, Decision Making, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Management Practices, Project and Process Management, Regulatory and Compliance, Software Selection, Oracle
The small to midsize market for enterprise applications is already growing. Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are looking for practical solutions that offer full capabilities at a quick return on investment (ROI). Vendors responding to SMB requirements now offer solutions with rapid implementation, Microsoft Office integration, and mobile support. Find out more about what enterprise application vendors are offering?and what you should be looking for.
Related to Making Software: Decision Making, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Middleware, Practices and Business Issues, Return on Investment (ROI), Software Selection, Oracle
The idea that tier-one systems are difficult to maintain and upgrade is based on outdated notions about their complexity and flexibility. Although tier-one systems are more complex internally than tier-two or tier-three systems, tier-one systems are often easier to maintain: for one thing, one enterprise system is easier to maintain than several. Learn more about this and other reasons for upgrading to a tier-one system.
Related to Making Software: Decision Making, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Project and Process Management, Software Selection, Oracle
For midsize firms seeking more value in a shorter period of time, a rapid enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation may be the way to go. If you?re unsure this is the right choice, you need to consider some important factors. The best candidates tend to be ERP solution first-timers. Learn more about how to work closely with ERP partner vendors for a rapid?and successful?ERP implementation.
Related to Making Software: Decision Making, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Installation (Support and Pre-installation), IT Infrastructure, Migration and Version Maintenance Services, Requirements Management, Software Migration, Software Selection, Total Cost Analysis (TCO), Oracle
Users implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for the first time are often intimidated by the time and cost, and want to accelerate the go-live date. Acceleration, when done with the right implementation strategy and tools, can be of tremendous benefit, including reduced costs and increased return on investment (ROI). But for some, the question is: to accelerate or not to accelerate? Learn more.
Related to Making Software: Decision Making, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Installation (Support and Pre-installation), Needs Analysis, Return on Investment (ROI), Software Selection, Total Cost Analysis (TCO), Oracle
 
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