An Architect's Evaluation of Form and Function—the Dimensional Data Model

A detailed assessment and evaluation of data warehouse system functionality and how it applies to the dimensional data model using tools that the architect works with.

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Usability as an ERP Selection Criteria

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is often criticized for being complex and difficult to use—which puts up a barrier to receiving potential benefits. Systems with integrated search functionality and Web-like interfaces can make ERP solutions easier to use. Learn how to evaluate ERP software for its usability, so you can avoid investing in platforms that aren’t evolved toward usable and efficient interfaces. Read More

Applying an Economic Model to IT Management: Operations Management in the Virtual Data Center

Virtualization systems have been replacing traditional, silo-based IT architectures to consolidate resources and workloads, but virtualization requires resource and performance management technologies designed to handle dramatically different, complex behaviors. This white paper describes a supply chain economy approach, which combines monitoring, analytics, and actions to enable proactive virtualization management.  Read More

Top 10 Evaluation Criteria for Copy Data Management & Data Virtualization

Data virtualization is becoming more important, as industry-leading companies learn that it delivers accelerated IT projects at a reduced cost. With such a dynamic space, one must make sure that vendors will deliver on their promises. This white paper outlines 5 qualification questions to ask before and during the proof of concept (POC), and 5 things to test during the POC. Read More

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How Kelly Moore Paints Simplified Its ERP Software Evaluation and Selection

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Kelly-Moore Paints, the largest employee-owned paint company in the US, was looking to consolidate all business activities into one company-wide platform. The challenge: it had only 10 months in which to complete the project—including requirements-gathering, evaluation and selection, and implementation. Find out how Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) helped Kelly-Moore take control of its software selection project. Read More

Adopting Service-oriented Architecture Increases the Flexibility of Your Enterprise

Time was, information technology (IT) systems lasted much longer. Organizational restructuring was uncommon, as business did not really require it. However, with ever-shrinking business cycles, IT must now be capable of quickly adapting to changing business needs. That’s why present-day IT systems must be built to change—and services-oriented architecture (SOA) may just hold the key. Read More
 
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