Creating Our 21st Century Economy through a Smart Grid

The power grid is pushed to its physical limits with our growing demands for cheap electricity. To keep up, we need a “smart” electrical grid prepared for real-time information and enabling fast response. A new power delivery system can manage supply and demand while allowing consumers to manage their energy usage online. Read more about the benefits for utility companies, consumers, the economy, and the environment.
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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

11 Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is your information backbone, reaching into all areas of your business and value chain. That’s why replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner. And since your long-term business strategy will shape your selection, it’s critical that your ERP provider be part of your vision. Read More

Human Capital Management in the 21st Century

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By embracing IBM Business Analytics, HR departments can quickly reallocate resources and reorient people to make better decisions. By understanding past performance, current results, and future possibilities, analytics-driven HR departments can achieve better business outcomes. Read More

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Ethernet Enables the Smart Grid

The electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution system has survived for decades with limited intelligence. But today, independent power producers, green power sources, and new regulations require a smarter grid. Learn how the electric utility landscape has changed, and how Ethernet-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems can be used to control power flowing into and out of the grid. Read More

Are You Ready for the Project Economy?

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The multitude of messages and media in this interactive age contributes to a fragmented consumer goods market. Shorter product life cycles, mass product customization, and increasing supply chain complexity are all symptoms of the new project economy. The arrival of this new age must be recognized by business leaders, and the systems supporting business must change to accommodate this reality. Read More
 
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