Outsourcing with Confidence. Improving Communication, Visibility, and Quality Control

Outsourcing of software development work requires careful considerations and practices to alleviate the potential challenges involved. This white paper summarizes the challenges and describes Code Rocket: a software visualization and documentation system that offers assistance for supporting recommended best practices for outsourcing.

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Selecting ERP for Engineer-to-order Manufacturing

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Most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software was not designed for a project-oriented environment like engineer-to-order (ETO). How do the needs of ETO manufacturers differ from more traditional manufacturers? And how can an ETO manufacturer go about selecting ERP software that truly meets their needs for project visibility and control? Download this white paper to find out more. 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

Using Chatter with FinancialForce Accounting for Better Credit and Collections Collaboration

Collaboration is a key part of credit and collections, both in avoiding disputes and resolving them. Effective information sharing can go a long way. This research paper presents two use cases that involve four main factors for enabling sell-side collaboration: recording, storing, sharing, and accessing of data. They have used Chatter on the Salesforce1 platform in an effort to support those collaborative processes by both providing full account visibility to all stakeholders and tracking conversations... Read More

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