Standing Up in a Down Economy: Six Strategies for Improving Operations and Profits

The US and world markets are facing dramatic economic challenges. You may be questioning whether the business practices that worked for you before will continue to provide the same levels of profitability. To improve your operations or profitability, you need to take advantage of new technologies. But to get started, you need to know where you stand, and in which direction to move. Find out more about leadership strategy.

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Using ERP to Deliver Ecommerce for Engineer to Order Companies

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Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase profits. This white paper outlines the ways that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can facilitate ETO eCommerce by opening portals to suppliers, project collaborators, and customers. Realize the benefits of eCommerce in the ETO setting with ERP software. 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

5 Key Strategies to Survive and Thrive as a Value Added Reseller (VAR)

If you're a value-added reseller (VAR), you face tough competition and high customer expectations. But tight profit margins mean you have to differentiate yourself through a flawless service offering.

This white paper describes some of the pitfalls VARs commonly encounter in trying to balance profits, customer relationships, and efficiency. Here are five tips for VARs, including prioritizing collaboration, to help them thrive by better managing their supply chain lifecycle, through order, procurement, and inventory. Read More

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Enabling Growth for Midsize Companies: Three Strategies for Growing Your Business

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Six Sigma for IT Service Level Management

Industry analysts, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), recently conducted research to understand how widespread the acceptance of Six Sigma is for managing IT service quality. This research, which was targeted primarily at enterprises, showed that 65 percent of those surveyed acknowledge the relevance of Six Sigma for IT-based service management. While many IT organizations have yet to adopt Six Sigma for service management, 80 percent stated that they have plans to do so. This research suggests there is a growing interest in Six Sigma. Read More

Are You Ready for the Project Economy?

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