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Right-sizing ERP for SMBs

The level of success a small to midsize business (SMB) achieves depends on its ability to gain a competitive advantage by means of product improvement, efficient processes, and increased visibility.

What do enterprise resource planning (ERP), NFL playoffs commercials, and the movie Fight Club have in common? Find out in this white paper from Ziff Davis, examining a key question SMBs need to ask themselves when selecting an ERP system and deciding between on-premises and cloud deployment. Read More

Improve Employee Engagement Through Live Video

  • Source: Ustream, Inc.
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While it’s not surprising that some employees fall into the “disengaged” category, what is surprising is the size of that number. The recent Gallup survey “State of the American Workplace” found that 70 percent of American workers are either not engaged or are actively disengaged.

The results are observed directly in the bottom line, with the price tag for disengaged employees accounting for $450 billion to $550 billion in annual losses in productivity. With so much at stake, how can... Read More

Optimizing the Mobile Workforce: Maximizing the Value of Your Investment in Mobility

  • Source: Calero
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Today, enterprises leverage mobility for more than just communication. They want to maximize the productivity of the mobile workforce. That means choosing mobile devices, applications, policies, and services aligned with enterprise goals. What matters most to enterprises today is equipping the mobile workforce for success at the right cost and with acceptable security.

Optimizing the mobile workforce is a matter of finding the right balance between cost, security, and usability. Usability... Read More

Creating a Blueprint for Analytics Talent: A Research Study on Talent Capabilities Needed to Be Highly Effective in Analytics Jobs

  • Source: IBM
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According to a 2014 study, 80% of the world’s data was created in the last two years alone. This data explosion has created greater opportunities for organizations to use analytics to gain deeper insights to inform smarter business decisions. Organizations, however, vary greatly in the degree to which they have advanced their analytics functions to capitalize on this volume of available information.

This white paper explores the growing gap between the needs of organizations and the talent... Read More

Hire the Right Talent: Realize the Positive Impact that Assessments Can Have on Business Metrics

  • Source: IBM
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How does your human resources (HR) department find and hire quality candidates?

Traditional techniques of screening resumes and conducting job interviews may not be as effective as you think. However, assessment tests have been shown to be a more accurate prediction of job performance. This white paper introduces the range of assessment tests available to measure behaviors and abilities that can help organizations match the right candidate to the job. Read More

Leveraging Employee Surveys to Influence Business Performance: Why the Employee Engagement Construct Is Important to Business Leaders

  • Source: IBM
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It is critical to have an understanding of how an organization’s investment in its talent management initiatives is returned, whether it influences the bottom line or other performance measures of an organization. An understanding of this return on investment (ROI) enables an organization to align its efforts for human capital management initiatives with those that can have the most influence on performance outcomes. It also helps the organization to prioritize its resource allocation efforts.

Employee... Read More

Performance Feedback beyond the Annual Appraisal: Feedback via Technology Linked to Positive Employee Attitudes

  • Source: IBM
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Effective feedback is critical for employees to improve their work performance, which, in turn, drives business growth. Feedback helps to reduce ambiguity and uncertainty about what goals to pursue, to understand what behaviors are required for success, and to know how others view and evaluate one’s performance.

With workplace communication and collaboration technologies becoming ever more commonplace, and timely face-to-face communication becoming less feasible due to ever-growing virtual... Read More

Smarter Compensation Enables a Smarter Workforce: The Connection between Compensation and Career Advancement

  • Source: IBM
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For many organizations, human capital is one of the organization’s largest investments, accounting for up to 70 percent of operating expenses.

Given the value of this asset and the cost of maintaining it, organizations seeking a true return on their investment in people must develop a deep competency in compensation and rewards, not only to help ensure packages that attract, retain and engage key talent, but also to help ensure that budget is optimized in alignment with the organization’s... Read More

2014 Guide to Severance and Workforce Transition

The current pace at which the business world is changing is unprecedented—a pace that results in constant reassessment of organizational goals and focus. As the economy continues to fluctuate, and the economic future remains uncertain, eliminating positions remains commonplace.

Commonness, however, does not make the elimination of positions any easier on the worker whose job is disappearing. Therefore, many organizations offer severance packages to ease the transition between roles, temper... Read More

Forrester’s Ideal Tool Set For Application Performance Management For Better Business Performance

In this white paper, Forrester Consulting evaluates issues surrounding the management of IT transactions, applications, and business services. A survey was conducted of 159 professionals with direct responsibility for business-critical applications. All enterprises surveyed had fundamental issues while managing the performance of these applications and business services.

Each evolution of application technology and business services has brought another level of complexity and has increased... Read More
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