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Busting the Myth of Commoditized Software Markets with the New TEC Focus Indicator
The new TEC Focus Indicator is a concrete way to start gauging the real functionality, competitive differentiators, and focus of enterprise software products

8a vendors  the Myth of Commoditized Software Markets with the New TEC Focus Indicator If you're in the early phases or even in the midst of a software selection project, I assume you've read industry analyst prestidigitations, squared those up with vendor posturing, and lent an ear to various experts. Those efforts might help you figure out whether the products you're considering buying and eventually implementing actually do what you need, but the new TEC Focus Indicator ( TEC FI ) is a concrete way to start Read More...
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Manufacturing 2007 Executive Summary
For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI

8a vendors  2007 Executive Summary Manufacturing 2007 Executive Summary If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Infor SCM Manufacturing Planning delivers advanced capabilities that go beyond those of traditional ERP-based planning to help you make the best use of your production resources, improve efficiencies, increase throughput, and lower costs. Because one size doesn’t fit all, each solution is business specific with Read More...
Five Steps for Switching ERP Vendors
The enterprise resource planning (ERP) market has grown to include new solutions and delivery models, adding software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to on

8a vendors  Steps for Switching ERP Vendors The enterprise resource planning (ERP) market has grown to include new solutions and delivery models, adding software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to on-premise ERP solutions. This has prompted some companies to switch to more suitable solutions. But jumping into a “rip and replace” scenario can be trickier than installing ERP for the first time. These five steps for switching ERP vendors help ease the transition. Read More...
10 Questions HR and Payroll Vendors May Not Want You to Ask
Efficient, cost-effective people management has become mission-critical for most businesses. You can’t afford to select an HR solution only to find that it

8a vendors  Questions HR and Payroll Vendors May Not Want You to Ask Efficient, cost-effective people management has become mission-critical for most businesses. You can’t afford to select an HR solution only to find that it lacks the functionality you really need, nor can many companies handle the disruption and cost of switching solutions if one doesn’t work out. Doing thorough due diligence on the front end pays off. You might already have a list of questions in mind to ask prospective vendors, but the Read More...
Examples Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)?
While the ongoing consolidation frenzy is by no means the end of smaller vendors, the number of survivors will certainly be only a few dozen. Amid these ongoing

8a vendors  Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)? Event Summary Amid extensively reported controversial takeover bids & counter bids, lawsuits & counter lawsuits tug-of -wars amongst the three renowned Tier 1 application vendors, Oracle, PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards (see Frantic Merger-Mania Spiced Up With Vendettas Leaves Customers Anxious ), almost unnoticed or only briefly reported by market observers have been recent moves of some much smaller and less visible Read More...
PLM Coming of Age: ERP Vendors Take Notice
With a PLM solution in place, a company has the ability to automate, monitor, and track product development and revision processes with their customers

8a vendors  Coming of Age: ERP Vendors Take Notice PLM Background Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the foundation that supports the management and automation of product lifecycle processes from early product conceptualization to retirement across multiple organization and enterprise boundaries. Critical to the success of any manufacturer is the ability to utilize the latest electronic commerce technologies available for competitive business advantage, i.e., to leverage them as a secure medium for the flow of Read More...
Working with Smaller ERP Vendors: The Pros and the Cons
During briefings with small ERP vendors, I often hear the argument that they are more flexible and can better respond to their customers’ needs than larger

8a vendors  with Smaller ERP Vendors: The Pros and the Cons During briefings with small ERP vendors, I often hear the argument that they are more flexible and can better respond to their customers’ needs than larger vendors. The ultimate example: “You can even talk to the CEO if you need to.” But would you want to? Bypassing the usual workflows and calling the CEO (this actually really happens) may not be a recipe for the best technical support ever. Besides, from my experience working with and for small Read More...
CIO Horror Stories and What They Mean For Vendors
Customers and vendors do not always see eye to eye as illustrated in the following horror stories about how customers have been treated by vendors. The vendors

8a vendors  Horror Stories and What They Mean For Vendors Introduction Customers and vendors do not always see eye to eye. This article illustrates three cases where vendors did the opposite of selling; they pushed the companies away. With each horror story, we are certain that the vendors in question have a very different story; however, it would be wise of vendors to examine the practices that drove the business away. The role of management is to see that rules are followed, but also to understand the need for Read More...
Beware of Vendors Bearing Solutions
Hype has been a major factor in the recent downfall of some of the enterprise application industry's most illustrious players. This article presents some very

8a vendors  of Vendors Bearing Solutions Introduction Hype. Years ago we called it leaning into the wind. It was a philosophy—maybe even an art—that enabled software companies to be competitive, to build market share, and to sell sufficient product in a timely enough fashion to fund ongoing development. If you leaned too far into the wind, you fell on your face. If you didn't lean far enough, you would watch their backs as your competition took the market share upon which you built your dreams. Leaning Read More...
Nine Questions to Ask 360-system Vendors
Many organizations are searching for automated solutions to support their 360 initiatives. Fortunately, selecting vendors is a lot like making a new hire. You

8a vendors  Questions to Ask 360-system Vendors Nine Questions to Ask 360-system Vendors If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. eXplorance provides companies, educators, government, and non-profit organizations with 100% Web-based software for intelligence gathering and analysis online surveys, 360 degree feedback reviews, performance appraisals, and other feedback management processes. Source : eXplorance Resources Related to Read More...
Vendors Begin to Round Out Their CRM Suites
Front-office vendors Baan Co. and SalesLogix Inc. round out their customer-relationship management application suites adding new marketing, service, and E

8a vendors  Begin to Round Out Their CRM Suites Vendors Begin to Round Out Their CRM Suites P.J. Jakovljevic - March 17th, 2000 Event Summary In February, front-office vendors Baan Co. and SalesLogix Inc. rounded out their customer-relationship management application suites adding new marketing, service, and E-commerce capabilities. Their announcements were made at the DCI Customer-Relationship Management Expo in Chicago. Baan, which had emerged as a front-runner in the front-office among enterprise resource Read More...
Application Vendors - Avoid Sabotaging Sales With Marketing
Have you ever lost deals where you knew you had the better product? Have you ever lost deals where the prospect agreed you had a better product? The two most

8a vendors  Vendors - Avoid Sabotaging Sales With Marketing Situation Have you ever lost deals where you knew you had the better product? Have you ever lost deals where the prospect agreed you had a better product? Many reasons exist for losing deals. The two most frequent reasons are poor salesmanship and poor marketing. The sad truth is that in most cases: Good marketing beats great product. Lets take a well-known example outside the software industry. Do you have a VHS or Beta VCR? When VCRs were first Read More...
Selecting ERP for Oil and Gas Industry Contractors and Vendors
Suppliers to the oil and gas industry are under more pressure than ever before to increase quality, collaborate closely with the customer, and take on more

8a vendors  ERP for Oil and Gas Industry Contractors and Vendors IFS Applications gives suppliers to the oil & gas industry an integrated standard solution designed for discrete manufacturers of oil & gas equipment. With the complete product and project lifecycle in focus, from design and mixed-mode manufacturing to after-sales support, IFS Applications helps you manage all the business-critical processes within your enterprise and global organization. Source: IFS Resources Related to Selecting ERP for Oil Read More...
Pure-Play CRM Vendors: Choose an Integrated or Best-of-Breed Solution?
When selecting a CRM vendor should you go with a one-source solution, reducing the need for integration with other corporate data sources, or go with a best-of

8a vendors  Play CRM Vendors: Choose an Integrated or Best-of-Breed Solution? Pure-Play CRM Vendors: Choose an Integrated or Best-of-Breed Solution? R. Garland - September 5, 2001 Introduction  There are a LOT of CRM vendors. If you count the pure-play Integrated CRM vendors and niche, or, fill-the-cracks vendors, there at least fifty from which to choose. Should you go with a one-source solution, reducing the need for integration with other corporate data sources, or go with a best-of-breed approach, getting Read More...
Ways of Finding Software Vendors: The Pro’s and Con's
So you are looking for software to support the critical functions of your company. Unfortunately, you can't go to your local Software'R'Us. This article

8a vendors  of Finding Software Vendors: The Pro’s and Con's Introduction The most frequently asked follow-up question to my article, Software Selection: An Approach , was How do I find potential software vendors? Obviously, this is a critical question if the objective is to identify the best software solution to satisfying the business requirements of your company. The good news is that, before the Internet, you could go blind performing a search of the literature. The bad news is that, even with the Internet, Read More...

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