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Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 1
Cloud computing is changing the scope of information technology (IT) management, and organizations must be highly adaptable to safeguard the continuity of their

a part 27  through the clouds in a three-part series: Part 1: the basics Part 2: procurement Part 3: management By way of launching into the basics, I want to touch upon what you should know before googling vendors.   Terminology While the terms “cloud computing” and “as a service” (or *aaS, where *  refers to the solution being offered) are related, there lies a difference. Cloud computing refers to the actual technological frame for hosting infrastructure where your data and applications (and Read More...
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Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Four: Guidelines and Case Studies
The lack of effective game plans is typically cited as a leading cause of poor system implementation. The following guidelines provide suggestions for improving

a part 27  Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Four: Guidelines and Case Studies Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Four: Guidelines and Case Studies Featured Author - Dr. Scott Hamilton - March 26, 2004 Guidelines Concerning S&OP Game Plans Effective game plans lead to improved firm performance and bottom line results. Metrics include reductions in stock-outs, delivery lead-time, missed shipments, partial shipments, and expediting efforts. Metrics also include Read More...
Will a Tool Manufacturer and a Supply Chain Software Vendor
The merger of traditional brick-and-mortar manufacturer Illinois Tool Works with Internet-based Click Commerce is puzzling, but has some method to the madness

a part 27  ( SCM) solutions for a variety of worldwide industries. As part of the agreement, ITW purchased all of Click Commerce's outstanding shares for $22.75 (USD) per share (an approximately 27 percent premium over the share price at the time), and the total value of the transaction, including payment for outstanding stock options, was approximately $292 million (USD). The boards of directors for both companies have approved the transaction. Morgan Stanley acted as exclusive financial advisor, and McDermott Read More...
Collaborative Commerce: ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: IFS - Part 2 of 2
IFS needs to bolster its brand awareness, and let the world know that they are, in fact, a real contender in the Collaborative Commerce space. Once companies

a part 27  the push.. This is a two part article: Part One focused on details of IFS, the company and its product; this, Part Two, discusses TEC's analysis of IFS' solutions and TEC's recommendations for their use. IFS Applications 2001: Positives  There are many observations to make about IFS, its approach to enterprise software design, and its breadth of offerings toward the Collaborative Commerce space. Let's start with the positives: IFS' Componentized Architecture IFS, by splitting functionality across 60+ Read More...
Getting a More Exact Picture of, well, Exact Software Americas - Part 2
Part 1 of this series talked about my long-standing coverage of Exact Holding, and in particular about my recent update briefing with the Exact Americas

a part 27  that it was unfortunately a bit ahead of its time (see Part 1 ). Indeed, Exact has long struggled with how to position it, given that the product has had basic CRM, human resources (HR), enterprise portal, and project management capabilities, but it was not strong enough for best-of-breed comparisons. Exact Synergy has been integrated to Exact Macola and Exact Globe (in a two database setup in both cases), but its collaborative capabilities have had only a limited appeal to conservative smaller Read More...
3 Steps to Increasing Profit with a WMS
In 3 steps to increasing profit with a wms, you'll discover a three-step plan to turn your supply chain into a powerful engine for profiteven durin...

a part 27  to Increasing Profit with a WMS Your company's warehouse or distribution center could be delivering significantly more profit—and now you can learn how. In 3 Steps to Increasing Profit with a WMS , you'll discover a three-step plan to turn your supply chain into a powerful engine for profit—even during difficult economic times. Determine if an outdated warehouse management system (WMS) is dragging you down. Put extended WMS capabilities to work for you. Integrate supplier enablement, and Read More...
Strategies for a Successful CRM Implementation: A Guide for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
In general, most organizations agree that customer satisfaction—one measure of customer relationship management (CRM) success—improves when CRM software is

a part 27  for a Successful CRM Implementation: A Guide for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises In general, most organizations agree that customer satisfaction—one measure of customer relationship management (CRM) success—improves when CRM software is implemented. This white paper discusses the keys to successfully implementing CRM software solutions, as well as some of the important prerequisites—people and processes—to finding and installing CRM technology. Read More...
Getting a More Exact Picture of, Well, Exact Software Americas - Part 1
In the early and mid-2000s, I had a fairly close relationship with Exact Americas (at that time called Exact North America). As a result, there were two in

a part 27  a More Exact Picture of, Well, Exact Software Americas - Part 1 In the early and mid-2000s, I had a fairly close relationship with Exact Americas (at that time called Exact North America ). As a result, there were two in-depth TEC article series on the vendor from 2004 and 2006. At the time of the first series, the avant-garde collaborative Exact e-Synergy platform was introduced to the local market (meanwhile, the product has been renamed Exact Synergy). At the time of the second series, the Read More...
CRM-A Real Challenge
Customer relationship management (CRM) should not be viewed as an information technology (IT) tool but as a strategic enabler for organization-wide impact. This

a part 27  (IT) tool but as a strategic enabler for organization-wide impact. This white paper makes recommendations for developing a CRM strategy and value proposition to avoid an implementation falling short of expectations. Read More...
Developing a Collaborative Endpoint Security Solution: Why Perimeter Security Is Not Enough
Information security is more than just a technology. Two other areas also require consideration: processes and people. Each element is a critical point of the

a part 27  a Collaborative Endpoint Security Solution: Why Perimeter Security Is Not Enough Information security is more than just a technology. Two other areas also require consideration: processes and people. Each element is a critical point of the information security triangle, and a change in one area affects the other two. Download this white paper to learn how a collaborative approach to endpoint security can help ensure that your security solution is both comprehensive and effective. Read More...
Extending COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective
In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These

a part 27  Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These assets have performed the business functions that they were designed for, but it’s OK to remain open to new solutions too. By leveraging existing assets while moving to a service-based architecture, you can extend your existing business resources while saving Read More...
Running a Technology Platform for the Business
Technology is at a point where organizations must make decisions about where the IT platform future lies. Will existing architectures be sufficient to see a

a part 27  a Technology Platform for the Business Technology is at a point where organizations must make decisions about where the IT platform future lies. Will existing architectures be sufficient to see a business through the next few years, or will cloud computing—built on the proven approaches of Web services and service-oriented architecture—be a better way forward? By modeling and predicting future states, organizations can make the right decisions. Find out how. Read More...
E-Commerce Lesson: Success Gets a Yawn, Failure Takes a Beating
ERP giant SAP Aktiengesellschaft announced full details of its Internet strategy. Consumer electronics giant Best Buy announced 2Q earnings rise of 34 percent

a part 27  Commerce Lesson: Success Gets a Yawn, Failure Takes a Beating Event Summary With the Internet quickly shaping up as the major battleground in the ERP arena, SAP's formal announcement might have been earthshaking. It takes an early lead among the ERP vendors and positions itself to meet growing challenges from such software component manufacturers as Ariba, Commerce One and Concur. However, neither the stock market nor news analysts seemed to care very much. Almost simultaneously, Best Buy announced Read More...
A Short Guide to a Faster WAN
Wide area networks (WANs) are essential to the majority of businesses, enabling effective communications within the organization and with customers, partners

a part 27  Short Guide to a Faster WAN Wide area networks (WANs) are essential to the majority of businesses, enabling effective communications within the organization and with customers, partners, and suppliers. As more bandwidth-intensive applications are added to the mix, these networks are expected to handle the extra load—which can decrease its performance. Ensuring WAN usage is well-managed eliminates unwanted traffic and accelerates business activity. Read More...
Case Study: How a Midsized Company Saved over $870,000 on a $3 Million Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in Less Than Three Weeks
In 2004, Microsoft offered a midwestern-US-based financial services corporation a range of options to renew and replace its existing enterprise agreement. But

a part 27  Study: How a Midsized Company Saved over $870,000 on a $3 Million Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in Less Than Three Weeks In 2004, Microsoft offered a midwestern-US-based financial services corporation a range of options to renew and replace its existing enterprise agreement. But without the right negotiating skills, how could it be certain Microsoft’s offer was the most cost-saving approach? The company engaged an independent consulting firm, and in less than three weeks recognized savings of 28 Read More...
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