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Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 2: A Timesaving Solution
Since a 'one-size-fits-all' product is still not quite a viable possibility, almost every product can win provided a certain set of requirements. The Catch 22

a part 5  Part 2 - Presents a Solution Part 3 - Presents examples of applying the Solution Part 4 - Makes User Recommendations From Words To Action Given that a figure is worth thousands of words and that numbers are more irrefutable than postulates, it is a time to illustrate the discussion in Part 1 with a concrete example. Depending of which hat you wish to wear (or are already wearing), you may put yourself in a perspective of a prospective customer, vendor or consultant. Epicor , QAD and Ramco Systems are Read More...
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J.D. Edwards - A Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 1: About J.D. Edwards
Like most of its peers, J.D. Edwards is hoping to rebound by focusing on Internet collaboration and extended-ERP applications. The company has also

a part 5  Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 1: About J.D. Edwards J.D. Edwards - A Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 1: About J.D. Edwards P.J. Jakovljevic - November 8, 2000 Executive Summary J.D. Edwards & Company is a leading global provider of enterprise business software applications for distribution, finance, human resources, manufacturing, customer service and supply chain management. Like most of its peers, J.D. Edwards is hoping to rebound by Read More...
A Delicate Dance of Supply & Demand, Part 1: A Primer on Dairy Industry Complexity
The dairy industry is grueling. For farmers, the past decade has been a roller coaster of soaring fuel and feed prices and plummeting dairy sales prices

a part 5  & Demand, Part 1: A Primer on Dairy Industry Complexity The dairy industry is grueling. For farmers, the past decade has been a roller coaster of soaring fuel and feed prices and plummeting dairy sales prices, crushing many industry veterans. This white paper is intended to provide a baseline understanding of the historic and present-day challenges players in the industry face that are largely the product of governmental involvement and outside their individual control. Read More...
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 4: User Recommendations
This tutorial identifies the significance of researching technology vendors to both buyers and vendors/VARs. Buyers require research to determine the short

a part 5  Part 2 - Presents a Solution Part 3 - Presents examples of applying the Solution Part 4 - Makes User Recommendations User Recommendations Perhaps the most important take away from this analysis is the significance of buyers researching technology vendors before determining the short list, while vendors/VARs should research the viability of the opportunity beforehand. Issuing a comprehensive Request For Information (RFI) to a number of vendors is an important first step in the selection process. Once the Read More...
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial
This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection

a part 5  Note : This is a two part note where Part 1 is a discussion of the use of an IT Knowledge Based selection tool as part of a Decision Support System selection process. This second part of our two-part article is a tutorial with which illustrates using such a system to select a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). Though a PDA is far less complex than, for example, an ERP system, processes and procedures enabling narrowing down of solutions, and avoiding dissatisfaction, while taking on assessed risks, are Read More...
Move from a
While the role of IT in product development and sales has increased tremendously, a disconnect remains between the IT and business sides of an organization

a part 5  from a Cost Center to a Game Changer While the role of IT in product development and sales has increased tremendously, a disconnect remains between the IT and business sides of an organization. Some organizations also incorrectly believe that IT spend does not add direct value to the business and hence is not justified. The onus is on IT to mend this perception by delivering tangible business value. Learn how. Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

a part 5  J to Q. For A to I, see Part One . J  J2ME - Java 2 Micro Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . JDBC technology is an API that lets you access virtually any tabular data source from the Java programming language. It provides cross-DBMS connectivity to a wide range of SQL databases. There is also a new JDBC API, which Read More...
Types of Project Management Communication: Part One of a Three-part Series
As with almost every business activity, the importance of communication cannot be overstated when managing projects. Examining the various phases of project

a part 5  to the derailment of a project. Part three will focus on the tools that support project management communication. In the interim, please consult TEC’s homepage at http://www.technicalevaluation.com/ , where you can read about project management tools and vendors that offer project portfolio management (PPM) software solutions. Read More...
The ROI of Software as a Service
Many firms see software as a service (SaaS) as having a cost advantage over on-premise in the short run due to its quick implementation times and pay-as-you-go

a part 5  ROI of Software as a Service Many firms see software as a service (SaaS) as having a cost advantage over on-premise in the short run due to its quick implementation times and pay-as-you-go pricing. But many firms question the long-term value of SaaS, wondering if the rent-versus-own model has a cost crossover point? Discover how some firms have obtained long-term value with SaaS solutions as SaaS has moved into larger, more strategic deployments. Read More...
Deacom Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report
We recently certified Deacom Integrated Accounting and ERP Software v 10.4. Before sharing my impressions of Deacom’s product, I would like to briefly describe

a part 5  Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report We recently certified Deacom Integrated Accounting and ERP Software v 10.4 . Before sharing my impressions of Deacom’s product, I would like to briefly describe the certification process so you can better understand how it works. The Process : It all starts with a request for information (RFI) file, which is a hierarchical list of system features and functions that the vendor completes by rating each criterion as Supported, Not Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

a part 5  R to Z. For A to I, see Part One . For J to Q, see Part Two . R  RDBMS - Relational DataBase Management System . The typical, standard database, with both data models, data definitions, and data storage capabilities. Examples include Oracle's 9i database, Microsoft's SQLServer 2000, and IBM's DB2 and Informix. RFI - Request For Information . A formal document sent by a customer to a vendor asking for specific information about their product or line of products. It's usually the first salvo in several Read More...
The Benefits of a Software Selection Project-Even when Management Imposes a Decision
The Project Delivery Group (PDG) here at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) works closely with our clients to assist and guide them through the process of

a part 5  Benefits of a Software Selection Project-Even when Management Imposes a Decision The Project Delivery Group (PDG) here at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) works closely with our clients to assist and guide them through the process of evaluating and selecting their business software solutions. Over the years, this group has witnessed the multitude of issues and hurdles that can arise—oftentimes unexpectedly—during those selections and has become adept at helping its clients work through various Read More...
The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

a part 5  Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It Event Summary Food and beverage industry strategic sourcing vendor ecFood , recently announced exceptional results for 2001 with dramatic increases in revenue, gross margin, transaction volume, customer acquisition and services. The privately held company closed out the year with record-breaking performance, including an 815% increase in gross margin from 2000 and revenue of $37.6 million. ecFood also acquired a major dairy Read More...
Get a Grip: 5 Ways to Better Manage the Cloud
The causes of a cloud outage can differ—software updates, networking interruptions, a bolt of lightning. But one thing is for certain: a cloud computing outage

a part 5  a Grip: 5 Ways to Better Manage the Cloud The causes of a cloud outage can differ—software updates, networking interruptions, a bolt of lightning. But one thing is for certain: a cloud computing outage can significantly impact revenue generation, business continuity, and customer satisfaction. That’s all the more reason for companies to stay on top of their cloud computing environment. This white paper offers five ways to better manage a cloud-based IT infrastructure. Read More...

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