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SAP Innovations Infusing the Ariba Network


active innovations  do the following: Receive active leads from a global community of qualified buyers rather than simply tracking them Manage orders and status in real time rather than chasing paper Accelerate payments for goods and services and optimize cash by making early payments Gain new community-based intelligence and insights to make more informed decisions On the buyer side, potential benefits come from finding the right-fit suppliers faster by using Ariba Discovery , the premier service for matching buyers and

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TEC Vendor Challenge: ERP, and Disruptive Innovations and Strategies


Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is putting all its expertise and experience behind hosting the upcoming TEC Vendor Challenge, September 18–19, in Montreal, Quebec. The idea behind the TEC Vendor Challenge is to provide enterprises with an efficient way to see a number of major software vendors demo to a common script over the course of 1 to 2 days. By offering a set number of registrations,

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From Idea to Market-ready Product in Record Time


The odds against successful product innovation are long. New products need to win over consumers and convince retailers—a challenging task for many reasons, including saturated markets, a growing variety of products and brands, and shorter product life cycles. To shorten time to market, companies need to integrate all development-related areas, within a single sphere of visibility and influence.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Attend the TEC Vendor Challenge


Business software demos have become quite popular among companies deciding on new business software systems during recent years. Typically, several software vendors are invited to these events to demonstrate how their products address actual business processes—simulating real-life business scenarios. Each vendor goes through the same demo script and specifies exactly how its software addresses the

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BI Analysis in a Nutshell: Lyzasoft


In my previous post, Give BI to the Masses, I wrote about the strategies that have been implemented in some companies to empower more and more users to use business intelligence (BI) tools as part of their regular daily tasks. This extends not only to decision makers and to those in charge of knowledge management,  but also to company-wide use. This has the potential to generate very different

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Interview with Mark Flaherty from InetSoft


InetSoft Technology is a business intelligence (BI) company that has been very active this year, focusing on the process of improving their entire BI solution and to gain presence in the market. Among other things, they recently upgraded their mapping capabilities in their Style Intelligence software, launched a free dashboard software application, and added support for  enterprise resource

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The Teradata Database and the Intelligent Expansion of the Data Warehouse


In 2002 Teradata launched the Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse, becoming a key player in the data warehouse and business intelligence scene, a role that Teradata has maintained until now. Teradata mixes rigorous business and technical discipline with well-thought-out innovation in order to enable organizations to expand their analytical platforms and evolve their data initiatives. In this report TEC Senior BI analyst Jorge Garcia looks at the Teradata Data Warehouse in detail, including functionality, distinguishing characteristics, and Teradata's role in the competitive data warehouse space.

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Are Your Laptops Protected against Careless Employee Use?


The best encryption and security policies will not protect your laptops against careless employee use. Learn about the latest innovations in tracking IT assets off the local area network (LAN), remotely deleting sensitive data, and physically recovering stolen computers.

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2011 Customer Relationship Management Buyer's Guide: Innovations in CRM


Customer relationship management (CRM) has matured, and offers more choices than ever before. This buyer’s guide reviews the latest innovations in this software space, focusing on cloud, mobile, and social options, and includes a section on the range of customer-centric and process-oriented add-ons and applications available. The guide also includes valuable CRM resources, case studies, and a directory of CRM vendors.

This buyer’s guide will show what CRM vendors are doing to differentiate themselves from the competition through innovation. We will first describe some of the major innovations in the CRM space (e.g., cloud computing, social media and collaboration tools, mobile technology, and extended functionality), and then review their advantages and disadvantages. For each category of innovation, the guide will illustrate with real- life examples how CRM vendors provide innovative solutions to their customers and the associated benefits.

Innovation in the CRM world can be approached from two main perspectives: innovations in software, which affect the way companies manage their relationships with their customers (e.g., the ability to analyze customer feedback, for better customer service and even product development), and innovations in the market, which affect the accessibility and usability of CRM solutions (e.g., having CRM functionality available in the cloud or on a mobile device). And as the two qualities are interconnected (innovation in one arena generally leads or responds to innovation in the other), this guide focuses equally on innovations in CRM software and in new delivery models, such as cloud computing and mobile.

Throughout this guide, we consider CRM to be more than a set of tools and solutions that companies use to facilitate their interactions with customers. A complete CRM implementation includes strategies and best practices that companies define and apply in order to attract and retain customers.


Table of Contents


Preface

Customer Relationship Management: A Buyer’s Guide

TEC CRM Resources

Casebook

KANA Software Customer Success Story
Yahoo! Listens Proactively to Customers to Deliver Good Experiences

1C-Rarus Customer Success Story
1C:Enterprise 8 Implementation for Gazprom Neft–Tyumen

HarrisData Customer Success Story
Leading Manufacturer Employs RTI Software’s Closed Loop CRM to Manage Its Nationwide Customer Service Initiative

Infinity Info Systems Customer Success Story
Infinity Info Systems Streamlines Workflow for Leading Wealth Management Firm Halbert Hargrove

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customer Success Story
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Gives BioMedix Vascular Solutions Better Insight into Business Execution

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customer Success Story by Ignify
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Gives Foreign Currency Exchange Company a 360-degree View of Customers and Business Operations

SugarCRM Customer Success Story
USA FACT Drives Higher Revenues with Sugar ProfessionalTM and Empowers Sales On-the-go with Sugar MobileTM


Vendor Directory

SAP Special Report


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CRM Innovations


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CRM innovations can be classified into four major categories: cloud computing, mobile, social, and extended functionality. Each category uses different technologies to address the needs of customer-focused companies and respond to changes in customer behavior. Many vendors innovate in two or more of these categories; others focus on one category (e.g., some traditional CRM vendors do not yet offer a cloud-computing delivery model or social functionality, but they have created strong mobile versions of their solutions).

Most of the innovative initiatives in the CRM space are contained within these four categories (but innovations are by no means limited to these categories). We consider these categories to be of the utmost importance—and this guide will focus on them— because they greatly affect the way companies manage their relationships with customers (existing or potential).



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Can Auditing and Project Management Co-Exist in an ERP Environment?


It is hard to recall the last time an ERP implementation team included an auditor as an active member. This article explores key points in a project's lifecycle where the audit function should be involved and the deliverables to be expected.

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How to Improve the Efficiency of Software Development for Cloud-based Environments


Download this report for insight into a new class of online technology innovations that fosters quick development of new cloud-based software and modernization of business-critical legacy systems. Also featured in this report: essential guidelines from Technology Evaluation Centers for overcoming the challenges of software development, and a detailed checklist for vetting a system’s ability to adapt to good software development practices.

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