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E-procurement: From Brilliant Innovation to Common Cliché
Electronic procurement has moved from a nice idea to a stampede in just a few years. Growing at Internet speed it spawns business models faster than the market

advantages of related to procurement  program offering leveraged buying advantages to small and mid-sized companies. What is especially novel about this is Concur's teaming with insurance and investment giant SAFECO, which will likely result in Concur's products and services being sold - or at least promoted -- by SAFECO's independent agents. A company looking to bring this technology in-house has to predict not just which vendors will be able to do the job - meeting both immediate and future needs - but which new business models will spin of Read More...
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Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

advantages of related to procurement  research showed even greater advantages came from using on-demand PLM software (also known as software as a service or SaaS ) versus traditional client/server on-premise systems. Namely, on-demand software requires no special hardware or information technology (IT) staff, is easier to deploy than traditional on-premise client/server software and is accessible from anywhere in the world through an ordinary Web browser and Internet connection. Specifically, the survey respondents who use on-demand Arena Read More...
The Greening of SaaS
Traditionally, the advantage of software as a service (SaaS) is that it reduces the costs involved in installing, deploying, and supporting stand-alone software

advantages of related to procurement  new perspective illuminates these advantages from a different vantage point. With no hardware to purchase or software to run, the energy required to power that hardware and execute that software is eliminated or significantly reduced, depending on client-side resource consumption. Later in the lifecycle, this also means no obsolete hardware to decommission, nor any need to arrange for appropriate recycling or disposal. If SaaS is viewed correctly as a form of service outsourcing, it also eliminates Read More...
Best-of-breed Approach to Finance and Accounting
CODA's savvy accounting and financial offerings include budgeting, forecasting, scorecards, and tools that use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets collaboratively and

advantages of related to procurement  For more on the advantages and the inherent risks of Excel-based tools, see Vendors Harness Excel (and Office) to Win the Lower-end of Business Intelligence Market . Within CODA e-Finance (a Web-based version of the product), all reports validated and cross-checked on-line to validate, to eliminate separate, unsecured reporting tables. Lights out scheduling and Web document publishing also eliminate manual intervention. In addition, the data manipulation capabilities of Excel mean that management Read More...
Concur Aims To Be Single Point Of (Purchasing) Access
Concur began as a vendor of shrink-wrapped travel and expense tracking software, but is now making a play to be a major provider of self-service Internet

advantages of related to procurement  agreed to dwarf the advantages of almost any other application around. While Concur is now leveraging its T&E customers to sell SSHR and Procurement, it needs to move into a position where people come to it first for E-procurement. We think there's a chance, possibly about 30%, that Concur can be one of the companies that is put on everyone's short list when they think about E-procurement. It should be a leader in the corporate portal space, but may have to do a lot more concept selling for customers to Read More...
In Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business
Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required

advantages of related to procurement  Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required by their IT operations, especially by their data centers. Greening IT starts in the data center: find out how data center consolidation—and other solutions—can help you reduce energy consumption, and even increase productivity and efficiency. Read More...
5 Ways to Effectively use Social Media to Conduct Your Job Search
In Using Social Media Tools for Recruiting Talent, I discussed how more and more businesses today are using social media tools for attracting and finding the

advantages of related to procurement  Ways to Effectively use Social Media to Conduct Your Job Search In Using Social Media Tools for Recruiting Talent , I discussed how more and more businesses today are using social media tools for attracting and finding the right person to fill a position. This current post will focus on the job seeker. It’s no secret that the last few years has seen unemployment rates rise well above the norm. In fact, recent numbers show that—while things are slowly getting better—many in the market for a job are Read More...
Managing the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence: A 360-Degree Perspective
For many companies, total cost of ownership (TCO) of business intelligence (BI) solutions is out of control. And the problem is growing, fueled by ever

advantages of related to procurement  the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence: A 360-Degree Perspective For many companies, total cost of ownership (TCO) of business intelligence (BI) solutions is out of control. And the problem is growing, fueled by ever-increasing demands from the user community, massive new sources for data, new capabilities, shadow it landscapes, and the cost of keeping people abreast of all the changes. This paper focuses on developing a framework for monitoring and managing the TCO of BI. Read More...
SAP Invited to White House to Showcase Consumer Innovation in Advancing Public Safety
The White House invited SAP to demonstrate the capabilities of Recall Plus, a product designed to

advantages of related to procurement  Invited to White House to Showcase Consumer Innovation in Advancing Public Safety The White House invited  SAP to demonstrate  the capabilities of Recall Plus, a product designed to catch a recall on kids' products or food with undeclared allergens . Recently, Washington officials encouraged the development of technological products that help enhance public safety. Recall Plus makes public safety information available to the public in a timely fashion, ensuring that consumers are advised about Read More...
How to Create Dashboards People Love to Use
Dashboards have become a standard business tool over the last decade. Dozens of dashboard-building solutions have sprung up to meet the demand. Yet in the

advantages of related to procurement  to Create Dashboards People Love to Use Dashboards have become a standard business tool over the last decade. Dozens of dashboard-building solutions have sprung up to meet the demand. Yet in the flurry of technology and enthusiasm, little attention has been paid to how to design focused, thoughtful, and user-friendly dashboards. This guide will show you concepts and best practices for creating a high-impact dashboard that people love to use. Read More...
CMS Is to Content as SOA Is to Enterprise Applications
There’s no disputing the fact that content management systems (CMS) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) are closely related. From reuse, the ability to

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How to Respond Faster to Customer Feedback
What’s the best way to know if your customers are satisfied? Simply ask them. Conducting customer surveys without the right tools, however, can demand a lot of

advantages of related to procurement  to Respond Faster to Customer Feedback What’s the best way to know if your customers are satisfied? Simply ask them. Conducting customer surveys without the right tools, however, can demand a lot of staff time to manage and analyze the results. Indeed, response time can make the difference between keeping customers and losing them. One way to respond faster to customer issues—and save time and effort—is by investing in an automated customer feedback system. Read More...
How to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean
Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma

advantages of related to procurement  to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma principles. Consensus is growing that technology is key for successful lean initiatives. This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives. Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

advantages of related to procurement  You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2 In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud )  was tepid. To be frank, Marc Benioff, salesforce.com ’s flamboyant and engaging CEO, gave an atypically incoherent and dry keynote speech when he  introduced Chatter at the Dreamforce 2009 Read More...
Microsoft to Add
Microsoft's Encore acquisition should bring the two former partners' complementary product offerings even closer together and should widen opportunities within

advantages of related to procurement  to Add Encore Functionality to MBS Great Plains 8.0 Part Two: Market Impact Market Impact On April 27, Microsoft Corporation 's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Microsoft Business Solutions ( MBS ) division announced the acquisition of accounting products from a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada-based vendor Encore Business Solutions , Inc . that could be critical to the success of customers and partners in the public sector. The acquisition includes Encore's not-for-profit accounting products and the inter-company Read More...

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