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Evaluating Strategic Information Technology Investment: An Appraisal of Software Alternatives for Small to Medium Enterprises
The problem of information technology investments particularly concerns small and medium enterprises, as they are much more limited in resources than large

alternatives to hierarchy  An Appraisal of Software Alternatives for Small to Medium Enterprises The origins of open source and closed source software solutions have different philosophies. The closed source methodology is in most cases practiced by companies which refer to their code as a business secret. In this way they protect their work from piracy and from copycats. The other crucial distinction is that this software is developed to satisfy market requirements. Part One of the series Evaluating Strategic Information Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Choosing Between Linux and Microsoft Windows Using an Analytical Hierarchy Process
Because small to medium enterprises are limited in their resources, they must carefully consider which of the two major operating systems available—Microsoft

alternatives to hierarchy  An Appraisal of Software Alternatives for Small to Medium Enterprises. Figure 1: AHP decision hierarchy ( Click here for larger version ) Foundation and Methodology—Alternatives and Goals Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) can base their networks on several alternatives. They can use free software, commercial open source, commercial closed source, or a combination of these choices. A universal solution for all SMEs is impossible because the entire evaluation process depends on a company's specific Read More...
6 Steps for Linking Corporate Strategy to the Budget
Ask any three people in an organization why they budget and you’ll get three different answers. But no one says they budget in order to direct the way in which

alternatives to hierarchy  work. Instead, they prepare alternatives in case they are needed. Good plans typically address three activities. They are (1) how the organization will maintain current operations, (2) how it will improve the efficiency of current operations, and (3) which new ventures or initiatives the organization will implement. In this way, any change in performance can be assessed in terms of the type of activity. Good plans-and organizations-are focused. High-performing organizations do not plan in detail. For Read More...
IT Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 1)
In a previous blog post, I wrote about the Project Manager’s role and some of the constraints that affect the daily life of a PM, namely: scope, time, and cost.

alternatives to hierarchy  Desk” I will discuss Alternatives to MS Project in detail There are a number of PPM tools available with a variety of features and functionality. Please refer to our PPM Evaluation Center for a complete listing of what is new within PPM software, along with white papers that can further your understanding of the complexities of PPM. Read More...
Keys to Implementing Project Portfolio Management
Project portfolio management (PPM) is a tool-supported process for optimally managing an organization’s “portfolio” of projects. And although PPM can provide

alternatives to hierarchy  to identify and understand alternatives and to make the right choices for your institution. Searches related to Seven Keys to Implementing Project Portfolio Management : Project Portfolio Management | Project Portfolio Management Tools | Project Portfolio Management Software | Project Management | Information Technology Project Management | Investment Portfolio Management | Product Portfolio Management | Portfolio Management Software | Portfolio Management Career | Finance Portfolio Management | Program Read More...
How to Make People More Willing to Share Knowledge in Their PLM Environment
In Why Some People Don’t Like PLM, Graham McCall said that some product lifecycle management (PLM) users’ reluctance to share knowledge with others is the

alternatives to hierarchy  to Make People More Willing to Share Knowledge in Their PLM Environment In Why Some People Don’t Like PLM , Graham McCall said that some product lifecycle management (PLM) users’ reluctance to share knowledge with others is the obstacle toward higher acceptance of PLM. I thought his point made perfect sense, and my instant reaction was to ask myself: How can this problem be resolved? Ideally, a PLM system is a platform for people to work together. This means that knowledge sharing is mutually Read More...
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

alternatives to hierarchy  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 Reshape Your Supply Chain Network (and Why You Need to Do It Now)
The landscape of the supply chain has changed drastically over the past five years. It went from local to global in manufacturing, procurement, sourcing

alternatives to hierarchy  to Reshape Your Supply Chain Network (and Why You Need to Do It Now) The landscape of the supply chain has changed drastically over the past five years. It went from local to global in manufacturing, procurement, sourcing, logistics, and customers. As such, there are some major challenges in the supply chain network: There are no boundaries within the network. There are no physical or virtual boundaries left within the supply chain. For example, the customer could be in North America and ordering a Read More...
Autodesk to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM
While the recent joining of complementary forces by Microsoft Business Solutions and Autodesk will make many heads turn, a lot more detail and clarifications

alternatives to hierarchy  to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM Event Summary At the beginning of October, amid several announcements of strategic extensions for its few enterprise resource planning (ERP) product lines, possibly the most eye-catching was Microsoft Corporation 's (NASDAQ: MSFT) initiative to avail most of its Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) ERP offerings with long needed pieces of product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality. That will happen through extension of the existing Read More...
How to Use Talent Supply Chain Management to Overcome Challenges in the Professional Services Market
Professional service providers are starting to apply supply chain management concepts to their strategies for hiring and retaining talent. Adapting to market

alternatives to hierarchy  to Use Talent Supply Chain Management to Overcome Challenges in the Professional Services Market Professional service providers are starting to apply supply chain management concepts to their strategies for hiring and retaining talent. Adapting to market demands such as globalization and a more sophisticated client base means human resources departments need a complete and integrated process of talent management. But hiring and keeping top talent can also help you increase revenues and increase client Read More...
RedPrairie: Enabling End-to-End Supply Chains (from Manufacturer to Retail Shelf)
RedPrairie provides best-of-breed supply chain execution, workforce, and all-channel retail solutions designed to streamline and expedite the flow of goods from

alternatives to hierarchy  as well as offered alternatives to some of the larger retail suite vendors, while we also differentiated ourselves from our traditional supply chain competition. This differentiation was further extended this year with our addition of all-channel commerce capabilities. Today, RedPrairie is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of retail and supply chain, offering an all-channel “Buy Anywhere—Fulfill Anywhere” commerce suite not available from any other vendor. So while we have many more competitors Read More...
Using ERP to Deliver Ecommerce for Engineer to Order Companies
Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase

alternatives to hierarchy  ERP to Deliver Ecommerce for Engineer to Order Companies Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase profits. This white paper outlines the ways that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can facilitate ETO eCommerce by opening portals to suppliers, project collaborators, and customers. Realize the benefits of eCommerce in the ETO setting with ERP software. Read More...
From Local to Hosted: The Story of One Company’s Migration to On-demand ERP
Here’s the inside story on how an international manufacturer using a traditional, local enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution shifted gears to end up with

alternatives to hierarchy  Local to Hosted: The Story of One Company’s Migration to On-demand ERP Welcome to TEC radio. I’m your host, Wayne Thompson Here’s a story to get you thinking if your organization has a traditional, local, ERP [ enterprise resource planning ] system running the business. It tells why Asahi Kasei Spandex America , a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Group of Japan, made the transition from a locally hosted ERP solution to a remotely hosted, on-demand ERP system. The company was searching for a solution Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3
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

alternatives to hierarchy  You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3 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  when it was introduced at the Dreamforce 2009 conference . However, a few months have passed and this period has helped salesforce.com craft the much clearer cloud computing evolution Read More...
How to Lead Your Organization on the Best Path to Performance Improvement (Webcast Transcript)
Companies require an agile enterprise performance management (EPM) strategy to ensure they have information to support effective decisions. The more information

alternatives to hierarchy  to Lead Your Organization on the Best Path to Performance Improvement (Webcast Transcript) Become a performance manager in your department using integrated reports, metrics and plans based on proven sweet spots of information. Discover new and more effective ways to cut costs, boost margins and manage risk. Source: IBM Resources Related to How to Lead Your Organization on the Best Path to Performance Improvement (Webcast Transcript) : Performance Improvement (Wikipedia) Business Performance Read More...

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