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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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SmartOps Steps Out in to the Cloud SCM
SmartOps Corporation is a quiet provider of supply chain planning (SCP) solutions that right-size inventory and capture more sales (by way of managing demand

analyze the scm system  modules allow companies to analyze crucial inputs and signals, model the impact of decisions on global inventories, and help ensure balanced inventory levels while respecting service levels and minimizing risk. Similar to SAP in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) world, SmartOps EIO is a top-of-the-range offering with deepest multi-echelon inventory planning and optimization (MIPO) functionality. The MIPO algorithms and system functionality were built in an abstract, multi-industry fashion, which

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Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software Evaluation Report

Criteria in this Software Evaluation Report pertain to managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this Software Evaluation Report will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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Although small to midsized manufacturers employ more than half of all workers in the US, today’s demand-driven, global economy is challenging them to operate with the same agility as their larger counterparts. To stay competitive, it is essential that these manufacturers implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology. With the right ERP system, they can become mighty and thrive in the face of bigger competition.

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The Case for Pricing Management


Savvy and dynamically optimized pricing can mean the difference between survival and failure. In many environments it might be smarter, quicker, and more useful to calculate pricing based on systematic analysis rather than on fuzzy thinking or human emotions.

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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America


By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than $2.5 million (USD), and more than 98 percent have fewer than 100 employees. To compete, small businesses need to be innovative, and understand both personalization and value, and how to execute best practices to build success.

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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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Seeing the Future in Discrete Manufacturing: Paving the Way for Success


The evolution of global discrete manufacturing is ongoing. How executives at manufacturing companies answer questions and anticipate what will be the right answer six months, a year, or two years from now will determine the success of their company. Infor examines current industry trends and identifies what it believes to be the seven trends producing the greatest stress and change in discrete manufacturing today.

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Gen Y Talent: How to Attract and Retain the Young and the Restless


Because “Generation Y” will soon make up the bulk of the workforce, companies need to evolve their human resources (HR) programs and services to deliver to Gen Y, and focus on recruiting and retaining this next generation of workers. For HR programs to be successful, you need to know the issues surrounding Gen Y in the workplace, including why Gen Y behaves differently from Generation X and the Baby Boomers. Learn more.

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Seeing through the Fog: Managing Application Performance in the Cloud


Much of a network professional’s time is spent in the weeds—fixing what breaks and trying to keep infrastructure humming so users don’t call the help desk. Climbing out of the weeds to take in the big picture and lay the groundwork for better future performance seems a luxury. This report introduces best practices for improving the performance of mission-critical networked applications and provides pointers for what to look for in a measurement tool in a WAN-optimized environment.

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The Critical Role of the Enterprise Product Catalog: Cost, Time-to-market, and the Customer Experience


Many companies now combine services in pre-packaged, high-value bundles to reduce customer churn rates. And these bundled services have proved to bring returns. But they also bring complexity—some major service providers may have over 150 product catalogs. Get tips on how to overcome the problems of bundling, and avoid catalog duplication in your product or service offering, with product information management (PIM).

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On the Move: Great Productivity Solutions for the Mobile Sales Team


In this paper it’s argued that over the next three to five years, the winners in sales will be the ones who figure out how to smoothly and productively manage a mobile sales team. Selling will be a mobile discipline. It’s imperative to craft a plan for making mobility standard and keeping information secure.

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Connect the Dots: Simplifying the Online Ad Business


Over the past few years, the online advertising space has become crowded and very complex, and more technologically driven middle-men have acquired increasingly large shares of the overall online revenue. Traditional publishers have been at a disadvantage and struggling to regain control over their online ad business. In this white paper, we propose a solution that straddles the whole value chain through a suite of previously unconnected technologies. By connecting all these dots, publishers are empowered to effectively create and use behavioral data patterns of their visitors, and sell advertisement with exclusive access to different types of audiences--thus returning to a more profitable business model of advertising in media.

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