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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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SMB Team On-Demand CRM Comparison Guide
This guide provides a feature list comparison of 12 on-demand CRM products for small to medium businesses.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Process Manufacturing (ERP)

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 order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today's leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While during the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-Business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.    

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K2—Putting the BPM Establishment on Notice


In this first part of a two-part report, TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic takes a close-up look of the business process management (BPM) vendor K2, focusing on the business strategies and products that have allowed the vendor to become a serious contender in the BPM space.

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Focus on Process to Reduce Your Recruiting Costs


Need to reduce recruiting costs in your organization? This executive brief provides several ideas on how to reduce those costs while still driving exceptional business by employing creative recruiting strategies and combining them with the right technology.

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Comparing On Demand Customer Relationship Management Service Alternatives


Customer relationship management (CRM) functionality can fall into four categories: core functionality; non-core functionality; vertical, industry-specific features; and accounting-related features. When evaluating and selecting a CRM solution, enterprises must be aware of the potential issues associated with functions and features that are not part of core CRM functionality.

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IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud


IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud is a web-based risk management and reporting service providing a dynamic interface allowing for the performance of on-demand activities. Support tools are available in a standard configuration for a range of analytics, data, and scenarios, but IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud also offers flexible customization options. In this white paper, read how IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud brings the front and middle offices together by addressing and meeting the different needs of portfolio and risk managers, traders, and analysts. The adoption of IBM Business Analytics can help businesses outperform competitors: learn about the myriad of features and benefits that can be brought to your organization.

Decision making needs to be supported by real-time, detailed data, which is delivered by IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud. You can be confident in the source and quality of the risk analysis data, as IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud provides extensive information and increased visibility on all aspects involved in managing risk. Users can perform a variety of comprehensive “what if” scenarios based on real data to assess an operation before it’s executed. IBM takes your data security seriously and offers a multi-level approach to protecting your information through different security and permissions settings on the individual level. Learn about how IBM Algo One Risk and Financial Engineering Workbench can provide a deeper reading of data. Business can be even more successful with the implementation of IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud.

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Act-On


Act-on offers a cloud-based marketing automation platform. Act-On's technology features a database for accelerated campaign implementation; an easy, intuitive user interface; and a comprehensive, feature-rich solution set. This includes an e-mail engine with one-click integration to Web conferencing and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions; tools for website visitor tracking, lead scoring, lead nurturing, and social media prospecting; and design tools for Web forms, landing pages, and e-mail.

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Hosted versus On-premises Customer Relationship Management


The dot-com revolution has left few impressions as significant as the hosted software phenomenon. In fact, its success has caused many organizations with reservations about hosted solutions to think twice. So what exactly are its advantages and disadvantages?

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Focus on PLM: Mastering Process to Improve Product Development


Promising to transform the way products are developed, product lifecycle management (PLM) is one of the fastest-growing areas of technology investment for retailers and brands alike. But why should your company consider PLM? Find out why successful PLM implementations are initiated to support key strategic objectives, and how PLM can ultimately improve your profitability through enhanced operational efficiency.

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On-demand IT Asset Management: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How You Can Benefit.


You probably know that managing your IT assets and infrastructure is becoming increasingly more complex, as your company operates on a broader, more global scale. But do you know what IT asset management (ITAM) is and how it can benefit your company? Learn about ITAM solutions that can help your organization gain greater control over the various components, including software and hardware, within your IT architectures.

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More Vendors Bail on Oracle in Favor of IBM


Oracle’s focus on software application markets is impacting its Database business. Recently SAP AG and Siebel Systems, i2 Technologies, Inc., and PeopleSoft have also chosen IBM’s DB2 Universal Database as their preferred database for developing current and future applications, and as their preferred backend database for customer deployment. In addition, IFS AB, one of the top 10 ERP vendors, which was previously Oracle-centric, has announced an agreement with IBM to add DB2 support.

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Application Single-Sign On: Netegrity, Securant, or Evidian?


As security breaches become increasingly more frequent, minimizing user access to back-end systems and web applications without impacting legitimate usage is more important than ever before.

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