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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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What’s All This Benchmark Stuff, Anyway?
Vendors love to quote benchmarks in their product literature, press releases, and any place they think someone will use the numbers to make a buying decision

attempt to serve directory  tests are a reasonable attempt to simulate real-world conditions under which systems may be expected to operate, there will always be some deviation between the tested configuration and a customer's actual computing environment. Thus, benchmarks should be thought of more as guideposts than actual scripted scenarios . However, benchmarks can (and often do) serve as a tool for comparison between different systems. It is the comparative aspect of benchmarking which provides the most useful information.

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PLM for the Fashion Industry

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain.  

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Service Productization


Productization of services is accomplished by associating tangible features with intangible service offerings. Tangible features may take the form of personnel, collateral, methodologies, pricing, facilities, or other attributes. Automation tools like enterprise service automation, database, and project management tools serve as enablers to service productization. By associating tangible features with intangible services, the professional services firm can build client confidence.

attempt to serve directory  completed. Thus firms that attempt to extract more premium pricing can attach features like guaranteed delivery dates, fixed pricing, higher-quality methodologies, use of the latest tools, etc. in order to justify higher pricing. These are all features associated with more productized services. As noted earlier, every engagement will be, in essence, a custom delivery; however, by attaching standard features and attributes to the service offering, the Web design firm is able to extract additional margin. Read More

Social Media and Customer Experience Feedback


Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and blogs are just a few Internet services that make up the new growing digital world called social media. Many companies have seen the influence these new sites can have on their organizations for both good and bad. All companies should ask themselves, "How can we tap into the power of this new method of communication to improve our business and the experiences we provide our customers?"

attempt to serve directory  on YouTube in an attempt to stop brand erosion. As social media increases in popularity, more individuals are telling those in their SM networks about their service experiences. Some companies wrongly assume that SM is merely used by teenagers and young college students. However, Facebook reports that its fastest growing demographic is age 35 and older.1 A recent Cone Business study in social media revealed that of the 60% of Americans using social media, 93% think that a company should have a social Read More

Symix Systems Front-Steps Into Greener e-Commerce Pastures


Like many of its peers, Symix Systems, one of the leading mid-market enterprise applications vendors, has been making a big push into the e-commerce market. A new Symix subsidiary called Frontstep, which was formed in January 2000, has been actively rounding out its e-business product and strategic consulting service offerings through acquisitions, internal development and partner relationships. These products and services are still sold under the Symix brand name, however, at the expense of Symix reporting losses for the last two quarters.

attempt to serve directory  Symix might have to attempt to create mind share within the industries it had not targeted in the past (e.g., healthcare, hospitality/service, financial services), given that its current narrow manufacturing focus does not grant a significant future growth. There is an ever-increasing competition in the Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) market within the discrete manufacturing segment of the ERP market, with the intrusion of Tier 1 ERP vendors into an already crowded space. Time will tell whether Symix Read More

To BEA or Not to BEA: Is That the Question?


BEA Systems Inc., announced that twelve Business-To-Business and Enterprise Application Integration vendors have teamed with them to provide e-business solutions, as members of their BEA Professional Service Provider Program. These new providers span the United States and the EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) markets, and will leverage their vertical market and e-business expertise to implement the BEA eLink™ suite.

attempt to serve directory  BEA or Not to BEA: Is That the Question? To BEA or Not to BEA: Is That the Question? M. Reed - July 6, 2000 Event Summary BEA Systems Inc., announced that twelve Business-To-Business and Enterprise Application Integration vendors have teamed with them to provide e-business solutions, as members of their BEA Professional Service Provider Program. These new providers span the United States and the EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) markets, and will leverage their vertical market and e-business expertise to Read More

Ways to Migrate Windows Applications to UNIX/Linux


Migration can be risky and expensive if handled by inexperienced developers. Seemingly small things can lead to bigger issues and cause performance problems. Hence, the services of a professional migration service provider who has executed similar projects is recommended. Learn about the different ways you can completely migrate from Windows to UNIX and Linux, so that you can make an intelligent, informed decision.

attempt to serve directory  to Migrate Windows Applications to UNIX/Linux Migration can be risky and expensive if handled by inexperienced developers. Seemingly small things can lead to bigger issues and cause performance problems. Hence, the services of a professional migration service provider who has executed similar projects is recommended. Learn about the different ways you can completely migrate from Windows to UNIX and Linux, so that you can make an intelligent, informed decision. Read More

To ERP or Not to ERP (In Manufacturing, It Isn't Even a Question)


Despite the benefits that enterprise resource planning (ERP) brings to manufacturers, Aberdeen findings from 2010 suggest that 26% of manufacturers have yet to implement ERP. This report looks at the performance of companies that have implemented ERP software versus the companies that have not. It also examines the capabilities that companies with ERP have compared to those that don't.

attempt to serve directory  ERP or Not to ERP (In Manufacturing, It Isn't Even a Question) Despite the benefits that enterprise resource planning (ERP) brings to manufacturers, Aberdeen findings from 2010 suggest that 26% of manufacturers have yet to implement ERP. This report looks at the performance of companies that have implemented ERP software versus the companies that have not. It also examines the capabilities that companies with ERP have compared to those that don't. Read More

The Idea to Delivery Framework: A Holistic Approach to Deliver Customer Value


Today’s “new normal” business environment demands a new view of what customers value and an improved approach to delivering that value. The idea to delivery (I2D) framework posits that multiple companies now compete as a business network rather than as individual enterprises, each relying on the others to achieve collective success. This paper includes an action plan with the evolutionary steps companies can take to move toward this approach.

attempt to serve directory  Idea to Delivery Framework: A Holistic Approach to Deliver Customer Value Today’s “new normal” business environment demands a new view of what customers value and an improved approach to delivering that value. The idea to delivery (I2D) framework posits that multiple companies now compete as a business network rather than as individual enterprises, each relying on the others to achieve collective success. This paper includes an action plan with the evolutionary steps companies can take to move Read More

Ariba Network to Move to SAP HANA


In keeping with its strategy to move everything to the cloud—and to the in-memory SAP HANA platform—SAP recently announced plans to move the Ariba Network to HANA by the end of 2014.

attempt to serve directory  Network to Move to SAP HANA In keeping with its strategy to move everything to the cloud—and to the in-memory SAP HANA platform—SAP recently announced plans to move the Ariba Network to HANA by the end of 2014. With 1.5 million companies in over 190 countries conducting over half a trillion in commerce on an annual basis, the Ariba Network is by far the largest and most global business-to-business (B2B) trading platform in the world. And with the move to HANA, it is expected to become the fastest 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 "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

attempt to serve directory  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

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 an on-demand, remotely hosted ERP system. It wasn’t the change the company originally intended, but the benefits proved too overwhelming to resist.

attempt to serve directory  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

Microsoft to Add "Encore" Functionality to MBS Great Plains 8.0 Part One: Event Summary


By adding nonprofit and public sector accounting capabilities to the forthcoming MBS Great Plains 8.0 release via acquiring a former independent software vendor (ISV) partner Encore Business Solutions, Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) may find a way to counteract its archrival Best Software's superiority in the target market.

attempt to serve directory  to Add Encore Functionality to MBS Great Plains 8.0 Part One: Event Summary Event Summary 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 the customers and partners in the public sector. The acquisition includes Encore's not-for-profit (NFP) accounting products and the Read More

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A lean supply chain is more than just those activities relating directly to supply chain management (SCM). Lean supply chain improvements require a commitment to finding the correct mix of efficiency and responsiveness. But the reward is great for manufacturers that do embark on the path to lean. Using the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can be your key to reaping the benefits of lean SCM. Learn how.

attempt to serve directory  Ways to Use ERP to Lean the Manufacturing Supply Chain A lean supply chain is more than just those activities relating directly to supply chain management (SCM). Lean supply chain improvements require a commitment to finding the correct mix of efficiency and responsiveness. But the reward is great for manufacturers that do embark on the path to lean. Using the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can be your key to reaping the benefits of lean SCM. Learn how. Read More

Medallia to Offer New Text Analytics Functionality to Its Customer Experience Management Suite


The best way to capture customer experience is without a doubt the ability to interpret real customer sentiment, which is reason enough for Medallia to include text analytics capabilities to its already well-known Customer Experience Management Suite (CEM). Points of note: this offering integrates fully with Medallia’s CEM solution. The vendor touts its ease of use, as well as the ability for

attempt to serve directory  to Offer New Text Analytics Functionality to Its Customer Experience Management Suite The best way to capture customer experience is without a doubt the ability to interpret real customer sentiment, which is reason enough for Medallia to include text analytics capabilities to its already well-known Customer Experience Management Suite (CEM) . Points of note: this offering integrates fully with Medallia’s CEM solution. The vendor touts its ease of use, as well as the ability for users to acquire Read More

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attempt to serve directory  to Use Lotus Domino to Publish Policies and Procedures Online Does your company have a simple way to publish and maintain internal documentation? If people are using workarounds instead of reading documents on the corporate intranet, it’s a warning sign that there’s no appropriate publishing system in place. But there are alternatives and practical tips that can help you choose a cost-effective solution, based on the familiar Lotus Domino platform. Read More