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Integration is the Name of the Game in Software Systems
This article, originally published in Engineering Times, on how companies are employing ERP is based on an interview with Ben Spencer, TEC’s Senior Director of

ben spink  for specific industries, says Ben Spencer, senior director of knowledge bases and content development for the Technology Evaluation Center. The center develops TechnologyEvaluation.Com, a business-to-business technology research and evaluation portal on the Web. Spencer says the center objectively researches marketplace trends and uses a knowledge-based selection process to help companies find an ERP system that matches their business needs. We've seen a lot more integration, [based on] a recognition in 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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Freeware Vendor's Web Tracking Draws Curses
The free cartoon character cursor provided by Comet Systems Inc. tracks and stores the web visits of millions of people. This potential privacy issue was

ben spink  individual machine. Comet spokesperson Ben Austin stated that Comet immediately began implementing a different way of creating serial numbers as soon as Mr. Smith notified it of the problem. Comet Systems has arrangements with more than 60,000 websites, each of which can serve Comet's cursors to their visitors. While many of these are personal sites, Comet has been making deals with such sites as StarTrek.com, Paramount's official Star Trek web site, multimedia specialist RealNetworks, ISP MindSpring, Read More
Case Study: Britax

ben spink  roughly A$200,000 a year. Ben Hancock, IT Director, Britax Childcare It was a huge cost to support and bandaid our legacy systems ... The board approved the capital expenditure on Microsoft Dynamics AX due to this cost saving alone. Ben Hancock, IT Director, Britax Childcare Situation Britax Childcare manufactures a range of child safety products, including car safety seats, nursery equipment, strollers, cots and highchairs. It is the subsidiary of UK-based Britax Group and was created from the Read More
Who to Blame for Project Failure? Look Up-Not Down, Not Left, Not Right
Project failure is not a nice topic. None of us wants to be involved in a failure. But when a failure occurs, we feel compelled to assign blame. But who really

ben spink  his name was Ben. Ben had 10 direct reports, the 10 plant managers. How did Ben support the project? Ben saw the project as related to market share, not systems, not plant management. He continually communicated the importance of market share and how the project would help market share. He also related market share to individual issues like pay, bonuses, plant expansions, closing, etc. Ben personalized the project for the employees. Ben came to each plant and chaired the kickoff meeting. At this meeting, Read More
Aligning IT and the Business: An In-Depth Look at Scoring - Selecting and Scheduling the Project Portfolio
This Business Engine white paper provides a technical account on the process behind scoring, selecting, and scheduling the technology portfolio. The document

ben spink  Business Engine Network and BEN Alignment Engine are trademarks of Business Engine, Inc. All other brand and product names referred to herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Executive Summary Making the right investment decision is the difference between business success and failure. Senior executives must seek tools to help balance efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and growth in concert with new investments. According to Forrester Research, Portfolio Management is Read More
Defogging the “Mission/Vision Thing”
A company’s success depends upon its ability to make smart decisions and respond quickly in a highly volatile environment. When a company has a relevant and

ben spink  to the environmental crisis. Ben & Jerry's is dedicated to the creation & demonstration of a new corporate concept of linked prosperity. The founding prospectus for the company that would become Sony Corporation cited the primary motive for its creation (in post-war Japan): To create a stable work environment where engineers who had a deep and profound appreciation for technology could realize their societal mission and work to their hearts content. The second of several Purposes of Incorporation was Read More
Case Study: Mohawk Papers
At Mohawk Fine Papers, a new Web-based enterprise asset management (EAM) system replaced a maintenance management system (MMS) to provide efficiencies for paper

ben spink  with paper machines , says Ben Whitaker, manager of enterprise process re-engineering in Cohoes, NY.   A paper machine reel, for example, behaves somewhat like a piece of equipment, and the MMS was not capable of tracking an item as it moved into and out of positions, which is certainly a paper industry requirement, Whitaker explains. On a higher level, Mohawk wanted to streamline its procurement-to-pay process and lower its transaction costs for purchasing items. During team discussions geared at this Read More
KronosWorks 2010: Of Next-Gen User Experience & Workforce Mobility
Given our shared presence in the Boston metro area, I’ve had numerous contacts and interactions with Kronos Incorporated in the past, but this fall was my very

ben spink  (i.e., printed) money by Ben Bernanke is not expected to help much in this regard (i.e., companies are already sitting on huge piles of cash, but are rather using it for stock buybacks, investments abroad, and whatnot, but not on hiring new workers till some certainty comes back ). If anything, the move is expected to increase speculation and generate a possible stock market bubble. Globalization -- meaning that everything can be made and sold everywhere, and that cost is only one of many factors. Read More
Social CRM: Customer Relationship Management in the Age of the Socially-empowered Customer
Most of your customers and prospects expect you to be involved in social media@and they’ll be more likely to do business with you if you are. So how do you

ben spink  Customer ( http://www.churchofthecustomer.com/ ) Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba have a huge, loyal following based on their singular focus on customers, and how companies should treat them. The site is loaded with great content that is useful, relevant and overflowing ' exactly what you need to understand social customers. InsideCRM ( http://www.insidecrm.com/ ) Editor Chris Bucholtz and team are on top of everything going on in the CRM industry, including the impact social media is having in the space. Read More
The Need and Value of a CIO Coach
In today’s challenging economic environment, companies require effective IT executive leadership. As part of the executive team, the chief information officer

ben spink  both FoxMeyer Corporation and Ben Franklin Retail Stores. For further information, Contact; Al Uretsky, Managing Partner Estrella Partners Group, LLC Tel.: (623) 594-9283 auretsky@estrellapartners.com Web site: www.estrellapartners.com Table of Contents   INTRODUCTION THE PROBLEM A BETTER WAY PHASE I – UNDERSTAND THE ENVIRONMENT AND ISSUES PHASE II – EVALUATE/ASSESS PHASE III – PREPARE PLANS/RECOMMENDATIONS A SCALABLE AND SUSTAINABLE IT ORGANIZATION ABOUT ESTRELLA PARTNERS GROUP ABOUT THE Read More
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 1
Dreamforce, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture

ben spink  here the  articles from Ben Kepes ,  Albert Pang , and  ZDNet ’s Denniss Howlett . Not Keeping All of Its Eggs in One Basket (er, Cloud) In any case, in spite of their huge brand equity importance, salesforce.com’s name and stock ticker symbol (CRM) suggests only a fraction of the company’s purpose today, over a decade since its inception. Sure, salesforce.com is still best known for its original on-demand  sales force automation (SFA)  and customer service management realms of  customer Read More
Beyond Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Most document security companies concern themselves solely with the prevention of unauthorized access to content. Online publishers, on the other hand, struggle

ben spink  effectiveness of DRM. Blogger Ben Trafford comments: Let's face it - any DRM can and will be hacked. DRM should be like the Club - it deters your basic thief from stealing my car, but doesn't stop me from driving. If more people could grasp this idea, we'd have a much happier world...and doubtlessly, a lot more eBooks on the digital shelves. It's a real pity that big business seems to think that strong DRM is anything but a burden to customers. The strongest DRM gets hacked all the time - and at about Read More
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