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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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Business Engine: Driving Project Portfolio Management for IT Departments in the Enterprise Market
Business Engine provides best-of-breed PPM functionality for internal IT departments, focusing on financial governance. For organizations seeking flexible

ben spink  functionality. Business Engine Components BEN provides clients with a PPM solution focused on IT investments and financial governance. The solution is comprised of the following components: BEN Method Engine allows organizations to configure customizable workflow or phase review processes to facilitate implementation of an IT governance framework, such as CoBit or Prince2 (to learn more about IT governance, please refer to the article IT Governance: Maximizing the Business Investment ). Furthermore, Read More...
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...
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...
The Importance of Software Training: Save Money While Improving Workplace Morale
“Computer rage” is inevitable and costs millions of dollars annually in lost payroll and productivity. Reducing computer rage means investing in employee

ben spink  15213 Irina Ceaparu and Ben Shneiderman Department of Computer Science, Human-Computer interaction Laboratory, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies & Institute for Systems Research University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 Social and Psychological Influences on Computer User Frustration (Newhagen book chapter) Katie Bessiere and John Robinson, Department of Sociology University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 Irina Ceaparu and Ben Shneiderman Department of Computer Science, Read More...
IT Vendor Management in Hard Economic Times
During a recession, successful businesses change their approach to managing information technology (IT) sourcing. The challenge is to become more efficient and

ben spink  both FoxMeyer Corporation and Ben Franklin Retail Stores. Al Uretsky has 20-years of consulting experience spanning Business Development, Program Management, and Practice Operations. Consistently achieves and exceeds management business objectives based upon well thought out process/procedures, analysis, and concise execution aligned with corporate strategic vision and values. Al has consulted to executives in many prestigious organizations, such as; JPMorganChase, Republic National Bank, American 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...
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: 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...
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and the adoption of cloud computing. The post ended

ben spink  WSJ blog post by Ben Worthen . In her recent blog post, Amy Wohl takes a critical view of SAP’s still thin on-demand arsenal by saying that: ... SAP is remarkably late to the SaaS market and has chosen a unique path which I don't think will work: they want to keep their customers continuing to invest in very expensive SAP ERP applications while buying bits of SaaS applications for small outliers, on SAP's schedule. SAP's defenders (or Salesforce.com's attackers; there is some overlap), insist that SaaS 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...
Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 1
Not long ago, I wrote about the pricing management and optimization software market, and in particular depth about two bullish vendors and fierce competitors in

ben spink  a premium brand (e.g., Ben & Jerry's ice cream or Starbucks ' coffee drinks), it will likely suffer, as seen in recently announced closures of 600 Starbucks stores in the United States --US  (luckily, none of them in my neighborhood). Conversely, if companies mainly have low price-point brands, they might even gain sales these days, as is the case with many discounters. Spare Parts Pricing Spare parts are somewhat like food and drugs -- in most cases, the customer must have the part but may want to buy Read More...

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