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READER’S POLL: What Type of Software or Business Area Are You Interested in Learning More About?
TEC’s research analysts are currently putting together a calendar of enterprise software buyer’s guides for 2011. Our Buyer Guides and State of the Market

bi overviews  of the Market: HR BI State of the Market Report In view of current enterprise software and business trends, some areas that we’re considering covering over the next year are: Mobile Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software as a Service (SaaS) for Human Resource Management (HRM) Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion Retail Enterprise Collaboration Software Help Desk/Customer Support Software Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for the Services Industry Software as a Service (SaaS) for

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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