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Security Begins on Your Desktop
The documents, spreadsheets, databases and other files on the personal computers used to conduct business are corporate assets. It cost money to create them

bubble diagramming  resulting in a bad-debt bubble to burst weeks downstream. An employee's resignation places his personal computer into the hands of a supervisor who reassigns the machine without removing files, causing the loss of months of sales leads, proposals, and contract details. A work group shares files over the corporate intranet, where they are copied by a disgruntled employee and e-mailed to the press, resulting in significant internal conflict and public embarrassment. An employee whose machine is not 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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Review: Profits with Principles


bubble diagramming  bursting of the dot-com bubble (the crash of dot-com companies after 2001) the failure of corporate governance and ethics growing geopolitical uncertainty—war  against terrorism, international trade tensions and anti-globalization campaigns ongoing environmental degradation—global climate change, loss of biodiversity, and water insecurity These situations are creating new challenges for enterprises, which nowadays are facing new crises (e.g., trust, inequality, and sustainability). Unfortunately, Read More
Enterprise Applications Vendor Reverses Fortunes - But Will Perseverance and Agility Be Enough?
With seven consecutive profitable quarters, a feat unprecedented in the company's recent past, IFS enters a new phase of sustained profitable growth, along with

bubble diagramming  with the stock market bubble burst and investors' negative sentiments. This heralded the so-called consolidation (after expansion) phase for the vendor, which entailed many steps in the right direction for IFS on its long and winding road to straighten up its ship, focus ever more solely on its core competencies (delivering a truly global and even more nimble product, and a sharper industry focus), and return to a consistent profitability track. IFS then painfully realized the need to string together Read More
Application Portfolio Management: Are You Getting the Most from your Enterprise Software?
Information technology organizations are faced with the challenge of managing a host of diverse enterprise applications, and the need to evaluate application

bubble diagramming  multiple reports (such as bubble graphs) for quick business decisions in terms of the relative importance of applications. Visibility into exceptions This includes the monitoring of key metrics, such as customer satisfaction, price, and so on. APM solutions typically provide intuitive views and triggers or alerts to carry information about thresholds and changes in these metrics. Help desk management An important component of APM is its relationship with the help desk application and methodology within 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

bubble diagramming  a possible stock market bubble. Globalization -- meaning that everything can be made and sold everywhere, and that cost is only one of many factors. Namely, if cost were the major factor, then Bangladesh would be the manufacturing capital of the world, which is not the case.  Productivity  and added  value  are other critical factors, as exemplified by Reich’s own artificial “French designer” hips that were manufactured in Germany and implanted in the United States (US). The workforce Read More
One Vendor's Exploit of Marrying Infrastructure with Selling and Fulfillment Applications
For many manufacturers, distributors and retailers with a mishmash of disparate back-office business applications, Sterling Commerce, a traditional integration

bubble diagramming  Competing? ); the dot-com bubble; and a share of its own corporate changes. Namely, Sterling Commerce became an independent entity in 1996 after being a division of former Sterling Software (which was subsequently acquired by Computer Associates [CA] ). In early 2000, Sterling Commerce was acquired by SBC Communications Inc. , which later became AT&T Inc. following the merger with Ma Bell . Then there were rumors in the early 2000s of SBC being uncertain what do with Sterling Commerce, SBC's $3.9 billion Read More
Professional Services Automation: Affordable Hosted Solutions for the Small to Medium Business Market
Although technology is pivotal in maintaining a competitive edge, many smaller professional services organizations (PSOs) have limited time and resources to

bubble diagramming  burst of the dot-com bubble in 2001, the application services provider (ASP) business model never really had a chance to prove its worth to the business world. Only in the last couple of years have we seen software giants like Salesforce.com prove that the ASP model can work. Banking on the recent momentum of this model, a number of professional services automation (PSA) solutions have built business models on ASP technology. For professional services organizations (PSOs) that have limited resources and Read More
What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1
SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 solutions are the next major release of business intelligence (BI) software from SAP. They include features ranging from reporting

bubble diagramming  plots, radar charts, and bubble plots, as depicted in Figure 3. With SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1, you can provide the right role-specific BI functionalities to everyone in your organization - ranging from reporting, query and analysis, and dashboards and visualization, to intuitive discovery and advanced predictive analytics. All users, from the high-end analyst to the casual information consumer, have access to the information they need while requiring minimal dependence on IT resources and developers. Read More
Software for Real People Part Two: Competition and User Recommendations
The root of creativity rests in the people, the management, and the culture of the organization. A better tool will not help an organization that is resistant

bubble diagramming  for Real People Part Two: Competition and User Recommendations Software for Real People Part Two: Competition and User Recommendations Featured Author - David March - February 1, 2005 Introduction The problem is that creativity is a function of the mind and the mind works very differently than the software tools and applications that we use to enslave it. The mind is a neural network that has evolved over hundreds of millions of years to be an incredibly efficient network pattern graphics Read More
News Analysis: Dot.Coms Getting Bred By Scient: Will Scient Spawn Into a Giant or Will Andersen Have the Edge?
Scient's announcement of its intent to baby Dot.com's into existence makes it the Mondragon of High Tech America. The connection? Mondragon genetically bred

bubble diagramming  the stock market markup bubble will burst (I rate the current probability of it bursting badly at 1-2% over the next eighteen months, though there will be some major ups and downs). The potential of the Internet for business is deemed so vast (in the trillions of dollars) that the current losses incurred by Internet companies (as well as the high investment costs) are bets against at least some of these dot.com's becoming the IBM's, Microsoft's, and DELL's, and HP's of the future. Scient's program will Read More
Retalix Strives for Leadership in Retail Food Segment
Retalix, a supply chain software provider is positioning itself to be a segment pack leader through vendor positioning, vertical differentiation, and horizontal

bubble diagramming  9/11 slump, the dot-com bubble burst, and general software malaise of the market, is truly incredible. Retalix' 2004 revenues were $124 million (USD) and its revenue goal of an estimated $185 million (USD) for 2005 implies a revenue grown rate of 67% in 2005. Retalix has also shown a consistent track record of profitability since 2001, and has been listed on the NASDAQ in 1998. Retalix also had nearly $112 million (USD) in cash and marketable securities at the end of 2004. Ability to execute in the field Read More
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

bubble diagramming  Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s value proposition . At the end of the article, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via some humor and metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23, 2009, Alan Trefler, Pegasystems ’ founder and CEO, gave Read More
Data Governance: Controlling Your Organization’s Mission-critical Information
Controlling your company’s key information through data governance is more than just good practice—it can make the difference between success and failure at

bubble diagramming  important and try to bubble that up—[more of the] grassroots approach.” But I think the unique challenge there is [that] there is a number of different strategies to it. No one really kind of goes into it ... having people that are involved, the policies already in place, and technology ... already under the hood. They may have a component or two that is aggregating people, policies, and technology, and the one sort of hub—one sort of solution—within your organization. That's causing a lot of Read More
Demystifying
In August 2011, TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic experienced the 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP first-hand. Plex Systems, IQMS, and abas-USA presented

bubble diagramming  can implement in a bubble. You will document and train later. You can ignore business reality. Many of these misconceptions are quite straightforward, but some might sound as though they run counter to conventional wisdom at first glance. But the presenter fleshed out each bullet point with additional rationale, which made perfect sense. I won’t go into that now, for the sake of brevity, but I would encourage everyone who’s interested to either contact the firm directly or, even better, attend a Read More
TEC Spotlight Report: Pronto Software
In this spotlight report, David Clark examines Pronto Software. Learn all about the product’s history and marketing positioning, as well as its strengths

bubble diagramming  2001, when the dotcom bubble burst, the management of Pronto organized a community buyout of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) division, resulting in the Pronto Software we see today. Pronto’s flagship ERP product, PRONTO-Xi , first saw the light of day in 1989 as PRONTO EMS. “We were writing custom software over and over again,” says Terry, “so we decided to build the framework that’s still in place today.” “Since then, Pronto’s ERP application gradually evolved to a fully Read More

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