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New Approaches to Software Pricing
Hearing the complaints of dissatisfied customers, some vendors are developing customer-centric contracts. HarrisData has even gone so far as to draft a Bill of

certainty models  transfer plan with cost certainty High availability rights (redundant central processing unit), and A complimentary developer copy. In other words, for a reasonable price, a typical mid-market manufacturing customer can obtain wall-to-wall product functionality (as will be described later) without the usual limitations on hotline inquiries, upgrades, etc. for five years. This is at no additional annual service and maintenance payments, and the price includes the implementation and all other related Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
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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Bridging the Reality Gap Between Planning and Execution Part One: The Problem
At sites where both planning and execution modules are stand-alone implementations, neither deliver enough benefit because there are almost always manual

certainty models  proceeds with 100 percent certainty), which can encompass medium and long-term time horizons. Given the fact that decisions should be based on information, an SCP application suite sits on top of a transactional enterprise system to provide planning, what-if scenario analysis capabilities, and near real time demand commitments. The key challenge for planning is to determine the type, location, and magnitude of customer demand (and the probability of these events taking place), and to organize resources Read More...
Innovative Approaches in the Free-for-all World of Value-added Resellers
The universe of existing applications partners is relatively stable; some occasional movement from dropping one product in favor of another occurs naturally

certainty models  for Most? The one certainty in the world of value-added resellers (VARs) is that there is no cure-all, and no magic fix. We've taken a look at some approaches in parts One and Two of this series, but it's worth exploring some other intriguing tactics. Part Three of the series The Cha(lle)nging World of Value-added Resellers. Indeed, most vendors' business models are of a hybrid nature, where there is a tiered approach to demarcating direct sales from the channel-driven model. Typically, most vendors will Read More...
The Hidden Role of Data Quality in E-Commerce Success
Successful e-commerce relies on intelligible, trustworthy content. To achieve this, companies need a complete solution at their back- and front-ends, so they

certainty models  and measures of statistical certainty, to determine critical relationships within the data, such as duplication and affiliations (e.g., households, divisions of one company). Fuzzy matching is necessary because normalizing data can't eliminate all non-standard data. What does it cost? Though prices vary, higher priced solutions yield greater automation and better quality results. For catalog content, automated processes will dramatically reduce the aggregation time and costs of manual review and provide Read More...
Will User Enterprises Ever Get onto an Easy (Support and Maintenance) Street?
Vendors' traditional pricing strategies aren't going to work much longer. Sooner or later, prices will be determined by what the market is ready to bear rather

certainty models  are increasingly demanding more certainty, higher comfort levels, and justification as to why (and what) it is they are paying for. To be sure, fine print addendums in enterprise software purchase contracts are common; sometimes longer than the contracts themselves; and typically serve to protect the vendor from any future liabilities. Such addendums customarily cite that the contract includes only the stipulated, basic functional and service scope. For any additional module or service attention, the Read More...
Best Business Practices for System and Process Integration
When selecting integration solutions, the only certainty is that there’s no way of telling what systems and databases will need to be integrated in the future

certainty models  integration solutions, the only certainty is that there’s no way of telling what systems and databases will need to be integrated in the future. As your business becomes more dependent on electronic relationships with suppliers, customers, and partners, it becomes harder to impose your own best practices. That’s why you need the flexibility to adapt to any conditions. Read More...
The Best of Both Worlds: Gain Flexibility through Multiple Models of Software Delivery
Lower IT costs, faster return on investment (ROI), and better security@just a few of the promises the software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model makes. SaaS

certainty models  Best of Both Worlds: Gain Flexibility through Multiple Models of Software Delivery Lower IT costs, faster return on investment (ROI), and better security—just a few of the promises the software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model makes. SaaS can help small-to-medium businesses manage customer service and support cost-effectively. But there are a few concerns to consider if you’re thinking of an on-demand service. A vendor that offers the best of both on-demand and on-premise solutions may be the Read More...
Making Technology Pay
The one thing you can count on today in business is change, whether it’s customers, business models, or the pace of business. To manage change, companies rely

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Partner Performance Management
For many retailers, the transition to global sourcing and demand-driven inventory models creates both opportunities and challenges. Supply chains are becoming

certainty models  Performance Management Partner Performance Management If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Inovis is a leading provider of on-demand Business Community Management solutions that empower companies to transact, collaborate and optimize communications with every facet of their business communities. By standardizing and automating mission-critical business interactions, companies can dramatically reduce the complexity and Read More...
Inventory Planning & Optimization: Extending Your ERP System Part Two: How It Works
Organizations today realize that although strategies focusing on outsourcing transportation, e-business and new distribution models are important, these are all

certainty models  Planning & Optimization: Extending Your ERP System Part Two: How It Works Inventory Planning & Optimization Solutions Inventory optimization software is the most recent addition to the suite of Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions. Software companies like JustEnough and i2 have emerged as leaders in this space. These solutions establish the optimal mix between inventory investment and service levels for each inventory item at each location within an organization. Inventory Planning and Read More...
CAD Model Quality Testing
With 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) models taking on a broader and more significant role in the development of new products, CAD files must flow smoothly into

certainty models  Model Quality Testing With 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) models taking on a broader and more significant role in the development of new products, CAD files must flow smoothly into downstream applications. Sometimes, however, errors do occur. An off-the-shelf software tool can detect problems in the design stage so they aren’t discovered at a crucial moment in the manufacturing process, when it may be costly—or even too late—to correct them. Read More...
Using Predictive Analytics within Business Intelligence: A Primer
What are predictive analytics, and how are they used within business intelligence applications and for business performance management?

certainty models  Predictive Analytics within Business Intelligence: A Primer Originally published - June 15, 2006 Introduction Predictive analytics has helped drive business intelligence (BI) towards business performance management (BPM). Traditionally, predictive analytics and models have been used to identify patterns in consumer oriented businesses, such as identifying potential credit risk when issuing credit cards, or analyzing the buying habits of retail consumers. The BI industry has shifted from identifying Read More...
3 Strategies for Growing Your Midsize Business
The white paper three strategies for growing your midsize business gives you a look at all three growth models and describes the challenges, the wa...

certainty models  Strategies for Growing Your Midsize Business Growth is making a comeback ! But what type of growth, and how will you manage it? Organic growth, growth by acquisition, and growth through business model innovation are all different and each calls for a different strategy to succeed . The white paper Three Strategies for Growing Your Midsize Business gives you a look at all three growth models and describes the challenges, the ways to overcome them, and the role technology can play. Find out why delivering Read More...
How One Vendor Supplies Agility to Post-implementation Enterprise Systems
Agresso's information warehouse, business process, and reporting and analytics information delivery models are inextricably linked in a virtual cycle. A change

certainty models  One Vendor Supplies Agility to Post-implementation Enterprise Systems Fine, but Show Me How Agility Works Agresso has seen an untapped opportunity in the vulnerability of most current peer enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, which cannot really address rapid change within a company. Background information on Agresso and its product Agresso Business World (ABW) 5.5 can be found in Enterprise System and Post-implementation Agility—No Longer Necessarily an Oxymoron? . For information on the Read More...
Cost and Pricing Models in Food and Beverage Processing: Seeing the Forest through the Trees
Lost sight of your bottom line? Product pricing not in step with your actual costs? So busy trying to stay on top of cost behavior that you can’t keep your

certainty models  and Pricing Models in Food and Beverage Processing: Seeing the Forest through the Trees Lost sight of your bottom line? Product pricing not in step with your actual costs? So busy trying to stay on top of cost behavior that you can’t keep your costs under control? Cost and pricing models, as part of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, can help you better understand your costs. Put corrective measures into motion before problems occur—and save your food and beverage enterprise time and Read More...

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