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Business Process Management: How to Orchestrate Your Business
Business process management (BPM), having evolved over the past fifteen years, has finally reached a level of maturity where vendors are now abolishing

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Sweet Spots and What-Nots: Enterprise Management Software Vendor Provides Notable Solutions


Deltek uses a wealth of standalone and bundled modules to target various markets, including professional services firms both domestically and internationally, as well as the full range of federal contractors and project-focused enterprises.

checkpoint shapes visio  Spots and What-Nots: Enterprise Management Software Vendor Provides Notable Solutions A Wealth of Offerings Even though it was run for over two decades as a family business (at least, this was sometimes the public perception), Deltek Systems, Inc . has become North America's principal provider of enterprise software and solutions for project-focused organizations. In mid-2005, Deltek announced that New Mountain Partners II, L.P . would make a majority capital investment in the company. See Read More

Rapid Implementation Methodology


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checkpoint shapes visio  Implementation Methodology CDC Supply Chain software solutions are specifically architected for multi-enterprise, multi-channel, multi-language, and multi-currency order environments. We support end-to-end processes for distribution companies, from customer collaboration and eCommerce to global inventory management and supply-chain execution, all united by our Collaborative Services Framework for process integration and user interaction. Source: CDC Software Resources Related to Rapid Read More

What Makes Process Process?


The systems dealing with manufacturing, inventory, procurement, and customer order management systems are among the systems that often prove to be the hardest to acquire due to the unique issues of the process enterprise.

checkpoint shapes visio  Makes Process Process? Originally published - September 21, 2000 An enterprise resource planning (ERP) or supply chain management (SCM) solution has to be selected. The project holds significant value. One way not to deliver on that value is selecting a vendor whose product does not fit the needs of the business. This is common sense, but for process companies, it can be particularly challenging. Process companies, including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, forest products, and others, often have 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 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,

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The Challenges of Integrating Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems


While enterprise applications solutions are moving closer to the plant floor, and plant-level systems are moving closer to enterprise planning application functionality, these systems will not likely converge anytime soon, because they use different technologies and have different user requirements.

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Line Planning: It's Much More than Planning Your Line


Line planning is vital for the development of each season’s fashion collection. Both retailers and brands must closely manage the development of their lines to ensure tight focus on the right products, key deadlines, and cost and profit margins. But many companies only scratch the surface of line planning’s true potential. Line planning is much more than you may have thought—and it's for retailers and brands of all shapes and sizes.

checkpoint shapes visio  Planning: It's Much More than Planning Your Line Line planning is vital for the development of each season’s fashion collection. Both retailers and brands must closely manage the development of their lines to ensure tight focus on the right products, key deadlines, and cost and profit margins. But many companies only scratch the surface of line planning’s true potential. Line planning is much more than you may have thought—and it's for retailers and brands of all shapes and sizes. Read More

TEC presents its 2008 Human Resources Information Systems State of the Market Report


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Managed File Transfer: The Need for a Strategic Approach


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checkpoint shapes visio  Does it offer automated checkpoint and recovery facilities to optimize the reliability of the MFT processes, with mid-file recovery facilities that can reduce bandwidth requirements by eliminating the need to resend whole files after a transmission interruption? Does it provide automated compliance reports for each business partner? About Inovis Inovis is a leading provider of on-demand Business Community Management solutions that empower companies to transact, collaborate and optimize communications Read More

Business Process Analysis versus Business Process Management


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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of June 25, 2012


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Ventyx-Utilities’ One-Stop-Shop Provider?


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