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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.
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Understand J2EE and .NET Environments Before You Choose
The Microsoft .NET versus J2EE platform argument often takes on the vehemence of a religious debate. Choosing one may amount to

choose feature  .NET Environments Before You Choose Introduction The latest Java 2 Enterprise Edition ( J2EE ) compliant technologies, represent a platform-independent, Java-centric environment originally developed by Sun Microsystems for developing, building, and deploying web-based enterprise applications on-line. The typical J2EE platform consists of a set of services, application programming interfaces (APIs), and protocols that provide the functionality for developing multitiered, Web-based applications. Some of

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

Get free sample report
Compare Software Solutions

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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ERP for Manufacturing (SMB)

TEC's new ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) evaluation model targets the software requirements of small and medium enterprises. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't want every possible feature of the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place for your research. It covers fully featured accounting solutions with necessary manufacturing, inventory, human resources, purchasing, quality, and sales management functionality. 

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TEC Certification-Ensuring that End Users and Vendors Speak the Same Language


In perusing Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) Vendor Showcase, you’ve likely noticed the TEC logo next to certain software solutions. For those of you new to our Web site, you may not be aware that this represents vendors that have successfully completed the TEC Certification Program.  For a solution be to TEC Certified, our research analysts work in conjunction with the vendor

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Product Review: GFI's LANguard Network Security Scanner


Performing patch management is one of the most tedious chores that must be completed by network administrators. While there are many patch management tools available, they can be expensive, have sharp learning curves, or are not deployable across all software platforms. One third party solution, however, GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner, version 5, is an affordable option that can scan the network and deploy patches efficiently while looking for other potential security vulnerabilities.

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Evaluating Enterprise Software - Business Process or Feature/Function-Based Approach? All the above, Perhaps? Part Two


There is certainly room to ask the fundamental question of whether the traditional practice of RFI/RFP-based selection processes has been adequate for the task of selecting complex systems. The record indicates there is much room for improvement. In essence, for complex selections like in the case of enterprise applications, the human-machine combination has to work together to drive the solution.

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Software Comparison in 5 Easy Steps


The latest addition to Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) Web-based software evaluation system, TEC Advisor, is the new Express Software Comparison Report. This report allows you to compare the strengths and weaknesses of enterprise software solutions on a functional module-by-module basis. If you’re an organization in the early stages of your software evaluation process, the “express” report

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TEC Vendor Showdowns Generate a Lot of Interest


Here at TEC, our most popular feature is something we call a Vendor Showdown. We take two or three vendors who market the same type of solution (ERP or CRM or business process management, or HR, etc.), and compare their functionalities head on. The results are based on the most recent RFI information we gather from the vendors. As a quick example, our discrete ERP RFI contains a list of  3,690

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Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations


Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part discusses recommendations for companies looking to outsource, and recommendations for outsourcing providers.

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Is Your Organization Infested with Office Politics? You Can Still Choose the Right Software


We wrote previously on the jerk effect and how it can sabotage your software selection project. But that's not the only thing that can turn your selection project into a sinkhole (in fact | the list of things that can | is quite long). Office politics can wreck IT projects too. You'll know this if you've ever had to work in a highly politicized workplace. According to Lawrence

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Behind the Scenes of TEC’s Vendor Showdowns


TEC’s Vendor Showdown series is the most popular regular feature that we run here at TEC. So far, we’ve run quite a few Showdowns, and usually things go smoothly, but sometimes there’s more that goes on than meets the eye—and then it’s usually problems, as you’ll see in a moment. I should know, I’m the person who writes TEC’s Vendor Showdowns. For those who've never seen one, Showdowns compare

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CDC Software Wins at the Pivotal Auction. Now What? Part One: Event Summary


While Pivotal might have temporarily mitigated its protracted troubles by having the privilege to choose between three potential suitors, the time for some decisive moves is now, given that competitive pressures will not go away, but rather will intensify.

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A Closeup of Descartes-The Executives’ Viewpoint


In the first part of this feature series on Descartes, we discussed the vendor’s approach on simplifying global logistics. To discuss further Descartes’ ambitious value prop and current state of affairs, we recently talked to the company’s top executives. TEC: Your sustained results appear to be at odds with those of mainstream enterprise resource planning (ERP)/supply chain management (SCM

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