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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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HCIMS: Balm or Bomb for What Ails the US Health Care System?


citizen jobs  (EHRs) for every US citizen. The majority of voices have seemed to be strongly in favor of spending whatever it takes to update health records, citing cost-savings, better delivery of health care (resulting in improved health and more saved lives), and job creation as some of the major benefits of making the transition from old handwritten records to standardized electronic records. There does, however, seem to be some grumbling about the projected cost of and difficulty involved in creating electronic

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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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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 order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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Maximizing the Value of Economic Stimulus Funds: Transparency and Accountability in Government Agencies


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), designed to quickly stimulate economic recovery in the US, also marks the start of a new era in the regulation, oversight, and accountability of the use of public funds. Agencies at all government levels will be challenged to maintain focus on programs that achieve long-term results—while ensuring they adhere to the complex requirements for stimulus funds. Learn more.

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IFS Field Service Management Certification Report


IFS Field Service Management is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of field service management (FSM) solutions in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Research Planning (ERP) Evaluation Centers. The IFS Field Service Management solution intertwines service management, dynamic scheduling, and mobile capabilities. It is an ideal fit for organizations that require a combination of service jobs such as installation, quick break-fix jobs, some preventive maintenance, and other similarly fast-paced jobs. Download the IFS Field Service Management certification report now for product analysis and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Who Benefits from Outsourcing?


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Your Reference Guide to SMB Accounting Software Features


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Employee Engagement: How Common-Sense Principles Drive Uncommon Business Benefits


Employee engagement is one of those slippery concepts that’s talked about a lot but is somewhat hard to define. The focus is on intense, almost unattainable zeal—an emotional type of engagement. But for most jobs, it is the rational type of employee engagement that usually matters most. Know what drives rational employee engagement so your organization can achieve high levels of business performance.

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Project-oriented Software: Many Choices, Many Differences


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How Government Agencies Can Do More with Less with CRM


When government agencies use a customer relationship management (CRM) solution for e-service, they can deliver timely information, put citizens in control, and improve the agency’s communication with its constituents. Citizen satisfaction will improve while you save budget dollars. And with the proper tools and technology, you can create the loyalty bond you need between your agency and your constituents.

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Case Study: STOPA Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG


A prime example of excellence in manufacturing, STOPA, a company located in southern Germany, used innovation, modern technology, and an IT-based reorganization of internal and external company processes to make a once unprofitable business area highly profitable again. Learn how STOPA turned its business around, and how it was able to bring outsourced jobs back to Germany—creating new jobs in the process.

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KANA Software Inc


KANA, the leader in Service Experience Management, provides solutions that deliver a customer-focused service experience that successfully balances customer interests with business goals. Service Experience Management uniquely unifies business process, case and knowledge management for customer service organizations. It leverages KANA's expertise in delivering consistent service across all communication channels, including email, chat, call centers, and Web self-service. KANA's Service Experience Management solutions allow companies to control every step within each customer interaction to deliver the ideal service experience. KANA's clients report double-digit increases in customer satisfaction, increased revenue growth while reducing contact center costs by an average of 20 percent. KANA's award-winning solutions are proven in more than 600 companies worldwide, including approximately half of the world's largest 100 companies. In October 2010, KANA acquired Lagan Technologies, the leader in Government to Citizen Technology solutions.

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Best Practices: 10 Must-have Metrics and Benchmarks for Better Recruiting


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The US Labor Department reported an increase in jobs in June and July ... but the manufacturing industry cut jobs for a third month in a row. We are moving from a manufacturing economy to a supply chain economy. This article gives the big picture.

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How Smart HR Departments Win With Ultipro Business Intelligence


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Just How Smart Is Your Scheduler?


Intelligent scheduling optimizes your resources. Intelligent scheduling software uses predictive analytics to establish both predictable and “unpredictable” events so as to yield a realistic schedule that can be continuously optimized. Intelligent scheduling is perhaps the most critical functionality that has been missing from the feature set for field service activities and processes in other

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