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Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence Solutions
For many companies, traditional business intelligence (BI) software is costly and resource-intensive. So are open source alternatives that require significant

components of tco  Building and designing these components takes highly specialized skills and can take a significant amount of time. Shortcuts on schema design very often leads to problems down the line where unforeseen analyses simply cannot be accomplished without a redesign and reload of the database. Birst obviates the need for this entire step by completely automating the physical schema creation and management. By understanding the logical business requirements through the definition of the logical model, Birst Read More...
Engineer-to-order (ETO) ERP System for Electronics and High-tech Components Manufacturing
A U.S.-based manufacturer of high-tech components turned to TEC for help selecting an Engineer-to-order (ETO) enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
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Reducing the Cost of Systems Operations
Disintermediation is the process of removing redundant intermediaries from a systems management infrastructure. Once vital to systems monitoring, proprietary

components of tco  dashboard and the application components that enable the business are intermediaries - a means to an end. They collect information, analyze it, and pass it on to a digital dashboard for display. Disintermediation is the process of removing unnecessary intermediaries: in systems management terms, replacing expensive proprietary monitoring tools with either native tools embedded in an application or removing them altogether and retrieving metrics directly from the dashboard platform itself. Read More...
Lifting a Veil of Mystery Off Jesta I.S.
Even after nearly 15 years as an enterprise analyst, I still find myself coming across a vendor that has been around for more than 40 years but one that I am

components of tco  to power size/pack optimization components of our application suite. TEC: What are your social and mobility strategies, and what is coming out soon? AG: We have a significant research and development (R&D) budget going toward mobility. In a nutshell, we are looking to bring mobility in all aspects of our in-store POS, back-office, and BI apps. In addition, we are trying to introduce white label consumer-facing mobile apps that will have a tight integration layer with social media. TEC: What is your Read More...
Evaluating the Total Cost of Network Ownership
The upfront expenses of a network comprise only 19% of the total cost. The remaining 81% can sneak up on bank management, often unaware of some subtle TCO

components of tco  very cost-efficient systems. IT components are continually being purchased and replaced. There is no single panacea for developing a successful network. A bank must evaluate its current standing before it can improve its TCO. Measuring TCO is a critical step in understanding the business value of IT projects. Bank management can ask some questions to help determine the current TCO status. Will purchasing new technology affect the TCO? Which best practices will lower the TCO? Are there hidden costs Read More...
The Challenges of the Lawson-Intentia Merger
The new company forged from Lawson and Intentia will have to carefully blend their different corporate cultures, which has traditionally been proud of in-house

components of tco  as well as industry-standard components. Over time, as industry standards evolve, the vendor will be required to re-design products to incorporate new industry standards. Thus, users of its much older product versions should approach Lawson and inquire about some of its major enhancements since the late 1990s and of its forthcoming effort to upgrade to a product that is browser-based, provides connectivity to wireless devices, is a 100 percent Java-based, and has XML-enabled interfaces. Existing users Read More...
The ERP Warehouse Module versus Best-of-breed WMS
Every supply chain professional must consider certain factors when comparing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and best-of-breed warehouse management system

components of tco  ERP Warehouse Module versus Best-of-breed WMS Every supply chain professional must consider certain factors when comparing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) solutions for warehouse management. Effective management of warehouse, fulfillment, and distribution operations is key to business success. With so much riding on your decision, you need to thoroughly compare ERP warehouse modules and best-of-breed WMS. Read More...
The Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent
IT infrastructure software has a well-established track record for experiencing frequent cost overruns and missed deadlines. Expensive software and extensive

components of tco  Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent IT infrastructure software has a well-established track record for experiencing frequent cost overruns and missed deadlines. Expensive software and extensive customization are the key contributors to increasing identity management costs to four or five times more than the price of the initial identity software license. Learn how software as a service (SaaS) can reduce the cost and complexity Read More...
The Case of A Boutique Vendor's Benefits of Focus - IRM Corporation
A tightly focused vendor, IRM Corporation, has fine tuned its products, services, its sales process and even its commercial terms to match the realities of its

components of tco  Case of A Boutique Vendor's Benefits of Focus - IRM Corporation Introduction A tightly focused vendor, IRM Corporation ( www.irm-net.com ), has fine tuned its products, services, its sales process and even its commercial terms to match the realities of its sole market food manufacturers who sell to the foodservice and vending markets. The Company In the article Boutique Vendors Bring Big Value we discussed how focus can create highly specialized solutions that better serve their niche markets. Our Read More...
Instead of Discounting, Back Some Value Out of Your Proposal
Last minute discounting has become so prevalent that many companies have come to depend on it as their default sales strategy. Employing a go-to-market strategy

components of tco  All the features, modules, components, capabilities available Your best resources Quickest time to value Priority service—A special 800 number, top of the queue, 24 x 7 x 365 The highest ROI Other perks, such as quarterly meetings with your CEO, special invitation events, input into your product development plans The Gold Option Gets the customer all of what they need (and a few wants) Budgeted level of investment. This is aimed right at the prospect's budget level. Most or many of the features, Read More...
Development of an Internet Payment Processing System
This article describes the author's experience with the development of the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. The system's architecture is very

components of tco  detect and replace faulty components of the operating system. If you don't do this, bad guys may do it for you. In the logs we found that the system was scanned by a US company that, guess what, specializes in Internet security. We also captured that local celebrity hackers poked around the system. Prevention is a set of legal/marketing/media actions aimed at detracting people from even trying to break in the system. As we expected, break in attempts started virtually from day one. Logs contain enough Read More...
Globalization ROI Components
There are many ways to calculate return on investment (ROI) for globalization projects. It’s important to include variables that relate to your company’s

components of tco  ROI Components There are many ways to calculate return on investment (ROI) for globalization projects. It’s important to include variables that relate to your company’s products, services, market position, and relationships outside your home market. Though language is an obvious component, there is more involved to making a product tailored for locale-specific opportunities. Learn how to calculate ROI for your globalization initiatives. Read More...
The Impact of CRM and Sales Process: Monetizing the Value of Sales Effectiveness
To work through all the issues necessary to improve sales performance, executives have a number of options for leveraging people and knowledge. However, an area

components of tco  Impact of CRM and Sales Process: Monetizing the Value of Sales Effectiveness To work through all the issues necessary to improve sales performance, executives have a number of options for leveraging people and knowledge. However, an area that shows significant potential for helping sales teams meet or exceed their goals is the effective alignment of sales process and technology. Executives looking to optimize performance should consider this approach to achieve their goals. Read More...
SAP Remains One Of The Market’s Beacons Of Hope
On April 19, SAP announced upbeat results for Q1 2001, contradicting thereby the current market malaise. However, flat currency adjusted license revenue in the

components of tco  development organization, disparate product components and their developments' coordination, and the lack of sales focus may hamper the execution of its otherwise attractive strategy. SAP should clearly articulate the delivery milestones of its recently announced e-business strategy. These should address time frames for all main product lines releases, and also, how customers can feasibly migrate piecemeal from individual components to the integrated whole. SAP R/3 Enterprise , the next major release of Read More...
The Integrated Information Management Infrastructure: The Business Value of the Best-of-Suite Approach
Overlooking how an application fits into your overall IT landscape can lead to costly implementations. But addressing data management with middleware solutions

components of tco  Integrated Information Management Infrastructure: The Business Value of the Best-of-Suite Approach Overlooking how an application fits into your overall IT landscape can lead to costly implementations. But addressing data management with middleware solutions that work seamlessly with existing applications in your company’s IT environment can lead to significant benefits. Explore the value of technology decisions that support and maintain infrastructure-wide interoperability with regard to your data Read More...
Voice of Customer: Using Customer Actions That Speak
Traditional voice of customer (VoC) analytics for understanding and predicting customer behavior relies on two types of data sources—structured (customer

components of tco  of Customer: Using Customer Actions That Speak Traditional voice of customer (VoC) analytics for understanding and predicting customer behavior relies on two types of data sources—structured (customer feedback surveys, focus groups, etc.) and unstructured (blogs, forums, etc.). Data is then organized for use by diverse teams across an organization. Read about how companies can use data captured from customer actions or on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems for VoC analytics. Read More...

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