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Getting Past Third Base with Your Consultant
You have a consultant booked. The booking is for the installation of and training on a new system, or perhaps an upgrade or augmentation of an existing system

consultant article  Third Base with Your Consultant You have a consultant booked. The booking is for the installation of and training on a new system, or perhaps an upgrade or augmentation of an existing system. There are several techniques that will enable you to reap maximum return on this investment, and they start long before you first clap eyes on your consultant. Here’s a scenario: you’re reasonably happy with the out-of-the-box reports your system spits out, but you want more from them. You could pay your vendor Read More...
ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)
A multinational consulting company specializing in industrial automation turned to TEC for help selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to replace its legacy system—a patc...
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Five Reasons to Hire a Software Selection Consultant
Buying a large enterprise software system is not something that many organizations do on a regular basis. While software vendors are constantly hyping the

consultant article  Hire a Software Selection Consultant Buying a large enterprise software system is not something that many organizations do on a regular basis. While software vendors are constantly hyping the benefits of their particular system, buyers do not necessarily have the background needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Fortunately there are consultants dedicated to putting their industry knowledge to the service of the purchaser. These consultants provide impartial information and guidance to level the Read More...
Tier 3 And Tier 4 ... Where Do You Go If You Don't Know, What You Don't Know.
If you are an executive in a Tier 3 or Tier 4 manufacturing company and you have wondered where to start, whom to call, what questions to ask, this article is

consultant article  to engage an independent consultant $800 $2,500 per day to fill the gap. This may reduce or eliminate all together, initial planned savings. Total pocket price for projects can run from $20,000 to almost $200,000 for 15 users for essentially the same general features. With a variable like this, it pays to look at the details and purchase to your needs. Adding insult to injury, how does a $15m manufacturing company compete with a multi billion-dollar giant for automotive supply chain business Read More...
Remote Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense
Everything in the computer industry seems to be going off-shore, why not software implementations? This article looks at reasons why remote implementation of

consultant article  Typically, when an on-site consultant finds a problem, there will be a couple of hours or days playing phone tag with the developers. Then, it often takes more time finding and rounding up the right group of technical resources. Now, we're ready to discuss the problem. The advantage of a remote implementation is that is that the consultant has immediate, real-time, person-to-person access to the technicians and developers who can look underneath the hood and inspect the code. This is the concept of Read More...
Looking for a Great IT VAR or Consultant? Culture Is the Key.
Have you ever been burned by a service provider who promised great service but didn't deliver? You’re not alone. Especially in the IT world, where virtually

consultant article  that had hired a consultant firm to handle its SAP implementation. The project turned out to be so successful that when Midco filled out our reference check questionnaire, they gave the consultant some of the most effusive praise we’ve ever seen. To find out what was driving all that excitement, we sat down with Midco’s chief financial officer (CFO), whom we’ll call “Bob,” a former consultant and veteran of several major software implementations. Bob was happy to talk about what made this Read More...
Plex Systems Replaces Seven Silo Applications At CCI
I recently read an article about the implementation and go-live experience of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a relatively small metal-forming

consultant article  Systems Replaces Seven Silo Applications At CCI I recently read an article about the implementation and go-live experience of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a relatively small metal-forming manufacturing company called Clips and Clamps Industries (CCI). This Plymouth, Michigan–based family-owned company is a metal stamping supplier to the automotive industry and produces a variety of custom-made items for its industrial customers. The business flow therefore involves many Read More...
Vertically Focused ERP for Today's Manufacturer
I recently came across an interesting article on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software experience—a case study of the selection and implementation of EFI

consultant article  We had two Radius consultants on site for the go-live and they ended up leaving early that day because everything worked out so well.” Having performed several ERP projects myself, I can attest that this is a very impressive result. Anyways, this article is an insightful piece that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for new ERP software, or even only starting to think about this endeavor. Read More...
Is Your Enterprise Application on a Road to Nowhere?
Consolidation is a well-documented trend and is to be expected in the market for enterprise applications. This article outlines the evolution of the enterprise

consultant article  Your Enterprise Application on a Road to Nowhere? Originally published - December 22, 2006 Your business changes continuously. You add and drop service or product lines. Your customers demand new and challenging levels of flexibility or integration with their operations. New laws and regulations require that you track more and more data on your operations in highly specific formats. And there is the relentless demand to increase operational efficiency and product quality year after year while reducing Read More...
Deltek Providing Clarity for Government Contractors
TEC’s mid-2011 article, which reported on the Deltek Insight 2011 conference, indicated that Deltek has lately become the leader in market intelligence for

consultant article   Read More...
Integration is the Name of the Game in Software Systems
This article, originally published in Engineering Times, on how companies are employing ERP is based on an interview with Ben Spencer, TEC’s Senior Director of

consultant article  is the Name of the Game in Software Systems Introduction    For a manufacturer seeking better communication between its engineering and manufacturing wings, as well as a design-build engineering firm trying to expand its profit margins, a business process streamlined across the entire enterprise is a valuable commodity. Companies are using enterprise resource planning (ERP) software tools at an increasing rate to help smooth the rough edges of their business practices. ERP attempts to integrat Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

consultant article  Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I The Lexicon of CRM Part 1: From A to I R. Garland - October 12, 2001 0 - A  360 degree view of the customer - A term used to describe the ability for virtually anyone in the company to know anything about the customer (products bought, support calls made, web site visits conducted, etc.). A complete, 306 degree view of customer information. 3G - Supposedly the ultimate wireless protocol technology that is already being used in areas outside of North America where 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

consultant article  works as an independent consultant. Among other things, he has developed the first Yugoslav system for real-time processing of Internet payments and the first e-commerce applications in Yugoslavia. The author can be contacted through E-mail: ddimitri@Eunet.yu WWW: http://solair.eunet.yu/~ddimitri Read More...
The 'Old ERP' Dilemma: Replace or Add-on
Replace or Add-on to an aging ERP system is a dilemma faced by many companies today. This article discusses the trade-offs involved in making that decision.

consultant article  'Old ERP' Dilemma: Replace or Add-on Introduction    The four part series titled Where is ERP Headed (Or Better, Where Should It Be Headed? ) introduces a number of key issues about the future. But everyone starts his or her individual journey to the future from somewhere - the place they are today. If the place you are today is with an old ERP system, many questions exist about how to get to the future. First, what is an old ERP system? If your system has green screens, you have an old ERP Read More...
Are You Tuned into Radio Frequency Identification?
This article examines the organizational fit of radio frequency identification (RFID) and its technology’s basic mechanics. Its prohibitive costs often account

consultant article  You Tuned into Radio Frequency Identification? Originally published - June 15, 2007 Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been around for over 60 years, so why does it have such negative connotations? Many misconceptions and horror stories of organizations' failed implementations have been plastered all over the press, which has contributed to the negative perceptions of this re-emerging technology. Yet these failures are often due to a lack of the correct technology, deficient IT knowledge, Read More...
The Art Of Distributed Development Of Multi-Lingual Three-Tier Internet Applications
In this article we describe author's experience with the distributed development of multi-lingual three-tier Java/ CORBA/database Internet applications. We

consultant article  works as an independent consultant. Among other things, he has developed the first Yugoslav system for real-time processing of Internet payments and the first e-commerce applications in Yugoslavia. The author can be contacted through E-mail: ddimitri@Eunet.yu www: http://solair.eunet.yu/~ddimitri Read More...

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