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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Buy, Build, or Somewhere Between
Whether an organization buys or builds a resource management solution depends on a number of factors, and both approaches has its pros and cons. There is

cost build up  significantly, resulting in a cost to functionality ratio that is difficult to justify. However, in some instances where vendors recognize that an enhancement will have broad appeal in their customer base, they will include the feature or functionality in the implementation at a much-reduced cost. This is, however, rare. Customers with shallow pockets soon learn that they are at the mercy of the vendor when it comes to specialist requests. It is then that customers wish they had taken the build route.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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Build versus Buy - A Long Term Decision


With the software industry offering greater options and depth of function , we do not hear the idea of a company building their own software very often, but the option is still discussed and is valid in some situations. When it is discussed, the enterprise often fails in fully evaluating the entire array of plus and minus points.

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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 configuration and integration. In contrast, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions can reduce the cost of a BI deployment by providing automation and pre-integration. Compare total cost of ownership (TCO) for traditional, open source, and SaaS BI solutions.

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Looking Beyond Cost Savings in PEO


Today’s outsourcing industry is expected to grow by 37 percent annually between 2007 and 2010. One growing specialization under IT outsourcing is product engineering outsourcing (PEO). While many IT companies have used PEO to realize significant cost savings along with increased quality and reliability, some companies have experienced negative results. Lean about common PEO pitfalls and how you can avoid them.

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Reducing the Cost of Systems Operations


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Conversion Strategies: Build We Must


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Reducing Cost and Complexity in Legacy Systems


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Forecasting Total Cost of Ownership for Initial Deployments of Server Blades


For organizations deploying many servers, total cost of ownership (TCO) analyses favor blade over rack-optimized systems. Blade server systems—reducing both capital and operating expenses—exploit economies of scale when deploying servers in volume. Saving power, cooling, and space by more than 25 percent, the blade advantage is particularly relevant for servers working in conjunction with storage area networks (SANs).

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How to Build Pricing Muscle in Retail


Organizations usually rely on historical data and transactions to determine their pricing strategy. However, this data is typically insufficient to arrive at a competitive price. Moreover, customers these days are well informed about the value of products they want to purchase. That's why organizations need to arrive at their pricing strategy only after taking into consideration external intelligence and competitive data. E-procurement systems and price comparison websites have put customers in the bargaining position with the availability of real-time information. This is the type and speed of data organizations need to obtain. Leveraging such information can help an organization counter the threats of new entrants, competitive rivalry, and substitutes with a strong pricing strategy.

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What’s Up with xTuple-and Open Source ERP?


You may be wondering how the open-source ERP vendor xTuple operating with a workforce of only 27 can compete on the same stage with the software giants. Find out how as TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks at xTuple’s current ERP offerings and commercial editions, and speaks with xTuple CEO Ned Lilly on the vendor’s social capabilities, product development focus, market and competitive landscape, and future outlook.

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Dynamic Ariba Trades Up


Ariba Inc., a leader in electronic purchasing systems for the Internet, has acquired Trading Dynamics, a maker of applications that support business-to-business trading.

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