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Top 10 Reasons Why a Metals Company Should Move to a Packaged ERP Software Solution Today
Most metals companies are recognizing that it’s time to consider replacing their aging in-house developed information systems with a commercial enterprise

criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  10 Reasons Why a Metals Company Should Move to a Packaged ERP Software Solution Today Most metals companies are recognizing that it’s time to consider replacing their aging in-house developed information systems with a commercial enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. There are many reasons why these companies should make the move to an industry-specific solution—the first being that the quality of their systems can be the limiting factor for growth in today’s competitive markets.

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

This comprehensive product lifecycle management (PLM) knowledge base models modern product and design-related aspects of PLM for both discrete and process industries. It details product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. This comprehensive knowledge base incorporates the criteria of TEC's other PLM knowledge bases. 

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A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial


This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection Methods and Tools. These tools, integrated with business decision making procedures, can arguably reduce selection risk and improve chances for success in IT projects. Given the appalling rate of IT project failures, selection can potentially help reduce risk in some 30% of cases, with an associated estimated cost of about $30B annually to industry according to some sources. In this tutorial, we illustrate a number of the procedures for rapid decision processing through the real-life selection of a PDA device. The process gave confidence to the argument to wait for the solution, while weighing risk against return.

criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  hierarchy here). Figure 1. Criteria Priorities for my requirements. Assuming I am satisfied by this priority layout, I can ask further questions such as would the decision change if I excluded low priority criteria? Figure 2 illustrates the TESS response to this question. In the spider diagram, criteria decline in priority going clockwise from the top. The light blue dashed line indicates the cumulative priorities of the criteria, going from about 15%+ each for Basic features and PC Synchronization Read More

Deacom Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report


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criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  a representative sampling of criteria from the RFI. It  normally takes the analysts around three hours to complete a certification—usually in one session—but sometimes we have to split the session over two days. For more details on the certification process, please read the following blog post: TEC Certification Explained I would like to mention that I particularly liked the honesty and full cooperation that Paul Heinmiller and Susan Shaw exercised during the certification process. I mention this Read More

Is There a Street Corner for a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider?


Although Rimini Street's client base is still budding, the third party provider of support and maintenance has been quite bullish, owing to the accelerating demand for its service lines; healthy win ratios; and solid execution of its aggressive business plan.

criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  There a Street Corner for a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider? While enterprise application vendors continue to relentlessly raise annual support and maintenance (S&M) fees year over year, and report ever higher S&M revenues and profit margins, some dismayed or conservative customers might consider turning to the likes of Rimini Street ( http://www.riministreet.com ). Such third party S&M providers are enabling, at this stage, mostly some of the disconcerted Siebel , PeopleSoft Read More

Supply Chain Risk Management for Wholesale Distribution Companies: Planning for Disruption


Forward-looking companies are focusing on managing supply chain risk. The same functionality that supports supply chain network visibility, collaboration, and analytics can also enable supply chain risk management. This white paper shows that companies often actually possess the data they need, but disconnected systems impede the ability to make the right data accessible to the right people at the right time.

criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  Chain Risk Management for Wholesale Distribution Companies: Planning for Disruption Forward-looking companies are focusing on managing supply chain risk. The same functionality that supports supply chain network visibility, collaboration, and analytics can also enable supply chain risk management. This white paper shows that companies often actually possess the data they need, but disconnected systems impede the ability to make the right data accessible to the right people at the right time. BEGINLYX Read More

The Service Equation: 4 Keys for IT to Create Value for the Business


IT organizations struggle with the challenges of shrinking budgets, ever-changing technology, compliance pressures, and more. For greater efficiency, many IT organizations are turning to information technology service management (ITSM) to help improve processes. But there’s still too much focus on technology and not enough on business outcomes. Learn key strategies for changing your approach to delivering IT services.

criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  Service Equation: 4 Keys for IT to Create Value for the Business IT organizations struggle with the challenges of shrinking budgets, ever-changing technology, compliance pressures, and more. For greater efficiency, many IT organizations are turning to information technology service management (ITSM) to help improve processes. But there’s still too much focus on technology and not enough on business outcomes. Learn key strategies for changing your approach to delivering IT services. Read More

A Very Helpful Tool When You’re Choosing a New Software Solution


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criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  Very Helpful Tool When You’re Choosing a New Software Solution If you've ever been involved in selecting a business software solution, you know how tricky it can be. Today’s software systems are quite complex, and it can be very difficult to tell which vendor has the solution best suited for the special needs and business processes of your organization. One way to help avoid making a bad choice is to have a complete list of software functions to refer to. Let's say you're going to be choosing a new Read More

Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 2: A Timesaving Solution


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criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  below illustrates the high-level criteria in the Decision Hierarchy for the Discrete Manufacturing ERP Knowledge Base. Figure 2: Within each of these high level groups (i.e. Financials, Human Resources, etc.) are subgroups of smaller sets of functional and technical criteria. For example, Figure 3 below indicates the subcategories under Financials. Figure 3: The next step in ranking the vendors is to prioritize the Decision Hierarchy. This involves indicating the importance of each criterion to a Read More

Software as a Service: A Cheaper, Faster Way to Access Applications


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Creating a Business from a Project


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criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  have found the following criteria useful in developing their portfolio of offerings. Credibility : Your offerings should be positioned consistently with your company's size and brand image. A midsize, no-name company has very little chance of selling a rapid application development (RAD) platform that promises to change the way software is written. Likewise, when you have been doing a PeopleSoft support project for a midsized company for two years, your claim of being able to offer end-to-end Read More

Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times--A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Four: RFID Software Issues


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criteria for measuring a sucessful outcome  Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times--A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Four: RFID Software Issues Introduction At the IFS Executive Forum , which took place on March 29 and 30 in Orlando, Florida (US), leading research analysts and industry experts discussed how companies can still leverage technology to maintain their competitive edge, even during tough economic times. The event was held in conjunction with IFS World Conference 2004 , and it included six panel di Read More

Ross Systems - A Bright Spot On A Difficult Enterprise Application Landscape


Ross is among a very small group of vendors who have decided to build product exclusively for the process market. The resultant financial success should buy it time to address its lack of SCM/SCP, e-collaboration, and CRM products.

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