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Made2Manage Systems, Inc.: M2M From A2Z For SMEs?
Made2Manage, grasping the requirements of its SME target market, has been completing its evolution from a vendor of traditional MRP software to a provider of

criterion sentences  which is an important criterion for long-term success in the SME market segment. The company has, gradually, either developed in-house or incorporated through partnerships a line of integrated e-business, customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence, and advanced planning and scheduling (APS) components within its core ERP solutions. It also embarked early on web-enabling its product and recognized the need for hosted applications within its target niche. This promotes it as one of the Read More...
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 or...
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Comparing On Demand Customer Relationship Management Service Alternatives
Customer relationship management (CRM) functionality can fall into four categories: core functionality; non-core functionality; vertical, industry-specific

criterion sentences  action whenever the designated criterion is met. Desktop tools . This functionality provides integration with desktop office tools like Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook, as well as wireless support and off-line access. Reporting, analytics, and dashboard . This functionality monitors an enterprise's performance utilizing a variety of pre-defined (yet customizable) reports covering each of the services' main data areas. CRM solutions also allow users to use data filters, so they report on only the Read More...
Syspro Hatches 'Encore' IMPACT On SME Manufacturers. Part 2: Market Impact
While Syspro’s recent product release does not necessarily represent a major ground breaking, its broad and well-attuned offering for small enterprises should

criterion sentences  which is an important criterion for long-term success in the SME market segment. The above native ERP extensions and the product openness promote it as one of the first of the smaller ERP vendors with the ability to embrace customer and supplier activities tied to a core transactional back-office system. Syspro can, therefore, often offer one-stop-shop functionality for many versatile discrete manufacturing environments (from forecasts driven, repetitive make-to-stock (MTS) to custom job shop, including Read More...
BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

criterion sentences  on BigMachines, the third criterion is not yet there . To be fair, BigMachines' hybrid (in other words, not completely multitenant) architecture has the flexibility to allow customers to upgrade according to their needs and desired schedule, and not necessarily when the vendor decides to upgrade them or another of the customers wants to upgrade. The architecture also has the flexibility to tailor the UI to the unique needs of the sales processes of different customers and industries. These different Read More...
Business Intelligence Success, Lessons Learned
Is business intelligence (BI) an application that pays off? We have all heard mixed results but a 2003 extensive study on on-line analytical processing (OLAP

criterion sentences  performance as a key criterion for product selection. Additionally, implementation leadership has a direct impact on project success. Projects led by BI specialist consulting firms are the most successful and have fewer problems. However, the most widely used implementation resource is in-house. Projects led by in-house business users are more successful than those led by in-house IT specialists. Projects led by large, general-purpose consulting firms cost more, are the least successful in business terms Read More...
CRM Selections: When An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure Part Two: Using A Knowledge Base To Reduce The Time, Risk And Cost Of A CRM Selection
Using a knowledge base in the selection process can reduce the time, risk and cost of procuring technology. Well constructed knowledge bases that are used in a

criterion sentences  of priorities where every criterion is given an equal weight. The results appear in Figure 3. The two metrics that appear in Figure 3 are calculated by TEC's patented BestMatch statistical decision support engine. The BestMatch engine converts the verbal priorities set in Figure 2 to a numerical weight. The sum of the numerical weights on the end level criteria total 100%. A vendor rating for each product in the knowledge base exists for each end level criterion. Figure 4 details the vendor ratings and Read More...
Why Selecting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software Is Like Planning Your Wedding
I never thought I’d ever make an analogy such as this, but as we head into spring (the season of change—and love in bloom), I figured,

criterion sentences  of software. This is criterion that should be considered before you start your research. Here are some of the basic requirements you should think about: Your Wedding/Your Enterprise Software Selection the dress/the tux out-of-the-box vs. integrated the flowers/the features the bridesmaids or groomsmen /the type of support you’ll require the church /the functions The Evaluation Phase: Trying it on for Size Finding the right ERP solution takes time—and you’ll want to make the right choice the first Read More...
Maximizing Potential Benefits in Reverse Auctions
Reverse auction (RA) has emerged as a strategic tool for consumer packaged goods companies pursuing cost efficiencies in their sourcing programs. This article

criterion sentences  is not the only criterion. In many cases this could mean lesser savings, but a more robust system—one that the buyer can depend on. Again, RA is not just about reducing costs; it is also about structuring the procurement process. In the post auction phase, buyers should focus on implementing and managing the contract. This should be done as soon as possible after the auction, thus closing the cycle. What is most important is the details stipulated in the contracts. Not only should contracts be specific Read More...
Product Review: Ramco HCM
Many HR issues, including talent management, are common points of interest for HR (and related software) vendors. As such, many are designing their products to

criterion sentences  when a functionality or criterion is generally industry-supported, supported through customization, supported via modification, or supported by a third-party provider or partner. This comparison data becomes a benchmark against which we can measure the responses of vendors compared to their competitors. In cases where the general industry response is different from that of the respondent (the vendor), TEC’s decision support system (DSS) flags the response. Ramco’s Responses Ramco returned its Read More...
The 7 Deadly Sins of Software Selection
Q: How many doomsday prophets does it take to change a light bulb?A: None. The light is still on.“Knock knock.”“Who’s there?”“The Raptured. SURPRISE!”

criterion sentences  7 Deadly Sins of Software Selection Q: How many doomsday prophets does it take to change a light bulb? A: None. The light is still on . “Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “The Raptured. SURPRISE!” Thank you, thank you, don’t forget to tip the archangels, I’ll be here all week (according to best estimates). You may have heard recently about Harold Camping , the radio host who predicted that The Rapture would take place May 21. Fun fact : Did you know that Harold Camping’s tribulations Read More...
They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)
The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons

criterion sentences  if the main selection criterion was the price. For that reason some tenders would be repeated several times in order to set criteria that would eliminate unsuitable solutions to enter the contest. That was also the time when certain consulting houses entered the picture. For the price of an arm and a leg, they offered their selection services, which would include some criteria and contract terms that could easily render some vendors as favorites. During last seven years or so, the situation has become Read More...
PowerTrieve, A LEAP For CRM?
Although CRM applications, Portals, and Contact Centers are contributing to the improvement of customer relationships and the effectiveness of employees; in

criterion sentences  A LEAP For CRM? Event Summary Although CRM applications, Portals, and Contact Centers are contributing to the improvement of customer relationships and the effectiveness of employees; in many cases they remain convoluted to users whether they are customers or company employees. Some software solution vendors have developed a noteworthy approach to alleviate those complexities using natural language recognition or LEAP (Language Enabled Application Platform). We met with one of them at the Read More...
Comparing Software Comparison Sites
A few online tools make it easy to compare criteria about software, side-by-side. Of course, you probably expect that I think TEC provides the mother of all

criterion sentences  comparison criteria. The first criterion is the Optaros rating, geared toward open source software projects. The Optaros four-star rating system purports to show how well-suited an open source project is for the enterprise. It appears to be based on at least four considerations: the project’s functionality, maturity, community, and a progress trend, which I believe are necessary paths into research on open source solutions. Plus, as I said previously, this information nicely supplements what TEC's open Read More...
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 2: A Timesaving Solution
Since a 'one-size-fits-all' product is still not quite a viable possibility, almost every product can win provided a certain set of requirements. The Catch 22

criterion sentences  the importance of each criterion to a technology selection decision. The percentage in parentheses to the right of the criteria indicates the priority, or how much of the total decision is allotted to the criteria. For example, 12.50% appears next to Financials. This indicates that the sum of the criteria under Financials is responsible for 12.50% of the total decision. In Figure 3 above, all high level criteria are prioritized equally thus each high level criterion receives 12.50% of the total decision. Read More...
Deacom Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report
We recently certified Deacom Integrated Accounting and ERP Software v 10.4. Before sharing my impressions of Deacom’s product, I would like to briefly describe

criterion sentences  completes by rating each criterion as Supported, Not Supported, Future Release, etc. Since Deacom was certified in our ERP engineer-to-order (ETO), ERP mixed-mode, and ERP for process manufacturing knowledge bases, they had to complete a combined RFI that contained about 5000 features and functions. During the certification, we used a demo script that contained a representative sampling of criteria from the RFI. It  normally takes the analysts around three hours to complete a certification—usually in Read More...

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