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Network Associates Hopes to Rekindle the Flame
Though the security market has been exploding, Network Associates, Inc. (NAI) will likely post a loss for FY'99. However, don't expect the security monolith to

crown extranet  is one of NAI's crown jewels. As far as Network Scanners go, Cybercop is a functional, reputable product that is far more competitively priced than the other leading scanner sold by ISS - it's a good product, and a good buy. It would be hard to justify the exorbitant pricing of the ISS scanner over Cybercop. If you're in the market for anti-virus products, the McAfee anti-virus suite is a solid and tried and true product to use to protect your network. Other alternatives include Norton Anti-Virus,

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Web Content Management (WCM)

Web content management (WCM) systems manage content creation, review, and approval processes for web site content. This may include public Web sites (Internet) or private web sites (intranet or extranet). Use a WCM solution to organize and manage documents; provide content version control, collaboration utilities, and user- or document-level security. 

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ePartners


A two-time recipient of Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year award, ePartners specializes in the implementation of enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence (BI) solutions from Microsoft. ePartners is dedicated to helping our clients align technology and business strategies to deploy cost-effective solutions that deliver genuine performance improvements. With locations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Asia and Austrialia, we deliver a comprehensive offering of consultation, custom development, systems integration, implementation, training and support, as well as deep industry expertise and local service to clients.

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Transition for Manhattan Associates Necessary for Long Term Growth


Based in Atlanta, Georgia, $78 million Manhattan Associates, Inc. develops, markets, and supports supply chain execution systems for distribution center management and Internet fulfillment. 1999 was a difficult year for the vendor, marked by reorganization and management turnover in the midst of rapid corporate expansion. Completing its transition to an Internet enabler will be important for Manhattan's long term future.

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Case Study: Celina Insurance Group


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WINLine ERP


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HyperOffice versus Microsoft SharePoint: A Comparative Analysis


Collaboration technology is the new e-mail. But how do you know which collaboration solution will best suit your needs? Compare the comprehensive functionality of Microsoft SharePoint with HyperOffice, including e-mail, collaboration, document management, intranet/extranet, content management, and support. HyperOffice has been designed specifically for Outlook users who want the functionality of Microsoft Exchange.

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KSign


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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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