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Managing Risks, Managing Measures: Decision Support Methodologies in Business Part 2 : Decision Aids
Though many academic methods exist, few actually reach the audience they need to reach because of the barrier between academic and business languages, as well

decision article  good evaluation of the decision choices in hand, and also deals with the business question, not just the technical issues. In this article I examine the methods that have been used in business, and some of the applications where they have been applied. Methods and More Methods The list of methodologies for assisting in decision processing is a vast list in academic circles, but the few that are widespread and used consistently in business are determined by several criteria. These include: Simplicity to 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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Are ASP Applications Right for You? Part 1: Decision Factors
Like so many Internet conventions, the Application Service Provider (ASP), is really a combination of two 'old' concepts, turn key applications and outsourced

decision article  for You? Part 1: Decision Factors Are ASP Applications Right for You? Executive Summary    An Application Service Provider (ASP) provides an outsourced application to a firm, freeing the firm from hardware costs, training on the system operation, installation and system operation itself. Originally, ASP applications focused on a fairly narrow functional scope, however, as the market matures, the functionality the applications address is growing. It is now possible to contract for virtually any service Read More...
The ASP Decision
The ASP model is the latest in a long line of silver bullets that are supposed to simplify the delivery of technology’s benefits to the business world. This

decision article  ASP Decision Introduction About every eighteen to twenty-four months the technology industry identifies the latest in a long line of silver bullets that will simplify the delivery of technology's benefits to the business world. The ASP model has recently enjoyed that distinction and the accompanying hype. Unfortunately, wading through the hype to determine if this particular silver bullet can bring value to your business is an arduous task. This article provides some simple guidelines for determining Read More...
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

decision article  The build versus buy decision is typically seen as a two different options. In reality, a third option exists; modify a product to reach the objective. Modifications have their own plus and minus issues, as developed in the article Should You Modify An Application? . Who will build the software should also be considered. For the typcial enterprise , software development is not their primary business, why should they be developing software in-house? In today's market, finding and keeping the right IT Read More...
Decision Making: Why Consensus Is Important (Especially When You’re Choosing Software)
Two Brains—or Three or Four or More—Make Better Decisions than One…Anyone working in today’s office or business environment has no doubt participated at least

decision article  a study about group decision making may be cause for more than the usual number of sighs. Summarized back in April 2009 on both the BNET1 blog and The British Psychological Society ’s Research Digest blog , the study (conducted by Jessica Mesmer-Magnus and Leslie DeChurch) found that group decision making “will nearly always outperform the ability of any one of its members working on their [sic] own. This is especially the case if the group is formed of diverse members.” However, the caveat: group Read More...
The Application of Business Intelligence to Facilitate Decision Making in the Consumer Products Industry
Analytics has moved from the specialty of a dedicated few to a necessity for groups of business professionals to do their job. This white paper considers the

decision article  Business Intelligence to Facilitate Decision Making in the Consumer Products Industry Analytics has moved from the specialty of a dedicated few to a necessity for groups of business professionals to do their job. This white paper considers the use of analytics and business intelligence (BI) for improving decision making in the consumer products industry. It also examines the benefits of prebuilt analytic applications for achieving this objective across functions in a consumer products organization. Read More...
Software Selection, Mafia-style
The Guardian's excellent article How to Do Business Like the Mafia lists 7 rules for running a successful business—legitimate or otherwise.And where there

decision article  voice in your final decision. Which is a sure recipe for a system that looks good only on paper. 10. People who can't be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn't hold to moral values. Software selection lesson : Replace “relative” with “business process,” and what do you get? A tortured metaphor, that’s what. I’ll keep this brief: What often happens in badly run software selection p Read More...
Process Manufacturers: Are You Running the Wrong Type of ERP Software? [SURVEY]
Take the survey now! Or read on to find out why we're talking about this.*In his article Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer, TEC author Joe Strub

decision article  Manufacturers: Are You Running the Wrong Type of ERP Software? [SURVEY] Take the survey now! Or read on to find out why we're talking about this. * In his article Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer , TEC author Joe Strub explains the difference between process and discrete manufacturing with an example: Once you make a can of soda, you cannot return it back to its basic components such as carbonated water, citric acid, potassium benzoate, aspartame, and other ingredients. You cannot put the Read More...
Software Selection Slagging
Consulting firm, 180 Systems, posted a little note regarding an article we recently published on some parts of the evaluation and selection process that we

decision article  suggest that systematically evaluating decision criteria relevent to business requirements should be more present at the crux of a well-made decision. The other steps mentioned (defining reqs and prioritizing) are two examples of where a selection process can become exceedingly complex and error-prone without some good tools and assistance to help manage everything. These of course, are at the forefront of what we designed our tools and research to support. Engaged on a client's project we ensure that eve Read More...
Upside Software Remains on the Upside of the Contract Management Market
My recent article entitled “Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?” analyzed the importance of enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management

decision article  Software Remains on the Upside of the Contract Management Market My recent article entitled “Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?” analyzed the importance of enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management (CLM) solutions and stated that many enterprises still use inappropriate makeshift tools to manage their important  contractual terms  and conditions. The article concluded with the fact that  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  systems handle transactional details of an Read More...
How the Mining Industry Benefits from ERP Systems
Integrated enterprise resource planning software normalizes the reporting requirements for a mining company’s various departments. This article loosely shows

decision article  the Mining Industry Benefits from ERP Systems Originally Published - March 26, 2008 Mining is a multifaceted business, one that in many ways parallels a repetitive manufacturing business. The analogy is that exploration and marketing for a mining company, for example, is similar to the marketing research performed by a manufacturer, although a noted difference between the two is that most mines are of sizes to support decades of operation, whereas a manufacturer’s production runs last for much Read More...
Anatomy of a Decision: SAP versus Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
As SAP and Oracle step up their efforts to attract midmarket customers, more and more of those customers are including top-tier vendors in their enterprise

decision article  went through the ERP decision process and selected EnterpriseOne instead of SAP. This research note focuses on the decision process and factors of those companies. Download the results of this analysis now. Read More...
Decision Support Systems -- Overview and Case Studies
Decison support systems range from simple electronic filing cabinets to complex data intensive and analytically sophisticated executive information systems

decision article  Support Systems -- Overview and Case Studies Decison support systems range from simple electronic filing cabinets to complex data intensive and analytically sophisticated executive information systems. This primer provides an overview with real case studies. Read More...
Business Intelligence for Consumer Packaged Goods: Actionable Insights for Business Decision Makers
Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies have made big investments in data collection and integration. But, much of the data from their IT systems hasn’t been

decision article  Actionable Insights for Business Decision Makers Business Intelligence for Consumer Packaged Goods If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and NYSE under the symbol SAP. Source Read More...
Microsoft Office Fluent User Interface: IT Decision-maker Perception
This white paper presents the results of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Microsoft Corporation to help IT organizations

decision article  : User Interface (Wikipedia) Decision Making (Wikipedia) Information Technology (IT) (Wikipedia) Microsoft Office Fluent User Interface: IT Decision-maker Perception User Interface is also known as : User Interface Design , User Interface Engineering , User Interface Tools , User Interface Domain , User Interface Library , Web User Interface , Graphical User Interface , User Interface Testing , Free User Interface , User Interface Software , User Interface Prototypes , Top User Interface , User Interface Read More...

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