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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

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Informatica Morphs into Enterprise Decision Support Vendor
Informatica Corporation, long an established vendor in the Extract/Transform/Load (ETL) market space, has morphed themselves into a vendor of solutions for the

decision article  Morphs into Enterprise Decision Support Vendor Vendor Genesis Based in Palo Alto, California, Informatica was founded in late 1993 by Gaurav Dhillon, the current Chief Executive Officer, and Diaz Nesamoney, the current President. Originally they were strictly an ETL (Extract/Transform/Load) vendor who competed with Platinum Technology, Prism Solutions, Carleton, and Evolutionary Technologies (ETI). With his background at Unisys and Sterling Software, Dhillon understood that applications were 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
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
Plex Systems Replaces Seven Silo Applications At CCI
I recently read an article about the implementation and go-live experience of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a relatively small metal-forming

decision article  Systems Replaces Seven Silo Applications At CCI I recently read an article about the implementation and go-live experience of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a relatively small metal-forming manufacturing company called Clips and Clamps Industries (CCI). This Plymouth, Michigan–based family-owned company is a metal stamping supplier to the automotive industry and produces a variety of custom-made items for its industrial customers. The business flow therefore involves many Read More
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article then

decision article  disapprovals permit more granular decision making that keeps the process moving with reduced effort by all participants. Also helpful are tools and rules for secured catalog item price overrides and enhanced support for purchasing cards (p-cards) such as the ability to approve individual line items or to assign a temporary ghost p-card to a supplier. Integration with enterprise resource planning (ERP) back-office systems goes without saying, especially via a multi-channel framework for enterprise applicat Read More
Driving Business Decision-making
Chief financial officers (CFOs) are moving beyond administrative and transactional tasks and becoming catalysts to improve business performance. In

decision article  management decisions, and provide decision support to finance. Read More
Development of an Internet Payment Processing System
This article describes the author's experience with the development of the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. The system's architecture is very

decision article  of an Internet Payment Processing System Introduction Early in 1999, the author was asked by E-Bank ( http://www.e-bank.co.yu ), one of his clients, to develop the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. This client is a Yugoslav payment processing company that uses BankWorks software by RS2 Software Group ( http://www.rs2group.com ) to process transactions made at ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) and POS (Point Of Sale) terminals. Developing an internet payment processing system in Read More
The Dashboard Decision : Criteria for Selecting a Business Intelligence Solution
To simplify and greatly improve their BI shortlist selection processes, companies should focus on the business value and ongoing expenses that different

decision article  Dashboard Decision : Criteria for Selecting a Business Intelligence Solution To simplify and greatly improve their BI shortlist selection processes, companies should focus on the business value and ongoing expenses that different solutions create—measured across a few key variables. This paper outlines key criteria that companies should consider when creating their business intelligence shortlists—and when making their ultimate selections. 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
Strategic Partners: Coming Together to Drive Decision Success
In today’s business environment, companies that used to compete with each other routinely form alliances to attain their business objectives. Find out how

decision article  Coming Together to Drive Decision Success TEC's solutions, which include research comparison reports, selection tools, consulting services are driven by its powerful analysis engine, eBestMatch™. TEC offers strategic partnership programs to drive decision success. Source: Technology Evaluation Centers Resources Related to Strategic Partners: Coming Together to Drive Decision Success : Strategic partnership (Wikipedia) Strategic Partners: Coming Together to Drive Decision Success Strategic Partners is Read More
Sole-sourcing BI from Your ERP Vendor: IT Convenience or Strategic Business Decision?
The software industry has witnessed a consolidation in the business intelligence (BI) market. In BI, enterprise technology conglomerates identified a growth

decision article  Convenience or Strategic Business Decision? The software industry has witnessed a consolidation in the business intelligence (BI) market. In BI, enterprise technology conglomerates identified a growth market and an opportunity to upsell to their existing install base, primarily that of applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP). This consolidation has rendered sole-sourcing BI from ERP vendors an alluring option for many organizations. Find out why. Read More
The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing
Engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing needs a high level of integration between ERP and PLM systems. This article points out that ERP and PLM solutions are

decision article  valuable input for the decision-making process during the design and development stages. ERP and PLM vendors and implementers have developed technologies to integrate the two systems and to integrate CAD design information with enterprise software applications as well. In the past, the boundary between the ERP camp and the PLM camp was quite clear. However, after seeing the market potential of PLM solutions, almost all major ERP players have entered into the PLM market. This doesn't necessarily mean that 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

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