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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 options  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 if 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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What Are the Support and Maintenance Options?
Enterprise software licensees do have a choice when it comes to software support and maintenance (S&M) providers, with several, less expensive options existing

decision options  enterprise can defer its decision to discontinue S&M each year, especially if the user company is expecting some tangible value by remaining on the contract. For instance, some risk-averse enterprises running complex business processes worldwide, with highly heterogeneous information technology (IT) environments, might still find it worthwhile to invest an additional chunk of money into their S&M agreements, either for their peace of mind or to reinforce their relationships with their vendors. However, Read More...
ERP for Small and Midsized Companies: Time for a Decision
Until recently, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software was rarely considered for use in smaller firms, as core benefits—better business management via

decision options  Companies: Time for a Decision Until recently, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software was rarely considered for use in smaller firms, as core benefits—better business management via coordinated, standardized information and analysis—were often outweighed by costs and complexities of ERP systems. A variety of options have emerged to overcome concerns of the past. Read on the key considerations in an ERP decision and critical implementation factors. 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 options  process take, from the decision date until the new system is operational? If the time difference between the build and buy options is significant, this can drive the decision in one direction or the other. There is a business reason for needing this software. What is the cost delaying the satisfaction of that need? This cost should be considered in the economics. For example, if the development estimate is just for coding time, it grossly underestimates the overall cost of the project. A substantial Read More...
IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to
Many technology sales cycles get bogged down in the IT department. But while it is unlikely that a sale will get anywhere without IT management buy-in, IT

decision options  role in IT investment decision making, it is perhaps surprising that 5% of IT managers said they were not involved in evaluating or recommending options (Figure 2). Surveys can throw up some odd results, but as we did not speak exclusively to the head of IT, it may be that some managers do not feel they are consulted however senior they are. But it could also be that they feel their own power in decision to spend is less than that of their colleagues in the finance department. When asked about the Read More...
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 1: Decision Support Discussion
In going through a business decision process for complex technology selections, more and more use is being made of technologically driven processes using

decision options  Based Tools Part 1: Decision Support Discussion A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 1: Decision Support Discussion E. Robins - May 30, 2001 Executive Summary    Most business managers, whether vendors, vendor clients or implementers, are unaware of the fundamental capabilities that knowledge based decision support can provide to minimize project risk for all sides of technology utilization. Given that over 90% of IT projects fail on first attempt, according to the Standish 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 options  management decisions, and provide decision support to finance. Read More...
Mid-market Strategies: Innovation for the Midsize Enterprise
Small and midsize companies must improve their decision-making abilities to respond quickly to changing market conditions@and compete with larger competitors

decision options  with larger competitors. Better decision making means having the right insight into the right information. Performance management solutions can help by linking strategy with execution so managers have the insight to grow revenue, reduce operating costs, and improve processes. Learn more. Read More...
Public Sector Business Analytics: The Path to Better Decision Making and Agility
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 options  The Path to Better Decision Making and Agility 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 public sector organizations. It also examines the benefits of prebuilt analytic applications for achieving this objective across many functions. Read More...
Improving Project Decision Making and Reducing Exposure Through Risk Management
Formalized risk management is underused in project management, where the focus is typically on schedule and budget. This affects most aspects of a project

decision options  Project Decision Making and Reducing Exposure Through Risk Management Formalized risk management is underused in project management, where the focus is typically on schedule and budget. This affects most aspects of a project, including evaluation, selection, planning, execution, and control. How many project decisions are made without formally evaluating the potential consequences? When budgets are tight and competition is fierce, this question is more relevant than ever. Read More...
Getting Strategic Planning and Financial Planning in the Same Bailiwick
To provide useful financial insight on projects, financial managers need to think about business strategy more like a series of options than a single projected

decision options  applications. Even as the decision was being made, two Dell executives were providing sufficient information to invalidate the ERP decision. At one of their Platinum Council meetings where Dell executives meet with key customer account CIO's, Kevin Rollins, Dell's Vice Chairman, talked about the critical need for every aspect of the company to be capable of changing its process rapidly. He referred to this as an essential part of what he called velocity or the continuous speeding up of every business Read More...
There’s Life After Your Nortel PBX
There’s more than one way to do enterprise-grade telephony, and today’s options are less costly than a Nortel system, but comparable in quality. If you’re ready

decision options  Life After Your Nortel PBX There’s more than one way to do enterprise-grade telephony, and today’s options are less costly than a Nortel system, but comparable in quality. If you’re ready to start considering life after Nortel, this article explores the available options. Read More...
Using GoldSim and Dynamic Simulation to Support Integrated Water Resources Management
Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is a framework that supports collaboration and fosters proactive decision making for efficient management of scarce

decision options  collaboration and fosters proactive decision making for efficient management of scarce water resources. GoldSim is a software tool for conducting simulations of complex systems to support management and decision making in engineering, science, and business. This paper provides a brief overview of GoldSim, with special emphasis on IWRM applications. Read More...
Embracing the Wew World: Challenges and Options for Retailers


decision options  the Wew World: Challenges and Options for Retailers Read More...
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) launches its ERP for Services Evaluation Center
In response to its global demand from IT decision makers in service industries, software evaluation firm Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has launched its

decision options  global demand from IT decision makers in service industries, software evaluation firm Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) ( www.technologyevaluation.com ) has launched its ERP for Services evaluation center to help companies select the right ERP software solution -- an often challenging process ( http://erp.technologyevaluation.com/ ). Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for Services is defined as an enterprise-wide integrated information system that manages the operations, services and resources for Read More...

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