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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 support tools  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

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Software Test Tools Software Evaluation Report

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools Software Evaluation Report provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor. 

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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 as the ability to produce workable and usable tools. This article summarizes what I believe are the methodologies most used in Business, and some of the tools that are commercially available.

decision support tools  Risks, Managing Measures: Decision Support Methodologies in Business Part 2 : Decision Aids Executive Summary When it comes to making decisions using some tool that purports to measure value, it is wise to know something about the tool and what it is measuring, as well as why. Poor measurement methods contribute at least in part to project failures and corporate inefficiencies that can take off millions or more from bottom lines and poor technology selections alone have contributed to tens of Read More

The Complex Handling of Complexity in Decision Support Systems


Warren Weaver, an American mathematician known for his work on machine translation and his support for science in the United States, defined the complexity of a system as “the degree of difficulty in predicting the properties of the system if the properties of the system’s parts are given.” Weaver addressed and handled complexity by dividing it in two general types: disorganized and

decision support tools  Handling of Complexity in Decision Support Systems Warren Weaver , an American mathematician known for his work on machine translation and his support for science in the United States, defined the complexity of a system as “the degree of difficulty in predicting the properties of the system if the properties of the system’s parts are given.” Weaver addressed and handled complexity by dividing it in two general types: disorganized and organized. In disorganized complexity, a system has a very large Read More

Reporting Tools


Analysis and reporting services are an important part of the enterprise resource planning process. Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been designed to give users options for optimal analysis and reporting, and to leave room for partners to provide customized solutions. With the correct reporting tools and Microsoft Dynamics NAV, practical analysis and reporting is available and adaptable to individual users’ needs.

decision support tools  quickly reach their objectives. Decision-making happens across all levels of an organization, and empowering employees with powerful business intelligence (BI) solutions can help them have greater impact. There are two ways to integrate Business Scorecard Manager with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. One is to make use of the ability to build KPIs on top of relational data. This means that KPIs can be created directly on top of the Navision database. In this solution, it is important to keep in mind that since Read More

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 "e-Business infrastructure". In conjunction with their contract to build an enterprise data warehouse for the United States Postal Service and their MX2 metadata exchange initiative, Informatica is reinventing itself.

decision support tools  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

Classification of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools


Data centers today lack a formal system for classifying infrastructure management tools. As a result, confusion exists regarding which management systems are necessary and which are optional for secure and efficient data center operation. This paper divides the realm of data center management tools into four distinct subsets and compares the primary and secondary functions of key subsystems within these subsets. With a classification system in place, data center professionals can begin to determine which physical infrastructure management tools they need—and don’t need—to operate their data centers.

decision support tools  DCIM, data center, data center infrastructure management, DCIM management, DCIM classification, IT, IT infrastructure, APC by Schneider Electric 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 services. Many of the lessons learned from these areas are directly applicable to ASP provided applications, and many of the same questions need to be asked and answered before a determination can be made on whether an ASP application should be considered.

decision support tools  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

Empowering Business Decision Makers by Extending SAP Applications


Performance management (PM) solutions can increase agility, improve corporate performance, and increase competitive advantage. But they can also limit you. If they don’t address your real business needs, and aren’t flexible enough to help you find reliable and innovative answers to key business questions, they can hinder rather than help. Discover how business users can manage their performance on an SAP infrastructure.

decision support tools  Business Decision Makers by Extending SAP Applications Performance management (PM) solutions can increase agility, improve corporate performance, and increase competitive advantage. But they can also limit you. If they don’t address your real business needs, and aren’t flexible enough to help you find reliable and innovative answers to key business questions, they can hinder rather than help. Discover how business users can manage their performance on an SAP infrastructure. Read More

SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us


Conventional business intelligence (BI) tools are often not available to decision makers and are typically designed for use by trained business analysts. Learn about software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI tools designed to help non-IT people who struggle with the task of mining Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and other unstructured data sources to make sales forecasts, plan for resource utilization, or service customer accounts.

decision support tools  BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us Conventional business intelligence (BI) tools are often not available to decision makers and are typically designed for use by trained business analysts. Learn about software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI tools designed to help non-IT people who struggle with the task of mining Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and other unstructured data sources to make sales forecasts, plan for resource utilization, or service customer accounts. Read More

Rimini Street: Third-party ERP Support Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come


What has made Rimini Street a leader in the third-party enterprise software service and maintenance (S&M) cottage industry? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic offers up some reasons and speaks with Rimini Street’s senior VP Dave Rowe on the company’s winning product and service line capabilities and future moves, and gets Dave’s interesting perspective on the need for and explosive growth of third-party support.

decision support tools  Street: Third-party ERP Support Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come What has made Rimini Street a leader in the third-party enterprise software service and maintenance (S&M) cottage industry? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic offers up some reasons and speaks with Rimini Street’s senior VP Dave Rowe on the company’s winning product and service line capabilities and future moves, and gets Dave’s interesting perspective on the need for and explosive growth of third-party support. Read More

HR Technology Tools: What You May Be Missing


Human resource (HR) managers face a dilemma. They’d like to spend more time improving the work environment, or helping management reduce workforce related costs, hire better talent, and improve existing talent through training and development. But most days, they’re stuck doing paperwork. Learn how human resources management systems (HRMS) can help your HR department improve results, increase efficiency, and lower costs.

decision support tools  Technology Tools: What You May Be Missing Sage provides business software, services and support to small and medium sized businesses. Whilst our heritage is in the small business market we also have the experience and expertise to meet the needs of specific industries and larger organizations. Source: Sage Resources Related to HR Technology Tools: What You May Be Missing : Human Resources(HR) (Wikipedia) Human Resource Management System (HRMS) (Wikipedia) HR Technology Tools: What You May Be Missing 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. This primer provides an overview with real case studies.

decision support tools  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

The Underbelly of Software Project Management Tools


Project management tools for software development should include a broad range of functionality. Project teams must be able to estimate the scope and duration of each project, divide work into components and tasks; provide quality assurance; and generate detailed performance metrics. Find out how many project management solutions are missing the mark, and learn what to look for when choosing a solution of your own.

decision support tools  am amazed at this decision - are we saying that those who are proficient in Primavera cannot be certified as PMPs? Present market leaders are MS-Project and Primavera. Pedigree of Document Management Packages Unlike in other industries, in the software development industry placed very high value on certifications, such as ISO 9000 (International Standards Organization's 9000 series of standards) or SEI's CMMI (Software Engineering Institute's Capabilities Maturity Model Integrated). In order to obtain Read More

No Yawn Intended: Enterprise Applications Giant Introduces a Mid-tier Support Choice


Many market observers might yawn at SAP's recent Premium Support announcement, but users increasingly appreciate more choice and certainty, and may take notice of what the market leader is trying to do with this middle-of-the-road support option.

decision support tools  Yawn Intended: Enterprise Applications Giant Introduces a Mid-tier Support Choice Event Summary A recent series of articles has highlighted—at great length—the price for value conundrum which has long affected both enterprise applications vendors and users (see Is There a Panacea for Enterprise Software Pricing, Yet? ). On one hand, vendors would like to have well-oiled business models that promote stable and recurring revenue streams, which in turn ensure future product and service enhancements. To Read More