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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

define a decision  most important principle: clearly define your requirements before selecting a solution to meet them. If you don't, you can't adequately answer any of the questions. Also, when you are defining your requirements, think beyond your current needs. How might your business strategy impact your needs several years out? What's the minimum duration for which you need this relationship to last? If you can answer that question, then you only want to consider ASPs that will be around at least that long. That brings 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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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

define a decision  have each of them define their own processes. In this way, no process or activity is overlooked. How does BPM help drive consensus when choosing software or making other complex decisions? Partly, BPM contributes to achieving consensus because everyone in the organization has input and feels involved in the software selection (or decision-making) process. The other part: that’s where selection methodology comes in. The selection methodology must be structured and unbiased, and preferably provide 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

define a decision  solution is to clearly define what information is relevant to each business decision and to meticulously map it across all of the various business functions and roles. At Brown-Forman, this detailed process is paying huge dividends. To achieve our objectives, we are delivering BI on a roles basis, based on a hierarchy of business metrics, O'Toole explains. We looked at every role from the front-office (sales, marketing) to the back-office (finance, HR) and refined our business processes into 23 sub Read More
A Matter of Trust
When important information is withheld, it leads to enormous inefficiencies or even disasters in the supply chain. Trust is needed to streamline decision making

define a decision  Matter of Trust To Trust or Not to Trust: What to Share with Trading Partners I recently asked a question to a senior supply chain executive: When should you trust your trading partners and when should you withhold information from them? His answer: Never and Never. His answer was only partly tongue-in-cheek. It highlights a dilemma we all face. When important information is withheld, it leads to enormous inefficiencies or even disasters in the supply chain. Trust is needed to streamline decision Read More
How to Choose a Service and Maintenance Application
If you’re not using a service and maintenance application, you may have reached the point where manual systems no longer support the pace of business. Where to

define a decision  case will help you define where the problems and opportunities are so that you can be sure that your solution will really address them. Form a project team Assemble the team of people who will decide what your company needs from the new system and what functions it must include. Depending on the size of your company, team members may include system users that are on the front line, system managers that oversee staff and reports, system integrators for technical consideration, and those responsible for Read More
For a Million Gallons of Glue Find a Marketplace on Steroids
FreeMarkets, Inc., will provide marketplace access and services to the United States Postal Service. The USPS is the first Federal entity to use FreeMarkets

define a decision  a Million Gallons of Glue Find a Marketplace on Steroids For a Million Gallons of Glue Find a Marketplace on Steroids D. Geller - May 2nd, 2000 Event Summary FreeMarkets, Inc. (NASDAQ: FMKT) runs a marketplace that enables large competitive auctions for the purchase of industrial parts and raw materials. Unlike most digital market makers whose goal is to create completely digital marketplaces, FreeMarkets provides value by combining technology with labor-intensive services. When buying a thousand rolls Read More
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

define a decision  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
Extending COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective
In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These

define a decision  COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These assets have performed the business functions that they were designed for, but it’s OK to remain open to new solutions too. By leveraging existing assets while moving to a service-based architecture, you can extend your existing business Read More
A Veteran Mid-market ERP Vendor with a Pragmatic Vision Chimes In
Joining our growing list of vendors willing to provide their opinions and commentary on our thought-provoking questions on market trends, SYSPRO takes part in

define a decision  specifically on the uniquely defined SYSPRO buyer category—see Surviving Amid ERP Sharks as a Visionary Vendor for the Pragmatic User (Part I) —the PragmaVision strategy entails exploiting fast growth within the smaller mid-market sweet spot (existing customer base), and leveraging scalability and flexibility features to extend into larger mid-market and multi-site companies, all within the vendor's four targeted vertical sectors. 2008 and beyond is slated to bring more of vertical focus, highly Read More
A Short Guide to a Faster WAN
Wide area networks (WANs) are essential to the majority of businesses, enabling effective communications within the organization and with customers, partners

define a decision  Short Guide to a Faster WAN Wide area networks (WANs) are essential to the majority of businesses, enabling effective communications within the organization and with customers, partners, and suppliers. As more bandwidth-intensive applications are added to the mix, these networks are expected to handle the extra load—which can decrease its performance. Ensuring WAN usage is well-managed eliminates unwanted traffic and accelerates business activity. Read More
A Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement
Glovia International has launched the first full-fledged and versatile, manufacturing-oriented solution that is an on-demand, enterprise resource planning

define a decision  Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement The first complete and flexible, enterprise resource planning (ERP), software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that is geared to manufacturers has been unveiled by a veteran vendor that, despite its long history as a software solutions provider, has not received its due recognition. The vendor maintains a conservative marketing approach, which is likely the cause of its low-key presence in the global enterprise applications market. The fact Read More
App Development in a Mobile World: A CIO Handbook
As a senior stakeholder driving mobile initiatives in your organization, you may be lost in a sea of technologies and claims from vendors promising rapid

define a decision  Development in a Mobile World: A CIO Handbook As a senior stakeholder driving mobile initiatives in your organization, you may be lost in a sea of technologies and claims from vendors promising rapid delivery of applications to your employees, customers, and partners. To help explain some of the topics you will need to be aware of, and to separate the must-haves from the nice-to-haves, SAP has developed a reference guide for applying a mobile strategy in the context of application architectures, best Read More
In Search of Clarity: Unraveling the Complexities of Executive Decision Making
Decision making is at the core of all business activity, as executives set strategy and manage operations by weighing a vast array of factors to arrive at the

define a decision  Search of Clarity: Unraveling the Complexities of Executive Decision Making In Search of Clarity: Unraveling the Complexities of Executive Decision Making If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. In response to these growing business challenges, SAP is delivering SAP GRC Risk Management to equip companies with the tools they require to help manage key risk exposures and vulnerabilities alongside the pursuit of new business Read More
2015: Ten Predictions for Decision Sciences
With most businesses across industry verticals still reeling under the impact of the economic slowdown, many are focusing on analytics-driven decision support

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A CRM System Needs A Data Strategy
A customer relationship management (CRM) system is inherently valuable for supporting customer acquisition and retention by gathering data from each contact

define a decision  CRM System Needs A Data Strategy Introduction An underutilized customer relationship management (CRM) system - or one that cannot match its owner's expectations - will reflect poorly on both the vendor who sold it and the IT manager who authorized the purchase and installed it. Both, however, can help successfully manage such expectations (and add value to their respective roles) by wisely counseling about the strategic context into which a CRM system must function. Simply put, the market includes plenty Read More

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