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Software Selection: A Third Alternative Part One: The Buyer’s Perspective
There are two prevailing approaches for selecting enterprise-wide software: the functions and features approach and the business processes approach. Yet a third

define evaluation of alternative  no effective way to define and document its business requirements, and thereby identify and prioritize the critical criteria necessary to successfully support the evaluation process. This is further hampered by the user reluctance described above. Since the scope of an enterprise-wide application is extensive, data collection and analysis can be a time-consuming process. Changing user priorities can only make matters worse. One possible option might be to hire outside, experienced consultants.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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The Sweet Spot of One Merging ERP Vendor


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define evaluation of alternative  capacities, and can also define release intervals as daily, weekly, biweekly, or some combination of these. CMS ERP systems can collect EDI information using a number of EDI transaction sets (i.e., X.12, EDIFACT, and XML Documents), including material releases, shipping schedules, inline vehicle sequencing (IVSL) documents, and purchase orders. Bank remittance advices, inventory advices, invoices, incoming ASNs, functional acknowledgement, and update or change releases are also handled through the CMS Read More

State of the Market: HR


More than ever, executives are looking to transform human resources (HR) from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic part of the business. This state of the market report from TEC discusses the challenges that small to medium businesses (SMBs) face when recruiting, hiring, and managing staff. It also features information about the latest human resources information system (HRIS) offerings for the SMB market.

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Many of the mysteries of equipment failure, downtime, software, and data corruption are the result of a problematic power supply. Compounding the problem is that there is no standardized way to describe power problems. Learn more about common power disturbances, what can cause them, and how to safeguard your critical equipment—all described in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standard terms.

define evaluation of alternative  paper has attempted to define and illustrate power quality disturbances as outlined in IEEE Standard 1159-1995, IEEE Recommended Practice for Monitoring Electrical Power Quality. Reducing equipment downtime and production expense, therefore increasing profit, is the goal of any size business. Communicating by understanding the electrical environment, and equipment's susceptibility to power quality disturbances, will help in the discovery of better methods to achieve business goals and dreams. About the Read More

The Benefits of Next-generation ERP


Rapid changes in the market and in customer needs mean small to medium businesses (SMBs) must work harder to stay competitive. Setting and achieving goals in this economic environment is increasingly difficult. Upgrading to a next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) can be a way to manage change—and even benefit from it. Learn more about how to customize an on-demand ERP solution that’s right for you.

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Nintendo of America, Inc.


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Analysis of Active Voice's Acquisition of PhoneSoft, Inc.


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Out-of-the-box Integration


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Beware of Vendors Bearing Solutions


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Solomon Software: Breaking Away from Perception as “Best-of-Breed-Accounting” Vendor


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