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TEC Helps Utilities Company Select Best-fit Financials and Human Resources Systems
South Coast Water District (SCWD), an independent provider of high-quality water services based in Laguna Beach, California (US), was experiencing some of the

define knowledgeable  staff. SCWD decided to define its process requirements internally in order to select an appropriate financials system with integrated human resource (HR) functionality so it could operate more efficiently and eliminate the need for paper processes. Soon after the in-house project began, SCWD’s IT manager Bryon Black realized it needed auxiliary expert assistance, and engaged Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) on a business process modeling (BPM) project. “Having TEC’s advisors on-site to prompt

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Performance Management Simplified by MSPs


IT infrastructure consisting of networks, servers, databases, and even parts of application systems forms a networked computing system (NCS) whose performance must be actively managed to ensure continual business support. But the skills and tools necessary to ensure that network and server systems provide adequate levels of services and performance are expensive and scarce. Management service providers (MSPs) that specialize in performance management can apply expert personnel and 24/7 monitoring at a fraction of the cost required to staff the function internally.

define knowledgeable  of companies that will define and promote the emerging management service provider sector. Information on the MSP Association is available on the Web at www.mspassociation.org; from Association headquarters at 401 Edgewater Place, Suite 500, Wakefield, MA 01880; via telephone at 781-876-8830; or by sending email to info@mspassociation.org . MSPs bring component expertise, measurement, event management, and reporting capabilities to bear on the networked computing systems of multiple companies through a Read More

Technology Project Selection and Management in Community Banks


The way a bank selects, implements, and monitors a technological product significantly contributes to the final effect on the bank's environment.

define knowledgeable  need for a project, define it, and initiate the process. Plan . At this point, project managers structure a proposal that accomplishes the tasks required to conclude the project. Execute . Project managers coordinate the people and resources required to implement the plan. Supervise . During this phase, the progress of the plan is monitored and adjusted, when necessary. Finish . People need closure. A formal ending to the project brings satisfaction and a reallocation of resources. All types of projects Read More

Finding the Key to Small Manufacturer's Profits - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series discussed the genesis of ProfitKey International, one of the longest-standing enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers for small to midsize discrete manufacturers that has never been merged with another peer product. After the protracted bankruptcy saga of its former parent company, HALO Technology Holdings, ProfitKey was recently bought out by Phoenix Asset

define knowledgeable  lets the authorized user define a sequence of other users and steps in the process. For example, upon the release of a suggested engineering change, the process will start at person one, wait for approval, then go to person two, etc. The same holds for the Cause and Correction quality feature, where user-defined assignment of defects, based on the defect code, is how the records are sent around via on-screen To Do lists. The product offers basic time & attendance (T&A) and Product Data Management (PDM) Read More

Can Auditing and Project Management Co-Exist in an ERP Environment?


It is hard to recall the last time an ERP implementation team included an auditor as an active member. This article explores key points in a project's lifecycle where the audit function should be involved and the deliverables to be expected.

define knowledgeable  for argument sake, let's define the basic ERP implementation project lifecycle as containing the following phases: Project Planning and Organization Business Process Pilot Solution Integration Integrated Pilot Go Live The following paragraphs will identify how an auditor can be effectively utilized in the various phases and the expected results. Project Planning and Organization In the Project Planning and Organization (PPO) phase, the overall workplan and time schedule are defined and training for the Read More

Make Sure Metrics Don’t Kill Your Business


Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight. —Bill Gates Business metrics—the quantifiable measurements by which a company’s performance is gauged—are part of the broad area of business intelligence (BI) or business analytics (BA). In this regard, metrics are the application of a mathematical expression to a set of data

define knowledgeable  not only help you define the goal, but also lead you to their expectations. Compare your metric against these expectations.   Prioritize elements for major effect . Consider for your metrics those components that will have greater impact on your metrics and that will you be able to affect or improve.   Stick to your objective . Always keep your goal in mind and refer to your stakeholders to keep you on track. Keep informed and solicit their feedback.   Establish your initial expectations . When definin Read More

A Road Map to Electronic Medical Record System Implementation


It’s crucial to define the scope of an electronic medical system implementation, as well as to outline each stage of the project and the resources that will be needed. A failed implementation will paralyze the operational capabilities of a health care organization, but the right methodology will help ensure a successful implementation.

define knowledgeable  or she will then define the project to the implementation team so that the objectives, roles, deliverables, and targeted milestones of the project are clear to everyone. The PM must also consult with executives and senior management, because even though they are not directly involved in the implementation life cycle, their input is definitely being considered. They are spearheading the project (behind the scenes), and they are well aware of the implementation's progress at each phase. The PM's job is to m Read More

How to Succeed in Implementing an ERP System for Your SMB


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define knowledgeable  have been efforts to define and audit these expected benefits. In other words, companies must first define what they expect to gain from implementing an ERP system , from both technical and business perspectives, and routinely monitor their progress toward this goal. In addition, when planning the implementation, one important factor to consider is employee motivation and involvement. To increase employee motivation to use the new ERP system, companies can arrange to train their employees with the system Read More

How to Improve the Accuracy of Your Forecasts


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Assessing the Impact of Poor Requirements on Companies


To accurately assess the impact that requirements have on businesses, IAG surveyed over 100 companies. What they found was that less than one-third were properly equipped to define their software requirements, and that suboptimal requirements consumed around 41.5 percent of the IT development budget. Find out what it takes to ensure your organization doesn’t fall on the wrong side of this business requirements equation.

define knowledgeable  were properly equipped to define their software requirements, and that suboptimal requirements consumed around 41.5 percent of the IT development budget. Find out what it takes to ensure your organization doesn’t fall on the wrong side of this business requirements equation. Read More

What’s the Big Deal with Big Data?


{democracy:89} I won’t define big data here, but it’s clear for all the IT community to see that big data is the latest “big thing.” Just Google or Bing the term “big data” and you’ll get an idea of the amount of information and resources available (about 1,460,000,000 and 67,000,000 hits, respectively). But in our continuous research and talks with both software vendors and customers, we

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Actionable Supply Chain Intelligence: Leveraging the Services Hub


There’s no doubt that competing in today’s global marketplace is tough. In order to survive, organizations must become more aware of what’s going on throughout their supply chain. While many realize the importance of supply chain visibility, some businesses aren’t sure exactly how to achieve it. Find out the five things you’ll need to put together a visibility solution that’ll give you timely, accurate, and useful data.

define knowledgeable  ask 10 people to define supply chain visibility, you'll probably get at least nine and a half different answers. For example, one individual might say it means the electronic notification of document errors such as missing elements or matching errors. Another would define it to be the validation of compliance with Terms & Conditions (T&C) and/or Service Level Agreements (SLAs) contract language, done by comparing them to business rules such as late deliveries or short-ship errors. A third person might Read More

Manage the Change or Change the Management during an ERP Software Selection - Introduction


How you select new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software will greatly affect your company’s future and should not be taken lightly. Therefore, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises or failure, you should start thinking about change management at the same moment that you start considering replacing your old or buying new ERP software. Do not wait until there’s no turning back. Remember

define knowledgeable  next challenge is to define a strategy that will make the selection and implementation process as painless as possible (i.e. a plan of action to accomplish a specific goal). It doesn’t have to be very detailed, but it should contain the risks faced during the implementation process and the ways to deal with them. No matter what vendors tell you, there is no project with zero risk. Now that you have created a strategy, you will need to find people who can implement it. No matter the size of the project, Read More

Continuous Planning and Rolling Forecasts


The old way of thinking—you run a company through the once a year budget process—is on the way out in favor of new concepts and system approaches generally described as "continuous planning." The practical implementation of continuous planning is through rolling forecasts—frequent updates of financial plans that include integrating actuals data and rolling the forecast time period beyond the current fiscal year. Discover the concepts and practices of continuous planning, and find out how to define application requirements for integrating actuals, financial modeling and scenario analysis—the three foundations of a continuous planning system.

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IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response


IFS could be an object case of how a great product (in terms of functionality scope and technological foundation) and knowledgeable employees are only part of the wholesale success in the finicky enterprise resource planning (ERP) market.

define knowledgeable  Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response IFS Background Recently, Industrial and Financial Systems ( IFS ) (XSSE: IFS), a Swedish extended enterprise applications supplier with sales in 45 countries, over $330 million USD) in revenues in 2003, and with more than 350,000 users worldwide, announced the following: In early January that, following the agreement with Uniativa Ltda (which acquired the entire business and 100 percent of the stock in Industrial Read More