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Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence Solutions
For many companies, traditional business intelligence (BI) software is costly and resource-intensive. So are open source alternatives that require significant

definition of alternatives  java interface class.) The definition of Pentaho reporting DataSource , taken from the community Wiki, is: DataSources provide MetaData by returning TableModels that implement the org.pentaho.reporting. engine.classic.core.MetaTableModel . The Meta-Data is DataAttributes, which are a map of This technical complexity is further demonstrated by some recent developer community postings illustrating the complexity of installing and using these solutions: I'm a newbie. When I tried modifying the 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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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

definition of alternatives  that's as good a definition of success as there is. Bob's Best We follow our customers. Bob Cremer is president and CEO of Aronson's Furniture, an Illinois independent retailer of furniture, mattresses and electronics. The company currently has ten locations in and around Chicago and primarily serves the African-American and Latino communities. The business was founded more than 60 years ago. Mr. Cremer is also the current president of the Furniture Marketing Group. On beginnings Our main niche is Read More...
Comparing On Demand Customer Relationship Management Service Alternatives
Customer relationship management (CRM) functionality can fall into four categories: core functionality; non-core functionality; vertical, industry-specific

definition of alternatives  not part of our definition of core CRM) fell into one of the following categories: non-core CRM functionality, vertical industry specific features, and accounting-related CRM features. Enterprises that are evaluating CRM solutions that include non-core CRM functionality need to be aware of the potential issues associated with these features. From our experience, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a CRM solution that incorporates any, or all, of these types of functionalities. However, enterprises Read More...
Point of Sale: To Stand Alone or Not?
When selecting a point of sale (POS) solution, users have a choice between stand-alone solutions and integrated solutions. They should first evaluate core and

definition of alternatives  well as a brief definition of the POS hardware component. This will help to determine whether a stand-alone POS solution should or should not be purchased. Core Areas of POS Systems Software Due to the diversity of the retail industry, different POS system features are required for different types of retailers. In assessing these features, the following have emerged as the six best practices core components, or must-have features, regardless of the intended application of the POS system. Transaction Read More...
The Yin and Yang of Electronic Commerce
This note identifies the major corporate functions that engage in E-Commerce activities and the kinds of information flows that result from E-Commerce

definition of alternatives  for a more concise definition. Figure 1. Inputs (to the Customer) Ads: Ads placed on the site by advertisers or departments of the company. They are typically in fixed positions and separated visually from the actual content of the page. Blurb: General material about the company. This will be frequently found in sections with names like About Us, Press Releases, and Contact Us. Branded Content: Information that is part of the company's stock in trade. The clearest example is intellectual property Read More...
Instead of Discounting, Back Some Value Out of Your Proposal
Last minute discounting has become so prevalent that many companies have come to depend on it as their default sales strategy. Employing a go-to-market strategy

definition of alternatives  of Discounting, Back Some Value Out of Your Proposal Introduction Last minute discounting has become so prevalent that many companies have come to depend on it as their default sales strategy. Employing a go-to-market strategy of being the lowest cost provider is one thing, but dramatic, tactical discounting on every deal will erode your company's margins and leave you digging a deeper and deeper hole in which your company will ultimately bury itself. I don't want to give you the impression that Read More...
Nintendo of America, Inc.
With a focus on marketing, sales, and distribution of the company’s interactive entertainment products, Nintendo of America’s 180 “managers of image” market

definition of alternatives  of America, Inc. With a focus on marketing, sales, and distribution of the company’s interactive entertainment products, Nintendo of America’s 180 “managers of image” market Nintendo’s games throughout the United States and parts of Canada. Because these managers spend the bulk of their time visiting retail operations to successfully brand the Nintendo product, the company was searching for a way to communicate detailed information to them, as well as to the rest of the company’s Read More...
The Impact of CRM and Sales Process: Monetizing the Value of Sales Effectiveness
To work through all the issues necessary to improve sales performance, executives have a number of options for leveraging people and knowledge. However, an area

definition of alternatives  Impact of CRM and Sales Process: Monetizing the Value of Sales Effectiveness To work through all the issues necessary to improve sales performance, executives have a number of options for leveraging people and knowledge. However, an area that shows significant potential for helping sales teams meet or exceed their goals is the effective alignment of sales process and technology. Executives looking to optimize performance should consider this approach to achieve their goals. Read More...
The Role of Sales Training Requirements Definition and Requests for Proposals in the Success of Technology Companies
The first step in choosing an effectiveness service provider (ESP) that best meets your company's needs is to develop a requirements definition. When used as a

definition of alternatives  into three parts: Requirements Definition : This is the process of defining your organization's sales training needs, culminating in an RFP. Are you currently using a methodology? If so, what are its characteristics? Is the training strategic, or tactical, as described above? Do you need basic, advanced, or sales management training? Do you need to transfer product, industry, and service knowledge, or basic selling skills? Do you know how to assess the training needs of your existing sales personnel, or Read More...
AKG of America
AKG of America needed an open system based on industry standards, and one that was packaged, not custom developed. AKG also needed a system with enough

definition of alternatives  of America AKG of America needed an open system based on industry standards, and one that was packaged, not custom developed. AKG also needed a system with enough flexibility to sustain growth. Find out why AKG chose Infor Visual. Read More...
Evaluating the Total Cost of Network Ownership
The upfront expenses of a network comprise only 19% of the total cost. The remaining 81% can sneak up on bank management, often unaware of some subtle TCO

definition of alternatives  the Total Cost of Network Ownership Brian Killian and Lynn Koller are associated with Brintech, www.brintech.com Introduction A bank devotes extensive resources to its computer network-both in human wherewithal and hard cash. The upfront costs can be high, and veiled costs compound the burden. Ultimately, an invisible price tag hangs from a computer network. Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a model that helps systems managers understand and handle the budgeted and unbudgeted costs of an IT Read More...
Oracle Corporation: Flying High for Being Jack-of-All-Trades and Master of Some
Database and enterprise application vendor Oracle has streamlined itself, overcome the hardships of the past and seems prepared and eager for the future. We

definition of alternatives  Corporation: Flying High for Being Jack-of-All-Trades and Master of Some Event Summary During the first four months of 2000, the market was inundated with a bonfire of announcements from Oracle Corporation. The climax was reached in the middle of March with the news that Oracle showed significant growth throughout its third quarter. The applications business alone was up 35% on the same period for the previous year, exceeding the growth of database solutions, which went up 32%, for the first time in Read More...
Analysis of Adobe’s Integration of IslandData’s Automated E-mail
Adobe’s support site receives approximately 1.3 million client inquiries per month and has been in need of an automated response system to decrease escalating

definition of alternatives  of Adobe’s Integration of IslandData’s Automated E-mail Event Summary CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IslandData, a leading provider of automated response technology for the online customer service market, announced that it has signed Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE - news), the fourth largest desktop software company in the world, as a customer of IslandData's ExpressResponse, a commercial service that automates the process of quickly reading and responding to end user e-mail and web Read More...
Out-of-the-box Integration
Is it is possible for small and medium businesses (SMBs) to achieve levels of application integration historically reserved for large enterprises with deep IT

definition of alternatives  of-the-box Integration Is it is possible for small and medium businesses (SMBs) to achieve levels of application integration historically reserved for large enterprises with deep IT pockets? Duplication of data can be eliminated with the right electronic document management system (EDMS). Discover how an EDMS can be integrated with other core business applications to replace paper files and documents, driving efficiency and managing IT costs. Read More...
Threshold of a New TEC Advisor
I'm happy to announce the beta launch of our new tool to help people start their research and evaluations of enterprise software systems. Think of it as the

definition of alternatives  of a New TEC Advisor I'm happy to announce the beta launch of our new tool to help people start their research and evaluations of enterprise software systems. Think of it as the doorway to our TEC Advisor online evaluation and comparison application (accessible from our evaluation centers). In the following, I'll explain what it is and how it works. A few years ago I asked on this blog , How do you figure out, from within a large range of software vendors, which vendors to start evaluating? I Read More...

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