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A Portrait of the Enterprise Software User in the Education Industry
Educational institutions are being driven by new technologies and changing student demographics to dramatically change the way they deliver their services. And

demographics article  on-demand deployment options. Respondent Demographics Figure 1 illustrates the geographical breakdown of education industry respondents that evaluated enterprise software in TEC Advisor. The largest number of respondents originated from Asia, Latin America, and Africa—at 28%, 19%, and 19%, respectively. The region in Asia that drew the most interest was India. The Indian education market is experiencing significant growth due to increased per capita income, national economic growth, and enhanced Read More...
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The Art, Science, and Software behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

demographics article  preferences based on local demographics, as well as geographic location and economic conditions, is critical when setting initial product pricing. Astute everyday price optimization software would likely generate different optimized prices for the same item carried by competing retailers in stores located in the same geographic location. This is the case because consumer behavior varies between competitors and each retailer has its own vendor costs and strategic pricing objectives. Beyond basic product Read More...
What’s the Missing Link in Price Optimization Strategy for Retailers?
For many retailers, price optimization is not being implemented appropriately because of the lack of communication between the supply and demand cycles. As a

demographics article  customer demand, localization, seasonality, demographics, etc.; not properly using a pricing strategy to reset the base price, promotion price, markdown price, and key category price (focuses on customer centric pricing strategy); failing to understand the significance of price optimization techniques used for allocating and replenishing products; unable to use demand and pricing strategies for vendor negotiation; and unable to use price optimization functionality for the entire product life cycle. Read More...
The Three Cs of Successful Positioning Part Four: The Customer
What's keeping your customer up at night? Know thy customers—and their problems.

demographics article  rewarded. The Impact of Demographics and Psychographics We define products and customers in terms of markets and audiences. Companies with similar characteristics create a market. Audiences are individuals within companies who participate in the purchase process; they are the people you need to reach with your marketing communications. Markets and audiences have demographic (structural) characteristics, such as group size, age, income, age, education, product usage patterns, location, etc.; and Read More...
The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

demographics article  factoring in demand, consumer demographics, cross-product relationships, and convenience sales. Sure, it’s also critical that pricing decisions are not made in a competitive vacuum. By leveraging competitive pricing intelligence these companies have the opportunity to improve the price optimization decision-making process and to drive more effective revenue generation. Once the areas of initial, promotional, and markdown prices have been addressed, they form a solid foundation for effective lifecycle Read More...
Not all SCM Products Are Created Equal
In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement

demographics article  all SCM Products Are Created Equal Overview Amid the hype that pervades vendor marketing campaigns and press announcements, it can be difficult for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities of a given supply chain management suite. In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement planning, manufacturing planning and scheduling, distribution and transportation management, and inventory Read More...
Top Business Objectives When Adopting PLM
This article presents research findings on business objectives to adopt PLM based on software selection projects and surveys conducted by TEC. Drawing and

demographics article  product design,change management,product development,new product development,sourcing,engineering product development,lean engineering,product design engineering,product design process,3d product design,engineering processes,integrated product development,absolute product design,new product development process,product development process Read More...
Aras Open Source PLM--Will its Business Scale?
The ZDNet article on PLM/BPM vendor, Aras, covers reasons this former proprietary vendor decided to open source its Innovator products. Two points that stuck

demographics article  Open Source PLM--Will its Business Scale? The ZDNet article on PLM/BPM vendor, Aras, covers reasons this former proprietary vendor decided to open source its Innovator products . Two points that stuck out for me, concern what open sourcing enabled Aras to do. According to the article, using an open source development model allowed Aras to develop its software much more quickly--it cites Aras as being one of only 10 ISVs to gain full certification for its software running on Microsoft’s forthcoming W Read More...
The Demo Crime Files!
This article is part of the continuing education all software demonstrators need to ensure their fundamental skills remain sharp. It points out three common

demographics article  Demo Crime Files! Originally published - November 7, 2001 Please forgive me. I'm normally optimistic and maintain a positive outlook. This article, however, is devoted to the negative aspects of demonstrations. It's important to point out the common crimes made in demonstrations because most people don't recognize them. Just like in real life, some crimes are minor offenses while others carry the death penalty. I'm not suggesting any demo crime is acceptable. Crimes aren't acceptable in society, nor Read More...
EAM versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company
This article looks at where computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) end and enterprise asset management (EAM) takes over, focusing on features and

demographics article  versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company Originally Published - March 15, 2004 Enterprise asset management (EAM) software and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) continue to grab headlines as a realistic way to reduce expenses and increase revenues. For one, maintaining an adequate level of repair and service parts inventory based on forecasted equipment usage can prevent already-limited funds from being over-allocated just to achieve a false sense of security. Also, an effective Read More...
How the Mining Industry Benefits from ERP Systems
Integrated enterprise resource planning software normalizes the reporting requirements for a mining company’s various departments. This article loosely shows

demographics article  the Mining Industry Benefits from ERP Systems Originally Published - March 26, 2008 Mining is a multifaceted business, one that in many ways parallels a repetitive manufacturing business. The analogy is that exploration and marketing for a mining company, for example, is similar to the marketing research performed by a manufacturer, although a noted difference between the two is that most mines are of sizes to support decades of operation, whereas a manufacturer’s production runs last for much Read More...
Maximizing Potential Benefits in Reverse Auctions
Reverse auction (RA) has emerged as a strategic tool for consumer packaged goods companies pursuing cost efficiencies in their sourcing programs. This article

demographics article  reverse auction,RA,consumer packaged goods,CPG,e-auctions,e-purchasing application,e-sourcing purchases,cost of goods sold,COGS,sourcing,pre-auction quotation,request for quotation,RFQ,transparency,FMCG Read More...
Plex Systems Replaces Seven Silo Applications At CCI
I recently read an article about the implementation and go-live experience of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a relatively small metal-forming

demographics article  Systems Replaces Seven Silo Applications At CCI I recently read an article about the implementation and go-live experience of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a relatively small metal-forming manufacturing company called Clips and Clamps Industries (CCI). This Plymouth, Michigan–based family-owned company is a metal stamping supplier to the automotive industry and produces a variety of custom-made items for its industrial customers. The business flow therefore involves many Read More...
Integration is the Name of the Game in Software Systems
This article, originally published in Engineering Times, on how companies are employing ERP is based on an interview with Ben Spencer, TEC’s Senior Director of

demographics article  is the Name of the Game in Software Systems Introduction    For a manufacturer seeking better communication between its engineering and manufacturing wings, as well as a design-build engineering firm trying to expand its profit margins, a business process streamlined across the entire enterprise is a valuable commodity. Companies are using enterprise resource planning (ERP) software tools at an increasing rate to help smooth the rough edges of their business practices. ERP attempts to integrat Read More...

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