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5 Things You Should Not Confuse Business Performance Management With
If you search for business performance management (BPM) on Google, you''ll get around 700,000 results. Out of this huge number of results, you will presumably

descriptive articles  in a graphical and descriptive view, then execute them, monitor the processes, and finally, modify or optimize them. There are similarities between business process management systems and enterprise application integration software and workflow automation solutions. By the way, notice yet another BPM abbreviation here: business process modeling, which is a substantial element of business process management. This is basically a business process capturing, visualizing, and description technique (or set of Read More...
Book review: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the Environment: Business Imperatives. ed. Ruth Hillary, Greenleaf Publications. February 2000
The role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in society cannot be underestimated—indeed, many think SMEs are the most important sector of a nation’s

descriptive articles  in a very objective, descriptive, and neutral manner. This can unfortunately result in an overwhelming amount of information that doesn’t necessarily allow  readers to find a specific path of action, especially for those not very familiar with environmental issues.  On the other hand, the case studies and various examples allow the reader to grasp the complexity and specificity of environmental issues among SMEs. It’s a book that embarks and encourages discussion upon a delicate subject, that has Read More...
Improving Organizational Performance Management through Pervasive Business Intelligence
You’ll increase your chances of business intelligence (BI) project success and overcome technical and other challenges if you follow a methodology. To begin

descriptive articles  advanced analytic techniques for descriptive and predictive analytics. Organizations investing in BI and performance management have many opportunities to take advantage of the growing body of evidence suggesting a direct link between these solutions and organizational competitiveness and performance. These opportunities must make effective use of both IT products and services as well business process reorganization and organizational behavior changes necessary to shift toward more fact-based Read More...
CRM, Success, and Best Practices: A Wake Up Call Part Two: Modeling Success with Senior Management and CRM Culture
To maximize the return on investment of a customer relationship management system, a new CRM best practices model should be used. A point-based system, self

descriptive articles  difficult to be completely descriptive in terms of all the subtleties and details associated with this process; therefore, by placing the large number of points on results one does not have to account for this level of detail. A summary of the point system is as follows: Policy and Strategy 50 points Employees 100 points Customers 100 points Partners 50 points Process 100 points Results 300 points (Financial 90 + Employees 50 + Customer 120 + Partner 40) Leadership 100 points Program Management 100 Read More...
The (Underappreciated) Value of B2B Pricing Software
Conventional wisdom would suggest that pricing, as a key component of a business’s financial performance, is a critically important discipline within any

descriptive articles  software has long been descriptive, that is, in its ability to understand customer price sensitivities, benchmark customer performance, and predict the company’s markets. But in order for users to not second-guess the software’s recommendations, some vendors have made their software prescriptive. This means that the system provides intuitive guidance with next steps in the workflow and explanations for sales folks and pricing analysts, product offering suggestions that offer more affordable Read More...
Business Intelligence for the Health Care Industry: Actionable Insights for Business Decision Makers
Hospitals around the world are facing increased pressure to improve operations from multiple directions. Legal requirements, aging populations, and an ever

descriptive articles  Intelligence for the Health Care Industry: Actionable Insights for Business Decision Makers Business Intelligence for the Health Care Industry: Actionable Insights for Business Decision Makers If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is Read More...
Outsourcing Challenges: Avoid the Pitfalls
Outsourcing can provide management with a powerful tool to control cost and enhance product and service delivery. Yet so many outsourcing initiatives fall short

descriptive articles  Challenges: Avoid the Pitfalls Large scale change may be organizational, such as outsourcing, downsizing, or mergers or on a smaller scale such as conflicts between individuals, teams, departments or other groups. Our change management consultants focus on clarifying the rational for the change, communicating the change processes and the desired outcomes. Source: Estrella Partners Group LLC Resources Related to Outsourcing Challenges: Avoid the Pitfalls : Outsourcing (Wikipedia) Outsourcing Read More...
Cloud Proponents Unclear on the Meaning of “Legacy
In reading business software news and articles on a daily basis, and in speaking with software vendors, I have noticed that vendors of cloud-based applications,

descriptive articles  Proponents Unclear on the Meaning of “Legacy In reading business software news and articles on a daily basis, and in speaking with software vendors, I have noticed that vendors of cloud-based applications, analysts, as well as other professionals have recently begun referring to all solutions other than cloud-based applications as legacy solutions. Here are a few examples of what I have come across: Gap Widens between Legacy and Cloud ERP Move from Legacy to Cloud (and Keep Your Customers) Is Read More...
How to Alienate Your Reader: Jargon, Buzzwords, Lingo, and Gobbledygook
This Is For All Us Writers Out There: Oh, and All Us Readers Too!Do you ever feel like you need a jargon buster just to understand what some companies are

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Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC''s earlier articles about companies'' need for better links between the plant (

descriptive articles  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC ''s earlier articles about companies'' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop Read More...
Vana Workforce Unveils Version 8 for the Social Workforce
Meet another cloud human capital management (HCM) alternative. Vana Workforce was founded in 2008 by a seasoned human resources (HR) expert and consultant David

descriptive articles  (object oriented and with descriptive metadata architecture) as Workday, Vana offers an integrated HR and talent management solution for small and medium enterprises. Workday, Ultimate Software,  and other cloud HR/HCM vendors still largely cater to the upper echelon of companies. Vana Workforce also announced a key partnership with Salesforce Work.com (formerly Rypple), a social performance management platform . Vana extends the value of Work.com for a more complete HCM solution. Given that there Read More...
Successful Manufacturing in a Competitive Market
Order-driven manufacturers@those who engineer-to-order (ETO), assemble-to-order (ATO), and make-to-order (MTO)@face numerous challenges. To stay competitive

descriptive articles  Manufacturing in a Competitive Market Successful Manufacturing in a Competitive Market If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. JOBSCOPE is an Integrated Manufacturing Information System for order-driven companies. Our software provides the tools for an online, real-time, job costing and manufacturing management system to Engineer- to-Order, Make-to-Order, and Repair-to-Order manufacturers who wish to achieve the status Read More...
ASP Infrastructure: The Party Has Started
On June 14th, Nortel Networks unveiled their Comprehensive Service Management Solution for the ASP Market. They''ve assembled an interesting portfolio of

descriptive articles  Infrastructure: The Party Has Started ASP Infrastructure: The Party Has Started A. Turner - July 7, 2000 Event Summary On June 14th, Nortel Networks introduced an application service management and integration solution that will enable service providers to offer hosted eBusiness applications to businesses and deliver end-to-end applications management to the desktop. Called the Nortel Networks Preside Managed Application Services Platform, the solution is designed to enable service providers to deliver Read More...
Software Evaluation, Selection, and Contract Negotiation
Most articles about the pitfalls of software implementation projects highlight the mistakes made during implementation. Examples include poor project management

descriptive articles  Evaluation, Selection, and Contract Negotiation Software Evaluation, Selection, and Contract Negotiation s If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. TSI helps companies select the Financial, ERP, CRM, SCM, PLM and other software packages that are the best fit for current and future needs. Due to the complexities of these projects and the risks of selecting the wrong package, clients look to us to provide expertise in this Read More...
''Collaborative Commerce'': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study
Now in 2001, the catchphrase is ''Collaborative Commerce'', where we unite all of the elements of ERP, CRM, E-Procurement, and SCM into one coherent system within

descriptive articles  Collaborative Commerce'': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study ''Collaborative Commerce'': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study R. Garland - September 13, 2001 Introduction  In the early 90''s, ERP came of age. Everyone had to have the functionality ERP packages promised. Since then, as Web and Internet technologies have matured, CRM on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase is Read More...
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