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Why You Need to Take Software Evaluation Seriously
Enterprise software is big business. This becomes evident when you add up the costs of purchasing software licenses, implementing the system, migrating data

determining priorities  to take shortcuts when determining their software needs, which often leads them to acquire a system that doesn’t exactly match their business requirements. At Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), we prolifically use the word “evaluation” to describe what we do. After all, it’s an integral part of our company’s name and at the heart of our business model. But what does software evaluation really mean? Why is it so important? And why do we keep making a big fuss about it? The meaning of the word Read More...
PPM for Internal Departments
A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Typically IT departments employ an IT governance framework to ensure that their PPM...
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How to Unbalance Your Scorecard to Better Measure Business Performance
The Balanced Scorecard is one of the most popular methodologies for measuring business performance, with a view to enhancing it. First made popular in the early

determining priorities  legwork and end up determining only short-term goals. But your scorecards need to convert tactics into strategy and take a long-term focus. Shifting the Balance Does this mean that the balanced scorecard has failed to provide a reliable way to align business performance with an organization’s strategy? I don’t think so. The theory of the balanced scorecard is still perfectly valid. Ideally, we follow the theory up to the point where it diverges from our organization’s reality. A balanced scorecard Read More...
6 IT Resolutions You Can’t Afford NOT to Make for 2009
Yes, we know everyone had a great New Years party. We saw the ball drop from Big Apple, watched celebrations all over the globe, and optimistically made the

determining priorities  projects will assist in determining the value new innovations or services may bring to the organization. A model for real options management and value helps management with the decision-making process of whether to invest in product innovation, continue with it, or to abandon it. This method helps when adapting to new situations and opportunities as they arise. Re-evaluate outsourcing and strategic hiring On the other hand a slightly conservative approach can also help you sail through economic hardship. Read More...
Professional Services Organizations Automate their Processes
Major vendors are entering the professional services software market and small niche vendors are repositioning themselves to compete. This changing market is

determining priorities  the daunting challenge of determining the best PPM vendor to meet their particular needs. PPM Vendor Categories PPM vendors tend to classify their solutions into two primary customer segments: Internal IT departments Professional services organizations Vendors selling to internal IT departments traditionally target enterprise organizations that manage multiple portfolios across various business units. Returning to their original roots, many vendors recognize the enormous potential of portfolio management Read More...
Should You Consider Deltek? Well it Depends…
TEC selection software is used to match potential customers with Deltek's solution.

determining priorities  to both Deltek in determining the prospects likely to benefit from Deltek's solutions and to companies looking for the type of solution Deltek offers. The ideal candidate for Deltek's Costpoint solution will need a high-level of financial management support. This candidate will also require support from all the other modules, though not necessarily at such a high degree. Finally, this candidate will need a full feature-set from certain manufacturing management areas, but not necessarily need every Read More...
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial
This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection

determining priorities  Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial E. Robins - May 31, 2001 Executive Summary    Most business managers, whether vendors, vendor clients or implementers, are unaware of the fundamental capabilities that knowledge based decision support can provide to minimize project risk for all sides of technology utilization. Given that over 90% of IT projects fail on first attempt, according to Read More...
Achieving Efficiency and Effectiveness with Your Master Data
Master data is instrumental in determining how an organization produces, buys, and sells its goods and services. Inaccurate master data can lead to improper

determining priorities  data is instrumental in determining how an organization produces, buys, and sells its goods and services. Inaccurate master data can lead to improper business decisions, loss of revenue, and noncompliance with regulatory and quality mandates. Find out how an Enterprise data management (EDM) strategy can help your company avoid these pitfalls by achieving clean, consolidated, and consistent master data. Read More...
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors
This part illustrates how selecting the right ERP product depends on each client's requirements. Epicor, QAD, and Ramco Systems' rank can change with different

determining priorities  A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors Executive Summary Selecting a piece of enterprise application software has never been an exact science. Vendors' hype, consultants' conflict of interest, users' doubts, tediously long selection processes, and unclear decisions rationale are some of the unfortunate watchwords for most selection practices. It is daunting for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities, strengths and weaknesses of a given Read More...
Pronto Xi Dimensions: Process Manufacturing (ERP) Competitor Analysis Report
The process enterprise resource planning (ERP) knowledge base anticipates as many factors as possible to assist businesses in the process manufacturing field

determining priorities  base includes criteria for determining batch control and reporting, formula and routing, and material management capabilities. It also provides information for other enterprise management modules such as human resources and financials. Read More...
abas Business Software: Process Manufacturing (ERP) Competitor Analysis Report
The process enterprise resource planning (ERP) knowledge base anticipates as many factors as possible to assist businesses in the process manufacturing field

determining priorities  base includes criteria for determining batch control and reporting, formula and routing, and material management capabilities. It also provides information for other enterprise management modules such as human resources and financials. Read More...
E2open Launches E2 Rapid Resolutions
E2open, a provider of cloud-based solutions for collaborative execution across global trading networks, recently announced the addition of E2 Rapid Resolutions

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Software Update: TEC Advisor
My recent post Bye-bye Beta announced that TEC Advisor, TEC’s online software evaluation and selection system, exited the beta phase. I highlighted its newest

determining priorities  Update: TEC Advisor My recent post Bye-bye Beta announced that TEC Advisor , TEC’s online software evaluation and selection system, exited the beta phase. I highlighted its newest features that pertained to the pre-selection module (i.e., the series of questions prior to evaluation). Since then, we’ve enhanced the evaluation module of TEC Advisor to allow users to more easily set priorities to functional areas, as well as customize how comparative results are displayed. Here’s a recap of the Read More...
Software Estimation Inside-out
Software size estimation is one of the most critical and difficult activities in the software planning process. Measuring software size goes a long way toward

determining priorities  a long way toward determining the effort, schedule, and budget required for a project. Learn how misjudging or misunderstanding the scope and size of a project can result in budget and schedule overruns, and failed deliveries that can cause total project failure. Read More...
Software Evaluation and Software Selection
Organizations are surrounded by ambiguity when making their implementation decisions. Accurate and relevant criteria that are properly weighed against an

determining priorities  criteria is crucial when determining the viability of a software solution. Numerous variables must be considered and measured against different offers. Technology Evaluation Centers ( TEC ) suggests that organizations engage modern decision support tools to compare solutions before structuring their RFPs. Doing so will help create an appropriate shortlist of vendors to consider in more detail. How a vendor ranks, however, depends on how well it can satisfy an organization's priorities. There are a number Read More...

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