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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

dot sap evaluation  the size of the dot indicates the vendors' rank in the overall model such that larger dots denote higher rank. It is evident that the Business Scenarios percent match score for each vendor is very close, but the Flexibility percent match score varies significantly. The client perceived SAP and Oracle to be very inflexible compared to IFS and JD Edwards. Figure 9. Business Scenarios vs. Flexibility A similar result exists in a comparison of Business Scenarios and Ease of Use and Navigation. Figure 10

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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