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Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Much More Than Meets the Eye - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series discussed the current upbeat state of affairs of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, as one of the three best-performing products within the

evaluate goldmine 8  Dynamics CRM 4.0 [ evaluate this product ] on-premise software instance will vary with the specific solution scope. In terms of a side-by-side comparison based on publicly available information from Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online gives businesses the following: 5 GB of storage versus 1 GB in Salesforce.com CRM Professional Edition 100 user-configurable workflows versus none in Salesforce.com CRM Professional Edition 100 configurable entities versus 50 in Salesforce.com CRM Professional

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Sales Force Automation Buyer’s Guide


No matter how effective your sales staff is, there’s always room to boost efficiency and increase sales. But how you go about doing so may be a point of contention. Sales force automation (SFA) solutions come in many flavors, but they don’t all offer the comprehensive SFA functionality you need. Find out how to avoid the pitfalls of choosing SFA software, and get help matching your needs with the right solution for you.

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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Is It Time for a New ERP System? How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Your ERP System


As time passes, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems drift further and further into misalignment with enterprise goals, strategies, and tactics. Eventually your legacy ERP system begins to interfere with your company’s ability to operate efficiently. Examine ERP evaluation criteria and techniques, and equip yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to measure your current ERP system’s effectiveness.

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8 Reasons to Outsource Your Desktop in the Cloud


With organizations looking for new ways to cut costs and increase productivity, cloud computing has become a popular trend. In the most common form of cloud computing, vendors offer software via the Internet in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Many of the benefits of this model can be translated to desktop management. Learn how SaaS principles are being applied to offer companies desktop-as-a-service (DaaS).

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8 Rules for Investing in a New Accounting System


Find out if your current system is a drag on your company in Eight Rules for Investing in a New Accounting System.

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Maximizer Enterprise 8: A Strong Competitor on the SMB Front Line


TEC recently reviewed Maximizer Enterprise 8. Tailored to the latest Internet technology, the offering is aggressively priced. Rich functionality is offered in a three-module structure that continues to compete in the demanding "best fit," customer relationship management, small and medium enterprise marketplace.

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They do it like that in the Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II)


The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP's supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market. What also helps SAP ERP [evaluate this product] is a number of well-established value added resellers (VARs) that cover the entire former Yugoslavia region, some of which have a few dozen renowned installation sites (customer references) and a roster of experienced consultants. Some of these are

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8 Key Plays for Sales Success


In the same way the Internet boom separated winning companies from those left behind, the rise of social and mobile technologies is determining a new generation of industry leaders. Businesses that embrace new tools and technologies are leapfrogging their competitors and seizing market share. Learn best practices for incorporating these new technologies into your daily operations—and explore how to close more sales deals, faster.

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Cegedim Relationship Management Announces Mobile Intelligence 8


Cegedim Relationship Management released version 8 of its customer relationship management (CRM) platform, Mobile Intelligence. The product continues to target life sciences clients, such as Biolab and Liomont. The press release underlines new capabilities for mobile, as well as customer-centric reporting and analytics. The solution falls in line with the present-day customer-centric ecosystem

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Analysis of Novell's Announced Support for Sun's Solaris 8 Operating Environment


We do not see Sun Solaris administrators implementing any Novell NDS package.

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