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The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 2: Evaluation of ERP Software
If you’ve gone through the research phase while looking for ERP, the next major step is the evaluation process. At the end of it, you should have a shortlist of

evaluation theory  The result of the evaluation phase should be a shortlist of vendors that best fit your company’s needs. To make sure you get the most relevant shortlist, RFIs/RFPs and DSSes are the most important tools; the other resources mentioned above should only be used as a complement to these tools. Final Thoughts: Avoiding “Analysis Paralysis” According to decision theory , the paradox of choice states that the more choices you have, the more likely you are to make a poor decision or fail to make a

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Evolution to Revolution: The Test Automation Maturity Curve


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evaluation theory  See TEC’s Discrete ERP Evaluation Center for more on the business benefits of discrete ERP applications. If you are a discrete manufacturer burdened with a process ERP solution, you will be unable to properly allocate items to specific orders. Traceability thus becomes a major headache. Furthermore, the overriding consideration for process manufacturers is quality . For discrete manufacturers, it’s quantity (with, naturally, a measure of quality control). A discrete manufacturer with a process ERP Read More

What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?


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evaluation theory  the development level after evaluation. Briefly, the conception stage is a process of idea attrition—only the good ones get to the next step. In this area, management applications are not quite mature and the adoption rate is relatively low. Part of the reason might be that conception is strongly associated with creativity, and people are not yet convinced that this can be handled well by machines. Product design and development is the main stage where abundant product definition information is Read More

What Brings Customers Closer to Your Product Development?


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evaluation theory  from the TEC PLM Evaluation Center , among 50 possible business objectives for implementing a PLM system, the option of “including customer input in the design process” changed its ranking from 28 th (in the year 2007) to 20 th (in the year 2008) (see figure 1). Figure 1. Ranking of “including customer input in the design process.” In general, PLM provides a management framework that brings customers closer to product development due to the collaborative perspective of PLM systems. However, the Read More

Field Service Management (FSM) Software Evaluation Report


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evaluation theory  Service Management (FSM) Software Evaluation Report Field service management (FSM) software is a set of functionalities for organizations or departments within organizations that have as main focus the intallation, maintanance, reparing, and meter reading for industries relying heaviling on equipment. FSM workers require functionality for customer engagement management, service and asset management as well as workforce management. Since most activities in FSM take place outside of the office, mobility is Read More

ROI Evaluation Report: IBM Cognos Software


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evaluation theory  Evaluation Report: IBM Cognos Software More than 23,000 leading companies and organizations around the world choose Cognos performance management solutions. Use business intelligence software to understand performance and make better decisions. Use financial performance management software to set targets and allocate the resources to achieve them. Source: Cognos, an IBM Company Resources Related to ROI Evaluation Report: IBM Cognos Software : Return On Investment (ROI), (Wikipedia) ROI Evaluation Read More

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TEC Helps Major Paint Retailer Simplify Its Software Evaluation and Selection Using TEC Methodology


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An Architect's Evaluation of Form and Function—the Dimensional Data Model


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evaluation theory  Evaluation of Build versus Buy for Portal Solutions Portals are becoming integral to innovation for many organizations. From content aggregation portals to sophisticated enterprise process portals, organizations have used portal solutions to improve productivity, streamline processes, enable new delivery models, and provide IT with a powerful platform for application development. Get a total cost of ownership (TCO) comparison of different portal solutions. Read More

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evaluation theory  Telephony: Network Evaluation and Risk Assessment Guide Before engaging with vendors to identify the best solution, you need to perform an evaluation of your network capabilities, and assess the potential impact to your business of a converged network. As with any network implementation, a realistic understanding of what is required to reach your objectives will enable you to ensure a successful transition to enhanced network capabilities. Read More