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Getting Strategic Planning and Financial Planning in the Same Bailiwick
To provide useful financial insight on projects, financial managers need to think about business strategy more like a series of options than a single projected

f describing words  and then through the financial lens of 'real options' shows how to time strategic choices 4 . Identifying the vision is only half the job At its core, strategic planning is a process that documents a set of choices made by management of a business describing 'the vision', objectives, goals, and supporting action plans along with the rationale and implications associated with these choices. However, as senior executives seek to realize the new vision, the momentum for change often stalls. As energized and Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Who the Heck Needs ROI?
Ten common errors prevent return on investment (ROI) calculations from being used as much or as well as possible. Avoiding intuitive decision making and basing

f describing words  have to be overly formal, but it must inform vendors what their solution must achieve. If a proposed vendor or product cannot meet certain requirements, the scenario and costs/benefits describing the vendor's solution must be adjusted to reflect what is necessary to enable that solution to meet the requirements. For example, the scenario may also need to include customization or supplementary products and services, such as additional support. However, although buyers may apply all sorts of seemingly good Read More...
Don't Be Overwhelmed by Big Data
Big Data. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry is abuzz with those two words. And while it’s understandable that the CPG world is excited by the prospect

f describing words  excited by the prospect of more data that can be used to better understand the who, what, why, and when of consumer purchasing behavior, it’s critical CPG organizations pause and ask themselves, “Are we providing retail and executive team members with “quality” data, and is the data getting to the right people at the right time? Big Data can be a Big Deal - read this white paper for some useful tips on ensuring secure, quality data acquisition and management. Read More...
Dyer Engineering Replaces Existing Solution with Epicor ERP
Dyer Engineering, a UK-based sub-contract fabrication and specialist engineering company, has apparently selected the Epicor next-generation enterprise

f describing words  Engineering, a UK-based sub-contract fabrication and specialist engineering company, has apparently selected the Epicor next-generation enterprise resourcing planning (ERP) solution to replace its existing local ERP solution. Dyer Engineering claims to have always been an early adopter of advanced technology, and the company has used its existing ERP solution since 1999. While ERP is already embedded in all departments there were areas of missing functionality, and the software was unable to perform in Read More...
Perfecting the Recipe for Competitive Advantage: The Chemical Industry and Adaptive Business Networks
Chemical companies are living in a new, more complex world—one that calls for meeting demand through cooperating internally, opening processes to partners

f describing words  the Recipe for Competitive Advantage: The Chemical Industry and Adaptive Business Networks Chemical companies are living in a new, more complex world—one that calls for meeting demand through cooperating internally, opening processes to partners, suppliers, and customers, and developing newfound abilities to collaborate and change. In other words, the adaptive business network (ABN). But how do you create a successful ABN? And how does that translate into a competitive advantage? Read More...
IBM Taking on Sun in Web Infrastructure?
IBM has decided to take on Sun in the Internet infrastructure arena. What do they bring to the table? And who will win the war of words?

f describing words  on Sun in Web Infrastructure? IBM Taking on Sun in Web Infrastructure? R. Krause - May 19, 2000 Event Summary May 1, 2000 - IBM, after years of taking a back seat to Sun in the Web server and infrastructure market, has decided to try to make up for lost time. CEO Lou Gerstner has given his crew their marching orders: get out and be aggressive against Sun. A highly visible win for Big Blue has been Network Solutions Inc. (NSI), which recently decided to change its A.Root domain server from a Sun system Read More...
BLM-Buzzword Lifecycle Management
The management of buzzwords represents a significant area for improvement, for both buzzword users (BU) and buzzword consumers (BC). Buzzword lifecycle

f describing words  Buzzword Lifecycle Management Executive Summary The information technology (IT) industry is alive with buzzwords (BW). The management of BW represents a significant area for improvement for both the BW users (BU) (for example, vendors, analysts, and consultants), BW consumers (BC) (mostly end-users), and BW fellow travelers (BFT) (for example, the media). BW lifecycle management (BLM) is a proven discipline being applied to this crying need within the software industry. What is a BW? A BW is a word or Read More...
BLM: Buzzword Life Cycle Management
The management of buzzwords represents a significant area of improvement for both the buzzword users (BU) and the buzzword consumers (BC). Buzzword life cycle

f describing words  Buzzword Life Cycle Management Executive Summary The IT industry is alive with buzzwords. The management of buzzwords represents a significant area of improvement for both the buzzword users (BU, for example vendors, analyst and consultants) and buzzword consumers (BC, mostly end users). Buzzword life cycle management (BLM) is a proven discipline being applied to this crying need within the software industry. What is a Buzzword? A buzzword is a word or phrase that enters the collective mind of the Read More...
Town Shoes' Sterling Division Goes Live with Vision Suite by Jesta I.S.
Jesta I.S. Vision Suite software is geared toward retailers, manufacturers, and distributors in the apparel, footwear, and soft goods industries. The broad

f describing words  Jesta I.S. Vision Suite software is geared toward retailers, manufacturers, and distributors in the apparel, footwear, and soft goods industries. The broad retail suite consists of near real-time Web-based applications that are designed to help manage business processes in the areas of merchandising, merchandise lifecycle management (MLM), planning, supply chain management (SCM), and warehouse management, as well as financial management and analytics. In other words, Jesta is a well-rounded, reasonably Read More...
Buying FOSS Development Labor Online
I received an e-mail notice today about Cofundos, a

f describing words  FOSS Development Labor Online I received an e-mail notice today about Cofundos , a community innovation & funding site, which launched last week. Cofundos looks like one possible solution to an often murky area in the open source software space: how to continue fueling development. Suppose you find some open source software useful but it doesn't have commercial backing devoting regular developers (for example, Red Hat or Compiere ) to its well-being, and suppose you don't want to employ developers Read More...
Lawson Standing Vertically in a Flat Economy
Lawson Software has hardly ever been associated with flamboyance and ostentatious behavior, let alone in these murky economic times. Still, its chief executive

f describing words  Standing Vertically in a Flat Economy Lawson Software  has hardly ever been associated with flamboyance and ostentatious behavior, let alone in these murky economic times. Still, its chief executive officer’s (CEO's) recent dismissal of the software as a service (SaaS) market’s prospects will have drawn some consternation in the vendors’ and analysts’ community. However, a somewhat amended and clarified stance on SaaS recently came from Lawson ’s senior vice president (SVP) of product Read More...
Anti-Spam Software: An Effective Way to Fight Spam.
Spam is unsolicited junk mail sent to you or your mail server. People who indulge in such activities are called spammers. These are sent by commercial

f describing words  Spam Software: An Effective Way to Fight Spam. Anti-Spam Software: An Effective Way to Fight Spam. If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. MicroWorld Technologies is an advanced security solution provider specializing in AntiVirus, AntiSpam , Content Security and Network Intrusion Prevention solutions. Source : MicroWorld Resources Related to Anti-Spam Software: An Effective Way to Fight Spam : Spam (Wikipedia) Spam Read More...
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

f describing words  Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study Overview of the Selection  A mid-market Engineer-to-Order manufacturer in the aerospace and defense sector retained the services of TEC to help select an Enterprise Resource Planning System. This system is intended to replace disparate applications that lacked the functionality and integration to support the company's Lean Manufacturing initiatives. The Scripted Scenarios Read More...
Three Mistakes Organizations Are Making That Kill CRM Collaboration
Many experts are talking and writing about how collaboration can improve the relationship between a company and its customers, but most of them assume that

f describing words  its customers, but most of them assume that employees collaborate naturally and are willing to work together for the success of the company. This is not always the case. The main reason—human nature being what it is—is that employees are motivated first by their own objectives and only secondarily by the goals of the company. In other words, even if they have basically the same goals (i.e., the goals of the company they work for), employees will work primarily based on their own priorities. Some are Read More...
Infor Delivers Implementation Accelerator for Automotive Suppliers
Infor has announced the general availability of the Infor Implementation Accelerator for Automotive Suppliers. Customers are now able to use the Infor

f describing words  Delivers Implementation Accelerator for Automotive Suppliers Infor has announced the general availability of the Infor Implementation Accelerator for Automotive Suppliers . Customers are now able to use the Infor Implementation Accelerator with Infor CloudSuite Automotive or deploy it with Infor LN, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for complex manufacturing and optimized for distributed global operations applications.   Infor Implementation Accelerators are a set of preconfigured yet Read More...
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