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BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

f part 9  Last but not least, f rom May 2009 BigMachines has been offering its quoting and configuration platform for Microsoft Dynamics CRM  with the first joint customer onboard. The vendor has dedicated personnel for all the “big three” CRM providers, which is unmatched by its competitors at this stage. Compared to most of its competitors, BigMachines also has superior global resources with reputed services, support, and high-performance operations. Its infrastructure is hosted at  NaviSite  and  Savvis

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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Another Type Of Virus Hits The World (And Gets Microsoft No Less)


A number of anti-virus vendors, including Trend Micro and Computer Associates, have warned of a virus with a new approach. It is known variously as QAZ.TROJAN or QAZ.WORM, and was officially renamed to W32.HLLW.Qaz.A in September. The virus enters via unprotected shared drives and usually replaces the Notepad.Exe application, although there have been occasions where Notepad was not the victim. The virus then provides a backdoor to outside intruders, giving them in effect remote control over the computer that has been infected. This analysis contains some suggestions to protect your machines.

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Employee Web Use and Misuse: Companies, Their Employees, and the Internet


The Internet creates new opportunities for mischief—and new challenges for managers. How do you balance individual access with the overall good of the business? What’s the right balance between monitoring and blocking? Learn about a Web security solution that can allow you to monitor and enforce your Internet usage policies, bringing site monitoring and filtering together with anti-virus and anti-spyware protection.

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This enterprise resource planning (ERP) software review evaluates the ERP software by Infor for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for discrete manufacturing, engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturing, and small to medium business (SMB) manufacturing processes against known benchmarks. It assesses SyteLine 9 by Infor for ETO, configure-to-order (CTO), and manufacture-to-order (MTO) production operation functionality and reviews the products support capacity with a focus on:

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SyteLine 9 by Infor offers a socially interactive and user-friendly interface and provides manufacturing efficacy as a web-based and mobile-compatible system accessible to both customers and suppliers. Through its support for multiple manufacturing methods’ production processes such as material requirements planning (MRP), product configuration, inventory assessments, sales and operation planning (S&OP), and service management, SyteLine 9 by Infor is a comprehensive and extensive manufacturing solution.

Based on a demonstration of SyteLine 9, a TEC analyst has assessed the HR software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that SyteLine 9 is a strong manufacturing ERP system.

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