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How to Evaluate Web-based BI Solutions
Web-based business intelligence (BI) is no longer an anomaly: organizations are ready for BI solutions that go beyond Web portals. However, when selecting Web

factors to evaluate dss  criteria identified as key factors for organizations to consider when evaluating a Web-based BI tool. The ratings are shown in the chart below, and scoring relates to the level of support vendors provide. Organizations should use these criteria as a guide, but should also realize that a needs assessment should be completed, and the results measured against the ratings identified to select the vendor offerings that best meet the organization's BI requirements. Rating Definitions The ratings below identify Read More
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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...
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The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software
The third and final part of the path to ERP for small businesses series describes the software selection stage, including the dos and don’ts during vendor

factors to evaluate dss  vendors. There are other factors that can make your list even shorter, and some of them are related to the vendor’s capability to deliver: • Implementation: The product may be great, but if it can be implemented in a year and you need it up and running in six months, the vendor will be disqualified. Also, if you’re not happy with the implementation methodology your vendor has or if the references are really bad, you may want to think twice before working with them. • Post-implementation Read More
Software Selection Slagging
Consulting firm, 180 Systems, posted a little note regarding an article we recently published on some parts of the evaluation and selection process that we

factors to evaluate dss  well-rounded combination of pertinent factors. I'd suggest that systematically evaluating decision criteria relevent to business requirements should be more present at the crux of a well-made decision. The other steps mentioned (defining reqs and prioritizing) are two examples of where a selection process can become exceedingly complex and error-prone without some good tools and assistance to help manage everything. These of course, are at the forefront of what we designed our tools and research to Read More
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

factors to evaluate dss  you take into account factors like vendor training and support methodologies, pricing structures, different options for storing and accessing the database, etc. Taking Advantage of Other Resources There are thousands of articles and blog posts and hundreds of books on ERP evaluation, which makes it quite a challenge to find relevant information for your needs. Most of the information available is reliable, but may only cover a specific product, market segment, or product type. Research and analysis Read More
Cloud Assets: A Guide for SMBs-Part 2
The advent of cloud computing has brought with it many considerations and challenges for organizations looking to implement cloud services, which may be

factors to evaluate dss  to a variety of factors that may be out of your control—such as fluctuating Internet connection, size of the database, complexities of the transaction, etc.—it may have significant impact on the efficiency of your operations. Thus, validating the overall performance of the solution with vendor’s customers is appropriate. Refreshing your screen and seeing how fast the content updates can be another means of evaluating performance. Data Security & Compliance. Above all else, establish the security Read More
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

factors to evaluate dss  You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3 In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud)  was tepid  when it was introduced at the Dreamforce 2009 conference . However, a few months have passed and this period has helped salesforce.com craft the much clearer cloud computing evolution Read More
Keys to Success for Industrial Equipment Suppliers to Meet Today’s Top Three Issues
Although the industrial equipment market has been growing, based on strong customer demand, companies cannot rest on their laurels. Manufacturers and

factors to evaluate dss  to Success for Industrial Equipment Suppliers to Meet Today’s Top Three Issues Although the industrial equipment market has been growing, based on strong customer demand, companies cannot rest on their laurels. Manufacturers and distributors must keep adding value to maintain existing contracts and win new business. They must be efficient enough to meet new demands while maintaining margins. Discover solutions that can help total industrial solution suppliers stay profitable during this expansion. Read More
Anticipate, Adapt, Excel: How to Respond Quickly to Changing Markets
In today’s Internet-connected global economy, the market doesn’t allow for companies to sit back and relax into a comfortable niche. Customer loyalty is ever

factors to evaluate dss  Adapt, Excel: How to Respond Quickly to Changing Markets Anticipate, Adapt, Excel: How to Respond Quickly to Changing Markets If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. SAP SCM can help transform a linear, sequential supply chain into a responsive supply network – in which communities of customer-centric, demand-driven companies share knowledge, intelligently adapt to changing market conditions, and proactively respond Read More
How to Optimize ERP to Meet Wholesale Distribution Challenges
Efficient procurement and sourcing. Storing and moving inventories. Attracting and retaining customers. Such challenges have an impact on wholesale distributors

factors to evaluate dss  to Optimize ERP to Meet Wholesale Distribution Challenges Efficient procurement and sourcing. Storing and moving inventories. Attracting and retaining customers. Such challenges have an impact on wholesale distributors’ revenues, competitiveness, and profits. To make timely and informed decisions that can impact your business, you need answers to questions like “How can I offer value-added services to improve customer loyalty?” Get the answers to this and other key questions. Read More
Accelerating Lead to Cash to Rekindle Profitable Growth New Economic Order Drives Need for Discipline and Integration
Solutions are now available to integrate the lead-to-cash process with the supply chain, back-office accounting, and more. The companies that succeed in the new

factors to evaluate dss  Lead to Cash to Rekindle Profitable Growth New Economic Order Drives Need for Discipline and Integration Solutions are now available to integrate the lead-to-cash process with the supply chain, back-office accounting, and more. The companies that succeed in the new order will make use of these new tools to creatively accelerate their lead-to-cash process. They will achieve the agility necessary to enhance the customer experience, trump the competition, and revitalize profitable growth. Find Read More
Using ERP to Deliver E-commerce for Engineer-to-order Companies
Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use e-commerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase profits through a lean approach

factors to evaluate dss  ERP to Deliver E-commerce for Engineer-to-order Companies The term “e-commerce” is most commonly associated with the retail environment. And indeed, the ability to browse, search, and order products remotely has forever changed how we buy things. In the business-to-business world, companies selling commodity items have also erected storefronts, and those selling to large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are engaged in e-commerce through electronic data interchange (EDI). But what of more Read More
To BI or not to BI
Nowadays a company should not even question whether it needs business intelligence (BI) or not. Those who do not have it yet should include it in their future

factors to evaluate dss  BI or not to BI Nowadays a company should not even question whether it needs business intelligence (BI) or not. Those who do not have it yet should include it in their future strategies, while those who do have it should search for ways to make BI work at its full potential. You Don’t Have It Yet? Let's first analyze and understand why a company may not have BI: 1. BI is too expensive If this is what has been preventing you from acquiring BI, it’s not a valid reason. There are free BI tools, such as Read More
The Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level
Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can

factors to evaluate dss  Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can determine its governance maturity. A staged approach allows companies to realize rapid time to value by introducing new tools and processes on an incremental basis. As a result, they can avoid an expensive, one-size-fits-all governance solution that may bring Read More
To ERP or Not to ERP, that Is the C-level Question
Whether your organization is looking to take the leap into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the first time or seeking to add to the current ERP

factors to evaluate dss  ERP or Not to ERP, that Is the C-level Question To ERP , or not to ERP , that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous ERP vendors , Or to take arms against a cloud of component solutions …   Whether your organization is looking to take the leap into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the first time or seeking to add to the current ERP system’s functionality, the words of the Bard of Avon (updated for the present day) might be Read More
Using ERP to Deliver Ecommerce for Engineer to Order Companies
Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase

factors to evaluate dss  ERP to Deliver Ecommerce for Engineer to Order Companies Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase profits. This white paper outlines the ways that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can facilitate ETO eCommerce by opening portals to suppliers, project collaborators, and customers. Realize the benefits of eCommerce in the ETO setting with ERP software. Read More

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