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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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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

features comparison access act goldmine  sales, and customer service features for US$44 per user per month. The price of a Microsoft 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

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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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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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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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Deploying Customer Relationship Management Effectively: Beyond Implementation


A customer relationship management (CRM) solution is now a standard business requirement. With origins as a system for sales teams, CRM has clearly evolved into a mandatory tool for providing benefit to the entire organization. However, methodology and training play instrumental roles in successful CRM implementations; if designed well, these critical components will ultimately ensure user buy-in and success.

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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.


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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

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

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InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

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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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Network Access Control (NAC): Planning a Successful Rollout and Implementation


With the emergence of network access control (NAC) technologies, network administrators now have tools to gain critical network understanding. NAC solutions can contribute significantly to an organization’s business objectives by automatically enforcing network and security policies, preventing network downtimes, maintaining network integrity, and meeting compliance regulations. With this in mind, it’s important to look at what NAC implementations actually require.

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Toolbox.com Enterprise Phone Systems Comparison Guide


Most businesses can't simply replace all their existing telephony in one fell swoop. Decision makers like you must look carefully at what's available and what you need. Once you've surveyed the market and prioritized your specific business needs, you're challenged to craft the best possible shortlist of candidates. And this comparison guide, designed for midsize and large enterprises, is here to help. Download the guide now.

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Five Standard Features Any VoIP System Should Have


Here's a guide to quickly fill you in on the Five Standard Features Any VoIP System Should Have.

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Mobile Device Management Comparison Guide


In this age of mobility, organizations increasingly use mobile device management (MDM) software to secure, monitor, manage, and support their mobile device usage. The goal is to optimize the functionality and security of a mobile communications network while minimizing costs. If your organization is looking for MDM software, look at this MDM product comparison guide for the key features of some of today’s leading MDM solutions.

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Identity-based NAC: Using Identity to Put the “Control” in Network Access Control


Access control is more than just checking devices for malware before admitting them to a network. Identity-based network access control (NAC) looks at the identities of users and devices, and knows what resource they are authorized to access, allowing enterprises to tightly control access, and the devices and behavior of users.

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Essential Features of Manufacturing ERP Software


If an ERP system seems like a complex, elaborate, and hard-to-understand piece of technology to you, here's a straightforward Executive ...

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Hosted PBX System Comparison


This comparison guide looks at 11 hosted voice over internet protocol (VoIP) private branch exchange (PBX) vendors and solutions developed specifically for small to midsize companies. You’ll learn about basic functions and features, pricing per user, features by vendor, phone and technical support options for AccessLine, Aptela, Bandwidth, Covad Global Phone, 8x8, Speakeasy, Smoothstone, Vocalocity, plus many more.

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