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Business Process Management in Free and Open Source: An Overview of the Demand and the Supply
Free and open source software (FOSS) has become a hot topic in the business process management (BPM) market. This article discusses the relevance between BPM

free article  Process Management in Free and Open Source: An Overview of the Demand and the Supply A while ago, I wrote a product note about Aras Innovator , the only enterprise open source solution available on the product lifecycle management (PLM) market. After that, my interest in free and open source software (FOSS) did not fade but I changed my focus to another category of enterprise software— business process management (BPM). This time, I was able to find more than one BPM solution that’s offered Read More

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Do We Already Know Whether You’re Going To Read This Article?
SLP InfoWare announced a product that can predict which of an ISP’s customers are likely to leave.

free article  for ISPs, especially as free ISP's come on the scene. SLP InfoWare's ISP/CPS product uses statistical and machine-learning techniques to analyze past customer behaviors and predict which current customers behave like customers that, in the past, have decided to accept another offer. Such customers can then be targeted for special promotional offers. Market Impact Predicting churn is somewhat different from finding cross-sell opportunities - although only the statistical wizards know how different - Read More
Gateway, Dell Plan Windows-free Appliances
Gateway, Dell and others plan desktop 'Internet appliances' -- running on little or no Microsoft software.

free article  an attempt to break free of Microsoft's OS domination. However, even though Microsoft has no official offering yet in this area, we believe they will within three years, especially if NCs gain market share in the next nine to twelve months. User Recommendations Because of the inherent risk in jumping on a bandwagon prematurely, corporate users should adopt a wait and see attitude - or at least proceed cautiously. Making a wholesale switch to an NC-centric corporate model is not recommended at this Read More
Zooming into an Inventory Free Flow
FreeFlow, a provider of business services with a patented technology, aims to help companies improve product life cycle profitability by providing a unique

free article  into an Inventory Free Flow The convenience of a 24x7 intranet marketplace may be the answer to a company's end-of-lifecycle (EOL) inventory ills. Entering their products into an online auction portal, companies can sell off their excess inventory to the highest bidder, and buyers can purchase needed items for a steal. Is There a Smarter Way to Handle Excess Active and Obsolete Inventory? Given that one man's challenge often presents another man's opportunity, this brings us again to FreeFlow ( Read More
Free Online FSM Software Comparisons Now Available
TEC is pleased to announce that you can now compare field service management (FSM) solutions head-to-head using TEC Advisor—our free online software evaluation

free article  head-to-head using TEC Advisor—our free online software evaluation and selection tool. FSM solutions provide planning and scheduling, work order management, customer engagement management, and other essential functionality for companies with highly mobile, customer-facing workforces. You can currently compare five leading FSM vendors, including ServicePower Technologies, S2 suite Comarch Field Service Management FieldOne, Sky IFS Field Service Management (Metrix) TOA Technologies, ETAdirect and we’ll Read More
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My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components

free article  Tell All Chat with SAP's SCM Product Marketing Team My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity  analyzed SAP ’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components, and its supply chain process bundles. In addition to receiving a number of public comments and ratings by TEC ’s readers, I was recently roasted privately during a lunch meeting with a couple of peers. Namely, they expressed their surprise at the quite positive tone of the article, Read More
Remote Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense
Everything in the computer industry seems to be going off-shore, why not software implementations? This article looks at reasons why remote implementation of

free article  Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense Introduction Your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is developed in India; your web site is hosted in China; and your help desk calls are answered in Costa Rica. Despite language barriers and related problems, offshoring can provide significant benefits in terms of increased productivity and reduced wages—a tough 1-2 punch that is difficult to ignore or explain away. So why not also consider off-shore or remote implementation of software? This Read More
In Conversation with Rootstock Management
TEC’s recent article Rootstock Software Steps Out on Force.com outlined the genesis of Rootstock Software and its cloud-based ERP offering. Rootstock Software

free article  Conversation with Rootstock Management TEC’s recent article Rootstock Software Steps Out on Force.com outlined the genesis of Rootstock Software and its cloud-based ERP offering. Rootstock Software and FinancialForce.com (a joint venture between UNIT4 and salesforce.com) announced a partnership earlier in the year to deliver a comprehensive manufacturing and accounting solution on Force.com. Rootstock is vying for its ERP solution to become the standard for manufacturing ERP solutions in the cloud, as Read More
Is One Country Good Enough to Handle Your Outsourcing Business?
Recently, I touched on the idea of building a vendor portfolio to help manage risks associated with software outsourcing practices in the article Should North

free article  (low return but risk free) and a stock (high return but associated with high risk), what is your investment decision? The absolutely risk-averse people will only buy the bond and the opposite (extreme risk-takers) will only buy the stock. However, most of people are more likely to take some risks (but not too many or too high) while having higher return expectations than what the bond can yield. Thus, a mix of the two assets makes sense, and the proportion of each depends on what your return expectation Read More
Ask the Experts: Approaches to Data Mining ERP
From one of our readers comes this question:I am a student of IT Management; I have an ERP course and I am supposed to write an article to review new

free article  the Experts: Approaches to Data Mining ERP From one of our readers comes this question : I am a student of IT Management; I have an ERP course and I am supposed to write an article to review new aspects of ERP systems. I’ve decided to explore the reasons for using data mining techniques in ERP systems—and to look at different modules to which these techniques have been applied. I am going to prepare a framework to determine which ERP vendors use data mining techniques and whether these techniques 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

free article  actually experimenting with a free trial of our tools or talking to anyone. Maybe I can shed some light. While we didn't exactly state that we'd vetted thousands of criteria on hundreds of vendors, I can see how the phrase may have been read that way. Still, when it comes down to it, the misquote turns out to be rather right. Consider this, we've researched and modeled about 50,000 or so distinct criteria on which to evaluate different software systems. When we enter selection consulting engagements and Read More
The People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation Through Education
This article summarizes the findings from a study of why customers failed to attain the full value potential of their SCM projects. Most SCM projects continue

free article  People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation Through Education Introduction In software implementations, we constantly talk about need to balance people, process, and technology . Yet, to date, most SCM projects continue to focus much of their energy on technology implementations and simply pay lip service to end-user training and executive alignment. We are now a decade into the technology-enabled supply chain journey, and the lessons learned thus far dictate that this attitude must and wil Read More
Managing Your Suppliers as a Resource
Suppliers are one of your most valuable resources. Unfortunately, Many companies have supplier relationships that are tacitly adversarial. This article

free article  Your Suppliers as a Resource Introduction Several years ago, I visited Camco, GE's appliance manufacturing and distribution business unit in Canada. Camco was the site of one of the earliest, most successful, make-to-order manufacturing systems in the world. Through insight and innovation, Camco's managers developed a manufacturing process that was widely followed. I recall the manager of the manufacturing unit telling me that their suppliers were one of their most valuable resources, but they had Read More
Software Evaluation, Selection, and Procurement Part Two: Recommendations for Improvement
Pursuing an alternative strategy for software evaluation and selection, based on the capital investment paradigm and the principles outlined in this article, is

free article  Evaluation, Selection, and Procurement Part Two: Recommendations for Improvement Recommendations for Improvement Take a Guide Software evaluation and selection is a learning process. The selection team will learn a great deal about itself, the company requirements, external software vendors, application software tools, and outside consultants. During this journey of discovery it is often helpful to take a guide someone who has been there before and can lead you through the process. When looking f Read More
Can Auditing and Project Management Co-Exist in an ERP Environment?
It is hard to recall the last time an ERP implementation team included an auditor as an active member. This article explores key points in a project's lifecycle

free article  Auditing and Project Management Co-Exist in an ERP Environment? Can Auditing and Project Management Co-Exist in an ERP Environment? Featured Author - Joseph Strub - September 2, 2003 Introduction It is hard to recall the last time an ERP implementation team included an auditor as an active member. Could it be because of availability? No defined role? Never been asked? No perceived benefits? This article explores key points in a project's lifecycle where the audit function should be involved and the Read More

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