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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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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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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...
Will Sun Burn Linux with
Sun Microsystems has eliminated licensing fees for Solaris 8 and its source code.

free article  require Microsoft to make free and open its application program interfaces (APIs), rather than break itself into pieces, as a preferred remedy in the current Department of Justice vs. Microsoft antitrust investigation. Free is a relative term, however. In December, Sun eliminated fees for Java 2 Standard Edition, but still requires developers to pay for compatibility tests required to maintain their licenses. Linux advocates and other industry watchers have claimed that the Sun Community Source License Read More...
FREE Not-for-Profit Selects UNIT4 Agresso ERP
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) recently opted to implement UNIT4 Agresso ERP throughout its business. As the not-for-profit

free article  headquartered in New York, FREE benefits and supports more than 3,500 individuals with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury, providing an array of support and services including housing, recovery services, transition to work, employment, community, and family services, respite, crisis services, education and after-school support, primary and specialty health care, and advocacy.   By ensuring best practice business processes related to its financials, procurement, project Read More...
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...
The Seven Deadly Sins of Software Marketing
Huge amounts of money are spent on marketing collateral—you need to ensure that you get your money's worth. This article discusses seven common mistakes made

free article  say in big letters Free HBO and in small letters Motel ? Of course not. Likewise, if your marketing material emphasizes effective formula management before you mention that you cater to the chemical industry, you may want to reverse the order. Sin #2. Swerving Off Course Too often we give up before the finish line is in sight. We become impatient if the results of a marketing campaign are not immediate. Here are some simple facts. Getting more than a 1 percent hit ratio for a marketing campaign is Read More...
Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer
This article defines process manufacturing; discusses its formulation, packaging, and pricing issues; talks about interfaces; and provides cautions and caveats.

free article  Manufacturing Software: A Primer Introduction Process manufacturing has unique requirements differentiating it from other types of manufacturing. When selecting software for the process industry, special attention and emphasis should be placed on these requirements to ensure that a company can operate at optimal levels, consistent with how it does business and not with how the software lets the company do business. Be aware of both large software vendors, who try to be all things to all companies, Read More...
Software Evaluation, Selection, and Procurement
The statistics for completing packaged software implementation projects are grim. This article examines how the software evaluation, selection, and procurement

free article  Evaluation, Selection, and Procurement Introduction A 1995 Standish Group research study based on over 8000 software implementation projects found that nearly one third of the projects were canceled before completion. And over 50% of the projects cost nearly twice their original estimates. The study further concluded that only 16% of all software projects are completed on time and on budget (only 9% for large companies) 1 . With these grim statistics firmly in hand, a plethora of books, white Read More...
Microsoft New Online Messenger ~ Dope Slaps AOL’s Instant Messenger
So why would users switch from AOL’s Instant Messaging client to Microsoft’s? Quite simple really, throw in free long distance phone service, offer a comparable

free article  software beefed up with free long-distance Internet phone service that turns up the heat on messaging arch-rival America Online Inc. Market Impact In the inevitable leapfrog race of instant messaging, Microsoft has thrown down a straight flush with the debut of MSN Instant Messenger 3.0, incorporating free Net2Phone. We are certain that interoperability with any version of AOL's Instant Messenger client is about as likely as the immediate emergence of flying cars. So why would users switch from AOL's Read More...
Is Your Enterprise Application on a Road to Nowhere?
Consolidation is a well-documented trend and is to be expected in the market for enterprise applications. This article outlines the evolution of the enterprise

free article  services so it can freely and easily reconfigure the application to meet its changing needs—without incurring major, unanticipated expenses at every turn. Other Drivers to Change Although SOA is the primary trend in enterprise applications, other technology and functionality will be important in the years ahead. Some of these features, which users are already demanding, will require extensive investment. One such feature is the type of text-based, deep search functionality made popular by search Read More...
Can You Add New Life To an Old ERP System?
Getting ERP transaction data into a summarized form that is useful to knowledge workers is one way to extend the value of your ERP system. This article

free article  You Add New Life To an Old ERP System? Can You Add New Life To an Old ERP System? Featured Author - * William R. Friend - October 31, 2003 Introduction Recently, TEC featured an article by Olin Thompson titled, The 'Old ERP' Dilemma: Replace or Add-on which discussed options available to companies who want to add business functionality to their Old ERP systems. Certainly, there are many options now available in new business functionality that run the gamut from Supply Chain Planning (SCP) to Custo Read More...
NetSuite Launches SAP Business ByDesign Sunset Migration Program
After a recent article from the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche revealed that SAP plans to halt development of Business ByDesign, NetSuite was quick

free article  one year free, with free data migration. Information regarding the terms of the program are available on NetSuite’s website . There’s a saying that you don’t want to kick a horse when it’s down, but of course, the opposite holds true when it comes to competitive marketing in the heated enterprise resource planning (ERP) cloud software market. This is an interesting wrinkle in the continuing push by SAP to make itself more relevant in the cloud for small and midsize businesses. Business ByDesign Read More...
Are You Tuned into Radio Frequency Identification?
This article examines the organizational fit of radio frequency identification (RFID) and its technology’s basic mechanics. Its prohibitive costs often account

free article  You Tuned into Radio Frequency Identification? Originally published - June 15, 2007 Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been around for over 60 years, so why does it have such negative connotations? Many misconceptions and horror stories of organizations' failed implementations have been plastered all over the press, which has contributed to the negative perceptions of this re-emerging technology. Yet these failures are often due to a lack of the correct technology, deficient IT knowledge, Read More...
Inside Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 1
TEC’s recent article on IFS’ recent success in the field service management (FSM) market by no means implies that other FSM players are not prospering. Indeed

free article  Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 1 TEC ’s recent article on IFS ’ recent success in the field service management (FSM) market by no means implies that other FSM players are not prospering. Indeed, one of those players is ServiceMax , which is garnering quite a bit of attention in the field service market, and more than doubles its revenues, receivables, pipeline production, and bookings each year. It also provides one of the most vibrant applications on the 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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