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State of the Market: HR
More than ever, executives are looking to transform human resources (HR) from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic part of the business. This

function of the hub  from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic and vital part of the business. What is fueling this transformation is that SMB executives are beginning to understand the critical link between their people and the bottom line. To remain competitive as an SMB in today's job market, employers need to know what their employees are doing, what skills they have, their ambitions, how they are progressing, and how they fit into the future of the business. SMBs that continue to view HR as strictly a Read More
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Elusive Profits, Expensive Mistakes: the Pitfalls of Overseas Sourcing
Extending supply lines overseas brings new commercial and operational challenges that are far more complex than ever before. Enterprises are exposed to an

function of the hub  tend to be siloed functions that because of their focus, how they are measured, and how they are compensated, often end up actually working at cross-purposes, with one gaining or losing at the expense of the other. The purchasing folks are measured by unit price. The logistics team is measured by transportation spend or total logistics cost as a percent of revenue. Add to this mix yet another separate management system and employee group - accounts payable - where the company's bills are received, Read More
The Instant Supply Chain Challenge
For the past few weeks, all eyes (and hearts) have been on the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. What is needed in a disaster like this is an

function of the hub  from this: The broker function is critical in creating instant supply chains matching resources with needs when there is no central command and there are many players involved. Organizations like the UN Joint Logistics Center were able to step in and help fill this role. The Internet plays an important role in helping to create instant supply chains, particularly in brokering. Improvisational skills are highly valuable in these situations . The old school supply chains were all about repeatable Read More
Why Database-agnostic Enterprise Applications Are on the Way Out
Middleware agnosticism is the wave of the future, and the database platform is becoming part of the application. It has therefore become increasingly important

function of the hub  text indexing and query functions of their underlying databases will find it easier to bring this functionality to market. However, database-agnostic applications must be developed and then redeveloped to adjust to each database. This adds cost that customers must absorb through increased license fees and makes the applications more complex and expensive for vendors to support and upgrade. Furthermore, operating these search capabilities is database-intensive. If you can rely on the database to perform Read More
Transportation Management and the Adaptive Supply Chain Network
To respond to the demands of today’s highly competitive global environment, traditional linear supply chains are evolving into complex, global ecosystems. These

function of the hub  to manage its transportation function in a vacuum; it must manage orders in concert with other operations such as manufacturing, warehouse management, and export and import. In a pull-driven environment the ultimate source of demand is the customer. Profitability can be realized by considering the speed of consumption and monitoring the rate of return. Companies must balance their supply chains based on a new set of push and pull dynamics. They must anticipate their customers' requirements and improve Read More
The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Aging Gracefully With The ‘New Kids On The Block’
Although we believe that exorbitant growth rates are a matter of the past, growth will remain the word associated with the ERP market in the 2000’s. ERP will

function of the hub  choose between integration and function. Consequently, more nimble ERP vendors may benefit from customers' realization that the new technology is not deployed at the cost of divorcing front-end systems from back-end systems. Market Consolidation Continues  The market size for 2001 is estimated by TEC at $20.5B-$22.5B (3%-13% growth over 2000) as the market continues to consolidate. The top 5 ERP vendors, SAP AG, Oracle Corporation, PeopleSoft Inc., J.D. Edwards & Company, and Baan, account for close to Read More
The Store of the Future
The big hit of the National Retail Federation show was the Metro Group's Store of the Future. The budget for this extravaganza - it appears to have been

function of the hub  Store of the Future Introduction We just got back from the National Retail Federation show in NYC—home of big retailing. The big hit of the show was the Metro Group's Store of the Future . The budget for this extravaganza—it appears to have been underwritten by some of the biggest technology firms in the world. What was fascinating was the implementation of what we call multi-dimensional management—bringing together the customer dimensions to product and supply chain. (We have included a white Read More
Seeing through the Fog: Managing Application Performance in the Cloud
Much of a network professional’s time is spent in the weeds—fixing what breaks and trying to keep infrastructure humming so users don’t call the help desk

function of the hub  through the Fog: Managing Application Performance in the Cloud Much of a network professional’s time is spent in the weeds—fixing what breaks and trying to keep infrastructure humming so users don’t call the help desk. Climbing out of the weeds to take in the big picture and lay the groundwork for better future performance seems a luxury. This report introduces best practices for improving the performance of mission-critical networked applications and provides pointers for what to look for in Read More
The Power of Cloud ERP on the Food Processing Plant Floor
For food processing companies, a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution offers a clear view of what is happening on the plant floor so they

function of the hub  data and flexible barcode functions enable efficiencies and productivity improvements. Download this white paper to learn more about the value of using a cloud/software-as-a-service (SaaS) ERP system on the food processing plant floor. Read More
Who Are White Papers Aimed at Anyway-The Technical Professional or the Poor Soul Who Got Stuck With the Job?
Anyone who’s ever been involved in choosing enterprise software knows it’s not an easy job. It takes months of preparation that involves gathering information

function of the hub  Are White Papers Aimed at Anyway-The Technical Professional or the Poor Soul Who Got Stuck With the Job? Anyone who’s ever been involved in choosing enterprise software knows it’s not an easy job. It takes months of preparation that involves gathering information from various departments, mapping business processes, preparing a business case, interviewing stakeholders, and getting buy-in from executives and users on the project. And that’s only the beginning! But whose job is it to do all of this Read More
Safeguarding the Enterprise at the Endpoint
In today’s increasingly connected business environment, IT organizations need to implement an ever-higher standard of security at the network endpoint

function of the hub  the Enterprise at the Endpoint In today’s increasingly connected business environment, IT organizations need to implement an ever-higher standard of security at the network endpoint. Administrators must meet the needs of new and more demanding regulatory requirements, foil an expanding population of professional computer criminals, and prevent rapidly propagating new viruses from entering and damaging operations. Discover a solution that can help. Read More
Rethinking the Supply Chain: Meeting the Complexity Challenge
The requirements of operating in a global, just-in-time (JIT) market have made supply chains much more complex than they were 10 years ago. Much of the software

function of the hub  products, and that day-to-day functioning of DS-FM and the other modules required no IT involvement. That lack of IT involvement extended successfully to the otherwise onerous task of moving data between ERP systems and the Demand Solutions modules, which is designed in the Demand Solutions system to be done by the users themselves, not IT. The limited IT requirements of Demand Solutions can provide welcome relief to IT departments that are looking for ways to directly assist the business side without Read More
The Next Generation Network Operations Center: How the Focus on Application Delivery is Redefining the NOC
The majority of IT organizations are under great pressure to evolve to a next-generation network operations center (NOC). A survey of 176 IT professionals has

function of the hub  Next Generation Network Operations Center: How the Focus on Application Delivery is Redefining the NOC The majority of IT organizations are under great pressure to evolve to a next-generation network operations center (NOC). A survey of 176 IT professionals has revealed that over a quarter of NOCs don’t meet their organization’s current needs for application performance management. Learn how to migrate away from the current stove-piped NOC to an integrated operations center that effectively Read More
The Benefits of Running Your Business Software in the Cloud: Strategies for Success
With the growth of cloud computing, businesses must understand their application footprint, how applications and business processes cross departments and lines

function of the hub  Benefits of Running Your Business Software in the Cloud: Strategies for Success With the growth of cloud computing, businesses must understand their application footprint, how applications and business processes cross departments and lines of business, and how to optimize their applications architecture around collaboration and process. This white paper shows how businesses can position themselves for cost-effective growth and improved competitiveness by combining an integration applications strategy Read More
The Supply Chain in the Cloud
Many companies today are obviously interested in using enterprise technology that they can access via the cloud. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model

function of the hub  Supply Chain in the Cloud Many companies today are obviously interested in using enterprise technology that they can access via the cloud. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model avails companies, as is well known, of technology without a large fixed cost, and that is device independent, and accessible by more users, without continual upgrades to worry about. While there are the oft-mentioned concerns around security (which we will not get into here), and SaaS is not the right software delivery Read More

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