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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 state of the market report from TEC discusses the challenges that small to medium businesses (SMBs) face when recruiting, hiring, and managing staff. It also features information about the latest human resources information system (HRIS) offerings for the SMB market.

functions primary market  specialists to perform specific functions within their HR operations. One example is payroll management. Many SMBs rely on third-party providers to manage their payroll. In addition, more and more companies are approaching third-party providers to take on other HR functionality as well. It has become an increasingly popular way to improve basic services while allowing HR professionals time to play a more strategic role in their organizations. On the flip side, while HR is important to executives, many Read More

Reference Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions


This guide to supply chain management (SCM) functions/features will help you determine which SCM features are a high priority for your organization. Learn about SCM functions and features for WMS, TMS, international trade logistics (ITL), supplier relationship management (SRM), demand management, supply chain analytics, order management, service parts planning, and more.

functions primary market  II systems cannot. SCM functions and features, submodule #7: order management Order promising The order promising submodule includes criteria for available-to-promise (ATP) and configuration management across multiple databases, integration of configuration management with multiple unique BOMs, and integration with demand and replenishment orders. Inventory management and visibility Many organizations want to provide real-time promising, so inventory visibility from multiple sources is critical. Read More

SAP's Approach to the Retail Market


SAP and its ERP peers appear to understand that continuously improving the way enterprise information is presented and by marrying analytics, optimization, and retail operation systems on top of an ERP platform is starting to win over retailers.

functions primary market  strategically to embed retail-specific functions within their suites. Like in all other enterprise applications markets, eventually albeit not any time soon, the retail market too will come down to a showdown between the pure retail vendors and the enterprise application vendors (e.g., Oracle , SAP, Lawson, PeopleSoft , SSA Global , Geac , Intentia , etc.), which have been striving to natively embed more retail-specific capability into their products. As usual, the enterprise vendors will bet on Read More

Lawson's Approach to the Retail Market


Lawson Retail Operations Suite solutions are built for high-volume retail enterprises and encompass a range of activities, including the management of item information, category planning and review, assortment, pricing, promotions, warehouse replenishment, multichannel ordering, store replenishment, forecasting, and order determination.

functions primary market  strategically to embed retail-specific functions within their suites. Like in all other enterprise applications markets, eventually albeit not any time soon, the retail market too will come down to a showdown between the pure retail vendors and the enterprise application vendors (e.g., Oracle , SAP , PeopleSoft , SSA Global , Geac , Intentia , etc.), which have been striving to natively embed more retail-specific capability into their products. As usual, the enterprise vendors will bet on leveraging Read More

A Partner-friendly Platform Provider Discusses Market Trends


A background of Progress Software notes the vendor’s product line-up, and some of the benefits companies find by using Progress platforms and infrastructure products. The vendor’s recent growth is also detailed, as well as its relationships with partners.

functions primary market  “superset” product with best-of-breed functions from a variety of vendors) to integrate disparate products within the portfolio are Datasul , QAD , Infor , Epicor Software , Consona , and proALPHA . While it is certainly possible to see how all of the above might benefit Progress Software’s partners, the question is how will this approach to partners benefit Progress’s direct end-users and the partners’ end-users. The answer is that by fostering an ecosystem of partners that typically cater to Read More

SAP as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction


Can SAP, a market and technology leader in business management software, translate its success in the manufacturing industry to retail? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the complexities of this master vertical and the steps SAP has taken to address them. The ensuing candid discussion with the SAP Retail Industry team sheds some light on SAP’s strategy with regard to the retail industry.

functions primary market  responsibility (CSR), and sustainability functions of a retailer. In addition, SAP’s corporate operations solutions may be implemented in a shared services environment, which helps turn administrative functions into a service for the business—improving control, visibility, and compliance, while freeing up valuable resources for strategic tasks. Strategic Technology —SAP’s enabling technology allows retailers to support real-time, integrated end-to-end processes, whether on the latest and most cost Read More

Analytics: A Blueprint for Value in Mid-Market Organizations


While most mid-market companies have an analytics foundation designed to handle structured data, few have evolved to more dynamic environments required for big data and a pervasive and prescriptive use of advanced analytics that are essential to survive in a digital world. So, what should mid-market companies do now to improve their capabilities to convert data-driven insights into meaningful results? In this report, we explore how they can tap into their strengths, shore up their weaknesses, and learn from analytics leaders.

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While the ERP mid-market has seen more vibrant intra-market merger & acquisition activity during 2001, it appears that 2002 will, for some more tenacious Tier 2/Tier 3 vendors, be the year of delivering products under their own steam as to counteract the onslaught by Tier 1 vendors and mid-market juggernauts.

functions primary market  tailored for specific job functions and departments to meet the unique requirements of different organizations. These personalized attributes migrate forward when Frontstep CRM is upgraded. Complementary tools - Productivity tools, like Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Excel, used in sales, marketing and service areas can be leveraged to support current business processes and enhance team effectiveness. Syspro Group - IMPACT CRM 3.5 Also on March 18, the Syspro Group , a privately held provider of Read More

Market Impact of Lawson-Intentia Merger


The Lawson and Intentia merger might create a much-needed, strong statement for the market, and provide the mid-market with more options. It may also decrease the negative momentum both companies have experienced in the frenzied and rapidly consolidating enterprise applications market.

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Today’s Digital Business Service Provider (DBSP) market is a complex of interrelated services and provider capabilities. This article traces the history of the service providers, and explains how each arose at points when markets developed around particular core technologies. The historical evidence suggests something about future planning for new technologies and developments.

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Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 2


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Examples Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)? Part Three: Made2Manage Market Impact and User Recommendations


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PeopleSoft Internationalizes Its Mid-Market Forays


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