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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

functions of primary market  the software features and functions it requires'and outsource the rest of its HR operations to a third-party provider. The options are almost endless. In today's market, SMBs must look toward an HRIS that can offer flexibility and a variety of options to fit the company's changing needs. Among the choices are hosted and non-hosted solutions, as well as outsourced and best-of-breed options. In this section of the guide, we will examine various HRIS vendor offerings and briefly discuss the advantages and Read More...
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Mid-market CFO Benchmark Survey: The Changing Face of Sales and Use Tax Compliance
When it comes to transaction tax management, midsized companies haven’t much choice. They can either stay the course@increasingly complex and risky@or they can

functions of primary market  their revenue on back-office functions compared to larger companies. According to the survey, the average company spends more than $327,000 each on sales and use tax compliance. Expenditures span internal personnel, third-party preparation costs, tax advisory and consulting services, and tax research subscriptions. Most of the expense is in headcount as firms attempt to train sales reps, order entry clerks and purchasing agents how to correctly follow tax rules. And it’s a never ending effort, given Read More...
Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part One: Recent Events and Market Impact
The former die-hard IBM AS/400-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) supplier to mid-market manufacturing companies, MAPICS, seems to have found its soul

functions of primary market  for design and engineering functions, and having recently expanded workflow throughout the entire product. It has paired well with the Ceimis' proficiency with the workflow side of PLM, which will be addressed later on. The most recent version of MAPICS SyteLine ERP release 7, is built and deployed on the Microsoft .NET technology platform, including SQL Server 2000 and Exchange Server 2000 . It presents data in a Microsoft-like user interface that has the data management abilities of standard Microsoft Read More...
Examples Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)? Part Three: Made2Manage Market Impact and User Recommendations
Smaller manufacturing enterprises are often more comfortable dealing with a vendor of a size and corporate culture similar to theirs. Examples of these markets

functions of primary market  should focus on those functions that make their kind of process industry unique. From Agilisys and any other vendor in the contest, get in-depth demonstrations of those functional areas. Made2Manage's offering should have an appeal to SMEs that are discrete manufacturers operating in mixed-mode, as well as with less complex projects and repetitive manufacturing functional requirements. Its sweet spot is manufacturers with revenues from $5-50 million (50 to 250 employees, although the system has recently Read More...
Critical Business Functions: Misunderstood, Underutilized, and Undervalued Part Two: Closing the Circle of Credit and A/R Management
Using credit and A/R management as a sales tool requires defining goals and measuring results. Determining the competitive landscape and using A/R management

functions of primary market  see, many of these functions are identical to those available in a contact manager. However, you can also see that users need to access multiple sources of information and multiple functions that are very specific to the collections process. Systematic and repetitious contact over time helps the customer realize that you will not let them extend payment. They, in turn, will extend higher payment priority (pay you more rapidly) and that is the primary goal. The customer-specific and invoice-specific Read More...
In Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business
Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required

functions of primary market  Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required by their IT operations, especially by their data centers. Greening IT starts in the data center: find out how data center consolidation—and other solutions—can help you reduce energy consumption, and even increase productivity and efficiency. Read More...
Antivirus Software: Market Review
Computer viruses are spreading through the Internet at an unprecedented rate and the antivirus market is now a $3 billion (USD) a year industry. This report

functions of primary market  Software: Market Review Executive Summary Computer viruses are spreading through the Internet at an unprecedented rate and the antivirus market is now a $3 billion (USD) a year industry. This report measures the financial health and product quality of four key industry players: Symantec, McAfee, Computer Associates, and Trend Micro. Market Overview and Background In the global antivirus market, the four market leaders currently seem to be Symantec , McAfee , Computer Associates , and Trend Micro Read More...
Best Software Delivers More Insights To Its Partners (As Well As To The Market) Part Four: Market Impact Continued
Sage Group's decision to finally group its plethora of enterprise-level applications in North America under the Best Software brand in 2002 emanated from the

functions of primary market  reporting and electronic commerce functions, and integrates with SalesLogix CRM. It features strong financials and project accounting functionality, and solid manufacturing (including a product configurator, engineering change management (ECM), materials requirement planning (MRP), and advanced planning & scheduling (APS)). Particularly strong is distribution functionality, with robust inventory replenishment and supply chain visibility capabilities, which has prompted MBS' recent acquisition of Trinity Read More...
In Search of Clarity: Unraveling the Complexities of Executive Decision Making
Decision making is at the core of all business activity, as executives set strategy and manage operations by weighing a vast array of factors to arrive at the

functions of primary market  in information from different functions and business units. Nonetheless, this is not a substantial improvement from the average; the data for all groups of companies clearly show plenty of room for improvement. When senior executives make strategic decisions for your organisation (eg, major investments, entering new geographic/product markets) how important are the following factors? Rate on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1=Critical and 5=Not important. When senior executives make operational decisions for Read More...
Examples Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)? Part Two: Agilisys Market Impact
The most recent merger looks initially like a positive move for both companies and their customers, since Agilisys further enlarges a foothold in the discrete

functions of primary market  by having in-depth product functions and intimate knowledge of their market place or by offering services (in terms of content and/or location) not available from the Big Five or independent service providers. Smaller manufacturing enterprises are also often more comfortable dealing with a vendor of a size and corporate culture similar to theirs. Examples of these markets can be e.g., fresh meats, dairy producers, Tier 2/3 automotive suppliers, etc. Some of these thriving Boutique Vendors will actually Read More...
Is Enterprise Market Consolidating? Exactly!
After seemingly the successful acquisition of Macola last year, Exact Software continues to build its SME market share by acquiring Kewill ERP.

functions of primary market  human resources (HR) management functions, project management, and extensive workflow management functionality. Although it may not be as deep as some of the best-of-breed CRM products in the market, it offers most of the functionality a small and/or medium enterprise may need without the superfluous integration headaches. Owing to its inherent workflow, e-Synergy furthermore often becomes bigger than the sum of its parts, since by being able to manage the customer's Web site and by including the buy Read More...
Mid-Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 1: Recent Announcements
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

functions of 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...
Managing the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence: A 360-Degree Perspective
For many companies, total cost of ownership (TCO) of business intelligence (BI) solutions is out of control. And the problem is growing, fueled by ever

functions of primary market  the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence: A 360-Degree Perspective For many companies, total cost of ownership (TCO) of business intelligence (BI) solutions is out of control. And the problem is growing, fueled by ever-increasing demands from the user community, massive new sources for data, new capabilities, shadow it landscapes, and the cost of keeping people abreast of all the changes. This paper focuses on developing a framework for monitoring and managing the TCO of BI. Read More...
Justification of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System
Studies that surveyed manufacturers about the impact of ERP systems on firm performance indicate that company size and industry do not affect the results

functions of primary market  of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System Originally published - February 13, 2004 Justification of ERP Investments* The expected return on investment provides the cost justification and motivation for investing in ERP. There are quantifiable benefits as well as intangible benefits in the ERP investment decision. The quantifiable benefits have a bottom-line impact on profitability, asset turnover, and a potential effect on stock value. This section discusses the Read More...
Software-as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership
This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption

functions of primary market  as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) of this technological approach. Download this white paper to find out how a hosted option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and Read More...

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