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Meridian Systems’ “Catch Up” Challenge in the Capital Infrastructure Industry - Part 1
Claiming the “Catch us if you can” movie mantra, the quiet Infrastructure Lifecycle Management (ILM) leader Meridian Systems, based in Folsom, California (US

gartner ilm  phases) or IWMS ( Gartner ’s coined term, which mainly takes care of things like property leasing). Needless to say, the scopes of PPM or IWMS are minor and insignificant components of the ongoing operational needs inherent to capital infrastructure. Namely, they don’t apply to hardly anything outside of the real estate segment, i.e., the things like oil rigs, bridges, cell towers, healthcare infrastructure buildings, and so on. In a nutshell, these acronyms’ footprints fall too short when it comes

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The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Software Buying Behavior


When the economic crisis hit, organizations scurried to find ways to cut back and keep their businesses afloat. Survival was key. Investments and projects of all kinds were put on hold, including upgrading and replacing enterprise software systems. A forecast alert by Gartner showed that enterprise software spending between 2008 and 2009 dropped by 2.6%. No doubt, enterprise software spending is

gartner ilm  A forecast alert by Gartner showed that enterprise software spending between 2008 and 2009 dropped by 2.6%. No doubt, enterprise software spending is one of the areas in which organizations consciously chose to cut back. This blog post reviews the impact of the economic crisis on enterprise software buying behavior across a comprehensive list of industries and identifies those industries that suffered the most. An important precursor to the software purchasing process is the research and evaluation Read More

Grape Escape 2010: Of Cloud & Angels, Fun & Games, and “In Vino Veritas” - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series talked about the historical background of the JRocket Marketing Grape Escape event. Grape Escape has become a June fixture over past several years, right after the high traveling season to major vendors’ events subsides and before everyone takes their summer vacations. It is a signature event that showcases the intimate analyst relationships (AR) and

gartner ilm  Escape 2010: Of Cloud & Angels, Fun & Games, and “In Vino Veritas” - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series talked about the historical background of the JRocket Marketing Grape Escape event . Grape Escape has become a June fixture over past several years, right after the high traveling season to major vendors’ events subsides and before everyone takes their summer vacations. It is a signature event that showcases the intimate analyst relationships (AR) and event expertise that JRocket Marketing Read More

Gartner: How to Grow in the Recession


In the free 20-minute on-demand webcast small and midsized companies in a slowing global economy, gartner* vice president of research robert anders...

gartner ilm  How to Grow in the Recession Would you like practical advice on how to thrive in the current economic downtown from an expert in the problems faced by small and midsized businesses (SMBs)? In the free 20-minute on-demand webcast Small and Midsized Companies in a Slowing Global Economy , Gartner* Vice President of Research Robert Anderson offers advice, tips, and suggestions on how your company can maintain growth and profitability during these tough economic times. You'll see Anderson answer these Read More

Magic Quadrant for B2B Gateway Providers


Business-to-business (B2B) gateway solutions have matured to the point where they can support a wide range of projects. However, there are still functional differences—including product maturity, service-oriented architecture (SOA) enablement, architectural coherence, and community management—among competing solutions. Find out who the leaders, challengers, visionaries, and niche players are in the B2B gateway market.

gartner ilm  demand for their solutions, Gartner client interest and other factors. Megavendors : During the past two years, via product enhancements and increasing mind share and market share, megavendors IBM and Microsoft have been gaining ground on the relative leadership of prominent B2B vendors, such as Axway and Sterling Commerce. This is understandable, given the increasing importance of B2B as just another aspect of the IT stack offered by those vendors. Two other megavendors, Oracle and SAP, are notably Read More

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About LMS But Were Afraid to Ask-Well Maybe Not Everything!


Today, if a company wants to retain its employees, it must take great strides to make their jobs more rewarding. To give their employees the learning experience they’re looking for, many organizations are now implementing learning management systems (LMSes).

gartner ilm  research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. and offers a visual snapshot of a specific market's direction, maturity, and participants. Gartner conducts research on more than 100 technical industries and its quadrant report is updated every one to two years. Figure 1. From Gartner's Magic Quadrant (June 2008) If you are not sure where to start with your LMS software selection, I recommend that you give TEC's decision support system (DSS) eBestmatch a trial run. Whether you're just at the beginning stages of Read More

PROS Acquires Cameleon Software for Richer Sales Big Data


PROS Holdings, Inc., a provider of sales effectiveness big data solutions, and Cameleon Software, a provider of multichannel, multi-device product configurator, quotes, proposals, and e-commerce software, have announced that PROS plans to acquire Cameleon in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately €24 million (U.S. $33 million), net of cash acquired. Cameleon CPQ should be a great addition

gartner ilm  (B2C) or business-to-business (B2B). Gartner views price optimization and CPQ as two transformational sales effectiveness technologies that are also in the early mainstream adoption phase of the market. Customers are looking for a solution that makes selling and quoting configured products simpler, easier, and more profitable. PROS will now have a single platform that combines the efficiency of sales execution with big data science to optimize lead-to-order, so customers won't need to go to two sources. Read More

The Role of Sales Training Requirements Definition and Requests for Proposals in the Success of Technology Companies


The first step in choosing an effectiveness service provider (ESP) that best meets your company's needs is to develop a requirements definition. When used as a request for proposal, the requirements definition can be a powerful evaluation and negotiation tool.

gartner ilm  a principal researcher at Gartner as well as a president of Gartner eMetrix. He led Gartner's vertical industries and e-business divisions, and grew Gartner Software to$25 million (USD). In his thirteen-year tenure at Gartner, Case hired, managed, and trained sales forces for four different divisions. Prior to working at Gartner, he was the founder of Nastec/Transform Logic's Consulting and Education division, which provided professional training world-wide. Contact e-mails Dave.Stein@ESResearchCorp.com Read More

Social Media and Collaboration: Not for “Serious” Manufacturers? Think Again.


Many people consider social media as a set of tools for communicating with others and/or entertaining themselves and collaboration as a characteristic of business processes and workflows that allows employees to work together to be more efficient. In reality though, both social media and collaboration can help employees communicate and share information, and thus work more efficiently. In

gartner ilm  serious companies” At the Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit I attended recently, several analysts shared some personal experiences they had with companies seeking to understand how social media and collaboration can impact their business activities. Of interest, they mentioned that manufacturing companies tended to take a cautionary approach and think as follows: • Social media is a form of entertainment, and our business is not to entertain customers. • We don’t need social Read More

Seven Steps to Flawless Business Intelligence


Business intelligence (BI) capabilities transform vast amounts of data into relevant information that organizations rely on to make decisions and manage performance. Most companies have some form of BI, and most are familiar with its benefits. However, in order to extract maximum advantage from BI initiatives, it is necessary to be aware of—and avoid—their seven “fatal flaws.”

gartner ilm  THIS PAPER In 2005, Gartner published a paper entitled Avoid the Five '‘Fatal Flaws of Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management. The paper describes Gartner's observations as to why business intelligence (BI) initiatives fail or get off to a bad start. The findings were based on Gartner's expertise in the BI industry and research into real-world deployments. This paper explains how the newest offering from Cognos-Cognos 8 Business Intelligence-can help organizations avoid these Read More

Analyst / SCT Share Vision at SCT User Conference


The SCT User Conference featured industry analysts from Gartner Group, AMR Research and Meta Group each sharing its vision for the future of enterprise systems with the audience. Customers, in special interest groups and in presentations discussed their success with SCT’s products. SCT showed both their existing product set plus their vision for the future with a series of product announcements and prototypes of future products.

gartner ilm  featured industry analysts from Gartner Group , AMR Research and Meta Group each sharing their vision for the future of enterprise systems with the audience. Customers, in special interest groups and in presentations discussed their success with SCT's products. SCT showed both their existing product set plus their vision for the future with a series of product announcements and prototypes of future products. For the opening session of each day's conference, SCT invited key industry analysts to present Read More

How PPM Provides Direction in Uncertain Economic Times


Project portfolio management (PPM) is a process to obtain project management information of all resources, time, budget, and labor skills in order to align, manage, and review these elements--and to ensure deliverables are being met in terms of project milestones, in accordance with the work breakdown schedule. In a time of economic and business uncertainty, PPM may be the prescription to

gartner ilm  according to the recent Gartner-sponsored “ Project & Portfolio Management Summit (June 2008) ”: “PPM spending will exceed annual revenues of $1 billion in 2009.” Given the strong market potential for PPM software products despite a sluggish global economy, here are a few selected vendors featured in the TEC Vendor Showcase that are worth looking at: Deltek Systems Deltek provides an integrated toolset for PPM with Deltek PPM and EVM Products. Modules include portfolio analysis, risk management, Read More

These Are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 1


Some previous TEC blog posts have discussed the benefits (but also the inevitable caveats) of white papers, including the all-too-common vendors’ self-serving marketing fluff and buzzword verbiage, and about their (un)intended audiences. As part of my daily routine of doing research on vendors and their strategies and offerings, I’ve read a ton of white papers in the last

gartner ilm  relatively limited costs.   Gartner has recently outlined several technology trends that have been changing CRM products , starting with  cloud computing  and subscription-based  software as a service (SaaS)  deployments that result in lower initial costs, faster implementations, and quicker payback. For dispersed sales teams in particular, modern on-demand CRM solutions are fast-to-deploy and easy-to-use while fostering  collaboration . They also provide an entry into the realm of CRM at a low Read More

Challenges for IT Managers in SMBs


The recent marketing push to integrate both small and medium sized businesses by large IT hardware and software vendors makes strategic sense. Both business groups are plagued with similar issues including small IT budgets and limited technical resources. Frequently SMBs target their IT acquisitions either in the hope of lowering costs or solving problems. These ad hoc solutions are

gartner ilm  In a recent survey Gartner Group estimated 90% of new businesses created were in the SMB category .In the same survey it was noted that there is a small but growing number of SMB venturing into outsourcing as a way of supporting their IT department. Although the current method to deploy software is still to use in-house resources in the SMB marketplace There are many factors which govern why a SMB would choose to support an outsourcing model 1. The fear of losing critical support should an in-house SME Read More

Epicor's Vision and Strategy for Cloud ERP


I recently had the opportunity, during Epicor’s global customer conference, to talk with Chad Meyer, director of product marketing, and he shared with me some of the highlights of Epicor’s vision and strategy for cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP). Epicor has since 2010 offered a scaled-back Epicor Express Edition of the Epicor 9 (Epicor ERP) solution. The express edition is

gartner ilm  Forrester and 7% by Gartner), most major vendors are preparing for the near future, when the increase in demand may be significant— Forrester estimates  an increase of about 20% per year through 2015. With its new SaaS offering for the enterprise, Epicor will be one of very few vendors offering multi-tenant cloud solutions for manufacturing, distribution, and services. Read More