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Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 1
Dreamforce, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture

gartner pivotal  Force.com, but in 2009 Gartner estimated that Force.com had over 1,000 customers. Not too shabby, but not exceptional either, as measured in salesforce.com’s aforementioned growth standards and aspirations. One of the reasons for the platform’s somewhat subdued adoption could be its proprietary and esoteric nature. Namely, although Oracle and Microsoft are proprietary technologies too, Java and the .NET Framework languages have respectively reached the mainstream. To give salesforce.com credit, the Read More...
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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

gartner pivotal  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...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

gartner pivotal  keynote presentation at the Gartner BPM Summit in San Diego . His theme was “Don’t just Survive… Capitalize.” Trefler begun by reminding the audience that in today’s turbulent economy we are all “not in Kansas anymore” and may just need some ruby slippers to find our way back home to profitability. If you have 14 minutes to spare, you can re-capture the spirit of the event here . In the main part of his presentation in Part 2 , Trefler maintained that to follow the Yellow Brick Road, Read More...
Leveraging 3-D for Sales Automation
It’s no longer acceptable for salespeople to respond to customers’ inquiries with “I’ll get back to you.” In the time it takes to respond, a competitor with

gartner pivotal  spent eight years with Gartner and worked for the US Federal Trade Commission as an antitrust investigator, performing analyses of IT vendors and markets. Throughout his career, he has led best-practice workshops on technology procurement in Europe and North America, and negotiated software licensing agreements for Global 1000 enterprises and government agencies. Christina Park is a senior research analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers. She has nearly ten years of international IT experience in Read More...
How to Choose the Right Hosted CRM Solution for You
How can you get the most out of a customer relationship management (CRM) solution while reducing operating costs and increasing overall profitability? By

gartner pivotal  deployment. A study by Gartner Inc., which looked at the total cost of ownership of enterprise applications, found that 80 percent of the cost of deploying and maintaining on-premise applications is not due to licensing, but to additional costs related to hardware and administration of the software. But that's not all. According to Gartner Inc., through 2010, on-demand CRM will provide as much as 10 to 13 percent lower five-year total cost of ownership than on-premise software for moderately complex CRM Read More...
A Look at the Buzz in HR Surrounding Today’s “Big” Data Buzzword
Recently, the HR enterprise software community seems to have become interested in big data, evidenced by the fact that big HR vendors like Workday and SumTotal

gartner pivotal  and high-variety information assets. Gartner does not explain what high signifies in this context, but one can infer that a good example of big data based on this definition could be found easily in the electronics manufacturing space, where a typical manufacturer has thousands of products, each having dozens if not hundreds of components produced in many different locations or bought from multiple suppliers. After assembly, the products are stored in warehouses or distribution centers and from there Read More...
Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage
Software giant Microsoft treated itself with a $1.1B Christmas present; it announced an agreement to acquire its long-term partner Great Plains Software, a

gartner pivotal  And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage P.J. Jakovljevic - January 16, 2001 Event Summary On December 21, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), the world's largest software provider, announced it reached an agreement to acquire Great Plains Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: GPSI), a leading supplier of mid-market business applications. The acquisition should create new opportunities for Microsoft and Great Read More...
What-if Scenarios for Analyst Firm Mergers and Acquisitions
Now that Gartner is acquiring AMR, we cannot help but wonder what will be the next acquisition or merger in the business software research field. There are not

gartner pivotal  and Acquisitions Now that Gartner is acquiring AMR , we cannot help but wonder what will be the next acquisition or merger in the business software research field. There are not so many companies doing business software research and analysis, so the number of permutations is quite low. Let’s look at some of them and what the end result would be. Gartner acquires Aberdeen and launches The Magic Axis (Magic Quadrant + Aberdeen Axis). If they decide to acquire Forrester , that would be the Magic Wave Read More...
Is a Two-tier ERP Strategy Right for You?
A two-tier ERP strategy is one where an organization chooses to have more than one enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to support its business needs

gartner pivotal  lessons learned from the Gartner Supply Chain conference. 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

gartner pivotal  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...
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

gartner pivotal  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...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts-and-parcels, and the software category’s

gartner pivotal  keynote presentation at the Gartner BPM Summit in San Diego . His theme was “Don’t just Survive…Capitalize.” Trefler began by reminding the audience that in today’s turbulent economy we are all “not in Kansas anymore,” and may just need some ruby slippers to find our way back home to profitability. If you have 14 minutes to spare, you can recapture the spirit of the event here . But before I start to paraphrase the spirited presentation, some introduction to Pegasystems and Trefler is in Read More...
TEC Offer Tools for Software Selection at Gartner's Small Business Vision Event in Boston
According to TEC, selections for enterprise software such as ERP, ECM, CRM, or SCM solutions may fail to meet requirements if an organisation undertakes a

gartner pivotal  ease the selection burden. Gartner asserts that 70 percent of IT projects fail or fall short of expectations. With the growing SMB market spending over $400 billion (USD) worldwide annually, event attendees targeting this immense and diverse market were most responsive to TEC's stated objective of assisting SMBs in complex evaluations of enterprise software. At Gartner's Small Business Vision event, held in Boston on June 6, TEC's value proposition was presented by TEC senior research analyst Hans Mercx, Read More...
Understanding Service-oriented Architecture and Its Impact on Small Manufacturers
Within the manufacturing community, the arrival of the latest, greatest enterprise software technology is often met with skepticism. The right service-oriented

gartner pivotal  newer phenomenon. According to Gartner Research, “by 2008, SOA will be a prevailing software engineering practice, ending the 40 year domination of monolithic software architecture.” In addition, Gartner projects that “by 2008, more than 75 percent of then-current application packages either will be natively SOA or will expose SOA interfaces through a wrapping layer of interfaces.” Software vendors, including Made2Manage Systems, are already reusing older and external applications and wrapping Read More...

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