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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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7 Tips for Hiring Great Consultants
Back in April, I wrote about a consulting firm whose excellent service had earned it rave reviews from a client.The secret to the firm’s success, it turned

hiring contract  Tips for Hiring Great Consultants Back in April,  I wrote about a consulting firm  whose excellent service had earned it rave reviews from a client. The secret to the firm’s success, it turned out, was pretty simple. Its consultants made sure they understood the client, they committed to the project, they kept their promises, and they followed up. In other words, that firm displayed a genuine commitment to excellence that can be hard to find. So hard that some of our readers began to wonder how, if

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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Six Important Skills Needed in PEO


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Sage SMB Hiring Outlook Survey: Demand Matters


Sage recently announced the results of the Sage SMB Hiring Outlook Survey, which examined the hiring outlook of U.S. small and midsized businesses in 2013. The survey found that of the 973 businesses surveyed, 25 percent reported that they either have hired or will hire in 2013; 47 percent of businesses expect their staffing levels to remain the same in 2013, and 7 percent said they would decrease

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PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part One: Recent Anouncements


Hiring the former APICS president to head its manufacturing industry efforts a year ago, the high profile acquisition of renowned manufacturing ERP provider J.D. Edwards this summer, and most recently, the acquisition of demand flow and lean manufacturing software solutions from JCIT, might indicate that PeopleSoft has finally gotten its manufacturing creed. Will these moves finally and lastingly establish it as a serious contender in the manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) space?

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CallidusCloud


CallidusCloud is the leading provider of sales and marketing effectiveness software. Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, CallidusCloud enables organizations to accelerate and maximize their lead to money process with its complete suite of solutions that identify the right leads, ensure proper territory and quota distribution, enable sales forces, automate quote and proposal generation, automate contract creation and negotiation, and streamline sales compensation—driving bigger deals, faster.  With CallidusCloud, users can: • Boost revenues by delivering more high-value leads • Maximize sales effectiveness by deploying real-time sales guidance, sales coaching, and targeted incentives that focus sales execution on results  • Build a knowledge-based culture with on-the-go mobile learning and training • Build top performing teams by hiring the right people and accelerating their time to productivity  The company’s products include: Marketing Automation to attract and nurture leads; Territory & Quota for optimizing the territory management process: Sales Performance Manager to provide a comprehensive sales coaching program; Sales Enablement to provide a central content repository, playbooks, and deal rooms; Litmos, a learning management system, Configure Price Quote, Contract Lifecycle Management, MySalesGame to drive adoption of new tools with gamification, Incentive Compensation, and Channel Management.  Over 3,400 leading global organizations across all industries rely on CallidusCloud‘s easy-to-use, scalable solutions to streamline business processes, optimize effectiveness, and drive improved performance. The solution suite is delivered as a SaaS platform designed to deliver rapid time to value, reduced cost of ownership, and a superior customer experience.  

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Case Study: Leveraging Response Management in a Super-charged Environment


Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, had a rapidly expanding customer base and shortened product life cycles. This led the company to add more contract manufacturers to its supply chain, meaning more complex decisions had to be made in less time. To stay competitive, the company implemented response management technology. Learn more about the company’s rapid growth and the software that helped make it possible.

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Software Evaluation, Selection, and Contract Negotiation


Most articles about the pitfalls of software implementation projects highlight the mistakes made during implementation. Examples include poor project management, scope creep, uncommitted users, or lack of an executive sponsor. All of these areas of focus are valid, but often we forget that before starting the implementation, somehow we had to choose a package and sign a contract.

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Federal Contract Management and Vendors' Readiness Part Three: Meeting Federal Requirements


Companies that are not already offering the capabilities of meeting the exacting, stringent requirements of federal agencies will likely not be able to tap the recent surge in the federal and defense markets. Conversely, those vendors and their users--government contractors--who can deliver comprehensive solutions that satisfy the requirements of federal agencies are in the driver's seat to capture that market segment.

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Onboarding: The Critical Role of Hiring Managers


The person within your organization who has the power to make or break a new employee’s success is the hiring manager. This white paper describes best practices and shows the importance of managers employing these best practices for onboarding new employees.

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