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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Adeon Software House CXInsight for Electronics V5.2.0 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report
CXInsight for Electronics (v5.2.0) from Adeon Software House is now TEC Certified for online comparison of discrete product lifecycle management (PLM) software

house report  Software House CXInsight for Electronics V5.2.0 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report CXInsight for Electronics (v5.2.0) from Adeon Software House is now TEC Certified for online comparison of discrete product lifecycle management (PLM) software in TEC's Evaluation Centers. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights,

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Compare Software Solutions

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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CMMS - EAM Software Evaluation Report

The EAM Software Evaluation Report is geared toward groups that need to analyze requirements for a system, which supports maintenance management tasks. Asset management systems typically enable planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events. This Software Evaluation Report includes criteria for comparing general computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) functionality, fleet maintenance, workflow, reporting, and other areas that touch upon asset management practices. 

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Zavanti ERP Certification Report


Zavanti ERP is now certified by TEC in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services and project portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA) software spaces.

The Zavanti ERP system is purpose-built for its target industries: property developers, commercial and residential builders, property management companies, and professional services firms (engineering, architecture, contractors, and consultants). The Zavanti ERP suite with integrated financials assists with the control and management of business operations, and the system modules all work together seamlessly so that information only has to be entered once to be available across the entire system.

The core enterprise resource planning (ERP) system has been developed in-house by Zavanti, whereas the front-end customer relationship management (CRM) system is an adaptation of MS Dynamics CRM for the real estate and professional services industries, acquired in March 2014. The Feasibility module was developed recently in response to real estate clients’ requirements to automate some of the processes for feasibility modeling and analysis.

Based on TEC’s comprehensive software functionality comparison data, Zavanti ERP ranks as a stronger than average solution when compared against other products in the ERP for services and PPM for PSA solution spaces. According to TEC Senior ERP Analyst Ted Rohm, author of the report, Zavanti ERP is a well-rounded solution with strong capabilities to support portfolio and project management; resource planning and scheduling; opportunity, contact, and contract management; time and expense management; budgeting, costing, and billing; and fully capable back-office functionality.

Find out why in the Zavanti ERP TEC certification report, including a product roadmap, key product differentiators, and detailed functionality graphs comparing Zavanti ERP to competitor solutions in the major functionality areas for PPM for PSA and ERP for services solutions.

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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2009 BI Buyer’s Guide for businesses.

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SPECTRUM Human Resource Systems Corporation iVantage 5.0 for Human Resources Certification Report


SPECTRUM Human Resource Systems Corporation’s human resource information system (HRIS), iVantage 5.0, is now TEC Certified. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations who rely on the integrity of TEC’s research services for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this 24-page TEC report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 4


Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC), which is an over $1 billion (USD) large software company that develops, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The article analyzed the company’s genesis from its inception in 1985 until the mid-2000s. Part 2

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ERP Software Review: Infor VISUAL ERP Software


This enterprise resource planning (ERP) software review report examines the ERP software by Infor and its support for discrete manufacturing, engineering-to-order (ETO) manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturing, small to midsize business (SMB) manufacturing, and financial packages processes against known benchmarks. It assesses Infor VISUAL by Info for ERP functionality and reviews product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Financials
  • Human Resources
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Process Manufacturing Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Quality Management
  • Sales Management
  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Payable (A/P)
  • Fixed Assets
  • Cost Accounting
  • Cash Management
  • Budgeting
  • Accounts Receivable (A/R)
  • Financial Reporting
  • Project Accounting

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the ERP software based on demonstration provided by Infor. The review identifies the features of Infor VISUAL that distinguish it from other ERP manufacturing solutions, including its distinctively illustrative data visualization-focused interface, and its focus on discrete order-driven manufacturing operations with support to all facets of complex manufacturing operations. The analyst also outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

The DEACOM ERP software review identifies the features of DEACOM ERP that distinguish it from other ERP for process manufacturing solutions. These include its supplementary ERP features tailored for process manufacturers’ needs such as maintenance repair and operations (MRO), warehouse management systems (WMS), electronic data interchange (EDI), customer relationship management (CRM), and direct store delivery (DSD). DEACOM ERP provides business management support to process manufacturers in the areas of financials, process manufacturing management, purchasing management, quality management, and sales management.

Infor VISUAL achieved TEC certification status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s program which includes a detailed functional benchmarking analysis as well as conducting a demonstration of its discrete manufacturing, ETO manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturing, SMB manufacturing, and financial packages software solution based on a provided demo script.

Infor VISUAL achieved TEC certification status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the ERP software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of Infor VISUAL, a TEC analyst has assessed the ERP software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that Infor VISUAL is a strong manufacturing ERP system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, and in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how Infor VISUAL ERP can help to-order manufacturers achieve these ERP objectives.

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Bizagi BPM Suite Certification Report


Bizagi BPM Suite by Bizagi is now certified by TEC in the business process management software space.

According to TEC senior analyst Jorge Garcia, Bizagi BPM incorporates the features characteristic of a state-of-the-art BPM solution within a simple yet powerful business process management suite, and Bizagi BPM is a solution that should be given due consideration by organizations looking for a full-fledged BPM solution.

Bizagi’s mantra from its BPM Suite, “modeling over programming,” encompasses how the organization looks at the BPM practice. With this key approach, Bizagi provides an enriched BPM suite oriented to avoid the hurdle of programming as much as possible, liberating business users to use Bizagi with a pure model-based approach, with minimal coding. Bizagi BPM is also fully business process compliant, with standards such as business process model and notation (BPMN).

Find out more in the Bizagi BPM Suite TEC certification report, including key product differentiators, a detailed look at support of processes and new functionality with the latest version of the BPM Suite, and detailed functionality graphs comparing Bizagi BPM Suite to competitor solutions in the major functionality areas for business process management solutions.

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The Systems House


Since our founding in 1979, our focus has been in the Distribution Industry where we have a large base of installed clients. At this time, we remain the largest company dedicated solely to the needs of the Medical Distribution Industry.  By targeting a specific vertical segment (healthcare) of the software industry, TSH avoids many of the potential pitfalls facing software development companies today. Our low overhead and highly technical staff allow us to be more agile than other companies when responding to software changes. Our focus in healthcare allows us to minimize the changes required to remain in the forefront of medical distribution software providers. As a result, we are able to thrive and grow in our market segment, insuring that we remain a viable partner for your company.                   

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ERP Software Review: Rootstock ERP for SMB


This enterprise resource planning (ERP) software review report examines the ERP software by Rootstock Software and its support for small-to-midsize business (SMB) ERP processes against known benchmarks. It assesses Rootstock by Rootstock Software for ERP functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Financials
  • Human Resources
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Quality Management
  • Sales Management

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the ERP software based on a demonstration provided by Rootstock Software. The review identifies the features of Rootstock that distinguish it from other ERP solutions, including its cloud-based platform, its flexible subscription options, and its scheduling and workflow tools. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

Rootstock achieved TEC certification status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the ERP software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of Rootstock, a TEC analyst has assessed the ERP software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that Rootstock is a strong ERP system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how Rootstock can help businesses achieve their manufacturing ERP objectives.

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TEC Spotlight Report: Pronto Software


In this spotlight report, David Clark examines Pronto Software. Learn all about the product’s history and marketing positioning, as well as its strengths, competitors, and challenges. Also featured in this Spotlight Report: a high-level overview of PRONTO-Xi Functionality.

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Mining Industry (ERP & CMMS) Software Evaluation Report


This Software Evaluation Report includes enterprise resource planning (ERP) and computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) modules geared toward the regular requirements of companies in the mining industry. While including important criteria for financials solutions and human resources, it has additional process workflow, quality management, field service, and other criteria.

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