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A Veteran Mid-market ERP Vendor with a Pragmatic Vision Chimes In
Joining our growing list of vendors willing to provide their opinions and commentary on our thought-provoking questions on market trends, SYSPRO takes part in

how to write a letter requesting a quote  stuff for the future-thinking, show me the cool stuff buyer. A power tailoring bundle that allows users to customize their interface to SYSPRO products, including highly personalized views that resemble homegrown software, and complete access via the standard Microsoft Offic e product environment. A proven sales and implementations partnership model that lets the company expand much more rapidly than a direct sales force ever could. An obsession with making the customer happy—at any cost—SYSPRO Read More...
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Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming...
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Frontstep (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround
While Frontstep reported its fourth consecutive loss in Q2 2001, which was also the first quarter the company operated under the new name, the latest license

how to write a letter requesting a quote  has been figuring out how to facilitate adoption of e-business by the manufacturing and distributing industry. Manufacturers and distributors have traditionally not been early technology adopters, although they should benefit from e-business and front office functionality. Mid-market companies increasingly have been looking for a single source that can cover their core back office system and extend the existing applications to both customers and suppliers. This would maximize their investment and reduce Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

how to write a letter requesting a quote  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, Read More...
PeopleSoft: No More a Humble Kid From a Rough Neighborhood?
PeopleSoft has been on a quest to dramatically improve its customer service & support by weeding out its 3rd-party consulting partners. PeopleSoft also has a

how to write a letter requesting a quote  may initially impress some, how attractive and plausible would be a movie story where Tom Hanks or Michael J. Fox would portray a tough guy winning over bullying characters like Nicolas Cage or Bruce Willis? Nevertheless, all of them may still be eligible for Oscar nomination playing the roles that completely suit them. Therefore, PeopleSoft should rather focus on delivering PeopleSoft 8 on time, adhering to stringent training of its sales and customer support forces, and on preempting any Read More...
How to Survive a Software Selection Project When Your Boss Is a Sociopath
Is your boss the main reason you call in sick on Monday mornings? Do you need to “manage” your boss in order to get any work done? Do you find yourself in the

how to write a letter requesting a quote  are 5 tips on how to survive your sociopath boss when you’re managing a software selection project. Tip #1: Surviving the Paranoia Is your boss convinced that your software selection project is going to make him look bad? Retain a fair, accurate, and auditable trail of all work up to and including to your software selection. TEC’s best-practice selection methodology recommends developing a report (including graphs, data, and charts) that demonstrates full proof of due diligence, as well as an audit Read More...
Deacom Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report
We recently certified Deacom Integrated Accounting and ERP Software v 10.4. Before sharing my impressions of Deacom’s product, I would like to briefly describe

how to write a letter requesting a quote  you can better understand how it works. The Process : It all starts with a request for information (RFI) file, which is a hierarchical list of system features and functions that the vendor completes by rating each criterion as Supported, Not Supported, Future Release, etc. Since Deacom was certified in our ERP engineer-to-order (ETO), ERP mixed-mode, and ERP for process manufacturing knowledge bases, they had to complete a combined RFI that contained about 5000 features and functions. During the Read More...
Can a Mobile App Get You a Job Interview?
Serendipity, in addition to actual qualifications and experience, plays a major role in a job search. Indeed, scoring an interview increases one’s chances of

how to write a letter requesting a quote  a potential employer. But how do you win that face time? Candidates struggle to distinguish themselves, while recruiting managers wade through the hundreds of cut-and-dried resumes they receive each day. In the interest of “giving serendipity a nudge,” JobProx is a novel smartphone app that connects recruiters and employers with job seekers when they are near each other physically—putting a face on the endless stream of digital resumes. Using the app’s proximity feature, job seekers and Read More...
A Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader
ClickSoftware, rooted in field service workforce scheduling and optimization, provides automated workforce management and optimization solutions, on-demand and

how to write a letter requesting a quote  what I want.” TEC: How far along are you in unifying your products on the same platform? IB: All of our organically developed products are on the same platform. We acquired some rostering (shift management) technology ( AiPoint ) in 2009, which we’re now at the last stages of completing the merging with our organically developed rostering product development. We also acquired a multitenant software as a service (SaaS) solution for small service organizations ( ServiceTycoon ), which is currently Read More...
A Traditional
Rather than pursuing the usual route and writing our opinions and analyses of major market trends and then giving the pertinent vendors a chance for a factual

how to write a letter requesting a quote  within the TEC Vendor Showcase . The full Sage ERP family—including Sage ERP X3—is listed on the Sage North American Web Site ; www.sagenorthamerica.com. In North America, Sage MAS 500 and Sage ERP X3 may overlap in some cases, although Sage ERP X3 should be viewed as an upper-market product. Whether a business should evaluate one or the other product depends several organization-specific elements: prospective growth (X3 has high scalability); activity worldwide (only X3 includes multi-audit Read More...
A Step-by-step Guide to Securing Your Apache Web Server with a Digital Certificate
Testing, installing, and using a digital certificate on your Apache Web server can benefit your business by addressing online security issues. If your system’s

how to write a letter requesting a quote  Step-by-step Guide to Securing Your Apache Web Server with a Digital Certificate Testing, installing, and using a digital certificate on your Apache Web server can benefit your business by addressing online security issues. If your system’s security is maximized, your customers can feel more confident about using your site to perform transactions. Get the lowdown on best practices for setup to help you ensure efficient management of your encryption keys and digital signatures. Read More...
Putting “Big Company” Strategies to Work for Small to Midsized Businesses
In today’s economy, small businesses’ primary differentiator is service. If systems are down, then customer service levels are down too, ultimately hurting the

how to write a letter requesting a quote  critical IT systems daunting. However, surveys show that 55 percent of large companies plan to increase their IT spending with external service providers. Find out what they know that you don’t. Read More...
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite?
Given Invensys' irrevocable decision to give up Baan for another adoption after all, one is to wonder whether this is the 'year 2000 revisited' or whether Baan

how to write a letter requesting a quote  (SCM) vendor (in 1998). However, Baan had struggled to effectively and quickly integrate the above organizations and applications. As a result, its slew of acquisitions presented enterprises at that time with more of a concoction of applications than an integrated extended-ERP portfolio. In 1997 Putnam Investments sold its minority stake in Baan over concerns about the company's relationships with Baan Investment and other private companies owned by the owner brothers. There were widespread allegations Read More...
A SaaS Start-up Cautionary Tale: The Makana Experience (Or: How You Can Create a Great Product and Still Hit the Wall)
Great products and a growing customer base are not enough to succeed in the SaaS ICM marketplace. Find out why Makana, a startup SaaS vendor, found it difficult

how to write a letter requesting a quote  need to sell, and how much?” question. Sales ICM, to answer the “How am I going to be rewarded?” question. Monitoring and analysis, to answer the “What’s going on?” and “What to expect?” questions. The Gartner report goes on to say that SPM as a concept should help organizations to systematically refine planning for sales targets, allocate opportunities equitably, enhance communications regarding expectations and rewards to all involved parties, and more effectively encourage desired Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

how to write a letter requesting a quote  not yet figured out how to improve its sales holistically. The current economic environment seems more friendly towards recognized best-of-breed point SCM solutions that are easy to implement and result in quick payback. Thus, I think that Manhattan has had only limited success with Evant in light of about 80 replenishment customers, especially due to only budding install bases in planning and forecasting.  One reason is the fact that former Evant was never a major SCP player and was not able to Read More...
The Benefits of a Software Selection Project-Even when Management Imposes a Decision
The Project Delivery Group (PDG) here at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) works closely with our clients to assist and guide them through the process of

how to write a letter requesting a quote  of the system adoption. However, there are learnings the selection team and others can take away from this seemingly negative experience: The time, money, and efforts invested on the internal priorities evaluation and business process revision and reassessment are not wasted, even though another system was selected. The software selection exercise brings value to a company—helping it better understand the business and, more importantly, discovering new ways to improve it. It’s possible that the final Read More...

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