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Vendors Beware! It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It.
A study from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering suggests that the format and organization of a proposal can significantly

how to write a proposal engineering  What You Say, It’s How You Say It. Overview Like most Associate Professors, Dr. Daniel Berleant has to apply for funding to support his research and graduate students. So he writes proposals. Naturally he wins some and he loses some. Being a scientist, after all, he wondered whether there were factors beyond the content of the proposals that affected the chances of success. So he did a study, which was published in the Communications of the ACM , a leading professional journal. His conclusion is that Read More
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Q2O Systems: Solutions for Quotation Management and Pricing Configuration
Quote-to-order systems include quotation management and pricing configuration solutions. Pricing configuration engines automate pricing and quoting processes

how to write a proposal engineering  of well-defined restrictions on how the component types can be combined. Interactive guided selling systems that are externally focused, stand-alone, or interfaced to ERP systems can help here. These systems typically have separate engines for engineering BOM (leveraging selection rules) and sales BOM (leveraging constraint rules), with some wizard-based capability to create and maintain rules. The typical output from these systems is quotes, orders, and BOMs, with a data-level integration with other Read More
Important Sarbanes-Oxley Act Mandates and What They Mean for Supply Chain Management
Two sections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) have major implications for supply chain management. Yet enterprises can meet the challenges created by SOX more

how to write a proposal engineering  and offer solutions on how to shore up weaknesses and better segregate duties. In other words, the software governs who has clearance to perform such tasks as writing a check to a vendor, paying an employee, or adding revenue in a given quarter. This software might not only set up who can do what, but it would also enforce the rules (that is, alert the compliance watchdogs should an unauthorized person attempt to monkey with anything, and thus prevent fraud before it occurs). Other software may help 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

how to write a proposal engineering  help sales teams identify how to align customers' needs with the right product data; provide accurate, functioning 3-D prototypes; and generate accurate proposals. Timely and sophisticated tools that maximize design reuse, automate release management, and streamline the change order process are the keys. Such systems, which combine product conigurations, industry issues, simulations, and virtual prototypes, are emerging to arm salespeople with material and collateral that are helpful to prepare for and Read More
Sweet Spots and What-Nots: Enterprise Management Software Vendor Provides Notable Solutions
Deltek uses a wealth of standalone and bundled modules to target various markets, including professional services firms both domestically and internationally

how to write a proposal engineering  turnover. Another example of how a tight vertical fit works compared to generic solutions, in the construction segment, is the requirement of cost-plus contract accounting (one of a variety of methods for pricing and billing project work). A cost-plus project has a different set of requirements from a fixed-price contract, since in the first case, a services company wants to maximize billable hours, while in the latter case, the goal is to minimize them. While bolt-on features exist for generic Read More
A Firewall is Cheaper Than a Lawyer
eBay's motion for a preliminary injunction to limit Bidder's Edge online auction search engine from linking to their site, may set precedents for future

how to write a proposal engineering  Firewall is Cheaper Than a Lawyer A Firewall is Cheaper Than a Lawyer L. Taylor - May 15, 2000 Event Summary On Friday, April 14, the Federal District Court in San Jose, California held a hearing on eBay's motion for a preliminary injunction to limit Bidder's Edge, an online auction search engine, from linking to eBay's website. In an open letter dated April 20th to its user base, President and CEO of Bidder's Edge, Jim Carney, defended his position stating that, we remain confident in the correctness Read More
Achieve a Complete Business Picture with a BI Dashboard
With the right business intelligence (BI) solution, any enterprise can improve performance, decrease time to market, analyze and forecast data, and achieve

how to write a proposal engineering  and achieve competitive advantage. However, it is important to consider whether your BI provides timely, clear data and integrates data from every possible source within the organization. The enterprise must carefully consider its specific requirements and choose a solution that provides the right information to the right user at the right time. Download this report to learn more. Read More
What Makes a Good IT White Paper Good… and a Bad IT White Paper Very, Very Bad…
A white paper is a document or “brief” (and yes, perhaps unfortunately, I mean “brief” in the sense of something that informs rather than something that is

how to write a proposal engineering  devoted to white paper “how-tos” and “dos and don’ts.” Here, in a series of posts, I’ll provide summaries of the main points that can be found in a couple of helpful sources, including Stelzner’s “How to Write a White Paper: A White Paper on White Papers”, as well as his web sites http://www.stelzner.com/copy-whitepapers.html, http://www.writingwhitepapers.com/book/, and http://www.stelzner.com/copy-HowTo-whitepapers.php. Here's the first point... 1. A Compelling Title Why? Because the Read More
Data Mining with MicroStrategy: Using the BI Platform to Distribute Data Mining and Predictive Analytics to the Masses
Data mining and predictive analysis applications can help you make knowledge-driven decisions and improve efficiency. But the user adoption of these tools has

how to write a proposal engineering  Mining with MicroStrategy: Using the BI Platform to Distribute Data Mining and Predictive Analytics to the Masses Data mining and predictive analysis applications can help you make knowledge-driven decisions and improve efficiency. But the user adoption of these tools has been slow due to their lack of business intelligence (BI) functionality, proactive information distribution, robust security, and other necessities. Now there’s an integrated enterprise BI system that can deliver data mining and Read More
A Short Guide to a Faster WAN
Wide area networks (WANs) are essential to the majority of businesses, enabling effective communications within the organization and with customers, partners

how to write a proposal engineering  Short Guide to a Faster WAN Wide area networks (WANs) are essential to the majority of businesses, enabling effective communications within the organization and with customers, partners, and suppliers. As more bandwidth-intensive applications are added to the mix, these networks are expected to handle the extra load—which can decrease its performance. Ensuring WAN usage is well-managed eliminates unwanted traffic and accelerates business activity. 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 proposal engineering  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
TCO Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center
Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of 30

how to write a proposal engineering  Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of 30% compared with traditional, built-out data center power and cooling infrastructure. Avoiding overbuilt capacity and scaling the design over time contributes to a significant percentage of the overall savings. This white paper provides a quantitative TCO analysis of the Read More
Software as a Service: A Cheaper, Faster Way to Access Applications
The dismal economy hasn't been bad news for all segments of the IT industry. The market for applications delivered in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model is

how to write a proposal engineering  as a Service: A Cheaper, Faster Way to Access Applications The dismal economy hasn't been bad news for all segments of the IT industry. The market for applications delivered in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model is increasing thanks to customers who seek better/more targeted functionality, quicker deployment/access, lower up-front and ongoing cost, and ease of use. Learn why SaaS has a history of thriving in down cycles, and what to look for in a SaaS solution. Read More
Why Project Portfolio Management Is a Must-have Strategic Asset in a Down Economy
Project portfolio management (PPM) software can provide a dynamic decision-making process for assessing projects such as portfolios, prioritizing projects, and

how to write a proposal engineering  Project Portfolio Management Is a Must-have Strategic Asset in a Down Economy Project portfolio management (PPM) software can provide a dynamic decision-making process for assessing projects such as portfolios, prioritizing projects, and allocating limited resources to meet key organizational objectives. Using PPM can also help you better align and manage your people, projects, and processes—giving you the ability to react quickly to change and minimize risk in the current declining market. BEGINLYX� 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 proposal engineering  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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