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You Say RFI, I Say Riffy: Why You and Your Vendor Need to Speak the Same Language
When ideas fail, words come in very handy. - Johann Wolfgang von GoetheSoftware Selection PitfallsQuick, what’s the number-one pitfall of the software

how to write an rfi  for just this purpose. How to Avoid Software Requirement Miscommunication I don’t recommend you sit down with the salesperson and drag your list of requirements line-by-line through Merriam-Webster. That would just be dumb. However, it’s essential to make sure that you and the vendor are on the same page. Which is of course where TEC’s RFP templates come in. TEC RFP templates are created by TEC industry analysts in conjunction with the world's leading software vendors, including SAP, IBM, Read More
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A new year is upon us and with that, the word “resolution” comes to mind...res-o-l-u-tion – [rez-uh-loo-shun n] - noun 1. a resolve or determination: to

how to write an rfi  know where to begin—and how to sort out the reputable from the not-so sound. And when it comes to making a decision that involves a major financial investment, you need to ensure your information is irrefutable, up-to-date, and unbiased. To start your research, browse through some white papers and case studies published by the software vendors themselves. This can be a great way to compile information about different solutions, and can form the basis of an effective comparison. But, you probably Read More
TEC Certification-Ensuring that End Users and Vendors Speak the Same Language
In perusing Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) Vendor Showcase, you’ve likely noticed the TEC logo next to certain software solutions. For those of you new

how to write an rfi  request-for-information (RFI) worksheet detailing how its solution supports a wide variety of industry-standard software features. Through a product briefing and live demonstration sessions with the vendor, our analysts get an in-depth look at the key features they have identified in a demonstration “script.” Once these features have been verified by our analysts (and any discrepancies addressed), the vendor’s showcase listing is labeled with the “Certified TEC Product” logo—a recognized Read More
TEC Vendor Showdowns Generate a Lot of Interest
Here at TEC, our most popular feature is something we call a Vendor Showdown. We take two or three vendors who market the same type of solution (ERP or CRM or

how to write an rfi  a high-level view of how different vendors compare one against the other. Of course, we remind everyone that high level out-of-the-box functionality is not the final word on which vendors are best for their organization. That's why we encourage everyone to use our evaluation centers to do a free, customized vendor comparison, one that takes into account their organization's business model and specific needs (the way a Vendor Showdown can't). If you haven't seen a Vendor Showdown, here's a link to one Read More
Web 2.0 --
Another buzzword (albeit not another three letter acronym [TLA]) that has slowly (or not) but surely crept into our collective mind is certainly Web 2.0

how to write an rfi  only time will tell how deep and successful these integrations (or partnership deals) will be - but certainly a big part of the open source and/or SaaS value-add is to have a greater ability to make these kind of connections oneself, and we expect to see more of that in the future. Hence, what is your stance towards the importance of Web 2.0 technologies, and do you consider them in your current software evaluations? Read More
SAP to Bring Predictive Analytics to the Masses
Traditionally, SAP has not been a leader in predictive analytics, at least not until its acquisition of Business Objects and the advent of SAP HANA. SAP has

how to write an rfi  to Bring Predictive Analytics to the Masses Traditionally, SAP has not been a leader in predictive analytics, at least not until its acquisition of Business Objects and the advent of SAP HANA . SAP has announced its plans to  acquire KXEN , a provider of predictive analytics technology. KXEN is intended to complement SAP Predictive Analysis software, a workbench for defining, executing, and visualizing predictive analysis. With increasingly pervasive big data environments, companies must not only Read More
Performance Management and ERP: What You Need to Know to Get the Most out of Your Investments
This paper details the challenges chief information officers (CIOs) face when seeking performance management (PM) capabilities from their enterprise resource

how to write an rfi  Management and ERP: What You Need to Know to Get the Most out of Your Investments This paper details the challenges chief information officers (CIOs) face when seeking performance management (PM) capabilities from their enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. It details the advantages of implementing a PM system separate from the existing ERP solution in order to achieve greater results and improve efficiency and usability. The paper provides real-world examples and offers Read More
Using ERP to Deliver Ecommerce for Engineer to Order Companies
Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase

how to write an rfi  ERP to Deliver Ecommerce for Engineer to Order Companies Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase profits. This white paper outlines the ways that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can facilitate ETO eCommerce by opening portals to suppliers, project collaborators, and customers. Realize the benefits of eCommerce in the ETO setting with ERP software. Read More
Top Ten Ways To Get More From Your SiteMinder Deployment: How Identity and Context Virtualization Saves Money, Adds Flexibility, and Brings New Life to Your Portal
Enterprises are looking for incremental change to their infrastructure. The value of your portal lies in delivering a rich and secure experience across multiple

how to write an rfi  From Your SiteMinder Deployment: How Identity and Context Virtualization Saves Money, Adds Flexibility, and Brings New Life to Your Portal Enterprises are looking for incremental change to their infrastructure. The value of your portal lies in delivering a rich and secure experience across multiple applications. The more information you provide, the more valuable your portal is to stakeholders across your organization. Developed by the inventors of the virtual directory, identity and context Read More
From Problems to Ideas through to Innovation
Unsurprisingly, research shows that the majority of companies see their future predicated on how well they can innovate. However, just throwing IT technology at

how to write an rfi  their future predicated on how well they can innovate. However, just throwing IT technology at issues in the hope that innovation will happen is not viable. Ideas are ephemeral and easily crushed within the wrong environment. Creating a suitable culture, allied with a well implemented idea management approach combined with strong leadership, is required. Read More
It’s All about Security: Things to Know Before You Open the Doors to Smartphones and Tablets in Your Enterprise
Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets may be putting your corporate information at risk. Lost or stolen smartphones that are not password-protected, or

how to write an rfi  All about Security: Things to Know Before You Open the Doors to Smartphones and Tablets in Your Enterprise Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets may be putting your corporate information at risk. Lost or stolen smartphones that are not password-protected, or information in corporate e-mail or business applications transmitted wirelessly but not encrypted, can all too easily expose confidential corporate data. Download this white paper to learn about key strategies for protecting your Read More
Speed-to-Market: Implementing an E-commerce Platform in Three Months
This paper provides guidance on how B2B and B2C companies can navigate a variety of e-commerce implementation choices to accelerate time-to-market. It outlines

how to write an rfi  paper provides guidance on how B2B and B2C companies can navigate a variety of e-commerce implementation choices to accelerate time-to-market. It outlines various platform options and provides insight on important features that organizations should look for when evaluating solutions and vendors. Read More
Top 10 Reasons to Take Your Field Service to the Cloud
Field service organizations both large and small are flocking to the cloud. They are abandoning on-premise software and simplifying technology so they can focus

how to write an rfi  10 Reasons to Take Your Field Service to the Cloud Field service organizations both large and small are flocking to the cloud. They are abandoning on-premise software and simplifying technology so they can focus on what’s important: making customers happy. Here are 10 reasons why they have made the switch and why you need to take your field service organization to the cloud . . . or get left behind. Download the white paper and find out. Read More
8 Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal
Learn how to get the right phone system for your company's requirements in 8 Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal.

how to write an rfi  costly, long-term mistake. Learn how to get the right phone system for your company's requirements in 8 Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal . From cost, service, and support considerations to features and future scalability, you'll know what to ask to get everything you need—from the right vendor, at the right price. Download your PDF copy of 8 Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal today. For assistance, please contact customer service. Hours: 8:00 AM Read More
How to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean
Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma

how to write an rfi  to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma principles. Consensus is growing that technology is key for successful lean initiatives. This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives. Read More

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