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Data Conversion in an ERP Environment
Converting data in any systems implementation is a high wire act. Converting data in an ERP environment should only be undertaken with a safety net, namely a

isi journal  in the discussions and decisions. Data conversion is a critical step in the life cycle of the implementation of ERP software. As such, it deserves careful and important consideration and should not be treated as an after thought. Factors to Consider As discussed below, there are three sometime conflicting factors to consider when deciding whether to use manual or electronic means for converting existing data structures, namely: Programming Effort Volume of Data and Frequency of Maintenance. Availability Read More...
Enterprise Information Management: Strategy, Best Practices, and Technologies on Your Path to Success
New data sources, unstructured data, and greater volumes of data than ever before are creating an information overload. Plus, customers’ demands for faster

isi journal  EIM initiative, communicating the vision, goals, and prioritized projects. And while there are other important technology concepts in EIM—such as data warehousing and data security—only a corporate-wide data management vision can bind disparate, heterogeneous data sources together in a framework for access and sharing of data. This is a fundamental goal of EIM. As such, we will discuss metadata management, master data management, data quality, and data migration—all of which play important roles in Read More...
Big Ideas for Small Business, Inc.
Big Ideas for Small Business provides small business ideas and advice from Barbara Weltman, whose work has included contributing to The Wall Street Journal and

isi journal  Ideas for Small Business, Inc. Big Ideas for Small Business provides small business ideas and advice from Barbara Weltman, whose work has included contributing to The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report. Read More...
Reference Guide to Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software Functions and Features
This reference guide provides insight into the discrete manufacturing ERP features and functions currently available on today’s market. It will help you

isi journal  can be leveraged when revising existing contracts or when planning new supply contract assignments. Requisitions and Quotations Functionality for requisitions and quotations refer to built-in procedures for the creation, processing, and approval of requisitions and requests for quotation (RFQs) that the user organization sends to its existing and prospect suppliers in order to obtain the most favorable prices and supply conditions for procurement. Purchase Orders Functionality for purchase orders (POs) Read More...
Web-site Strategy for Organizations in the Corporate Services Industry
As marketing budgets shrink and companies in the corporate services industry aim to leverage their Web sites as less expensive alternatives to traditional

isi journal  providing detailed information regarding visitors and how they find, interact with and eventually leave the site. Using a content management  system (CMS) that provides the organisation with full control over content will also ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the information provided. Enhancing credibility has the added effect of strengthening brand loyalty. Erdman and Swait (1998) argue that brand credibility creates added expected utility, motivating repeat purchase of the brand and producing bran Read More...
Provia Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Five: 3PL Support and SCE Optimization
FourSite 4.4 is an upgrade of its fulfillment solution oriented towards third party logistics (3PL) providers. ViaOptimize, is an advanced step for companies

isi journal  ViaView event/alert management and decision support product plays a key role in offering visibility to supply chain data for companies supplying RFID-tagged products to Wal-Mart and other retailers. Furthermore, at the end of March, Provia announced that it has aligned itself with its parent company of over fifteen years, Viastore Systems , a leading provider of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), and material handling control systems, with over 3,000 cranes installed worldwide. As for the Read More...
Analytics Leader Voices Its Opinions on S&OP State of Affairs
Today’s retail companies are realizing the importance of creating an optimal balance between supply and demand, with a focus on sensing and shaping demand

isi journal  value by making better decisions faster. With a stronghold on BI and predictive analytics, SAS has expanded into the provision of many industry-oriented solutions. Via both in-house development and acquisitions, SAS has built an industry business knowledge that is easy to use and that provides unparalleled analytics to drive better financial results. The 2003 acquisition of Marketmax was a crucial move in the arena of retail and manufacturing. For more information on SAS, read an in-depth article on Read More...
It’s About Process (or The Ability to Be Responsive)
Because business processes are often communicated in an ad hoc and unregulated manner, it can be difficult to standardize processes across organizations

isi journal  when a new position requisition has been entered into the system. Indeed, when any changes are made somewhere in the organization, users have to remember to notify one another of the change or else rely on others finding the updates on their own. Neither solution is practical in the long term and invites the possibility that the software solution or best practice will not be adopted consistently by all employees at the company. How can one then build processes into enterprise applications so that users Read More...
Webtime Now Legal
A court ruled illegal a one-year restriction that would have prevented an employee from working for a competitor.

isi journal  her field. The Judge''s decision cited the dynamic nature of the IT industry, its lack of geographical borders, and the fact that Schlack''s professional position required him to be aware of day-by-day changes on the Internet. For someone in Mr. Schlack''s position, the judge asserted, a one-year hiatus from the work force is several generations, if not an eternity. Market Impact The law, it has been said, grinds slow but exceedingly fine. Employment contracts are primarily covered by state, not federal, Read More...
Your Reference Guide to SMB Accounting Software Features
This reference guide provides insight into the accounting features and functions currently available on today''s market for small to medium businesses (SMBs). It

isi journal  features and functions, please visit TEC''s RFP Templates page. Reference Guide to SMB Accounting Software Features 1. General Ledger Chart of Accounts The chart of accounts is, for all practical purposes, the business management system. If revenues and costs are not captured and segregated into the best suited categories, the financial statements you produce will be useless. Transaction Processing This category describes features that address typical journal entry processes, including general transaction Read More...
The Ghost in the Machine: Where Has Process Automation Left the Consumer?
Business process automation is all very well and good. After all, nothing succeeds like success, especially automated success. But what is the effect of

isi journal  about 32 percent. Not surprisingly, this probability almost triples when the customer''s problem is resolved with a perceived wow! solution. For more on the correlation between customer relationship management (CRM) and business success, see Customer Relationship Management Strategies, Part One: Changing Your Approach . With such quantifiable bottom-line impacts at stake, companies are increasingly aware of an overriding need for customer perception management, also known as the search for the warm Read More...
The Blessing and Curse of Global Sourcing and Supplier Management
The appeal of global sourcing is understandable given the benefits of seemingly lower costs. But without discerning hidden challenges and eliminating potential

isi journal  that lead to better advertising or increased access to new market channels are certainly mutually beneficial. According to the 2004 report from sourcing consultants A.T. Kearney titled Making Procurement a Priority , true market leaders are collaborating more than ever with suppliersand in a true win-win manner. This collaboration is occurring mostly in the areas of product design (development), supply chain (logistics), merchandising strategy, and strategic and tactical buying. The rapidly changing face Read More...
TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of August 20, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONS and GO-LIVESAgricultural equipment manufacturer selects Abas ERPIndustry tags: manufacturing“Canadian company Cadman Power Equipment Ltd.,

isi journal  business areas and make decisions based on analysis of data in near real-time. With pre-built dashboards and other components Etisalat was able to reduce deployment time and costs by using a vertical pre-built technology, such as the case of Oracle Communications Data Model, specifically created for these types of organizations. Oracle is putting strong efforts to provide applications and platforms with pre-customized functionality to accelerate deployment and accelerate productivity of enterprise Read More...
Catalyst International Bit by Y2K Bug


isi journal  utilizing purchased development of ISI (Information Strategies, Inc.) for an NT version of its Catalyst WMS product. Premature expansion of its service and maintenance staff in the U. S. and overseas. Fig. 1 Massive turnover of its direct sales force contributed to weak revenues in 1997, although a combination of reduced operating expenses and increased hardware revenues mitigated the loss over that of the previous year. Finally, in 1998, Catalyst saw a return to profitability. This quarter''s projected Read More...
Tips for Researching Enterprise Solutions
Given the majority of participants in a selection committee are not enterprise software specialists, quality enterprise research on applications is crucial

isi journal  Consider this • Majority of decision-makers on a selection committee are not enterprise software specialists They are specialists in their field and will be looking for particular functionality that will make their department’s tasks easier. • Majority of enterprise software seats are unused. Users often site lack of relevancy, or unfamiliarity as the chief reason. • Every single workbook, primer, or article on how to select an enterprise software solution lists researching market options as a Read More...

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