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Outsourcing Security Part 3: Selecting a Managed Security Services Provider
As the final article in a three-part series on outsourcing security, the following article provides guidelines for selecting a dependable managed security

it managed services provider  settles. For this reason, it is imperative that organizations take precautions to thoroughly analyze potential MSS vendors. As the final article in a three-part series on outsourcing security, the following article provides guidelines for selecting a dependable managed security services provider. This is Part 3 of a 3-part article. Part 1 noted the benefits of outsourcing security. Part 2 evaluated the cost of such an outsourcing. Part 3 provides guidelines for selecting a security services provider.

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing) Software Evaluation Report

The enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services Software Evaluation Report is appropriate for organizations in service-oriented industries. It consists of enterprise-wide integrated information systems that manage the operations, services, and resources of non-manufacturing organizations. 

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Definition of a Services Company

Business Challenges of Services-Oriented Companies

The Need for ERP for Services Software

Conclusion

Product Comparison

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Business Challenges of Services-oriented Companies


The services provided by services-based organizations as described above are commonly referred to as professional services. Consequently, the software market segment that caters to such businesses and provides specific application products is known as professional services automation (PSA). Another cluster of software packages is very similar in design—project portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA). This type of software is intended to support business activities similar to those addressed by PSA; it usually originates from a simpler project portfolio management (PPM) system that is expanded with the addition of billing, time tracking, and other PSAspecific activities. Usually PPM for PSA systems lack or do not offer extensive support for back-office processes—financial management of the entire organization, human resources management, purchasing, and so on—as these systems are more focused on project delivery to clients. ERP for Services software, on the other hand, is a broader type of solution that includes support for both project delivery business procedures and backoffice processes that are not visible to clients but are still essential for running a company.

Because of the project-based and people-oriented nature of services organizations, this business segment requires software applications that are capable of supporting servicesoriented business processes and adequately handling multiple internal challenges that are intrinsic to this industry.



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