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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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New Chapters in the Evolutionary Journal
Recognizing that change is a constant is the first step to survival in this new economy. Identifying the changing nature of business partners—customers

journal of purchasing  Chapters in the Evolutionary Journal Introduction The evolution of man has been supported by innovation and discovery. The invention of the wheel created a mobility that expanded regional boundaries. Water borne transportation opened unexplored horizons, enabling global discovery. Paper and ink enabled the sharing of information, although initially this was only available to the privileged few. The first true revolutionary technology, the printing press, unleashed a new age of discovery. The written word

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ERP for School Districts

The ERP knowledge base for K-12 school districts and municipalities focuses on back-office functionality, including financials, human resources (HR), and payroll. It covers important functionality for employee self-service activities, purchasing management, and inventory management. 

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The Certification of an ERP Accounting Package




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Social CRM: Customer Relationship Management in the Age of the Socially-empowered Customer


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Justification of ERP Investments Part Two: The Intangible Effects of ERP


The intangible or non-financial benefits of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be viewed from several perspectives. For illustrative purposes, the discussion will focus on the benefits for accounting, product and process design, production, sales, and management information system MIS functions. From the overall company standpoint, ERP provides a framework for working effectively together and providing a consistent plan for action. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

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Collaboration 2.0: Taking Collaboration to the Next Level: From the E-mail and Document-centric World of 'Enterprise 1.0' to the People-Centric World of Enterprise 2.0


Most business collaboration continues to be conducted via e-mail and shared folders, but forward-looking organizations are increasingly considering socially oriented and real-time collaboration solutions to instantly and seamlessly increase productivity between employees, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders. This white paper discusses new products, services, and technologies entering the enterprise collaboration space.

journal of purchasing  2.0: Taking Collaboration to the Next Level: From the E-mail and Document-centric World of 'Enterprise 1.0' to the People-Centric World of Enterprise 2.0 Most business collaboration continues to be conducted via e-mail and shared folders, but forward-looking organizations are increasingly considering socially oriented and real-time collaboration solutions to instantly and seamlessly increase productivity between employees, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders. This white paper discusses new Read More

A Spoonful of SugarCRMCase Study and Review of an Open Source CRM Solution


SugarCRM is a rapidly growing open source CRM company with solutions that appeal to a community of enthusiastic users. This study, based on a client who selected the Sugar Sales Professional CRM solution, compares product functionality to the competition and highlights some of SugarCRM's open source business practices.

journal of purchasing  Spoonful of SugarCRMCase Study and Review of an Open Source CRM Solution Company Overview SugarCRM is a relatively young company hoping to be the sweet spot on the menu of CRM solutions. Based in San Jose, California (US), the company was founded by John Roberts, Clint Oram, and Jacob Taylor, who brought skills from their backgrounds with E.piphany, BroadVision, Baan, and IBM to the company. SugarCRM provides a number of CRM products, which are based on its open source core product, Sugar Sales . The Read More

Survey of SMB Manufacturers: Results Show ERP Contributes to Success


Sage North America today announced the results of a snapshot survey of small to medium business (SMB) manufacturers on the general health of their businesses and use of their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Check out Sage's infographic. In sum, SMB manufacturers have added jobs, are more optimistic than not about the economy, and believe that their ERP system has helped serve

journal of purchasing  of SMB Manufacturers: Results Show ERP Contributes to Success Sage North America today announced the results of a snapshot survey of small to medium business (SMB) manufacturers on the general health of their businesses and use of their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Check out Sage's infographic . In sum, SMB manufacturers have added jobs, are more optimistic than not about the economy, and believe that their ERP system has helped serve their customers’ needs while contributing to the Read More

The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures


This part discusses the causes of ill-fated implementation

journal of purchasing  'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures P.J. Jakovljevic - July 11, 2002 Executive Summary What has long been a general feeling based on rumors, news headlines and some casual survey reports hidden within analyst houses' vaults and largely inaccessible to mass audience owing to exorbitant subscription fees, has recently been confirmed in a more tangible manner. Namely, many major companies are Read More

Elements of Project Management with Genius Project


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Software development has spawned an independent industry in its own right. But the processes of asking for service, offering service, and pricing are all somewhat haphazard. Perhaps it's time to focus efforts on resolving the key paradoxes of software estimation.

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