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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 on scm  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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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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Supply Chain Shorts for the Week of May 6, 2013


It's a busy conference season and quarterly results reporting period. TEC is chugging down the coffee, keeping up with happenings in the supply chain space. Descartes has announced another acquisition this past week, and we share a few insights from our conversation with them. We also found ourselves on the phone recently with DCRA’s Jon Kirkegaard. TEC’s new Supply Chain Management (SCM) Market

journal on scm  strategies. The Wall Street Journal recently reported (“ Before Dhaka Collapse, Some Firms Fled Risk ”) that companies using suppliers in Bangladesh will increasingly take a hard look at suppliers using factories with multiple tenants in multistory buildings where building expansions may have been made in stages and, therefore, possibly, with different priorities and attention to code compliance. Walmart is reported to have asked its suppliers several years ago to phase out production in factories in 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., a manufacturer of special agricultural machinery and irrigation equipment has conducted an ERP selection project, and ERP from abas Business Software emerges the winner of this competition. The company was looking for a system as a single

journal on scm  record the appropriate depreciation journal entries for assets.” — P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst TEC article (May 2012): Assessing FinancialForce.com’s Early Years Soffront Software announces vertical CRM for cleaning industry Industry tags:  cleaning, maintenance, and janitorial services “ Soffront Software Inc. announces a customer relationship management (CRM) solution for cleaning, maintenance, and janitorial companies, enabling a company to better manage leads, opportunities, and c Read More

Plex Systems Delivers Plex Enterprise Edition


At its PowerPlex 2014 conference, the Plex Systems announced Plex Enterprise Edition, a suite of applications built to support complex, global, multi-plant manufacturing organizations’ financial and supply chain management (SCM) requirements.

journal on scm  general ledger structures, inter-entity journal accounting, inventory transfers, and consolidated financial reporting cash management for consolidated banking needs, including centralized payments, receipts, and account reconciliation value add tax (VAT) calculations for customers across the European Union, including reverse charges on cross-border shipment of goods integrated national and local tax calculation solutions for manufacturers in Brazil Plex Enterprise Supply Chain will be available to Read More

RFID - Myth versus Reality


The hype around the adoption of RFID as the 'hot new technology' continues. The reality is that RFID, despite the fact that this is a relatively mature technology, is still far from mainstream.

journal on scm  by the RFID Business Journal in Chicago in April—was reminiscent of the techno buzz and media fest' of the late 1990s—the days of the e-bubble! Walking through the exhibit area, it was apparent that the concept of RFID had been firmly embraced by the providers of systems, services, and appliances that support the activities of supply chain management (SCM). New labels and solution descriptions have been applied to the providers of e-commerce offerings. Promises of supply chain rejuvenation, integrated Read More

Protecting Sensitive Data on Shared Networks: How to Provide Persistent Encryption of Confidential Folders on Corporate Networks


Companies want to manage security risks and encryption to protect data and to comply with industry guidelines. The desire to separate network management from document ownership can create additional security concerns, as IT services are outsourced. To address these issues, you need to ensure your security solution provides visible and on-going encryption of sensitive data files shared on your networks. Learn more.

journal on scm  Sensitive Data on Shared Networks: How to Provide Persistent Encryption of Confidential Folders on Corporate Networks Companies want to manage security risks and encryption to protect data and to comply with industry guidelines. The desire to separate network management from document ownership can create additional security concerns, as IT services are outsourced. To address these issues, you need to ensure your security solution provides visible and on-going encryption of sensitive data files sh Read More

“Whistler” Beta on the Web?


Source code for a future Microsoft OS, code-named “Whistler”, mysteriously appeared on the Internet in mid-March. How did it get there? Does it matter? And why does Microsoft management keep making statements that are later retracted?

journal on scm  Beta on the Web? Event Summary [3/23/00] For the second time in approximately a month, a senior Microsoft executive has publicly reversed himself, or been reversed by HQ, before the ink was dry . In February, it was Chief Software Architect Bill Gates. (Refer to TEC News Analysis Microsoft says: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Glasses for the earlier instance.) This time, it was Jim Allchin, the vice president of Microsoft's Platforms Group. Less than a week earlier, Allchin denied Read More

Enterprise Mobility: Executive Perspectives on Mobile Business Applications


Based on a survey of finance executives from across Canada, this white paper offers perspectives of senior financial managers on the widespread use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in the workforce. It also determines what finance executives see as the drivers and benefits of the use of mobile business applications, as well as the most critical challenges and consequences, including cost and risk.

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SaaS Versus On-premise ERP


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Fighting Cybercrime on the Internet


Excerpts from a presentation on cybercrime by Laura Taylor, TEC Director of Security Research for the E-Gov 2000 Conference sponsored by SAIC on July 10, 2000 at the Washington Convention Center.

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The Scribe Solution for Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics GP: Bridging the Gap Between On-demand CRM and On-premise ERP


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Delivering on the Promise of Mobile ROI


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TCO of On-Demand Applications Is Significantly Better for SMBs and Mid-Market Enterprises


See why the Yankee Group says that the TCO for on-demand solutions is much better than that of traditional on-premises solutions — even when evaluated over a 3 to 5 year period. On-premises solutions require significant investments in IT infrastructure and application deployment, support and update resources.

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TEC 2013 Supply Chain Management (SCM) Market Survey Report


This report gives an overview of current considerations for organizations seeking to purchase a supply chain management (SCM) software solution. Based on aggregate data collected from more than 1,400 SCM software comparisons performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) TEC Advisor software selection application during 2012, the report details what TEC data reveals about your peers' requirements for SCM solutions, including functionalities, delivery models and access, customization and integration, server and database platforms, and budgeting.

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