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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Best Practices in Creating a Strategic Finance Function
Many chief financial officers (CFOs) have started to take on new strategic roles. Their goals are to enforce stricter controls to ensure legal and regulatory

leading it function  research has shown that leading companies maximize the efficiency of transactional activities as a first step on the road to a more strategic approach. One globally diversified industrial manufacturer, for example, has been coping with the complexities inherent in an acquisition growth strategy that resulted in more than 60 acquisitions and an almost equal number of divestitures (55 in all). The CEO wished to hone in on the segments in which the company's product line led the market and exit those from

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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HighJump Grows in a Period of Low Growth Through Adaptable, Broad Function Products


With approximately 180 employees, HighJump Software is in growth mode with total revenue up 40% in fiscal 2002 and with current year over year revenue growth of 33%. More impressively, license revenue was up 60% last year and running at growth rate of 60% year to date. How does the relatively small SCE vendor accomplish it? Adaptability and broad functional footprint would be the keys to the answer.

leading it function  now reportedly consists of industry-leading consulting and solution providers located in key geographic regions throughout the world. HighJump believes each Associate has a proven track record of success selling and implementing SCE solutions in global markets, but with invaluable knowledge of their local markets. Associates in turn attend HighJump University , its comprehensive solution and implementation training center, and are provided with continuing product, implementation and marketing support. Read More

KronosWorks 2013: The World's Leading Workforce Information Exchange


This year’s Kronos user conference took place in Orlando, Florida, and confirmed that Kronos remains a very competitive vendor in the workforce management (WFM) area of the human capital management (HCM) market, reporting a double-digit—10 percent—growth in revenue for 2013. The conference attendance counted around 1,700 participants to whom

leading it function  maintain its growth and leading position in the WFM market. Aron Ain did say that more acquisitions are in the works for the next 2 years, without disclosing any specifics. One possible extension of Kronos’ offering may be FSM—the Kronos team showed some interest in this application area when probed with direct questions about its future intentions. However, no one alluded to any possible turns toward other areas of the HCM space, such as HR, payroll, etc. Nevertheless, the partnership with Read More

Measuring the Business Value of IT


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leading it function  Val IT material with leading practices and risk drivers for value management. Currently Val IT is focused on new IT investments future releases will expand its scope to include all IT services and assets. Val IT is comprised of three key processes containing 41 key management practices as follows (see Figure 4): Value governance optimizes the value of IT investments. Value governance consists of 11 key management practices that cover the establishment of a governance, monitoring, and control framework, Read More

Function Points: Are They Really the Right Unit of Measure for Software Sizing?


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By stemming the tide of hefty losses of past years now amid possibly the most difficult market situation, Epicor might be showing us that 'calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind' and that it remains in the mid-market leadership race.

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IT Governance: Maximizing the Business Investment


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leading it function  Governance: Maximizing the Business Investment Introduction Information technology (IT) management and chief information officers (CIO) share a common goal to maximize the value of their IT investments. Achieving this requires a strong foothold on the multiple projects taking place at any given time. Identifying risk, resource utilization, and earned value with a portfolio of IT projects necessitates the implementation and adoption of standards processes to track and respond to any red flags that may Read More

Drink-IT


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Columbus IT


Columbus IT is a global technology consulting and software development company dedicated to improving your operations. You can count on Columbus for low risk implementations of ERP, BI, and CRM systems and faster ROI. At Columbus, software development is not an afterthought – you get the benefit of an entire division that is completely focused on the development of high quality industry solutions. Underscoring our leadership in the industry, we have been recognized as ‘Global Partner of the Year' by Microsoft. Choose Columbus IT for our proven ability to get the job done right – and for our people who have the highest level of integrity, respect and trust.

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