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Ariba LIVE 2014—Spotlight on Procurement and Predictive
Ariba LIVE 2014 was the 15th annual customer conference by Ariba, an SAP company, and the largest one thus far with 2,200 attendees. The major themes of this

live email  was the 15th Ariba LIVE conference, it was the very first one with some industry focus—retail, utilities, and banks. The related marquee keynote presenters were Kohl’s—for retail, Deutsche Bank—for financial institutions, and Southern California company Southern Cal Edison—for utilities. A number of breakout sessions talked about how procurement differs among these focus industries. For example, if you think about checks, banks have a lot of contracted volume and these checks must be made to

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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Technology Evaluation Centers moderates enterprise software sessions at CPA Houston Spring Accounting Expo


Technology Evaluation Centers Inc. (TEC), the leading resource for impartial enterprise software selection announced today that it will be moderating two sessions for the prestigious Houston CPA Society Spring Accounting Expo, being held May 28-29, 2008 at the Houston Reliant Center.

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Direct 500, LLC


Direct 500In today's world of highly competitive distribution sales, businesses are looking for ways to improve their call center, estore and catalog sales channels. Direct 500 is designed for organizations with multiple selling channels. Businesses often implement multiple software solutions to meet these many different business requirements. For Example, sales order entry and inventory management, a hosted eCommerce site that is not connected to their ERP software, spreadsheets to track marketing campaigns and many manual processes to overcome the shortcomings of a non-integrated solution. Direct 500 was built on the Sage MAS 500 ERP platform to meet these business needs with a single integrated solution.Call CenterCall centers are usually high volume order entry departments. Speed of entry and accuracy of data is critical. Direct 500 provides an enhanced sales order entry search engine to speed the lookup of current customers or prospects. It provides multi-field lookup using Postal Code, Last Name, Company Name, Phone Number and email address.Once the customer is located, Direct 500 focuses on speed of entry and access to information for the operator. We want the operator to be focused on serving the customer and not worried about the deals and promotions that they need to track on a manual sheet - we have incorporated all of this logic in the sales order entry module.eStore Many distributors offer their products on their website. However, many do not have an estore that is integrated with the ERP software. Ultimately, is serves as a glorified fax machine.The Direct 500 estore is an extension of MAS 500 and the Direct 500 call center capabilities. The business rules for pricing, sales tax, freight, credit card processing and many others that are defined for sales order entry are extended to the estore.MarketingDistributors that sell through multiple channels often face challenges in tracking sales, marketing campaigns and their effectiveness. Direct 500 offers a multi-level source code that tracks how new customers are created and the source of each new order, providing valuable analysis data for the business.Integrating source codes with the Call Center and the eStore provides the business with an effective promotion and analysis tool set. For Example, an email blast with integrated source codes and promotions can automatically take the buyer to a special offer on the eStore, complete the shopping cart with the promotion and place the order in MAS 500 with no interaction from the call center staff.Fulfillment Many distributors that sell through multiple channels are high volume shipping organizations. These companies can live or die by their shipping costs. Address accuracy, shipping and handling calculations and on time delivery determines if these companies thrive or barely survive. Direct 500 provides extensive shipping capabilities focused on simplifying the Call Center and eStore transactions. Shipping methods have been expanded with features to allow shipments by address types, restrictions by postal codes and countries. Shipping charts can be defined by geographical region and level of service. Direct 500 also offers integration to StarShip, allowing customer to have a calculated freight and handling charge straight from the StarShip rate tables. The Direct 500 SolutionThere are many ways multi channel sales organizations can address their individual business requirements. However, addressing the business need as a whole requires a well designed application that provides the company with a call center, estore, marketing and fulfillment business solution.

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Salesforce.com Updates Desk.com for SMBs


Salesforce.com recently released an upgrade to Desk.com, a cloud help desk and ticketing application that focuses on small to medium businesses (SMBs). Now Desk.com (formerly known as Assistly), which is available on the Salesforce AppExchange marketplace, features a customizable console, allowing agents to view customer data such as account and sales information with filters to organize the data how they want to view it.

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Building the Small Contact Center


Until recently, customer interaction technologies were often considered too complex and costly for all but the largest businesses to justify. But today that picture has changed. Encouraged by declining technology costs and changing customer expectations, and pressured by competition, small and midsized companies are investing in key customer service building blocks, such as contact centers.

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HR Tech 2013 Interview: Tim Geisert, CMO, IBM Smarter Workforce


HCM Analyst Raluca Druta interviews Tim Geisert, Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Smarter Workforce, live on the show floor at the 2013 HR Technology® Conference & Exposition. Listen and find out how Smarter Workforce fits into IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative, how cognitive is changing HCM, and whether IBM will be delivering its Kenexa solution with ERP suites from rivals Oracle and SAP.

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Aberdeen Research Brief: Email Security in the Cloud-More Secure! Compliant! Less Expensive!


This paper compares on-premise versus SaaS, hosted solutions for email security. You can see that there is research that proves hosted services is a better choice for compliance, security, and costs, especially when it comes to email. If you’re an IT managers who is undecided about the SaaS model, this is a must-read.

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Sendmail, Inc. and Disappearing, Inc. Team Up to Add Enhanced Security


Administrators of the sendmail system, coupled with Disappearing, Inc.'s product will be able to set specific "Time to Live" (TTL) for each piece of email prior to permanent deletion, allowing corporate email retention policies to be enforced.

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Business Analytics and the Path to Better Decisions


We live in an era of the “intelligent economy.” Organizations are recognizing the need for better intelligence about their business. But how far have we come? And what are the best practices that distinguish companies where employees bring intelligence to decision making? This report considers the use of analytics and business intelligence for improving decision making, and the benefits of prebuilt analytic applications for achieving this.

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Beyond Spam – Email Security in the Age of Blended Threats


Not all email security solutions are built to defend against emerging email threats. Regardless of whether someone is using a desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet or smartphone, an organization’s umbrella of security needs to protect any device connected to their networks and deliver real-time protection from the variety of threats to email infrastructures. Read this white paper to learn about the types of threats to email security in existence today, including botnets, phishing, malware, and smartphone attacks, and what to do about them.

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My Takeaway From ERE Expo 2010


I attended ERE Expo online by following the live stream, which by the way was really great, with no interruptions and good sound/video quality. In a way, I’m glad I couldn’t be there in person, since the conference was in Florida, the weather was great and the location was very close to the beach—following online from rainy Montreal allowed me to concentrate better. On the other hand, it seems

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