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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Any Color Including Black: A New Guide to Demand-driven Manufacturing
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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Data Management and Analysis


From a business perspective, the role of data management and analysis is crucial. It is not only a resource for gathering new stores of static information; it is also a resource for acquiring knowledge and supporting the decisions companies need to make in all aspects of economic ventures, including mergers and acquisitions (M&As).

For organizational growth, all requirements and opportunities must be accurately communicated throughout the value chain. All users—from end users to data professionals—must have the most accurate data tools and systems in place to efficiently carry out their daily tasks. Data generation development, data quality, document and content management, and data security management are all examples of data-related functions that provide information in a logical and precise manner.

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TEC 2012 Business Intelligence and Data Management Buyer's Guide


The advent of new computing models and innovative technologies is reshaping the business intelligence (BI) landscape. Read this buyer’s guide to get the latest on major changes in the BI and data management space and know the important factors to consider when looking for a BI solution. You’ll also get detailed product comparisons, a comprehensive vendor directory, customer success stories, and thought leadership commentary.

New trends in BI. We will review some of the new trends and technologies in the BA space as well as some of the players in the arena. We will also touch upon products such as operational intelligence and data discovery products and how they are impacting the BI space.

BI suite solutions. This section considers a group of important vendors in the BI space that offer a complete BI suite of solutions, with comprehensive coverage of many aspects of the BI lifecycle, from data collection to visualization.

Analytics databases. Here we take a general approach to a new breed of data management solutions for data analysis, as well as data warehousing solutions. This section covers some of the most relevant providers offering new ways to solving data warehousing issues and providing data analysis.

Business analytics. Last but not least, we will dive into a new set of data analytics tools specifically designed and prepared with advanced features and functions for specific industries. We will take a look at core predictive analytics tools and highlight some of the products available for specific industries, such as health care, and for financials, customer care and satisfaction, human resources (HR), and social media purposes.

This guide will therefore provide you with a broad overview of traditional and new BI offerings in the market so that you can stay current on all the changes taking place in the BI space and know the important factors to consider when looking for a BI solution to help you address your business needs.


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Preface

BI for Everything: Trends in Business Intelligence and Data Management Solutions

TEC Resources for Business Intelligence

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Flying High: Actuate Reporting Solution Earns its Striped at RAF, as Support Department Tightens its Supply Chain and Adds More Value

Greenplum Customer Success Story: Greenplum Database Helps Commercial Bank Drive Revenue and Reduce Risk

IPC Global Customer Success Story: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Revolutionizes Information Delivery with QlikView

LogiXML Customer Success Story: London Borough of Islington Saves £800k Annually with LogiXML

Microsoft SQL Server Customer Solution Case Study: Retailer Expects $10 million Profit Boost, Gets Better Sales Visibility with BI Solution

Pentaho Customer Success Story: StoneGate Senior Chooses Pentaho’s Business Intelligence

Salient Customer Success Story: Major Multi-Line Beverage Wholesaler Gets Better with ‘Age’

SAS Customer Success Story: AstraZeneca Assures Product Quality, Maximizes Production Efficient with SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence

SAP Customer Success Story: Kennametal: Becoming Customer Centric with SAP Software for Data Insight and Consistent Processes

Thought Leadership: BI Maturity and Software Selection Perspectives

SHL Customer Success Story: Time Warner Cable Improves Efficiency and Benchmarks its Talent with SHL

Tableau Customer Success Story: ebay: Driving the Site with Big Data Analytics

TARGIT Customer Success Story: AerRianta International North America Inc. – Improving Productivity and Operations with TARGIT BI Suite

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UNIT4 Customer Success Story: Tollpost Globe Improves Business and Individual Performance with UNIT4 Business Analytics Apps

Yellowfin – Making Business Intelligence Easy: Yellowfin BI in Telecommunications


TEC Partners Resource Directory


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BI for Everything: Trends in Business Intelligence and Data Management Solutions


Major changes have been reshaping the business intelligence (BI) landscape in the last couple of years. BI software solutions have become not only more specialized in functionality, but also more powerful, versatile, and sophisticated in their capability. In addition, the systems are less monolithic, more function oriented, and easier to use.

These major trends in the BI space are a culmination of the changes in the software industry over the past decade and a natural evolution of the BI field. Certainly, the emergence of new computing models—such as cloud computing; the verticalization of many branches of enterprise software solutions to offer software specialized by function, industry, or line of business (LoB); and of course, the advent of innovative technologies such as mobile computing, big-data analytics, and in-memory technologies—is greatly influencing the way BI is performed today.

The complete BI cycle is continuing to change at a fast pace, and so is the set of complementary solutions to support the complete decision-making process of an organization. This guide aims to look at some of the traditional systems as well as new options in the BI marketplace that can help today’s organizations deploy or enhance their decision-support platforms. Specifically, we will explore the main features and functions of these software solutions and the role they play within the BI cycle to help your organization make better and more informed decisions.

With so many changes taking place in the BI and business analytics (BA) industry, it’s hard to stay current. This buyer’s guide will walk you through some of the changes in the BI and data management spaces, the new types of products currently available, and the innovative trends that are gaining traction and reshaping the BI industry.

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TEC 2013 ERP Buyer's Guide for Process Manufacturing


A focus on user experience is driving ERP vendors to deliver lean, flexible solutions that blur the lines between traditional ERP tiers. Read this buyer’s guide and see how vendors are addressing the most pressing process manufacturing challenges—especially for food and beverage companies who face unique pressures in today’s health-conscious market—and how trends like integrated BI, in-memory analytics, mobility, and social media are changing the way process manufacturers do business.

This buyer’s guide provides an overview of the process manufacturing industry, including an in-depth look into the needs of process manufacturers, and then gives a detailed description of how an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major current information technology (IT) trends and their effect on the ERP market, and ERP solution trends specific to the manufacturing industry.

The ERP for process manufacturers’ buyer’s guide also examines the general business challenges faced by process manufacturers, with an emphasis on the unique challenges of the food and beverage vertical, and offers tools for helping these organizations select the right software solution to address the challenges. It further presents a breakdown of ERP product functionality required by process manufacturers and details how a select list of vendors supports those requirements. Lastly, the guide presents a range of real-life case studies that highlight client successes in the process manufacturing sector, along with specialized solutions for food and beverage manufacturers, and thought leadership about relevant process manufacturing issues and challenges and the solutions vendors in this space are offering to address them.


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Preface

About this Guide

ERP for Process Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide

Process Manufacturing and ERP solutions

ERP System Technology Trends

Trends in ERP Solutions for the Manufacturing History

Process Manufacturing Business Challenges

Food and Beverage Industry Unique Challenges

TEC Market Insight for Process Manufacturing ERP Selection Projects

Conclusion

Product Comparison


TEC Resources for Process Manufacturing

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Deacom Customer Success Story: D.G. Yuengling & Son – Brewing Up Efficiency

Epicor Customer Success Story: Epicor Tropos Solution Key ERP Ingredient for New Bloomer Candy Company

Epicor Thought Leadership: Why Food & Beverage Manufacturers Should Avoid Generic ERP Systems

IFS Customer Success Story: Kemin Gains Worldwide Efficiencies with Infor M3

Infor Thought Leadership: The Future of Controlling Costs in Food & Beverage Manufacturing

IQMS Customer Success Story: Network Polymers and IQMS: A Mixture for Success

JustFoodERP Customer Success Story: Leading Snack Food Manufacturer Selects JustFoodERP to Meet Regulatory Compliance

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Sage Customer Success Story: Sage ERP X3 Has Garland Industries Covered

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Process Manufacturing and ERP Solutions


Process Manufacturing Defined

Process manufacturers are commonly concerned with tracking formulas and recipes, variable units of measure or bulk products, and product ingredients. Process manufacturing often results in a product, which once produced, cannot be broken back down into its component parts.

Processing manufacturing is defined by APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management (formerly the American Production and Inventory Control Society), as “production that adds value by mixing, separating, forming, and/or performing chemical reactions. It may be done in either batch or continuous mode,” as opposed to discrete manufacturing, which concerns itself with the tracking of parts, units, and bills of materials (BOMs). Like many definitions, this one can be adapted to meet the needs of marketers or others. But, when it comes to manufacturing, APICS is still one of the best sources for purist definitions in the manufacturing industry.

This guide also touches upon mixed-mode manufacturing, defined for the purposes of this guide as a combination of discrete and process manufacturing. (The term is sometimes used to refer to running one manufacturing mode in combination with another manufacturing mode, e.g., continuous make-to-stock [MTS] production lines along with engineer-to-order [ETO].)

Process manufacturing is performed by many different manufacturers, with the majority falling into the following broader vertical market segments: food and beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical/biotech industries. While other vertical segments, such as nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals also exist, this guide examines the needs of process manufacturing in general, with a closer look at the needs of the food and beverage industry.

When a process manufacturer is looking for a software solution that meets its needs, it is important to look for a vendor that has developed its solution for the process manufacturing industry from the ground up. Some vendor solutions were initially developed for the discrete manufacturing industry, and functionality specific to process manufacturing was subsequently added as an afterthought. Because the end product of process manufacturing is created in such a different way from the end product of discrete or mixed-mode manufacturing, certain aspects of the manufacturing process must be treated from a process-specific perspective in the functionalities of a process manufacturing solution, such as formulation, routing, ingredients, unit of measure, and pricing.

Process manufacturers also need to look for vendor solutions that have strong references from customers in their particular industry—it is recommended not to be the first to use a system for a particular vertical market segment. For example, if a bakery is looking to purchase a solution, it should be able to call upon the experience of other bakeries using that solution. The case studies included in this guide provide the reader with solid customer references for process manufacturing solutions.


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