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Make Sure Metrics Don’t Kill Your Business
Measuring programming progress by lines of code islike measuring aircraft building progress by weight.—Bill GatesBusiness metrics—the quantifiable

make a brief  is repeatable doesn’t necessarily make it the number, or even the measure, we are looking for. The key to obtaining a metric that truly measures what we want to measure is striking the right balance between the following elements: The goal of the metric (what will be measured) The accuracy of measurement (obtaining the real measure) The necessary precision to repeat the measurement (automating the process of obtaining it) Finally, metrics can be the core of an effective program for measurement and Read More
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Choosing a Solution for Web Filtering: Software, Appliance, Managed Service?
There are three types of web security solutions: software-based, appliance-based, and managed services. Each needs to be evaluated against several key buying

make a brief  so are yet to make the decision to invest in a protection solution. With regard to those businesses that have already made such a decision, authoritative data is still lacking on the options they are choosing. But it seems likely that a majority are committing themselves to software-based solutions, mirroring their email security purchasing decisions. (In 2007, software-based email security solutions generated an estimated $1348 million globally, more than appliance-based solutions and managed services Read More
How to Embrace CRM and Make it Succeed in Your Organization
Customer relationship management (CRM) is growing in importance as a competitive tool. However, a successful CRM solution must consider many factors, including

make a brief  who live it and make it work on a daily basis. People resist change, so the goal is to manage the paradigm shift to have them confront the change head on. They must fully understand why the change is happening and why it is in their personal self-interest to adopt the changes. People generally don't let go until they know they are getting something better. A key success factor is to manage the system's impact on the people who live it and make it work on a daily basis. Change has an effect on a Read More
A Preamble to Openbravo ERP v3
Openbravo ERP is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution on the less expensive side of the spectrum, which is valued by distribution and retail

make a brief  post again when we make our new research available. Openbravo ERP targets small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and if you consider popularity a measure of success, then Openbravo is on the right track. The company counts more than 3,000 organizations currently using its application, with more than 2 million downloads. Openbravo ERP is finding more inroads in Europe, where governments are increasingly mandating the usage of free and open source software (FOSS) solutions, but the product is used by Read More
So, Tell Me a Little Bit About Yourself
If you know nothing about a company, you should be able to figure out the bare essentials by visiting its About Us page, right?Turns out this is only true

make a brief  kind of software they make (ERP and MRO). To their credit, they do immediately differentiate themselves, citing a commitment to using open standards. Good to know. The frustrating thing here was that The About Us page links to a page titled “IFS in Brief,” which actually has more and better information, and would have made a better About Us page to begin with. PTC’s About Us page isn’t exactly packed with information, and most of the links to additional information are only available from the Read More
Scala Shows Far More Than A Bit Of A Backbone Part 1
Scala seems to be telling any competitor that two can play the game in the global enterprise market. Employing offense as the best defense, the company is

make a brief  work better, but to make a whole chain of companies work better together. Two and a half years ago, the company began re-designing its ERP software and building a new platform specifically for online collaboration. Scala has now packaged together the functionality required in one standard software system, which means a business can begin true collaboration with its subsidiaries, customers, partners, and suppliers. iScala 2.1 is the successor product to Scala 5.1; It contains all of the basic ERP Read More
It’s a Portal...AND It;s a Gateway
AOL has partnered with Gateway to develop a line of Internet-ready Linux desktop appliances based on the Netscape 6 browser.

make a brief  a Portal...AND It;s a Gateway It’s a Portal... AND It's a Gateway C. McNulty - May 12, 2000 Event Summary In April America Online [NYSE: AOL], the world's leading interactive services company, and Gateway [NYSE: GTW], the country's leading seller of consumer PCs by revenue, unveiled a groundbreaking family of specialized Internet appliances featuring Instant AOL that will deliver AOL's content, features, and services to consumers in every room of their homes. Advancing the AOL Anywhere strategy, Read More
The Challenges of a Business Intelligence Implementation: A Case Study
The University of Illinois provides a good example of extensive integration of its business intelligence (BI) solution and data warehousing environment with its

make a brief  Challenges of a Business Intelligence Implementation: A Case Study Company Background More than 70,000 students enroll each year at the University of Illinois , which offers more than 150 fields of study in 30 colleges, free-standing schools, and institutes across 3 campuses: Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign (US). The university, one of the original land-grant colleges, opened its doors in 1867, and since then has awarded more than 500,000 degrees. The Urbana-Champaign campus houses the Read More
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite?
Given Invensys' irrevocable decision to give up Baan for another adoption after all, one is to wonder whether this is the 'year 2000 revisited' or whether Baan

make a brief  the Market Impact and make User Recommendations. Recent History Although to some it may sound strange against the backdrop of Baan's protracted viability issues ever since the late 1990s, this might, in the long run, still be a blessing in disguise for both the unfortunate ERP vendor and its often disconcerted customers. While, on one hand, any continuing uncertainty would plague every vendor in this difficult market, let alone the one with a perceived flaky viability aura like Baan, this might, on the Read More
A Traditional
Rather than pursuing the usual route and writing our opinions and analyses of major market trends and then giving the pertinent vendors a chance for a factual

make a brief  and low TCO, will make a strong, if not definitive impact. What remains essential is the ability to support our customers and to be close to them both in terms of business understanding and [geography]. [This] is precisely the main strength of our network today. At the same time, we must always be able to listen to their feedback. In this regard, the support that we provide is an essential factor in this market: each client has the right to equal attention. Mid-market companies might not get the same leve Read More
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors
This part illustrates how selecting the right ERP product depends on each client's requirements. Epicor, QAD, and Ramco Systems' rank can change with different

make a brief  Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors Executive Summary Selecting a piece of enterprise application software has never been an exact science. Vendors' hype, consultants' conflict of interest, users' doubts, tediously long selection processes, and unclear decisions rationale are some of the unfortunate watchwords for most selection practices. It is daunting for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities, strengths and weaknesses of a given enterprise appl Read More
SAP Enterprise Mobility: Bringing a Cohesive Approach to a Complex Market
Mobility and consumerization are creating complexity in the enterprise, but embracing the change can lead to more productive mobile workers as well as better

make a brief  Enterprise Mobility: Bringing a Cohesive Approach to a Complex Market Mobility and consumerization are creating complexity in the enterprise, but embracing the change can lead to more productive mobile workers as well as better communications with employees, partners, customers, and consumers. The trends in the enterprise mobility landscape, such as the consumerization of IT, the mobile application explosion, and cloud computing, are driving the need for new technology solutions to emerge. This white pa Read More
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Three: Market Impact and User Recommendations
Baan's focus on discrete manufacturing has not been a close fit with Invensys' plant automation products that have been geared mostly to process industries. To

make a brief  Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Three: Market Impact and User Recommendations Market Impact The UK-based global automation and controls group Invensys plc . (London Stock Exchange: ISYS) has announced that Baan is finally and definitely for sale. This is a part of its parent's major divestiture move (i.e., over two thirds of its current business) and as Invensys recoils to its bare fundamentals. (For details of the announcements see Part One of this note ). What has then gon Read More
TCO Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center
Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of 30

make a brief  Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of 30% compared with traditional, built-out data center power and cooling infrastructure. Avoiding overbuilt capacity and scaling the design over time contributes to a significant percentage of the overall savings. This white paper provides a quantitative TCO analysis of the Read More

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