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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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POLL: Is Cloud-based Accounting/Financial Software Right for You?
TEC is preparing a new Financial Packages Buyer’s Guide, and we’d like to hear your thoughts on cloud-based finance and accounting software. Your responses to

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Compare Software Solutions

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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Merchandising Systems

Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record product performance, which allows buyers to purchase merchandise according to that information and to make accurate merchandise decisions. Moreover, retail systems have capabilities for tracking inventory, capturing sales data, and managing retail prices. 

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LEAN OPINION POLL: Are Lean Concepts and ERP Systems Still Antagonists?


It’s been many years since this question of compatibility between lean practices and enterprise resource planning (ERP) was rigorously discussed and brought many controversial and opposite opinions to the table. Can these two work well together, or do they have no place in each other’s space? It seems like even after all this time—and discussion—the jury is still out the final verdict. The answer

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Are “Best Practices” Dragging Your Organization Down?


When APICS invited me to be part of next October’s international conference on best practices for global supply chain and operations management, I started exploring ideas revolving around best practices, including this deceptively simple question: What is a best practice, anyway? Many organizations fail to understand the true meaning of “best practice,” erroneously treating this

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IT White Papers: The World’s Greatest Cure for Insomnia!


Having trouble sleeping at night? Lots of people are these days, and for good reasons. The economy is in the dumps. Jobs are on the endangered species list. We’re steadily running out of oil. And terrorists are trying to kill us. Now, if all that isn’t enough to keep you awake at 4 o’clock in the morning, there’s always the fact that the planet is threatening to terminally overheat. Yup

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Got BI? Now You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For.


According to a poll conducted by KDnuggets, salaries in the analytics and data mining space are up in 2011. While there is no direct proof that the data explosion is increasing the need for business intelligence (BI) or business analytics (BA) specialists, it’s only natural that the increase in BI software adoption and demand for analytics should promote the growth of BI job offerings.

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One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW). Until recently, the software company focused solely on workforce and service optimization solutions for large field service companies. Gradually, via both internal development and a few appetizing acquisitions in 2009, the vendor has added a few important growth engines, such as mobile computing

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Traffic Audits Make Strange Bedfellows: Part II - The Audit Process


With traffic being the lifeblood of an e-commerce site the Marketing crew knows that the traffic numbers are going to be audited. And they look to the CIO to make sure that the numbers will pass muster. If there’s a problem with the numbers, the CIO may be blamed. So it’s important to understand what auditors want to see, and to make sure that your collection and reporting procedures are appropriate. The greatest danger is having to restate numbers that you’ve already provided to advertisers.

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IBM to Make Cuts in PC Business Real Change, or Just Buying Time?


International Business Machines Corp. plans to cut as much as 10% of the workforce at its personal computer division, or as many as 1,000 jobs, in a cost-cutting effort to turn around the division that lost nearly $1 billion last year.

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Make Omnichannel Retail Profitable: Start with Gaining Visibility into Total Global Demand


How can you ensure that your omnichannel retailing strategy is a way to profitable business? This paper discusses how omnichannel retailing is changing the requirement for effective merchandise and inventory management and identifies areas of opportunity for increasing revenue and lowering costs, through gaining visibility into total global demand. Find out how retailers can use technology to harvest, analyze, plan, and track demand better.

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Help Us Choose the Next TEC Buyer's Guide-Take Our Poll


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Real-time In-memory Technologies Do Not Make Data Warehousing Obsolete


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