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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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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

make poll  question of how to make the transformation to lean. In our opinion, the lean concept encompasses continual improvement wherein an organization constantly strives for more efficiency, which translates into bottom line profit. Each organization must approach lean based on its own internal capability and capacity balanced with the requirements of its customers and the practical reality of dealing with and coordinating a multitude of suppliers to create a smooth supply chain. Whether this “lean” Read More...
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

make poll  trends in order to make sound buying decisions. And some white papers are extremely well written. They educate the reader in a style and manner that’s interesting, effective, and reasonably easy to follow all at the same time. To the vendors who produce quality white papers, I say kudos on a job well done. But to all those vendors guilty of putting their prospects and customers to sleep—especially the customers who run small and midsized companies—I respectfully suggest that they start Read More...
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

make poll  using that output to make tactical and strategic decisions. This step has the potential to improve the decision-making process, if you have the right set of tools and the right people—data geeks. These organizations are typically medium-sized companies with smaller budgets, rather than big corporations, but with a huge workforce potential and a budget to acquire at least some, if not all, of the complete and complex set of BI and analytics features. Analysis and data visualization tools as well as Read More...
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

make poll  standing still does not make an organization the best at doing whatever it is doing (it takes only one innovator to leave you in the dust). The miserable truth is that a whole industry exists around the notion of process improvement, and this industry has been oversaturated with the use of “best practice” as a pure buzzword. My point: If you are guilty of “best practice” behavior and are not trying to enhance your processes, you are already behind the eight ball. So, What Is a Best Practice? Best Read More...
Qwest Cyber.Solutions: “A Number 3 Please, and Make It Grande”
Qwest Cyber.Solutions unveiled a new product portfolio for sector specific ASP solutions. The QCS Enterprise Freedom™ product suite is designed to offer

make poll  Number 3 Please, and Make It Grande” Qwest Cyber.Solutions: A Number 3 Please, and Make It Grande A. Turner - June 8 , 2000 Event Summary In May, Qwest Cyber.Solutions LLC, (QCS), an Application Service Provider (ASP) announced its strategy to deliver ASP solutions designed for key market sectors. The company has packaged a suite of ASP products, called Enterprise Freedom, to serve as the foundation for solutions offered to the finance, communications, healthcare, and services sectors. By identifying Read More...
Dassault Systèmes Wants to Make A&D Companies Winners
Dassault Systèmes, a global provider of 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up (DMU), and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, announced during its

make poll  Systèmes Wants to Make A&D Companies Winners Dassault Systèmes, a global provider of 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up (DMU), and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, announced during its recent annual North American forum (the former Dassault Systèmes Customer Conference has been renamed the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum) the launch of a new industry solution experience for aerospace and defense (A&D) companies called “Winning Program.” A&D companies will be able to configure the right Read More...
Software Giants Make Courting A Small Guy Their
While fixed time and cost solutions delivered packaged from pristine laboratories do have their appeal, SMEs are becoming increasingly savvy to ask for more

make poll  Giants Make Courting A Small Guy Their Business One Priority Part Four: Challenges and User Recommendations Challenges This note concerns the launch of SAP Business One by SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), the pairing of SAP and the Tax and Business Services (TBS) unit of American Express , and the delivery of 13 new mid-market solutions designed specifically for companies with $50 to $500 million in annual revenues by PeopleSoft Inc. (NASDAQ: PSFT). For details of these announcements see Part One . Still, the Read More...
The “Case-by-case Syndrome”: How to Make Sure Your New Business Processes Don’t Lead to a Nasty Case of Exception Management
Have you ever shelved a business process because it was getting too complex? Or because you felt like you were dealing with an “exceptional” situation

make poll  “Case-by-case Syndrome”: How to Make Sure Your New Business Processes Don’t Lead to a Nasty Case of Exception Management The uneducated person perceives only the individual phenomenon, the partly educated person the rule, and the educated person the exception. —Franz Grillparzer To be successful nowadays, modern organizations strive to be “process-centric”—that is, relying on a finely articulated business process architecture with all instances of the organization acknowledging the importanc Read More...
One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW), which until recently has focused solely on workforce and service optimization

make poll  Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 4 Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW), which until recently has focused solely on workforce and service optimization software 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  solutions, shift planning (rostering) solutions, and solutions for Read More...
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 poll  performance in order to make it possible for an organization to improve business performance, make more sales, or increase customer satisfaction. But metrics when defined and managed improperly can not only give poor results but also mislead and create more problems than they solve. Why? In the important 1998 paper Metrics: You Are What You Measure!, it’s explained as follows : Every metric, whether it is used explicitly to influence behavior, to evaluate future strategies, or simply to take stock, Read More...
Real-time In-memory Technologies Do Not Make Data Warehousing Obsolete
The benefits of well thought-out architecture for designing and implementing large-scale DW environments are well-documented. Perhaps the best known of the DW

make poll  In-memory Technologies Do Not Make Data Warehousing Obsolete The benefits of well thought-out architecture for designing and implementing large-scale DW environments are well-documented. Perhaps the best known of the DW architectures is the Corporate Information Factory. Since the creation of this architecture, there have been many technological advances, making its implementation faster, more scalable, and better performing. The data warehouse is no longer “off limits” to the business community; Read More...
Can a Virtual Vuvuzela Help Make Your Voice Heard in the Social Media Universe?
It’s a really noisy world we’re living in, and the social media universe is no exception. Even with the tightest security settings and minimal online presence

make poll  a Virtual Vuvuzela Help Make Your Voice Heard in the Social Media Universe? It’s a really noisy world we’re living in, and the social media universe is no exception. Even with the tightest security settings and minimal online presence/popularity, you are still subject to advertising, invites, recommendations, requests, etc., most of which are not very useful to you. And things will only get worse: Twitter will start selling followers , Facebook launched Facebook Marketing Solutions to help brands and Read More...
How to Make Life Interesting after Growing 30,700%
Vertical market maker Chemdex is reinventing itself as a B2B incubator. The purpose? More vertical marketplaces.

make poll  to Make Life Interesting after Growing 30,700% Event Summary Chemdex Corp. (NASDAQ: CMDX) announced that it will restructure itself with a new name and mission. The $30.8 million vertical marketplace company with lines in life sciences and medical chemicals and equipment will become an Internet incubator, leveraging its existing technology to build other vertical marketplaces. The new company will be called Ventro and will trade under the symbol VNTR. Market Impact It is hard to argue with the success Read More...

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