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What's Really Driving Business Intelligence?
Typical explanations given for increased spending in business intelligence include, meeting government regulations, managing information overload, tracking

maps earth  balanced scorecard, called Strategy Maps , gives a decent overview of the process of reducing corporate strategy to supporting business processes and their underlying intangibles. It's heady stuff, but if you want to understand what's really driving the BI trend, you need to move beyond information into real knowledge. About the Author Christopher Kenton is president of Cymbic, a San Francisco (US) marketing agency and consulting firm specializing in marketing management for technology companies. He is a Read More
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Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming...
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QAD Explore 2012: Only Good Things Can Come from Talking to the Customer
As a seasoned provider of enterprise applications for manufacturing companies, QAD knows the importance of listening to its clients. In fact, the company has

maps earth  (BPA), whereby QAD Process Maps were introduced in 2011. The BPM 2.0 is about a full-fledged BPM system, given that Progress Software has meanwhile embedded Savvion BPM within OpenEdge 1 . The technical requirements for using BPM 2.0 in QAD are Progress OpenEdge 10.2 b and QAD .NET UI 2.9 (or later releases). QAD plans to release about 15 process workflows by September 2012, and currently has six early adopter BPM-ERP customers. QAD Business Intelligence (QAD BI) 3.0 has been available since September Read More
Demystifying SAP Solution Manager
Many large organizations are struggling to manage all their software systems—let alone the different software versions across departments. In his article, TEC

maps earth  stage of creating process maps (blueprinting), in which case users do not really care about linking to transactions yet (if they don’t know how the process will look in its final stage). But when the process is decided upon and finalized, end users do not really care about the map, but rather about creating concrete user instructions (including shortkeys, “favorites,” etc.), which can often be changed as time goes by. Handling all of these process variations via SolMan (and ARIS maps) incurs lots Read More
Two Stalwart Vendors Discuss Market Trends
In this unique question and answer series, vendors were given the opportunity to put forth their views on market trends, platform approaches, and mid-market

maps earth  long- and mid-term road maps, immediate enhancements, and so on. While it is only natural that every vendor will claim its strategy, moves, or product offerings as differentiating, the general perception in the market is that most of the above are reaching parity. However, our curiosity and inquiring minds have forced us to try to discern at least some distinct, thought-provoking initiatives—that is, to find differentiation needles in a haystack of vendor hype. To that end, we have decided to try a Read More
A Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends
A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the

maps earth  import tool with predefined maps for Yahoo Stores integration further expansion of the API, including simplified views of item and CRM information overhaul of units of measure (UOM) ability to reserve (allocate) particular stock for a sales orders major enhancements to the UI, including column width and window size/location memory over 100 other improvements and bug fixes For background on the 13 most popular community-contributed functionalities, see http://www.xtuple.com/news/20080325.php . The big Read More
Enterprise Software Solutions
Enterprise Software Solutions has developed an innovative set of products to help you persistently monitor and proactively manage your SQL Server resources

maps earth  Companion, Dashboards, Charts and Maps. Enterprise Software Solutions specializes in the Microsoft SQL Server Stack – SQL, SSAS and Reporting Services. The company’s initial product Companion for MS SQL Server debuted over 7 years ago and was the first product to provide details of the inner workings of the MS SQL server. ESS invented the Deadlock monitor, Time Travel and Forensics Analyzer. Followed by the Companion for MS Analysis Server, ESS once again was the innovator of the Resource Governor Read More
Thinking Radically: Interview with Transpara’s Michael Saucier and Robert Hylton
It appears that many organizations are rapidly adopting mobile business intelligence (BI), and the technology promises to become a natural component of every BI

maps earth  Foursquare , and Google maps are more popular on mobile compared to editing spreadsheets or creating long documents. The successful mobile apps all deal with the “here and now.” Translating this to BI, it means that operational and fast-changing data is key for mobile, while deep analysis and sophisticated future planning are best left on the desktop. JG. Are mobile BI solutions really speeding and improving the decision making process? If so, in which way? MS. Absolutely. We have several case Read More
Are ERP Software Vendors Messing with Your Head? (The Fine Art of Interpreting White Papers)
(Scroll down for my list of Top 10 ERP White Paper Buzzwords!)I first published a version of this post a few years ago. Sad to say, not much has changed

maps earth  vision, their development road maps, and their commitment to clients. How are you going to do all this? Well, white papers can help. But only if you know how to parse the buzzwords and marketing jargon. What's a White Paper? No, Really. A white paper is a document that comprehensively discusses a technology or product, and often deals with particular problems that many companies may be facing. That's the idea, anyway. It's also a way for software vendors to pitch a product to prospective customers. Try th Read More
Frantic Merger-Mania Spiced Up With Vendettas Leaves Customers Anxious
Although end-user companies should continue to track the financial health of their vendors to possibly discern if the vendor will be a collector or one of the

maps earth  Merger-Mania Spiced Up With Vendettas Leaves Customers Anxious Observation of Recent Events The recent flurry of acquisitions, some of them involving a great part of drama, emotions, and personal recriminations due to their hostile nature, would be the crown evidence that the business application software space is consolidating, a process which started a few years ago primarily in the mid-market space (see The Mid-Market Is Consolidating, Lo And Behold ), but is now spreading across the range. Read More
Lessons Learned on the Inca Trail
Peru, a country with a glorious past and an uncertain future, stands at the crossroads. The inability to attract significant trade or investment due to the

maps earth  Learned on the Inca Trail Lessons Learned on the Inca Trail Featured Author - Carla Reed - January 28, 2005 Introduction During the course of my career, I have literally traveled to the far corners of the earth. What still continues to surprise me is the fact that beyond the language and other differences, globalization has created a relatively homogenous international society. In search of something new and unique, I was therefore tempted by the promise of Peru. A country that has remained Read More
EDI and XML Integration: Vitria Buys XMLSolutions
In a move designed to further its efforts in integrating EDI and XML, Vitria has announced the purchase of XMLSolutions Corporation. Given that the market for

maps earth  has developed XML transformation maps for over 3,100 of the world's most frequently used EDI document formats. EDI is the most prevalent standard for business-to-business collaboration, with over 300,000 companies using EDI in the US alone. XML is the emerging standard for Internet-based collaboration. XMLSolutions' technology bridges the gap between the old and the new. Using this transformation technology, companies can exchange business documents (i.e., purchase orders, invoices, and shipment notices) Read More
Three Cs of Successful Positioning: The Competition
Learn how to avoid the most deadly sin of all marketing—using the same position or a similar one as your competitor, and not knowing it.

maps earth  the assessments above. Perception Maps Let You See Where They Ain't Okay. You've analyzed your competitors, and created an informative table. Now, how do you decide if there is an unclaimed gap you can claim for your own? Follow Wee Willie Keeler's example, and hit it where they ain't. A table won't show where, but a map will—a perceptual map of the competitive landscape. Figure 2 below maps the positioning landscape for the software companies listed in the table. The axis labels represent Read More
Echo360 Introduces Student Analytics
The campus and distance learning solutions vendor Echo360 Active Learning released a new application that provides analytics for student activity before, during

maps earth  but also video heat maps, bookmark reporting and discussion topics, presentation view counts and completion rates, and general consumption trends. This allows instructors to guide students individually or as a group throughout their learning journeys. Personalized learning is indeed a popular requirement among students—who are, in fact, paying clients to the educational institutions that they attend. Analytics that focus on student activity and reveal the learning habits of students are desperately Read More

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