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Epicor's Mid-Market Pitch Becomes Higher For (One) Scala Part Three: Market Impact
Scala, with main direct office coverage in Europe and the Far East, and through its network of partners and dealers in most remote, esoteric, and still low

market infrastructure size of market  geared to a targeted market and meet the specific needs of a group of users. Not to mention that many ready-made solutions from the Epicor's arsenal (e.g., SRM, PLM, WMS, storefront commerce, etc.) could come in handy for potential up-sell and cross-sell purposes. Hence, in addition to a number of potential functional extensions, Scala finds a more visible big brother' with a global infrastructure (i.e., Epicor generated nearly $150 million (USD) in revenue in fiscal 2003, which should still rank it

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

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