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Demand at the Fount of Open Source Part Two: A Primer Based in Demand Trends
Organizations globally, are contributing to increased demand for Free and open source software but vendors may not yet be meeting this demand. This article

note of recommendation  Two of a two-part note. Part One concerned the Free and open source software (FOSS) origin and rapid evolution as manifested in global customer demand trends. About this Article TEC's Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Evaluation Center provides impartial analyses of enterprise solutions that support FOSS platforms such as Linux. To complement the evaluation center, TEC is augmenting its research coverage of Free and open source service providers and solutions. Please send comments or inquiries to the Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Interview with Karl Fogel of Subversion and CollabNet
Karl Fogel is a founding developer of the Subversion project and is employed by CollabNet. In the following interview, Karl covers key social aspects of

note of recommendation  Three of a four-part note. Part One provided background on what the open source community is and how to engage it. Part Two featured an interview with Jeff Bates of SourceForge.net, Slashdot, and the Open Source Technology Group. Part Four's interview with Louis Surez-Potts, Community Development Manager for the OpenOffice.org.org project, covers the political and social architecture of open source communities as well as practices for successful oversight of a project. Read More...
Emptoris: Opening a New Chapter of Prosperity - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my impressions following an upbeat and constructive business update meeting at Emptoris’ headquarters. Under its new

note of recommendation  solutions. On a down note, that is not necessarily the case with Emptoris' supply base management functionality. As mentioned in Part 1, the vendor is deliberately targeting Global 2000 companies  and its sophisticated solution might be overkill (both in terms of functionality and price) for simple and low dollar requests for bids that are typical for small and mid-size enterprises (for more information, see  my related 2009 blog series ). Emptoris typically wins a new customer over competitive Read More...
The Definitive Guide to Successful Deployment of VoIP and IP Telephony-Chapter 3
When deploying any new system, preparation is key—and Internet protocol telephony (IPT) systems are no exception. Part 3 of this 4-part e-book series provides

note of recommendation  quality. It's important to note here that call quality and voice quality are both critical, but very different aspects when you look at quality of service in VoIP solutions. Voice quality focuses on the fidelity and user experience from the sound of the call. Call quality includes voice quality as a factor, but also reaches more broadly into the total user experience. How quickly was dial tone provided? Did touch tone dialing work on the first attempt? Do connections across the networks, between offices Read More...
Strategies for Profitable Growth: Chemical Industry
You may have survived the slowdown of the last few years, but you must still find new growth opportunities to stay competitive. However, you can only cut so

note of recommendation  decisions. RECOMMENDATION Industry analysts note that leading chemical companies go beyond spreadsheets and “islands of information” to integrate revenue and cost forecasts with current inventory and plant data. Tools include materials requirements planning, customer price and volume forecasting, and inventory planning systems. WHAT SAP OFFERS SAP offers an integrated ERP solution that adapts to changing business information needs, and allows management to see the result of changes in their business, Read More...
Fear of the Unknown, the Art of War, and Competitiveness
It is not unusual to use the metaphor of war to construct theories of business competition—substituting competing vendors for the mortal enemy. But what about

note of recommendation  of the Unknown, the Art of War, and Competitiveness A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it, will live to regret his steps. The Teachings of Don Juan , Carlos Castaneda It is a natural human reaction to fear the unknown. Perhaps these feelings are a self-protecting mechanism, and necessary to maintain the s tatus quo , to preserve feelings of Read More...
Customer Experience Management: The Value of Moments of Truth
Customers perceive value based on the experiences they receive—and many big-name companies have tuned into this because they’ve made a connection with customers

note of recommendation  Experience Management: The Value of Moments of Truth Customers perceive value based on the experiences they receive—and many big-name companies have tuned into this because they’ve made a connection with customers that transcends the basic functional value they offer. In this first part of a two-part series, learn how traditional customer relationship management (CRM) has often failed in this respect, and how managing customer experiences can drive your revenues. Read More...
The Future of Talent Management: Underlying Drivers of Change
The next generation of talent management practices and solutions will largely be driven by economic evolution, demographic changes, and technology advancements.

note of recommendation  Future of Talent Management: Underlying Drivers of Change The next generation of talent management practices and solutions will largely be driven by economic evolution, demographic changes, and technology advancements. These factors are dramatically influencing the way people work, the way companies are organized, and the way talent is managed. This paper explores how current business and talent management processes and technology must evolve in order to effectively deliver business value in the next 5 Read More...
Best-of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On
The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and

note of recommendation  of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches. Read More...
Voice of the Customer Analytics
Verint Voice of the Customer Analytics solutions provide a solution set to centralize customer feedback across channels, interpret it in the context of

note of recommendation  of the Customer Analytics Verint Voice of the Customer Analytics solutions provide a solution set to centralize customer feedback across channels, interpret it in the context of business objectives, then act upon it to drive change. These solutions can provide an organization with critical data for rapid, targeted decision making, by analyzing and combining customer data from both direct (speech analytics, chat, e-mail) and indirect sources (social media) to gain a holistic view of the customer Read More...
Confessions of a Techno Junkie
Ideas on how to survive the avalanche of technology, avoid the lure of its pitfalls, and succeed with it as the enabler to true process innovation.

note of recommendation  On a more serious note, here are some ideas on how to survive the avalanche of technology, avoid the lure of its pitfalls, and hopefully succeed with it as the enabler to true process innovation. 3Pe . Long before you've reached the point of considering a technology acquisition, you should have performed the necessary policy and process analysis and exhausted all actions to climb the improvement curve before you need technology innovation to stimulate a new curve. The old adage which still resonates Read More...
Point of Sale: To Stand Alone or Not?
When selecting a point of sale (POS) solution, users have a choice between stand-alone solutions and integrated solutions. They should first evaluate core and

note of recommendation  in a merchandising solution. Note once again that when replenishment is offered in a POS system, the capabilities are not as extensive as when the same module is found in a retail system. Moreover, other components such as planning and forecasting, allocation and distribution, open-to-buy, and stock optimization can be included within a retail system. These are all features that ease merchandise process analysis, increase return on investment (ROI), and increase employee productivity. For more Read More...
Analysis of Active Voice's Acquisition of PhoneSoft, Inc.
Active Voice will integrate all of PhoneSoft's functionality into their existing

note of recommendation  messaging solutions for Lotus Notes. We recommend a careful technical evaluation of both products prior to a final selection . BEGINLYX' Read More...
The Seven Types of Power Problems
Many of the mysteries of equipment failure, downtime, software, and data corruption are the result of a problematic power supply. Compounding the problem is

note of recommendation  Curve and this Application Note are available at: www.itic.org/technical/iticurv.pdf Figure A1 shows a time scale beginning with sub-cycle scale, expanding through to ten seconds of dc power supply operation. The vertical scale represents the nominal voltage applied to single-phase IT equipment. The most common nominal voltages for this design are 120V ac for 60 Hz equipment, and 240V ac for 50 Hz equipment. Following the zero volts line, it can be seen that the power supply will operate for 20 Read More...
Oracle Corporation: Flying High for Being Jack-of-All-Trades and Master of Some
Database and enterprise application vendor Oracle has streamlined itself, overcome the hardships of the past and seems prepared and eager for the future. We

note of recommendation  On a somewhat negative note, however, Oracle has also confirmed that it is refocusing its European applications division and has hinted that it may reduce the unit's workforce. The move is likely to affect the database supplier's consultancy business and follows the company's decision to lay off 60 U.K. consultants last August. This was seen as part of a drive to cut $1Billion a year from its costs. Mark Jarvis, Oracle's senior vice president of marketing, declined to comment on specific staff cuts, but Read More...

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