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Sage Advice on Selecting Analyst Services
Step away from the decision--let's look at the meta-selection. The SageCircle blog features some recent posts on selecting analyst services. So here we are, TEC

obtaining rfps  a potential client about obtaining these types of services. The closest was a survey that SAP sent us, probably about five years ago. Is the complexity and range of analyst services providers increasing to such a degree that companies will regularly follow this practice in the future? If we spend so much effort guiding companies through a similar process for selecting software I wonder if I can expect to see that process initiated prior to a client engaging us for our decision support help? Read More...
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Building a Business Case for Enterprise Spyware Protection
It is sometimes difficult to quantify the scope of spyware problems within corporate environments. The least noticeable effect of spyware is to slow network and

obtaining rfps  spyware distributors, such as obtaining permission from users through a clearly worded licensing agreement. Spyware has become a serious enough matter to draw the attention of the United States Congress Companies need to protect themselves with every technological and behavioral resource in their power. After being downloaded, the programs would have to be easy to disable. Abusers face increased fi nes imposed by this bill. Two other bills take the approach of directly criminalizing malicious software's Read More...
ERP: Origins, Developments, and Trends
ERP first developed as a form of inventory control and later grew to link disparate bodies of information together from across the enterprise. Now, ERP

obtaining rfps  unyielding plans and never obtaining feedback. They are both needed for an enterprise to be productive. Product lifecycle management (PLM) too may seem to be a rival system to ERP, perhaps more so than SCM. PLM solutions are oriented around creative product innovation processes, whereas ERP is transaction oriented. Furthermore, PLM stand-alone packages accommodate collaboration better than ERP. However, the market is up for grabs and PLM vendors need to focus on easy integration with ERP in order to stay Read More...
Baan E-Commerce: a Wing, a Prayer & a Single Platform
Baan hopes e-Enterprise will put them on the e-commerce map.

obtaining rfps  Creating price books dynamically, obtaining real-time quotes, and capturing on-line configuration data can easily strangle a network. Baan does not have performance metrics or benchmarks available for the E-Enterprise solution. As new clients adopt the solution, they will need to pay close attention to performance metrics in order to provide usable solutions. Vendor Predictions In order to be successful, Baan will need to focus on its core client base of manufacturers. However, it will need to refine its Read More...
What is IFS Up To in the CRM Arena?!
On April 12, Industrial & Financial Systems, IFS AB announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Pivotal Corporation to acquire its division Exactium Ltd

obtaining rfps  with one stone by: obtaining equity for the channel acquisitions needed to continue strong growth and increase its currently developing global market presence earning Pivotal's commitment to a true partnership and product integration. The parallel technologies used by both vendors should offer customers and business partners lower cost of ownership, as well as training and knowledge transfer costs. Nevertheless, past experiences have shown that true integration takes time and is very seldom painless. Read More...
It Isn't the Fall, It's the Sudden Stop
Skillful management of transitions is essential for IT professionals. It is not simple and it not recognized when it is done right, but when done wrong, the

obtaining rfps  three months of work obtaining clearance from shareholders and the Italian, German, French and United States governments, the acquisition was approved and executed. In anticipation of having expanded markets and dominant market share, the company's share price increased by more than twenty percent. With all of this diligence, how could it be that one year later, customer service measures are at an all time low, profitability is only marginal and almost none of the critical employees of the acquired Read More...
Software Evaluation and Software Selection
Organizations are surrounded by ambiguity when making their implementation decisions. Accurate and relevant criteria that are properly weighed against an

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Intel Tries to Give it Away - AMD Says
Intel Corp. has disclosed a problem involving its 820 and 840 chip sets that has spurred the company to scrap plans for three motherboards it had on its server

obtaining rfps  in the form of obtaining an appropriate guarantee from the server vendor re: chip set and any problems it may cause. For users who can delay their purchase - do so. When the problem (eventually) gets solved, this problem should be no reason to stay away from these products in general. For Messrs. Ruiz and Sanders (from AMD): you might want to have your engineers (and those at HotRail, Inc.) redouble their efforts to provide an SMP chipset, so you can take advantage of the next Intel mis-step - if it Read More...
The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 2: Evaluation of ERP Software
If you’ve gone through the research phase while looking for ERP, the next major step is the evaluation process. At the end of it, you should have a shortlist of

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Enterprises May Be Overlooking Profits from After-sales Service
If service parts and service personnel management are well managed, manufacturers can significantly improve their profits from service operations. This will

obtaining rfps  find new avenues for obtaining more revenues, and trying to find new business lines from which they can get better margins. In this scenario, after-sales service looks very promising, and is becoming a savior for the manufacturers. But efficient and reliable after-sales service needs a good enterprise service management system to manage it. And there lies the rub. Manufacturers are still slow to invest in buying and implementing a good enterprise service management system. Undoubtedly there is a big Read More...
Taking Multilingual Support to the Next Level
Product managers in product companies are trying to develop applications that support multilingual functionality. Multinational corporations use multilingual

obtaining rfps  UK-based CIO prior to obtaining his or her approval. Once the approval is obtained, it might be necessary to recast all data, reports, and charts into the French language before presenting them to a prospective customer in Paris as part of an investment recommendation. Therefore, the application should not restrict users to the language chosen at the time of logging in, but let them toggle between multiple languages on the fly. Apart from the multilingual screens, menus, and help features, the Read More...
Protecting Customer Data: How Much is Your Customer’s Trust Worth? Part I: The Business Case for Privacy
Customers are a company’s true source of value creation, and maintaining their trust is imperative. When companies understand this, privacy protection will

obtaining rfps  companies think of it). Obtaining, using, and especially protecting customer data has never been more important to the strength and positioning of a company’s success. Read More...
Epicor Continues To Bleed
On April 27, Epicor Software Corporation reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2000. Net loss for the quarter was $8.9 million or

obtaining rfps  This as well as obtaining Epicor's implementation guarantee could be leveraged against other vendors in the selection. Any organization evaluating Epicor should consider existing functionality only, and, in the case of final selection, should inquire and negotiate incorporation of new applications' components now at negotiated license fees, given its recent increase in new product introductions. Moderate caution should be exercised now and a watchful eye should be kept on the company's future financial Read More...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part discusses

obtaining rfps  receive added value when obtaining more than one type of service from a given provider. There are literally thousands of outsourcing providers in the world today, and more are being launched everyday. Providers need to establish a solid reputation and brand, and should have very focused marketing efforts targeted at their core target market. Unlike software that has features and functions that can be readily reviewed and compared, services (such as outsourcing) are much harder to evaluate and compare. Pro Read More...

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