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The Business Software Needs of Advertising and PR Agencies
Even though enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services is a growing market, its most important players still take a generalist approach when it comes to

pr article  Needs of Advertising and PR Agencies Even though enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services is a growing market, its most important players still take a generalist approach when it comes to dealing with specific industries, and media and advertising is one of them. Vendors like Oracle and SAP, who decided to adapt their manufacturing offering to services, or vendors like Netsuite and Deltek, who concentrated on service companies from the start, choose to mix their existing solutions—ERP, customer Read More

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What Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part I
According to the proverb “calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind,” in these tough times some supply chain management (SCM) vendors have been trying to take

pr article  times). One such “educational” PR came this past summer from the spend management vendor Emptoris , and was analyzed in my blog post on five procurement commandments in a down economy . A more recent similar PR came from JDA Software Group Inc ., a provider of integrated merchandising and supply chain and revenue management planning, execution, and optimization solutions for the consumer-driven supply chain and services industries.  The PR came on the heels of the worldwide economy continuing to Read More
The Art, Science, and Software behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

pr article  In its abovementioned respective PR and Web-seminar, JDA and Revionics recommend three price optimization strategies that retailers must first adopt in order to form the foundation for high-performing lifecycle pricing. To plan and execute lifecycle pricing efficiently requires advanced technology solutions that integrate and optimize the following three key areas: Initial (everyday or base) prices Promotional prices Markdowns Establishing the Optimal Initial (Everyday or Base) Price Setting the Read More
IFS’ Large Wins Streak Continues
In late November 2012, IFS announced that a major North American offshore oil @ gas drilling company had signed a contract to implement IFS Applications as its

pr article  similar to the previous PR on the hefty win at an Asian utility company . The offshore contract drilling company was reportedly looking to replace its existing EAM solution from an unnamed prominent vendor. The shortlist included the “who is who in EAM and maritime management software.” IFS won for the usual reasons—industry focus and industry-specific functionality, particularly the instant replication, which is of huge importance in offshore drilling. Mobility and ease of use were important Read More
The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This

pr article  offer with regards to the PR from JDA that inspired this blog series, but he wanted to stress the importance of upstream and downstream forecast integration. Revionics is focused on replenishment, assortment, and other demand intelligence applications beyond pricing, promotions, and markdowns. But the key  success factor  in his opinion is to operate with a fully integrated forecast, and that forecast cannot assume the absence of third-party applications. For example, a retailer may already have a Read More
KronosWorks 2011: Beyond Time Clocks for Modern Workforce Management
Kronos, the company that introduced the first micro-processor time clock in the 1970s, knows how tricky workforce management (WFM) can be. In this article, TEC

pr article  for more detailed activity-based project job costing. Last but not least, the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Illinois, uses Kronos for talent (nurse skills) scheduling and workforce analytics. The hospital cited an article entitled Nurse Staffing and Inpatient Hospital Mortality published in the tier-one journal The New England Journal of Medicine showing an association between understaffing of nurses and quality of nurses’ skills and the mortality rates of their patients. As a co Read More
LinkedIn Acquires Newsle
LinkedIn has acquired Newsle, provider of a service that alerts users when their connections have been mentioned in article, blogs, or other places on the Web.

pr article  has acquired Newsle , provider of a service that alerts users when their connections have been mentioned in article, blogs, or other places on the Web. Much like the job search engine and listing platform Bright , which LinkedIn acquired earlier this year, and which leverages proprietary analytics technology to help employers find and screen candidates, Newsle relies on natural language processing and machine-learning algorithms to weed out relevant information.   The acquisition is another in a series Read More
Ask the Experts: Approaches to Data Mining ERP
From one of our readers comes this question:I am a student of IT Management; I have an ERP course and I am supposed to write an article to review new

pr article  the Experts: Approaches to Data Mining ERP From one of our readers comes this question : I am a student of IT Management; I have an ERP course and I am supposed to write an article to review new aspects of ERP systems. I’ve decided to explore the reasons for using data mining techniques in ERP systems—and to look at different modules to which these techniques have been applied. I am going to prepare a framework to determine which ERP vendors use data mining techniques and whether these techniques Read More
Remote Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense
Everything in the computer industry seems to be going off-shore, why not software implementations? This article looks at reasons why remote implementation of

pr article  in terms of increased productivity and reduced wages—a tough 1-2 punch that is difficult to ignore or explain away. So why not also consider off-shore or remote implementation of software? This article looks at several reasons why remote implementation can make logical and fiscal sense for US-based companies. Applicability for other countries will depend greatly on their wage scale and currency evaluation. The remote implementation alternative versus the on-site approach may not be for everyone; some Read More
Business Process Analysis versus Business Process Management
Business process analysis (BPA) vendors are trying to enter the business process management (BPM) market by marketing themselves as BPM solutions. This article

pr article  business rules engine, business process optimization, and application integration. Such technologies, as well as the functions and controls incorporated in BPM suites, can be used to complete the BPM life cycle (to view the life cycle, see figure 1 or Gartner's November 18, 2005 article Business Process Management Suites Enhance the Control and Management of Business Processes ). Figure 1 . BPM Life Cycle Several pure-play BPM vendors have acquired specialized niche solutions and integrated them into thei Read More
Software Selection Slagging
Consulting firm, 180 Systems, posted a little note regarding an article we recently published on some parts of the evaluation and selection process that we

pr article  the evaluation and selection process that we promote. I'd recommend checking out the 180 site for additional information. In fact they have a brief list of steps that tend to be very similar to commonly recognized selection best-practices, and are in many ways, close to what we at TEC recommend (more on that later as we're preparing to publish our internal guide). 180 Systems has a few perspectives to contribute on the subject and that's why I'm surprised they didn't say something more critically astute Read More
Inside Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 1
TEC’s recent article on IFS’ recent success in the field service management (FSM) market by no means implies that other FSM players are not prospering. Indeed

pr article  of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 1 TEC ’s recent article on IFS ’ recent success in the field service management (FSM) market by no means implies that other FSM players are not prospering. Indeed, one of those players is ServiceMax , which is garnering quite a bit of attention in the field service market, and more than doubles its revenues, receivables, pipeline production, and bookings each year. It also provides one of the most vibrant applications on the salesforce.com ’s AppExchan Read More
The 'Old ERP' Dilemma: Replace or Add-on
Replace or Add-on to an aging ERP system is a dilemma faced by many companies today. This article discusses the trade-offs involved in making that decision.

pr article  many cases, the functionality provided by a specialist or best of breed vendor will be better than that offered by many integrated vendors. As the above-mentioned article discusses, the future of ERP means sharper vertical focus. For many industries or verticals, significant operational advantage can be gained by going with a vendor who focuses in their industry. The best of these focused vendors typically limit their target market to a few, closely related industries. Note, industry focus means Read More
The Art Of Distributed Development Of Multi-Lingual Three-Tier Internet Applications
In this article we describe author's experience with the distributed development of multi-lingual three-tier Java/ CORBA/database Internet applications. We

pr article  was used in the project described in this article to quickly create the database stub that emulates behavior of the database at the production site. Since the application used a small subset of tables and fields in the actual database, replication of their structure at the development site was quick and easy. When it comes to database Internet applications, another trick worth mentioning is the use of database connection pools. A typical servlet-based Internet application that uses a database involves Read More
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

pr article  Web pages to be presented. White Paper - A lengthy, often technical, article on a topic that provides background information on corporate products, industries, or industry trends. WIP bins - Work In Process bins . Can also be thought of as personal To-Do lists. They represent personal queues, to which only one user has access. When an item is in an individuals WIP bin, they own that Service Request and are responsible for solving the problem or answering the question, unless they pass the SR to another Read More

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