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Software Vendor Red Flags
So you’re well on your way in terms of deploying the enterprise software. With great care and diligent planning you have assembled your team and despite your

preparing it rfp  wouldn’t have to be preparing this project update for first thing tomorrow morning. There are always issues which don’t come up in the presentation with the software vendors, but you wonder how I could have missed this and now I faced with explaining why the project milestones are falling behind. If the above scenario sounds all too familiar take comfort according to a recent study published in Business Week (May 2007) “It is estimated that ERP projects fall off track due to these common Read More...

EAI - The 'Crazy Glue' of Business Applications
When companies create or change trading relationships or when they swap out business application systems, information systems professionals are required to

preparing it rfp  maintain integrated messaging.   Preparing for an EAI Initiative Comprehensive preparation maximizes chances for success by establishing clear goals and identifying risks. Create a clear picture of how the product will be applied to business process automation tasks. Create a clear picture of how the product will be operated, administered and managed. Create a clear picture of how the product will be deployed including: Server platforms and operating systems Objects (Application Systems, Relational Data Read More...
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Field service management (FSM) software is a set of functionalities for organizations or departments within organizations that have as main focus the intallation, maintanance, reparing, and meter r...
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Requirements Definition For Package Implementations
How do you go about defining the requirements of large package systems, particularly those with the all-encompassing scope of ERP, EAM, and CRM software, and

preparing it rfp  that I spend hours preparing that report and you throw it away. When starting this phase, if existing documentation or flowcharts are available, this information can be put to good use. However, the currency of this information must be validated. Regardless, and assuming on the availability of the process experts, multiple and iterative white board sessions are a valuable technique to flush out the process flows. For example, in the manufacturing process, the experts would describe: How are raw Read More...
How Some ERP Vendors Demonstrated - Warts And All Part 2: Results
This is part two of a case study from a recent selection engagement for an ETO mid-size manufacturer; we assess Oracle, J.D. Edwards, SAP, and IFS in terms of

preparing it rfp  the vendor's diligence in preparing for the demo an indication of their future service and support experience with the vendor. Even large, successful enterprise applications vendors can fail when it comes to product demonstrations. Lack of preparation is the usual culprit, but vendors are not solely to blame. A diligent approach to preparing scripted scenario demonstrations by all parties involved (vendors, users, and the selection facilitator), particularly in terms of the demo's scope feasibility, will Read More...
How Kelly Moore Paints Simplified Its ERP Software Evaluation and Selection
Kelly-Moore Paints, the largest employee-owned paint company in the US, was looking to consolidate all business activities into one company-wide platform. The

preparing it rfp  Kelly-Moore Paints is now preparing to implement. To learn more about Kelly-Moore Paints, please visit: www.kellymoore.com TEC saved us time and worry; it simplified the process for us greatly. We were able to focus on evaluating the short-listed results while feeling secure about the methodology behind it because the findings could be demonstrated with our own customized reports and graphs. Carl Sweetland CIO, Kelly-Moore Paints About TEC: Technology Evaluation Centers is a provider of research and Read More...
CRM: What Is It and Why Do It? Part One: Historical Background
Many consultants, vendors, and analysts today define CRM in terms of being a customer-centric business strategy that is enabled by a set of applications that

preparing it rfp  What Is It and Why Do It? Part One: Historical Background Historical Background Customer relationship management (CRM), a concept that has been around since the mid 90s, has its roots in the technology of sales automation and call center operations. At that time, it was thought that merging the customer data from the field (sales) with the call center interactions would result in more informed interactions with the customer. The concept resonated with user organizations and soon mergers and Read More...
Microsoft Dynamics NAV with Drink-IT from NORRIQ Forms the IT Basis for Carlsberg’s Asian Expansion


preparing it rfp  Dynamics NAV with Drink-IT from NORRIQ Forms the IT Basis for Carlsberg’s Asian Expansion Read More...
Grupo Posadas S.A.B. de C.V. Implements Hosted IT Infrastructure and Saves 30% on IT Maintenance


preparing it rfp  Posadas S.A.B. de C.V. Implements Hosted IT Infrastructure and Saves 30% on IT Maintenance Read More...
Missing PDF Fonts: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It
Fonts are the essential elements of any portable document format (PDF) file, but are often taken for granted by most readers. But what if you are a developer

preparing it rfp  PDF Fonts: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It Portability is the cornerstone of the PDF. However, since its inception, the PDF’s foremost characteristic has been shaken by its own popularity and evolution. But what are the causes? Source : Amyuni Technologies Resources Related to Missing PDF Fonts: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It : Portable Document Format (PDF) (Wikipedia) Missing PDF Fonts: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It Portable Document Format is also known Read More...
Team With Business Management to Drive Out IT Cost
IT complexity drives cost and to a great extent, it is business management that drives IT complexity. Until IT architecture and infrastructure are simplified

preparing it rfp  With Business Management to Drive Out IT Cost Team With Business Management to Drive Out IT Cost J. Dowling - July 25, 2002 Introduction   Does it cost more to run an IT Department that uses two relational database management systems than only one? How about three? How about a company that uses twenty-one different shop floor control systems or a state government that has more than thirty purchasing systems? Let's throw out the infinitesimal percentage of companies who do benefit from having multiple Read More...
IT Planning: A Corporate Mantra
Aligning IT with business objectives has long been a mantra of corporate directives. But organizations often fall short of publishing quality documents and

preparing it rfp  Planning: A Corporate Mantra As any organization evolves, their original business plans and strategy change. Our strategic planning initiatives provide the context for an ongoing dialog to refine their objectives going forward with their business. Source: Estrella Partners Group LLC Resources Related to IT Planning: A Corporate Mantra : Information Technology (IT) (Wikipedia) IT Planning: A Corporate Mantra Planning Processes is also known as : Planning Process Begins , Planning Process Definition , Read More...
Big Data, Mobility, and Green IT: Innovations for Manufacturers and Distributors
Your business is in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment

preparing it rfp  Data, Mobility, and Green IT: Innovations for Manufacturers and Distributors Your business is in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment decision, however, it should evaluate its options relative to actual business strategies and operating requirements. Only then will it put itself in a position to make a well-informed investment decision. Download this article to learn more. Read More...
Proactive IT Managers Can Make a Difference
IT managers, under increasing pressure to align their activities and spending with the strategic objectives of the enterprise, need to find new ways to raise

preparing it rfp  IT Managers Can Make a Difference Proactive IT Managers Can Make a Difference Featured Author - William R. Friend* - May 14, 2004 Introduction In the back of every CIO's mind at the time of the annual performance review are two questions: Do I run an IT shop that is aligned with the requirements of our business? and Are the IT projects we are doing generating an acceptable return on investment? In the short term, the more expedient CIO might just try to align IT results with the expectations o Read More...
Is ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 2. Measuring the Impact of IT Investments
If the underlying business assumptions change, the cash flow projections may be critically flawed but the KPI’s can still be relatively reliable indicators of

preparing it rfp  ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 2. Measuring the Impact of IT Investments Measuring the Impact of IT Investments Ray Tucker, CFO of the $1.3 B adhesives manufacture H.B. Fuller, finds, We can't really understand all of the benefits that will come from electronically enabling our business. We know that as we standardize on technologies we will grow our business. The benefits will probably come from places we don't expect to see them . Tucker states that the problem with financial analysis Read More...
It Pays to Understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Mobile Computers
One of the first and seemingly simple questions that companies ask when making IT investments is “how much does it cost?” Many often find themselves wondering

preparing it rfp  Pays to Understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Mobile Computers One of the first and seemingly simple questions that companies ask when making IT investments is “how much does it cost?” Many often find themselves wondering why—even after a successful implementation—their costs keep going up. When evaluating a mobile workforce automation project, companies should take the time to conduct a thorough total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis to detect hidden costs—and avoid nasty Read More...

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