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 project lifecycles


Are You Ready for the Project Economy?
The multitude of messages and media in this interactive age contributes to a fragmented consumer goods market. Shorter product life cycles, mass product

project lifecycles  the harbingers of the Project Economy, many of which are certainly already affecting your business. Disconnection between how and where a product is marketing and produced Outsourcing of components has been a growing practice in manufacturing for a long time. However, more and more product marketers are completely outsourcing product manufacturing—and even product development and design—hanging onto marketing and sometimes value-added services such as maintenance and other aftermarket revenue

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Software Test Tools

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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INFIMACS Becoming Ever More RELEVANT For Project-Based Industries. Part 2: Market Impact and User Recommendations


The current market trend industry-wide is towards vendors that can provide comprehensive solutions for medium-sized companies. Relevant seems to have a fair shot at delivering that to project-based discrete manufacturers such as aerospace contractors, contract manufacturers of electronic components, window, door & frame manufacturers, and MRO organizations with revenues up to $300 million.

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Manufacturer and Fabricator Merrill Technologies Group Selects IFS Applications for ERP


IFS, the global enterprise applications company (whose World Conference 2012 is currently taking place in Gothenburg (Sweden), announced that Merrill Technologies Group (MTG), a leader in the machining, fabricating, and systems integration fields, has selected IFS Applications as its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. With multiple manufacturing sites located in Michigan

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Services Resource Planning: How Integrated PSA, CRM, and Financials Can Transform Your Services Business


Enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and professional services automation (PSA) are all part of a standard software system for many companies today. But for project- and service-driven companies, an emerging type of software is making things easier to combine the most important elements of these solutions to support the whole bidding-to-billing lifecycle. Services resource planning (SRP) provides the basis of a system covering everything from initiation and planning to resource management, execution, and closing of projects and services.

Services- and project-based organizations make up a larger part of the business landscape today, as the economy has become more service- and project-driven in recent years. This project-driven service economy depends upon knowledge-worker productivity, and accurately predicting this productivity, including the time, skills, materials, and intellectual property that are required to produce favorable client outcomes, can help companies to succeed in a competitive landscape.

Whereas many companies still use standalone accounting, CRM, and PSA solutions that are not integrated, the new SRP applications in the cloud have emerged to remove those silos and manage the entire project lifecycle. Read this white paper to find out more about services resource planning and why professional services businesses need to consider this new type of software to help manage their project lifecycles.

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Cincom Sticks to CONTROL of ETO and MRO Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations


Cincom Manufacturing Business Solutions will have to address inevitable challenges in order to continue to thrive in a ruthless competitive environment with a limited opportunity and functionality that cannot easily be leveraged in many other diverse sectors. Many larger vendors with more resources and leading-edge technology have invaded Cincom's stronghold, and have also been closing the functional parity gap.

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Trends in Online Project Management


Construction companies often use a combination of outdated, paper-based, and software tools to manage their projects—which puts them at a severe disadvantage. Online project management, however, can provide you with a more efficient method to manage projects. Find out why these businesses are shifting to owner-centric solutions, and discover what main factors you should consider before implementing a web-based tool.

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Software Capabilities Assessment Project


Is your organization getting the most out of its enterprise software systems? Answering that question can be tricky. Inadequate documentation or missing in-house knowledge can make it difficult to determine how well your current systems support your company’s business processes. And that can make it nearly impossible to know what changes, if any, are required. A software capabilities assessment project from TEC can help. Learn more now.

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Smaller Vendors Can Still Provide Relevant Business Systems Part Three: Project Oriented Organizations


The unique business needs of project-oriented organizations, when addressed by large ERP vendors that offer general-purpose enterprise software, typically require heavy customization in order to work. On the other hand, when project-oriented organizations turn to small off-the-shelf project-management solutions, these solutions are soon outgrown by the user company.

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How is a BPM Project Achieved?


How can business process management (BPM) optimize business outcomes and performance?

BPM efforts have not been adopted as much as expected in the past decade, and process agility for operational excellence is still a distant goal for many enterprises. Extensibility issues and a lack of road maps are issues, as well as a series of economic events and general market instability that have redirected the spotlight to process optimization as the key to a sustainable profit model.

This white paper looks at some best practice approaches and pitfalls to avoid for optimal business results, and provides a framework for choosing “the right BPM project” for organizations. Nine critical challenges in adopting a core BPM approach are discussed, and several steps leading up to a successful BPM rollout for optimized business outputs are also given. The main risks associated with a BPM project implementation are then looked at.

Read this white paper for a concise and clear examination of the place of business process management in today’s competitive business performance landscape, and tips to help with successful implementation and management of BPM projects within organizations from the discovery stage right through to deployment.

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Project Portfolio Management Tools: Which Approach is Best?


Project portfolio management (PPM) is a hot topic, and there’s no shortage of related advice. However, much of the current advice is incomplete—or flat-out wrong. Before purchasing a tool, buyers should familiarize themselves with established theories for valuing projects. Armed with understanding, they can avoid getting "burned" by the unsuitable PPM tools that are being pushed in the marketplace.

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