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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Anatomy of a Decision: SAP vs. Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
There are many reasons beyond purchase price that influence an enterprise application investment decision. In an exploration of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

sap ms  of a Decision: SAP vs. Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne There are many reasons beyond purchase price that influence an enterprise application investment decision. In an exploration of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers that also considered Microsoft Dynamics, Nucleus found that functionality, reporting capabilities, staff skill availability, and partner and vendor support capabilities were key factors driving a decision to invest in EnterpriseOne. Download the complete results of this analysis now.

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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How to Reduce Business Risk through Secure User Access for SAP


Unencrypted communication between users’ workstations and the backend SAP servers is a significant vulnerability to your SAP environment. This can put the confidential data inside your SAP systems and your entire business activity at risk—and have a negative impact on your customers. Find out how to reduce business risks and improve audit results through encrypted communication and two-factor user authentication for SAP.

sap ms  of remote user access SAP is a distributed application, where client software (e.g. SAPGUI for Windows, or MS Internet Explorer) installed on a user's workstation is used to access the central SAP server remotely over the company's network. Users need to authenticate themselves when accessing SAP. By default this is done via SAP user name and password, which is a relatively weak authentication mechanism. Communication between SAP client software and SAP server should be secure. By default, however, SAP Read More

Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series explained Plex Systems’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in the discrete manufacturing sector. While the software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, the article concurred with Frank Scavo’s recent assertion that, for the time being, there is only one true SaaS enterprise resource

sap ms  has only heard of SAP and Oracle. Q4 : Geographic coverage and languages? Incidentally, since you admitted that going into a new industry would be a challenge (for the lack of dedicated product managers, see Part 1 ), would that also be the case with localization requirements? MS & PF : Plex Online is a solution that is easily configurable to meet localization requirements to accommodate different tax laws, regulations and languages. The language support is completely database-driven. New languages can Read More

To Gain Market Share in the Mid-Market, SAP Leaves No Stone Unturned


The star above small and medium businesses (SMB) has never been so bright. CRM solution vendors are courting this market segment extensively. This is the second of a series of articles that look at strategies deployed by major enterprise solution vendors to attract the SMB decision makers and whether those vendors are ''dumbing down'' their enterprise software for the mid-market. This article evaluates SAP's mid-market solutions and its implementation approach.

sap ms  Corp., PeopleSoft Inc. , SAP AG, and Siebel Systems Inc. , have already gone downstream to offer CRM software for the higher end of the mid-market and for divisions of large companies. This segment was traditionally catered to by mid-market solution providers like Onyx Software Corp , and Pivotal Corp. , and now they are being directly challenged by the heavyweights. The lower end relative tranquility, originally catered to by Best Software Inc , Maximizer Software Inc. , and FrontRange Solutions Inc. , Read More

Project Portfolio Management for Service Organizations: Bridging the Gap between Project Management and Operations


There are two types of project portfolio management (PPM) solutions for professional services organizations (PSO). For smaller PSOs, best-of-breed vendors provide hosted solutions with out-of-the-box integrations, while integrated PPM solutions provide the complete back-office systems preferred by many larger PSOs.

sap ms  xRPM works with both SAP and non-SAP infrastructures. It provides time and billing, project costing, collaboration, and resource planning capabilities. xRPM is currently used by SAP's system integrators for time, billing, and collaboration. Oracle offers a PPM solution that adheres to its fusion strategy, integrating PeopleSoft, JD Edwards , and Oracle Projects (all of which are currently under the Oracle banner). Oracle's Fusion middleware provides standards and protocols to ensure that its Read More

SAP Announces Availability of HANA-based ERP


Today is a big day for SAP and its customer base—at the SAP conference in New York the world-leading vendor has announced general availability of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP’s newest technical platform, SAP HANA. What does it mean for businesses and other organizations that are potential and current clients of SAP? To bypass the technical details and terminology, the HANA platform is

sap ms  a big day for SAP and its customer base—at the SAP conference in New York the world-leading vendor has announced general availability of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP’s newest technical platform, SAP HANA. What does it mean for businesses and other organizations that are potential and current clients of SAP? To bypass the technical details and terminology, the HANA platform is capable of capturing and analyzing data on a single in-memory platform with a data operation speed exceeding that of all Read More

SAP for the Chemicals Industry: Challenges and User Recommendations


Using the SAP ERP Chemicals Packaged Solution may represent a significant advantage—but only if SAP is the right enterprise resource planning system for the prospective user company, and if the prepackaged business processes are a suitable fit.

sap ms  said many times before, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has ruled for some time in the upper tier of the chemicals kingdom, but competition in the chemicals mid-market is far from non-existent, given strong offerings from vendors such as Oracle , Ross Systems / CDC Software , Infor , 3i-Infotech , SSI-World , and SSA Global . These are only the mainstream enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors focusing on the chemicals industry. There are also a number of point solution providers that cater to several Read More

SAP for Chemicals Functionality


SAP has been delivering on its chemicals industry strategy by expanding its capabilities for manufacturing and supply chain management, broadening its composite package applications in areas such as emissions management, pricing management, and manufacturing dashboards, and focusing on mid-market companies.

sap ms  for Chemicals Functionality SAP for Chemicals Functionality SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) is well-known for its enterprise applications software tailored to the chemicals industry. For a detailed tutorial on the chemicals industry, see So What's the Big Deal with Chemicals? . For a discussion of the SAP approach to packaged solutions, see SAP Industry Solutions for Mid-market Companies . And for a discussion directly concerned with SAP and the chemicals industry, see SAP for Chemicals: A Packaged Solution for Read More

SAP Showcases Augmented Reality Android Apps


At the recent Super Mobility Week, SAP showcased two augmented reality (AR) apps, the SAP AR Warehouse Picker and SAP AR Service Technician mobile apps, which are designed to improve the user experience of and processes handled by warehouse workers and field service technicians.

sap ms  powered by CTIA , SAP showcased two forthcoming augmented reality (AR) apps , the SAP AR Warehouse Picker and SAP AR Service Technician mobile apps. These apps are expected to help simplify and improve user experience and work processes by offering a hands-free working experience.   SAP AR Warehouse Picker is designed to allow warehouse workers to do their tasks using smart glasses, which should improve situation awareness, efficiency, and workplace security. The idea is to enable a hands-free Read More

Will SAP HANA’s Big Data Usher SAP into the Intelligent BPM Elite?


SAP recently announced a new intelligent business operations bundle that aims to help organizations infuse big data insights in real time into their processes to work smarter and improve responsiveness to threats and opportunities.

sap ms  SAP HANA’s Big Data Usher SAP into the Intelligent BPM Elite? SAP recently announced a new intelligent business operations bundle that aims to help organizations infuse big data insights in real time into their processes to work smarter and improve responsiveness to threats and opportunities. The real value of big data only comes when one can embed its insights into business processes and use these insights to make better decisions. Business users all too often lack full visibility into end-to-end op Read More

SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 2: Expanding Functionality


During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE, SAP displayed a bullish attitude, contradicting the current market malaise. SAP touts a multi-pronged answer to prevailing heterogeneous IT environments. The company is staking its future on five pillars - exchanges, portals and the three extended-ERP applications: customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and product life-cycle management (PLM).

sap ms  Part 2: Expanding Functionality SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 2: Expanding Functionality P.J. Jakovljevic - August 1, 2001 Event Summary  During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE, on June 12--15, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, released a spate of upbeat announcements in its effort to portray itself as a reformed vendor of choice for all aspects of e-Business, including planning and collaboration. As an illustration thereof, SAP Read More

SAP Business Intelligence Partner Program


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sap ms  how you can use SAP Business Objects, BI OnDemand, to provide a world-class business intelligence solution to your customers as part of your overall product offering. Find out how flexible implementation options can provide you with the greatest return on investment (ROI), and customer satisfaction. And how you can quickly add reporting, dashboards, and other BI features to increase company revenue and add customer value; choose from flexible delivery options, all from a single vendor; and scale as you Read More

'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG


SAP AG has seemingly crossed a strategy chasm, from a strict, stodgy, Not-Invented-Here (NIH) approach to software development and delivery, to a seemingly quite open approach of broad development alliances, company acquisitions, Internet portals development, and a deep, new relationship with IBM for both technology sharing as well as bolstering IBM Consulting’s support for SAP’s new multiple mySAP.com™ initiatives. 'Collaborative' and 'SAP' were not two words you might have ever seen in the same article. You’re seeing it now.

sap ms  Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG R. Garland - September 22, 2001 Introduction  In the early 90's, ERP came of age. Everyone had to have the functionality ERP packages promised. Since then, as Web and Internet technologies have matured, CRM on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, these packages have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase is Collaborative Commerce, where we u Read More

SAP HANA: From Database to Platform


At the end of 2009, SAP launched SAP HANA, an in-memory, column-row based database management system with capabilities within both OLTP and OLAP environments. In June of 2012, SAP announced that HANA had become the fastest growing technology in the company’s history. In this report, TEC Senior BI and Data Management Analyst Jorge García gives an overview of the history, functionality, and benefits and challenges of SAP HANA, and explores SAP’s strategy for the product and its place in the in-memory processing product space.

sap ms  the end of 2009, SAP launched SAP HANA, an in-memory, column-row based database management system with capabilities within both OLTP and OLAP environments. In June of 2012, SAP announced that HANA had become the fastest growing technology in the company’s history. In this report, TEC Senior BI and Data Management Analyst Jorge García gives an overview of the history, functionality, and benefits and challenges of SAP HANA, and explores SAP’s strategy for the product and its place in the in-memory Read More

SAP as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction


Can SAP, a market and technology leader in business management software, translate its success in the manufacturing industry to retail? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the complexities of this master vertical and the steps SAP has taken to address them. The ensuing candid discussion with the SAP Retail Industry team sheds some light on SAP’s strategy with regard to the retail industry.

sap ms  is well known that SAP AG , founded in 1972, is a market and technology leader in business management software, and since those early days retailers have been using the now legacy SAP R/1 and SAP R/2 financials solutions to support their financial processes. With the success of the client-server SAP R/3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in the early 1990s and the burgeoning expansion of the global ERP market, SAP embarked on tailoring its solutions to specific industries beyond manufacturing. Read More