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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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How to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System
Mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more than a sales forecasting or tactical planning tool. S&OP is a decision-making mechanism for aligning

select tool  to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System Mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more than a sales forecasting or tactical planning tool. S&OP is a decision-making mechanism for aligning strategic plans with sales, operational, and financial plans. Download this TEC executive brief for pointers on selecting an S&OP system, information about how mature S&OP processes can help tackle critical business issues, and key S&OP system capabilities to look for.

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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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Inventory Control Is Perhaps the Most Powerful Tool You Have for Containing Your Warehousing Costs


Your company's success is not only dependent on sales, but also on your company's ability to say, "Yes we have that item in stock." The problem is, inventory control is usually an after thought.

select tool  thing called inventory. We select the weekend, we order lunch, we discuss who will be responsible for bringing in the doughnuts, we make sure someone orders enough pencils and markers, we get the post-it notes and the dots, and listen to our people give us any number of excuses as to why they can't make it. Then, we talk about the inventory! Is it just me, or is there a lot of preparation that goes into the weekend and not a lot of preparation that goes into why we have to be at work that weekend in the Read More

Cognos Express-a New “Big” Product for the Midsized Market?


Many midsized companies have to deal with a very particular problem: the need of a true business intelligence (BI) solution, while having to select and deploy one within a tight budget. On September 29, 2009, IBM Cognos announced the launch of Cognos Express, a new product specially designed to meet the needs of the midsized market. Of course, here at TEC, we took the time to give it a try. We

select tool  solution, while having to select and deploy one within a tight budget. On September 29, 2009, IBM Cognos announced the launch of Cognos Express, a new product specially designed to meet the needs of the midsized market. Of course, here at TEC, we took the time to give it a try. We downloaded the trial, and got our hands on this brand new BI tool. Before we start, let’s have a look at some interesting facts: Cognos Express is a Web-based tool composed of three base products: Cognos Express Reporter (a Read More

BI Reporting: Does the Tool Really Matter?


Last month I listened to several discussions about the importance of choosing the right reporting tool when installing a business intelligence (BI) solution. Here are some questions that were raised: Is the reporting tool really relevant when deploying a complete BI solution? Which type of reporting tool should I choose when deploying a BI system? Choosing the right reporting tool may not be as

select tool  organization. The Bottom Line Selecting a reporting tool can be a critical phase when deploying a BI solution for an organization. At the end of the day, reporting is an end user matter, so it is important to comply with end user, organizational, and regulatory requirements. I welcome your thoughts—please leave your comments below. Read More

TEC Launches Merchandising Systems Evaluation Center to Help Retailers Select Software


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Network Performance Management Comes of Age


Riverbed Cascade is a new type of tool that incorporates traffic monitoring, packet capture, and protocol analysis to provide an application-aware view of the network. Now you can see the path of applications as they traverse the network, and get a user’s eye view of availability and performance. Download this white paper from NetMedia to learn how Riverbed Cascade can help to solve your IT performance challenges.

select tool  Performance Management Comes of Age Riverbed Cascade is a new type of tool that incorporates traffic monitoring, packet capture, and protocol analysis to provide an application-aware view of the network. Now you can see the path of applications as they traverse the network, and get a user’s eye view of availability and performance. Download this white paper from NetMedia to learn how Riverbed Cascade can help to solve your IT performance challenges. Read More

Blackboard Learn: Learning Management Suite (LMS) Competitor Analysis Report


The Learning Management Knowledge Base will help you select learning content and management systems. It covers the required tools for effective training, e-learning and virtual classroom, course management, competency management, and other criteria.

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Informatica Conforms to Metadata Standard


Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq: INFA), a major extract/transform/load tool vendor, today announced the general availability of MX2 1.6, the latest version of its Metadata Exchange (MX2) application programming interface (API). Informatica bills MX2 1.6 as the first object-oriented metadata exchange facility to support XML, a text-based programming language standard for integrating and managing bi-directional metadata exchange.

select tool  Conforms to Metadata Standard Event Summary PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq: INFA), provider of one of the leading software platforms for powering e-business and analytic applications, today announced the general availability of MX2 1.6, the latest version of its industry-leading Metadata Exchange (MX2) application programming interface (API). MX2 1.6 is the decision support industry's first object-oriented metadata exchange facility to support XML, a Read More

Case Study: IT Asset Security Tool Helps Healthcare Provider Track 97% of Laptops


Learn how IT asset tracking tools helped Allina Hospitals and Clinics monitor 2,700 computers on and off their network without having to invest in additional infrastructure. This case study shows how their security system enabled this leading health care provider to go from a 30 percent tracking record to an almost perfect record for its growing inventory of laptops and electronic health records.

select tool  of available products, Allina selected ComputraceComplete with Remote Data Delete from Absolute Software. Using Computrace, IT staff have dramatically reduced laptop theft, recovered several stolen computers and improved laptop auditing accuracy from 30% to more than 95%. With Computrace as a complement to Allina's Utimaco encryption system, the provider is confident that it is delivering the highest level of protection for its laptop computers and the sensitive health information stored on them. One Read More

Protecting Users from Firesheep and Other Sidejacking Attacks with SSL


The recent release of the Firesheep Wi-Fi attack tool has increased awareness among both users and attackers of the inherent insecurity of unprotected HTTP connections. Firesheep allows an attacker connected to the local network to monitor the Web sessions of other users on that network. According to experts, the best solution is to use TLS/SSL for all connections to Web sites. Download this white paper to learn how to avoid these attacks.

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How to Select a SaaS Vendor


Many small to medium businesses (SMBs) do not have experience with software as a service (SaaS), but are looking to adopt SaaS solutions soon. According to studies, 2009 will be the tipping point, with a majority of companies aiming to adopt SaaS this year. But these companies must be cautious, as the old rules for on-premise software analysis and purchase don’t apply. Discover the new rigorous criteria you should use.

select tool  to Select a SaaS Vendor Many small to medium businesses (SMBs) do not have experience with software as a service (SaaS), but are looking to adopt SaaS solutions soon. According to studies, 2009 will be the tipping point, with a majority of companies aiming to adopt SaaS this year. But these companies must be cautious, as the old rules for on-premise software analysis and purchase don’t apply. Discover the new rigorous criteria you should use. Read More

Case Study: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation


Milwaukee Electric Tool, in business for 85 years, was using an electronic data interchange (EDI) solution that had been outsourced at very high cost. When the company chose a new EDI solution, the focus of the conversion was on reducing costs while improving accuracy and increasing trading partner adoption. Learn more about how the company put EDI order processing back in-house and reduced cost per order by 86 percent.

select tool  Study: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation Milwaukee Electric Tool, in business for 85 years, was using an electronic data interchange (EDI) solution that had been outsourced at very high cost. When the company chose a new EDI solution, the focus of the conversion was on reducing costs while improving accuracy and increasing trading partner adoption. Learn more about how the company put EDI order processing back in-house and reduced cost per order by 86 percent. Read More

T-Plan


Since 1990, T-Plan, has supplied best-of-breed solutions for testing needs—from its Test Process Management tool to its functional and load testing products. The T-Plan method and tools enable management when implementing projects in almost any industry to manage costs and business risks, and to regulate the process. The T-Plan product suite is currently installed in one hundred blue chip sites predominantly in banking and finance, insurance, utilities, and telecommunications. T-Plan is based in Cornwall, the UK.

select tool  Plan Since 1990, T-Plan, has supplied best-of-breed solutions for testing needs—from its Test Process Management tool to its functional and load testing products. The T-Plan method and tools enable management when implementing projects in almost any industry to manage costs and business risks, and to regulate the process. The T-Plan product suite is currently installed in one hundred blue chip sites predominantly in banking and finance, insurance, utilities, and telecommunications. T-Plan is based in Read More

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