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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Business Intelligence: A Guide for Midsize Companies
Business intelligence (BI) is not a new concept. What’s new is that BI tools are now accessible for midsize companies. Managers can use BI to analyze complex

statistical symbols  economy. BI uses sophisticated statistical techniques to find relationships that are hidden or not obvious. It can be used to identify which factors closely relate to customer churn and attrition or which factors (such as a prospect's income, education, age, or last purchase amount) were most closely related to a successful response in a marketing campaign. Visualization Techniques A picture is worth a thousand numbers, and highly graphical techniques ' including dashboards ' strongly complement the

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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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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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Predictive Analytics and the Evolution of BI


In the last couple of years, the popularity of predictive analytics offerings has increased significantly, as many companies looking to improve their existing business intelligence (BI) and analytics faculties are looking to the field of predictive analysis to enhance these capabilities, and in some cases even replace them. But, is predictive analysis really the new BI? Is it a replacement for the

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Messaging: Lotus Notes Domino R5 vs. Microsoft Exchange 5.5


This note compares the two leading collaborative messaging systems, Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange, in the areas of functionality, technology, cost, service, support, corporate viability, and corporate strategy.

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Business Intelligence: Its Ins and Outs


In today's highly competitive business climate, the quality and timeliness of business information for an organization is not only a choice between profit and loss, it is a question of survival or bankruptcy. No business organization can deny the inevitable benefits of business intelligence.

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The Profitability Perspective: How Automated Reporting Drives Better Decisions


Driving sustainable growth requires profitability-focused planning and performance management. Most companies have some type of profitability reporting—but many are investing a lot of effort to produce this information. And the limitations to the information companies currently compile may have a significant impact on decision making. Learn how automating profitability reporting can help your company improve decisions.

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Leading Online Retailer Wayfair Invests in Supply Chain Planning (SCP) Software from ToolsGroup


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Comparing Software Comparison Sites


A few online tools make it easy to compare criteria about software, side-by-side. Of course, you probably expect that I think TEC provides the mother of all evaluation tools for comparisons (true). But this is about some of the other guys. Two sites I like, which I recently came across might be useful to you if you’re scanning the horizon for high-level comparison info. The first is Opteros’s EOS

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Mobility in Manufacturing—No More a “Nice to Have”


I have been recently engaged in interesting discussions and conversations with software vendors and users on the mobile adoption of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, particularly in the manufacturing industry, and have gathered some insights on the potential challenges and benefits of mobile technologies for ERP systems for manufacturing, where mobility appears to be more of a

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How Inventory Optimization Can Increase Your Profitability


One of the largest expenses for distributors and wholesalers is stock. Many have difficulty finding the perfect balance between ensuring products are available when they’re needed and not holding too much inventory. So, how is it possible to increase profitability while lowering inventory costs? By exploiting an inventory optimization system, businesses increase automation and collaboration—allowing greater profitability.

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TARGIT BI Product Certified


Recently, I met over the Web with TARGIT’s Ruben Knudsen and Ulrik Pedersen, along with some TEC cohorts to verify TARGIT’S BI product.  TARGIT had  completed a TEC-designed RFI containing a list of BI capabilities that every BI vendor could support  “out of the box.” The RFI is a common list of BI capabilities that we send to all BI vendors, and from the long list of TARGIT responses, we chose

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