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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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TEC 2013 Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Accounting and Financial Software
Looking for an accounting and financial solution? This report can help you spot trends in the accounting and financial software space. See what your peers and

tec markey survey report  2013 Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Accounting and Financial Software Looking for an accounting and financial solution? This report can help you spot trends in the accounting and financial software space. See what your peers and competitors are looking for in those solutions, so you can develop a good understanding of what accounting and financial software vendors offer, what other companies have identified as important requirements, and what functionality might be a good fit for your

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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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CMMS - EAM Software Evaluation Report

The EAM Software Evaluation Report is geared toward groups that need to analyze requirements for a system, which supports maintenance management tasks. Asset management systems typically enable planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events. This Software Evaluation Report includes criteria for comparing general computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) functionality, fleet maintenance, workflow, reporting, and other areas that touch upon asset management practices. 

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Issues Faced by Accounting Departments


As accounting and financial departments and associated business processes are an inherent part of any commercial or non-commercial organization, these departments face the same challenges as the rest of the company—a need to keep the business competitive and respond to tough competition during difficult economic times, attract and retain customers, provide an extremely high customer support and service level, constantly review and improve business processes, and many others. At the same time, accountants experience challenges and business pains owing to their specific accounting and financial management processes and tasks. Following is a list of major challenges and issues faced by accounting and financial departments with regard to these processes and procedures.

  • Accounting and financial activities and internal processes must conform to various types of standards and rules, from international regulations such as the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to local or even municipal requirements. This is exacerbated by confusing taxation and reporting regulations prescribed by law. The task becomes much more complicated upon company expansion and entry into different markets, regions, or countries— in which case accounting and reporting processes must comply with multiple standards simultaneously. And at this point, the process of financial and reporting data consolidation becomes a non-trivial and constantly changing task—financial managers and their employees must always keep abreast of these changes.


  • Relatively recently, the need has emerged to accommodate alternative accounting models and non-standard accounting and financial management principles, in addition to or as substitutions for traditional ones. Lean accounting is an example of such a model. Unlike traditional accounting practice requirements, lean accounting looks to calculate and track added value streams, sees a company’s assets and expenses in a different way (e.g., inventory as waste to be minimized or eliminated rather than simply a company’s assets), and generate profit-and-loss statements based on lean principles instead of GAAP or IFRS or in parallel to mandated (i.e., traditional-type) reports.


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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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