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Vendor Rating Updates: BPM, ERP, PLM
Here's an update on new TEC vendor ratings and certifications. If you're currently evaluating or researching ERP, business process management (BPM), or product

vendor evaluation and rating  update on new TEC vendor ratings and certifications. If you're currently evaluating or researching ERP, business process management (BPM), or product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, here's what we have new for you. Reports are available as well as in-depth rating evaluations in the evaluation centers . Here are the new items. TEC published up-to-date information for version 4 of Omnify's Empower PLM . Some areas in which the product's functionality focuses help to integrate product design changes

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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Vendor Rating Updates: Process ERP, CRM, and Financials


Newly published TEC ratings are available for a number of software vendors. Individual reports are available for purchase, or you can review the ratings in-depth using the evaluation centers. Here's a quick rundown of the updates. Take note if you're in the process of evaluating any of the following systems. enterprise resource planning (ERP) for process manufacturing industries customer

vendor evaluation and rating  a number of software vendors. Individual reports are available for purchase, or you can review the ratings in-depth using the evaluation centers . Here's a quick rundown of the updates. Take note if you're in the process of evaluating any of the following systems. enterprise resource planning (ERP) for process manufacturing industries customer relationship management ( CRM ) enterprise financial software Our public data on the BatchMaster ERP system is now up-to-date as of version 8.10, which targets Read More

Firewall Software Evaluation Report


Firewalls protect enterprise computer systems from attacks by individuals wishing to crack or otherwise compromise an internal network. The firewall Software Evaluation Report addresses requirements for network interfaces and protocols, content filters, VPN capacity, and other security characteristics.

vendor evaluation and rating  multiple enterprise software solutions. Vendor responses are comprehensively rated on their level of support of for each criterion (supported, not supported, customization, future releases, etc.) to ensure you make and accurate and informed decision. This Software Evaluation Report provides extensive information about vendor or provider capabilities. Covering everything in TEC's comprehensive Firewall knowledge base, this rating detail report is invaluable toward RFI and business requirements research. Read More

Software Evaluation and Software Selection


Organizations are surrounded by ambiguity when making their implementation decisions. Accurate and relevant criteria that are properly weighed against an enterprise’s needs, what-if scenarios, and supporting graphics and reports are essential when making a software selection.

vendor evaluation and rating  a result of inadequate vendor information and evaluation processes. Such losses are increasingly apparent within price-sensitive, small and medium enterprises, which require accurate IT information to be collected quickly and cost-effectively during the software evaluation process. Vendor's hype, consultants' conflicts of interest, user doubt, tediously long selection processes, and unclear decision rationale are some of the unfortunate watchwords for most selection processes. Problem Overview Generally, Read More

Vendor Rating and Certification Updates: BI and ERP


It's mid-November and time to tell you about some of the new product ratings and certifications that we're covering in our research. TEC analysts recently completed certifying products from BatchMaster and Targit. Each vendor successfully demonstrated how its product addressed a script of functionality as identified by TEC analysts. (Look for products proudly wearing the TEC

vendor evaluation and rating  our evaluation centers and vendor showcase.) The Targit BI Suite , with its few click approach is covered in our BI Evaluation Center . The BatchMaster Enterprise solution focuses on the requirements of companies in the process manufacturing industry, as covered in our ERP Evaluation Center . In addition to those TEC certified products, we also published new data about the following products. Newly revised data on the OpenAir professional services automation suite. Webcom joined our Business Process Read More

Secrets for Choosing a Reliable Vendor


The main consideration for companies considering outsourcing is cost savings. Because efficiency is key when choosing a vendor, most companies end up collaborating with different outsourcing firms that cater to their different needs. However, recent studies have shown that more companies are hiring providers that can offer different services and meet a variety of needs. Learn what this trend means for your company.

vendor evaluation and rating  for Choosing a Reliable Vendor The main consideration for companies considering outsourcing is cost savings. Because efficiency is key when choosing a vendor, most companies end up collaborating with different outsourcing firms that cater to their different needs. However, recent studies have shown that more companies are hiring providers that can offer different services and meet a variety of needs. Learn what this trend means for your company. Read More

Vendor Spotlight Report: W4


Business process management (BPM) software vendor W4’s philosophy is to mix the best of BPM tools and applications with its model-driven application development framework. Download this report to find out how this philosophy has shaped W4's flagship platform BUSINESS FIRST, along with an analysis of BUSINESS FIRST's features and functionality from TEC BI Analyst Jorge García.

vendor evaluation and rating  process management (BPM) software vendor W4’s philosophy is to mix the best of BPM tools and applications with its model-driven application development framework. Download this report to find out how this philosophy has shaped W4's flagship platform BUSINESS FIRST, along with an analysis of BUSINESS FIRST's features and functionality from TEC BI Analyst Jorge García. Read More

Experience Montreal While at the TEC Vendor Challenge


If you’re attending the TEC Vendor Challenge event and are looking to see Montreal while you’re at it, I’m here to help. From now until the event date in mid-September, I will be posting suggestions of places to visit during your stay. The selections are based on my personal opinion of the best sights to see, exhibits to check out, places to eat, and lounges/bars to help you unwind after a long

vendor evaluation and rating  While at the TEC Vendor Challenge If you’re attending the TEC Vendor Challenge event and are looking to see Montreal while you’re at it, I’m here to help. From now until the event date in mid-September, I will be posting suggestions of places to visit during your stay. The selections are based on my personal opinion of the best sights to see, exhibits to check out, places to eat, and lounges/bars to help you unwind after a long day. I’m sure you’ve all heard that Montreal is like Paris and New Read More

TEC Launches Merchandising Systems Evaluation Center to Help Retailers Select Software


Impartial software evaluation firm Technology Evaluation Centers Inc. (TEC) launches its Merchandising Systems Evaluation Center to help companies select the software solutions they require for their specific business requirements.

vendor evaluation and rating  inventory replenishment, purchasing, and vendor management, across multiple retail channels and countries. As retail organizations shift strategies to become more customer-centric, solutions that can facilitate, streamline, and automate operations are becoming 'must haves' in any size retail organization, says Christina Park, TEC research analyst for retail. Technologies that help with inventory management and getting merchandise in the right stores at the right time are increasingly Read More

An Insider’s View of Spend Management Software Vendor Coupa


We recently had the opportunity to extend our coverage of spend management software vendor Coupa with insider information from Coupa’s own top brass. Our questions and Coupa executives’ answers are as follows:TEC: We have already heard about your winning value prop, but what is typically the reason that you lose to your competitors? Coupa: Pricing is the typical reason we lose to

vendor evaluation and rating  of Spend Management Software Vendor Coupa We recently had the opportunity to extend our coverage of spend management software vendor Coupa with insider information from Coupa’s own top brass. Our questions and Coupa executives’ answers are as follows: TEC: We have already heard about your winning value prop, but what is typically the reason that you lose to your competitors? Coupa: Pricing is the typical reason we lose to competitors. Our pricing might be more than others on the market upfront; Read More

Informatica Morphs into Enterprise Decision Support Vendor


Informatica Corporation, long an established vendor in the Extract/Transform/Load (ETL) market space, has morphed themselves into a vendor of solutions for the "e-Business infrastructure". In conjunction with their contract to build an enterprise data warehouse for the United States Postal Service and their MX2 metadata exchange initiative, Informatica is reinventing itself.

vendor evaluation and rating  into Enterprise Decision Support Vendor Vendor Genesis Based in Palo Alto, California, Informatica was founded in late 1993 by Gaurav Dhillon, the current Chief Executive Officer, and Diaz Nesamoney, the current President. Originally they were strictly an ETL (Extract/Transform/Load) vendor who competed with Platinum Technology, Prism Solutions, Carleton, and Evolutionary Technologies (ETI). With his background at Unisys and Sterling Software, Dhillon understood that applications were being moved from Read More

Voting Technology: An Evaluation of Requirements and Solutions


The issues created by the use of punch card ballots, an obsolete technology, during the recent US Presidential election are similar to the ones that businesses confront every day when dealing with technological change. It is therefore instructive to examine voting technology issues in the way that most businesses would approach an important information technology decision.

vendor evaluation and rating  Technology: An Evaluation of Requirements and Solutions Introduction Technological change impacts politics as well as business. The recent United States Presidential election sheds light on problems that can arise from the use of punch card ballots, an obsolete technology. Some observers are suggesting high-tech alternatives such as the Internet, while others viscerally distrust computer technology and would eschew it altogether. These issues are similar to the ones that businesses confront every Read More

ROI Evaluation Report: Microsoft Business Solutions CRM




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A Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends


A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the open source door, however, with OpenMFG, its commercially licensed solution with an open source infrastructure.

vendor evaluation and rating  Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends TEC's continuing question and answer (Q&A) series, in which we solicit vendors' responses to our questions and observations on market trends (see previous articles in this series: Two Stalwart Vendors Discuss Market Trends and A Partner-friendly Platform Provider Discusses Market Trends ), has become quite popular with readers and vendors alike. Another market player that has voiced its opinions is Norfolk, Virginia, (US)-based xTuple (formerly OpenMFG ). Read More

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Consult the following Premium Advisory Report from MWD Advisors to explore the analytic capabilities of one of the leading vendors in the market. Learn what distinguishes smarter analytics and how IBM can meet the analytics needs for any organization on any front. Read on to learn more.

vendor evaluation and rating  Insight Customer Analytics Profile: IBM Consult the following Premium Advisory Report from MWD Advisors to explore the analytic capabilities of one of the leading vendors in the market. Learn what distinguishes smarter analytics and how IBM can meet the analytics needs for any organization on any front. Read on to learn more. Read More