Abstract: Today's usage of Decision Support Systems (DSS), combined with vetted ERP knowledge bases, allows organizations to save time and money, achieving better and more reliable/fully-documented decisions, a quantum improvement over the widely-used subjective process of selecting complex enterprise software...
strategy, a road map telling us how the business
plans to be successful, does not guarantee success. Strategy execution requires business
processes that do what the strategy calls for--and do it well. In today's automated world, these business
processes rely on business
systems. Therefore, a direct link exists between the success of business
strategy and business
systems. Poor systems are a frequent reason for the failure of a business
strategy. PubDate: 7/31/2004
Abstract: In searching for tools to implement an effective application-security strategy, managers have a choice between two technological approaches: dynamic analysis and static analysis. Available in a variety of freeware and commercial automated tools, both approaches promise comprehensive detection of security vulnerabilities. But a truly effective strategy may require a mix of both.
Abstract: WebTrends will begin offering an Application Service Provider (ASP) solution for web traffic analysis. The offering has options both for traditional traffic analysis and for commerce analysis. The product is also free to personal web sites.
Abstract: Enterprises of all sizes today face common problems dealing with handling increasing business complexity while reducing costs. The solution continues to be the automation of business processes. SAP is an established leader in addressing the needs of large enterprises. Building on that performance and identified best practices, SAP built and launched SAP Business One. SAP Business One was designed to offer small and medium businesses the same business streamlining and efficiencies at a scale and scope appropriate to their needs. IDC recently interviewed a number of companies that have successfully deployed SAP Business One. The purpose of our interviews was to determine what impact the software had on their productivity and cost reduction.
Abstract: As more business processes exist in an electronic universe, the need to manage the IT services that enable these processes increases. Business service management does this and achieves the IT alignment with the business necessary to ensure service improvement activities are prioritized with business objectives. Business service management applies the adage that if you improve IT, you improve the business. This paper presents an overview of business service management concepts and describes how Proxima Centauri provides a solution for this. It also describes how Six Sigma can be used as an underlying quality improvement process to eliminate the associated costs of poor quality.
Abstract: Aspen Technology recently announced its e-commerce initiative, Aspen e-Business, which is the first in a planned series of business-to-business e-commerce applications. As part of the initiative, AspenTech will partner with business-to-business application vendor Extricity Software, Inc. to deliver e-commerce solutions. Though Aspen lags behind other enterprise application software vendors in e-commerce offerings, recent business restructuring efforts and its hold on the process manufacturing segment may lead to success.
Abstract: Hearing confusing messages from your customer resource management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors? You may be dealing with dozens of software vendors and system integrators, each one praising the benefits of his solution. Among these proposals, one claims not only to efficiently manage the entire customer life cycle, but also to take full advantage of your previous technology investments. Your incumbent ERP system vendor also has a CRM solution, and praises the benefits of the tight integration of both systems. The question then is, how do you know whether this solution is the best for you? Request your copy of Integrating CRM with ERP compliments of Baseline Consulting. The report gives you the criteria to use when formulating your strategy of integrating CRM with ERP, best practices of CRM implementation, dealing with ERP integration, and how to integrate CRM with ERP impacts the value chain.
Abstract: The bid/no-bid analysis is the assessment, whether quantitative, qualitative, or usually both, of risks inherent to the choice of whether submitting or not submitting an offer upon receipt of an invitation to do so. If you decide to submit a bid, you will send a letter of intent to express you intention to bid. At the contrary, if you find the opportunity not so appealing that you decided not to bid, you are highly encouraged to send the requesting organization a no-bid letter. Learn tips on how to run a professional, effective bid/no-bid analysis
Abstract: While network complexity and bandwidth demands continue to increase, applications such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) increase performance requirements. Today’s network administrators need versatile monitoring and analysis tools to quickly troubleshoot and monitor security and compliance. Retrospective network analysis (RNA) tools let you go “back in time” to reconstruct failure or attack. Discover the benefits.
Abstract: Designed to be agile and dependable, financial analysis solutions can bring clarity to the reasons behind your company’s growth, and help steer you toward future growth. Learn how financial analysis solutions enhance the value of your existing business support systems, and distill enterprise-wide information to answer the question: How can we increase revenue, maximize profits, and increase our competitive advantage?
Abstract: Organizations today need to handle and manage increasingly large volumes of data in various formats and coming from disparate sources. Though the benefits to be gained from analysis of such big data are immense, so are the inherent challenges, including need for rapid analysis. In his article, TEC BI analyst Jorge García discusses how in-memory analytics helps address these challenges and reap the benefits hidden in big data.
Abstract: Having realized the savings that can be generated by managing corporate spending, many organizations are now aiming to employ and leverage spend analysis to implement sourcing and procurement strategies. Is quality data the cornerstone of successful spend analysis? Most of us would say yes, without hesitation. However, if you dig deeper, you might be in for a surprise.
Abstract: I'm Larry Blitz, editor of TEC’s Vendor Showdown series. With enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems being the information backbone of the organization, we decided to take a closer look at three of the more popular discrete ERP solutions for the mid-market. Using TEC's ERP Evaluation Center, we compared Infor ERP LN 6.1, Epicor Vantage, and Lawson M3 Discrete Manufacturing Solutions head-to-head, based on the most recent data supplied to us by the three vendors.
Abstract: The trade-off between best-of-breed functionality and ease of integration is no longer so simple. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to expand, blurring the boundaries of core ERP functionality. The three essential factors to consider in ERP versus best-of-breed decisions are functionality, integration, and the ability to upgrade. Find out the questions you need to ask when considering an ERP extension.
Abstract: Every company faces different challenges and has different needs in regard to enterprise resource planning (ERP). Choosing the right ERP system can be difficult because there is really no one-size-fits-all ERP solution. However, there are certain basic principles that apply to nearly every company’s situation. Find out what they are, and learn how you can increase your chances of a successful ERP implementation.
Abstract: For over a decade, organizations have struggled with a gap between IT and business due to shifts in perceptions of what business intelligence (BI) should be. Often, skilled IT workers get stuck in low-level reporting roles, while business workers can’t access and analyze information fast enough to make strategic decisions. This discussion with an industry technologist offers some ideas for bridging the IT/business gap.
Abstract: As time passes, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems drift further and further into misalignment with enterprise goals, strategies, and tactics. Eventually your legacy ERP system begins to interfere with your company’s ability to operate efficiently. Examine ERP evaluation criteria and techniques, and equip yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to measure your current ERP system’s effectiveness.
Abstract: Nowadays, it’s easy to spend nearly as much time trying to make the pieces of your supply chain work together as you actually spend working. Managing disparate systems and solving communication issues create challenges that keep your business-to-business (B2B) solutions from working in sync. Find out how integrating the technology, business processes, and communication of your entire business community can help.
Abstract: As organizations prepare for their next ERP version upgrade, they find themselves trying to make sense of a new iteration that disrupts the traditional understanding and thinking about ERP. ERP II requires organizations to transform from a focus on internal resource optimization to a new focus on process integration and external collaboration. To help organizations make sense of this new iteration, we look at why ERP II has come about, how it differs from ERP, and how it promises to change the way organizations do business in the future.