Executive Resources

The Road to BI Success

Source: IDC
Organizations are increasingly focused on business intelligence (BI) and analytics projects that help reduce costs or retain customers. But justifying the high cost of BI software will be challenging unless short-term benefits can be directly correlated with the investment and these projects can be executed within the long-term strategic plan of the company. Know the questions you need to pose for a successful BI strategy.



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NetSuite ERP for Services Certification Report

How can you trust that the ERP system the vendor is boasting about really does the job and helps you more effectively run your business? You know you can trust the product when the vendor itself uses it to run its business. NetSuite uses NetSuite ERP to run its business—everyday! This is a true testament to the NetSuite’s belief in its product.

NetSuite ERP by NetSuite is now certified by TEC in the enterprise resource planning (EPR) for services software space. As part of the certification process, NetSuite has demonstrated that NetSuite ERP supports specific real-world business processes to TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm.

NetSuite ERP caters to a number of vertical industries, including services, and each ranks the product as the number 1 cloud ERP software solution on the market. The vendor also boasts a number of impressive statistics on its continued commitment to providing customer service—including 99.97% uptime, on average—which it makes available to the public 24/7.

In this TEC certification report, you’ll read about the NetSuite ERP’s redesigned user interface, which is 3 years in the making, dashboard and portlet improvements, as well as enhancements in project job costing, multi-book accounting, and dunning letters, to name a few. Read the report and get a detailed look at how NetSuite ERP supports current business processes and how it compares with solutions on the market in the major functionality areas for ERP for services.


UNIT4 Agresso ERP Certification Report

UNIT4 Agresso ERP by UNIT4 is now certified by TEC in the enterprise resource planning (EPR) for services software space. [Note: As of March 2015, UNIT4 Agresso ERP is known as Unit4 Business World.]

According to TEC senior research analyst Aleksey Osintsev, UNIT4 Agresso ERP is an ERP system consisting of an integrated suite of solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of project-based mid-market services organizations, which are operating their business in an environment undergoing constant change. The system’s Vita architecture enables organizations to trigger system changes according to business changes—and thus rapidly and efficiently adapt to the ever-changing business environment.

UNIT4 Agresso ERP supports the entire project life cycle for services organizations and is available on premise or in the cloud (private and multitenant). The system provides a number of user friendly features, including typeahead search functionality and embedded social collaboration tools, as well as analytics and reporting capabilities for various types of users.

The latest platform upgrade of UNIT4 Agresso ERP, Milestone 5, provides for an enriched user experience, with a complete redesign of the user interface—from browser based to a mobile dedicated one. Users benefit from the product’s ease of use, and seamless integration with MS Office and other productivity tools, ease of implementation, and upgrade flexibility, among others.

Find out more about UNIT4 Agresso ERP in this TEC certification report, including key product differentiators, a detailed look at support of business processes, major new functionality features, Milestone 5 upgrade features, the embedded social collaboration tool, and detailed functionality graphs comparing UNIT4 Agresso ERP with competitor solutions in the major functionality areas for ERP for services.

Talent Analytics: Moving beyond the Hype

Talent analytics is one of the most misunderstood areas of human capital management (HCM). With conflicting definitions regarding what it is and various ideas of how it should be leveraged, most organizations default to an approach to data that is relatively immature. Less than one-third of companies combine talent data with business data to measure the impact on organizational performance. As the demands of business escalate, human resources (HR) professionals must be prepared to provide insight, decisions, and predictions about the talent that is in place today as well as the talent needed for the future. This report, based on research conducted in November and December 2013, will address the key trends and best practices for using talent analytics to drive business success.

Credit Risk Management: Collateral, Covenants and Risk Review

If your organization is still managing credit risk manually, you could be leaving your company open to experience significant losses and complications that can harm its financial well-being. Multiple systems, piles of paper, inconsistent or out of date information- all could end up costing your company dearly. Today, the best way to ensure that credit risk is being appropriately monitored and managed is with the adoption of an automated system. With the implementation of an automated system, accuracy of data and efficiency of execution are significantly improved, and risk is monitored in a superior and more effective manner.

In this white paper, IBM highlights the benefits that an automated system for credit risk management can bring to your organization, including a reduction of human error on multiple levels, a marked increase in compliance, the capability to quickly track a data trail, and the capacity to effortlessly update and upgrade across multiple accounts and systems. Automation means valuations are up to the minute, and that transparency is increased. Document imaging, data entry, and automated workflow can resolve many problems previously encountered with manual procedures.

IBM’s Business Analytics offers a comprehensive 5-point action plan involving the importance of automating collateral processes, how to consolidate diverse systems and data, the benefits of automating collateral and covenant monitoring to reduce risk with the latest available information, and how automation supports release processes for minimized risk. Credit risk management can be modernized and refined as a result of changing towards an automated system.

Using Data Analytics to Transform Your Business Processes and Your Business

Implementation of data-driven analytic platforms is quickly becoming the new business normal. New analytic tools are allowing organizations to improve the performance of routine tasks and procedures based on real-time, high-quality information, resulting in vastly improved operational and financial decision making. Dundas Data Visualization is a dashboard solution that can help your business increase compliance and improve efficiency by transforming raw data into visual information. Visualizing your organization’s data can give you a clearer understanding of what’s really happening in your organization, and help to identifying potential challenges. The adoption of Dundas Data Visualization dashboard solutions can help your business perform far above others in your field.

In this white paper, learn about what data analytics are, and how, in conjunction with up-to-the-minute information and access to great visualization tools, you can use them to your best business advantage. Dundas Data Visualization provides a detailed set of four key factors to help you develop better insight through advanced analytics: defining of business objectives, aligning stakeholders on business challenges, identifying meaningful metrics for better success, and putting insight to work by utilizing visual tools for more rapid understanding of concepts. Read tips on how to establish the definitions of success for your company through the development of a data discovery framework to harness the full potential of your data. Learn why it’s crucial to develop a system of support for and management of data analytics within your organization before adoption takes place, and why simply visualizing information can help with the adoption of new data analytics tools.