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Waking Up to a “New Day” at Infor


Moving away from the relentless acquisitions of the past, Infor is waking up to a brand new day, marked by innovative product development that will change the way work is done. TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks at how the vendor has become a formidable opponent to SAP and Oracle, and examines all the components of Infor10, a new generation of enterprise software that allows the seamless execution of business processes.

001 to 10  1,904 new features, and 2,001 customer enhancement requests—an increase of more than 70 percent from the previous year. Infor10 Financials Business (SunSystems) , the company’s global financial management system (FMS) saw a major new release in 2011, and was reviewed in TEC ’s article .   Blueprint for the Future: Infor10 Over the course of its history, Infor has acquired more than 40 companies, with more or less strategic importance. The company''s latest strategy includes a common UI, analytics, Read More

TEC Research Shows Manufacturers Still Biggest ERP Shoppers


Since the 2008 economic crisis hit, many firms have been forced to cut back in order to keep their businesses afloat. Enterprise software spending is one area where cutbacks have been most noticeable. But now that the global economy is starting to rebound and information technology (IT) budgets are unfreezing, companies are evaluating upgrade or replacement enterprise resource planning (ERP

001 to 10  selection budgets averaging between $250,001 and $500,000 (USD). Figure 1. Top 10 Industries Evaluating Enterprise Software, October 2011–March 2012 (Click to expand) These findings aren’t surprising. Not only are manufacturing firms the traditional sweet spot for ERP vendors, but manufacturing was one of the hardest-hit sectors during the global economic downturn. Now that an economic recovery seems to have begun in earnest, manufacturers are looking for software solutions to help them stay Read More

HR System for Banks, Financial Institutions


A multinational bank was looking for a fully integrated human resources (HR) solution to replace its legacy system. To find the right solution, the company turned to TEC for an extended evaluation and selection project.

Starting with a list of eight qualified solutions, TEC issued requests for information (RFIs) to each of the vendors. Based on the RFI responses, the bank was able to compare the eight solutions and develop a shortlist of the three most promising ones for in-depth evaluation.

TEC also helped the bank prepare scripts for formal demonstration session—a key component of the final selection process.



001 to 10  billion Company Size:   1,001 to 10,000 employees Number of Sites:   41–100 sites Approx. Num Of Users:   26–50 users Region:   Latin America (Mexico, Central America, and South America) North America (Canada and the United States) Project Profile 8  qualified bidders identified 8  RFIs issued Working list: Lawson - S3 Human Capital Management NuView - HR product suite Infor - SmartStream Human Resources and Payroll SAP - euHReka, NorthgateArinso TSL Group - HRp5 AFAS - Profit STL - Hrplus Read More

How to Choose a Service and Maintenance Application


If you’re not using a service and maintenance application, you may have reached the point where manual systems no longer support the pace of business. Where to start? You should know the five important questions to ask before implementing. The ten essential features to look for. How to prepare for product demonstrations. And the five most common mistakes people make.

001 to 10  for meter readings from 5,001-10,000. Do you need to be able to define the formulas for these calculations? Do you have more than one billing formula per agreement? For example, you may have one formula that charges by the copy and another formula that adds on a monthly service fee Do you require a meter reading notification function that ensures that all meter readings are concluded and entered?   Return Authorization Do you need to manage return authorizations (RAs)? Do you use RAs for both customers Read More

How to Use Technology to Redefine Today’s Economy


Daniel Burrus examines how using technology can not only help organizations lower costs and become more efficient, but also redefine today’s economy. Learn the ways you can redefine your business and stay profitable.

001 to 10  to Use Technology to Redefine Today’s Economy Today we’re in an era of technology-driven transformation. That means you can attain higher profits when you use technology to redefine your products, your services, and/or how the industry in general works. Unfortunately, most companies are using technology only one way—to lower costs and become more efficient. They view technology as a way to “do more with less,” “streamline the workflow,” and “trim expenses.” Sound familiar? While this Read More

Data Mining with MicroStrategy: Using the BI Platform to Distribute Data Mining and Predictive Analytics to the Masses


Data mining and predictive analysis applications can help you make knowledge-driven decisions and improve efficiency. But the user adoption of these tools has been slow due to their lack of business intelligence (BI) functionality, proactive information distribution, robust security, and other necessities. Now there’s an integrated enterprise BI system that can deliver data mining and predictive analysis. Learn more.

001 to 10  Mining with MicroStrategy: Using the BI Platform to Distribute Data Mining and Predictive Analytics to the Masses Data mining and predictive analysis applications can help you make knowledge-driven decisions and improve efficiency. But the user adoption of these tools has been slow due to their lack of business intelligence (BI) functionality, proactive information distribution, robust security, and other necessities. Now there’s an integrated enterprise BI system that can deliver data mining and Read More

To Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved?


In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods). Another blog was about bringing cost down by using better or best inventory management processes and practices. As we have already discussed the methods, processes, and practices, let’s look now at some of the technological aspects of

001 to 10  Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved? In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods ). Another blog was about bringing cost down by using better or best inventory management processes and practices . As we have already discussed the methods, processes, and practices, let’s look now at some of the technological aspects of reducing cost. The first question that Read More

6 Steps to Switch From Spreadsheets to Cloud-based Expense Management


The manual process of using spreadsheets for managing expenses has had its advantages, especially before the rise of automated cloud-based expense management software. For many companies, the time, costs, and risk of inaccuracy in the spreadsheet method can lead to the decision to switch.

This e-book outlines 6 key steps to follow to make as efficient and cost-effective a transition as possible. The first step is identifying the problems with an enterprise’s current expense management system, by asking questions such as: How much time does a company spend on expense reports? Are there any policy compliance issues within the organization?

Other steps in the expense management selection process include identifying the enterprise’s specific requirements, assessing potential vendors, building a business case for your software switch, implementing the solution, and getting the most out of the cost and operation benefits of the expense management switch.

Read more in this comprehensive guide to help you switch from spreadsheets to automated expense management software.

001 to 10  Steps to Switch From Spreadsheets to Cloud-based Expense Management The manual process of using spreadsheets for managing expenses has had its advantages, especially before the rise of automated cloud-based expense management software. For many companies, the time, costs, and risk of inaccuracy in the spreadsheet method can lead to the decision to switch. This e-book outlines 6 key steps to follow to make as efficient and cost-effective a transition as possible. The first step is identifying the problems Read More

PTC Windchill Version 9 versus Version 10: Is Version 10 the Most Significant Windchill Release in PTC’s History?


The latest iteration of PTC Windchill (v. 10) for product lifecycle management (PLM) has been described as ‘the most significant Windchill release in PTC’s history.’ In his article, TEC research analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu compares the last two versions of PTC Windchill, and outlines how the functionality enhancements in PTC Windchill 10 make the product suitable for product creation, development, and lifecycle management.

001 to 10  Windchill Version 9 versus Version 10: Is Version 10 the Most Significant Windchill Release in PTC’s History? PTC Windchill version 9.0 was certified by TEC in January 2010 and version 10.0 was certified recently. Since the latest iteration of the software is considered by PTC to be “the most significant Windchill release in PTC’s history,” I was curious to see the differences in functionality between the two certified versions and gauge whether this was not in fact an overstatement. The first Read More

How to Optimize ERP to Meet Wholesale Distribution Challenges


Efficient procurement and sourcing. Storing and moving inventories. Attracting and retaining customers. Such challenges have an impact on wholesale distributors’ revenues, competitiveness, and profits. To make timely and informed decisions that can impact your business, you need answers to questions like “How can I offer value-added services to improve customer loyalty?” Get the answers to this and other key questions.

001 to 10  to Optimize ERP to Meet Wholesale Distribution Challenges Efficient procurement and sourcing. Storing and moving inventories. Attracting and retaining customers. Such challenges have an impact on wholesale distributors’ revenues, competitiveness, and profits. To make timely and informed decisions that can impact your business, you need answers to questions like “How can I offer value-added services to improve customer loyalty?” Get the answers to this and other key questions. Read More

How to Lead Your Organization on the Best Path to Performance Improvement (Webcast Transcript)


Companies require an agile enterprise performance management (EPM) strategy to ensure they have information to support effective decisions. The more information companies generate, the more they need software that places the information in the right context and optimizes the decision-support process. Learn to identify software that can help your organization find the best path to continual performance improvement.

001 to 10  to Lead Your Organization on the Best Path to Performance Improvement (Webcast Transcript) Become a performance manager in your department using integrated reports, metrics and plans based on proven sweet spots of information. Discover new and more effective ways to cut costs, boost margins and manage risk. Source: IBM Resources Related to How to Lead Your Organization on the Best Path to Performance Improvement (Webcast Transcript) : Performance Improvement (Wikipedia) Business Performance Read More

Anticipate, Adapt, Excel: How to Respond Quickly to Changing Markets


In today’s Internet-connected global economy, the market doesn’t allow for companies to sit back and relax into a comfortable niche. Customer loyalty is ever harder to maintain, and you risk losing your business to competition if you can’t respond quickly to market change. Before you lose any more ground, find out how to replace your disconnected, redundant business processes with flexible and efficient ones integrated by IT.

001 to 10  Adapt, Excel: How to Respond Quickly to Changing Markets Anticipate, Adapt, Excel: How to Respond Quickly to Changing Markets If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. SAP SCM can help transform a linear, sequential supply chain into a responsive supply network – in which communities of customer-centric, demand-driven companies share knowledge, intelligently adapt to changing market conditions, and proactively respond Read More

Too Hard to Adopt PLM? Find Ways to Make It Easier


Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are too complicated, too expensive, and take too long to implement. That’s what I said last month in a blog post. However, more and more companies find that adopting PLM is an unavoidable route to take regardless how many obstacles ahead. Can companies find ways to adopt PLM more easily and faster? After listening to Lectra’s introduction to its Easy

001 to 10  Hard to Adopt PLM? Find Ways to Make It Easier Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are too complicated, too expensive, and take too long to implement. That’s what I said last month in a blog post . However, more and more companies find that adopting PLM is an unavoidable route to take regardless how many obstacles ahead. Can companies find ways to adopt PLM more easily and faster? After listening to Lectra ’s introduction to its Easy Start PLM implementation approach, I think I’ve found Read More

Taking Collaboration to the Next Level: Moving from Your Document-centric Enterprise 1.0 to the People-centric World of Enterprise 2.0


It would be a mistake to think that Web 2.0 is all about technology—and similarly so for Enterprise 2.0. But it would also be a mistake to dismiss the technology altogether. The selection and implementation of enterprise social software solutions and real-time collaboration solutions requires careful thought, consideration, and planning. Find out more, in this IBM white paper. Download now.

001 to 10  Collaboration to the Next Level: Moving from Your Document-centric Enterprise 1.0 to the People-centric World of Enterprise 2.0 It would be a mistake to think that Web 2.0 is all about technology—and similarly so for Enterprise 2.0. But it would also be a mistake to dismiss the technology altogether. The selection and implementation of enterprise social software solutions and real-time collaboration solutions requires careful thought, consideration, and planning. Find out more, in this IBM white Read More