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IT Services E-Procurement
E-procurement is not just for goods and material. The market now offers IT services e-procurement solutions that open access to service sources and seek to

administrative and support services  that will minimize the administrative burden of running a small business. The professional service companies are concerned with knowledge of project opportunities, the length of their sales cycle, and client communication. The staffing agencies are concerned with finding new prospects, strengthening client relationships, and streamlining the service acquisition process. The concerns of these stakeholders have shaped the various solutions and the different functionalities they offer. At a high level the

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Outsourcing, IT Infrastructure

The IT Infrastructure Outsourcing knowledge base focuses on the selection of companies who provide outsource services in the areas of information technology (IT) infrastructure. The typical types of activities that these providers perform include data center operations; network operations; backup/recovery services, data storage management services; system administration services; end user support of desktop PCs, laptops, and handheld devices; web site, or application hosting, etc.  

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ERP for services solutions are changing the way professional services companies do business by combining powerful project- and resource-management tools with essential back-office functionality. Learn all about these solutions in TEC's 2012 ERP for Services Buyer's Guide. Plus get detailed product comparisons, a comprehensive vendor directory, customer success stories, and thought leadership from industry experts.

The scope of this guide makes it practically impossible to describe all the software requirements and offer existing solutions for services organizations of all types and sizes in an extremely diversified and highly specialized market. But the good news is that there are some commonalities among services-oriented companies, and the software solutions that address their needs can be suitable for a broad range of services-based organizations. The majority of services-based businesses, regardless of their market niche, will find their typical business processes covered in this guide. We will discuss the business challenges and pain points that services organizations face in fulfilling their objectives and the need for a specialized enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system to help them address these challenges and enable better decision making.

The primary audience for this buyer’s guide is services organization managers, business subject matter professionals at all levels, IT managers and experts, and consultants in the software selection market space who are directly or indirectly involved in corporate software selection processes, or, at least, influence those who make such decisions. This guide addresses the software needs of services-based companies that fall under the following example categories:

  • Managerial and/or specific consulting services companies
  • Financial services and auditing firms
  • Research organizations
  • Law firms
  • Advertising, public relations, and marketing agencies
  • Customer-specific software development companies
  • Recruitment and staffing companies



Table of Contents


Preface

2012 ERP for Services Buyer’s Guide

Definition of a Services Company

Business Challenges of Services-Oriented Companies

The Need for ERP for Services Software

Conclusion

Product Comparison

TEC Resources

Casebook

Counter-economy Factors Driving North American Steel Fabricator: While Landscape of Energy, Abundance and Employee Competition Defies Prevailing Market Trends, Waiward Steel Taps UNIT4 ERP/Business Change Support to Add $700k (5%) New Annual Profits

IFS Customer Success Story Todd Pacific Shipyards Chart a Course for Success with IFS Applications

Project Insight Customer Success Story NFI Industries

Epicor Customer Success Story Portenntum de Mexico Uses Epicor to Help Streamline Business Process

Thought Leadership by Epicor Increase Enterprise Visibility to Provide a Competitive Edge in Professional Services

KeyedIn Solutions Customer Success Story Pharmaceutical and Health Care Leader Solves Project Control and Health Problems at Division and Country Level


Vendor Directory


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Business Challenges of Services-oriented Companies


The services provided by services-based organizations as described above are commonly referred to as professional services. Consequently, the software market segment that caters to such businesses and provides specific application products is known as professional services automation (PSA). Another cluster of software packages is very similar in design—project portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA). This type of software is intended to support business activities similar to those addressed by PSA; it usually originates from a simpler project portfolio management (PPM) system that is expanded with the addition of billing, time tracking, and other PSAspecific activities. Usually PPM for PSA systems lack or do not offer extensive support for back-office processes—financial management of the entire organization, human resources management, purchasing, and so on—as these systems are more focused on project delivery to clients. ERP for Services software, on the other hand, is a broader type of solution that includes support for both project delivery business procedures and backoffice processes that are not visible to clients but are still essential for running a company.

Because of the project-based and people-oriented nature of services organizations, this business segment requires software applications that are capable of supporting servicesoriented business processes and adequately handling multiple internal challenges that are intrinsic to this industry.



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