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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Help Selecting Open Source Consulting Services
Enterprise software analyst firm, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) recently launched its FOSS Evaluation Center (fossevaluation.com), which lets end

analysis services 2005  resource by providing its analysis and matching service to end users, consultants, and vendors. Another frequently raised concern from organizations considering open source solutions is the availability of support. A lot of different factors must be taken into account to determine how well support services can be provided. This includes, for example, support components such as communication methods (how will the chosen firm make itself available?), processing time, self-help availability, local support

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ERP for the Services Industry (Non-manufacturing) RFI/RFP Template

Portfolio and Project Management, Resource Planning and Scheduling, Opportunity, Contact, and Contract Management, Time and Expense Management, Financial Management, Budgeting, Costing, and Billing, Knowledge Management, Collaboration, and Analysis, Third Party Integration, Back-office Functionality, Product Technology 

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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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