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Maximizing the Value of Economic Stimulus Funds: Transparency and Accountability in Government Agencies
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), designed to quickly stimulate economic recovery in the US, also marks the start of a new era in the

and community economic and social policy  promote economic reinvestment. Citizen and community assistance. Provide for citizens most impacted by the recession, and promote community service through volunteerism. Technology investment. Invest in technological advances in science and health to increase economic efficiency. Budget stabilization. Support state and local budgets to minimize or avoid reductions in essential services. Long-term domestic benefits. Invest in programs, such as environmental protection and transportation, that provide Read More...
TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide
While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers

and community economic and social policy  Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide TEC''s enterprise software evaluation reports are designed to give manufacturers and service organizations a comprehensive list of features and functions (criteria) for each of over forty different kinds of enterprise software solutions. Complete functional criteria is included for ERP systems, CRM, SCM, WMS, BI, Lean Manufacturing and others required by companies of all sizes. Source: Technology Evaluation Centers Resources Related to TEC''s Lean and Green Read More...
Single Version of the Truth
Today''s enterprise is no longer a single, vertically integrated organization. Globalization, outsourcing, and off-shoring have created an environment where end

and community economic and social policy  add much more data and algorithms to the portfolio. So keeping from falling behind on today''s operations views is critical. Considerations include : Peer-to-peer data synchronization—machine to machine interaction Community or trade partner networks—beyond the intimate tango! People to people—instant messaging paradigm Semantically align—consistency in meaning and interpretation Publish/subscribe/event architecture—a way to get at business events as they happen Convergence of existing Read More...
Rules, Tools, Policies, and Best Practices for Compliance in the United States
A strategic compliance program can help employers in the United States (US) reduce the likelihood of litigation, regulatory investigations, security breaches

and community economic and social policy  timely and authentic manner and may be used as evidence to support or sink your case. Nonetheless, the business community continues to exhibit an alarming lack of skill when it comes to electronic records management. Fully 65% of enterprises and 28% of small to mid-sized (SMB) organizations have faced e- discovery, according to Enterprise Strategy Group research. Yet, only 34% of organizations have email record retention policies and schedules in place, Ameri- can Management Association/ePolicy Institute Read More...
Time to Change: New Thoughts on Supporting Business Change Fast and Flexibly
To succeed in ever-changing market conditions, you must manage and navigate an information network of business partners. Though you may have long focused your

and community economic and social policy  network, to reduce costs and free resources to meet the needs of the business community for expanded, business technology services. Transforming Data and Content into Insights The conflict between unstructured and structured data is an issue that continues to grow and that has profound implications for compliance. Auditors increasingly demand information assurance to determine that enterprise data was accurately created by known procedures and not based on imported, unchecked data. The vast amount of Read More...
SAS and Action-Oriented Business Processes: Alliances, Partnerships, and Acquisitions
Combining deep analytics with BI solution functionality, expanding in certain verticals, and by acquiring several well thought out companies, have been key for

and community economic and social policy  and Action-Oriented Business Processes: Alliances, Partnerships, and Acquisitions SAS and Marketing Automation Being a technology leader today does not ensure longevity. Companies must continually reinvent themselves in a way that meets the needs of a rapidly changing market, yet reinvention must be balanced, incorporating the relevant aspects of a company that secured its top position in the first place. SAS Institute delivers business analytics solutions, but has been expanding its presence in Read More...
Branding and Positioning: What’s the Difference? And Can You Afford It?
Understanding the difference between branding and positioning is especially important if you''re involved in marketing B2B software. That difference can

and community economic and social policy  and Positioning: What’s the Difference? And Can You Afford It? Branding and Positioning: What''s the Difference? And Can You Afford It? Featured Author - Lawson Abinanti - November 26, 2004 Originally published - December 15, 2003 Situation A few years ago, I had just finished an all day meeting with our company''s new ad agency when I got an uneasy feeling that, despite the agreeable head nodding and diligent note-taking, we were not really synched up. My product marketing team had presented Read More...
Understanding SOA, Web Services, BPM, BPEL, and More Part One: SOA, Web Services, and BPM
In the larger schema of things, SOA would espouse general, more abstract concepts of software reusability and encapsulation within certain boundaries (as to

and community economic and social policy  Web Services, BPM, BPEL, and More Part One: SOA, Web Services, and BPM Introduction The battle for the dominance in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web services has so far largely been a war of words without the clear winner yet (and not any time soon), as many underlying Internet-based standards have emerged only recently. Still, the advocates of both major platforms/frameworks, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Microsoft .NET , agree on the future of Web services, and have been building Read More...
Understanding SOA, Web Services, BPM, and BPEL Part Two: BPEL and User Recommendations
In a somewhat simplified language, while Web services allow applications to easily exchange and reuse information, it is only when they are orchestrated

and community economic and social policy  SOA, Web Services, BPM, and BPEL Part Two: BPEL and User Recommendations Web Services Orchestration Increasing demand-driven responsiveness towards customers'' needs requires a well-coordinated set of IT infrastructure components, since it is no longer good enough to purchase disparate pieces and expect them to simply interoperate. The ideal should be a sort of an independent data exchange that would leverage common metadata and processes to create composite functionality derived from existing application Read More...
Thriving and Surviving in a Turbulent World Part Two: Planning and Its Results
This article outlines the planning and results of an adaptive management process for manufacturing executives, who employ demand and supply chain planning

and community economic and social policy  and Surviving in a Turbulent World Part Two: Planning and Its Results Introduction We can aspire to survive and even to thrive in a difficult environment if we are disciplined, bright enough and have the right tools such as a Demand and Supply Chain Planning suite to support and optimize our decisions. Enabled by such a Demand and Supply Chain Planning suite, manufacturing executives can engage in an adaptive management process such as described below: Recognize that we are in troubled waters; Deci Read More...
Product Safety and Stewardship: Taking a Strategic Approach to Safer and
For many product manufacturers, the move toward safer and environmentally friendlier products involves mixed emotions. The benefit to the planet is a given

and community economic and social policy  Safety and Stewardship: Taking a Strategic Approach to Safer and Greener Products For many product manufacturers, the move toward safer and environmentally friendlier products involves mixed emotions. The benefit to the planet is a given. However, if not approached strategically, it can come at a high cost. This paper provides a perspective on product-related environmental regulations, their business impact, their trajectory, and how companies can move from tactical and reactive risk mitigation to Read More...
The Myths and Realities of Product Development and Outsourcing
Recent years have shown a dramatic boom in outsourced product development, and it seems most companies are changing and adapting this practice. However

and community economic and social policy  Myths and Realities of Product Development and Outsourcing Recent years have shown a dramatic boom in outsourced product development, and it seems most companies are changing and adapting this practice. However, companies should be wary of some of the false promises and myths of outsourcing. Many outsourcing firms, especially product development firms, can be misleading in their promises. Discover the myths and realities of product development outsourcing. Read More...
Accelerating (and Fast-Starting) the SME Business at Oracle (and SAP) - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering and catering enterprise applications

and community economic and social policy  genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering and catering enterprise applications to  small and medium enterprises (SME’s) . The analysis then moved onto  the Oracle Accelerate program , which was launched about three years ago to allow partners to sell more smaller projects in a fixed time and price manner. Oracle Accelerate is not only a partner program but also Oracle’s go-to-market approach to provide business software solutions to midsize organizations. Part 1 described the main Read More...
Balancing Profitability and Risk in Banking: Overcoming Common Risk Analysis and Reporting Challenges
Banks need robust risk analysis and reporting solutions to improve reporting accuracy and efficiency, while reducing the costs and burdens of compliance. Yet

and community economic and social policy  Profitability and Risk in Banking: Overcoming Common Risk Analysis and Reporting Challenges Banks need robust risk analysis and reporting solutions to improve reporting accuracy and efficiency, while reducing the costs and burdens of compliance. Yet many forces hamper efficient enterprise risk reporting, including regulatory and stakeholder pressures, process inefficiencies, and disparate data. This paper focuses on the risk reporting challenges facing banks, and outlines the best practices banks Read More...
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

and community economic and social policy  Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study Overview of the Selection  A mid-market Engineer-to-Order manufacturer in the aerospace and defense sector retained the services of TEC to help select an Enterprise Resource Planning System. This system is intended to replace disparate applications that lacked the functionality and integration to support the company''s Lean Manufacturing initiatives. The Scripted Scenarios Read More...
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