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Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I)
A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors'' self-serving marketing

and other technical activities  and procurement (36 percent), and other functional roles (23 percent). These manufacturers still use manual, time-consuming processes such as phone calls, faxes, and emails with spreadsheets. The high occurrence of errors that often result from these methods can lead to hard-dollar costs that ironically eat up the very savings companies are trying to achieve by outsourcing manufacturing in the first place. In fact, over 52 percent of the companies in the study had suffered from hard dollar losses due to Read More
Running and Optimizing IT: A Best-practice Approach
IT has long been one of the best ways to address business challenges. Yet significant obstacles at the level of IT infrastructure stand in the way. Siloed IT

and other technical activities  of relationships between services and other system artifacts can change dynamically and thus increase complexity exponentially. Thus, process standards that formalize IT engineering - such as those recommended by ITIL - are critical for SOA success. A Solution-Based Approach to Realizing ITSM Objectives The objectives of ITSM are laudable, and the best practices articulated in the ITIL framework represent significant value for organizations that can implement them. But in the end, ITIL remains a set of Read More
Single Sign-on (SSO): Truths and Myths
Technology products always seem to come out strong, and then wither under intense scrutiny. This was the case with single sign-on (SSO). However, any product

and other technical activities  true SSO for legacy and other custom applications is through its intelligent engine that monitors an application and builds out its authentication sequences and constructs. These new qualities, along with the capability for true SSO, reduced risk, ROI potential, and customer satisfaction, provide a full-fledged opportunity for any organization currently reviewing its authentication process. Spire Viewpoint It is clear from speaking with the organizations in this report that SSO can be used successfully Read More
The Yin and Yang of Electronic Commerce
This note identifies the major corporate functions that engage in E-Commerce activities and the kinds of information flows that result from E-Commerce

and other technical activities  business relations with consumers and other businesses will do well enough. But we have to drill deeper to understand both the promise and the pitfalls. Figure 1 is a picture of E-Commerce that captures many of the issues and complexities. It shows the information flow between a business and a customer. The model is not limited to consumer commerce, however. Here''s where the Yin and Yang come in. In Daoist philosophy, the Yin and Yang symbol represents the two different forces within the life force, Read More
Running and Optimizing the Business of IT: The SAP Best-practices Approach
IT has long been seen as one of the best ways to address the challenges of the business environment. Yet the complexity and rigidity of IT infrastructure keep

and other technical activities  of relationships between services and other system artifacts can change dynamically and thus increase complexity exponentially. Thus, process standards that formalize IT engineering - such as those recommended by ITIL - are critical for SOA success. A Solution - Based Approach to Realizing ITSM Objectives The objectives of ITSM are laudable, and the best practices articulated in the ITIL framework represent significant value for organizations that can implement them. But in the end, ITIL remains a set of Read More
Duplicators and Inkjet Printers Provide Environmentally Friendly Alternatives to Toner-based Printers and Copiers
Environmental concerns are a focal point for businesses wanting to “go green,” and they are looking at every aspect of their operations, including their

and other technical activities  and Inkjet Printers Provide Environmentally Friendly Alternatives to Toner-based Printers and Copiers Environmental concerns are a focal point for businesses wanting to “go green,” and they are looking at every aspect of their operations, including their printers. Replacing even a portion of energy-inefficient printers with environmentally friendly ones will have a positive impact on the environment, helping to conserve energy and reduce waste. Saving energy is not only good for the planet; Read More
Stationery and office products design company credits selection of a winning PLM software solution to Technology Evaluation Centers’ expertise and support
Carolina Pad, a family-owned and -operated office and school supplies design company, was experiencing business challenges due to independently operating

and other technical activities  and office products design company credits selection of a winning PLM software solution to Technology Evaluation Centers’ expertise and support Lack of proper guidance and knowledge of PLM vendors and solution features almost cost Carolina Pad a failed selection.   Montreal, Canada (February 7, 2014) — Carolina Pad, a family-owned and -operated office and school supplies design company based in North Carolina, USA, was experiencing business challenges due to independently operating Read More
Vendor Rating and Certification Updates: BI and ERP
It''s mid-November and time to tell you about some of the new product ratings and certifications that we''re covering in our research. TEC analysts recently

and other technical activities  Rating and Certification Updates: BI and ERP It''s mid-November and time to tell you about some of the new product ratings and certifications that we''re covering in our research. TEC analysts recently completed certifying products from  BatchMaster and Targit . Each vendor successfully demonstrated how its product addressed a script of functionality as identified by TEC analysts. (Look for products proudly wearing the TEC certification badge in our evaluation centers and vendor showcase.) The Targit Read More
Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act-Violence and Harassment in the Workplace: An Overview to Compliance
Bill 168 was enacted and passed on December 15, 2009 in Ontario (Canada). It addresses violence and harassment issues in the workplace, and the bringing of

and other technical activities  Health and Safety Amendment Act-Violence and Harassment in the Workplace: An Overview to Compliance Bill 168 was enacted and passed on December 15, 2009 in Ontario (Canada). It addresses violence and harassment issues in the workplace, and the bringing of domestic violence into the sphere of work. This document outlines steps employers must take to comply with Bill 168. Read More
Social Media and Your Call Center: Three Lessons Every Call Center Manager Should Learn and Apply
Online services like Facebook and Twitter are rewriting the rules on customer service. Complaints that once would have stayed at the water cooler are now

and other technical activities  Media and Your Call Center: Three Lessons Every Call Center Manager Should Learn and Apply Online services like Facebook and Twitter are rewriting the rules on customer service. Complaints that once would have stayed at the water cooler are now broadcast effortlessly by consumers. And because these comments are searchable and permanent, they are extraordinarily powerful. This paper presents three important lessons for every executive that oversees a call center. Download now to learn what they are an Read More
What Is a PEO? An Introduction to the PEO Model and Its Benefits for Small and Medium-sized Businesses
You entered into business to sell a product or provide a service and generate revenue doing what you do best. But human resources (HR) management is a necessity

and other technical activities  to the PEO Model and Its Benefits for Small and Medium-sized Businesses You entered into business to sell a product or provide a service and generate revenue doing what you do best. But human resources (HR) management is a necessity when you have employees. What could be better than taking a piece of your business and making it somebody else’s problem? This is what a professional employer organization (PEO) can provide and in this paper, you’ll learn about all the benefits partnering with one 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 other technical activities  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
IBM Cognos Express: Breakthrough Business Intelligence and Performance Management for Workgroups and Midsize Organizations
To be agile and compete with rivals, employees in midsize organizations need targeted, timely and accurate information. Business intelligence (BI) and

and other technical activities  Express: Breakthrough Business Intelligence and Performance Management for Workgroups and Midsize Organizations To be agile and compete with rivals, employees in midsize organizations need targeted, timely and accurate information. Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications can increase visibility into key metrics to improve business processes and decision-making throughout an organization. Download this paper to learn how Cognos Express can help midsize companies improve Read More
Bigger, Broader, and Better Linked: Considerations for Integrated Sourcing of Facilities Management and Real Estate
For many companies, the second largest cost after people is facilities. Solutions have evolved from traditional out-tasking and outsourcing to the more recent

and other technical activities  Broader, and Better Linked: Considerations for Integrated Sourcing of Facilities Management and Real Estate For many companies, the second largest cost after people is facilities. Solutions have evolved from traditional out-tasking and outsourcing to the more recent strategy of integrating facilities management and real estate under a single service provider. But first, understand marketplace realities: provider capabilities don’t always line up with buyer expectations. Learn about the challenges Read More
Business Process Management and ERP: Driving Efficiency and Innovation
A recent survey focused on business process management (BPM) found that 39% of Best-in-Class organizations have both ERP and BPM solutions. This report, based

and other technical activities  Process Management and ERP: Driving Efficiency and Innovation A recent survey focused on business process management (BPM) found that 39% of Best-in-Class organizations have both ERP and BPM solutions. This report, based on feedback from 400 organizations across the globe, examines the reasons that organizations pair these systems, as well as the benefits that these organizations have seen when it comes to serving customers more effectively and conducting business in a more agile manner. Read More

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