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Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications


Small to medium businesses (SMBs) like yours are the lifeblood of the economy. However, you may feel you need an operational boost—one that transforms your enterprise into a customer-focused business with the ability for future growth. An integrated suite of applications can give your business processes the depth and flexibility to achieve what a collection of stand-alone applications cannot.

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Why Database-agnostic Enterprise Applications Are on the Way Out


Middleware agnosticism is the wave of the future, and the database platform is becoming part of the application. It has therefore become increasingly important that vendors of enterprise applications offer a wider range of middleware choices to organizations.

business database applications erp  tools such as online business analytical processing (OLAP) cubes can be built right into the application at the database tier, and this is where this type of functionality should naturally reside—as close to the actual data as possible. Database-agnostic applications often require different management tools and processes for the database layer than for the application layer. An application that is database-specific can lower costs by unifying the tool set and management time for both layers, thereby Read More

10 Warning Signs that Your ERP System Is Killing Your Business


Today’s manufacturers face rising costs, increased competition, and changing customer requirements. If their enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are not up to par, these companies face dizzying levels of complexity, duplicated effort, and poor product quality and customer service. Learn how to tell whether your ERP system is killing your business, and how a new approach to business systems can help you thrive.

business database applications erp  stay in touch with business operations. 7. Upgrades are disruptive to the business. We already noted that software upgrades from software vendors usually come out every 12-24 months on average. They often require updates to the operating system, database management system, disk space, hardware, etc. Upgrades take time to plan and to execute. You''re in trouble if the business has to be ''down'' for a period of time to do the conversion. 8. Trading partners can''t easily interact with the system. In today''s Read More

IFS Applications


Developed using open, component-based technology, IFS Applications provide extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) functionality, including customer relationship management (CRM); supply chain management (SCM); product lifecycle management (PLM); corporate performance management (CPM); enterprise asset management (EAM); and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. IFS Applications' service-oriented architecture (SOA) is designed to help companies collaborate with partners, suppliers, and customers. IFS Applications are a comprehensive business system for midsize and large organizations. In addition to the processes that are supported by all business systems, such as finances, inventories, traditional manufacturing, and customer management, IFS Applications support the entire lifecycle of products from construction to maintenance and aftermarket services.  

business database applications erp  Applications are a comprehensive business system for midsize and large organizations. In addition to the processes that are supported by all business systems, such as finances, inventories, traditional manufacturing, and customer management, IFS Applications support the entire lifecycle of products from construction to maintenance and aftermarket services. Read More

Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Five: More on ERP Evolution


If the ultimate objective is to win and retain customers, one must consider the entire chain, which includes traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) functions as well as the once considered more remarkable and supposedly more relevant CRM and e-commerce activity.

business database applications erp  to the overall organization''s business imperatives, thereby helping lines-of-business (LOB) become more knowledgeable and proactive. Instead of requiring a collection of processes, the system should appear to each user as a vast source of information. While relational databases , currently used by ERP systems, are good at retrieving a small number of records quickly, they are not good at retrieving a large number of records and summarizing them on request. Most ERP products have a rich database, but, Read More

Compiere ERP & CRM


Compiere is an open source ERP software application with fully integrated CRM software solutions. The firm provides a comprehensive solution for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in distribution and service on a global basis and covers all areas from customer management and supply chain to accounting. Compiere Open Source ERP & CRM especially supports service and distribution (retail and wholesale) industries with an integrated web store, covering material management, purchasing sales, accounting, and customer relations management.

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The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software


The third and final part of the path to ERP for small businesses series describes the software selection stage, including the dos and don’ts during vendor product demos, how to create a shortlist, and finally selecting the vendor that provides the best product and services for your needs.

business database applications erp  on your most important business requirements: • issuing a request for proposal (RFP) (including costing information), • inviting vendors for a site visit, • conducting vendor demos and proof of concept, • evaluating vendors’ implementation strategies, • conducting a total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis, • identifying the best-fit solution, • developing an audit report of the selection process, • obtaining executive approval, • notifying winning and losing vendors, Read More

Sage ERP X3


Sage ERP X3 provides medium-sized businesses with fully integrated functionality in all areas of business for accounting and financial management, purchasing, inventory, sales, customer relationship management (CRM), and manufacturing. It offers both standard management features and in-depth process customization capabilities. The result is a range of configured offerings that covers the standard requirements of several industries, and is also adaptable to the needs of specific organizations:   • Sage ERP X3 Discrete Suite addresses the needs of midsize discrete manufacturers in the industrial and consumer goods, medical devices, paper, and other hard goods industries. • Sage ERP X3 Process Suite focuses on the unique and specialized requirements of midsize process manufacturers in the food and beverage, chemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and related industries. • Sage ERP X3 Distribution Suite is designed to meet the demands of wholesale distributors and the distribution arms of manufacturers.  Sage ERP X3 is built on the Sage Application Framework for the Enterprise X3 (SAFE X3) technology, the common development platform shared by a full set of Sage applications for medium-sized to large enterprises. Its multitier, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web-native design can help businesses reduce IT infrastructure costs and expand business opportunities. Among other features, the SAFE X3 platform provides users with collaboration capabilities (Web services, second-generation workflow engine, etc.); business intelligence (BI) tools; and a unified, collaborative user interface.

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WorkWise RB-ERP Is TEC Certified for Discrete Manufacturing ERP


Role-Based ERP (RB-ERP) by WorkWise is now TEC certified in the discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software space. The RB-ERP product has a number of well-designed features and components; along with core ERP capabilities, the product has easy-to-use analytics that are enhanced by an extensive set of pre-built metrics, mobile device support for manufacturing and factory operations, a robust built-in product configurator, the eProduction shop floor module, and extensive product data management (PDM) functionality via the engineering workbench.

business database applications erp  focus on unique manufacturing business needs and leverage best-of-breed solutions when available in the market.  As part of the certification process, TEC was given a hands-on demonstration of the latest release of WorkWise RB-ERP. I am currently writing the full RB-ERP certification report based on this demonstration, with more on the product’s background, highlights, features and functions, and competitive strengths and weaknesses. Stay tuned for the full report, available in a few weeks on the TEC Read More

The New Business of Business Leaders: Talent Management


In this white paper, the role of business leaders in driving talent management functions is explored, with a particular focus on the tools and approaches that will make them successful.

business database applications erp  New Business of Business Leaders: Talent Management In this white paper, the role of business leaders in driving talent management functions is explored, with a particular focus on the tools and approaches that will make them successful. Read More

Are ERP Workarounds a Terrific Way of Shooting Yourself in the Foot?


Are ERP workarounds a terrific way of shooting yourself in the foot? TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu says “There’s no way to avoid ERP workarounds. And yes, they’re a problem.” TEC Analyst Jorge García says “No they’re not.” Managing Editor David Clark attempts to moderate (just a wee bit too late).

business database applications erp  ERP Workarounds a Terrific Way of Shooting Yourself in the Foot? * TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu says “There’s no way to avoid them. And yes, they’re a problem.” TEC Analyst Jorge García says “No they’re not.” * Gabriel Gheorghiu, TEC Analyst Here’s an example of a typical ERP workaround: You need a field for purchase order types (you would be surprised how many ERP systems don’t have this) in order to differentiate between purchasing raw materials, assets, office accessories, etc. Read More

The Business Value of Business Intelligence


Now that technical aspects of delivering information to the business intelligence (BI) user community are understood, BI vendors are focused on market expansion through key initiatives, including advocating ‘BI for the masses.’ However promising expanded BI use may be, a careful and balanced discussion of the specific business and technical preconditions for capturing the business value of BI investments is needed.

business database applications erp  Business Value of Business Intelligence Now that technical aspects of delivering information to the business intelligence (BI) user community are understood, BI vendors are focused on market expansion through key initiatives, including advocating ‘BI for the masses.’ However promising expanded BI use may be, a careful and balanced discussion of the specific business and technical preconditions for capturing the business value of BI investments is needed. Read More

ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends


We take the liberty to comment on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints ERP implementations’ dissatisfactions in no uncertain terms.

business database applications erp  Board , the premier business membership and research network worldwide, which links executives from different companies, industries, and countries. About this note: This is a three-part note. Part One summarizes a report titled ERP Trends by The Conference Board. Part Two comments on the major key success factors for ERP projects and on the causes of ERP implementation failures. Part Three contains User Recommendations based on this information. Event Summary  Approximately 40% of participants in The Read More

Business Process Analysis versus Business Process Management


Business process analysis (BPA) vendors are trying to enter the business process management (BPM) market by marketing themselves as BPM solutions. This article discusses the differences between BPA and BPM vendors, and examines the benefits of each.

business database applications erp  Process Analysis versus Business Process Management Talking to end users reveals that there is confusion in the market regarding business process analysis (BPA) and business process management (BPM) suites. Vendors use the term BPM in a very broad way, but what are really the differences between BPA and BPM, and where does BPM come from? BPM in the Early Stages In the 1980s, organizations used business process redesign (BPR) to improve productivity, quality of service, and cost effectiveness by Read More

Orchestrate Your Business with Integrated Business Planning


Learn how your company can reap the financial and competitive rewards of ibp in ibp: redesigning planning for a more dynamic business.

business database applications erp  Your Business with Integrated Business Planning If you haven''t heard of integrated business planning (IBP), you''re not alone—the terminology is relatively new. But it relates to a familiar objective: achieving more integrated, more accurate, and more effective planning across the entire organization. With IBP, planning from sales, manufacturing, logistics, marketing, and human resources (HR) is highly coordinated. Each department''s plan becomes closely coupled to all the others, with a tight Read More