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PPM for Professional Services Automation

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Professional services automation (PSA) refers to a system designed to streamline and track resources, projects, portfolios, revenues, and the costs of professional services organizations (PSOs), which provide billable services to their clients. Consequently, PPM for PSA provides both the high-level monitoring of project portfolios as business investments and automates the project-specific functionality of time, billing, expense reporting, opportunity management, and resource management, linking back office functionality with the PSO’s portfolio of projects. 

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AuraPortal, a new business process management (BPM) vendor, offers a solution that creates business process execution models without the need for heavy IT programming. In this article, Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic gives inside view of the vendor’s development strategies and the broad scope of BPM suite’s modules, and discusses how the system’s differentiating features addresses the diverse needs of its customers.

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Radio Frequency Identification Implementation: The First Steps


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Bite-sized Apps-A New Trend in Enterprise Software


TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the latest offerings from UNIT4 and SYSPRO, which appear to mark a new trend in enterprise software—small, focused, “bite-sized” applications to extend enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The fact that their price and footprint are well defined give them broad appeal. Read this article to learn more.

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Busting the Myth of Commoditized Software Markets with the New TEC Focus Indicator


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IBS-Slow but Steady (and Demand-Driven) May Win the SCM Race


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Zavanti ERP Certification Report


Zavanti ERP is now certified by TEC in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services and project portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA) software spaces.

The Zavanti ERP system is purpose-built for its target industries: property developers, commercial and residential builders, property management companies, and professional services firms (engineering, architecture, contractors, and consultants). The Zavanti ERP suite with integrated financials assists with the control and management of business operations, and the system modules all work together seamlessly so that information only has to be entered once to be available across the entire system.

The core enterprise resource planning (ERP) system has been developed in-house by Zavanti, whereas the front-end customer relationship management (CRM) system is an adaptation of MS Dynamics CRM for the real estate and professional services industries, acquired in March 2014. The Feasibility module was developed recently in response to real estate clients’ requirements to automate some of the processes for feasibility modeling and analysis.

Based on TEC’s comprehensive software functionality comparison data, Zavanti ERP ranks as a stronger than average solution when compared against other products in the ERP for services and PPM for PSA solution spaces. According to TEC Senior ERP Analyst Ted Rohm, author of the report, Zavanti ERP is a well-rounded solution with strong capabilities to support portfolio and project management; resource planning and scheduling; opportunity, contact, and contract management; time and expense management; budgeting, costing, and billing; and fully capable back-office functionality.

Find out why in the Zavanti ERP TEC certification report, including a product roadmap, key product differentiators, and detailed functionality graphs comparing Zavanti ERP to competitor solutions in the major functionality areas for PPM for PSA and ERP for services solutions.

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checking professional references  oriented Software: Many Choices, Many Differences Introduction The most precious resource for consultants, architectural and engineering firms, and similar organizations is time. Revenue is generated when this time is billed to clients, and profits are generated when the cost of doing business is less than revenue. Profits are maximized when individual employees can bill more of their time, at higher rates. While this formula sounds simplistic, achieving the goal is difficult. The business Read More

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