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ERP for the Utilities Industry

Utilities (gas, water, electricity, and energy) software is typically built off customer billing systems encompassing a suite of modules covering fleet management, maintenance management, GIS, AMR, financials, and human resources, among others. 

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ERP Systems Buyer’s Guide


The implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to automate business processes is a strategic investment. Buying the right system and choosing the best vendor for you are critical to a successful ERP implementation. As a decision maker, you need to quickly identify your ERP requirements, effectively communicate these needs to vendors, and successfully compare various product alternatives. Learn how.

erp estimate maintenance costs  investment than that on ERP implementation, you should reevaluate your decision of an immediate investment in ERP. A proper account of these cost components will help you arrive at a more realistic budget estimate that is less likely to deviate from actual project costs. Buyer Monitor Comments - Watch Out! Implementation costs are huge! People underestimate what they will have to pay for. Michael support services director at a 26-50 person IT service company Purchased Netsuite There are incredible Read More

Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1


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erp estimate maintenance costs  spun off from an ERP implementation project at an automotive supplier (a  metal stamping  and  forging  plant) in 1995. Initially, the product was on-premise and based on Progress OpenEdge, sold only to similar automotive manufacturers. In fact, today Plex’ customer base consists of nearly 500 manufacturers (about half of which are automotive suppliers). Plex switched to on-demand, single-source, multi-tenant architecture in 2000, but it chose  Microsoft’s .NET technologies  for the rewrite Read More

JD Edwards ERP Products Thriving under Oracle


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erp estimate maintenance costs  Edwards ERP Products Thriving under Oracle While some market observers might speculate regarding why Oracle’s interest is recently heightened in the hardware arms race with HP or IBM or in the in-memory database and middleware arms race with the SAP , IBM, and Microsoft powerhouses, the fact remains that a large proportion of Oracle customers are small to medium businesses (SMBs). One Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) brand, Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has been doing very well at Read More

Reduce the Pain of ERP Upgrades with Better Planning


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erp estimate maintenance costs  first look to the ERP vendors. In most cases, the vendors have comprehensive information available to help companies evaluate upgrades. This will generally include release notes, comparisons to prior releases, and tools to estimate the cutover times, database sizes, and processor impacts of new releases. Many of the vendors also have standardized upgrade methodologies, such as the Oracle Upgrade Assistant or SAP''s ASAP for Upgrades, which include sample project plans, procedural guides, and other tools Read More

“E.T.O. Phone Home”: Using Discrete ERP in an ETO Environment Will Leave You with an Out-of-this-world Experience


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erp estimate maintenance costs  Phone Home”: Using Discrete ERP in an ETO Environment Will Leave You with an Out-of-this-world Experience A brief journey of what functionality ERP engineer-to-order systems must support. Just like the mythical character in the film E.T., who was far from home in an unfamiliar environment, companies that have years of experience working with a discrete ERP system sometimes feel that they are out of this world in trying to adapt the system to the unique elements  in the engineer-to-order (ETO) world. Read More

Future Tech: Where Will ERP Be in Two Years?


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erp estimate maintenance costs  Tech: Where Will ERP Be in Two Years? Many ERP systems are deeply entrenched in organizations, and their core technologies are mature. And yet ERP is in a state of flux. The ERP system of the future promises to be simpler, more accessible, and easier to use, shaped by trends that only recently began taking hold. Download this concise executive brief to get an expert''s take on what''s next for ERP, in clear, easy-to-read language. Read More

Midmarket ERP Solutions Checklist


Before you commit to any enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, you should first answer several questions about what your organization needs and wants to accomplish with its ERP strategy. The answers will help you determine which applications and what kind of functionality your organization requires from its ERP solution, as well as go a long way toward easing the implementation process. Read how to prepare yourself.

erp estimate maintenance costs  ERP Solutions Checklist Before you commit to any enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, you should first answer several questions about what your organization needs and wants to accomplish with its ERP strategy. The answers will help you determine which applications and what kind of functionality your organization requires from its ERP solution, as well as go a long way toward easing the implementation process. Read how to prepare yourself. Read More

Changing Perceptions on ERP Strategy


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. But there's still a common perception that ERP is a luxury—and a high-risk implementation. The key to successful implementation of an ERP system that will adapt to your needs is a strong ERP strategy. This report examines changing perceptions around ERP strategies, and how best-in-class companies develop and maintain them.

erp estimate maintenance costs  Perceptions on ERP Strategy Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. But there''s still a common perception that ERP is a luxury—and a high-risk implementation. The key to successful implementation of an ERP system that will adapt to your needs is a strong ERP strategy. This report examines changing perceptions around ERP strategies, and how best-in-class companies develop and maintain them. Read More

The ERP Ecosystem


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erp estimate maintenance costs  ERP Ecosystem Considering the short life cycles of many things we experience these days, enterprise resource planning (ERP) has a long history, if we trace it back to the advent of inventory management and control systems in the 1960s. After forty years of development, ERP has grown to an industry with over $30 billion (USD) in application revenue (AMR Research, 2007), with an ecosystem that has grown to a mature level allowing every party within to function together, with all other factors of the Read More

Is Your Business Ready for ERP?


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erp estimate maintenance costs  we need a new ERP system? What are most important factors to consider in a modern ERP selection? Download this white paper now, for answers to these questions and more. Read More

Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) Moderates the 23rd Vendor Shootout for ERP in Chicago, Featuring Live ERP Software Demonstrations for Manufacturers and Distributors


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erp estimate maintenance costs  23rd Vendor Shootout for ERP in Chicago, Featuring Live ERP Software Demonstrations for Manufacturers and Distributors The Vendor Shootout™ for ERP event has helped hundreds of organizations with their ERP software selection. Moderated by TEC, a software advisory firm specializing in ERP software selection, attendees benefit from one-on-one time with top ERP software vendors and expert advice from TEC. Montreal, Canada (April 20, 2015) — Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) will once again be Read More

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erp estimate maintenance costs  ERP Software System (v. 9.05) for Distributors ERP Certification Report Epicor ERP Software System (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for distributors in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth Read More

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erp estimate maintenance costs  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

Maintenance Connection Onsite/Online


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