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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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Measuring the Business Value of IT


Many organizations do a poor job of measuring the business value of their IT investments. Simple financial metrics are not good enough. But there are a number of consistent, repeatable, and credible measurement methodologies that hold both business users and IT departments accountable. Compare four methodologies, and learn how adding one of them to your overall governance framework can improve your IT investment returns.

estimate costs it  investments, we can only estimate the benefits. These estimates are the result of a number of assumptions, so the accuracy of the calculated measure is only as good as the underlying assumptions. They ofen fail to account for intangible benefits. IT investments typically provide both direct (tangible) and intangible benefits. Intangible benefits, like improved customer satisfaction are ofen diffcult to measure so, they are ignored completely. They don''t account for future opportunities. Sometimes IT Read More

A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 1: Decision Support Discussion


In going through a business decision process for complex technology selections, more and more use is being made of technologically driven processes using Decision support tools and captured knowledge. The use of these systems and the capability to drive a solution from them assumes an ability to accurately express business requirements and business value within these tools. In this article, we explore the marriage of knowledge management and decision support in forming knowledge based selection systems and procedures that can assist in reducing the current appalling record of IT project failures. This is illustrated by the process to select a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).

estimate costs it  navigate through it and estimate each solution''s value and risk in the context of stakeholder requirements. Intrinsic processes within the evaluation engine must enable at least five things: Enable the inclusion of the value proposition to the end user Enable a narrowing down to a few solutions with high probability of delivering core technology Highlight the differences among the lead solutions to better understand the business tradeoffs that may have to be made Enable a better and deeper understanding Read More

Employee Performance Management: Making It a Reality in Your Organization


Over 90 percent of human resources (HR) professionals rate employee performance management (EPM) as a top priority. Yet considerably fewer have EPM systems deployed within their organizations, mostly because of concerns about presenting a persuasive case for such projects to executive management. However, a structured approach to selecting, planning for, and implementing an EPM solution can help alleviate those concerns.

estimate costs it  should be willing to estimate rough costs for this purpose, and many provide license-pricing figures on their websites.1 2. Establish organization-specific business needs, priorities and benefit expectations To establish the business needs of their organization, HR managers should begin by documenting their current employee appraisal processes. Any modifications to this process changes that it is hoped can be achieved through EPM automation should also be noted. It is critically important that the Read More

RedPrairie and JDA Software Merger, Part Two: How Will it Work and What Should we Think?


On November 1, 2012, RedPrairie Corporation and JDA Software announced their merger. Under the terms of the agreement, the entities affiliated with RedPrairie will effect a cash tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of JDA common stock for $45 per share. My initial positive and negative thoughts on the merger were outlined in Part One of this blog series. Cynical and jaded market

estimate costs it  in global markets. Some estimate that the hefty $1.9 billion price of the JDA-RedPrairie merger means that the combined company will likely need to borrow somewhere around $1.5 billion to complete the transaction. The interest payment on this $1.5 billion debt will likely be about $150 million per year, and I suspect research and development (R&D), sales, marketing, and other costs will have to be trimmed down to service the debt. Think about what this means in terms of innovation. These acquisitive Read More

Kronos Launches ACA Estimator, Helping Companies Understand Costs of Compliance Strategies


Almost anyone in the US has by now formed an opinion about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” While no law and its regulations are perfect and easily understood, at least being able to weigh the pros and cons of different approaches is critical for companies, and the insight that truly knowledgeable advisors can provide could empower employers to build a sound strategy for managing ACA

estimate costs it  allows an employer to estimate its “pay” costs (cost of penalties) or “play” costs (cost of benefits) with its current number of employees, as well as input potential scenarios based on projected changes to the FTE/PTE classification under the ACA. The factors are easy to adjust, allowing organizations to explore how various scenarios will impact their proposed compliance strategy and budgeting. Estimates do not include the cost of insurance for an employer who chooses to pay the $2,000 penalty Read More

Is ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 2. Measuring the Impact of IT Investments


If the underlying business assumptions change, the cash flow projections may be critically flawed but the KPI’s can still be relatively reliable indicators of the impact of an IT project. In the long run, IT project KPIs may be the best indicators for IT managers to use in evaluating the results of their IT investments.

estimate costs it  dollar savings will be estimated and used to justify the project. Let''s assume that the payback period for the investment is projected to be 3 years. If all the conditions that are in place today remain static for 3 years, the company will be able to measure if the project met the cash flow/financial projections. But if the number of SKU''s shipped from the warehouse change or shipping volume goes up or down the cash flow impact will be skewed. The company could develop KPI''s that are associated with but Read More

The Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level


Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can determine its governance maturity. A staged approach allows companies to realize rapid time to value by introducing new tools and processes on an incremental basis. As a result, they can avoid an expensive, one-size-fits-all governance solution that may bring failure.

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IT complexity drives cost and to a great extent, it is business management that drives IT complexity. Until IT architecture and infrastructure are simplified and configured into an adaptable platform, system design and construction will be fraught with wasteful work and non-essential components.

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Managing IT in a Downturn: Beyond Cost-cutting


During a downturn economy, the IT department is often among the first to be hit with senior executives’ cost-cutting initiatives. Yet in some instances, IT investments deliver more value to a company’s top and bottom lines—by creating new efficiencies and increasing revenues—than any savings gained from traditional IT cost-cutting. Discover the other reasons why your IT spending can actually save money in the long run.

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Cutting IT and Application Support Costs


With budgets under pressure companies must look at ways to reduce IT costs. User support is a prime candidate for scrutiny, because it takes up a significant proportion of the budget. Putting in place a coherent, adaptable learning culture helps to ensure your support costs are minimized and employees remain productive. But there is no one-size-fits-all model. To achieve maximum impact at minimum cost, a variety of tools and approaches aligned overall with company goals will be needed. But the reward is clear—a highly effective workforce that makes fewer costly mistakes, and has a vastly reduced reliance on your Help Desk.

estimate costs it  IT and Application Support Costs With budgets under pressure companies must look at ways to reduce IT costs. User support is a prime candidate for scrutiny, because it takes up a significant proportion of the budget. Putting in place a coherent, adaptable learning culture helps to ensure your support costs are minimized and employees remain productive. But there is no one-size-fits-all model. To achieve maximum impact at minimum cost, a variety of tools and approaches aligned overall with company Read More

IT Asset Management: Saving Money, Reducing Risk


Managing IT assets is a vital corporate function—and a source of potential liability if not performed properly. By effectively managing IT assets, businesses can be assured that each IT dollar has been well spent. With an asset management solution, your IT staff can monitor application usage and budgets more accurately, and improve in-house IT support and performance—resulting in greater efficiency and reduced costs.

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