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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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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


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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

Project Failure-The Numbers, Why, and What It Means


IT projects fail regularly—considerably missing expectations, drastically overrunning budgets, significantly missing deadlines, and far too often having to be abandoned entirely. Research shows us that this is the rule, not the exception. Research also tells us why.

estimate costs it  percent of their original estimates. The cost of these failures and overruns are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The lost opportunity costs are not measurable, but could easily be in the trillions of dollars. For successful projects, the proportion of projects that are completed on time and on budget is only 16.2 percent. And, even when these projects are completed, many are no more than a mere shadow of their original specified requirements. Projects completed by the largest American companies Read More

Is ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 1. Should We Make the Investment?


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estimate costs it  It is hard to estimate the useful life of information technology investments. We all have had the experience of having IT equipment or software become obsolete much earlier than expected. Conversely, sometimes software is used much longer than expected. Second, it is difficult to isolate the financial impact related to a change in technology. For example, a major software project is likely to have an impact on more than one business process and may enable new business practices that were unforeseen at Read More

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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

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ALDEA IT Consulting


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