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How to Integrate BI and ERP—and Why You Should Do It
As business nowadays is conducted with ever more speed and complexity, information and process play an increased role in enabling business change and

integrate bi process  to Integrate BI and ERP—and Why You Should Do It As business nowadays is conducted with ever more speed and complexity, information and process play an increased role in enabling business change and operational optimization. Most users of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions already recognize the importance of business intelligence (BI) applications in encouraging business efficiency and improving performance. Despite the challenges of integrating these two types of core systems, the

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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ERP & Co.: How Process Manufacturers Use Technology to Scale New Heights


In this blog post, I’ll examine how growth-oriented organizations will build their IT infrastructure around ERP, and then integrate systems in other related areas to optimize their ERP capabilities. In the Beginning There Was ERP The recent TurtleSpice ERP series featured on the TEC blog features a fictionalized company within the process industry going through the decision process to

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A Guide to Selecting Process Enterprise Resource Planning Software


Today, the issue of regulatory compliance touches every enterprise, and process manufacturers are no exception. To answer the challenge of this new reality, vendors now offer enterprise resource planning systems with far more features and functionality than ever before. But how can an organization choose the right system to meet its business needs?

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An Analyst's View of Process Industry SMB Challenges


Process manufacturing industries have distinct needs from an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Here’s an overview of what process manufacturing requires from an ERP solution, including business intelligence capabilities.

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The Future of Business Process Management: Where is BPM heading?


The need for quick responses to changing business environments has resulted in the growth of business process management (BPM). Thus, BPM vendors are embarking on merger and acquisition strategies to meet the functional requirements of businesses.

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W4 BUSINESS FIRST 8.7 for Business Process Management Certification Report


W4 BUSINESS FIRST 8.7 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of business process management (BPM) solutions in the Enterprise Resource Planning (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 analyst commentary.

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Managing the Process of Process: Establishing the Right Goals and Improving Operations and Systems to Hit the Mark


North American process manufacturers face increasing challenges related to heightened security, pricing pressures, global competition, and rising costs. Thus, continuous improvement of processes is imperative to remaining competitive. How close is your company to world-class? And how focused are you on process improvement? Find out how get started on a process improvement strategy that will have long-term benefits.

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Using ERP for Process Manufacturing Quality Management


Today, process manufacturing executives need to think about more than core batch and recipe management capabilities when considering software solutions like enterprise resource planning (ERP). Due to both regulatory and market factors, quality management and documentation of the quality and content of goods produced is essential. Advancing environmental awareness and the ability to handle recalls both factor into this increased focus on quality.

Customers have high expectations of manufacturers and other suppliers and often focus on good corporate behaviors, especially when it comes to sustainability. Adherence to legislation is of course necessary—but manufacturers who go beyond the required can find this to be a competitive advantage.

As supply chains and distribution patterns become more global, more process manufacturers also need to pay attention to and comply with numerous national and regional regulations.

This white paper outlines how batch process manufacturers can select and use enterprise software with embedded quality management functionality to face these challenges.

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Living Systems Process Suite


The Living Systems Process Suite is a business process management (BPM) system for the modeling, execution, monitoring, and optimization of structured and unstructured processes. It provides business and IT professionals with tools to collaboratively design and improve goal-oriented processes. The software directly executes process models without requiring any coding. It automatically adapts the process path to changing business conditions and can help optimize process performance and fulfillment.  

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2011 Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide: BI for Everyone


This buyer guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of business intelligence (BI) systems across large enterprises as well as small to medium businesses (SMBs). It presents a comprehensive view of the wide spectrum of BI software solutions currently available and investigates how they match different types of organizations according to size and need.

The guide addresses software solutions in three major groupings:

  • BI for large enterprises
  • BI for SMBs
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI offerings
The guide covers a wide range of BI solutions for almost all organizations, and anyone interested in a BI system should be able to identify a potential suitable solution. Each section contains specific information to help organizations research and analyze BI solutions, and make decisions about which BI software is a good fit for them.


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Preface

Business Intelligence: A Buyer’s Guide

SAP Customer Success Story
Marcus & Millichap Sharpens Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Solution Portfolio

SAP Customer Success Story
Aquent Uses SAP BusinessObjects Software Tools to Deliver Talent

QlikView Customer Success Story
Fast Growing Company, Mayflex, Chooses IBM Cognos Express to Deliver Essential Business Intelligence and Planning Capability

MicroStrategy Customer Success Story
Using MicoStrategy Mobile to Perform Marketing and Consumer Shopping Behavior Analysis

Thought Leadership
SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us

SAP Special Report
The Business Information Revolution: Best-run Businesses Innovate Better with SAP

TEC Special Report
The Role of Business Intelligence in Content Strategies


Vendor Directory


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Is BI Really for Everyone?


BI for Large Enterprises

Because of the nature of BI, which traditionally involved the incorporation of expensive high-end software technology, BI software systems were first deployed in large enterprises. To encompass the complete BI life cycle process, it was necessary to have strong budgets, as well as the means and justification for taking financial risks in order to gain a competitive advantage. To achieve this competitive advantage, many large companies were eager for software tools that would enable them to improve their decision-making process. Some software companies responded to this need by accelerating the evolution of classical decision support systems to provide sophisticated analysis tools with high-end software technology. Naturally, the high cost of these types of tools limited their accessibility to large-scale companies (also, the technical requirements for this technology could be met by big corporations only).

In the last four or five years, economic factors as well as the exponential growth of data volumes generated by organizations have forced the development of very sophisticated BI applications, and also expanded the kind of tools a classical BI system normally uses. The BI space is still growing and maturing, and large corporations are still demanding new solutions for new enterprise needs.


BI for SMBs

With recent economic conditions and the information boom, many smaller companies have found themselves requiring analysis tools that enable them to improve their business monitoring and performance improvement strategies. BI solution innovation has cascaded down from large companies to provide adapted and specific services to companies with a need for advanced analytic software tools but with very limited budgets. Recent BI tools have improved the BI life cycle to help organizations of every size and shape to improve analysis, data management, and data visualization tools.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2011 BI Buyer’s Guide for large enterprises and SMBs.

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W4 BUSINESS FIRST 8.5 for Business Process Management Certification Report


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