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Threshold of a New TEC Advisor
I'm happy to announce the beta launch of our new tool to help people start their research and evaluations of enterprise software systems. Think of it as the

it advisor  software systems. Think of it as the doorway to our TEC Advisor online evaluation and comparison application (accessible from our evaluation centers). In the following, I'll explain what it is and how it works. A few years ago I asked on this blog , How do you figure out, from within a large range of software vendors, which vendors to start evaluating? I then went on to describe how we came up with the idea of a preselection questionnaire . This questionnaire addressed the problem by helping the user

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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