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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

it estimate costs  the expected benefits from IT investments (see Figure 1-2). However, the majority appear to be using standard financial measures such as ROI, net present value (NPV) , internal rate of return (IRR), or similar metric. While this is certainly an improvement over not measuring anything, exclusively using financial measures has serious flaws: There are too many to choose from. There is a wide variety of financial measures in use today including ROI, NPV, IRR, payback period, and economic value added (EVA) 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

it estimate costs  its labor strategy as it applies to the ACA compliance and other facets of workforce management. Organizations interested in a more detailed analysis can work directly with Kronos to create a customized report that incorporates additional factors, including the risk of not meeting the required level of healthcare coverage and cost mandated by the law. Kronos has also developed a detailed report that customers can use to gain visibility into employee hours worked during the Look Back and Stability periods 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

it estimate costs  a day or two. It is important for an HR manager to appreciate, starting out, how the various offerings available conform to his or her organization''s budget. Any of the top vendors 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 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

it estimate costs  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 observers will see this merger as a déjà vu whereby two 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

it estimate costs  stakeholders to 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 Read More...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IT Education and Training 2012 Vendor Analysis
This study assesses key technology vendors participating in the IT education market as a line of business (LOB) to support the sale of their technologies. Based

it estimate costs  MarketScape: Worldwide IT Education and Training 2012 Vendor Analysis This study assesses key technology vendors participating in the IT education market as a line of business (LOB) to support the sale of their technologies. Based on IDC''s research, observations, and interviews with many of the key participants in the market, this document provides several dozen practices or approaches to successfully building, maintaining, and growing a training business. Know the key research findings. Read More...
Best Practices and Processes for Improving the Business Value of IT
Understanding, measuring, and managing against return on investment of a company’s IT investment (ROIT) enables IT leaders to quantitatively frame their

it estimate costs  the Business Value of IT Understanding, measuring, and managing against return on investment of a company’s IT investment (ROIT) enables IT leaders to quantitatively frame their contribution to the business and justify initiatives they seek to undertake. Read about concrete practices, processes, and recommendations to drive ROIT investment via key areas for improvement, the value of improvement, and guidelines for evaluating potential projects. Read More...
Dealership Management System: What Is It and Who Needs It?
What Is a DMS?When one talks about a DMS, people usually think about a document management system, a data management system, or even a destroyer mine

it estimate costs  Management System: What Is It and Who Needs It? What Is a DMS? When one talks about a DMS, people usually think about a document management system, a data management system, or even a destroyer mine sweeper. But very few people know that it’s also the acronym for “dealership management system,” which is a product or package of several products which is created specifically for the automotive industry. The core of any DMS is a system similar to enterprise resource planning (ERP), with, however, Read More...
What Makes a Good IT White Paper Good… and a Bad IT White Paper Very, Very Bad…
A white paper is a document or “brief” (and yes, perhaps unfortunately, I mean “brief” in the sense of something that informs rather than something that is

it estimate costs  Makes a Good IT White Paper Good… and a Bad IT White Paper Very, Very Bad… A white paper is a document or “brief” (and yes, perhaps unfortunately, I mean “brief” in the sense of something that informs rather than something that is short —white papers are sometimes as concise as newspaper editorials, or run as long as the latest “… For Dummies” book; examples of this will be provided in upcoming posts). A white paper’s purpose is to educate the reader, who is the potential Read More...
IT Management for Small Businesses: Using Third Parties to Help Take the Strain
Small to medium businesses (SMBs) face the same challenges as large businesses when it comes to IT management—they have increasingly complex systems they rely

it estimate costs  as large businesses when it comes to IT management—they have increasingly complex systems they rely on to drive their businesses and gain a competitive advantage. Operating and maintaining a complex IT infrastructure requires specific skills, but getting the right staff at an affordable price can be a problem. Outsourcing IT management may help to ease the strain. Read More...
Why IT Does Matter in BPO
IT plays a critical role in any outsourcing effort. Organizations engaged in or pursuing business process outsourcing (BPO) must ensure that they truly

it estimate costs  IT Does Matter in BPO IT plays a critical role in any outsourcing effort. Organizations engaged in or pursuing business process outsourcing (BPO) must ensure that they truly understand the capabilities of their existing software environment, as well as the capabilities of candidate BPO service providers. Embedding IT requirements and capabilities from the start will thus improve the likelihood of success for any BPO endeavor. Read More...
Big Data, Mobility, and Green IT: Innovations for Manufacturers and Distributors
Your business is in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment

it estimate costs  in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment decision, however, it should evaluate its options relative to actual business strategies and operating requirements. Only then will it put itself in a position to make a well-informed investment decision. Download this article to learn more. Read More...
Four Key Questions: Ensuring Continual IT Innovation at CPG Companies
For many consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, the environment is too complex to implement a new business process without upgrading the IT systems that

it estimate costs  Key Questions: Ensuring Continual IT Innovation at CPG Companies For many consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, the environment is too complex to implement a new business process without upgrading the IT systems that support that process. Taking a consumer approach to upgrading can help. You need to seek out solutions that fit your CPG environment, can keep up with continual innovation, and more. But you always need to be thinking ahead. Learn more about developing an IT roadmap. Read More...
The Consumer IT Revolution
With the consumerization of information technology (IT), employees are bringing insights and experiences into the workplace, sharing pioneering technology, and

it estimate costs  Consumer IT Revolution With the consumerization of information technology (IT), employees are bringing insights and experiences into the workplace, sharing pioneering technology, and driving business innovation. This report based on a survey of 100 global C-level executives delves into various aspects of the consumer IT revolution. The study findings indicate that it is having a positive impact on both businesses (employers) and internal consumers (employees). Read More...

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