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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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The Total Economic Impact of Advanced Systems Concepts: ActiveBatch Job Scheduling and IT Workload Application
In December 2008, Advanced Systems Concepts commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the potential return on investment (ROI) that companies may realize by

job application  Advanced Systems Concepts: ActiveBatch Job Scheduling and IT Workload Application In December 2008, Advanced Systems Concepts commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the potential return on investment (ROI) that companies may realize by deploying ActiveBatch, an IT job scheduling and management solution. Learn about the financial impact in a midsized financial services company with global operations, in which ActiveBatch is used to manage its mission-critical job scheduling environment.

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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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Small Business Software (SBS)

The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets functional requirements for fully featured solutions designed to support all business requirements of a typical small business. Extending beyond mere accounting functions, it is primarily applicable to those businesses for which full-scale ERP software may be too complex or cumbersome. However, the model of SBS solutions includes all the essential categories such as General Ledger, Accounts Payable (A/P) and Accounts Receivable (A/R), Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Light Manufacturing, Inventory, Technology, and much more. 

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job application  provides Ardent with mainframe job scheduling and improved access to legacy data sources. Market Impact Data warehouse vendors are flocking to the suite concept. Ardent and Cognos have joined the ranks of larger vendors, such as Microsoft (with SQL Server 7.0) and Computer Associates (with DecisionBase 1.9), in attempting to provide end-to-end data warehousing solutions. Customers and prospects have been complaining for years about how hard it is to integrate ETL and BI tools into a functional whole that Read More

How to Choose a Service and Maintenance Application


If you’re not using a service and maintenance application, you may have reached the point where manual systems no longer support the pace of business. Where to start? You should know the five important questions to ask before implementing. The ten essential features to look for. How to prepare for product demonstrations. And the five most common mistakes people make.

job application  errors while providing up-to-date job profit and inventory information. Look for a smooth-running service and maintenance application that can easily and reliably interface with your financial data and supply in-depth information across your company. Don't forget about hard-to-quantify benefits The right service and maintenance application maximizes the productivity of your staff. It frees them from tedious, time-consuming tasks and allows them to focus energy on providing customer service. With greater, Read More

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The 2009 Handbook of Application Delivery


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The Essential Components of Quote-to-order Application Suites


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Aligning Java-based Application Strategies


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The Many Flavors of Application Software Outsourcing


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Application Vendors - Avoid Sabotaging Sales With Marketing


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job application  to-Order: An Overlooked Software Application Last year, I met an analyst from another firm, and asked him what he thought about quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions, given the relevance between Q2O and the conference that I was attending. Not quite surprisingly, the answer I got was, “this kind of application doesn’t have a future.” The conversation didn’t go any further due to limited time but I could imagine that his reasoning might have sounded like this: even though activities from quoting to Read More

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