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Outsourcing, Applications Software

This RFP is focused on the selection of companies who provide outsource services in the areas of application software. The typical types of activities that these outsource providers perform include software development; software maintenance; software reengineering/rearchitecting; porting software to a new platform; defect correction and bug fixing; and software testing; etc. Application areas could include core applications, enterprise applications, web applications, integration between applications, mainframe applications, desktop applications, wireless applications, software packages, and games. 

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New Approaches to Software Pricing


Hearing the complaints of dissatisfied customers, some vendors are developing customer-centric contracts. HarrisData has even gone so far as to draft a Bill of Rights for customers. How well do these pledges measure up?

lean software tco  designed to operate a lean manufacturing environment through just-in-time (JIT) production techniques. All this contributes to virtual real time connections that move information between the customer order and the shop floor to improve customer service. At the same time, it allows management to realize more and better control over the manufacturing process. For more related information, see Manufacturer''s Nirvana—Real-Time Actionable Information . To that end, the shop floor scheduling functionality Read More

A Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends


A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the open source door, however, with OpenMFG, its commercially licensed solution with an open source infrastructure.

lean software tco  of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena ). The developed code was footnoted with references to the fathers of TOC, Goldratt and Schragenheim. The solution looks deceptively simple, but many people actually take a while to get it (learn and understand) because it appears to be counterintuitive at first. Basically, the target customer for this solution is someone who has pulled out half his or her hair trying to program the shop with a complex finite scheduler, only to find that the system Read More

The Case Against Modifying Your Enterprise Software


The case against modifying enterprise software is a strong one. Standard software offerings are the products of millions of dollars of research, development, and extensive testing for consistent performance. For this and various other reasons, modifications almost never make sense.

lean software tco  and is active in lean manufacturing advocacy both inside and outside IFS. He holds a BA in computer science from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wisconsin (US). Read More

TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

lean software tco  environmental footprints by injecting lean capabilities into its manufacturing software solution. In doing so, Decorated Products has significantly reduced its raw material consumption and storage space requirements, as well as cut manufacturing lead times from weeks to mere days. With Epicor''s labor tracking capabilities, Decorated Products has been able to create an aggressive predictive and preventative maintenance program which helps measure equipment usage and downtime minutes. Technology Evaluation Read More

Is There a Panacea for Enterprise Software Pricing Yet?


While enterprise applications are becoming a commodity, their pricing schemes have yet to follow suit. Users are put in a costly position where the "fine print" clauses of implementation contracts may inhibit reasonable expectations for software warranties.

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Distribution in a Challenging Economy: Online (Software as a Service) versus Traditional Software


When considering major purchases, most people ask, “Why rent when you can buy?” But with IT systems, the reverse may be true. Software as a service (SaaS) offers many advantages over traditional software, especially in terms of the on-going costs of maintaining and upgrading systems. Learn how passing those burdens on to a SaaS vendor can help your company focus on optimizing efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

lean software tco  in a Challenging Economy: Online (Software as a Service) versus Traditional Software When considering major purchases, most people ask, “Why rent when you can buy?” But with IT systems, the reverse may be true. Software as a service (SaaS) offers many advantages over traditional software, especially in terms of the on-going costs of maintaining and upgrading systems. Learn how passing those burdens on to a SaaS vendor can help your company focus on optimizing efficiency, productivity, and Read More

BNA Software


Established in 1983, BNA Software specializes in publishing tax software applications for professionals. Many of the company's programs are category standards. BNA Software is a division of Tax Management Inc., a provider of authoritative tax analysis, reference, and notification. Tax Management Inc., in turn, is part of The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA), a publisher of print, CD-ROM, and Web-based news and information. BNA Software helps clients select fixed-asset solutions, and offers technical support as well as a fixed-asset data conversion service. The company is located in Arlington, Virginia (US).

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Busting the Myth of Commoditized Software Markets with the New TEC Focus Indicator


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lean software tco  High-level information that you glean from the TEC FI is based on thousands of functional criteria about products from all areas of the market. Information from other comparison graphics usually address a select range of vendors with respect to a few hundred criteria on things like a vendor''s sales strategy, services, market presence, ability to execute, and some functional factors. These other types of graphics have a use, but they aren''t designed to address product functionality in a deeply meaningful Read More

Outsourcing, Applications Software Software Evaluation Report


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CheckMark Software


Founded in 1984, CheckMark Software is dedicated to providing accounting and payroll software for small to medium businesses. In 1985, CheckMark was one of the first companies to create accounting software for Macintosh, and followed up with a Windows version in 1994.

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Year in Review: Top Enterprise Software News and Trends for 2011


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lean software tco  unfortunately, the interest in lean stops there. As with my point above re: software flexibility, only a few ERP companies are now providing a truly lean environment that includes common kanban cards, pull-based business processes, lean accounting capabilities, and embedded notions of constant improvement. It will be interesting to see how widely these initiatives are accepted by traditional ERP system providers in 2012.   Sherry Fox, HCM Research Analyst In the world of human capital management (HCM), Read More

Sonata Software


Sonata Software is a technology services company, with an on-site/offshore service delivery model. Sonata's philosophy is to invest organizational resources into new relationships through its pilot program and to grow the pilot relationship into a full-fledged virtual development center for the client.

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Can Lilly Software Get More VISUAL?


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Smart Software


Founded in 1984, Smart Software is a provider of enterprise-wide demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions. Smart Software's flagship product, SmartForecasts, has thousands of users worldwide, including customers at mid-market enterprises and Fortune 500 companies, such as Abbott Laboratories, Metro-North Railroad, Siemens, Disney, Nestle, Nikon, GE, and The Coca-Cola Company. Smart Software is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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