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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

q part 1  2: From J to Q The Lexicon of CRM Part 2: From J to Q R. Garland - October 19, 2001 The Lexicon is divided into three parts, this being the second of three. This second section covers the alphabet from J to Q. For A to I, see Part One . J  J2ME - Java 2 Micro Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . JDBC technology is an API

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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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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 1


2010 has certainly been an interesting (if not a crossroads) year for Infor. Namely, after a number of new high-profile hires at the beginning of the year, which signalled Infor’s intention to be taken seriously, the vendor then entered an eerily quieter period of several months. Except for the ongoing vocal marketing campaign entitled “Down with Big ERP” with witty

q part 1  gaining competitive advantage) No quick business re-configuration (flows) Lack of insight needed to prioritize Inefficient data collection for reporting and business intelligence (BI) The reality of adopting multiple and hybrid technologies for on-premises and cloud software Simplify by Leveraging Proven Plumbing Apparently, the abovementioned departed executives’ cardinal mistake (this is my own assumption, not the official statement by Infor) was their obsession with building the brand new so-called Read More

Is There Much More (Pro)Clarity In Microsoft’s BI Strategy Now? - Part 1


Tough times demand tough decisions and sacrifices even from seemingly untouchable corporations. Most of us were likely discouraged (if not necessarily disappointed or surprised) by Microsoft’s mid-January 2009 layoffs announcement, the first ever in the company’s illustrious (at least when it comes to financial performance) history.  Whether related to these layoffs or not (some will argue the

q part 1  total cost of ownership. Q: How does this announcement impact Microsoft Dynamics partners? A: The combination of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) with the monitoring and analysis capabilities of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server (MOPPS) represents an evolution of Microsoft’s BI offering, and we expect that partners will see an increase in the number of BI related opportunities going forward. Providing a clear financial planning and reporting product roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics Read More

The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I


C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most of the common CRM phraseology. Here, in alphabetical order, is the Lexicon of CRM.

q part 1  CRM from J to Q. Part 3 covers the Lexicon of CRM from R to Z. Read More

Infor24: Demystifying Infor’s Cloud Strategy - Part 1


Anyone that is still vociferously doubting and denying the future of cloud computing and its near-mainstream nature will sound as strange and nutty as some US Senate hopefuls that still proudly deny evolution and climate change (while admitting to “dabbling with witchcraft” in the not-too-distant past). In fact, can anyone name a renowned enterprise resource planning (ERP

q part 1  save them some money quickly, especially if the company has not taken the  virtualization  route yet. Public cloud computing is also safe for certain activities, such as evaluating new software. For many enterprises, public cloud computing is also appropriate for application development (and testing) and simulations (and modeling) that require extreme scalability and elasticity. Moreover, many enterprises are putting live production data, transactions, and workloads into the public cloud, as cloud Read More

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Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate high-speed manufacturing operations (the real-time world of the plant) with the planning and engineering departments (the transactional and design world of enterprise systems). The nirvana (or utopia) hoped for thus far has been to provide

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Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Three: Approaches and Recommendations


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q part 1  intended rewards. It is quite easy to jump into an outsource relationship, only to learn that you have selected the wrong partner, your internal processes are inadequate or your employees are unprepared to support and manage the relationships with your outsource provider. Companies must make sure they undertake a focused change management process that educates all of the company's employees to the rationale behind the decision, the approach, and strategy going forward. Unlike software that has features Read More

What Makes a Good White Paper Good... (part three)


Here is the third point in a series that looks at the key features to consider when writing an IT white paper... so that you not only get your reader's interest, but keep it. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Identifying a problem isn’t enough, no matter how much "affinity" is established with the reader (see previous post and Michael Stelzner's site). The proposed

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Provia Proves Its Way To Success Part Two: Market Impact


From the moment an order is created, Provia Software’s ViaWare and ViaView suites aim at helping managers track orders in real time and make orders visible throughout the entire delivery process, which is the core of its value proposition.

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Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?


Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology.

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Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part I


You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to get across important communications and establish the tone for the project. This article discusses the 10 objectives of a project kickoff meeting, how to achieve them, and templates for presenting them. In Part I, the first three reasons are discussed but you will be left on the edge of your seat in anticipation of Parts II and III.

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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1


Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. The

q part 1  11 countries. The relatively quiet acquisition of Avere Inc. , based in Mountain View, California (US), gave Manhattan distributed order management (DOM) capabilities. As pointed out earlier on, Manhattan has been investing substantially in R&D, and since 2006 multichannel DOM capabilities have been part of  Manhattan’s Supply Chain Process Platform (SCPP). Functional DOM capabilities are roughly equivalent to those of Sterling Commerce that were explained in TEC ’s recent research article Read More

Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)


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q part 1  minimized through quantitative and qualitative risk analysis (e.g., risk registers, histograms,  completion probability tables, cost probability tables, etc.). Additionally, integrated earned value data gathering, analysis and reporting reduces compliance risks, while cost overruns can be eliminated through more accurate schedules and resource management. Finally, a scaleable multi-user/project platform should standardize best practices and drive enterprise value, visibility, project velocity and Read More