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Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM)

The Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM) Knowledge Base research helps determine support levels of various systems that help companies market their services or products effectively and efficiently. EMM tools help manage strategic planning and marketing resources (sometimes referred to as marketing resource management or MRM). This KB also covers rule-based techniques, pattern recognition, and other profiling features.  

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IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to "Yes"


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strategic investment decision md  hardly ever would a strategic investment be made without the approval of the managing director (MD) and finance director (FD) regardless of the recommendations of the IT department (Figure 3). Maybe this is not that surprising but it is a salutary reminder of the need to move beyond the IT department to ensure the success of any major sale. IT may say yes, but finance can still say no. It might not be that the FD disapproves of the proposed investment, but just that the organisation can simply not afford Read More

Procurement: A Strategic Lever for Bottom-line Improvement


Companies are successfully realizing benefits from their procurement initiatives, and viewing procurement as an integral part of their overall corporate strategy. They no longer perceive procurement as a cost center, but rather as a strategic lever for improving profits or funding new initiatives. Procurement opportunities are significant—translating directly, with no dilution, into measurable, hard dollar profit increases.

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Decision Making: Why Consensus Is Important (Especially When You’re Choosing Software)


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Return on Investment for Automatic Time and Labor Management


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Complexity, Decision Making, and Big Data


The technology market is giving significant attention to big data and analytics as a way to provide insight for decision support, but how far along is the adoption of these technologies across manufacturing organizations? This white paper looks at the results of a 2013 survey by Aberdeen examining the analytics and big data activities of manufacturers, Including time-sensitive, complex decision making and decision making challenges and capabilities.

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FSN and Oracle: The New Competitive Advantage-Strategic CFOs Embrace the Cloud


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The Customer as a Strategic Asset


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Modern Finance In The Digital Age: Return on Investment Best Practices


For businesses in the digital age, modernizing their finance departments is more critical than ever before. Installation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools is understood to be essential, allowing companies to streamline previously complicated and outdated processes. Using cloud technology to perform analysis of big data gives businesses the ability to improve how and when to assign assets, but without implementing best practices alongside the ERP software, your business can’t maximize the benefits of this new technology.

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