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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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strategic investment decision  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

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strategic investment decision  to work on more strategic projects, gives the company round-the-clock monitoring of IP telephony, and leverages the expertise of third parties who manage VOIP for a living. On the negative side, as with most outsourced relationships, it limits internal control over IP telephony performance and may cost more than handling it internally. ROI Assessment Given the costs and time involved with VOIP projects, it’s imperative to understand the return on investment. Although savings do exist, there are some Read More

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DRI is a leading manufacturing system expert and the largest Infor SyteLine ERP provider in the world.  With over 500 implementations, and counting, our professional services group is one of the most experienced set of ERP experts anywhere. We are business consultants, IT project managers, lean consultants, software developers, Six Sigma experts, and more.  Our professional services organization has real-world experience in many industries; from electronics companies to equipment manufactures and from steel foundries to high-tech aerospace firms.   Founded in 1978, we work primarily in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Central, and Southwest areas of the United States.  Our offices are in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Austin (TX), and Wichita (KS).     DRI is a Gold-level business partner with Infor Global Solutions.

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