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How SMEs Can Tap Into Real-Time Business Intelligence


InHow SMEs Can Tap Into Real-time Business Intelligence you'll learn why manual data analysis isn't enough...

tap  SMEs Can Tap Into Real-Time Business Intelligence How SMEs Can Tap Into Real-Time Business Intelligence Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to be nimble-seizing opportunities as they arise and fixing problems almost before they happen. But if your company still runs on spreadsheets, you''re not getting the timely, accurate business intelligence (BI) you need to act quickly. In How SMEs Can Tap Into Real-time Business Intelligence you''ll learn • why manual data analysis isn''t enough • how BI Read More

Federal Contract Management and Vendors' Readiness Part Three: Meeting Federal Requirements


Companies that are not already offering the capabilities of meeting the exacting, stringent requirements of federal agencies will likely not be able to tap the recent surge in the federal and defense markets. Conversely, those vendors and their users--government contractors--who can deliver comprehensive solutions that satisfy the requirements of federal agencies are in the driver's seat to capture that market segment.

tap  not be able to tap the recent surge in the federal and defense markets. Conversely, those vendors and their users—government contractors—who can deliver comprehensive solutions that satisfy the exacting, stringent requirements of federal agencies are in the driver''s seat to capture that market segment. Many customers require weekly progress reports and may be comfortable with the Microsoft Project format, but the product on its own cannot give the visibility and scheduling over a great number of Read More

How SMEs Can Tap into Real-time Business Intelligence


Real-time business intelligence (BI) delivers information about business as it occurs. While traditional BI presents historical data for analysis, real-time BI compares current business events with historical patterns to automatically detect problems or opportunities. This paper explains how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can establish a competitive advantage by tapping into the power of real-time BI.

tap  SMEs Can Tap into Real-time Business Intelligence Real-time business intelligence (BI) delivers information about business as it occurs. While traditional BI presents historical data for analysis, real-time BI compares current business events with historical patterns to automatically detect problems or opportunities. This paper explains how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can establish a competitive advantage by tapping into the power of real-time BI. Read More

Rising Elephant Creates Euphoria: India's Growing Markets Are a Boon for SCM Vendors


The nature of the organized retailing market in India may present challenges for software providers, but the opportunity to tap into and benefit from this market's huge (and growing) potential can yield sizable returns for supply chain management software vendors.

tap  reap the benefits of tapping into this new market. These software vendors can also be assured of high returns in the future too, as the Indian organized retailing market will continue to grow at a rapid rate in the foreseeable future. This market growth will ensure software vendors continue to have a consistent string of new clients. Recommendations for Retailers Many software vendors and software service providers may have experience in making and implementing software systems in developed countries Read More

2015 ERP Snapshot: Manufacturers’ Business and Technology Challenges


To tap into the pulse of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) community, TEC ran a survey with our user community in late 2014. The “ERP Survey for Manufacturers” collected a broad range of user input in an effort to understand manufacturers’ business challenges, ERP software issues, and technology initiatives, and to see what is missing from ERP systems in general. The survey captured detailed results from nearly 250 manufacturers of all sizes, operating all across the globe.

The survey sheds light on a number of issues facing ERP users and reveals a few surprises. The results can be useful for manufacturers and other ERP users to use as a benchmark to understand the issues facing their peers, as well as what trends are shaping the industry.

To see what's important to your peer ERP users with regards to top business challenges and ERP and technology investment plans for 2015, and to find out what is most challenging for other businesses in terms of their ERP systems, read this TEC survey report. Also included in the report is TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm's take on the survey results and insight into the ERP market in 2015.

tap  and Technology Challenges To tap into the pulse of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) community, TEC ran a survey with our user community in late 2014. The “ERP Survey for Manufacturers” collected a broad range of user input in an effort to understand manufacturers’ business challenges, ERP software issues, and technology initiatives, and to see what is missing from ERP systems in general. The survey captured detailed results from nearly 250 manufacturers of all sizes, operating all across the Read More

Future Compatible


Companies contemplating upgrading or replacing their enterprise resource planning systems should evaluate whether the change will be compatible with future ERP II deployment strategies. This article examines the future of enterprise business applications and the requirements to ensure future compatibility.

tap  take advantage of and tap into global markets. What''s more, the value of real time information shared within the ecosystem will become knowledge that will optimally position the ecosystem with the ability to react with agility and velocity that is proportionate to the new, increased speed of business in the new world. Enabling everyone in the system with an extended and holistic view of the business will decrease the time required to react to demand and opportunity. Conversely, it will increase Read More

Data, Data Everywhere: A Special Report on Managing Information


The quantity of information in the world is soaring. Merely keeping up with, and storing new information is difficult enough. Analyzing it, to spot patterns and extract useful information, is harder still. Even so, this data deluge has great potential for good—as long as consumers, companies, and governments make the right choices about when to restrict the flow of data, and when to encourage it. Find out more.

tap  are only starting to tap its vast potential Data, data everywhere Information has gone from scarce to superabundant. That brings huge new benefits, says Kenneth Cukier—but also big headaches All too much Monstrous amounts of data A different game Information is transforming traditional businesses Show me New ways of visualising data Needle in a haystack The uses of information about information   The data deluge Businesses, governments and society are only starting to tap its vast potential EIGHTEEN Read More

How to Cope When Your Service Provider is Acquired


Challenges are aplenty when a vendor is acquired. Financial health is no longer a safe indicator to gauge a vendor's future during this mega merger era. Knowing the challenges facing big vendors, like Oracle and PeopleSoft, and their competitors can give users a negotiating edge, whether in or entering a contract.

tap  Oracle might want to tap into IBM''s experience in building out vertical capabilities through its industry-focused, solutions-oriented consulting—which Oracle has garnered, in part, through PeopleSoft''s install base. Additionally, neither Oracle nor PeopleSoft have been known for championing their channel partners and encouraging independent software vendors (ISV) solutions, but Oracle must become much smarter about partnering if it is to be successful, especially in the mid-market. This is Part Eight Read More

Enterprise Resource Planning Giants Eye the Shop Floor


Because production systems on the shop floor are typically not synchronized and integrated with the planning ones, there is a lack of timely and accurate information that results in disconnected business processes.

tap  shop floor applications, to tap to make the business more agile. All of these requirements center on the idea of near real time information sharing and use. In fact, many newer business initiatives, including applications of collaborative manufacturing strategies, require near real time information availability to satisfy even simple needs. In practice, operating an adaptive enterprise requires real world awareness, which means providing timely information as well as establishing business processes that Read More

The New Manugistics Faces A New Millennium


New executive management, Internet-savvy products, and aggressive promotion have rescued Manugistics Group from the brink of collapse, at least for the short term. Once the supply chain planning market leader, Manugistics has witnessed its market position erode steadily over the last several years in favor of newcomers to the market. In the new millennium, Manugistics faces its next great challenge – to leverage recent market momentum in building a strong foundation for future success.

tap  revenues: Manugistics needs to tap into new and existing alliances with complimentary software vendors (Siebel, JDEdwards) and software integrators (AnswerThink, JGI) to expand its mid-market customer base. Signs that it is pursuing such alliances include recent deals with BORN and IBM mid-market services. Manugistics has also shown its willingness to partner with other SCM extensions, such as warehouse management system vendor, HK Systems and EAI vendor, Extricity. Manugistics should also consider Read More

Analytics: A Blueprint for Value in Mid-Market Organizations


While most mid-market companies have an analytics foundation designed to handle structured data, few have evolved to more dynamic environments required for big data and a pervasive and prescriptive use of advanced analytics that are essential to survive in a digital world. So, what should mid-market companies do now to improve their capabilities to convert data-driven insights into meaningful results? In this report, we explore how they can tap into their strengths, shore up their weaknesses, and learn from analytics leaders.

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Automate to Optimize: The Foundation for Data Center Efficiency


IT administrators need to simplify both complex and routine tasks to deliver increasing value with limited resources. Data center automation can help minimize the duties associated with maintaining the existing infrastructure. Learn about a solution that can enable automated batch processing for more efficient operations, and integrate the diverse application and platform environments often found in today’s data centers.

tap  Business users can quickly tap into the available infrastructure and easily create new business process automation, and IT staff can leverage the same service infrastructure to automation IT maintenance. The two can even blend together, optimizing infrastructure and reducing collisions. For instance, once you have end-to-end visibility of automation, you can prevent the conlicts that arise from such things as having a business user trying to close a quarter just as a database administrator is trying to Read More

Manhattan Associates and Kronos Join Forces for Omni-channel Retail Experience


At the NRF BIG Retail Show 2013, a new relationship was announced between Kronos and Manhattan Associates to help retailers profitably integrate their physical stores into their digital selling strategy. The idea is to allow retailers to increase customer satisfaction and drive sales by freeing up trapped inventory in the store and elsewhere in the upstream supply chain, while managing labor costs

tap  from the ability to tap into inventory assets across all stores and distribution centers, which were previously unavailable to online shoppers. Last but not least, labor costs can be better managed via eliminating overstaffing through increased visibility into the labor required to meet omni-channel consumer behavior. Simply said, retailers must better their staffing procedures for in-store employees and better schedule this staff for workloads originating from the distribution centers and external Read More

Enterprises May Be Overlooking Profits from After-sales Service


If service parts and service personnel management are well managed, manufacturers can significantly improve their profits from service operations. This will lead in turn to significant overall profit margins.

tap  and improved service. To tap this potential, manufacturers should look into making investments in enterprise service management systems. About the Author Ashfaque Ahmed is a seasoned consultant and business analyst in the areas of advance planning and scheduling in supply chain management. He has worked with many large and medium clients in the retail, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Some of these industries include the automotive, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, food, textile, Read More

From Sentiment to Insight-How Social Networking Can Support Engaged, Customer-Centric Retailing


The advent of social networking sites can help shed light into the dynamics of customer demand. Retailers can choose to tap into consumer sentiment as expressed on social media networks and get personal with the right customers through the use of sophisticated technology to turn “unstructured” sentiment into usable data that can then be meshed with other internal information to create business insights. Find out how.

tap  Retailers can choose to tap into consumer sentiment as expressed on social media networks and get personal with the right customers through the use of sophisticated technology to turn “unstructured” sentiment into usable data that can then be meshed with other internal information to create business insights. Find out how. Read More