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Is Oracle Becoming Invincible?
On June 20, Oracle Corporation, the leading provider of database and enterprise software applications, announced its fiscal 2000 results, claiming that it has

utilities cost reduction  the following industries: telecommunications, utilities, service providers, financial institutions, public sector, manufacturing, and energy. However, existing and potential users currently evaluating Oracle products, particularly its eCRM suite of products, will have to decide between opting for the 'one-stop' shop hype (which means integrated suite and possibly sub-optimal functionality) and considering disparate but fully functional products from other vendors. Users are also advised to consider both

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ERP for the Utilities Industry

Utilities (gas, water, electricity, and energy) software is typically built off customer billing systems encompassing a suite of modules covering fleet management, maintenance management, GIS, AMR, financials, and human resources, among others. 

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IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 1


IFS is a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362 million in revenues in 2009. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications, an integrated and component-based extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite built on service oriented architecture (SOA

utilities cost reduction  markets, such as defense, utilities, logistics, and oil and gas. Most recently, IFS’s go-to-market strategy has been to offer solutions based on industry excellence and a component-based product suite focused on the following four core (“large grain”) processes: Manufacturing Service & Asset Project Supply Chain Namely, IFS has found lately that structural changes in the market such as globalization, specialization, modular value chains, etc., are making it harder to label companies purely based Read More

Enabling Growth for Midsize Companies: Three Strategies for Growing Your Business


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utilities cost reduction  externally Conectiv Energy Industry: Utilities Summary Conectiv Energy, a competitive subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., is a merchantgeneration business that uses regional expertise and intellectual capital to optimize the value of its plants in the wholesale energy marketplace. To optimize operations at existing plants and accelerate operational readiness at a new, state-of-the-art plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the firm deployed the SAP® Visual Information for Plants application by NRX, the SAP Read More

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IFS has been striving, and apparently succeeding, to shed its "ERP dark horse" aura and become a formidable competitor within the North American market. However, still undeveloped channel and market awareness, bundled with significant losses and likely retaliatory campaigns from incumbent vendors will present hurdles to be overcome.

utilities cost reduction  four main groups: manufacturing, utilities & telecommunications, logistics, and services, look for an increased IFS' visibility in the US within selected medium-size manufacturing markets. TEC has recently seen IFS making the final list in almost any software selection gig within the sector, causing thereby headaches to its more prominent, sometimes complacent competitors (for more information, see Demonstration Post-Mortem: Why Vendors Lose Deals ). Although not necessarily taking the highest spot after Read More

IFS Glows Amidst The Mid-Market Gloom


By continuing to grow faster than many others, and by even reverting to profits, IFS has been defending the pride of quite beleaguered Tier 2 & 3 applications vendors. However, the bigger vendors will sell their aspirations dearly, and IFS still has a long way to go to achieve full-fledged credibility in the global market.

utilities cost reduction  the company's expertise in utilities and process manufacturing segments elsewhere in the world. IFS, consequently, plans to expand its comprehensive ERP suite through internal development programs and strategic partnerships with leading suppliers such as PipeChain , a supply chain execution (SCE) vendor primarily in the process manufacturing industry. IFS might also expand its presence in the world markets by establishing strong collaborative relationships with leading solution providers such as Cap Read More

Hiring on Assumptions Is Not Cost-effective


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Controlling Project Cost Overruns


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Tokenization: A Cost-effective and Easy Path to Compliance and Data Protection


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utilities cost reduction  to Compare the Real Cost of Accounting Software: 30 Questions to Ask Before You Sign the Contract Once you decide it’s time to upgrade the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for accounting system, the next question is: “How much does it cost?” However, many variables factor into the total project price—and software is only a fraction of that. Discover 16 insider tips that can help you save money, as well as 30 specific questions to ask your software vendor, so you can avoid hidden costs and Read More

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