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The Enterprise Applications 'Arms Race' To Be Number Three
Although their consolidation appetite is not diminishing by any means, some major acquisition protagonists like SSA Global and Infor seem to be showing signs of

bi transportation and warehousing applications  reach the magic $1 billion mark in revenues. As a matter of fact, both vendors are occasionally frustrated at being branded by analysts as mid-market-only providers simply because their revenues do not match up those of SAP and Oracle. In fact, many of their customers are multinational corporations with multibillions in revenues. Another striking similarity is that a lot of due diligence and integration takes place before any acquisition is publicly and officially announced; there is no confusion amongst

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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Continuing with some of my observations on the TEC blog regarding the adoption of mobile technologies among different industries, one developing niche in mobility that is quite interesting to look at is wholesale and distribution—not just because of how much this market represents in monetary size but also because of the potential benefits mobility brings to an industry which heavily relies on

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Glossary of Enterprise Applications Terminology Part One: Accounts Payable Through Internet


As enterprise applications systems developed over time, a continuous stream of new terminology surfaced. This is a glossary of those terms.

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One Vendor's Exploit of Marrying Infrastructure with Selling and Fulfillment Applications


For many manufacturers, distributors and retailers with a mishmash of disparate back-office business applications, Sterling Commerce, a traditional integration and communication provider, has recently unveiled a package designed to automate web-based commerce all the way from order capture to fulfillment and payment, as a result of bringing together a few prudent acquisitions over the last three years.

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Squeeze Play in the Supply Chain Management Market


Changing business requirements have forced supply chain execution (SCE) vendors to expand via add-on modules. Seeing this upward push from the SCE vendors, enterprise resource planning vendors are now pushing downward and including SCE modules within their solutions.

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CMMS/EAM Software Review: IFS Applications version 8.0 for CMMS/EAM


This computerized maintenance management systems/enterprise asset management solution software review report examines the CMMS/EAM software by IFS and its support for business management processes against known benchmarks. It assesses IFS Application (v. 80) for ERP functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • General CMMS Functionality
  • Maintenance Management
  • Integration
  • Human Resources
  • Financials
  • Purchasing Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Reliability

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the ERP software based on a demonstration provided by IFS. The review identifies the features of IFS Applications that distinguishes it from other business process management solutions, including its compatibility with multiple sites and companies, its integrated document management feature, and its support for mobile operations across various devices. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

IFS Applications achieved TEC certification status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the ERP software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of IFS Applications, a TEC analyst has assessed the ERP software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that IFS Applications by IFS is a strong CMMS/EAM ERP system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how IFS Applications can help businesses achieve their CMMS/EAM objectives.

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SOA-based Applications and Infrastructure--The Next Frontier?


Leading enterprise applications vendors believe it is crucial to quickly complete the transition to a service oriented architecture (SOA) from monolithic client/server architectures. For the "Big Few" the "stack" race, including applications, databases, application server and middleware, has intensified.

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Transportation Management System (TMS)


Transportation Management System (TMS): The ability to manage orders, optimize loads, select the best carriers, tender shipments, manifest parcel, track their progress, and manage claims can reduce transportation costs by 10 to 30 percent. Freight Audit & Payment: By allowing experts to manage your contracts, audit your bills, allocate the charges, make the payments, and report the results, you are assured of paying the correct amount. Business Intelligence: Having the online tools to dynamically report, graph, map, trend, and model your entire operation provides the performance reporting, key performance indicator (KPI) dashboards, and insight for continuous process improvement and maximum savings. Global Consulting: With the information derived from these technologies, CTSI-Global is able to extend client savings by consulting in all key areas of interest including benchmarking, KPI management, global network design, bid preparation, and negotiations.

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2011 Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide: BI for Everyone


This buyer guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of business intelligence (BI) systems across large enterprises as well as small to medium businesses (SMBs). It presents a comprehensive view of the wide spectrum of BI software solutions currently available and investigates how they match different types of organizations according to size and need.

The guide addresses software solutions in three major groupings:

  • BI for large enterprises
  • BI for SMBs
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI offerings
The guide covers a wide range of BI solutions for almost all organizations, and anyone interested in a BI system should be able to identify a potential suitable solution. Each section contains specific information to help organizations research and analyze BI solutions, and make decisions about which BI software is a good fit for them.


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Preface

Business Intelligence: A Buyer’s Guide

SAP Customer Success Story
Marcus & Millichap Sharpens Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Solution Portfolio

SAP Customer Success Story
Aquent Uses SAP BusinessObjects Software Tools to Deliver Talent

QlikView Customer Success Story
Fast Growing Company, Mayflex, Chooses IBM Cognos Express to Deliver Essential Business Intelligence and Planning Capability

MicroStrategy Customer Success Story
Using MicoStrategy Mobile to Perform Marketing and Consumer Shopping Behavior Analysis

Thought Leadership
SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us

SAP Special Report
The Business Information Revolution: Best-run Businesses Innovate Better with SAP

TEC Special Report
The Role of Business Intelligence in Content Strategies


Vendor Directory


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Is BI Really for Everyone?


BI for Large Enterprises

Because of the nature of BI, which traditionally involved the incorporation of expensive high-end software technology, BI software systems were first deployed in large enterprises. To encompass the complete BI life cycle process, it was necessary to have strong budgets, as well as the means and justification for taking financial risks in order to gain a competitive advantage. To achieve this competitive advantage, many large companies were eager for software tools that would enable them to improve their decision-making process. Some software companies responded to this need by accelerating the evolution of classical decision support systems to provide sophisticated analysis tools with high-end software technology. Naturally, the high cost of these types of tools limited their accessibility to large-scale companies (also, the technical requirements for this technology could be met by big corporations only).

In the last four or five years, economic factors as well as the exponential growth of data volumes generated by organizations have forced the development of very sophisticated BI applications, and also expanded the kind of tools a classical BI system normally uses. The BI space is still growing and maturing, and large corporations are still demanding new solutions for new enterprise needs.


BI for SMBs

With recent economic conditions and the information boom, many smaller companies have found themselves requiring analysis tools that enable them to improve their business monitoring and performance improvement strategies. BI solution innovation has cascaded down from large companies to provide adapted and specific services to companies with a need for advanced analytic software tools but with very limited budgets. Recent BI tools have improved the BI life cycle to help organizations of every size and shape to improve analysis, data management, and data visualization tools.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2011 BI Buyer’s Guide for large enterprises and SMBs.

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Five BI Success Factors for the Midsize Organization: Tactical Guidelines for Effective BI Deployment


Midsize businesses feel the most pressure to boost revenue and increase profits—and have smaller margins for error. Achieving your goals requires making smart, timely decisions that are backed by solid data. With a business intelligence (BI) solution, you can make timely informed decisions and improve productivity, while maximizing value and return. Find out about the five success factors for implementing a BI solution.

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Sales Commission Applications-Build versus Buy


Even though business operations have consistently moved towards packaged applications, some still consider building their own solutions. This is sometimes the case even for such standard operations as sales commission calculations. But it is clear that in the case of most applications—and sales commission applications in particular—buying a packaged application is a much better decision than the alternative.

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