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LLamasoft Acquires IBM’s LogicTools Supply Chain Solutions
LLamasoft, a provider of supply chain design software solutions, has acquired IBM’s LogicTools supply chain management (SCM) applications business unit

consultants bi tool solutions  require an army of consultants (IBM Global Services) for years-long projects. But LogicTools was neither a simple tool (it required additional services), nor so complex as to warrant hefty consulting practices. Thus, it seems IBM had neither the skill set nor the appetite to make a go of LogicTools.   In contrast, LLamasoft has been hiring SCP and network design field and marketing people, making LogicTools solutions a great fit for this company as a complement to its existing offerings.   Llamasoft to

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Business Intelligence (BI) Software Evaluation Report

This business intelligence (BI) Software Evaluation Report covers a full range of BI functionality. BI applications enable real time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. BI users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that support business decisions. This Software Evaluation Report covers everything from data mining to analytics, querying, reporting, workflow, and in-depth analysis. 

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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Executive Overview
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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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Why BI Is Ripe Now for Businesses of Any Size


Businesses of all sizes need real insight into operations and customers—to do their planning, forecasting, modeling, and adjusting based on data that’s current, accurate, and accessible. This is at the core of today’s expanding business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance management (EPM) markets. Find out more about how BI software or an EMP solution can help you improve your financial analysis and reporting.

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SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI for Business Intelligence Certification Report


SAP's business intelligence solution, SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, is now TEC Certified. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations who rely on the integrity of TEC’s research services for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this 24-page TEC report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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TEC and IMPLANEX Join Forces to Better Serve Software Demand in Latin America


Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), a global firm that specializes in on-line software evaluation services, and IMPLANEX, a firm that supports organizations in developing and expanding business in Latin America, establish an alliance to expand local software options in their evaluation centers and respond to the growing demand from Latin American companies for local application selection alternatives.

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Introducing Packaged Solutions: Why Enterprise Software Customers Should Understand and Consider Packaged Solutions


Information technology (IT) projects tend to run late, over-budget, or do not meet planned goals. Implementation risk is a critical factor. Packaged solutions modularize the implementation process into smaller, well-defined units that are easier to manage and less expensive to deploy than traditional methods. This white paper discusses why enterprise software customers should consider packaged solutions.

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Enterprise Application Solutions


Sonata has executed numerous projects for US and other international clients in areas ranging from co-product development and web-enabling solutions to re-engineering/platform migration to application maintenance. Sonata's key competencies are in the financial services, insurance, health care, and logistics sectors. Apart from the valuable person-years of experience gained, execution of these projects has reinforced the viability of Sonata’s offshore software development model. As a service provider, Sonata's solution portfolio ranges from the business/technology requirements of e-business to the application management in the legacy environment. The range of services include its e-solutions, enterprise application solutions (ERP, CRM, SCM), enterprise application integration, legacy management, business intelligence and reporting solutions, and QA lab. Sonata offers its services, experience, and expertise to fulfill software product development companies' needs for outsourcing product development.  

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John Galt Solutions


Founded in 1996, John Galt Solutions delivers affordable forecasting and inventory management solutions for the consumer-driven supply chain. John Galt supply chain planning solutions are designed for growing mid-market companies. John Galt serves more than 5,000 customers, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and logistics services providers, in a wide range of industries, such as apparel, automotive, consumer goods, food and beverage, energy, high tech, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.

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MTP Consultants SC


MTP is a value added reseller software provider company focused on integrated enterprise management and technologies, whose goal is to optimize the enterprise’s resources through ERP and CRM Microsoft’s technologies.

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Aqurus Solutions


Aqurus Solutions was founded by Murray Quibell, CA, CA-IT. Murray is a Chartered Accountant with a specialization in Information Technology (IT) and brings an executive-level, business-oriented approach to IT, management information systems, and compliance. Murray was a founder and principal of a previous Microsoft Gold Certified IT Solutions company, and has sold, managed, implemented, and supported financial software solutions for over 20 years

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WebSan Solutions


WebSan Solutions Inc. is a Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider. With over a decade of experience in Enterprise Software solutions, online business and financial accounting software, EDI Integration, implementation and design, the experts at WebSan know how to help you transform your business.

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