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How to Evaluate Web-based BI Solutions
Web-based business intelligence (BI) is no longer an anomaly: organizations are ready for BI solutions that go beyond Web portals. However, when selecting Web

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Analysis and reporting services are an important part of the enterprise resource planning process. Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been designed to give users options for optimal analysis and reporting, and to leave room for partners to provide customized solutions. With the correct reporting tools and Microsoft Dynamics NAV, practical analysis and reporting is available and adaptable to individual users’ needs.

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Best Software To Hold Competition At Bay


Having garnered an astutely broad enterprise applications’ portfolio, Best Software recently unveiled its 'customer and/or partner for life' strategy to fend off any intruder to its US market stronghold, especially Microsoft Business Solutions.

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5-step CRM Software Selection Guide: A Pragmatist’s Guide to CRM Software Selections


Selecting a new enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) solution is an undertaking that requires careful planning and managed execution. And in fact, there are a number of common mistakes that organizations make. Failing to execute the selection process in an objective and structured fashion can be an expensive financial mistake—as well as a fatal hit to your professional reputation.

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Dashboards have become a standard business tool over the last decade. Dozens of dashboard-building solutions have sprung up to meet the demand. Yet in the flurry of technology and enthusiasm, little attention has been paid to how to design focused, thoughtful, and user-friendly dashboards. This guide will show you concepts and best practices for creating a high-impact dashboard that people love to use.

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Accelerating Lead to Cash to Rekindle Profitable Growth New Economic Order Drives Need for Discipline and Integration


Solutions are now available to integrate the lead-to-cash process with the supply chain, back-office accounting, and more. The companies that succeed in the new order will make use of these new tools to creatively accelerate their lead-to-cash process. They will achieve the agility necessary to enhance the customer experience, trump the competition, and revitalize profitable growth. Find out how.

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Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are too complicated, too expensive, and take too long to implement. That’s what I said last month in a blog post. However, more and more companies find that adopting PLM is an unavoidable route to take regardless how many obstacles ahead. Can companies find ways to adopt PLM more easily and faster? After listening to Lectra’s introduction to its Easy

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Today’s “new normal” business environment demands a new view of what customers value and an improved approach to delivering that value. The idea to delivery (I2D) framework posits that multiple companies now compete as a business network rather than as individual enterprises, each relying on the others to achieve collective success. This paper includes an action plan with the evolutionary steps companies can take to move toward this approach.

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In the last 4 to 5 years, the business intelligence (BI) and data management scene has evolved at an incredibly fast pace. Software pioneer Microsoft has extended the reach of its enterprise software solutions to the BI and analytics space by offering a wide variety of software applications to enterprises for performing BI and analytics capabilities based on different organizational needs and requirements. Aiming to help users with their BI software selection efforts, this research series explores the complete Microsoft BI product stack, describing the outstanding features of each of Microsoft’s BI offerings. The first part of this series describes the development of the Microsoft BI product landscape and provides insight into Microsoft’s set of enterprise BI solutions.

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Today, if a company wants to retain its employees, it must take great strides to make their jobs more rewarding. To give their employees the learning experience they’re looking for, many organizations are now implementing learning management systems (LMSes).

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