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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

exports to pdf  from connected data sources Exports to other formats for analysis (XLS, PDF, RFT, CSV, etc.) Cube views can be exported to external sources to perform more in-depth analyses based on user preferences Enables interactive drilldown into multiple detail levels The ability to drill through dimensions to view data in more (or less) detail Drag-and-drop functionality Allows users to drag and to reorder dimensions, and to create different cube views Displays tree structure views of data dimensions and measures

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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The Compelling Capabilities of One Compensation Management Vendor's Solution


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Epicor Retail: Behind the Counter


The retailing paradigm is shifting from connecting, beyond engaging, to inspiring customers. Epicor Retail software solutions are responding to this market trend through mobility, enhancing customer engagement, and multichannel retailing. TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic sits down with Epicor’s director of product marketing, retail software, to discuss how Epicor Retail sets itself apart from the competition.

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Meeting the Challenge: Planning for IFRS Conversion


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exports to pdf  U.S. Small Business Administration, exports by U.S. small businesses quadrupled to $400 billion between 1992 and 2007. The organization also predicts that half of U.S. small businesses will be involved in international trade within the next 10 years. Why should small and midsized companies care about IFRS? Typically, IFRS is required for publicly accountable organizations-companies listed on public stock exchanges. But it’s not solely for publicly listed companies. The definition is broader. Companies Read More

How to Make Virtualized iSCSI SANs Work for You


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A Guide to Microsoft’s BI Ecosystem—Understanding Microsoft’s Approach to BI for the Enterprise


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Epicor HCM Express Allows Companies to Go From Bare Bones to Full Functionality


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Nine Ways to Use ERP to Make the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean


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exports to pdf  to Respond Faster to Customer Feedback What’s the best way to know if your customers are satisfied? Simply ask them. Conducting customer surveys without the right tools, however, can demand a lot of staff time to manage and analyze the results. Indeed, response time can make the difference between keeping customers and losing them. One way to respond faster to customer issues—and save time and effort—is by investing in an automated customer feedback system. Read More

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