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TEC Spotlight Report: Pronto Software
In this spotlight report, David Clark examines Pronto Software. Learn all about the product’s history and marketing positioning, as well as its strengths

software program bi tool  Spotlight Report: Pronto Software Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Terry Leister, Pronto Software ’s vice president of North American operations, for a discussion about the Australian vendor’s philosophy and goals. The origins of Pronto Software trace back to 1976, when its precursor Prometheus Software was founded. In 1999, Sausage Software acquired Prometheus Software , and in 2001, when the dotcom bubble burst, the management of Pronto organized a community buyout of the

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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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Software for Real People Part Two: Competition and User Recommendations


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Seagate Technology Refocuses its Software Business


Over the past six months, Seagate Technology has made major moves to refocus their majority-owned subsidiary, Seagate Software, and put all the emphasis on their business intelligence products. These products were acquired in the early to mid-1990's with the purchase of Crystal Computer Services (Crystal Reports), and Holistic Systems (Holos OLAP product). In the meantime, Seagate has divested their network and storage management products to Veritas Software Corporation.

software program bi tool  Technology Refocuses its Software Business Event Summary Over the past six months, Seagate Technology has made major moves to refocus their majority-owned subsidiary, Seagate Software, and put all the emphasis on their business intelligence products. These products were acquired in the early to mid-1990's with the purchase of Crystal Computer Services (Crystal Reports), and Holistic Systems (Holos OLAP product). Steps taken by Seagate: Reorganized the Seagate Software subsidiary. This effort was Read More

Giving Trade Companies a Fast Start: SAP Business All-in-One Fast-start Program


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ABAS Business Software-One Mid-market ERP Vendor to Watch For


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Distribution in a Challenging Economy: Online (Software as a Service) versus Traditional Software


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Enterprise Software Selection Guide


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software program bi tool  Software Selection Guide Selecting an enterprise software solution takes time, energy, and resources. During the selection process, vendors present their products and services in the best possible light, leaving you to separate real functionality from marketing hype. In this guide, you’ll discover a three-phase methodology for objectively researching, evaluating, and selecting the best software solutions for your company. Read More

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