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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

how to evaluate rfp responses  what to evaluate and how to evaluate in a structured manner. Beyond the software there are a number of other factors that also need to be considered. Some of the most important considerations are outlined on the following page. Alternative Software Deployment Models Over the last 5 years the business application software industry has gone through a transition (some claim “transformation”) moving toward new delivery models based on “software as a service”. A little history may help here. A Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 2: Evaluation of ERP Software
If you’ve gone through the research phase while looking for ERP, the next major step is the evaluation process. At the end of it, you should have a shortlist of

how to evaluate rfp responses  they can show you how the products you’re comparing will fit your future needs (e.g., if human resources is not very important now, but will be in the future, the best product for your current needs may not fit your future requirements). In addition to what has already been described above, a DSS can help you take into account factors like vendor training and support methodologies, pricing structures, different options for storing and accessing the database, etc. Taking Advantage of Other Resources Read More...
Help Selecting Open Source Consulting Services
Enterprise software analyst firm, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) recently launched its FOSS Evaluation Center (fossevaluation.com), which lets end

how to evaluate rfp responses  of pharmacy management. But how does the end user organization find out which partner firms offer the appropriate solution for its organization? TEC hopes to be this resource by providing its analysis and matching service to end users, consultants, and vendors. Another frequently raised concern from organizations considering open source solutions is the availability of support. A lot of different factors must be taken into account to determine how well support services can be provided. This includes, for Read More...
Help Comparing and Choosing the Right Enterprise Content Management Software
Enterprise software analyst firm, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) recently launched its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Evaluation Center, which

how to evaluate rfp responses  analyst at TEC. So how do organizations seeking enterprise content management (ECM) software prepare before calling on a vendor for a request for proposal (RFP)? The TEC ECM Evaluation Center ( http://ecm.technologyevaluation.com/press ) enables end users to match their requirements to the functionality provided by a variety of ECM solutions. Organizations can use the center to analyze vendors on approximately 1,200 criteria covering ECM functionality. Vendors presenting solutions for comparison include Read More...
The ERP Life Cycle: From Birth to Death and Birth Again
The enterprise life cycle is often misunderstood, which can lead to complications during the selection, implementation, and maintenance phases. Knowing what to

how to evaluate rfp responses  shots and text describing how to handle each key requirement. (Screen shots are good for those of us that fall asleep reading boring text.). Okay, let's then rank and frank meaning, rank the responses, and speak frankly with the ERP software vendors. Tell the top three that they have one day to demo their stuff and have those VPs and key IT staff in the room for those demo days. Talk functionality and technology. And just as importantly, talk corporate cultures. Is this vendor someone you want to do Read More...
Machine Telematics: Leveraging Machine-to-Machine Technology to Improve Customer Relationships and Product Reliability
Information technology provides the foundation to store, process, and manage today’s huge volumes of telematics data, which will only continue to grow. In

how to evaluate rfp responses  Telematics: Leveraging Machine-to-Machine Technology to Improve Customer Relationships and Product Reliability Information technology provides the foundation to store, process, and manage today’s huge volumes of telematics data, which will only continue to grow. In addition, analytical tools are available to tap the intelligence hidden in this data and deliver valuable insights. By capitalizing on the synergy between machine telematics and new innovations such as in-memory computing, mobile, and Read More...
The CIO’s Guide to Building a Mobile Device Management Strategy-And How to Execute On It
More and more workers are using smartphones and tablets to do their work—from anywhere at anytime. But managing these devices in the field can be difficult

how to evaluate rfp responses  Mobile Device Management Strategy-And How to Execute On It More and more workers are using smartphones and tablets to do their work—from anywhere at anytime. But managing these devices in the field can be difficult. Enterprise mobile device management (MDM) solutions are the answer to many of the issues caused by the rapid growth of mobile devices. See how MDM provides IT with a complete set of inventory, control, and reporting tools that make it easy to manage mobile devices wherever they are. Read More...
Too Hard to Adopt PLM? Find Ways to Make It Easier
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

how to evaluate rfp responses  in the context of how to make PLM adoption easier. Realistically define the project scope The life cycle perspective has made PLM a complicated system with so many functionality modules that perhaps no single organization has ever implemented all of them. It is true that the full potential of PLM can’t be achieved unless you can manage the entire life cycle of a product. However, to early adopters, I think the 80-20 rule might be applicable here—the crucial 20 percent of the PLM functionality may Read More...
How to Use Lotus Domino to Publish Policies and Procedures Online
Does your company have a simple way to publish and maintain internal documentation? If people are using workarounds instead of reading documents on the

how to evaluate rfp responses  to Use Lotus Domino to Publish Policies and Procedures Online Does your company have a simple way to publish and maintain internal documentation? If people are using workarounds instead of reading documents on the corporate intranet, it’s a warning sign that there’s no appropriate publishing system in place. But there are alternatives and practical tips that can help you choose a cost-effective solution, based on the familiar Lotus Domino platform. Read More...
Epicor HCM Express Allows Companies to Go From Bare Bones to Full Functionality
Epicor HCM Express is an interesting option for small businesses that are taking their first steps toward adopting a human resources information system (HRIS

how to evaluate rfp responses  are in the US. However, with country-specific functionality available for its global customers, the vendor is looking to target Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)—specifically Australia, New Zealand, and United Kingdom—as well as expand into Canada and Latin America. Epicor HCM Express is an interesting option for small businesses that are taking their first steps toward adopting an HRIS system, as the market does not offer too many similar offerings. Moreover, for Read More...
How to Optimize ERP to Meet Wholesale Distribution Challenges
Efficient procurement and sourcing. Storing and moving inventories. Attracting and retaining customers. Such challenges have an impact on wholesale distributors

how to evaluate rfp responses  to Optimize ERP to Meet Wholesale Distribution Challenges Efficient procurement and sourcing. Storing and moving inventories. Attracting and retaining customers. Such challenges have an impact on wholesale distributors’ revenues, competitiveness, and profits. To make timely and informed decisions that can impact your business, you need answers to questions like “How can I offer value-added services to improve customer loyalty?” Get the answers to this and other key questions. Read More...
To Upgrade, or Not To Upgrade: That Is Not The Question-But How To Upgrade Is
Companies can easily spend hundreds of thousands of dollars implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) package. After completing this rollercoaster ride

how to evaluate rfp responses  Is Not The Question-But How To Upgrade Is A company acquires software to solve a business problem or gain a competitive advantage. A package solution is most often considered, in order to avoid the reinventing the wheel syndrome, and to leverage the experience and expertise of others. A package solution presupposes that the software vendor will keep current with the latest technology improvements in hardware and operating systems, and ensure that current trends in the industry are reflected and Read More...
The High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does It Take to Keep Up-to-date?
Businesses of all sizes and in all industries are finding it difficult and costly to update and modify enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems after

how to evaluate rfp responses  High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does It Take to Keep Up-to-date? Businesses of all sizes and in all industries are finding it difficult and costly to update and modify enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems after installation. The question isn’t whether a typical ERP solution supports change, but rather at what cost? Learn what midsize companies are doing about maintaining, modifying, and updating their ERP systems post-implementation, and what you could be doing better. Read More...

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