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Quote-to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix
BigMachines differentiates itself in the quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere due to its solutions’ lean end-to-end, inquiry-to-order focus. Although there are other

how to submit a proposal  developments, as well as how software providers are rising to the challenge of meeting their customers' Q2O needs. The second part, Quote-to-order: Newcomer Causes a Stir in the Market began an in-depth analysis of how the vendor BigMachines has been claiming a space for itself, serving clients in the high tech industry with its Q2O solutions. BigMachines' Differentiation BigMachines' differentiation from its competitors, especially from the old-guard (with client/server on-premise technologies), comes Read More...
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Creating a Business from a Project
Many software services companies are not able to turn their individual project successes into a line of business that brings in additional revenue streams. At

how to submit a proposal  is not bothered by how hard you worked to prepare the proposal, or under what constraints. There are no silver medals for coming second. Differentiability : Your company should be able to demonstrate differentiation in your chosen portfolio of offerings. The LOB head should look beyond the features and characteristics of the product or service in order to develop differentiators. For a more detailed treatment of this subject, please see the author's web site http://www.stradof.com/ , which outlines the ST Read More...
The Promise (and Complexities) of Private Labels
Recent studies have shown that retail winners (that is, companies that outperform their peers in year-over-year, comparable store sales) carry a significantly

how to submit a proposal  the challenge has become how to communicate with a factory that is in the wilderness of the Far East or Africa (though we by no means want to sound derogatory toward any third-world region) from a swanky, domestic office in a G8 country, and how to assimilate and communicate multiple data points effectively into a unified operation on a single screen. In the manufacturing process, communication must take place among retailers, manufacturers, brand managers, contractors, agents, brokers, and logistics Read More...
Technology Hardware Maintenance-Acquiring and Managing Cost Effective Service
Hardware maintenance can represent a significant information technology cost, but options for managing that cost exist. If you analyze hardware maintenance

how to submit a proposal  existing hardware portfolio and how it is maintained. This should be done across the entire enterprise and include all the technology hardware. A useful approach is to consider a simple framework for organizing your portfolio data. That framework can vary based on an organization's operations, but a generic framework is outlined below: Data Center Environment Distributed Environment Print Shop Telecommunications Organizations often view their hardware maintenance picture in stovepipe fashion. Different ma Read More...
Project-oriented versus Generic GL-oriented ERP/Accounting Systems
Caught between big-vendor ERP offerings requiring heavy customization, and off-the-shelf project management solutions that are easily outgrown, project-oriented

how to submit a proposal  they can merely report how much has been spent or collected, but not why a certain project is losing or winning money. Not many enterprise products will support the following project-based processes: job costing, managing the sub-contactor, financial reporting, managing the workforce, process time and expense, winning new business, purchasing goods and services, managing the project, and building to order. If these high-level processes sound too ordinary, then digging to a level deeper might reveal their Read More...
A Couple of
As is the case with white papers, vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the

how to submit a proposal  its brainstorming panel on how to address the current economic uncertainty, Emptoris assembled six experts with backgrounds in finance, operations, procurement and technology and tasked them with developing five actions CPOs could take immediately to gain greater control over spending and cut costs without reducing operational effectiveness. The group came up with the following Five Actions CPOs Should Take Now to Prepare for an Economic Downturn : Strategy #1 - Get Quick Visibility into Spending :  A Read More...
Why CRM Software is a Smart Investment in a down Economy
Find out more about why CRM is such a smart and timely investment for your small or midsized business in the white paper, crm: a business imperativ...

how to submit a proposal  Get the lowdown on how one tool can help your business simultaneously get bigger and more efficient. Download your PDF copy of CRM: A Business Imperative during the Economic Downturn today.   For assistance, please contact customer service. Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM EST. Phone: 514-954-3665, ext. 367. Special Offer Files 2009 Read More...
How to Survive a Software Selection Project When Your Boss Is a Sociopath
Is your boss the main reason you call in sick on Monday mornings? Do you need to “manage” your boss in order to get any work done? Do you find yourself in the

how to submit a proposal  are 5 tips on how to survive your sociopath boss when you’re managing a software selection project. Tip #1: Surviving the Paranoia Is your boss convinced that your software selection project is going to make him look bad? Retain a fair, accurate, and auditable trail of all work up to and including to your software selection. TEC’s best-practice selection methodology recommends developing a report (including graphs, data, and charts) that demonstrates full proof of due diligence, as well as an audit Read More...
A Step-by-step Guide to Securing Your Apache Web Server with a Digital Certificate
Testing, installing, and using a digital certificate on your Apache Web server can benefit your business by addressing online security issues. If your system’s

how to submit a proposal  Step-by-step Guide to Securing Your Apache Web Server with a Digital Certificate Testing, installing, and using a digital certificate on your Apache Web server can benefit your business by addressing online security issues. If your system’s security is maximized, your customers can feel more confident about using your site to perform transactions. Get the lowdown on best practices for setup to help you ensure efficient management of your encryption keys and digital signatures. Read More...
It’s a Portal...AND It;s a Gateway
AOL has partnered with Gateway to develop a line of Internet-ready Linux desktop appliances based on the Netscape 6 browser.

how to submit a proposal  appliances will start to show up, gift-wrapped, during the 2000 holidays. Add another voice to the Peloponnesian chorus of users clamoring for remote Web access to corporate e-mail and applications. Read More...
The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

how to submit a proposal  Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It Event Summary Food and beverage industry strategic sourcing vendor ecFood , recently announced exceptional results for 2001 with dramatic increases in revenue, gross margin, transaction volume, customer acquisition and services. The privately held company closed out the year with record-breaking performance, including an 815% increase in gross margin from 2000 and revenue of $37.6 million. ecFood also acquired a major Read More...
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite?
Given Invensys' irrevocable decision to give up Baan for another adoption after all, one is to wonder whether this is the 'year 2000 revisited' or whether Baan

how to submit a proposal  (SCM) vendor (in 1998). However, Baan had struggled to effectively and quickly integrate the above organizations and applications. As a result, its slew of acquisitions presented enterprises at that time with more of a concoction of applications than an integrated extended-ERP portfolio. In 1997 Putnam Investments sold its minority stake in Baan over concerns about the company's relationships with Baan Investment and other private companies owned by the owner brothers. There were widespread allegations Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

how to submit a proposal  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, Read More...
App Development in a Mobile World: A CIO Handbook
As a senior stakeholder driving mobile initiatives in your organization, you may be lost in a sea of technologies and claims from vendors promising rapid

how to submit a proposal  and available resources. Know how to develop, deploy, maintain your mobile apps and create an effective mobile strategy for your organization. Read More...
Deacom Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report
We recently certified Deacom Integrated Accounting and ERP Software v 10.4. Before sharing my impressions of Deacom’s product, I would like to briefly describe

how to submit a proposal  you can better understand how it works. The Process : It all starts with a request for information (RFI) file, which is a hierarchical list of system features and functions that the vendor completes by rating each criterion as Supported, Not Supported, Future Release, etc. Since Deacom was certified in our ERP engineer-to-order (ETO), ERP mixed-mode, and ERP for process manufacturing knowledge bases, they had to complete a combined RFI that contained about 5000 features and functions. During the Read More...

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