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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

h part 1  windows, and multiple fonts. H - I   Horizontal Applications - Applications that include functionality across corporate disciplines, such as Sales, Marketing, or Service. IM - Instant Messaging. The ability for two or more users who are online to communicate via text in real time on their computers. Inference Engine - A problem resolution engine that prompts the user to answer questions about the problem that they have, and based on the answers, will ask additional questions or make recommendations

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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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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry Part One: Event Summary


From how to price and promote products to how to optimize profits, JDA Portfolio tries to create that perfect "moment of truth"--when the right consumer product at the right price is at the right place and at the right time. Yet, the portfolio rounding out process has to continue in earnest, especially after JDA’s aborted merger with QRS.

h part 1  Portfolio: For the Retail Industry Part One: Event Summary Event Summary JDA Software Group Inc . (NASDAQ: JDAS) is a prominent global provider of integrated software and professional services for the retail demand chain with over 4,600 customers and 33 offices spanning every major global market to service customers in over 60 nations. JDA believes its has a global sales and delivery infrastructure. Namely, the vendor markets its products and services almost exclusively through its direct sales force, Read More

Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics


If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities or competencies required to drive those metrics must include controlling supply chain costs, managing supply chain cycle time, and optimizing responsiveness to the marketplace.

h part 1  Metrics Matrix 5 Click here to view larger image This concludes Part Two of a three-part article. Part One discussed the Supply Chain in terms of corporate objectives. Part Three will cover how Supply Chain Decisions Create Supply Chain Capabilities. 4 Crosby, Philip B., Quality is Free: The Art of Making Quality Certain, (McGraw-Hill, 1979) Juran, Joseph, M., Juran on Leadership for Quality, (Free Press, 1988) Deming, W. Edwards, Out of the Crisis, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Read More

Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?


In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and products. A greater concern is their inability to "decipher" product specifications from part numbers—that is, in reverse.

h part 1  could denote 480 volts, H could denote 208 volts, and DA could denote120/220 volts. Likewise, the number 5 could stand for 5 horsepower, the number 10 for 10 horsepower, and so on. Similarly, 10A might denote 10 amperes, and 20A , 20 amperes. For colors, blue (the default, let's say) might not require a code, but R could signify red, and G could signify green . Thus, if somebody wanted a blue 480-volt, 5-horsepower, 10-ampere contactor, the person would fax in an order for catalog number B510 . As this Read More

“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical vs. horizontal integration. The analysis then moved onto the generally embattled retail sector, where a select group of innovative retailers has found a “happy medium” approach to stay well above the fray. Retailers such as PetSmart Inc.

h part 1  nodes, a strategy that hardly anyone recommends or pursues today (as mentioned in Part 1 ). The downside of owning such assets is getting locked into high costs and capital investments, with potentially inflexible capacity. Even many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly shedding their plants. Acting vertical, on the other hand, does not require retailers to own inflexible and costly manufacturing and other supply chain assets —yet it enables them to operate as though they do. This Read More

TEC’s I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part II


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