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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

i part 1  1: From A to I The Lexicon of CRM Part 1: From A to I R. Garland - October 12, 2001 0 - A  360 degree view of the customer - A term used to describe the ability for virtually anyone in the company to know anything about the customer (products bought, support calls made, web site visits conducted, etc.). A complete, 306 degree view of customer information. 3G - Supposedly the ultimate wireless protocol technology that is already being used in areas outside of North America where countries have more

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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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SaaSy Discussions (Part I)


Much has been said and written lately, on TEC's web site as well as on many other peer sites, about the on-demand deployment model, especially about multi-tenant software as a service (SaaS). The opinions there have ranged from an absolute infatuation with the "technology of the 22nd century" or so (thereby rendering the traditional on-premise model completely passe) to much more reserved and

i part 1  I am and what I do at the company). Rapid deployment (measured in weeks -- versus months or years -- and cost-effective) and robust integration (with existing applications & data, support for industry-standard application and data interfaces, and portal-based infrastructure) are other tenets of adaptive CRM. Also critical for adaptive CRM are the inherent business intelligence (BI) capabilities to understand customer and market dynamics, and business process management (BPM) in a multi-tier way (via Read More

Frankie Does ERP, Part 1


[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request. This interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned

i part 1  analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It's still colorful.] * My name is Frank. I’m a mid-level manager for a manufacturer of scrotchets here in Greenfields, US of A. I have four direct reports, all of whom want my boss’s job after they’ve digested and shat mine out. Thanks to the latest round of layoffs, there are only 300 of us left at Scrotchets, Inc., so upward mobility is at a premium. Read More

They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)


The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons. Those several days spent in my homeland in late October/early November (whereby I missed my beloved Boston Red Sox’ winning the MLB World Series ’07 Championship, darn it!) I at least used this time to also learn about the enterprise

i part 1  solid multi-national capabilities. But I digress again, and Apollo will get an in-depth coverage in a separate blog post or in a research article on our web site/newsletter... Going back to the era of late 80’s & early 90’s, Oracle was the main provider of underlying relational database management systems (RDBMS) and development tools, whereas IBM DB2 also played a part (albeit to a much lesser degree). Much later, software developers started using Microsoft SQL Server and related cheaper integrated Read More

Liberty Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 1: Latest Announcements


On one hand, some archrivals (e.g., Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle) are becoming strange bedfellows, while, on the other hand, the others (e.g., Microsoft and Sun) remain set on irreconcilable differences between their technology camps. What are users to do when torn between the hype/promise of Web services and the fear of being outrun by events?

i part 1  clarified .NET strategy. This is Part 1 of a two-part event note discussing the standardization of Web Services.   Part 2 will continue the discussion and makes User Recommendations. Microsoft's .NET The long anticipated (nearly four years of development and two years of promotional suspense building) Visual Studio.NET (VS.NET) suite is basically the updated, .NET-based version of the old Visual Studio application development suite. Although it exhibits many of the old features, it also offers tools Read More

I-Impact Predicts Your Customer Retention!


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i part 1  Impact Predicts Your Customer Retention! Event Summary Data warehouses and analytics have been around for a number of years, but never has their presence proven to be more crucial than now. For years businesses have been gathering tons of data from interactions with their customers, suppliers, and other related service providers. Both back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP) and front-office customer relationship management (CRM) systems have played a vital role in collecting these terabytes of Read More

It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part IV


Part III of this blog series introduced Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here. Other Real Life ResponsAbility Use Examples In addition to the examples described in Part III, another example of the ResponsAbility software in use can be found in Grayhill

i part 1  be Responsive) -- Part IV Part III of this blog series introduced Webcom ResponsAbility , the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here . Other Real Life ResponsAbility Use Examples In addition to the examples described in Part III , another example of the ResponsAbility software in use can be found in Grayhill, Inc. an electronics manufacturer from Lagrange, Illinois (US), servicing industrial and Read More

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


Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales performance management (SPM) practices. It also introduced the latest entry in TEC’s I@CM (Incentive @ Compensation Management) Evaluation Center, Varicent Software’s flagship product, Varicent SPM [evaluate this product]. Varicent

i part 1  - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC ’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales performance management (SPM) practices. It also introduced the latest entry in TEC’s I&CM (Incentive & Compensation Management) Evaluation Center , Varicent Software ’s flagship product, Varicent SPM [ evaluate this product ]. Varicent SPM Architecture Overview The product suite’s architecture consists of several layers, starting Read More

KANA Connect 2014—Morphing into Verint’s Engagement Vision: Part Two


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i part 1  But software technology is just one part of a customer engagement equation, given that companies are at different maturity levels of their customer service journeys. To that end, as a professional services play, Verint’s Customer Engagement Optimization Maturity Model describes how effectively current process, technology, and people capabilities support a customer engagement optimization strategy. The model fleshes out an overarching customer engagement optimization strategy to key capability areas Read More

IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 1


IFS is a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) founded in 1983 with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden and with US$362 million in revenues in 2009. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications, an integrated and component-based extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite built on service oriented architecture (SOA

i part 1  are IFS Applications users, I would appreciate it if you shared your experiences with the product and the company. Read More

1 Little GB, 2 Little GB, ..., 10 Little Gigabit


The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance announced that its membership has increased to over 50 companies in less than three months.

i part 1  Area Networks, but to include Metropolitan (MAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) as part of IEEE 802.3ae. Market Impact The 10 Gigabit Alliance was designed to have a standard that integrates all networking technologies under one Ethernet standard for LANs, MANs, and WANs. This merging of technologies will create robust networks that will be able to leverage existing Ethernet technologies. LAN Managers will be able to leverage their existing networking infrastructure while increasing network performance. Read More

Are You on Track for 21 CFR Part 203 Compliance?


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i part 1  are expected to be in compliance with 21 CFR Part 203 by the year 2011. Do you have what it takes for compliance? Read More

It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part II)


Part I of this blog topic introduced MCA Solutions and its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts [evaluate this product]. That blog post also tackled MCA's notably good times during 2007. In the meantime, an informative post on MCA was also published by the Sourcing Innovation blog. A related 2007 milestone at MCA included a significant

i part 1  boast several joint customers. I should point out here the importance of achieving the coveted EBS denomination, since there are currently only about a dozen or so such solutions. In other words, MCA SIO is an SAP xApp certified solution, with seamless process and data integration between the involved applications supported by both companies. For those that are more technically inclined, SIO leverages many of the SAP NetWeaver platform's components , such as Web Application Server (WAS) and Exchange Read More

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i part 1  and inventory control. This is Part Three of a four-part note. Part One detailed the events. Part Two began a discussion of the market impact. Part Four will cover challenges and make user recommendations. RapidResponse Resolution Engine The next component, RapidResponse Resolution Engine (formerly Scenario Modeler ) gives manufacturers proactive management capabilities that empower everyone relevant throughout the enterprise within various departments, and across the extended supply chain—both locally Read More

Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II


Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ("blue collar trenches") and the enterprise ("white collar ivory tower"). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that

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