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Are Software Vendors Messing with Your Head? (The Art of Reading White Papers)
If you're researching a software selection project, you need to take full advantage of the white papers available to you. Find out about the top 10 white paper

software for estate agent  may be seeking a software solution for reasons that have nothing to do with the so-called feverish pace of business. Maybe you need to replace your in-house-developed application. Or maybe the development of new business processes is driving the adoption of a new system. Whatever the case, you need to sort the facts from the guff, and get the information you need to make an informed software selection. That's why I'm presenting you with a handy buzzword translator. You may wish to refer to it the next

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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Executive Overview
Using BI 2.0 to Increase your Competitive Advantage

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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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17 Rules of the Road for Customer Relationship Management


Customer relationship management (CRM) is more than a product—it’s a philosophy. That’s why, when it comes to CRM systems, it’s important to understand all the benefits of an integrated application before beginning the selection process. After all, just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a CRM solution is only as good as its implementation.

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How to Choose a Service and Maintenance Application


If you’re not using a service and maintenance application, you may have reached the point where manual systems no longer support the pace of business. Where to start? You should know the five important questions to ask before implementing. The ten essential features to look for. How to prepare for product demonstrations. And the five most common mistakes people make.

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J.D. Edwards Finds Its Inner-Self Within Its 5th Incarnation Part 3: Market Impact


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TOWER Software


TOWER Software provides enterprise content management (ECM) solutions to government and regulated industries, as well as electronic document and records management (EDRM) solutions. TOWER Software is a privately held company with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and maintains strategic partnerships with technology and information management companies including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Adobe Systems, and Kofax. The vendor is headquartered in Canberra (Australia).

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Sage 100 Standard ERP (formerly Sage ERP MAS 90), v. 4.5, is TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for services in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Growth Solutions for Data Storage: Meeting Needs Now and in the Future for Small Business


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It’s time to target and destroy the traditional HR distractions that may keep your teams from reaching their full potential. This guide outlines five practices and ways to leverage new technology. By streamlining or replacing old processes, going 100 percent paperless, and more, you can potentially save money and time as well as reducing your risk of costly compliance errors.

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NetSuite Is TEC Certified for ERP for Services Evaluation


NetSuite ERP is now TEC certified in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services software space. TEC's Ted Rohm gives you the benefits of NetSuite ERP for services organizations, and shares the main enhancements of the redesign of NetSuite ERP's user interface in Version 4, release 2. Read up on progressive disclosure and other features that make NetSuite ERP a solid solution for the services industry.

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