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The “Gentler” Giant’s Value Proposition to Overcome the “Little Guys’” Perception
Since its launch less than a year ago, Oracle’s VAD Remarketer Program has been quite successful in recruiting new value-added distributors worldwide. But the

autocad express toolbar  “Gentler” Giant’s Value Proposition to Overcome the “Little Guys’” Perception Software giant Oracle , a long-time provider of enterprise software systems for the largest of corporations worldwide, has now set its sights on the small to medium business (SMB) market, thereby giving Microsoft and other leaders in this segment the kind of competition they have never had to contend with before. The vendor has begun a campaign to attract smaller partners in an effort to show SMBs that its

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INDYCAR Takes Autodesk’s 3D Software for a Spin


In late November 2012, at the time of the Autodesk University 2012 conference, Autodesk, the leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, and INDYCAR, the auto racing sanctioning body behind popular racing events such as the Indianapolis 500, have signed a three-year technology partnership. INDYCAR already employs Autodesk’s desktop-based software within its operations for a variety of

autocad express toolbar  example, the organization uses AutoCAD software to create detailed garage layouts before each event, which helps improve the logistics of load-in and load-out at venues. In addition, the detailed drawings that are used for sled crash tests—which play a critical role in improving driver safety—are prepared with AutoCAD. The partnership will now provide broad access to Autodesk’s software offerings, including Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Simulation 360, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Read More

So You Think You Don’t Owe Sales Tax


Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, resellers, governments, and charitable organizations are some of the business types that do not expect to pay sales tax. The burden of proof is on the seller, however, should the state express concern about exempt sales. The smartest strategy is to be aware of where you might have tax compliance obligations and how it impacts your business. This white paper explains the four most common tax compliance obligations and what you can do to make compliance easier.

autocad express toolbar  You Think You Don’t Owe Sales Tax Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, resellers, governments, and charitable organizations are some of the business types that do not expect to pay sales tax. The burden of proof is on the seller, however, should the state express concern about exempt sales. The smartest strategy is to be aware of where you might have tax compliance obligations and how it impacts your business. This white paper explains the four most common tax compliance obligations and what you Read More

Cognos Express-a New “Big” Product for the Midsized Market?


Many midsized companies have to deal with a very particular problem: the need of a true business intelligence (BI) solution, while having to select and deploy one within a tight budget. On September 29, 2009, IBM Cognos announced the launch of Cognos Express, a new product specially designed to meet the needs of the midsized market. Of course, here at TEC, we took the time to give it a try. We

autocad express toolbar  Express-a New “Big” Product for the Midsized Market? Many midsized companies have to deal with a very particular problem: the need of a true business intelligence (BI) solution, while having to select and deploy one within a tight budget. On September 29, 2009, IBM Cognos announced the launch of Cognos Express, a new product specially designed to meet the needs of the midsized market. Of course, here at TEC, we took the time to give it a try. We downloaded the trial, and got our hands on this Read More

Infor Partners with CAD Service to Enhance EAM Proposition


Infor has announced a worldwide partnership with CAD Service, a provider of computer-aided design (CAD)–led asset management software. CAD Service’s enterprise asset management (EAM) OpenCAD solution is  fully integrated with the Infor EAM application, not a standalone application. The tight integration will help organizations boost asset visibility without the need to run two or more separate

autocad express toolbar  made easily without using AutoCAD or MicroStation. The solution is 100% Web-based, supports multiple languages, and is accessed through standard functions in the EAM system. OpenCAD comes as an additional module available to users of Infor EAM Enterprise Edition V.8.3 and above. Having a tightly integrated, seamless CAD solution as part of the EAM system solves a number of issues commonly encountered when a system has loose integration to a CAD tool. No longer will people have to search some shared Read More

Common Sense


Common Sense is a multi-industry enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for small and mid-market companies. Common Sense offers end-to-end integration of enterprise business processes and IBM middleware. Solutions are available for manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and project services. Common Sense is built on IBM Express Advantage Offerings and Ready for IBM Power Systems software.  

autocad express toolbar  Sense Common Sense is a multi-industry enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for small and mid-market companies. Common Sense offers end-to-end integration of enterprise business processes and IBM middleware. Solutions are available for manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and project services. Common Sense is built on IBM Express Advantage Offerings and Ready for IBM Power Systems software. Read More

Credit (or Blame) KANA Express for Your Next Flower Delivery


It should be every company’s job to make it easy for customers to act on their needs and desires wherever they wish to engage with the company—in a retail store, online, on their mobile device, or within their social networks. The challenge for every customer care organization is to provide reliable and memorable experiences across every service channel—consistency is critical in delivering great

autocad express toolbar  (or Blame) KANA Express for Your Next Flower Delivery It should be every company’s job to make it easy for customers to act on their needs and desires wherever they wish to engage with the company—in a retail store, online, on their mobile device, or within their social networks. The challenge for every customer care organization is to provide reliable and memorable experiences across every service channel—consistency is critical in delivering great customer experience in the omnichannel Read More

Certification Overview: Interoperability, Performance, and Reliability


Fax hardware plays a crucial role in the sending and receiving of business documents. With high-volume use over time, instabilities in performance can occur. Therefore, how well fax boards and fax software applications perform together becomes an important consideration. With IQ Express intelligent fax board series, fax servers send and receive corporate documents electronically—reducing costs and improving productivity.

autocad express toolbar  Overview: Interoperability, Performance, and Reliability Fax hardware plays a crucial role in the sending and receiving of business documents. With high-volume use over time, instabilities in performance can occur. Therefore, how well fax boards and fax software applications perform together becomes an important consideration. With IQ Express intelligent fax board series, fax servers send and receive corporate documents electronically—reducing costs and improving productivity. Read More

Oracle Announces Latest Release of Enterprise Manager 12c


Oracle announced the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c with extended support of the latest version of Oracle Database 12c. The releases of Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 provide significant enhancements for organizations needing to manage large and complex database deployments, particularly in cloud environments. The new tools will be a great boon

autocad express toolbar  Announces Latest Release of Enterprise Manager 12c Oracle announced the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c with extended support of the latest version of Oracle Database 12c. The releases of Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 provide significant enhancements for organizations needing to manage large and complex database deployments, particularly in cloud environments. The new tools will be a great boon to IT department database administrators (DBAs) and provide a Read More

Preactor: Predict and React on the Shop Floor


Many best-of-breed advanced planning and scheduling (APS) vendors have come and gone since the late 90s, when APS was hyped as a tool that would be a key enabler for manufacturing companies. But one vendor that has distinguished itself is Preactor, a world leader in production planning and scheduling software. Learn more in this in-depth report, which includes a Q&A with Preactor founder and CEO Mike Novels.

autocad express toolbar  Predict and React on the Shop Floor   Remember in the late 1990s, when advanced planning and scheduling (APS) was hyped as a tool that would be a key enabler for most manufacturing companies in becoming more agile, responsive, and efficient in dealing with variations in demand and with unplanned disturbances on the shop floor (and in the entire supply chain, if you will)? An APS solution integrated with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system was supposed to enable a manufacturer to Read More

Microsoft Retail Systems


Microsoft Point of Sale and Microsoft Retail Management System provide a complete point of purchase solution suite for small and midsize specialty retail businesses. Released in 2005, Microsoft Point of Sale has enabled Microsoft to further penetrate the retail market.

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What Have Epicor and Activant Been Up To (Post-Merger)?


April 2011 saw the merger of Epicor and Activant Solutions to create a global leader in business software solutions. TEC principal analyst P. J. Jakovljevic sits down with CMO John Hiraoka to discuss the opportunities and challenges created by the merger and the potential synergy of the combined company, Epicor Software Corporation, to grow a wide range of products and industries, a very ambitious yet difficult-to-realize strategy.

autocad express toolbar  Have Epicor and Activant Been Up To (Post-Merger)? At the recent Progress Revolution 2011 user and partner conference by Progress Software (see TEC ’s related article ) I had the chance to reconnect with Epicor Software . For those few that might still not be familiar with the vendor, Epicor is a global provider of business software solutions to upper midsize companies in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality, and services industries. Founded in 1984 and publicly traded until recently Read More

TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 16, 2012


MERGERS @ ACQUISITIONSOracle buys Skire Industry tags: capital management "Oracle is buying to acquire all the assets of Skire, a provider of capital program management and facilities management applications both in the cloud and on-premise. With this acquisition, Oracle expects to complete a set of management tools for all phases of project management, having a complete enterprise project

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IBM Express-es Its Candid Desire For SMEs Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations


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autocad express toolbar  Express-es Its Candid Desire For SMEs Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations IBM's Challenges Despite IBM Corporation's (NYSE: IBM) clout at selling its services, its recognition as an SME product provider has yet to be established, although the mid-market segment has accounted for $20 billion in 2002, which was almost a quarter of its $81 billion total revenue in 2002, and without the newly allocated resources for the Express program, which include a 6,000-person sales organization and a $200 Read More

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autocad express toolbar  Giants Make Courting A Small Guy Their Business One Priority Event Summary On March 27, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of enterprise applications, announced the launch of the US version of SAP Business One , a new solution that should promote the company's capability to a new segment of the small and midsize business (SMB) market. At the same time, in a major pairing of two of the most trusted names in their respective technology and business services fields, SAP also announced that Read More