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  • 11 hot ERP topics for 2011

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 6:32 pm

    From courtroom trials to executive shake-ups, 2010 was quite a year for the ERP marketplace. But 2011 has even more drama in store: Here's our analysis of the key problems, players and products.
  • Why ERP upgrade fears affect software decisions

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 6:04 pm

    How your company feels about ERP upgrades will play a part in whether it favors an on-premise or SaaS ERP package, notes a new Aberdeen report.
  • ERP gone bad: Lessons from real-world failures

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 1:33 pm

    Spectacular flameouts have much to teach managers about the right way to run projects
  • The App Store Effect on BI Applications and IT

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    Execs and managers are desperately seeking instant BI application satisfaction, and IT is trying to keep up. Here's why it may be a losing battle for CIOs, project managers and developers.
  • 10 Ways Poor Training Can Cause ERP Implementations to Fail

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 11:22 am

    Consider this your handy guide to diagnosing the symptoms of poor ERP Training.
  • Global ERP Rollouts: Management Secrets

    Posted October 26, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    Your ERP rollout is global. But as you work with offices around the world, remember that all ERP is local, say IT leaders who've been there. Consider this expert advice from IT leaders on the CIO Executive Council:
  • ERP Sticker Shock: Maintenance, Upgrades, Customizations

    Posted September 23, 2010 - 9:53 pm

    Two new studies demonstrate why many companies are suffering from "buyer's remorse" after spending millions on traditional ERP rollouts.
  • Mobile CRM app helps construction firm diversify its business

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    VCC, a nationwide retail construction company, finds that giving project managers smartphone access to customer data is a big boost in attracting new business.
  • Third-Party Software Maintenance: 5 Things to Know

    Posted August 31, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Big savings are promised, but are there trade-offs to bypassing vendor support in lieu of third-party support providers like Rimini Street?
  • The best open source applications

    Posted August 26, 2010 - 9:00 am

    InfoWorld's Test Center picks the top open source applications of 2010
  • How An ERP System Can Help Manage Your Company's Energy Use

    Posted July 21, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    ERP data provides the key to cutting energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions for the City of Palo Alto
  • Expand Your CRM System: 3 Paths to More Power

    Posted July 20, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    Going beyond the configurations and formula/workflow items that your system administrators should always be doing, there are three main paths toward expanded CRM functionality:
  • ERP Systems: How Hard Can It Be to Select One?

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 8:25 pm

    Those two little words--"ERP replacement"--are enough to make many CIOs want to pick up and move on. Many of us have experienced firsthand the difficulties of successfully implementing ERP. But it can be done well if you cover a few critical bases.
  • SAP Sapphire 2010: New Look, New Execs...A New SAP?

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    SAP took some hard body blows in 2009 but did not get knocked out. With new leadership, will it wow the user base at this year's annual gathering, or will there be more marketing talk than walk?
  • Optimize CRM for E-Mail Blasts

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    In many markets, e-mail has become a more important customer interaction tool than the phone. And for many companies, most of the e-mail sent out is not person-to-person: it's sent in bulk blasts. E-mail blasting tools and services are evolving at a very rapid pace, with the product definitions blurring (particularly when it comes to the marketing automation category). So let's try to get things straight.
  • Inside the CIO's 'Big Four' Application Priorities

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:35 am

    ERP, CRM, BI and supply chain are among the most core applications to enterprises. Where are CIOs paying the most attention? CIO magazine's new "Technology Priorities" survey shows where companies are in their application evolutions.
  • Why the New Normal Could Kill IT

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 9:03 pm

    The modern-day IT shop has become too big to fail. Let IT keel over, and watch everything you hold dear go to hell. Just try it.
  • SaaS ERP Has Buzz, But Who Are the Real Players?

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 5:01 pm

    An Aberdeen Group report lists the nine SaaS vendors that offer actual ERP software and services -- not just a bunch of cloudy marketing hype.
  • ERP Support: How Far Will Oracle Go to Protect Golden Egg?

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 5:17 pm

    What does Oracle think about those companies that offer third-party maintenance and support services for Oracle's software--for up to half off Oracle's price? Look no further than the names of these two lawsuits:
  • ERP Costs: 3 Signs Companies Are Wasting Less Money

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:48 pm

    It took a worldwide recession to start the trend, but there are signs that companies are getting ERP costs under control, according to a new report from Panorama Consulting. But there's still more work to be done.
  • Why Watching 'Lost' Is Like Managing ERP

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    You've got your bewildering subplots (confusing vendor roadmaps), spectacular crashes (ERP project failures), island archetypes (penny-pinching CFOs) and smoke monsters (scary upgrades). Need we say more?
  • More Jobs Vanish: IT's Gains Are Real People's Losses

    Posted November 2, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Improved IT means many jobs cut in this recession have been cut forever, some job hunters are now learning. While long-sought efficiency improvements have arrived, not everyone is celebrating.
  • Behind Enemy Lines: Salesforce.com, Rimini Street

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 10:04 pm

    Both tech vendors are aiming to change the rules of game for enterprise software. And while they're going about it with two different business models, the companies share some things in common.
  • The Problem with Mature ERP Systems

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 11:01 pm

    ERP systems tend to outlast the IT professionals who implement them, causing headaches for the CIOs who are subsequently brought it to integrate and upgrade them -- and manage the business side's changing expectations.
  • Why ERP Is Still So Hard

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    Steve Berg, VP of IT at Taser International, knows pain and suffering as it relates to ERP -- from vendor selection and licensing negotiations, to implementation and change management, followed by upgrades and integration. And as he and many other IT leaders have come to know, ERP-induced pain can last much, much longer than being Tasered.
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