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      • Computer Weekly networking case studies

        Jennifer Scott and Steve Evans discover what made the winning entries stand out from the crowd in the 2014 Computer Weekly European Awards for networking.

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      • Contact center technology today requires a new approach

        Managing customer relationships today is about a whole lot more than a weekly newsletter and a few phone lines. Organizations ahead of the curve have accepted this rule, drilling down on customer experience management strategies designed to deal with the multitude of communication channels available to customers. It's not just about about the technology -- though, that is an important part of CEM. Successful customer service is also about strategy: how to ensure customers are satisfied at each and every point of contact, whether it's via smartphone, tablet, email or social media.

        This three-part guide will focus on the steps that companies need to start making to keep up. We kick off with a guide to forming a successful e-commerce strategy -- starting with six key factors that can make or break a customer's shopping experience and, ultimately, your business. Next we examine the "outside-in" approach to contact center technology -- putting yourself in the customer's shoes and making the technology they use to contact you as simple as possible. We close with a look at where tomorrow's CEM technology is heading.

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      • Special Report on VDI

        The articles contained here were written by Brian Madden, the fiercely independent thought leader in the world of virtualisation and mobility management. Along with his co-author Gabe Knuth, Brian is responsible for both “The VDI Delusion” and “Desktops as a Service” books – considered to be the most reliable sources of information on battling today’s technology pain points.

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      • Confront the problem with healthcare data storage

        State and federal data-retention regulations and an ever-increasing volume of data -- with imaging data as the biggest culprit -- are creating a big storage dilemma for many healthcare providers. Providers are required by law to store patient data for years and, in some cases, decades -- even though it's likely they will never give many pieces of data a second glance.

        So how to make room for the ever-growing mountains of healthcare data? Start with this three-part guide. Inside, our health IT experts outline useful tips for every step of the data management process. Readers will gain insight on the differences between data archiving and data backup as well as expert advice on storing and managing imaging data for the long term.

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      • Manufacturing IT best practices: ERP upgrades and migrations

        Read this expert e-book to get comprehensive answers to all your ERP upgrade and migration questions. Inside, find: expert advice on recognizing when it's time to upgrade or migrate; tips for making a business case; the top five questions to ask before buying ERP systems; and best practices for a successful implementation process.

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      • Best BI and analytics options for midmarket manufacturers

        BI is everywhere and it is becoming more affordable for even smaller midmarket manufacturers. As a matter of fact, it's actually becoming possible for this type of business to implement the same sort of BI that even the largest enterprises use. In the following e-handbook, learn how to get the same high-potency BI that the largest organizations use and most importantly, learn where and when to use BI without straining your IT staff.

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      • E-book: Manufacturing business intelligence best practices

        In this e-book, experienced technology writer Lauren Gibbons Paul shares her insight on utilizing BI in the manufacturing field. Find effective strategies for manufacturing business intelligence that can make a difference in your organization.

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      • How to get started with business intelligence in manufacturing

        Facing increasing pressures from globalization and a sagging economy, manufacturers are between a rock and a hard spot. And many of them see business intelligence as an escape route. But does BI hold the answers for every manufacturer? How does BI differ from manufacturing intelligence? This e-book will answer these important questions about using business intelligence in manufacturing, and more.

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      • Business intelligence and analytics for optimized supply chain management

        This e-book discusses how analytics technology can transform supply chains by improving visibility, making it a more efficient process, and contributing to more timely, accurate predictions. Learn how to best utilize business Intelligence and analytics for optimizing supply chain management -- and more.

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      • Understanding workforce management technology for manufacturing

        Workforce management technology can help manufacturers improve operational efficiency and reduce costs by streamlining scheduling, budgeting, and labor planning. Thanks to the web and mobile platforms, it is now more accessible outside the office. Learn the benefits of automating workforce management and read expert advice on getting started.

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      • Tips for managing multiple ERP systems

        Read this expert e-guide to learn how to minimize the chaos of managing multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Learn how a two-tiered approach, including Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP at the subsidiary level, is helping many manufacturers consolidate their ERP efforts.

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      • Machine-to-machine communications enliven warehouse management

        Manufacturers can find many uses for machine to machine technology outside their walls—from shipment tracking to remote diagnostics—but the technology can also bring split-second data visibility inside as well. This handbook gives an introduction to M2M technology and explains its uses in the warehouse, with strategies for selecting and implementing M2M for warehouse management and instructions on how to optimize the warehouse management potential of M2M investments.

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      • Cloud computing: What it can do for your manufacturing supply

        Cloud-based manufacturing applications have exploded onto the market, and with so much hype, determining their suitability and usefulness can be tricky. Read this expert e-book to get tips on how the cloud can be leveraged for ERP, supply chain management, and global inventory management, and learn what to look out for in a still-maturing market.

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      • Hosted ERP or SaaS ERP: What’s right for your organization?

        Read this e-book to compare traditional hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) apps to Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP. Uncover the benefits and challenges of each alternative and decide which is best for your organization.

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      • Shop for midmarket ERP software that will boost the bottom line

        With an ever-increasing number of ERP vendors, searching for the right ERP software in today's market makes finding a needle in a haystack look easy. But it can be done. In fact, it's gaining real traction in the world of manufacturing. And, while cloud models like Software as a Service have historically been seen as the most feasible option for midsize companies, IT departments today are discovering a host of options -- everything from hosted ERP to public clouds.

        In this three-part guide, our editors go beyond the hype. First, readers will get one manufacturer's firsthand account of moving its ERP systems to the cloud -- and the benefits and challenges encountered on the way up. Next, analyst China Martens offers expert advice on the types of questions IT manufacturers need to be asking before making software buying decisions. Finally, readers will get a boost ahead of the competition with our curated list of the top ERP vendors.

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      • Do your homework before integrating software systems

        Many manufacturers want to circumvent the often long and arduous process of software systems integration by collecting new ERP, supply chain management and other business applications. This might work in the short term, but what does it mean in the long term? And when does a manufacturer integrate rather than add to its data systems? In this handbook, you’ll find information on when and why integration is key -- as well as advice on proper business strategies for integrating software systems.

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      • Best practices for selecting ERP software

        To improve operational efficiency, companies often look toward ERP software as a way to manage the business. But it’s important not to select software blindly -- companies need to take a realistic look at their needs and then assess which types of ERP software best fit those needs. In addition, companies that have a legacy ERP system can benefit from reviewing the technology to see if another option suits their current requirements.

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      • Manufacturing ERP Buyer’s Guide – 2011 Edition

        Compiled by SearchManufacturingERP.com editors, this directory includes ERP software products for process and discrete manufacturers of all sizes, as well as all verticals. It includes software that is meant to be deployed on-premise as well as Software as a Service (SaaS) or on-demand software.

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      • Lean manufacturing and ERP: How to leverage ERP to get lean

        A manufacturing firm adopting the principles of lean manufacturing can effectively leverage the company’s ERP system during its transition to lean. This e-book explains what part of the plant you should start with; the importance of simplifying the ERP system; how to balance the ERP system with lean principles; and what pitfalls to avoid.

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      • Navigate the e-procurement technology landscape

        E-sourcing and e-procurement technology have created new opportunities to save money, improve supplier performance -- even make better products. Called e-sourcing and e-procurement, the tools may very well help organizations change the way they buy the materials and goods they need. Online communities give manufacturers a comprehensive view of available suppliers, allowing them to see who is offering what and then negotiate deals. And vendors have been developing a whole range of new products with features like spend analytics, supplier performance management and contract lifecycle management.

        But though many manufacturers use basic e-sourcing tools for requests for proposals and auctions to cut sourcing costs and cycle times, most don't tap them for their full potential and thus are losing out on the real prizes: a clear return on investment, better supplier relationships and innovative new products. In this three-part handbook, we look into the various new e-procurement and e-sourcing tools and their features. We talk to industry experts about the best ways to improve ROI, and we explore e-procurement strategies that are beneficial to both manufacturer and supplier.

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      • Improving effectiveness and adoption in ERP procurement to drive increased savings

        This e-book provides tips on how to increase the value of your ERP – and your supply chain – with tools for more effective collaboration. Find out more about using ERP procurement to drive increased savings.

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      • E-book: Supply chain management best practices for manufacturing

        As supply chains extend across the globe and their complexity increases, manufacturers are learning that the right software can be a key component of successful supply chain planning and execution. Read this expert e-book to find tips and best practices for supply chain management (SCM).

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      • Improving supply chain visibility via technology

        Brush up on the latest technologies for supply chain visibility that will improve efficiency and get your company a higher ROI. In this e-book, find articles that explore the latest options for supply chain visibility, and learn how to determine if your organization really needs supply chain visibility software. Plus, find out how this technology can help you meet compliance needs, and how to get the most return from your supply chain investments.

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      • Identification options for supply chain management

        Supply chain tracking is an obvious manufacturing necessity -- having a handle on where your products are at any given time is crucial to ensuring the quality of your services. But there are several options available under the AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) umbrella. In this expert handbook, discover the benefits and drawbacks of three main AIDC technologies: bar codes, RFID, and GPS tracking systems. See which technology best suits your manufacturing needs according to expert analysis of each system. Get the latest information on supply chain management and more in this guide.

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  • Business Information

    Cloud computing, mobile devices and massive amounts of data flowing into organizations are combining to put heavy pressure on business systems. To adapt, organizations have been forced to transform the way in which corporate information is managed.

  • Modern Infrastructure

    Modern Infrastructure covers the convergence of technologies -- from cloud computing to virtualization to mobile devices -- and the impact on data centers.

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  • Tap into enterprise data governance for business value

    Data governance is all about managing data as a business asset and ensuring that data is accurate, consistent, integrated, timely, complete and secure. This report examines the market trends for implementing data governance. Based on data from a recent survey of 317 business intelligence professionals, IT professionals and consultants, this SearchBusinessAnalytics Benchmark Report analyzes the responses and provides trend information on the increasing executive acceptance of the importance of managing data as a corporate asset, the current status and types of data governance initiatives, data quality and data governance benefits.

  • VM management and capacity prediction

    As hypervisor features have become more similar, the next vendor battleground will be over management software. Microsoft and VMware have similar capabilities, and now they'll look to make their products stand out by touting their management tools and complimentary products. Soon, IT pros won't spend time looking at unique features when they compare hypervisors; they will be looking at how an organization can use the hypervisor to improve workflows throughout the data center.

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  • Computer Weekly networking case studies

    Jennifer Scott and Steve Evans discover what made the winning entries stand out from the crowd in the 2014 Computer Weekly European Awards for networking.

  • Contact center technology today requires a new approach

    Managing customer relationships today is about a whole lot more than a weekly newsletter and a few phone lines. Organizations ahead of the curve have accepted this rule, drilling down on customer experience management strategies designed to deal with the multitude of communication channels available to customers. It's not just about about the technology -- though, that is an important part of CEM. Successful customer service is also about strategy: how to ensure customers are satisfied at each and every point of contact, whether it's via smartphone, tablet, email or social media.

    This three-part guide will focus on the steps that companies need to start making to keep up. We kick off with a guide to forming a successful e-commerce strategy -- starting with six key factors that can make or break a customer's shopping experience and, ultimately, your business. Next we examine the "outside-in" approach to contact center technology -- putting yourself in the customer's shoes and making the technology they use to contact you as simple as possible. We close with a look at where tomorrow's CEM technology is heading.

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