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How to Buy Cloud Finance Apps

July 25, 2014

Finance and accounting (F&A) is one of the newest application categories to move to the cloud.

Application Performance Management Buying Guide

July 7, 2014

Application performance management is evolving to include software-as-a-service options in addition to more traditional framework approaches.

Cloud ERP Buying Guide

June 24, 2014

What are key considerations for companies evaluating cloud ERP? And which vendors should be on a short list?

Analyzing Microsoft-Salesforce Match-up

June 5, 2014

Both Microsoft and Salesforce will benefit from partnership, analysts say. More important, so will customers.

Top 10 Trends in Cloud ERP

May 19, 2014

More companies appear to be considering cloud ERP, according to recent Gartner research.

How to Bring Customer Focus to CRM

April 23, 2014

Too many CRM systems are designed to organize data, not actually improve customer relationships. Four tips can help companies improve their customer focus.

5 ERP Blunders and How to Avoid Them

April 1, 2014

Don't sabotage your ERP implementation even before you begin. Avoid these five mistakes that can wreck ERP projects.

Analytics, Business Intelligence Are Converging, not Merging

March 14, 2014

Increasing enterprise adoption of analytics will not cancel out a need for more traditional business intelligence, say Gartner analysts.

Open Source Vendors Blaze a Trail in Advanced Analytics

February 28, 2014

Gartner gives high marks to open source vendors in its new Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics.

Geographic Information Systems Buying Guide

February 27, 2014

As business cases for geographic information systems continue to emerge, more vendors are offering GIS software. Our buying guide is a good place to start.

Geographic Information Systems: Mapping out Enterprise Impact

February 10, 2014

Companies like General Motors are incorporating GIS systems into enterprise applications like CRM and business intelligence to improve decision making.

9 Tips on Using Big Data Analytics to Improve Security

January 31, 2014

Many Big Data analytics initiatives focus on marketing. But analyzing Big Data can also help companies improve security and avoid data breaches.

7 CRM Trends for 2014

January 6, 2014

Social and mobile CRM are among trends that will continue to gain momentum in 2014, predict industry experts.

Top Business Intelligence Trends For 2014

January 2, 2014

From cloud pilots to embedded business intelligence to a greater emphasis on user education, here is what experts say we can expect from BI in 2014.

Top 8 ERP Trends for 2014

December 20, 2013

Will 2014 be the year that social ERP catches on? And what about mobile ERP? Experts offer their predictions for the coming year.

Top Big Data Trends For 2014

December 19, 2013

Big Data looms larger than ever, as companies find new and more innovative ways of using it. Here, industry experts predict the top Big Data trends for the coming year.

5 Hot Big Data Startups

December 2, 2013

These five Big Data startups are attracting the interest of investors and potential customers.

Project Portfolio Management Buying Guide

November 18, 2013

Project management is a challenge for almost every organization. Project portfolio management software can help by offering a clearer view of projects, along with objectives, costs and more.

Microsoft Ups Its Game in CRM and ERP

November 11, 2013

Microsoft's update of Dynamics CRM is designed to help companies better serve empowered consumers. It is also refreshing Dynamics ERP with improved supply chain capabilities.

Can Google Apps Unseat Microsoft in the Enterprise?

November 5, 2013

Buoyed by cloud and mobile adoption, Google Apps is winning enterprise customers. Office 365 is Microsoft's alternative to Google Apps. How do they compare?

Can CRM Software Prevent Mobile Spam?

October 28, 2013

As mobile marketing efforts increase, companies must be careful not to spam their customers, experts say.

Big Business Intelligence Vendors Not Satisfying Users

September 30, 2013

Gartner research shows users care more about look and feel of BI than about integration with other enterprise apps.

Beyond Email: 5 Functions Coming to Mobile Apps

September 16, 2013

The scope of business functions that can be accomplished via mobile apps continues to grow.

Sage Transitions ERP onto the Cloud

September 10, 2013

With mobile access to data a growing requirement, Sage accelerates its cloud ERP strategy.

5 Mobile Apps for Sales Pros

August 20, 2013

Given that sales people spend so much time on the road, it isn't surprising that sales apps are catching on.

Mid-Size Business Intelligence Buying Guide

August 14, 2013

Looking for business intelligence software that doesn't feel too big or too small, but just right? You may find it from BI vendors that hit the mid-market sweet spot.

More Social CRM Companies to Watch

August 9, 2013

As interest in social CRM grows, so does the number of companies providing software that brings together CRM, sales and social functions.

Embedded Analytics Catching Fire

August 1, 2013

One of the hottest trends in business intelligence today is embedding analytics capabilities into transactional applications.

What's New with 5 Big BI Vendors

July 23, 2013

While there are plenty of business intelligence startups, long-time vendors control the market. This BI buying guide reviews solutions of five of them.

Gamification Boosts Employee Participation, Collaboration

June 24, 2013

Can gamification make employee collaboration and other business processes more effective? Experts like Deloitte think so.

Uniting CRM, Sales and Social Media

June 7, 2013

Just as CRM providers were beginning to more closely align software with sales processes, social media entered the picture. The new challenge is how to unite sales, CRM and social media.

7 Cloud ERP Startups to Watch

June 3, 2013

Has the enterprise reached a 'tipping point' when it comes to cloud-based ERP? A growing list of startups offering cloud ERP apps seem to think so.

Getting Business Travel Expenses under Control with HCM

May 23, 2013

While business travel can seem tortuous, it's a piece of cake compared to managing employee travel expenses. Human capital management (HCM) software can help.

Pivotal Aims to Disrupt Cloud, Big Data Analytics

May 10, 2013

A startup called Pivotal, headed by VMWare's former CEO, wants to be the go-to cloud operating system. And it wants to shift analytics focus from Big Data to fast data.

Is Cloud-based ERP Inevitable?

May 6, 2013

ERP has not been as quick as other enterprise applications to move to the cloud. But that doesn't mean it won't get there, say industry watchers.

Using Big Data to Fight Fraud

April 18, 2013

While Big Data can be useful in fighting fraud, traditional business intelligence tools aren't much help.

Putting a Social Spin on HCM

April 16, 2013

Human capital management (HCM) vendors are focusing on social recruitment as social channels become an important source of job referrals and recommendations.

5 More Buzz-worthy Big Data Analytics Apps

April 10, 2013

The number of analytics applications designed to help enterprises leverage Big Data is getting bigger all the time. Here are five that got our attention.

5 Buzz-worthy Big Data Analytics Apps

March 28, 2013

The marriage of Big Data and analytics will likely yield some powerful business benefits. Here are five buzz-worthy Big Data analytics apps.

In the Contact Center: Speech Analytics Software Buying Guide

February 26, 2013

Speech analytics software is seeing rapid growth in the call center, thanks to its ability to reveal customer insights. Here are five popular options for prospective buyers.

SaaS, Big Data and More: Speech Analytics in the Contact Center

February 19, 2013

Speech analytics has caught on in the contact center. It's likely to become even more popular, thanks to Big Data, SaaS and other trends.

Top 10 Mobile Business Intelligence Apps

February 14, 2013

Thanks to a plethora of mobile apps, like the 10 featured here, business people can perform a variety of business intelligence tasks on their smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft Dynamics Gets More Pervasive BI in Latest Upgrade

February 6, 2013

Microsoft's latest upgrade of its Dynamics ERP software includes added business intelligence features and is designed to help companies respond to rapidly changing business requirements.

6 Cool Social CRM Tools

January 17, 2013

There are so many new CRM tools that leverage social media platforms, distributed analytics and mobile devices, it's tough to keep track of them all.

Top 5 CRM Trends for 2013

January 14, 2013

From "interconnected" business intelligence to added attention from the C-suite, here are five trends that will shape CRM in 2013.

Big Data and Beyond: 10 BI Trends for 2013

January 2, 2013

Big Data will continue to dominate business intelligence in 2013, but experts are beginning to see a growing sophistication in how companies use it.

Top Ten ERP Trends

December 21, 2012

From the cloud to social, how are software trends impacting ERP? And is the economy impacting ERP choices?

Oracle Accelerates JD Edwards ERP

December 11, 2012

Oracle updates its JD Edwards ERP suite with business accelerators designed to ease implementation and satisfy special industry needs.

Retailers Harness Big Data for a CRM Boost

November 16, 2012

Williams Sonoma and Expedia are among the companies analyzing Big Data and applying the insights to improve marketing campaigns and refine CRM strategies.

Human Capital Management Buying Guide: Kenexa, Workday and More

November 8, 2012

Thanks to the success of SaaS human capital management, providers of on-premise HCM software are incorporating the cloud into their solutions.

Human Capital Management Buying Guide: Oracle, SAP, Salesforce

October 31, 2012

Human capital management's star is rising in the enterprise, and all of the major software vendors are eager to hitch a ride.

SAS Says Speed Key to Marketing and Fraud Detection Analytics

October 22, 2012

SAS hopes to address the need for analytics speed of two key business functions, marketing and risk management, with a series of new products.

SAS Questions Big Data Approaches of SAP, Oracle

October 16, 2012

Database-centric approaches like those used by SAP and Oracle are fine for querying and reporting but not for true Big Data analytics, says SAS.

SMB ERP Buying Guide for Oracle, Microsoft and SAP

October 9, 2012

While Oracle, Microsoft and SAP offer ERP software primarily geared toward larger enterprises, they also have solutions appropriate for SMBs.

Workforce Optimization Software Buying Guide

October 2, 2012

With its emphasis on getting the best performance from call center agents, workforce optimization is one of the most critical areas of focus for call centers.

Can Yammer Help Microsoft Conquer the World -- Again?

September 25, 2012

Microsoft bought Yammer to give it a leg up in the burgeoning social software space. But how will it do that, exactly?

Call Center Software Suite Buying Guide

September 18, 2012

Buying guide focuses on four of the biggest providers of call center software suites, with products geared toward large enterprises.

VMware Puts Virtual Spin on Big Data

August 29, 2012

After years of dealing with servers, PCs and storage arrays, VMware "gets" enterprise applications and is moving heavily into the virtualization of software.

6 Key Call Center Trends

August 13, 2012

As the call center has evolved into a key customer service channel, the agent role has grown more sophisticated and so has the software that supports it.

Open Source ERP Buyer's Guide

August 3, 2012

Open source is still a small subset of the ERP market, yet its promise of low cost and added flexibility means it merits investigation, especially for entry-level ERP deployments.

EMC Morphs from Storage into Big Data Analytics

July 17, 2012

EMC's high-profile partnership with SAS and acquisition of Pivotal Labs are part of the storage vendor's plan to become a force in Big Data and business intelligence.

Losing Applications in the Cloud: The Growing Necessity for Capacity Management

June 28, 2012

While virtualization offers many benefits, it also makes it tougher for IT to manage application performance. Experts say capacity management, a discipline from the mainframe days, can help.

Social Features Can Revive Intranets

June 12, 2012

Many intranets fail with users because they contain outdated information, poor collaboration features and badly organized data. Experts say social tools such as tagging and user polls can boost intranet usefulness and create user interest.

Six Tools Put New Twist on Business Intelligence

June 7, 2012

At Gartner's recent BI Summit, six business intelligence tools caught the eye of our roving reporter. All provide interesting new twists on traditional business intelligence approaches, often by providing real-time or predictive capabilities.

Is SQL Server 2012 a Bid for Business Intelligence Greatness?

May 23, 2012

Microsoft talked up new Big Data and business intelligence capabilities built into SQL Server 12 during last month’s launch. But it’s not a business intelligence be-all and end-all, say the experts.

Two-tier Strategy a Way to 'Reinvigorate' ERP

May 14, 2012

Why would a company want to run two ERP systems? There are plenty of reasons, say the experts, including increased business agility and lower costs.

Visualization Broadens Business Intelligence's Appeal

May 2, 2012

Visualization is taking business intelligence out of the realm of specialists and making it more accessible to "average" users.

Gartner Taps Predictive Analytics as Next Big Business Intelligence Trend

April 17, 2012

Because analytics is the "combustion engine of business," organizations invest in business intelligence even when times are tough. Gartner predicts the next big phase for business intelligence will be a move toward more simulation and extrapolation.

Business Intelligence Is Booming, Gartner Finds

April 6, 2012

From automation to data warehouse consolidation, Gartner's BI Summit was all about making better decisions. While companies are spending big on business intelligence, they aren't always getting good results, said Gartner analyst Rita Sallam.

Buyer's Guide: Is Cloud ERP Right for You?

April 5, 2012

While big software companies like SAP are introducing cloud computing into their previously on-premise ERP product lines, they are playing catch-up to pure cloud plays like NetSuite and Plex Online. Here experts suggest key questions to ask to determine which solution is right for you.

Buyer's Guide: Business Intelligence in the Cloud

March 22, 2012

While there is plenty of hype about business intelligence in the cloud, even vendors encourage companies to take a measured approach to deploying it.

Gartner's 2012 Magic Quadrant: Do Business Intelligence Vendors Lack Vision?

March 20, 2012

While Leaders and Niche Players abound in Gartner's 2012 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence, only two companies placed in the Challenger category and Gartner didn't name any vendors as Visionaries. What gives?

Big Data Buyer's Guide, Part Two: IBM, SAS, Pentaho and More

February 27, 2012

Oracle and SAP have commanded much of the buzz around Big Data with their respective Exalytics and HANA products. But plenty of other vendors, including IBM and SAS, offer alternative approaches to dealing with Big Data.

In-Memory Analytics Buyer's Guide: Oracle Big Data/Exalytics Appliances vs. SAP HANA

February 8, 2012

Big Data has become a super-heated area of the business intelligence landscape, with companies hoping to extract actionable insights from their growing stores of data. Oracle and SAP are among the vendors introducing solutions designed to help them do so

SAP v Oracle: Battle of the ERP Giants

January 26, 2012

SAP dominates the ERP market, commanding 24 percent of total ERP market share in 2010, with Oracle close behind, with 18 percent of the market in 2010. The rivalry is heating up even more following SAP CTO Vishal Sikka’s recent comments that SAP plans to support its flagship Business Suite ERP software on its HANA in-memory database platform by the end of 2012. Industry observers see this as a move to entice companies to choose HANA over Oracle databases.

'Epic' Lawsuits Among ERP Predictions for 2012

January 17, 2012

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are supposed to help management predict, plan and execute. Some do it better than others. So it is with some trepidation that we embarked upon a quest to predict the coming year for ERP.

Seven Business Intelligence Predictions for 2012

January 5, 2012

From Big Data to the cloud, what will shape the business intelligence market in 2012.

Eight CRM Predictions for 2012

December 28, 2011

CRM had a good year in 2011 with its highest revenues in many years. So what does the future hold? EnterpriseAppsToday asked CRM analysts and industry experts for their predictions for the year ahead.

Cloud Momentum Grows with SAP Bid for SuccessFactors

December 20, 2011

SAP’s planned acquisition of SuccessFactors demonstrates that enterprise software vendors cannot ignore the growing importance of the cloud.

Oracle CRM and Business Intelligence in Two Real-World Environments

November 11, 2011

Two case studies from Oracle OpenWorld: Using CRM and business intelligence for success.

The Cloud CRM Market: Microsoft, Salesforce, SAP, Oracle and More

November 2, 2011

The cloud CRM market is a crowded one, so we offer an overview of the biggest names in our cloud CRM buying guide.

HTML5 Will Transform Mobile Business Intelligence and CRM

October 18, 2011

HTML5 will lead to richer mobile BI and CRM apps that can be used across browsers and devices.

SAP Wrestles with ERP Complexity

October 14, 2011

SAP ERP spans the entire enterprise, so of course it's complicated. But the company is working on ways to make ERP easier to use.

Microsoft ERP Buying Guide: The Many Flavors of Microsoft ERP

October 11, 2011

Microsoft offers four Dynamics ERP systems; which one is right for you?

An In-Depth Look at Oracle Fusion Applications

October 10, 2011

What does the formal launch of Fusion mean for existing Oracle CRM and ERP users?

Oracle Speeds Up Business Intelligence, CRM and ERP

October 4, 2011

The big theme at this at this week's OpenWorld was speeding up Oracle applications with 'big data' analytics.

ERP Still Haunted by Implementation Challenges

September 27, 2011

Vendors have made strides making ERP easier to use, but tighter IT budgets mean that users have little patience for implementation problems.

Oracle CRM Buying Guide

September 12, 2011

Oracle offers four customer relationship management (CRM) products within its enterprise applications portfolio – which one is right for you?

Open Source Business Intelligence Heats Up

August 17, 2011

Open source business intelligence is growing faster than the rest of the BI market, according to a recent study.

Business Intelligence Buying Guide for Small Businesses

August 11, 2011

The business intelligence vendors covered in our SMB buying guide may not be well known, but they're worth checking out.

Midmarket Business Intelligence Buying Guide

August 9, 2011

Open source and easy-to-use business intelligence tools dominate the midmarket.

Is it Time to Add Google+ to Social CRM Tools?

July 22, 2011

The meteoric rise of Google+ means it's only a matter of time until social CRM and social media monitoring tools begin tracking the service.

Small Business CRM Buying Guide

July 20, 2011

Sage, Zoho and NetSuite are just three of the vendors covered in our SMB CRM guide.

Midmarket CRM Buying Guide

July 14, 2011

CDC Software, SalesLogix and SugarCRM are among the vendors covered in our midmarket CRM buying guide.

ERP Buyer's Guide for Small Businesses

July 7, 2011

NetSuite, CDC Software and Syspro are just some of the names covered in our small business ERP buying guide.

Midmarket ERP Buyer's Guide

June 8, 2011

SAP, Oracle and Microsoft still rule, but a number of smaller ERP vendors bear watching.

Business Intelligence Must Mesh with Your Business to Work

May 12, 2011

Business intelligence solutions must be easy to use and fit into the way your employees work if your BI system is going to be a success.

Gartner Business Intelligence Summit Reveals Changing, Growing BI Market

May 6, 2011

Business intelligence trends include data discovery and dashboard growth, soaring BI revenue and bullish forecasts, and emerging companies challenging the top tier vendors.

Social CRM Dominates Gartner 360 CRM Conference

April 1, 2011

Social CRM was everywhere at this week's Gartner 360 CRM conference.

Top Ten Mobile CRM Apps

March 17, 2011

What could be more important to a sales force than mobility? Here are 10 mobile CRM apps for sales people on the go.

Social CRM Changes the Definition of Customer Relationship Management

February 15, 2011

Thanks to social media, consumers now control the dialogue with companies, and CRM systems must adapt.

Who is Leading in Social CRM?

February 10, 2011

Social CRM will be a $1 billion market this year, but who will lead it?

Ten Great Mobile Business Intelligence Apps

January 28, 2011

With the market for mobile business intelligence about to take off, we look at some of the coolest mobile BI apps.

Ten More ERP Trends: Open Source and Pricing Pressures

January 26, 2011

The rise of open source ERP and new startups is pressuring big vendors like Oracle and SAP.

Enterprise ERP Buyer's Guide: SAP, Oracle and Microsoft

January 3, 2011

Through acquisition and attrition, the three tech giants have come to dominate the ERP market for large enterprises.

The Top 10 Trends in ERP

December 13, 2010

Led by CRM and business intelligence needs, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market remains strong.

Open Source Business Intelligence: What Are Your Options?

November 24, 2010

From focused BI tools to full product suites, we give you an overview of the open source business intelligence market.

Is Apple's iPad Changing CRM and Business Intelligence?

November 22, 2010

Some big-name companies, like MicroStrategy and SAP, are betting that the answer is 'yes.'

Manufacturer Boosts Sales with Oracle CRM and Business Intelligence

November 4, 2010

Pella turned to Oracle to integrate its manufacturing and customer relationship management applications.

Oracle Marries Business Intelligence with CRM, ERP in New Fusion Apps

October 29, 2010

Oracle will combine BI with CRM and ERP in its biggest-ever software release.

Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide for Enterprises

October 11, 2010

The enterprise BI market may be dominated by the likes of SAP, Oracle and IBM, but smaller names like Information Builders also have much to offer.

The Top Ten Trends in Business Intelligence

October 8, 2010

Mobile devices, the cloud and pesky startups are just a few of the trends altering the business intelligence landscape.

Open Source CRM Opportunity May Be in the Cloud

October 7, 2010

Enterprises may be slow to adopt open source CRM, but the real market for the software may be in SaaS and cloud computing deployments.

CRM Buyer's Guide: Which Enterprise CRM Tool Is Right for You?

October 6, 2010

From Oracle and Salesforce.com to Sword Ciboodle, we've got the customer relationship management (CRM) market covered.

Oracle Takes Aim at Salesforce.com

September 21, 2010

Oracle unveils new CRM and applications products at OracleWorld — and unleashes criticism at competitor Salesforce.com.

The Top Six Trends in Enterprise Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

September 13, 2010

The cloud, smarter analytics, social media and mobile devices are just some of the trends that are rapidly changing the CRM market.

Business Intelligence Vendors Wrestle with Mergers, the Cloud and Open Source

August 31, 2010

The business intelligence market has changed dramatically in recent years, with mergers, the cloud, open source alternatives and new startups pressuring top vendors like IBM and Oracle.

Will FTC Online Tracking Restrictions Hurt CRM?

August 18, 2010

The FTC wants Internet users to be able to opt out of online behavior tracking. What could that mean for customer relationship management (CRM) and data mining programs?

Trust, Mistrust and Consumer Information

January 27, 2004

Legislation on data retention adds to the storage management burden. Nonetheless, strict adherence to the law can have its benefits.

The Four Perils of CRM and How to Avoid Them

October 28, 2002

Customer Relationship Management continues to grow in popularity as companies deploy the technology to improve the bottom line. But many CRM projects fail and some actually drive customers away and dilute earnings. Here are some of the biggest CRM pitfalls.