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Five Ways ERP Systems Are Helping Navigate the Economic Recovery

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
A significant benefit of ERP systems is that they can help forecast inventory needs to better match supply with demand and manage inventory costs. In today’s turbulent economic environment, this business benefit of enterprise software is particularly pronounced.

Mash-ups Let CIOs Do More With Less

By Consider the Source  |  Categories: Cloud computing Mashups Software as a Service (SaaS)
A lot is asked of internal IT organizations. Do more. Do it faster. Do it with less. That’s the way it has always been, right? Until now, most of the focus has been on “do it with less.” But today, IT organizations are being asked to achieve all three simultaneously.

Flexible display demo

By Charlie Bess  |  Categories: New technologies
saw this article on a flexible display demo by HP this week and couldn't help myself from having a brief blog entry about it. You can see in the video there are some significant limitations still, but it is definitely a signpost along the road to a whole different approach to displays.

Web Accessibility Challenges

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Accessibility
I recently presented for my first time at an academic conference. The conference, Information Access: Commons, Control & Controversy, was held at my home faculty, iSchool at University of Toronto. I presented on my research findings from my masters thesis. I thought it distilled my findings in a manageable way, so I thought I'd share it here.

Case Study on Use of Mobile Technology - Mount Sinai Hospital

By Alan Brookstone  |  Categories: eHealth Trends Wireless
At Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, physicians are using iPhones to access the hospital clinical information system. They accomplished this by developing an in-house iPhone application called VitalHub which gives physicians secure, remote access to patient records, test results, vital statistics, and medical literature from its internal data network.

In Uncertain Times, Be More Adaptive + Certain

By John Cousineau  |  Categories: General Trends
An inventor with WhatIf Innovation, Arjan Polhuijs, recently highlighted the lessons he and his colleagues have learned from helping firms innovate during uncertain economic times. In his view, market uncertainty creates unique opportunities to innovate.

The 2010 ERP Vendor Analysis Results Are In, and the Winner Is...

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
In case you missed it, we recently published our 2010 ERP Vendor Analysis report, which outlines actual ERP selection and implementation results from over 1,600 organizations across the globe. Although no one vendor stood above the rest, with each having distinct strengths and weaknesses, the report contains some interesting data points for companies about to embark on their ERP software selection project.

Paralympic versus Olympic IT

By Atos Origin  |  Categories: Olympic technology
Both the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are world-class sporting events. They both have tremendous athletes who are amazing competitors and, while different, the two events share a lot of commonalities; especially when it comes to the information technology (IT) that helps run the Games.

Predictions for Driving Outsourcing Contract Awards in 2010

By Consider the Source  |  Categories: Outsourcing
New data released yesterday by our research arm, TPI Momentum, predicts the number of outsourcing contracts awarded globally will rise this year as organizations seek new ways to optimize critical business functions in an improving economy.

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

By Charlie Bess  |  Categories: Security Social networking Trends
Somehow I missed the release of Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report. This appears to be a good resource for those interested in security and what is happening in the world related to corporate threats. They provide a high level overview (about 2MB) and a more detailed analysis (10MB).

Performance Management in an Enterprise 2.0 Context

By Jon Husband  |  Categories: Web 2.0
First ... no answers here.  Only questions and ideas based on past HR experience, observations and some familiarity with interactive and participative dynamics online. Back in January in one of the sections of a post titled "Exploring the HR Management Framework for Enterprise 2.0" I offered up the following:

Solar cells manufactured more efficiently

By Charlie Bess  |  Categories: Green technology
Silicon (in wafer form) is the basis for most conventional potovoltaic cells. When large single crystal rods of silicon are cut into wafers, half of the grown silicon material is lost as dust.

The Importance of Policy to EMR Success Provincially and Nationally

By Alan Brookstone  |  Categories: eHealth
Last weekend I was watching a show on TV about the failure of policy in the US to reform the school education system. Under the Bush administration and pre 911, an education bill was passed with strong bi-partisan support to improve the education level of children with respect to Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Payment incentives to the states were tied to achieving certain pass levels for those subjects and the more children that passed, the more funding the state received. Sounds like a good policy and it should have driven success.

Five Tips for a Successful CRM Software Selection

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
As with all enterprise software initiatives, the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software selection process can be tricky. There are plenty of solutions to choose from, multiple delivery options, and large amounts of software vendor hype.

Cisco's Cr-3 Router - Streaming Media Players Drool

By Ron Shuttleworth  |  Categories: Gadgets
Cisco's CR-3 322 Terabyte carrier-grade router is three times faster that its predecessor CR-1 router. Not certain if this is a "change the Internet forever" product. However, it may be a tipping point for rich media providers if it is well adopted by carriers.

Top 5 Ways to Ensure Successful IT Sourcing Management and Vendor Management Collaboration

By Consider the Source  |  Categories: Outsourcing
Organizations with complex IT purchasing and delivery of hardware, software and services are examining their structures and wondering how they can work more effectively. While the purchasing department usually negotiates the contracts, we often observe vendor management organizations (VMOs) scattered through areas like operations, HR and IT. For example VMOs in the IT area commonly have responsibility for the overall relationships and performance of the hardware and software suppliers.

One Key Reason Why 72% of ERP System Implementations Fail

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Our 2010 ERP Report, of which the first installment was published last month, outlines several metrics that are of interest to most CIOs, COOs, and other executives about to embark on an ERP system implementation. Although the numbers improved relative to our 2008 study of hundreds of ERP initiatives across the globe, the data still shows that most ERP software implementations fail.

What are the pitfalls of code generators?

By Charlie Bess  |  Categories: General
There was a question the other day by some folks (in the Enterprise irregulars) about the capabilities and the pitfalls of modeling and code generation -- something that's been dear to me since the 1980s. We have definitely moved the ball toward the goal, but there is still a long way to go.

Need quick savings? Look at Software Optimization

By Consider the Source  |  Categories: Outsourcing
While the cost to deliver a unit of computing resource continues to fall, there is a “traitor” to the cause of lower costs – Software. Software, eight years ago, was typically in the 40% range of the total cost to deliver a MIPS. Now, we see software taking over more than half the spend in mainframe computing; in many cases greater than 60% of the spend. While other major cost drivers have fallen through the years, software costs as a percent of the total spend continue to rise. Why?

Lessons From Start-Ups on Improving Sales Productivity Despite Uncertainties

By John Cousineau  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
These days, selling Business-to-Business can seem like risky business. CSO Insights' latest Sales Performance Report notes that in 2009 the percentage of reps making quota dropped to 51.8% from 58.8% a year earlier. The response? Most firms have increased quotas for 2010, seemingly hoping that an improved economy will be the tide that raises performance. In CSO Insights' view, it's a risky approach prone to fail unless other things occur.

Certification Program Information - Posted by ONC

By Alan Brookstone  |  Categories: eHealth
Posted by the ONC - Certification Programs for Health Information Technology: "Certification of Health IT will provide assurance to purchasers and other users that an EHR system, or other relevant technology, offers the necessary technological capability, functionality, and security to help them meet the meaningful use criteria established for a given phase."

Future legislation of location based information

By Charlie Bess  |  Categories: Communications Social networking Trends Wireless
Based on this post, it looks like the US congress is looking at how location based mobile device information is used. "The relatively brief joint hearing served as a preliminary discussion about location-based data and its usage for targeting information and advertising to users of mobile devices. While nothing concrete emerged from the discussion, the potential is clear: impending comprehensive privacy legislation could regulate."

IT and the Closing Ceremonies

By Atos Origin  |  Categories: Olympic technology
The end is in sight. Time to celebrate the athletes, and our team behind the scenes. By the end of the Closing Ceremonies, we will have finished with the majority of the Olympic IT. But “it’s not over until it’s over,” particularly when billions of viewers are counting on our Commentator Information System (CIS).  During the Closing Ceremonies, our CIS is used by thousands of international media who provide their viewers with live commentary and background information about the show and its performers. All that broadcaster knowledge comes from facts, data and surprising factoids we load into the CIS so viewers at home get to hear it.

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