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Posted: 5/23/2008 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

The following illustration is conservative yet yields a 1,000,000.00 savings for a 500 employee business. Time and attendance systems can pay for themselves in the matter of months, surely less than a year!Automation is one of the key features to realizing the return on investment with time and attendance. Today using bar code, RFID or biometric readers an employee can identify themselves to a system in seconds, quicker than finding a paper card in a rack and orienting it to a punch device. From there no one needs to figure if it was within a grace period or round it. No one needs to determine if it is early or late. No one needs to add or repunch it. This is just the start of the transactions let alone the interface to payroll! Use of the PC, networks, databases and in some cases the internet all comes into play when automating a time and attendance system.

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To improve throughput on Intel wide area network (WAN) circuits, Intel IT conducteda proof of concept (PoC) study to investigate new WAN optimization technologiesand products. We achieved significant benefits to WAN throughput in our testnetwork and in a pilot production network using devices that incorporated a varietyof optimization techniques.

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The case study details the benefits received by a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics storage products when they turned to ModusLink to improvethe efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their fragmented, global supply chain. The manufacturer’s rapid growth quickly overwhelmed their global supply anddistribution capabilities resulting in declining service levels to their high-priority retail sales channel. After nearly 2 years of trying to manage their retail supply chain on their own — utilizing a few smaller, niche vendors for various functions — the manufacturer realizedthe value in utilizing a single, global partner to handle their end-to-end supply chain needs.

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The activities surrounding change management and monitoring are common to all regulations and represent a challenge for enterprises both from a technical and organizational standpoint. Quest InTrust is specifically designed to facilitate compliance in an organization’s mostly Microsoft environment, while also providing efficiencies and enhancing operational excellence.

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Strategic systems rarely arrive on the scene complete; they evolve, usually from lessambitious tactical systems when users demand more information than a purely tacticalsystem can deliver. A case in point is salesforce automation (SFA).Not long ago, all sales people managed territories, opportunities and leads tactically— in crude paper files and spreadsheets. These primitive systems were enough to enabletheir users to identify and track opportunities and deals but they were not sufficientto help the business precisely manage to specific goals.Accurate and precise management requires information culled from data that is often,but not always, situated in the computer systems of multiple departments. Often thedividing line between tactical and strategic systems is crossed when organizations decideto use an analytics solution to extract data from these systems and combine it toproduce more meaningful information. Whereas tactical systems use static reports todeliver information about historic business activities, strategic systems leveragedashboards and advanced reports to drill down into information to expose the rootcauses behind key metrics.Analytics help turn the accumulated data resident in SFA, marketing and other systemsinto useful information that can be used up and down the chain of command to improveclose rates in sales, analyze the effectiveness of marketing programs and to give executives a better understanding of costs and thus the health of the business. This Beagle Research Group Profile examines how analytics solutions such as OnDemand solutions by Business Objects can help Salesforce users to strategically leverage sales andother data.

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CIThe TIBCO Spotfire Enterprise Analytics Platform is a Business Intelligence (BI) solution conceived with the typical information worker in mind rather than just the professional business analyst. Every day, millions of individuals within large organisations make small, yet important business decisions based on their experience and whatever information happens to be available at the time. With little time to spare, these decisions are often taken with an incomplete view of the situation, as 'good information' is all too often still difficult to find. Faced with a backlog for new enterprise reports, out-of-control 'spreadsheet marts', and a plethora of custom applications all trying to accomplish similar goals, CIOs and business managers alike need to consider a new approach. Indeed, with most existing BI solutions optimised for the 'known', it makes a refreshing change to come across an offering that tackles the number-one business problem, i.e. the unknown. Acquired by TIBCO Software in May 2007, the challenge now faced by the company is that of a new-comer to the BI battleground. TIBCO's focus on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Process Management (BPM), and Business Optimisation, offers a promising route to market for this analytics platform.

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Today’s supply chain is, of course, the primary processing mechanism of everymanufacturing company. But it’s more than that: Its multifaceted, multicompany,multinational structure makes it the most complex management challenge found inany enterprise. Supply chain management no longer means just making sure thatthe right resources and the right materials move to the right place at the right time.Today, it also means ensuring that the entire chain of events involved in producinggoods and distributing them to customers satisfies customers, minimizes costs andmaximizes profit.Clearly, managing a supply chain in this fashion requires information, but exactlywhat that means is not obvious. Merely pushing information about partners orproducts into a report that lands on a manager’s desk every day will not achieve thegoals. Nor will a dashboard, even if it delivers that same information in real time.What today’s supply chain managers need instead is a supply chain that is visible.“Visibility” in this case means that data about the supply chain is delivered in a waythat enables managers to know whatever they need to know whenever they need to,at whatever level of detail they need, and that allows them to analyze the data andtake action based on the results of their analysis. The essence of supply chainvisibility is the ability to know the location and status of all physical components,from raw materials to finished goods, as they move from suppliers through thestages of production to delivery to customers.Defined this way, supply chain visibility is a tall order, but some of today’s ITsystems can meet it. This paper will describe the characteristics of a visible supplychain, explain why having one is important and discuss the technology resourcesthat can deliver it to you.

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Business intelligence (BI) systems must have a solid data management infrastructureto be effective, trusted and adopted by organizations. Since most BI initiatives requireinformation from multiple source systems, data integration is a critical consideration.BI professionals designing data integration processes must address difficult questions:How will data from multiple sources be reconciled and loaded into the data warehouseand/or BI system? How often must this occur? Does the system require audit trails,so data lineage can be traced back to the originating source systems? The issues arechallenging, but not insurmountable. In this E-Book, learn more about choosing theright data integration style for your BI initiative. Find out specific data integrationconsiderations for BI programs and learn about new tools and methods that may help,such as real-time data integration. Read more about the pros and cons of hand-codingfor data integration and get a top analyst firm’s take on the leading vendors andtrends in the data integration market.

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While IT can play a role in innovation and change within a company, leadership at CIOlevel is what really makes a difference. By focusing on business value, and implementingchanges that are specifically suited to the individual company rather than generictechnology based solutions, CIOs can be the drivers of real business growth.This is especially true when implementing a business intelligence initiative. Withoutexecutive leadership, most BI projects are doomed to fail. Read “The CIO’s Guide toBusiness Intelligence: Leading the charge for Innovation” to learn how the direction ofthe right executive within a company leads to the creation of a BI system whichincreases revenue and provides the information to make better business decisions.