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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Marketing Automation: Coming of Age Slowly
Marketing is possibly the only remaining major business function yet to revise its core processes to take advantage of IT that can cut time, costs, and improve

resources sales force automation computer industry  the use of marketing resources or to improve the value proposition to customers, or both. The focus of the first is on designing and creating a marketing strategy, determining the best allocation of marketing budgets, managing marketing staff skills, and effectively tracking and supporting marketing processes. On the other hand, the latter applications define and communicate the value proposition of the organization to the customer, ensuring the profitable creation, development and maintenance of the

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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Enhancing Interaction Center ROI in Turbulent Economic Times: Beyond Traditional Data Sources for Workforce Automation


Interaction center managers must deliver greater value on smaller budgets. But you can’t simply cut costs and services, or your customers won’t remain satisfied. To better weather the economic storm, release the untapped potential of your interaction center with software that maximizes your workforce management capabilities. Learn how to go beyond traditional channel data for bigger contact center return on investment.

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State of the Market: HR


Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.

The products covered in this guide address the management of a company’s workforce, including hiring, payroll, benefits, training, health and safety, and more.

While HRIS are also commonly referred to as human resource management systems (HRMS) or as human capital management (HCM), for the purpose of this guide, we will refer to the systems that support HR functionality as HRIS throughout. All these systems—in one way or another—encompass core HR functionality.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how the various HR solutions have helped companies like yours solve personnel, payroll, and benefit management problems.

For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for an HRIS, whether it’s an end-to-end on-premise solution, an on-demand or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, a third party solution, or a best-of-breed solution.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which HRIS is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize HR Marketplace

Executive Summary: Core HR

Thou Shalt Manage Human Capital Better

Customer Success Story: Core HR

Nikon Reaps Benefits from Ultimate Software’s Ultipro

Executive Summary: Human Capital Management

Tactical Human Resources Evolves into Strategic Human Capital Management

Customer Success Story: Talent Management

Commerce Bank is Counting on Lawson

Vendor Spotlight

Auxillium West

Ceridian Canada Limited

CheckPoint HR

Lawson

NuView Systems, Inc.

Sage Software

Ultimate Software

Unicorn HRO


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State of the HR Marketplace


For many years, HR management has been viewed as the enterprise function responsible for staffing and personnel-related issues, such as recruiting and hiring, establishing employment policies, handling pay and retirement plans, and administering benefits. Today, company executives see the HR function in an entirely different way. From recruiting, hiring, and training new staff, to the transfer of key functions from the back office to the front line, it is evident that executives are looking to transform HR from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic and vital part of the business.

What is fueling this transformation is that SMB executives are beginning to understand the critical link between their people and the bottom line. To remain competitive as an SMB in today’s job market, employers need to know what their employees are doing, what skills they have, their ambitions, how they are progressing, and how they fit into the future of the business.

SMBs that continue to view HR as strictly a department or administrative service and that fail to infuse HR functions throughout the organization will inevitably limit their ability to compete and grow.

We’ll review some of the trends in the HR space, as well as some of the challenges facing SMBs in the wake of globalization and the changing HR landscape.


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Sales Performance Management


A productive sales force must concentrate on acquiring, growing, and retaining profitable relationships with its clients. This requires clear, detailed views of prospects, customers, and the market—and the ability to turn insight into action. The right sales force automation (SFA) system can help you determine priorities and action plans to achieve the best results with your customers—and boost your profit margins.

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Food and Beverage Industry: Overview of Software Requirements


The food and beverage industries have very special needs, many of which are externally regulated. Read on to discover some of the unique challenges and software requirements for these industries.

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ERP Industry Consolidation: A New Trend or an Ongoing Process?


Although enterprise resource planning (ERP) software industry consolidation is nothing new, the constantly changing market dynamic affects product lifecycles, supportability, and ERP return on investment. In fact, you could say that it both creates new potential and contributes to old problems. Get a handle on what this changing market means for you, with this overview of industry consolidation pros and cons.

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Technology's Role in Strategic Human Resources


The human resources (HR) department can—and should—deliver contributions to the organization's bottom line. Through technologies and service providers, HR can move from being merely a cost center to being an essential component for achieving corporate objectives.

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Decision Resources, Inc.


DRI is a manufacturing system expert and a provider of Infor SyteLine ERP. With more than 500 implementations, the professional services group consists of business consultants, IT project managers, lean consultants, software developers, Six Sigma experts, and more. The organization has real-world experience in many industries—from electronics companies to equipment manufactures and from steel foundries to high-tech aerospace firms. Founded in 1978, DRI has offices in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Austin (TX), and Wichita (KS). DRI is a Gold-level business partner with Infor Global Solutions.

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Sales and Operation Planning: Integrate with Finance and Improve Revenue


Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization (specifically the vice president of supply chain) can use to achieve visibility across the entire organization and the value chain. This white paper highlights the results of over 220 companies participating in a survey on S&OP initiatives, and compares the views of the supply chain and finance organizations.

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PeopleSoft Takes Aim at Foods Industry


PeopleSoft and Bradley Ward will integrate their products in an alliance aimed at the food processing industry. The completed solution will let companies' link real-time plant floor level data to ERP systems.

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The Impact of CRM and Sales Process: Monetizing the Value of Sales Effectiveness


To work through all the issues necessary to improve sales performance, executives have a number of options for leveraging people and knowledge. However, an area that shows significant potential for helping sales teams meet or exceed their goals is the effective alignment of sales process and technology. Executives looking to optimize performance should consider this approach to achieve their goals.

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