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A Portrait of the Enterprise Software User in the Education Industry
Educational institutions are being driven by new technologies and changing student demographics to dramatically change the way they deliver their services. And

comparison of education technologies  Portrait of the Enterprise Software User in the Education Industry This article concerns an area that interests me greatly—the education industry, sometimes referred to as the educational services industry. As a part-time graduate student, and having returned to university almost a decade after the completion of my undergraduate degree, I have witnessed major changes in the education industry. The emergence of new technologies and changing student demographics are driving dramatic changes in the way

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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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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The Pros and Cons of Collaborative Planning


Among the promises of collaboration are real-time information sharing, the ability to maintain personalized relationships between buyers and sellers, and greater efficiency for all companies joined in the expanded enterprise. Unfortunately, excitement surrounding B2B collaboration often drowns out the simple truth that collaboration products are still in a formative stage and their promise, largely unfulfilled.

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E-learning Benefits and ROI Comparison of E-learning versus Traditional Training


You’re considering a move from traditional training to e-learning, but you’re not sure if the returns will be significant. In fact, employees are better able to retain and transfer what they’ve learned with Web-based training (WBT) and computer-based training (CBT). And typically, with these methods, the time a worker spends being trained is reduced by about 40 percent. Learn more about how e-learning can benefit you.

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Interview with Michael McGrath, CEO, i2 Technologies


The former CEO and co-founder of PRTM is a keen observer of management cycles and philosophies. As he takes over the helm at i2, Michael McGrath talks about how the company is preparing for the next generation of supply chain.

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Analysis of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Release of Menu Driven Wireless Web Capability For SMS


The advent of menu driven wireless web capabilities for SMS (Short Message Service) will allow carriers to offer their subscribers fully personalized web based menus for quick access to stock quotes and bi-directional transactions such as e-business or gaming.

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Combining the Flexibility of Public-Cloud Apps with the Security of Private-Cloud Data


Cloud applications are a priority for every business—the technology is flexible, easy-to-use, and offers compelling economic benefits. The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving to the cloud is how to secure and control access to data saved in cloud applications.

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Excelsoft Technologies


Excelsoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is located in Mysore (India), and was established in 1990 to provide learning solutions in India and abroad. Excelsoft provides e-learning software products such as a learning management suite, an assessment management suite, and authoring tools. It also provides e-learning content development solutions, product development and engineering services, consulting, and custom application development. All solutions comply to international standards such as the AICC, SCORM, QTI, etc. The company is positioned in the niche segment of providing e-learning solutions for large projects that need understanding of the application area.

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YASH Technologies


YASH Technologies is an SAP Gold Partner for technology services, outsourcing, and software sales and implementations for medium and large global customers. YASH leverages technology and offers flexible delivery models to drive performance and business value throughout a customer’s enterprise. YASH’s comprehensive service approach incorporates a holistic view of its customers, integrating enterprise solutions and services, proprietary best practice offerings, strategic application and maintenance outsourcing, and consulting and integration services. YASH is an SEI CMMI (Level 3)- and an ISO 9001:2008-certified company with sales and development offices across five continents.

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Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of SME On-premise Business Management Applications and SAP Business ByDesign


This document analyzes the cost of ownership for a typical on-premise small and medium enterprise (SME) business management system, and compares it to the cost of an equivalent SAP Business ByDesign implementation. It uses a mixture of different on-premise systems rather than any single vendor's product. Although there are many similarly equipped business management products available, they all compete closely on price.

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AIM Technologies


Our Company AIM Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with demonstrated competencies in Microsoft Dynamics solutions including Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Our focus as a company is to provide accounting, financial management, customer relationship management, and e-business solutions for companies across a wide range of industries and environments - from single-user environments to those with hundreds of users in multiple locations, utilizing combined front office, back office and e-business solutions. Headquartered in Louisiana, our customers can be found throughout the United States and our custom solutions designed to enhance Microsoft Dynamics GP are popular worldwide. Our Team The AIM Technologies team members have provided software consulting and implementation services for many different software solutions and in many environments for more than 20 years. However, since 1995, our team members have primarily focused on solutions based on the Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions family of products, now known as Microsoft Dynamics. Our systems consultants are devoted to systems design, implementation, integration, and technical support of Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM. Our technicians are certified in and have extensive experience with the leading client/server operating systems, database technologies, and business application software in use today. In addition, most of our team members are CPAs, with experiences in many different industries, as systems specialists and financial managers. Our Solutions AIM Technologies is a global developer of software which extends and enhances the functionality of Microsoft Dynamics GP. Cash Basis Reporting and DataSpy are the latest software releases being shipped globally. At this time, AIM is the only provider of Cash Basis Reporting functionality that integrates with Microsoft Dynamics GP. AIM also does other custom programming associated with enhancing the functionality of Dynamics GP and CRM.

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