Kim O'Shaughnessy

Kim O'Shaughnessy

Kim is a digital content editor, having edited and managed content for over 40 different software categories. She discovered her zeal for writing while earning her BA in Communications at the University of Michigan. Kim enjoys working on any project that offers a creative outlet, and you can often find her blogging about video games in her spare time. If someone manages to pry her away from the game controller, she also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

JDA vs Infor: Which SCM Software Is The Winner?

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A good SCM software solution is imperative to a smooth manufacturing and distribution process. This is especially true for mid-sized businesses trying to stay competitive in today’s market while also looking for chances to grow their supply chain.

JDA’s Supply Chain Now and Infor Supply Chain Management are two solutions that are often considered by SMBs, but what makes them different? Where do their abilities overlap? As you surely know by now, it’s exceedingly important to make sure the system you choose fulfills your requirements. That’s why we created a detailed comparison of JDA vs Infor, so you can decide with confidence which system is best for you.

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Unique Industries Served by ERP Solutions

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ERP, also known as enterprise resource planning, has always had deep roots in the manufacturing sector. The term was originally used to describe the MRP systems of the 1990s that were also able to manage things like accounting, human resources and more. But in the 40 or so years since the term was coined, the ERP industry has undergone major changes. This has prompted many professfionals to ask the question, “What industries use ERP software?”

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Fishbowl Inventory vs NetSuite: Which Inventory Management Software Is The Winner?

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Undoubtedly, you’re already familiar with the massive impact small and mid-sized businesses have on our society and economy. And if you’re reading this article, you’re probably even more aware of the numerous inventory management software companies willing to cater to those SMBs. This abundance of choice is definitely a good thing, but products can start to seem the same with so many options. To save you time and energy, we’ve created an extensive comparison of the top features of Fishbowl Inventory vs NetSuite.

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Manufacturing Trends: Leveraging Software And Tech To Maintain a Competitive Edge

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From the artisans who bake a $20 loaf of bread to the plant managers who make sure you’re never more than 20 feet away from a phone charger, manufacturing companies of all types face similar challenges during times of disruption. To maintain a competitive edge, many organizations turn to manufacturing software solutions. But when the software itself is rapidly changing, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s why we spoke to several experts to put together a list of the top manufacturing trends for the upcoming year and how leveraging software can help you get ahead.

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Requirements And Features Of Supply Chain Management

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Today’s supply chains are massive, with the U.S. supply chain providing 37 percent of the entire nation’s jobs. In order to oversee these sizable operations, companies are turning to supply chain management software. This type of software allows companies to much more effectively source raw materials and control product cycles, automating error-prone processes and centralizing data for decision making.

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Future of Supply Chain Management: Experts Predict SCM Trends for 2020

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For 2020, we looked to the experts for their thoughts on the future of supply chain management trends that we may see in the new year. Between robots, the ever-growing cloud, capacity crunch, security and more, we’ve gathered a lot of interesting topics to discuss. Here are five SCM software trends for 2020:

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EDI Software Trends: The Future of EDI for 2020

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If there’s anything certain about the future of EDI software, it’s that its future isn’t certain at all. Electronic data interchange technology has been around for decades, and in that time, numerous authorities have declared it’s imminent end. But EDI has remained a staple in the B2B communications realm all these years. However, throughout 2020 and as new technologies develop, it’s important to reassess EDI’s place in the supply chain. To better understand what’s on the horizon for this long-standing software, we asked several experts their thoughts on the future of EDI software trends for 2020 and the years to come.

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What is API Management? Definition and Requirements Checklist

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Many companies are quickly realizing the potential of APIs (application programming interfaces) to better serve their business objectives. APIs enable the sharing of large amounts of data in a quick and efficient way. For example, healthcare organizations have begun to use APIs to share patient information across departments while complying with HIPAA. Another good example is travel websites, which use APIs to aggregate data from airlines. Whatever the business, the need is the same — to share large amounts of data in a secure and efficient manner.

But without tightly-led API management, they can cause more problems than they solve. Poor management can lead to security breaches, unnecessary downtime and lost opportunities for revenue.

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ERP Requirements Template and Checklist

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According to Ed Featherson, VP of Cloud Technology Partners, it’s very common for buyers to spend too little time gathering their ERP requirements. Understandably, many buyers focus on how their current processes will transfer over into the new system. However, ERP software is more than a replacement for pen and paper. It’s quite transformative when used correctly, but the only way to do that is to think about that transformation from the beginning. To accomplish this, it’s important to think about everything an ERP system offers. To help you get started, we’ve created an extensive list of the most popular ERP requirements and features.

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ERP RFP Template and Step-by-Step Guide

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According to a 2018 report from Panorama, 28 percent of respondents described their ERP software implementation as a “failure.” What’s more, that’s a two percent increase in the rate of reported failures from their study in 2017. While nobody has all the answers on why the failure rate is so high, one reason may be that businesses simply don’t have enough information to make an educated decision.

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Best Field Service Management Software for Small Business

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Cost is easily one of the biggest concerns for small businesses. You know you need the tools to grow, but you can’t squander what you’ve earned so far. Field service management (FSM) software should provide you with the features you need to provide exceptional customer service but can’t break the bank. But, not to worry. There are many cheap field service software options with a wide range of capabilities. We’ve listed the best field service management software for small business starting with the most affordable options.

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Compare Best Cloud ERP: Which Systems Win for 2020?

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In this year and beyond, the factors that drive organizations to compare cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems often begin with a few strong focuses. In particular, product quality, production and process monitoring, an increased use of analytics and business intelligence (BI) applications and the need for greater mobility are becoming necessities for companies adopting new ERP software.

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Benefits of ERP: Advantages and Disadvantages of an Enterprise Resource Planning System

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Deciding which technologies your businesses should and shouldn’t invest in is difficult, to say the least. On the one hand, you want to be the one responsible for innovation and growth within your company. But you also don’t want to be the one to pull the trigger on a failed project. So, is an ERP software investment worth the risk? To find out, you need to weigh the benefits of ERP, specifically how ERP system advantages and disadvantages breakdown when compared against each other.

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Best Order Fulfillment Software Solutions

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There’s a myriad of things that can go wrong in the time from a customer’s purchase, throughout shipping, and to eventual delivery. Even the slightest human error, like the wrong letter or number on an order, could disrupt the entire process and put the company’s reputation at stake. But shockingly, many businesses haven’t automated the process with order fulfillment software solutions. According to the Small Business Report by Wasp Barcode, 21 percent of companies use a spreadsheet program for tracking inventory, 18 percent do it manually with pen and paper, and a brazen eight percent don’t do it at all. That’s astounding, especially when you consider all the possibilities available with today’s SCM software.

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Program Management vs Portfolio Management vs Project Management

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Every business, from startups to fortune 500 corporations, needs to implement some form of project management. It’s the discipline through which every project and task gets accomplished. But it can be hard to find the best project management software if you aren’t equipped with the right vocabulary. What exactly are the differences when it comes to project management vs program management vs portfolio management?

Both program and portfolio management are closely related to project management, which often leads to confusion. But there are stark differences that separate the three. In light of this, we wanted to help clear things up and highlight the differences between project vs program vs portfolio management.

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SelectHub Introduces Software Industry Awards Aimed at Product Teams Instead of Vendors

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The Technology Selection and Research Company Aims to Recognize the People Behind the Products

Denver, January 8, 2019 — SelectHub, a software selection and research company, announces their first industry awards program will begin in February 2019. Named the SelectHub Software Awards, the company will give these awards to product development teams rather than vendors to recognize the individuals working closest to the solutions.

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The Best iPaaS Vendors & Their Features and Benefits

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Cloud computing has completely changed the landscape of the IT industry. Cloud technology’s accessibility and ease of use have turned it into a booming industry. But the rise of the cloud, coupled with competing technologies like APIs and EDI software, has brought on new challenges to companies as well. Combining on-premise applications, cloud software solutions and social platforms makes the integration process much more complicated. This has many companies turning to iPaaS vendors (or integration platform as a service).

But before we discuss the top iPaaS companies, let’s go over the definition of integration platform as a service, its key features and benefits.

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ServiceMax Competitors: Competitive Analysis of Top 9 Alternatives

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If you’ve ever read our blog before, you already know how much we like to stress thorough research during the software selection process. That’s because each business operates differently and, therefore, won’t receive identical benefits from different software systems. For instance, ServiceMax is a top software system used by many field service companies, tied for first place on our field service management software leaderboard. However, it’s not the perfect system for every business, which is why we’ve put together a list of nine ServiceMax competitors. While ServiceMax is undoubtedly an excellent system, don’t forget to consider the following vendors during your software selection:

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Top 5 eSourcing Software & Procurement Tools

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In a 2015 study by Nielsen, 66 percent of respondents were willing to spend more money with a brand committed to social responsibility. Across all industries, consumers are especially concerned with ethically sourced goods. But for many companies in the supply chain, sourcing remains one of the most difficult processes to audit and keep track of. Not only does this hinder a company’s ability to ensure ethical practices, but it also makes the sourcing process less efficient and more expensive than it needs to be. However, many businesses are turning to eSourcing software, procurement tools and procurement software to solve this issue.

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