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.

What is Project-Based ERP?

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Experts in software are continually asked, “Is ERP dead?” But frankly, this question isn’t very useful. As the disruption cycle shortens, ERP software vendors are continually adding the features and functionality their customers need to succeed. While one ERP may be ineffective for your company, there’s likely another that could be very beneficial. For instance, many businesses that don’t find traditional ERP useful are looking towards project based ERP.

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Field Staff Management Software & Top Field Service Challenges

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Many of today’s companies need to manage large numbers of skilled staff across various locations. They may monitor the work of a geographically diverse staff, a high number of remote workers and/or a very large workforce. Modern field staff management software, also known as field service management, helps firms automate field staffing and make overall business management more efficient.

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BPM vs ERP

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According to a 2018 BPTrends Report, 93 percent of companies are involved in multiple efforts to improve their processes. However, only 50 percent of those using a BPM software reported satisfaction with the tool. It’s possible that the other half of BPM users would be more satisfied with a different way of managing their processes, like with an ERP software. But first we need to understand the full breakdown of BPM vs ERP software.

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Endpoint Antivirus vs Endpoint Security: A Comprehensive Comparison of the Difference Between Them

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Did you know cyber attacks cost the global economy a staggering $400 billion per year? With advanced technology, cyber criminals are smuggling themselves into devices all around the world. However, there is software available to block these cyber attacks in the form of antivirus and endpoint security software. Both systems work to protect your company’s data and the systems that support your business. And while they’re not interchangeable terms for the same systems, there’s quite a bit of overlap between the two. To help you decide which product is best for you, we’ve broken down endpoint antivirus vs endpoint security.

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ERP Software Selection Criteria, Process and Vendor Checklist

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A good enterprise resource planning (ERP) system should have an impact on every single part of your business. These highly sought after enterprise applications help manage activities including planning, research and development, purchasing, supply chain management, sales, and marketing. There are countless ERP software solutions available, so it’s crucial that you make the right ERP choice that fits your organization. But do you know what the ERP selection process looks like?

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar! That’s the very reason we built this ultra-comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to choose an ERP system. Packed with tips and recommendations, you can use this article as part of your ERP software evaluation checklist.

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ERP Functions List and Characteristics

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There’s definitely a lot of buzz surrounding ERP software these days. You might’ve heard it’s a necessary tool to stay competitive in today’s market. Or, you’ve heard how efficient it can make your business operations. But first, let’s start with something simpler. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a business solution that integrates all your applications and manages your resources. So what can an ERP do specifically? To answer that question, we need to understand the basic ERP functions.

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PLM Requirements & Features Checklist

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Today’s product development has become more iterative and collaborative than ever before. In order to accommodate new design methods while maintaining quality, businesses are turning to PLM software. Product lifecycle management systems give your company the increased visibility needed to adequately follow product development in what is now a complex and repetitive process.

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Field Service Management Requirements Checklist

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If you know you need a new field service management (FSM) system but aren’t sure of much else, then you’re in the right place. You’re probably just starting out in your research and getting a feel for what’s available. You may have even found a system or two that’s caught your eye. But before you dive headfirst into the endless sea of field service software options, you’ll need a plan. The best way to go about shopping for a new system is to determine your field service management software requirements.

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9 Best Shipping Software That Will Cut Costs and Reduce Errors

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Shipping costs are rising at an almost implausible rate — seven times faster than product costs. But if you intend to get your product to your customers, there are costs you’ll have to endure. As such, you’ll want to ensure accurate shipping management to reduce costs wherever possible. The best shipping software provides you with all the necessary tools to prepare your products to be sent out while minimizing errors. These products automate the labeling process and provide multi-carrier shipping solutions to help keep thin margins from getting any thinner.

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Inventory Management Software Features and Requirements Checklist

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As you surely know, effective inventory management is no easy feat. This is especially true if your business relies on manual administration of the tasks involved. Thankfully, there are solutions available to manage your inventory more efficiently, saving you time and money. Inventory management software provide a suite of tools to help businesses control their inventory processes. But every business has different needs. So, you’ll need to make sure you choose a system that’s the right fit. To make your selection a little easier, we’ve created a list of some of the most popular inventory management features and requirements.

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7 Best Supply Chain Collaboration Software to Reduce Failure Rates

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Supply chains are bigger and more complex than ever before. Nearly 50 million tons of goods moving every single day in the US alone. In order to run a successful and competitive business, it’s more important than ever to have an efficient system that can manage risks and resolve issues. And while supply chain management software is evolving every day, the time it takes to understand the problems and make critical decisions is still becoming longer.

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PSA for Lawyers: Top Software Recommendations

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When you type “Why is my lawyer…” into Google the top suggestions are:

  1. Why is my lawyer taking so long
  2. Why is my lawyer ignoring me
  3. Why is my lawyer avoiding me
  4. Why does my lawyer want to settle

If your clients are the ones behind searches 2, 3, or 4, you probably have bigger problems than we can solve (Sorry!). But if you think your clients want faster services, keep reading.

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Top Solutions: WMS for Small Businesses

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According to the most recent census in 2010, there are over 27.9 million small businesses in the United States. With that in mind, the business software industry has made sure there is a solution that supports any and every function of a small business. A Warehouse Management System (WMS) is a software solution that supports all warehouse operations. A good WMS for small businesses should make these processes more efficient through automation and centralization of data for quick retrieval and decision making. Although operating on a more compact scale, small businesses should still be thinking about the effectiveness of their warehouses and how a WMS software could help them meet their goals.

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