Your Guide to Software Selection

Free CRM RFP Template and Step-by-Step Guide When Requesting a Proposal

When it comes to popularity, customer relationship management is to 2019 what “Frozen” was to 2014. As companies large and small realize the growing importance of customer experience and metrics, they’re looking to CRM to maintain a competitive edge. And the first step in that direction is picking CRM software. To help you find the best solution for your unique business needs, we put together a guide for your next CRM RFP.

Zachary TotahFree CRM RFP Template and Step-by-Step Guide When Requesting a Proposal
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How the Internet of Things Is Transforming the Field Service Industry and Its Software

Field service management has transformed field service delivery in the same way that the internet of things (IoT) is poised to transform FSM Software.

A lot of mystery still surrounds the concept regarding the internet of things and IoT field service software. This is probably because its potential reach is so vast that it doesn’t easily lend itself to a neat, cohesive definition.

Jason KellerHow the Internet of Things Is Transforming the Field Service Industry and Its Software
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Top PLM Systems: The Ins and Outs

A product lifecycle management system is a powerful solution that manages every aspect of a product’s digital life. PLM software can integrate data, workflows, business systems and people in an extended enterprise by facilitating the internal and external collaboration demanded by modern manufacturing environments.

PLM systems can help users gain greater visibility and control over the design process. With automated features that reflect changes throughout the product lifecycle, ensure legal compliance and develop statistical insights, PLM systems can streamline production operations.

Lindsey JenkinsTop PLM Systems: The Ins and Outs
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Project Management Software Evaluation: How to Find the Right PM Software

Does your team still run its projects from a cluttered, clunky Excel spreadsheet? Do you even have any processes in place for handling projects? If not, it’s time for an upgrade. Project management software is the equivalent of Marie Kondo — it’ll sweep into the life of your projects and bring order to the chaos. But only if you pick the right solution. We put together a project management software evaluation guide to help you do just that.

Zachary TotahProject Management Software Evaluation: How to Find the Right PM Software
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Top 5 Most Common ERP Modules

The value of ERP software can best be summed up by its centralization of a wide range of front office and back office processes. There are many different ERP modules available that can be added to a system to further customize the solution for your business. For example, if you find a vendor that aligns with your business needs but doesn’t have CRM functionality included in its base package, you may choose to integrate a module in order to implement those capabilities for your system. ERP’s high modularity makes it an attractive and easily personalizable tool that suits a variety of workflows.

Lindsey JenkinsTop 5 Most Common ERP Modules
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How Supply Chain Automation is Changing the Landscape

When the term automation comes up, most people experience a brief sci-fi laden slideshow in their heads. Humanoid robots take to the streets disrupting life as we know it and clashing with their old human masters. Lucky for us, when it comes to the world of supply chain automation, robots are more about increasing efficiency and less the whole enslaving humanity angle.

Hunter LoweHow Supply Chain Automation is Changing the Landscape
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Salesforce Acquires Tableau for $15.7 Billion: What It Means for Software Buyers

The acquisition of Tableau by CRM software giant Salesforce is earth-shaking news for anyone in the enterprise software world. This announcement comes only a day after Google purchased Looker, an analytics startup, for $2.6 billion. This of course pales in comparison to the $15.7 billion price tag that Salesforce paid (in an all stock deal) for Tableau (see our Tableau vs Looker comparison).

Jason KellerSalesforce Acquires Tableau for $15.7 Billion: What It Means for Software Buyers
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ERP Software Trends: What You Should Know for 2019

An ERP software system is often one of the biggest investments a company will have to make. Not only is it a major financial decision, but an effective solution can impact all parts of your business, like human resources, accounting, manufacturing, marketing and more. As such a critical component of business, buyers should research not only what’s currently available, but also what ERP software trends are coming down the pipeline.

To help our readers out (and sate our own curiosity), we spoke with several leaders about what ERP trends we might see in 2019 and the years to come. Between a movement to the cloud, disruption cycles, competition from Amazon and more, it looks like 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for ERP.

Kim O'ShaughnessyERP Software Trends: What You Should Know for 2019
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Talent Management Trends: The Intersection of People and Technology in 2019

It feels like the HR industry exists in a sci-fi movie. We interact with chatbots, depend on AI applications to help source candidates and connect to cloud platforms from pretty much anywhere we want. But despite the digital disruption rippling through the HR industry, managing your people has never been more important. What talent management trends should you care about in 2019? And more importantly, how do they affect the talent management software your company uses?

Zachary TotahTalent Management Trends: The Intersection of People and Technology in 2019
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HR Trends in 2019: The Future of Human Resource Management

When we think of science fiction, images of flying cars, robot butlers and hover boots oftentimes come to mind. It’s easy to forget that there’s science fiction for the business world, too. And just like our favorite movies, some fantastical ideas end up making it into everyday routines.

They might not be as flashy as a time-traveling DeLorean, however, for tech-savvy companies, they represent a chance to evolve their employee engagement in ways that were barely imaginable ten or twenty years ago. This is particularly true in the area of human resources management, which has been transformed by the advent of social media and virtual sharing.

Alainia ConradHR Trends in 2019: The Future of Human Resource Management
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Logistics Management Software Solutions and How To Leverage Them

If your operation is desperately looking for supply chain management tools, the process can be quite intimidating. There is a veritable ocean of possible solutions to choose from in today’s market. No one ever said having options was a bad thing, but too many options can make finding the perfect solution tougher than it needs to be.

Hunter LoweLogistics Management Software Solutions and How To Leverage Them
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Benefits of Process Manufacturing Software

Manufacturing software offers a wide variety of functions that can affect businesses in different industries in different ways. For example, there are entire systems dedicated solely to process manufacturing. Process manufacturing software benefits are widespread but depend on the specific features included in a software tool. Factors such as the vendor you go with, functionality included in the program and your preparation before deployment will impact the degree of success that you get out of these systems. So, what are the benefits you could see in your business with the successful introduction of process manufacturing software? Let’s find out.

Lindsey JenkinsBenefits of Process Manufacturing Software
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Creating a Solid Procurement Software RFP

Looking for procurement management system to bolster your growing business? Perhaps you’re new to the world of procurement and looking for your very first procurement software solution. Or maybe you’ve just grown unhappy with your current system. Either way, the first step on the path to picking out a system that fits your operation is the creation of a strong procurement RFP.

Hunter LoweCreating a Solid Procurement Software RFP
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Smart Warehousing: What are Smart Warehouse Systems?

The future is now. That’s certainly what it’s starting to feel like anyway. While we may not have the flying cars from “The Jetsons”, and “Jaws 19” from “Back to the Future Part II” has yet to hit theaters, our technology is advancing rapidly. Automation is more prevalent than ever, making many of our jobs exponentially easier. Smart warehousing via warehouse management software represents some of the best examples of businesses embracing this new type of technology.

When considering a new warehouse system, it is important to feel out your options before making a choice. Our comparison guide can help get you on the right track and give you a better look at the vendor landscape.

Hunter LoweSmart Warehousing: What are Smart Warehouse Systems?
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5 Tips for Picking From the Best Endpoint Security Vendors

Let’s say you’ve got teams working remotely, but you want them to be able to securely access your company network without compromising any corporate intel. Or maybe you just want to make sure that your users aren’t leaking important secrets, or worse, having them stolen by rogue software that’s been carelessly installed onto your managed system. If any of this sounds like your situation, then it’s time you started dipping into the wide realm of endpoint security vendors and the endpoint protection software solutions they offer.

Jason Keller5 Tips for Picking From the Best Endpoint Security Vendors
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Cloud Recruiting Software: Top Picks of 2019

At best, the process of finding and hiring new employees can feel a bit like looking through the pages of your favorite “Where’s Waldo?” book. Once the applications start to pour in, you have to sift through all of the resumes and cover letters to find the type of candidate you’re looking for. If you’re hiring for more than one position, then you’ll have quite a few pages of that book to search through. This kind of recruiting process is desperately in need of an update — cloud recruiting software is that update.

In the past, only large enterprises had the resources to implement recruiting software. However, thanks to advancements in technology, cloud-based software makes it easy for businesses of any size to implement a recruiting solution. If you’ve decided it’s time to streamline your recruitment process by implementing a new software solution, then you’ll want to have a solid foundation of knowledge about just what that software is and what it’s capable of doing. We’ll break all of that down for you, and then we’ll discuss who our top picks are to help you jumpstart your search.

Mariah HansenCloud Recruiting Software: Top Picks of 2019
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The Best Cloud Manufacturing ERP Software of 2019

Cloud manufacturing software is becoming more and more sought-out by companies with heavy production components. Its ability to provide access anytime and anywhere is especially beneficial to companies in this sector, as it allows employees to look at data from various locations as long as internet access is available.

Lindsey JenkinsThe Best Cloud Manufacturing ERP Software of 2019
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Cloud CMMS: Benefits of and Recommendations for Web-Based Solutions

Author Tom Robbins may have said it best: “There’s birth, there’s death, and in between there’s maintenance.” For businesses in asset-heavy industries, routine maintenance is the most necessary of evils. But it doesn’t have to be. Cloud CMMS software can take some of that burden off your shoulders. Read on to learn more about the benefits of web-based CMMS software.

Bergen AdairCloud CMMS: Benefits of and Recommendations for Web-Based Solutions
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CRM Requirements Checklist and Evaluation Template Document

So you’re looking to get your very own CRM software (Customer Relationship Management)? You may have decided it’s time to jump on the CRM wagon and utilize your first CRM, or you may be updating a clunky or underpowered one — either way, you’re probably unsure of how to proceed in choosing the right one. Don’t worry: it’s not nearly as daunting as it seems! Understanding your organization’s needs and requirements is the first step, so read on for a comprehensive CRM requirements checklist to use in conjunction with our CRM template to assist during the evaluation process.

Bergen AdairCRM Requirements Checklist and Evaluation Template Document
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