Your Guide to Software Selection

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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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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SelectHub Announces the SelectHub Thought Leader Program

Experts in the tech industry are invited to join and share their unique perspective on industry trends and software systems

DENVER, May 10, 2019 — SelectHub, a software selection and research company, announces the SelectHub Thought Leader Program. Technology experts in the program will be featured in content and research about industry trends and products in the 40 verticals serviced.

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MRP Software & Everything You Need To Know About Material Requirements Planning

For manufacturing businesses, life is a sea of acronyms and abbreviations. From CRM to EAM, things can get murky pretty quickly, especially when the functions of so many systems overlap. MRP software (also referred to by some as manufacturing ERP software) is one tool that many manufacturers and distributors opt to purchase, mainly because of its focus on efficiency and productivity within the manufacturing realm. Material requirements planning is a valuable component that, like many other software solutions, is available both as a standalone solution or as a part of a full-blown enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite.

Lindsey JenkinsMRP Software & Everything You Need To Know About Material Requirements Planning
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MRP vs ERP: Differences Between ERP and MRP Systems

In your software search, you’ve likely come across both ERP and MRP. Many definitions of these software categories don’t include much differentiation between the two, which can make the process of choosing a system pretty confusing. Not to mention the fact that they are only one letter off from each other and that they both heavily deal with the manufacturing industry. Well, we’re here to alleviate some of that confusion by comparing MRP vs ERP. So, what exactly is the difference between an MRP system and ERP software? Let’s start with some definitions.

Lindsey JenkinsMRP vs ERP: Differences Between ERP and MRP Systems
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How CRM CPQ Integration Can Drive Growth for Your Business

Trends in the software world are like Star Wars fans — they’re everywhere. Over the past few years, CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote) has joined the party. Related to ERP systems and CRM software, CPQ solutions have bolted into the spotlight as a means for making sales teams more effective and productive. And one way to maximize the power of CPQ applications is by implementing CRM CPQ integration.

Zachary TotahHow CRM CPQ Integration Can Drive Growth for Your Business
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What is Field Service Management? (Nearly) Everything You Need to Know

What is field service management? It isn’t sexy technology, that’s for sure. It doesn’t offer the glamorous aesthetics of Instagram and its potential use isn’t nearly as widespread as autonomous vehicles. In fact, chances are those outside the industry haven’t even heard of it.

Yet, despite a lack of press and high-profile CEOs, field service management software is shaping the world of tech as we know it. We just might not realize it yet.

Jason KellerWhat is Field Service Management? (Nearly) Everything You Need to Know
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Future of Business Analytics Trends in 2019 and Beyond

Before we take a look at the future of business analytics trends this year and beyond, we’re going to step into the time machine and travel back a bit.

The year was 2018, and the future of business analytics seemed bright.

Cloud analytics was finally taking off against a market stacked to the brim with on-premise business analytics software. Flat, static dashboards were being ditched for more robust and agile interactive dashboards. Spreadsheets got sent packing in the face of heavily augmented and data-informed reports. Self-service analytics hit the ground running, giving more and more people the ability to utilize complex analytics without a complex degree.

Jason KellerFuture of Business Analytics Trends in 2019 and Beyond
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The Best Web-Based Construction Management Software

Construction management can be a chaotic field to work in, especially if you are the one doing the managing. Older analog methods of monitoring the many spinning plates involved in a construction project are fading from use as complexity on job sites rises. Web-based construction management software has recently taken the spotlight as a cure for many of the pain points involved in construction management.

Managing processes like bidding, scope of work creation, and maintaining a healthy client relationship are exhausting without a construction management software suite.

Hunter LoweThe Best Web-Based Construction Management Software
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