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Microsoft Office vs. Google Office Suite – How Will This Battle Turn Out?

Microsoft dominates the Enterprise. Google Offers native “cloud” office solutions. Microsoft is storming the cloud with full power. Google is widely used for email, web-search and gaining a foothold in Enterprise too. How will this play out?

The idea for this Blog post came as I was forwarded a similar question on Quora to answer. I’ll offer my perspective for the discussion on this question.

  1. Microsoft was always best at identifying new tech trends too late, but successfully bridge the gap and win the market. That’s because they’re much better as a marketing...
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Software Solutions for SMB: What’s Right for You?

You know you can’t run your business on Word and Excel only, unless your plan is to stay small. With all the options popping up, how do you go about making the right investments today, that will best balance your current resources with future growth?

When starting a business, and even during its first years, many seem to pay little attention to their Information Systems (or software solutions). Why? Because it’s one of those things that doesn’t stop the show, and isn’t really taught in business schools as a strategic enough lever. There are much more pressing issues...

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ERP Explained: How to Secure a Successful Project

Introducing an ERP culture, processes, solutions and technology is one of the most disruptive changes to an organization. Bringing the employees, management, organization and business to play together through a successful project – is a work of art, science and heart. How can this mission be a success?

In my previous Blog posts in the ERP Explained series, I outlined the approach and process of selecting an ERP solution, what is it and its benefits and challenges. In this closing post I offer some key considerations to secure a successful project. If you haven’t read the ...

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ERP Explained: Benefits and Challenges

ERP should be an enabler of growth, efficiency and professional visibility of your business. Being part of a strategic organizational and business transformation haul, significant challenges prey along the way * Rip the benefits, prepare for the challenges

In my last Blog post I outlined the approach and process of selecting an ERP solution. The preceding post explained what is ERP and why you need it for your business. In this third Blog post in the ERP Explained series, we’ll consider the benefits expected from an ERP system against the challenges to prepare for.

Expected ERP...

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ERP Explained: Choosing the Best ERP for Your Organization

Choosing an ERP solution is (almost) like a catholic wedding. It is one of the most important decision with long lasting implications, up to making the difference between a growing business and an enslaved business * Here are my main points to discuss with your strategic consultant when matching the best solution for your business.

In my last Blog post I explained what is an ERP system and why consider it for your business. Now it’s time to consider the selection process of an ERP solution.

I cannot emphasize enough: selecting an ERP solution is a critical decision with many...

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ERP Explained: What is it? Why use it?

Can you run your business with a pen and a paper? I don’t think so. What software solutions can come to the rescue? The most popular recommendation you here is probably: ERP * In a series of Blog posts I will dissect ERP to the what, why, how, benefits and challenges. We start today with: What is an ERP system and why should you consider getting one?

A typical business has to handle money, employees, suppliers, sales, marketing, some also have inventory to maintain, production, warehouses etc.

One cannot manage all of these areas with a pen and a paper. We use computer software for...

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Google Spreadsheets vs. Microsoft Excel: What Should You Choose?

You know an electronic spreadsheet is the right tool for your need, but you’re not sure which of the available products to choose. Two prominent options are suggested: Google Spreadsheets and Microsoft Excel. Let’s make it easier for you

First, let’s consider your requirements. The following list will help us frame the discussion:

  • Do you need multiple users to concurrently work on the solution, or can one person at a time exclusively work on it?
  • Do you need pixel-perfect visual design with wide flexibility over fonts, colors, forms design etc.?
  • Does the solution needs to...
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Business Software Strategy - 3 Options

In choosing a software to support your business processes and requirements, you basically have the following options:

  1. An ERP solution (either implemented on your premise, or used as a service delivered from “the cloud”).
  2. Best of Breed - buying and implementing different solutions for different areas (departments) of your business (e.g. Human Resources, Manufacturing, Sales, Financials, …) and maintaining interfaces between them.
  3. Tailored Development Solutions - Software that is designed and developed for your specific needs (may also be to support only parts of your...
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