New Service: TEC Accreditation

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Technology Evaluation Centers Inc. (TEC)_________________________________

TEC Newsletter - Inside Edition
Monday January 31, 2010
Vol.2 Issue 1


- New Service: TEC Accreditation
- New TEC Accreditations
- Upcoming Events: TEC at AIIM
- TEC Extends Its Software Selection Services to Scandinavia
- New TEC Focus Indicator
- Overhaul of IT Directory


New Service: TEC Accreditation
In this ever-changing corporate climate, with companies experiencing global 
expansion, mergers, and unprecedented growth, many companies look to software
systems to help sustain growth and enhance profitability. Whether these 
software buyers are upgrading from an outdated legacy system that no longer 
supports their business needs or implementing a new software system to garner
improvements or additional functionality, they need to know what type of 
service and support they can expect from the provider and whether the software
will adequately meet their business needs and requirements.

Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has developed the TEC Accreditation 
to provide insight into the quality of implementation and support
services delivered by value-added resellers (VARs), channel partners, 
implementers, vendors, and consultants. Accreditation uses a thorough 
review process to ensure these providers have met the standards established
by TEC and corporate end users through a series of customer reference 
verifications. TEC analysts write an accreditation report providing end 
users with verified facts about the strengths and weaknesses of the service
providers' services for a particular software type, industry, or business 
area. This will assist organizations looking to determine the best-fit 
service provider for their implementation needs.

The accreditation report and an accreditation seal are added to the provider's
or IT Directory
listing on TEC's Web site, providing valuable 
information to potential software buyers.

In this issue of Inside TEC, you can read about two recent accreditations 
completed by TEC. 

New TEC Accreditations

Hitachi Consulting

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of the Hitachi Group, is multinational business 
and IT consulting company offering management consulting services to complement 
system integration services, based on its strong enterprise resource planning (ERP)
experience with established partnerships with ERP vendors such as Microsoft and SAP.

Hitachi Consulting received TEC Accreditation for discrete manufacturing ERP, an
area where it claims extensive support for services such as project management, 
business needs assessment, business process modeling and re-engineering.

To read the full accreditation report on Hitachi Consulting services for discrete 
manufacturing ERP, go here.

Eclipse Computing

Eclipse received TEC Accreditation for the mining and quarrying industry.

Eclipse Computing is a Microsoft VAR of MinePoint, a computerized 
mining management system based on Microsoft Dynamics AX. Its services range from 
project management and business process mapping to application support and customization.
The company services a diverse set of industries including oil and gas, mining and 
exploration health and aged care, education, professional services, and winemaking, 
among others.

To read the full accreditation report on Eclipse Computing for mining and quarrying, 
go here.

Upcoming Events: TEC at AIIM

If you're attending this year's AIIM Conference & Expo on March 21-24 in Washington, 
DC, make sure to sign up for TEC's Business Intelligence Market Report.

TEC Research Analyst Jorge García takes a look at some of the tools and technologies
that business intelligence (BI) vendors are developing to analyze unstructured 
content, and how businesses are applying those technologies to extract insights
from their content management systems (CMS) and from the Internet to better 
understand and improve their business.

You'll learn about some of these innovations and trends in data analysis as well 
as what to look for from BI vendors. Finally, you'll get guidance on TEC's 
software evaluation and selection system to help you choose the BI solution that
best meets your business needs. Visit the AIMM Conference & Expo site for 
schedules and registration information. See you there.

TEC Extends Its Software Selection Services to Scandinavia

Implement Consulting Group (ICG), a leader in management and IT consulting in 
Scandinavia, has signed a preferred partner agreement with Technology Evaluation
Centers (TEC), the leading advocate for the enterprise software purchaser. With 
this partnership with ICG, which helps companies implement strategic change with 
impact, TEC expands its software selection services to the Nordic countries via 
regional collaboration and support.

Senior consultant at ICG Filip Larsen says "TEC's vast array of vendor product 
information is a valuable asset to our consulting firm and will help us boost 
our effectiveness in implementing change."

You can read the press release here.

If you're an IT consultant and you're interested in learning more about 
partnership opportunities with TEC, have a look at our programs for consultants.

New TEC Focus Indicator

The TEC Focus Indicator has been around in various incarnations for some time, but
as TEC's store of data has grown, the Focus Indicator has evolved. The TEC Focus 
Indicator measures a product's overall level of support for functionality (as modeled
in TEC's research) against TEC's benchmarks of what you should expect to find across 
the market space as a whole.

The essential question for a company trying to select software remains: will it 
actually help us do the things we need to do? And that question is of course answered 
by the functionality provided in the software product. There's no escaping that at
some point you must compare the functionality between the products you're considering,
and make sure they provide what your company needs. The TEC Focus Indicator graphs 
ought to prompt you to ask the vendors some questions about their product roadmaps 
and development strategies.
Director of Knowledge Services Josh Chalifour explains the new and improved graphs 
that TEC famously generates as part of its process of certifying software products.

Overhaul of IT Directory

TEC's IT Directory has had a facelift. No bells and whistles, but it's cleaner and 
easier to navigate, so you can better find what you're looking for. For example, 
we've added additional search options and filters to help you quickly pinpoint the
solutions that are relevant to you, with less digging around. Should you wish to 
compare solutions side by side, you can access our software comparison reports 
after narrowing down your search in the directory.

Check out the IT Directory,
and then tell us what you think about it on the TEC blog.

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software purchaser. By providing objective technology research, detailed 
information about vendors and solutions, Web-based software evaluation and 
selection services, and expert advice, TEC helps private- and public-sector 
organizations choose the best enterprise software solutions for their unique
business needs-quickly, impartially, and cost-effectively.  

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