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Sales Force Automation Buyer’s Guide
No matter how effective your sales staff is, there’s always room to boost efficiency and increase sales. But how you go about doing so may be a point of

researching sales force automation medical  the SFA/CRM technology you're researching can help streamline your process, automate your process and report on your process, then it's probably a good choice. -Brent Leary President, CRM Essentials Industry expert That makes a demo - ideally, with real data - vital. The demo was given as the single most useful decision-making tool a vendor could provide in our survey of recent SFA buyers. In fact, the importance of a demo was cited by fully half of the respondents. If a vendor doesn't offer a fully

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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State of the Market: HR


Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.

The products covered in this guide address the management of a company’s workforce, including hiring, payroll, benefits, training, health and safety, and more.

While HRIS are also commonly referred to as human resource management systems (HRMS) or as human capital management (HCM), for the purpose of this guide, we will refer to the systems that support HR functionality as HRIS throughout. All these systems—in one way or another—encompass core HR functionality.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how the various HR solutions have helped companies like yours solve personnel, payroll, and benefit management problems.

For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for an HRIS, whether it’s an end-to-end on-premise solution, an on-demand or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, a third party solution, or a best-of-breed solution.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which HRIS is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize HR Marketplace

Executive Summary: Core HR

Thou Shalt Manage Human Capital Better

Customer Success Story: Core HR

Nikon Reaps Benefits from Ultimate Software’s Ultipro

Executive Summary: Human Capital Management

Tactical Human Resources Evolves into Strategic Human Capital Management

Customer Success Story: Talent Management

Commerce Bank is Counting on Lawson

Vendor Spotlight

Auxillium West

Ceridian Canada Limited

CheckPoint HR

Lawson

NuView Systems, Inc.

Sage Software

Ultimate Software

Unicorn HRO


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State of the HR Marketplace


For many years, HR management has been viewed as the enterprise function responsible for staffing and personnel-related issues, such as recruiting and hiring, establishing employment policies, handling pay and retirement plans, and administering benefits. Today, company executives see the HR function in an entirely different way. From recruiting, hiring, and training new staff, to the transfer of key functions from the back office to the front line, it is evident that executives are looking to transform HR from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic and vital part of the business.

What is fueling this transformation is that SMB executives are beginning to understand the critical link between their people and the bottom line. To remain competitive as an SMB in today’s job market, employers need to know what their employees are doing, what skills they have, their ambitions, how they are progressing, and how they fit into the future of the business.

SMBs that continue to view HR as strictly a department or administrative service and that fail to infuse HR functions throughout the organization will inevitably limit their ability to compete and grow.

We’ll review some of the trends in the HR space, as well as some of the challenges facing SMBs in the wake of globalization and the changing HR landscape.


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With the increasing complexity of the data center and its dependent systems, data center automation (DCA) is becoming a necessity. To replace the costly and inefficient human aspect of managing the data center, IT departments must adopt DCA solutions. Combined with utility-based computing architectures, these solutions can provide greater dynamics in the environment and facilitate speed of response to market demands.

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