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How Digital Solutions Help You Reach Customers in Times of Need

Some business disruptions can be planned for— material shortages, natural disasters, compliance or fulfillment roadblocks. But what about the obstacles we don’t see coming? The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has touched nearly every business in the world in some way or another, and in the face of such an unprecedented global crisis, many are […]

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COVID-19 and Supply Chain: The New Route to Transform

Stores are left with empty shelves and a bunch of questions. How will they get a new product? How will they keep employees safe? How will this affect the supply chain and distribution? As the economy sees a major jump in consumer purchases, it raises the question of supply and demand. It’s common for companies […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The eCommerce Admin

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. Responsible for the daily operations of the digital business, the eCommerce admin spends most of his day in the back end of the commerce system. He is managing website content and information, managing configuration and […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Marketing Manager

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. The marketing manager plays an important role in the B2B eCommerce journey at both manufacturing and distribution companies. She is most interested in how marketing efforts directly impact both online and traditional sales efforts. She […]

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B2B Digital Transformation: Determine Where You Fit

When organizations begin a digital transformation and eCommerce journey, they often focus solely on technology. In reality, there are business decisions to be made and opportunities to explore before technology even comes into play. After you’ve set your objectives and evaluated your market, you’re ready to find where you fit in the market. Explore opportunities […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the Merchandiser

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. The B2B merchandiser role can be filled from many different functional roles within an organization, including marketing, product marketing, or even product management. The more complex the products, the most likely this role will be […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Financial Team Member

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. The financial team member is a crucial part of every B2B business. He steps in after the purchase has been made and shipped, and is interested in whether that order was received, the order was […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the CSR

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. A Customer Service Rep (CSR) is a typical role at both manufacturing and distribution companies and is the center of a B2B buyer’s journey. They support the outside sales team and communicate with customers through […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Distribution Sales Rep

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. A direct employee of a distributor or wholesale organization, the distribution sales representative is responsible for selling the products her company sells. She is often responsible for a specific territory and the customers that reside […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Direct Sales Rep

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. A direct sales representative works for a manufacturer and represents only that organization. Her role is to meet with customers, support the distribution channel, and sell her organization’s products. It is very common for the […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Field Service Tech

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. You may find a field service technician at your own organization as an internal role, or he may be an external role with your customer. No matter the case, his journey is very important. He’s […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The User in the Field

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. You never know where you’ll find a user in the field. In fact, he usually doesn’t know where he’ll be on a daily basis. A common role in the trades, he is usually out working […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the Senior Buyer

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. The senior buyer has more latitude with regard to ordering, including having decision making power over other buyers. She makes purchases for her company, but she can make larger purchases without approval. She may have […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the Buyer

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. The buyer is one of the most common personas in the digital commerce journey. His primary role is to purchase the products he is told to purchase or is responsible for. It’s not unusual to […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the Researcher

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. One of the most important roles in the B2B buying process is a researcher. This person understands their business, and is looking for a solution to a specific problem. The researcher is the subject matter […]

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Delivering a Better Buying Journey as a Distributor

Distributors sit between their customers and the manufacturers they work with, and creating an excellent journey for both sides can be complex. Additionally, as more manufacturers make the shift to selling directly to the end customer, it’s important for distributors to remain a valuable asset for both parties and use their position as the middleman […]

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An Architectural Approach to Cognos TM1 Design

Overtime, I’ve written about keeping your TM1 model design “architecturally pure”. What this means is that you should strive to keep a models “areas of functionality” distinct within your design. Common Components I believe that all TM1 applications, for example, are made of only 4 distinct “areas of functionality”. They are absorption (of key information […]

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A Practice Vision

Vision Most organizations today have had successes implementing technology and they are happy to tell you about it. From a tactical perspective, they understand how to install, configure and use whatever software you are interested in. They are “practitioners”. But, how may can bring a “strategic vision” to a project or to your organization in […]

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IBM OpenPages GRC Platform –modular methodology

The OpenPages GRC platform includes 5 main “operational modules”. These modules are each designed to address specific organizational needs around Governance, Risk, and Compliance. Operational Risk Management module “ORM” The Operational Risk Management module is a document and process management tool which includes a monitoring and decision support system enabling an organization to analyze, manage, […]

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The installation Process – IBM OpenPages GRC Platform

When preparing to deploy the OpenPages platform, you’ll need to follow these steps: Determine which server environment you will deploy to – Windows or AIX. Determine your topology – how many servers will you include as part of the environment? Multiple application servers? 1 or more reporting servers? Perform the installation of the OpenPages prerequisite […]

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