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The E-Business Workplace: Discovering the Power of Enterprise Portalsby Matthaias Vering
Synopses & Reviews
Can companies flourish in the new economy if they are bound by the traditional constraints of technology? Can they benefit from technology that helps rather than hinders people as they fulfill their roles and perform their jobs? Clearly, like business itself, technology is poised at the threshold of a new direction, and the e-business workplace-the most exciting development in the world of Information Technology-is leading the way. This timely book, created by highly knowledgeable and experienced consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers and SAP(r), serves as a comprehensive introduction to the concepts that drive this invaluable technology and their practical applications.
Viewed by many of the world's most prominent software developers as the key to inter- and intra-enterprise collaboration, workplace technology consists of a host of enterprise portal software products that, for the first time, make such collaboration possible. By enabling organizations to standardize business practices across geographical locations, by defining roles and providing working individuals with precisely the information, applications, and services they need to fulfill those roles and perform their jobs most effectively and efficiently, and by delivering a customizable front-end that is as easy to use as any Internet-based consumer portal, the e-business workplace is rapidly making serious inroads against competing products and already has been embraced by a number of the world's most successful companies.
While providing answers to critical questions about fully exploiting the tremendous advantages of the e-business workplace, the authors provide numerous real-life scenarios and examples of theory becoming practice. They also share a treasure trove of knowledge and insight based on the thousands of technology implementations in which they and their organizations have been key participants.
In discussing this ground-breaking tool, the authors take readers on a technological journey, beginning with conceptual origins and concluding with future implications. Before reaching their destination, they cover such crucial issues as:
* The critical difference between integration and collaboration
* The relationship between technology and the people who use it, and how that relationship impacts your business
* The value proposition for e-business and workplaces
* The characteristics and components of roles, and how role-based technology can truly revolutionize your organization
* How workplace technology empowers participants and founders of e-communities and e-marketplaces
* How the e-business workplace can help your company manage-rather than be managed by-change
* How workplace technology can be instrumental in helping you get to where you want to be as a successful business.
The authors also firmly set workplace technology into a unique e-business model that clarifies its significance within a holistic, yet simple and understandable framework. And, in language remarkably free of techno-jargon, they make clear for all readers why the e-business workplace is poised to be the logical successor to a generation of less flexible, less people-oriented enterprise-wide solutions.
The E-Business Workplace: Discovering the Power of Enterprise Portals is not just a superb book about business. Nor is it just a forward-looking discourse on technology. Uniquely, it is both. Accessible and illuminating, The E-Business Workplace is a must-read for executives and managers in any industry who want their companies not only to survive but to prosper and flourish in the challenging years ahead.
Book News Annotation:
Specialists with management-consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers and German software maker SAP AG explain the conceptual origins, practical applications, and future implications of the kind of enterprise portal tools that SAP develops. The technology behind the "e-business workplace" is being embraced by successful companies, the authors tell managers and executives, because it enables businesses to standardize business practices without regard to geography; to define roles and provide individuals with the exact information, applications, and services they need to do their jobs effectively and efficiently; and to deliver a customizable front end that's easy for employees to use. With demo CD-ROM.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Make The E-Business Workplace Work For You
From the consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers and SAP come the keys to understanding and taking advantage of the most exciting development in the world of business technology-the e-business workplace. Written in language that is accessible to all executives and managers, in any company and industry-not just to information technology professionals-the authors explain how this user-oriented, people-friendly technology can transform your organization by empowering collaboration among its employees and value network partners. Here are answers to such critical questions as:
In answering these questions, the authors support their conclusions with numerous real-world examples that move the theory behind workplace technology into practice. The E-Business Workplace also provides insights and knowledge found nowhere else, based on the thousands of technology implementations in which they and their organizations have been integrally involved. Take this opportunity to learn about a critically important technology that may be the defining factor in determining success and failure in an increasingly complex Internet-enabled economy.
"The E-Business Workplace" - Dieses Buch zeigt Unternehmen, wie mySAP.com eingesetzt wird, um Kosten und Zeitaufwand zu reduzieren. SAP hat mit mySAP.com die maßgebliche E-Business-Plattform für die neue Internetwirtschaft entwickelt . Die kollaborative mySAP.com E-Business-Plattform ermöglicht Mitarbeitern, Kunden und Geschäftspartnern eine erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit, und zwar überall und jederzeit. mySAP.com ist offen und flexibel und unterstützt Datenbanken, Anwendungen, Betriebssysteme und Hardware von fast jedem großen Anbieter.
Dieses Buch erklärt, wie ein Unternehmen Portale nutzen kann, um eine optimale Zusammenarbeit zu schaffen zwischen Mitarbeitern, Geschäftspartnern und der Technologie.
About the Author
PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwcglobal.com) is the world's largest professional services organization. Drawing on the knowledge and skills of more than 150,000 people in 150 countries, PricewaterhouseCoopers helps clients solve complex business problems and measurably enhance their ability to build value, manage risk, and improve performance in an Internet-enabled world. PricewaterhouseCoopers refers to the member firms of the worldwide PricewaterhouseCoopers organization.
SAP (www.sap.com) is the leading e-business applications provider for the new Internet economy, with more than 13,000 customers and 30,000 installations worldwide. Combining collaborative online and mobile commerce technologies, industry expertise, and implementation capabilities, the mySAP e-business platform enables companies to improve relationships with their customers and partners, streamline operations, and achieve revolutionary efficiencies throughout their supply chain. SAP is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP."
Table of Contents
From Integration to Collaboration.
People Matter: The Human Dimension.
Value Proposition for E-Business and Workplaces.
The Workplace and Its Role.
A Day in the Life of a Workplace: Three Roles.
Communities and Marketplaces.
A Day in the Life of Community Workplaces.
From Change Management to Manageable Change.
Implementing a Workplace and Driving Business Value.
E-Business and the Workplace: A Broad View.
Getting to Where You Want To Be.
Appendix: Using the CD-ROM.
About the Authors.
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