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Outlook for 2010
As 2009 comes to a close, we look forward to the New Year and everything trendy that it will bring. Today, TEC’s Research Analyst Round Table discusses the

crowd sourcing definition  collective wisdom from the crowd in shaping new products isn’t a new idea within the product lifecycle management (PLM) approach. However, technological limitations have hindered the theory of social product development to be put into practice—until the prosperity of social computing tools. Generally speaking, Web 2.0 technology is the major enabler of social product development. More specifically, in 2010, I would like to see the following advancements: •    Better product information

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Recruitment and Staffing

Recruitment and Staffing functionality allows the user to select and hire the right people with the right skill sets, as well as track the information regarding their recruitment for later analysis. It covers criteria such as Organization Structures and Modeling, Corporate Branding, Sourcing, Applicant Tracking, Assessment and Selection, Governance and Compliance, Vendor Management Systems (VMS) Portal, Recruitment Analytics and Reporting, and Product Technology. 

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