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The Power of Inventory Control: How Integrated, Serialized Inventory Tracking Delivers a Competitive Advantage

Source: Plex Systems
Today’s manufacturers work hard to meet customer delivery schedules with quality parts while reducing costs. Those companies that can meet these demands can reduce work-in-process inventories and minimize production costs. But many fail at this due to inefficient material handling and inventory control. See how advanced ERP systems reflect the physical reality of the material handling process and can help you reduce inventory costs.



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TEC 2015 Certification Report NetSuite ERP Discrete Manufacturing

The NetSuite ERP suite boasts a number of firsts. It was the first enterprise solution to be offered in the cloud, and it is currently the number 1 cloud business software solution available on the market. As the world’s most deployed cloud ERP system, NetSuite ERP caters to a number of vertical industries, including discrete manufacturing.

NetSuite ERP is a comprehensive solution that has been designed to meet all the business requirements of a manufacturing company producing discrete products. The solution therefore affords discrete-product manufacturers capabilities such as global multi-plant and multi-site management, materials production planning, demand planning and forecasting, costing, shop floor, and project-based manufacturing. It also addressed financial, marketing, as well as sales needs.

NetSuite’s goal in its product is to provide manufacturers with an innovative, comprehensive product to help them smoothly run their operations, make intelligent and informed decisions, and delight their customers.

In the TEC Certification Report you’ll get an in-depth look at the product’s redesigned user interface, which is based on 3 years of research with customers, dashboards and portlet improvements, and other notable improvements in the procurement, financials, accounting, supply chain, and other manufacturing realms.

Find out how NetSuite ERP compares with solutions on the market in the major functionality areas for ERP for discrete manufacturing—and how it can support your all current business processes.

Epicor ERP 10 Certification Report

Epicor ERP version 10 by Epicor is now TEC certified in the discrete manufacturing ERP, mixed-mode manufacturing ERP, ETO manufacturing ERP, SMB manufacturing ERP, ERP for distribution, financial packages, and accounting and small business software spaces.

Epicor ERP is an enterprise-wide solution that is capable of supporting medium and larger businesses in functionality and scalability while remaining user friendly, with a distinct and unambiguous logic that even relatively inexperienced ERP software users can easily learn and comprehend.

Epicor ERP version 10 is focused on the manufacturing, distribution, and services industries, and also supports the many narrow areas within these industries. The software is capable of handling many manufacturing styles, including assembly-to-order, configure-to-order, make-to-stock, and make-to-order, as well as mixed-mode manufacturing.

Epicor states that version 10 of its ERP brings the best of both the niche and generic types of ERP solutions together, as it is capable of filling the gap between vertical niche solutions that are highly focused and specific to certain vertical industries, and bigger, more generic ERP applications that tend to support global customers indirectly through partner networks and provide nonspecialized but common functionality such as financials.

Based on TEC's ERP software comparison data, Epicor is one of the richest and most complete manufacturing ERP products, and the same can be said for the realm of financial applications and solutions for small business.

Find out more about the product in the Epicor ERP certification report, including a detailed look at Epicor ERP's support for critical processes, product highlights, a roadmap of future product development, and detailed functionality graphs comparing the product to competitor solutions in the major functionality areas of the software arenas in which the product has been certified.

What Has Changed in Wholesale Distribution: 2015 and Beyond

Things are changing in the wholesale distribution world. In the customer-connected era, customers expect orders to arrive complete and on-time regardless of the fulfillment flows involved. Keeping up with the changes and being prepared to stay competitive in 2015 and beyond means investing in better technology, as becoming more automated and integrated in capability and analytical tools enables companies to provide a seamless, unified, and connected customer experience.

This research report from Aberdeen examines this growing need to change business processes and invest in technology that enables wholesale business transformation and integration. Read the report to learn more about the technologies smart wholesalers are implementing to optimize their order, inventory, and fulfillment processes, and keep up with customer demands in 2015, including new wholesale logistics formats and the control tower approach, integrated processes and technologies that supports a seamless flow of product from end to end. Learn about how an integrated end-to-end solution with automation and mobility capabilities can enhance business revenue and allow for increased sales performance.

The Distribution Challenge: Are You Asking Enough from Your ERP?

Distributors and manufacturers in today's challenging economy face many pressures, including global competition, growing complexity of supply chains, complex trade regulations, and fluctuating transportation costs. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are meant to help address challenges like these with a whole company system that deals with most or all the aspects of a company's functioning.

Yet many ERP implementations fail to produce the expected benefits. Too often distributors and manufacturers have to make do with a less-than-optimal solution.

The 2015 Mint Jutras ERP Solution Study investigated ERP goals, challenges, and status, gathering responses from more than 800 ERP users. The respondents represented companies from many different industries, with 120 being from the distribution industry.

Read on to see what the survey results say about ERP and how taking a close look at their current ERP and what it has to offer in comparison to other solutions can help distributors and manufacturers deal with the many challenges of doing business in today's challenging economy. Find out if you're asking enough of your ERP, and if not, how and why to change that.

WorkWise Role-Based ERP Certification Report

Role-Based ERP (RB-ERP) by WorkWise is now TEC certified in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for discrete manufacturing solution space. The RB-ERP solution supports multiple discrete manufacturing processes including engineer to order, configure to order, make to order, and make to stock. The RB-ERP customer base spans many manufacturing verticals, including vehicle product manufacturing; equipment manufacturing; metal forming, stamping, and assembly; build-to-order; and plastics manufacturing.

RB-ERP is accessed via workbenches that are customizable to match the user’s job function and role within the organization. The workbenches are not just a user interface layer, but are built on top of an application framework. The workbench designs make it possible for users to navigate and work across a broad range of operations quickly and efficiently.

There are a number of other tools and modules that stand out in the RB-ERP solution. For example, the RB-ERP mobile metrics tool, which provides mobile access to more than 200 pre-calculated metrics. And the product configurator within RB-ERP, which is much more powerful than the configurator tools normally delivered with an ERP system in this price range.

According to TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm, although outside of the Midwest, WorkWise RB-ERP and the Oncontact CRM solutions are not very well known, "this well-kept secret needs to be let out so that manufacturers know there is a very capable and cost-effective alternative to the well-known job shop and mid-market manufacturing ERP solutions."

Find out why in the Role-Based ERP TEC certification report, including key product differentiators, a detailed look at support of processes and new functionality with the latest version of the RB-ERP, and detailed functionality graphs comparing the product to competitor solutions in the major functionality areas for ERP solutions for discrete manufacturing.