Ultimate Software National Equipment Services

National Equipment Services (NES), a leader in the equipment rental industry, experienced the concomitant growing pains associated with 47 acquisitions spanning an 18 month period beginning in 1998. In this case study, learn how NES saved $250,000 annually in payroll and administration costs.

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11 Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is your information backbone, reaching into all areas of your business and value chain. That’s why replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner. And since your long-term business strategy will shape your selection, it’s critical that your ERP provider be part of your vision. Read More

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Resource management is the ultimate puzzle. By nature, corporate resources are limited, so deciding how to allocate the various pieces presents a daily challenge. It can be frustrating to be sure—but improve the way you negotiate and manage resources, and you’ll improve upon every business function in your company.

A professional services automation (PSA) solution can help you optimize expenditure and ensure your people, processes, vehicles, equipment, and materials are being managed cleverly. Read this white paper to learn how these five must-haves, including engagement and visibility, can help you master the resource management riddle. Read More

From VAR to Solution Provider: Five Strategies for Business Transformation

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The traditional value-added reseller (VAR) business—comprised of companies that add features or services to an existing product and then resell it as an integrated product or complete solution—has become more challenging, with declining product margins, increasing competition, and lower-cost alternatives to proprietary products. The pressures are causing many VARs to grow their businesses from simply selling products to offering more comprehensive solutions built on a richer set of services and recurring revenue models.

For decades, VARs have been an important channel for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), like computer manufacturers and software vendors, to reach customers. The “value-add” can simply be to provide local implementation and hands-on support or it can involve adding other hardware, software, and services to tailor the OEM’s product to a specific industry, problem, or use. In many markets, customers prefer buying from VARs instead of directly from OEMs, as VARs are closer to the customer, offer local support, and are in a better position to develop long-term relationships.

The VAR business model has been attractive in the past, as it was profitable to resell OEM products. Over the past decade, however, product margins have been shrinking as the result of several long-term trends. In this report, learn about five strategies for making the transformation from VAR to solution provider. The changes needed require a new view of the business and a new mindset, to move from a deal mindset to long-term customer relationships, become invested in customer success, and transition from cash up front to realizing revenue over the life of a contract. Read More

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