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4th shift reports  retained its position as 4th largest ERP vendor position despite shaky performance during the last 18 months, with a dismal total revenue growth, repeated losses, and a recent CEO departure and staff layoffs. Strengths : A well established global mid-market presence; advanced cross-platform migration strategy; component architecture that promotes flexibility and system agility; well-developed affiliate channel. Challenges : Product integration of acquired and/or partnered products; bland marketing

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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SaaS Buyer's Guide for Wholesale and Distribution


SaaS, despite its phenomenal popularity, is certainly not one-size-fits-all. You need to consider decision criteria such as fit, return on investment, and risk. Learn how SaaS works, who the major vendors are, how SaaS can help your business grow, and how to find the SaaS solution that’s right for you. It’s all in this comprehensive SaaS Buyer’s Guide for Wholesale and Distribution from TEC and SupplyChainBrain.

From a business requirements perspective, the defining characteristic of wholesale and distribution (W&D) organizations is that they operate as intermediate agents between manufacturers and retailers. Their top business needs thus focus on requirements for:

  • processing high volumes of transactions,
  • maintaining constant communication between upstream and downstream collaborators (manufacturers and retailers/customers, respectively), and
  • managing products for multiple competitors within the same warehouse or distribution center

In this guide we will explore considerations for W&D organizations that are considering adoption of the SaaS delivery model, and examine the particular business issues that arise from this change.Specifically, we will address the following considerations:

  • the differences between SaaS and on-premise delivery models
  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
  • selection criteria for SaaS-based applications
  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

Later in this guide, we’ll provide examples of SaaS delivery model success stories, as well as a SaaS IT directory, segmented according to business area.


Table of Contents


Preface

Software as a Service: A Buyer’s Guide


Spotlight on Adaptability and Agility

Thought Leadership from SAP
SAP’s Perspective on Software as a Service

SAP Case Study
Johnson Products Capitalizing on New Sales after 30-day SAP Deployment


Spotlight on Manufacturing and Distribution

Thought Leadership from Epicor
SaaS ERP for Small Manufacturers and Distributors

TECSYS Case Study
LifeScience Logistics Achieves 99.97% Inventory Accuracy with TECYS’ EliteSeries for Healthcare


Spotlight on Growing Your Company with SaaS

Thought Leadership from NetSuite
The Benefits of a Business Management Software Suite for High-growth and Midsized Businesses: Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications

NetSuite Case Study
Woodworking Machinery Maker Cuts Costs, Grows Efficiency with NetSuite

NetSuite Case Study
NetSuite Helps Manufacturer Take Advantage of Fast Market Growth


Spotlight on Distribution Centers

Thought Leadership from Bond International Software
Cloud Computing for Your Distribution Workforce

IBS Case Study
Konaflex Focuses on its Core Business with IBS Distribution Management Software


Vendor Directory


Download the full copy of the TEC 2010 SaaS Buyer’s Guide for wholesale and distribution.



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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2010 SaaS Buyer’s Guide for wholesale and distribution.

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The Shift to Larger, More Demanding Customers


Working with mass merchandisers is having a significant impact on how food processors and distributors run their businesses. With greater revenues increasingly coming from these giant retail customers, food companies need to find ways to ensure the greatest efficiencies and the lowest costs, without sacrificing quality control or food safety. This white paper outlines best practices for food companies and how an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can help manage every aspect of the business.

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Top Software for Food and Beverage Companies


For your own customized comparison reports, select a category below:ERP for Food and Beverage. ERP for Distribution Companies.

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Yellowfin


Yellowfin is a solution for web-based reporting and analytics that supports both traditional (paper-oriented) and interactive (web-based) reports. Features include the ability for users to drill down into reports, sort and filter information, refresh reports, print reports, and export them into different formats. Reports can be published in real time for users to view, schedule, and share over the web. All functionality can be accessed through Web services, giving control over report listing, processing, modification, viewing, and administration. Yellowfin's range of data access, presentation, and information delivery capabilities can be integrated into third-party applications.  

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Engeman


The Engeman® software fits the customers’ requirements through tools designed to create fields, tables, KPI’s, reports, integration with other softwares, as well as adaptation of the conceptual terminology and operating interface. The terminals access to the database is performed via Browser-Based at any platform or via client-server for local and remote network with TCP/IP. Users have access level by menus, operations, reports and fields. Its multicompany and multibranch feature allows users to create an appropriate hierarchy for the information grouping.  

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HCIMS - Staff Scheduling RFI/RFP Template


Employee Data, Scheduling, Reports, and Product Technology

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7 Signs You Need Advanced Analytics for Salesforce.com (or Any CRM)


Customer relationship management (CRM) applications provide reports and dashboards, but if you rely on the built-in analytic capabilities of CRM, you’re not extracting the true value of the information in your CRM system. You need robust, easy-to-access analytics embedded right in your CRM solution. Download this white paper for seven signs that you are not operating efficiently.

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Retail Systems: A Primer


The core components of a retail information system are inventory management, inventory optimization, revenue management, sales management, and reports and inquiries. Non-core components can include financial, supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and warehouse management systems.

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Project Portfolio Management: Leveraging the Microsoft Platform to Reduce TCO and Maximize ROI


A common pain many business managers experience is the proliferation of spreadsheet-based reports and tracking. Disconnected or manually integrated systems, unapproved data, and wild e-mail exchange leads to an environment that is ripe for errors, fraud, and control weakness. Employing a system that works in conjunction with legacy systems, and provides policy and rule-based time and expense entry with audit support capabilities can ameliorate the pain and create a compliance-enabled environment.

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Gleanster


Gleanster conducts and publishes research. The company’s website contains an online library of research reports and resources, analyst commentary on software and trends, and crowd-sourced vendor rankings.

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