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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Telecom Re-invention: Optimizing the Online Customer Experience
As networks, devices, and media converge, telecom companies have increasingly complex catalogs of products and services on offer to customers who are, in turn

access databases online  context of the individual—location, access mechanism, time Demographic information defining the individual Behaviour and history of recent known actions Social context, group memberships and social network interactions This is not simply about trying to cross-sell or make simple recommendations in the manner of early e-commerce systems, but about making the entire cycle of interaction as efficient as possible. Complex and broad quantities of information have to be streamlined, condensed and presented

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Business Process Management (BPM)

Business process management (BPM) defines, enables, and manages the exchange of enterprise information through the semantics of a business process view, which involves employees, customers, partners, applications, and databases.  

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ACCPAC -- Being Much More Than Meets The Eye


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iMaint


DPSI's iMaint is a comprehensive enterprise asset management (EAM) system. Customers use iMaint to manage manufacturing and processing plants, facilities, vehicle fleets, utilities, health care facilities, public works infrastructure, campuses, and much more. Users report that iMaint enables them to reduce production costs, cut production downtime, optimize inventory levels, improve product quality and speed-to-market, comply with regulatory requirements, make better management decisions, improve safety, extend the operational life of assets, and boost employee productivity.DPSI's iMaint manages work orders, work requests, preventive maintenance, scheduling, work procedures, cost tracking, labor resources, customers, projects, inventory, purchasing, single-site or enterprise-level reporting, and more. The solution's interface can be tailored to meet the needs of sites, departments, groups, and individual users. It offers scalability ranging from individual users to multiple networked locations, and versions are available for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Microsoft MSDE databases. Customers may choose a traditional up-front license, a monthly subscription license, or a monthly online service fee. The product is available in several languages, including English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Russian, with a customizable interface that allows use of other language translations.Add-on modules include: • iMaint Web—offers Web-browser access to your system• iMaint Integrator—provides integration with other systems using common industry standards• iMaint Online—a Web-based version, hosted and maintained by DPSI (software as a service)• iMaint Fleet—adds special features for managing vehicle fleets• iMaint Mobile—for handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs), offering real-time access at the job location and support for barcoding• Web Work and Purchase Requesters—allows requests to be received from any computer with Internet access• FDA Module—helps manage compliance with FDA 21 CFR 11 regulationsDPSI also offers PMC, computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software for individual computers and small networks.

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TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

This guide features information on vendors offering dedicated ERP-distribution solutions for the midmarket. These solutions are all designed to address the logistical, financial, and workflow issues facing the distribution industry today.

Inside, you’ll find a chart highlighting 10 featured vendor solutions by installed base and business components, ranging from warehouse, transportation, and inventory management, to international trade logistics, Web commerce, and human resources (HR) and financials.

As well, you’ll find an analysis of the state of the market by the editor of Supply Chain Brain. Customer success stories have been included to illustrate how ERP-distribution solutions have helped companies like yours solve distribution and business logistics problems.

For your convenience, there’s also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for either full ERP-distribution systems, add-ons, or third-party solutions for the following: demand management (DM), retail systems, supply chain management (SCM), transportation management systems (TMSs), and warehouse management systems (WMSs).

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which ERP-distribution solutions are best suited for your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Introduction

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Methodology

Vendor Capabilities

Business Components

Customer Profile

Spotlight on ERP-Distribution

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Inventory and Accounting

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management

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Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


The challenges of inventory management and the notion of inventory as a “necessary evil” (or the “asset versus liability” dilemma) have long been haunting operations and financial and accounting managers. It is a well-known fact that managing inventory risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at a crucial moment of truth when a customer actually wants something. In a variety of aspects, inventory management is at the heart of the supply chain management (SCM) realm. Supply chain organizations are responsible for all the processes from sales and operations planning to customer fulfillment, inventory optimization, and new product delivery and introduction—all of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes.
While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

The motto “time is money” certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives’ focus and priority is the management of at-risk, aging inventory—be it excess active, obsolete, returns, or refurbished inventory. Some refer to these items as “slobs,” which stands for “slow moving and obsolete” ones. In other words, most companies in the sectors of high-tech, consumer electronics, retail, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) are focused on new product introductions. Given that everybody is most excited in the early stages of product life cycles (that is, devising and delivering the brand new, “coolest” products), much less attention is paid to the languishing, “totally so not cool” older product lines, with millions of accompanying inventory asset recovery dollars slipping away annually as a consequence.

Excess inventory, which ties up working capital and whose value is declining by the day, does not necessarily come from new product introductions only. Nowadays the manufacture of most goods is largely carried out in the Far East, which comes with a nominal item price advantage, but also with many potential downsides. In addition to the inevitable quality, communication, and cultural issues, manufacturing product in such lower cost, remote locations means a sizeable lead time increase, as the goods will need to be transported from the Far East back to the company’s warehouse. This in turn means that a planner will have to forecast the demand before placing an order with a remote supplier far away.

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