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TEC Research Analyst Round Table: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Software-as-a-service (SaaS): friend or foe? SaaS—also known as on-demand or hosted applications—is becoming more and more popular in a number of enterprise

advertisement production tec blogspot  in a calm and advertisement-free atmosphere. Gabriel Gheorghiu (Research Analyst – ERP, Customer Relationship Management [CRM], Health Care Information Management Systems [HCIMS]): It’s safe to say that CRM was one of the first business software types to embrace the SaaS model. Nowadays, most CRM vendors offer SaaS, and more and more customers are choosing to use it. For CRM, having SaaS versus on-premise can be compared to sending a letter through the postal service versus sending an e-mail through

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer's Guide


The TEC ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide was developed to provide unique perspectives on the state of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution market for manufacturers. Discrete manufacturers face a number of business challenges in the 21st century, including the traditional challenges of planning and managing production, managing costs, and staying compliant with regulations, and newer challenges related to the ability to support customizable and complex products and global markets, and hiring qualified staff.

How are manufacturers and vendors dealing with these changing requirements for manufacturing ERP? Read on to find out. In addition to a functionality comparison of manufacturing ERP products currently on the market, the TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide includes the results of TEC’s ERP trends survey (showing some surprising trends and stats), a discussion about how ERP vendors are differentiating themselves these days with elements enhancing user experience, and a special section dedicated to configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions and their growing importance to discrete manufacturers. Case studies and thought leadership from leading vendors in the discrete manufacturing ERP software space are also included as examples of recent successful ERP implementations and upgrades. Download the free guide now for TEC's expert analyst insight into manufacturing ERP trends, functionality comparisons, and vendor differentiation.



Table of Contents


About this Guide

Preface

The Makings of a Great User Experience

2015 ERP Snapshot

Product Comparison

Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Solutions – Growing in Importance

TEC Selection Project

TEC Helps UniCarriers Americas with ERP Selection though Merger


TEC Resources

Casebook

Acumatica Customer Success Story: New Zealand Electronic Manufacturer Gets ISO-certified with Acumatica

FinancialForce.com Customer Success Story: Chambers Gasket & Manufacturing Company

Glovia Customer Success Story: Automotive Supplier Decreases Inventory and Downtime with GLOVIA G2; System will be Implemented Across Operations Globally

IFS Customer Success Story: Six-company Manufacturing Group Adjusts to Higher Petroleum Resin Prices in Only Two Days

IQMS Thought Leadership: What is the Value of Real-time Data: How Much Does it Cost You to Wait Hours for Updated Information?

Kenandy Customer Success Story: Merrow Sewing Machine and Kenandy: Stitching Together Success Seamlessly

Oracle Customer Success Story: Goldwind Shortens Financial Consolidation Time, Improves Production Efficiency, and Reduces Inventory Holding Costs

Rootstock Customer Success Story: Unionwear: Succeeding While Others are Fleeing

SAP and Navigator Customer Success Story: Kalmar RT Center: Moving Forward in a Rough Terrain Environment


Vendor Directory

About the Author


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ERP for Discrete Manufacturers: Mobile and Wearable



It’s no secret that mobile devices of various forms (phone, tablets, and wearables) are now being used more than ever. However, a recent survey by Epicor indicated that although 65% of organizations see mobile access to ERP as important, only 25% access the ERP system through a mobile device. Tablet and larger phablet users can access and manage ERP information via user experience components described above as long as the ERP front end has been designed to support any browser and any device. Some of the user interface components we’ve discussed are fairly easily tweaked to allow automatic adjustments for screen size, scrolling, and tapping functions (to select icons or links) for larger mobile formats.

But using phones or wearable to enter or update detailed data in an ERP system is far on the horizon. ERP vendors are rolling out a number of point solution applications to perform low-complexity operations such as purchase order approval, time sheet approval, or work order execution on the shop floor. Customer relationship management (CRM) functions such as entering contact details are currently being rolled out by vendors. For the most part, these screens look like we have taken a step back.

Some new paradigms need to be developed to make it possible to get complicated work done with a small form factor. Voice recognition, automatic zooming on a database object to show details, or new interaction methods such as the double-blink on a wearable are examples of adjustments to the user interface on smaller form factors. The increasing availability of 3D cameras is also bringing gesture recognition (popularized in the gaming world) into the enterprise application space.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2015 ERP Buyer’s Guide for Discrete Manufacturers.

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Zavanti's front-end CRM system is an adaptation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Zavanti CRM leverages most Microsoft Dynamics CRM's out-of-the-box functionality and adapts it for the professional services and property development verticals.

Besides the typical CRM functionality (sales, marketing, and support), Zavanti CRM includes capabilities that support professional services teams with their delivery efforts.

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