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State of the Market: HR
More than ever, executives are looking to transform human resources (HR) from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic part of the business. This

asset life cycle maintenance bpo manufacturing  workforce into an enterprise asset. Best-of-breed HR Technologies The most progressive of companies have been using best-of-breed HR technologies for attracting, hiring, training, motivating, and managing their people. Software applications are becoming more and more sophisticated to help companies with these tasks, and as these solutions continue to evolve and communicate with one another, user companies will have a more seamless access to methods and data for managing their employees throughout the empl

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CMMS – EAM

Enterpise asset management (EAM) solutions support maintenance management tasks. Asset management systems typically enable planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events. EAM typically includes computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) functionality, fleet maintenance, workflow, reporting, and other areas that touch upon asset management practices. 

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Sage 500 ERP (formerly Sage ERP MAS 500) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of process manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the Process Manufacturing ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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If you’ve worked for more than one manufacturing company, you know that each one is different. Different processes, systems, problems—all these variations mean you need a system tailored to your needs. And with so many available solutions, you could spend months looking at demos, and still not find it. However, you can start by asking yourself eight simple questions.

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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.



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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

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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

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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.

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