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SAP as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction
Can SAP, a market and technology leader in business management software, translate its success in the manufacturing industry to retail? TEC principal analyst P

bi architecture for retail market in cloud  areas: Real-time Insight —SAP’s BI platform and tools, as well as its analytics applications, enable line-of-business (LoB) managers to gain rapid access to current and critical insight to determine a plan of action, whether focusing on better understanding their shoppers, managing the merchandise lifecycle, optimizing supply chain operations, ensuring a positive shopping experience, or understanding the performance of each channel. Integrated Marketing and Merchandising —SAP’s merchandise

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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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 User's Undying Quest for Exploring and Discovering Info - Part 1


SAP AG and Endeca Technologies might not appear to have much in common at first glance, other than occasional partnering in some joint opportunities, and perhaps that SAP Ventures owns a piece of privately held Endeca. In the world of home appliances, SAP would be analogous to a tried-and-true refrigerator, but with the most advanced features in the market, such as a built-in

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(Forgotten) CRM and ERP Kingdoms in the Making?


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) vendor Consona is determined to establish a CRM “kingdom” based on Consona Enterprise CRM. Read this comprehensive analysis of Consona Enterprise CRM to find out what lies ahead for this flagship product.

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Epicor Retail: Behind the Counter


The retailing paradigm is shifting from connecting, beyond engaging, to inspiring customers. Epicor Retail software solutions are responding to this market trend through mobility, enhancing customer engagement, and multichannel retailing. TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic sits down with Epicor’s director of product marketing, retail software, to discuss how Epicor Retail sets itself apart from the competition.

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ESG - Riverbed Whitewater: Optimizing Data Protection to the Cloud


Riverbed Whitewater leverages WAN optimization technology to provide a complete data protection service to the cloud. The appliance-based solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with existing backup technologies and cloud storage provider APIs. Read this ESG Lab report on hands-on testing of the Riverbed Whitewater appliance for ease of use, cost-effective recoverability, data assurance, and performance and scalability.

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Metadata Standards in the Marketplace - Why Do I Care? (And Where Does Godzilla Fit In?)


Metadata (“data about data”) is essential for data warehousing. Metadata standards allow different products to interact. Without standards, different vendors’ tools cannot work together seamlessly and the customer’s warehousing effort is greatly complicated.

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Graduating from QuickBooks to Cloud Financials and Accounting


A new breed of cloud computing solutions has emerged to address businesses’ real-time financial management needs. Research shows that these powerful and flexible solutions are gaining widespread adoption across nearly every application category, including financial management. Download this report to learn more about how cloud-based financial management solutions are responding to the growing needs of small and mid-sized organizations.

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Accelerating Cloud Performance with WAN Optimization


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Blending Transactions and Analytics in a Single In-Memory Platform: Key to the Real-Time Enterprise


This white paper discusses the issues involved in the traditional practice of deploying transactional and analytic applications on separate platforms using separate databases. Rather than using separate transactional and analytical applications built on separate platforms, a single data management environment for both systems of record and systems of decision would yield numerous benefits. These include real-time data analysis and accelerated decision making, and the potential to transform and innovate the business.

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Cloud Computing Success Demands the Right Cloud Connectivity


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