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SAP Support of the Health Care Supply Chain’s Ongoing Effort to Ensure Patient Safety and Drive Business Value
Electronic product code information services (EPCIS) is a standard mechanism for inter-company collaboration and data sharing, which can enable health care

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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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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Part 1 of this blog series introduced common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article then went into the philosophical and functional differences (if any) between the “spend management” and "supplier relationship management (SRM)" monikers. Further discussion was about what exact functional parts of this software category small

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Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain


When flexibility and speed are requisites for success, it’s the lean organization that leads the race. World-class manufacturing organizations know the value of focusing on the lean fundamentals: eliminating waste, simplifying processes, and continuously improving. By pursuing lean strategies—optimizing inventory and streamlining manufacturing processes—they can reduce inefficiencies and costs in their production processes, and improve customer responsiveness.

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The High Costs of Non-compliance for Manufacturers


What manufacturers must realize is that through efforts to comply with regulatory standards, they can make their manufacturing operations more competitive. Indeed, compliance is transforming the companies that have taken the time to re-architect the many processes used for managing suppliers, channel partners, resellers, and customers. For manufacturers that ignore compliance, on the other hand, the costs can be steep.

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The accounting and ERP for small and medium businesses (SMB) evaluation model targets functional requirements for a fully featured accounting solution. In addition to supporting accounting requirements, it is applicable for those researching an ERP system suitable for small and medium businesses (SMB). It includes categories such as General Ledger, A/P and A/R, Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Manufacturing, Inventory, Technology, and much more.

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BNA Software


Established in 1983, BNA Software specializes in publishing tax software applications for professionals. Many of the company's programs are category standards. BNA Software is a division of Tax Management Inc., a provider of authoritative tax analysis, reference, and notification. Tax Management Inc., in turn, is part of The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA), a publisher of print, CD-ROM, and Web-based news and information. BNA Software helps clients select fixed-asset solutions, and offers technical support as well as a fixed-asset data conversion service. The company is located in Arlington, Virginia (US).

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Everest Software Inc.


Founded in 1994, Everest Software is a privately-held, multinational software company headquartered in Dulles, Virginia (US). Everest Software has nearly 300 employees. The company has developed Everest, a business management solution for small and mid-size businesses in the wholesale, distribution, retail, and e-commerce industries. Over 3,000 small business in 49 countries use Everest, which was the winner of the 2004 SIIA Codie Award for Best Business Software Product. In 2009, Everest was acquired by Versata Enterprises. Versata revitalizes best-of-breed companies for the sake of customer success, often extending and evolving products for the long term. The current reach of Versata’s companies is broad and the family grows each year through the acquisition of additional leading solution providers.

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Cezanne Software


Cézanne Software provides human capital planning (HCM) and management software, and develops and designs solutions that enable organizations to better plan and optimize the human side of their business. The company’s focus is to provide the business owner with people-centered solutions to manage the execution and evolution of business processes that are critical for the organization's success. The privately held company's North American headquarters are in Boston, Massachusetts (US). Cézanne Software is a global software vendor with more than 300 company clients in Europe, North America, Latin America, and West Africa.

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Addsum Business Software


Addsum Business Software was founded in 1992, as a spin-off of a prior business, Inkit Productions (founded in 1986). The company provides database-driven custom programming and commercial software development services. Addsum’s applications run almost exclusively on Microsoft network operating system platforms. The company is located in Salt Lake City, Utah (US).

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Rishabh Software


Rishabh Software is an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 27001 certified company. Rishabh provides an array of solutions in the fields of IT, IT-enabled services (ITES), and business process outsourcing (BPO). The company is headquartered in Gujarat (India).

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