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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Turn the Internet into a Strategic Sales and Interaction Channel
With the emergence of the Internet, the business environment has changed for many organizations, and will change to an even greater extent in the future. Indeed

conflict resolution multiple choice questions  experience while not creating conflict with the partner distribution channel. At the same time, Philips decided to extend integrated online capabilities to its business customers, partners, and employees. With its e-commerce implementation, Philips supports many types of shops, including a direct store, an outlet store, and various partner shops that provide rich product data, efficient ordering capabilities, reliable deliveries, and aftersales services - enabled through integration with back-end

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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PPM for Internal Departments

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Typically IT departments employ an IT governance framework to ensure that their PPM strategy is put into action. With the increasing demand of IT departments to justify their project investments, PPM software has risen in popularity as the tool of choice. It allows both executives and IT decision makers to gain insight into their IT portfolios. PPM software allows IT managers to prioritize projects, allocate resources where needed, and gain financial insight into their portfolio investments. 

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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.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize ERP-Distribution Marketplace

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

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.


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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.

Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.

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3 Questions You Need to Take More Seriously When Adopting Mobile CRM


Most of us use a mobile device for work, and even though we all care about how to maintain and keep these devices safe and running well, there are questions that we probably did not consider seriously or decided to deal with later. Though this inactivity may not have serious consequences for each individual, the sum of many small issues can turn into a big problem at the company level. In order

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Moxie


Omnivex Moxie is a complete software solution designed for managing digital signage networks and able to handle rich content, high-resolution media, real-time information and have the intelligence to automatically react to dynamic data and external conditions. It is built on Microsoft Windows technology and does not require any proprietary hardware or software to display and manage the sophisticated content you expect it to display.Manage - Manage every aspect of your digital signage network from one applicationCreate - Combine an ever-growing list of supported content types on the same layout and preview your content in both real time and native formats. Schedule - Scheduling content in Moxie is easy. With a familiar calendar interface, setting up a schedule for your content’s display is a snapDisplay - Player management from a centralized location is now a reality. With Moxie, you can send content directly to your Player for display. Interact - Define the levels of interactivity in your content. Create sophisticated, interactive and real-time content by integrating your content and making it respond to data from external sources. Verify - Moxie’s logging feature adds proof-of-play for media content on your digital signage network.Control - Enforce access to Moxie’s functions by using your established network security protocols to administer permissions and access.

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50 Questions for Every ERP Software Supplier


Download this white paper to learn the 50 must-ask questions for potential software suppliers that are critical to a successful enterprise resource planning (ERP) project. These questions will give your selection team a better understanding of ERP vendors' general business philosophies, organizational longevity, approach to ERP implementation and customer support, annual maintenance fees, software upgrades, and more.

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SYSPRO ERP Choice of Grato Holdings


After the recent analyst roadshow where we were able to see some previews of what’s coming in 2013, SYSPRO started the new year with a bang. Namely, the vendor has announced that Grato Holdings, a manufacturer of custom homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, and herbal products, has chosen SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to facilitate company growth and enhance

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Open Platform Provider Answers Questions about the State of the Market


Rather than offering the customary opinions and analysis of major market trends beforehand and then giving the involved vendors a chance for a factual review and feedback, this time Technology Evaluation Centers has attempted to solicit vendors’ proactive views.

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The Multiple of Multi-platform KVM Technologies


New standards, protocols, and platforms to support the data center continually appear: TCP/IP, Telnet, SSL, PPP, USB, MacOS, Linux, and Windows 2003 servers—the list goes on. All offer flexibility, standardization, and compatibility. But they also pose challenges, such as silos of information and limited access from applications on other platforms. But data center infrastructure needs to be centrally managed—discover how.

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SYSPRO ERP Choice of The Brewer Company


The Brewer Company, a leading manufacturer of roofing and pavement maintenance materials, opted for SYSPRO ERP to help the move the company forward. The concise press release does not give any indication how thorough the ERP selection process was here. The selection steps were as follows: Preliminary 90–120-minute phone conversations were conducted with the 13 candidate ERP vendors.

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