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Building a Best-run Finance Organization: A New Role to Address Today’s Business Realities
One company executive has a growing influence in today’s boardroom@the chief financial officer (CFO). And the role of the finance organizations that these CFOs

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Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

A warehouse management system (WMS) should provide database and user-level tools in order for a company to optimize its storage facilities while at the same time providing user level task direction and activity support. The WMS should enable warehouse operators to optimize pick, put-away, and replenishment functions by employing powerful system logic to select the best locations and sequences. 

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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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Geac Gets Its Commonsense Share Of Consolidation, With Revolving Door CEOs No Less Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations


The rejuvenated management team has done a praiseworthy job of bringing the company back to health while concurrently unveiling a new System21 product that can compete with the other products in the market. Deep vertical functionality, process integration, and the communication of a detailed product strategy blueprint to the market should help users manage total cost of ownership (TCO) during this era of conservative IT budgets.

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Recommendations for Users of Acquired Enterprise Resource Planning Systems


The added value of both SSA Global and Infor is that existing users of relatively small and dubious ERP products should now gain the benefits of synergistic software developments from other ERP siblings.

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The ERP Ecosystem


Three major parties (vendors, consulting services, and adopting organizations) are identified in the ERP ecosystem, in which different parties need different key success factors. This article also discusses some challenges that may have an impact on the ERP ecosystem.

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SAP Bolsters NetWeaver's MDM Capabilities Part Two: xCat and SAP MDM


SAP purports that SAP MDM also lays the foundation for efficient and accurate exchange of cross-business information. Consumer products companies, for instance, can exchange timely product information with retail distributors, avoid costly inaccuracies, enhance merchandizing, and improve supply chain operations.

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SAP Gives Up, Declares Victory. Again.


Commerce One and SAP announced that Commerce One will supply the marketplace infrastructure behind the mySAP portal.

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SAP Business Suite on HANA: See What You’re Missing


TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm takes a close look at SAP Business Suite on HANA one year after its debut. His report delves into the improvements SAP has been able to achieve by taking advantage of the HANA platform, and explores why SAP ERP powered by HANA is picking up so much momentum.

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SAP HANA-Curing Cancer (for real), and More


At the recent SAPPHIRE NOW and SAP TechEd event in November, SAP announced the next-generation SAP HANA platform. TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic was there and brings you all the details in this TEC Report. Download the report to get the latest developments to SAP HANA and how this platform can help companies gain insights into their business in real time, and may even help healthcare organizations cure cancer.

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The "S" in SAP Doesn't Stand for Security (that goes for PeopleSoft too)


During the course of product evaluations for a customer, the Technology Evaluation Center has uncovered a potential security hole in SAP R/3's three-tier architecture. SAP has revealed that they expect the database or third party products to handle security between the application server and the database server. If the client does not take these extra measures, the master password for the SAP database instance travels over the network in the clear, and can be captured. PeopleSoft has the same issue.

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Emerging SAP Retail Solution: SAP Ganges, Powered by HANA


Many people may not know that 40 percent of the word's retailers are located in India—about 9.8 million retailers, many of them small one-person businesses, supply the whole nation. These businesses face many challenges: stock-outs, supply, pricing, and competition. And they are feeling the pressure of managing their inventory levels and their ability to anticipate demand.

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