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Provia Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part One: Recent Annoucements
The fact that the size does not necessarily mean everything in the enterprise applications space might be proven by Provia, which certainly still continues to

data centers in dallas  visibility to supply chain data for companies supplying RFID-tagged products to Wal-Mart and other retailers. ViaView complements Provia's ViaWare SCE suite. ViaView is Provia's supply chain event management (SCEM) suite, offering visibility, event management, performance analysis, and labor analysis capabilities. It is well-known by now that Wal-Mart's top one hundred suppliers will have to provide the retail giant with RFID-tagged cases and pallets as part of a mandated pilot project beginning in

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The IT Infrastructure Outsourcing knowledge base focuses on the selection of companies who provide outsource services in the areas of information technology (IT) infrastructure. The typical types of activities that these providers perform include data center operations; network operations; backup/recovery services, data storage management services; system administration services; end user support of desktop PCs, laptops, and handheld devices; web site, or application hosting, etc.  

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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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JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference on the heels of the recent merger between JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) and i2 Technologies. The article first discussed the different geneses and cultures of the two merging parties. One major outcome of the conference was JDA’s unveiled plan to converge most of its existing and acquired

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Retail Applications Vendor Provides a Solid "Platform"


As spending on technology by major players is growing at an increasing pace, there are good opportunities for vendors which have been in the market for a while, such as One Network Enterprises. But they also face some unique challenges.

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i2 Technologies Garners Semiconductor Award


DALLAS, Texas -- i2 Technologies (Nasdaq: ITWO), the leading provider of intelligent eBusiness solutions, today was awarded top honors from Semiconductor International's 1999 Editor's Choice Best Product Awards Program. i2 is recognized for their innovative RHYTHM(R) suite of semiconductor solutions that are used to improve production manufacturing operations and environmental responsibility in the semiconductor industry. For the past 10 years, the Editor's Choice Best Product Awards Program has honored superior performance of equipment, materials and software that have advanced the progress and conditions of the semiconductor industry. W

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A Roadmap to Data Migration Success


Many large business initiatives and information technology (IT) projects depend upon the successful migration of data—from a legacy source, or multiple sources, to a new target database. Effective planning and scoping can help you address the associated challenges and minimize risk for errors. This paper provides insights into what issues are unique to data migration projects and to offer advice on how to best approach them.

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Data Migration Best Practices


Large-scale data migrations can be challenging, but with the appropriate planning—and through careful execution of that plan—organizations can greatly reduce the risks and costs associated with these projects. This paper offers a handy checklist of issues to consider before, during, and after migration.

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The Use of Ceiling-Ducted Air Containment in Data Centers


Ducting hot IT-equipment exhaust to a drop ceiling can be an effective air management strategy, improving the reliability and energy efficiency of a data center. Typical approaches include ducting either individual racks or entire hot aisles and may be passive (ducting only) or active (include fans). This paper examines available ducting options and explains how such systems should be deployed and operated. Practical cooling limits are established and best-practice recommendations are provided.

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Last Call - 12th Vendor Shootout for ERP - Dallas, TX: 12-13 Oct 2011


The 12th Vendor Shootout for ERP. Dallas, Texas, USA. October 12-13, 2011. Dallas Marriott Quorum. Manufacturers and distributors:There are only a ...

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Why Is In-transit Visibility (ITV) in the Supply Chain Important?


ITV capabilities allows an organization to meet the challenges of rapidly increasing fuel prices, changes in regulatory requirements, and provides customers with premium services without increasing the total cost of operations. Find out more in this article!

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Operationalizing the Buzz: Big Data 2013


The world of Big Data is maturing at a dramatic pace and supporting many of the project activities, information users and financial sponsors that were once the domain of traditional structured data management projects. Research conducted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and 9sight Consulting makes a clear case for the maturation of Big Data as a critical approach for innovative companies. The survey went beyond simple questions of strategy, adoption, and use to explore why and how companies are utilizing Big Data. Download the report and get all the results.

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