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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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The Service Equation: 4 Keys for IT to Create Value for the Business


IT organizations struggle with the challenges of shrinking budgets, ever-changing technology, compliance pressures, and more. For greater efficiency, many IT organizations are turning to information technology service management (ITSM) to help improve processes. But there’s still too much focus on technology and not enough on business outcomes. Learn key strategies for changing your approach to delivering IT services.

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SAP ERP for SME: Not Just for the SME


This Aberdeen Axis Analyst Insight presents vendor-specific highlights from the ERP in Manufacturing Aberdeen Axis published in June 2009 and focuses specifically on SAP small to medium size enterprise (SME) offerings. With its dominant market share, it was not surprising to find SAP to be “market-ready,” but it is a bit surprising to see where SME products are landing. Find out why in this Aberdeen AXIS Analyst Insight.

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ERP for Distribution: See for Yourself How the Competition Stacks Up


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Enriching Your Customer Experience with Proactive Customer Communications


Proactive customer communications (PCC) is any outbound communications solution that delivers proactive notifications, alerts, or other messages. Done right, PCC turns often-dreaded telemarketing calls or ignored direct mail into important alerts and updates.

Today, PCC is being used across industries, including financial services, telecom and utilities, travel and hospitality, healthcare, retail, and pharmaceuticals. PCC can help businesses in many industries and of all sizes deliver greater value across the end-to-end customer journey and build brand loyalty.

Highly personalizing PCC is key in making it effective and relevant to the customers it needs to reach. This white paper looks at key factors that drive the use of PCC services, such as using varied communications channels, and preference management.

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ERP Software Review: VISIBILITY.net for ETO Manufacturing


This enterprise resource planning (ERP) software review report examines ERP software by Visibility and its support for engineering-to-order (ETO) manufacturing against known benchmarks. It assesses VISIBILITY.net by Visibility for ETO manufacturing functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Financials
  • Human Resources
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Quality Management
  • Sales Management

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the ERP software based on a demonstration provided by Visibility. The VISIBILTY.net ERP software review identifies the features of VISIBILITY.net that distinguish it from other ETO manufacturing solutions, including its adaptability to individual business approaches, its multi-faceted management controls, and its concentration as a to-order manufacturing application. The analyst also outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

VISIBILITY.net offers a customizable and user-friendly interface and provides manufacturing efficacy as a web-based and mobile-compatible system. Through its support for complex manufacturing processes through project and product management, cost evaluation, and work order organization, VISIBILITY.net provides business management support to project-oriented manufacturers through project management procedures including cost estimation, billing, receiving, and task managing.

VISIBILITY.net achieved TEC certification status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s certification program which includes a demonstration of the ERP software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of VISIBILITY.net, a TEC analyst has assessed the ERP software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that VISIBILITY.net is a strong ETO manufacturing ERP system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how VISIBILITY.net can help to-order manufacturers achieve their ERP objectives.

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Organizations typically spend 10 percent or more of their annual budget on expenses related to business travel. They need to reevaluate existing strategies for travel and expense management, how to overcome key challenges, and structure a robust program that balances core competencies and modern technology enablers. This paper focuses on the general business trends and economic challenges organizations face today.

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Oracle's ERP system for discrete manufacturing, E-Business Suite (12.1), is now TEC Certified. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations who rely on the integrity of TEC’s research services for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this 26-page TEC report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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