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Giving Service Companies a Fast Start: SAP Business All-in-One Fast-start Program
Whatever you offer as a service provider, success depends on how well you manage key accounts to ensure long-term relationships and the highest possible margins

documentation of sales distribution module in sap  the detailed guides and documentation that allow for quick deployment. As an option prior to implementation, you or your implementation service provider can use the configuration tool in SAP Business All-in-One to select only the precise subset of business processes you need, helping to facilitate a rapid, straightforward implementation. Whether you offer IT services or strategic consulting, your success depends on how well you manage your key accounts to ensure long-term relationships and the highest

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To Gain Market Share in the Mid-Market, SAP Leaves No Stone Unturned


The star above small and medium businesses (SMB) has never been so bright. CRM solution vendors are courting this market segment extensively. This is the second of a series of articles that look at strategies deployed by major enterprise solution vendors to attract the SMB decision makers and whether those vendors are ''dumbing down'' their enterprise software for the mid-market. This article evaluates SAP's mid-market solutions and its implementation approach.

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SAP Business All-in-One Fast-start Program: Creating Affordable, Flexible Solutions for Faster Value


Midsize companies engaged in manufacturing, trade, or services need innovative solutions they can implement quickly to help them manage changing customer demands, government regulations, and market requirements. Online tools can speed the configuration, control costs and scope, and tailor the solution to your company—and you’ll have the agility and support you need to grow, while staying within budget. Find out how.

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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


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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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A Leader in Service Management Tackles Multidimensional Growth


Founded in 1999, Servigistics, initially a service parts planning and optimization (SPP/O) specialist, has become a full-fledged service lifecycle management (SLM) platform. P.J. Jakovljevic, principal analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), runs down the company's history of acquisitions and developments, and interviews Mark Vigoroso, Servigistics' senior vice president of global marketing and alliances.

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Metadata Standards in the Marketplace - Why Do I Care? (And Where Does Godzilla Fit In?)


Metadata (“data about data”) is essential for data warehousing. Metadata standards allow different products to interact. Without standards, different vendors’ tools cannot work together seamlessly and the customer’s warehousing effort is greatly complicated.

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How Best-in-class Plan, Budget, and Forecast in Today’s Dynamic World


Prospects for the global economy remain precarious. But effective financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting can enable successful decision making even in periods of unprecedented change. Dynamic financial planning enabled through five key elements—process, organization, knowledge management, technology, and performance management—give business leaders the tools to take action and emerge even stronger. Find out how.

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In Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business


Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required by their IT operations, especially by their data centers. Greening IT starts in the data center: find out how data center consolidation—and other solutions—can help you reduce energy consumption, and even increase productivity and efficiency.

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Why Price Shouldn't Be the Final Factor When Investing in Manufacturing ERP Software: The Hidden Expenses Often Found in Low-cost ERP Systems


When it is time to invest in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, a low entry price could be concealing an expensive total cost of ownership. Price should not be the deciding factor. Rather, best fit for your company should be the number one consideration. Download this white paper to learn more about the hidden costs.

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Maximize the Green Efficiency of Multi-Site National Rollouts of Technology


The service industry consumes millions of gallons of fuel and expends trillions of pounds of carbon monoxide each year as trucks roll to installation and service locations. Eliminating unnecessary travel is one way service companies can help protect the environment, and meet environmental compliance requirements. Discover a methodology that can help you reduce your fleet’s fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions.

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Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part III - Steps in the Architecture Process


Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current and future needs of the business organization. Managing software projects using architecture–centered methodologies must be an intentional step in the process of deploying information systems – not an accidental by–product of the software acquisition and integration process.

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