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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


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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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Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain


When flexibility and speed are requisites for success, it’s the lean organization that leads the race. World-class manufacturing organizations know the value of focusing on the lean fundamentals: eliminating waste, simplifying processes, and continuously improving. By pursuing lean strategies—optimizing inventory and streamlining manufacturing processes—they can reduce inefficiencies and costs in their production processes, and improve customer responsiveness.

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Janus Technologies gets out of the (IT glass) house, hangs out at the eStorefront, and finds a new soulmate. Best of all, the company has a good chance to have a date with Commerce One. Sounds like a good idea to us.

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Ignify Inc.


Founded in 1999, Ignify is a privately-held ISO 9001 certified company focused on the mid-market and enterprise businesses and public sector organizations for ERP, CRM, Point of Sale (POS), Portals, and eCommerce implementations. Our Management team brings rich experience in several industries including manufacturing, retail, distribution, business software applications, and management consulting. Ignify has consistently been ranked in the fastest growing companies in the world Ranked in the Deloitte FAST 500 list in 2010, 2009 and 2008 Ranked in the Inc 500 in 2010 and 2009 Ranked in the Entrepreneur Magazine HOT500 in 2007 Ranked in the Software Magazine Top 500 Software Companies in 2010 In addition, Ignify has won several awards for technology innovation and excellence in delivery Ranked in the Red Herring Global 100 as the 100 most innovative companies in the world in 2011 Ranked in the Red Herring North America 100 as the 100 most innovative companies in North America in 2010 Selected as Microsoft Partner of the Year finalist in 2010 Ranked in the Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle in 2009 Ranked in the top 5% of Microsoft Partners as part of the Microsoft Dynamics Presidents Club

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Today, global trade management issues affect small and midsized businesses (SMBs) and large multinationals alike. While enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a key component of any globalization strategy, not all ERP vendors offer the same degree of localization. Before undertaking an ERP implementation, it’s important to understand the extent to which each vendor provides international support and functionality.

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InteSolv


Company: InteSolv leverages high-impact technology with customized business solutions that work to unify people, process and information. Since 1987, InteSolv has been providing Strategic IT Consulting, Enterprise Software, Application Development and Enablement Services to create or improve eLearning, web collaboration and eMarketing solutions for companies worldwide. Company's product:inteVISTA eCommerce Wrapped within a state-of-the-art portal technology, inteVISTA eCommerce provides a seamless solution for offering your online training, content and meetings as profitable product. The highly configurable interface can be designed to mirror your brand look and feel. The eCommerce administrator has the ability to create additional web pages with pre-set modules for links, announcements, i-frames, html/text, rss feeds and much more. Available in a licensed on-premise version or as a hosted solution, inteVISTA can be rapidly deployed.

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Quick Response Manufacturing: ERP and Value Chain Acceleration


Whatever the reasons for pursuing a lead-time reduction strategy, time compression across all company processes is critical to growth, and in some cases means survival for today's manufacturers. Learn about the complementary nature of enterprise resource planning (ERP), value chain exceleration, and quick response manufacturing (QRM).

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Getting an Update from BigMachines at Dreamforce 2010


Many recent TEC articles have talked about quote-to-order (Q2O) or configure, price, quote (CPQ) solutions that facilitate business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) sales, thus helping companies sell more products and services faster. A number of thriving vendors provide on-demand product configurator, pricing and quoting, proposal generator, and B2B

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ASP Traffic Analysis! What Next - ASP Odometers?


WebTrends will begin offering an Application Service Provider (ASP) solution for web traffic analysis. The offering has options both for traditional traffic analysis and for commerce analysis. The product is also free to personal web sites.

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