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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Grape Escape 2014—2 Tech Companies Include News Items with Key Benefits to U.S. Landscape
During the IT vendor presentations of this summer’s Grape Escape Analyst Event, Apparancy and SYSPRO included news about specific initiatives aimed at U.S

emerging technologies group va  to discover news on emerging enterprise software vendors, thanks to Judith Rothrock and her team, who focus on continuously underlining the benefits of adopting business technology. At more than 12 years old, this event has built a successful long-term reputation as a useful platform for both analysts and vendors of all kinds. This summer in Chicago we were able to get the inside scoop on enterprise software from the BPM vendor Apparancy and ERP vendor SYSPRO—two software vendors committed to providing

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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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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Penta Technologies


Penta Technologies, Inc. develops, supports, and provides financial, accounting, and project management software systems for engineering, construction, architecture, and other project-oriented industries. Located in Brookfield, Wisconsin (US), Penta focuses on large, international organizations with emphasis on multi-company, multi-currency capabilities.

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Intelex Technologies


Intelex has been developing, implementing and supporting software for Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality management for over twenty years. Our worldwide client base of over 800 customers and 750,000 system users depend on our software to capture, track and report on essential corporate data. 

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Azur Group Inc


AZUR Group is a Montreal-based software development company and a Microsoft ISV Partner. The AZUR Group mission is to optimize its software development process to continuously improve its efficiency to develop secure, high-performance, robust, and affordable web-based software for medium and large companies located in North-American markets.Since year 2000, we have developed and deployed hundreds of web applications for our customers. We have a rock-solid track record of on-time and on-budget delivery.However, to compete against immediate competitors and outsourcing companies, we needed to greatly improve our development process efficiency and to reduce project development costs, risks, and time to market. We started a decade ago, an ambitious R&D project to progressively incorporate in our online business analysis tool, the AZUR Group’s knowledge and expertise acquired in sustained R&D efforts and numerous customers’ projects.XI-FactoryTM – Is the result of this project – it is a proprietary and innovative technology developed by the AZUR Group. XI-Factory main objective is to achieve better collaboration in global software design, review, and development with the highest possible value and efficiency. The XI-Factory supports a distributed and automated Agile software development process.Our major business objective is to have XI-Factory online services used and resell by North-American software development companies. We want to help them greatly improve their development process efficiency and provide cost-effective private and public cloud-based solutions.

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The RTC Group


The RTC Group is a marketing services company with focuses including specialized industry events, marketing, and database management. The RTC Group’s publications include RTC magazine.

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N-able Technologies Inc.


In May 2013, SolarWinds acquired N-able Technologies enhancing its remote monitoring and management (RMM) offerings and adding MSP service automation to the range of IT management challenges that the company works to address for the IT community.

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Multidev Technologies


Since 1997, Multidev Technologies has been helping retailers and wholesalers capitalize on greater efficiency and productivity with its ChainDrive system. Today, leading North American companies spanning numerous verticals are finding help with ChainDrive in streamlining their operations and maximizing their revenue. Proud of its expertise, the company's mission is to establish relationships by helping its customers conquer their existing business challenges using an integrated retail management system. Including custom features, such as retail-centric accounting, an inventory matrix, built-in business intelligence (BI), and interfaces based on the company's exclusive SmartForms technology, ChainDrive can grow with businesses and is supported by professional services and client care teams.

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Park City Group


Park City Group acquired Prescient Applied Intelligence in January of 2009 to form ‘The New’ Park City Group, a trusted business solutions and services provider that enables retailers and suppliers to work collaboratively as strategic partners to reduce out-of-stocks, shrink, inventory and labor while improving profits, efficiencies, and customer service. Our innovative solutions provide trading partners a common platform on which they can capture, manage, analyze and share critical data, bringing greater visibility throughout the supply chain, and giving them the power to make better and more informed decisions.

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Orion Group


Orion Group was founded in 1985 by computer experts and CPAs as a custom software development house, but has expanded over the years to include hardware and networking sales & service; web design and development; sales & service of quality accounting, distribution, and manufacturing packaged solutions, and overall IT consulting.

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Confident Technologies


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