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Reducing Costs with Efficient Operations: A Fast Track to More Working Capital
Untamed costs can deplete the precious working capital that’s critical to your ongoing operations. But, you can get a handle on costs by taking steps to improve

example comapany costs sheet  Order fulfillment is an example of a key cycle that can be compromised by inefficiencies from many sides – such as order entry, picking and packing, delivery service, and staff training and scheduling. Rather than trying to evaluate and overhaul each step separately, you can quickly achieve superior processes by using a unified business system. You’ll bring best practices, speed, accuracy, and efficiency to your core cycles – from sales through product or service delivery to invoicing and cash

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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Direct 500In today's world of highly competitive distribution sales, businesses are looking for ways to improve their call center, estore and catalog sales channels. Direct 500 is designed for organizations with multiple selling channels. Businesses often implement multiple software solutions to meet these many different business requirements. For Example, sales order entry and inventory management, a hosted eCommerce site that is not connected to their ERP software, spreadsheets to track marketing campaigns and many manual processes to overcome the shortcomings of a non-integrated solution. Direct 500 was built on the Sage MAS 500 ERP platform to meet these business needs with a single integrated solution.Call CenterCall centers are usually high volume order entry departments. Speed of entry and accuracy of data is critical. Direct 500 provides an enhanced sales order entry search engine to speed the lookup of current customers or prospects. It provides multi-field lookup using Postal Code, Last Name, Company Name, Phone Number and email address.Once the customer is located, Direct 500 focuses on speed of entry and access to information for the operator. We want the operator to be focused on serving the customer and not worried about the deals and promotions that they need to track on a manual sheet - we have incorporated all of this logic in the sales order entry module.eStore Many distributors offer their products on their website. However, many do not have an estore that is integrated with the ERP software. Ultimately, is serves as a glorified fax machine.The Direct 500 estore is an extension of MAS 500 and the Direct 500 call center capabilities. The business rules for pricing, sales tax, freight, credit card processing and many others that are defined for sales order entry are extended to the estore.MarketingDistributors that sell through multiple channels often face challenges in tracking sales, marketing campaigns and their effectiveness. Direct 500 offers a multi-level source code that tracks how new customers are created and the source of each new order, providing valuable analysis data for the business.Integrating source codes with the Call Center and the eStore provides the business with an effective promotion and analysis tool set. For Example, an email blast with integrated source codes and promotions can automatically take the buyer to a special offer on the eStore, complete the shopping cart with the promotion and place the order in MAS 500 with no interaction from the call center staff.Fulfillment Many distributors that sell through multiple channels are high volume shipping organizations. These companies can live or die by their shipping costs. Address accuracy, shipping and handling calculations and on time delivery determines if these companies thrive or barely survive. Direct 500 provides extensive shipping capabilities focused on simplifying the Call Center and eStore transactions. Shipping methods have been expanded with features to allow shipments by address types, restrictions by postal codes and countries. Shipping charts can be defined by geographical region and level of service. Direct 500 also offers integration to StarShip, allowing customer to have a calculated freight and handling charge straight from the StarShip rate tables. The Direct 500 SolutionThere are many ways multi channel sales organizations can address their individual business requirements. However, addressing the business need as a whole requires a well designed application that provides the company with a call center, estore, marketing and fulfillment business solution.

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Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 3: Conclusion


There remains no shortage of experts and solutions that purport to have the keys to improving your supply chain. However, executives who bear bottom line responsibility for the performance of the enterprise would do well to evaluate every potential new program from the perspective outlined here.

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Supply Chain Decisions - Make Sure You Understand the Dollars and Sense Part Two: The Impact on Real Costs


High-level strategic decisions often have multiple, cascading cost impacts. The reaction of the costs to changes in the supply chain system is not predictable in a simple relationship that is based on current standard costs, because strategic changes often involve step changes in costs that alter the balance of fixed and variable costs.

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Customer Focused Self-service: Building the Balanced Business Case


Countless customers are engaging in self-service, in the process helping companies save millions by deflecting service interactions to cheaper channels. At many organizations, just the cost savings make the investment in self-service worthwhile. But the self-service business case isn’t built on cost savings alone. There’s a bigger, more customer-focused picture to consider, where the customer experience plays the key role.

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Virtualization Reduces Costs and Complexity for Midsized Businesses


Virtualization is a key element of the IT strategy for businesses of all sizes, with a variety of benefits for small and midsized businesses. It helps them to build an IT infrastructure with enterprise-class capabilities and it does so with a form factor—and a return on investment (ROI)—that fits any business. Discover how your business can use virtualization to reduce costs, improve services, and simplify management.

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The Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent


IT infrastructure software has a well-established track record for experiencing frequent cost overruns and missed deadlines. Expensive software and extensive customization are the key contributors to increasing identity management costs to four or five times more than the price of the initial identity software license. Learn how software as a service (SaaS) can reduce the cost and complexity of IT infrastructure.

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Introducing E-learning Across the Enterprise to Accelerate Training and Reduce Costs


MultiCare Health System was overspending on core education processes, and employees and managers were increasingly reporting that education services were difficult to navigate and not aiding them in their work. SumTotal’s Learning Management enabled a substantial transformation for MultiCare: from a virtually nonexistent system to a robust learning management solution that supports the entire enterprise. Read the case study.

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New Generation of De-dupe for Green Storage Data Protection


IT managers face explosive data growth, which drives up costs for primary storage and storage for backup and disaster recovery. To help reduce costs and footprint while maximizing return on investment (ROI), a single-instance repository de-duplication tool, when integrated with a virtual tape library, could be the answer. Learn about how using this green, flexible, and scalable solution can help with your backup needs.

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5 Quick Ways to Help Your Company Go Green While Cutting Costs


With all the recent talk of the economy and the environment, I thought it would be relevant to look at some of the small things we, as individuals, can do to help our companies battle the economic downturn while saving our planet. Today, social responsibility is not only good PR, it makes good business sense. Here are some simple steps you can take to help your company go green while still keeping

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Accelerate ICD-10 Migrations While Cutting Costs and Risk


The International Classifications of Diseases (ICD), used in order to categorize and classify medical conditions and procedures, has been updated. The purpose of the change is to streamline claims, provide better data analysis, and increase both diagnostic and procedural accuracy. ICD-10 not only allows for more information to be coded, but is superior to the previous coding system, filling in information gaps and reflecting the advancements made since the 1970s. The switch to ICD-10 will affect a wide range of areas within healthcare, such as billing, future service planning, diagnosing, and data gathering.

With a deadline for adoption of October 15, 2015, it’s essential that the transition be made as smoothly as possible. The processes, transactions, and databases associated with the new system of ICD-10 coding must be tested for functionality in a wide array of applications before full ICD-10 adoption. Delphix can help, allowing testing to be performed throughout migration. In this white paper, read how Delphix Agile Data can assist your team with the challenges faced in migrating from ICD-9 to ICD10. Learn about the complex factors involved with new data management and how implementation of the Delphix platform can reduce costs significantly by offering 90% lower storage costs for ICD-10 migration test environments. Delphix platforms also grants on-demand data access to minimize impact on production teams. Accessible from the cloud, the platform can be accessed both on and offsite. Delphix functions on any hardware and can be implemented at any stage of migration with little interference to ongoing projects.

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