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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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The Renewed Finance Function: Extending Performance Management Beyond Finance
The role of the finance team has changed recently, due to increased oversight from regulators, more active investors, and company-specific changes in business

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ERP for School Districts

The ERP knowledge base for K-12 school districts and municipalities focuses on back-office functionality, including financials, human resources (HR), and payroll. It covers important functionality for employee self-service activities, purchasing management, and inventory management. 

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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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Bolstering the Call Center with Service Resolution Management Processes


Integrated customer relationship management and call center solutions (sometimes referred to as service resolution management) have, despite initial glitches, reportedly helped some service companies realize remarkable returns on investment in addition to improved customer satisfaction rates.

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IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud


IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud is a web-based risk management and reporting service providing a dynamic interface allowing for the performance of on-demand activities. Support tools are available in a standard configuration for a range of analytics, data, and scenarios, but IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud also offers flexible customization options. In this white paper, read how IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud brings the front and middle offices together by addressing and meeting the different needs of portfolio and risk managers, traders, and analysts. The adoption of IBM Business Analytics can help businesses outperform competitors: learn about the myriad of features and benefits that can be brought to your organization.

Decision making needs to be supported by real-time, detailed data, which is delivered by IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud. You can be confident in the source and quality of the risk analysis data, as IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud provides extensive information and increased visibility on all aspects involved in managing risk. Users can perform a variety of comprehensive “what if” scenarios based on real data to assess an operation before it’s executed. IBM takes your data security seriously and offers a multi-level approach to protecting your information through different security and permissions settings on the individual level. Learn about how IBM Algo One Risk and Financial Engineering Workbench can provide a deeper reading of data. Business can be even more successful with the implementation of IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud.

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The ROI of Software as a Service


Many firms see software as a service (SaaS) as having a cost advantage over on-premise in the short run due to its quick implementation times and pay-as-you-go pricing. But many firms question the long-term value of SaaS, wondering if the rent-versus-own model has a cost crossover point? Discover how some firms have obtained long-term value with SaaS solutions as SaaS has moved into larger, more strategic deployments.

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4 Steps to Choosing the Right Device for Field Service Mobility


Choosing the right device for field service management needs is not easy. This white paper will guide you through the different factors, including your organization’s technology outlook, how a customer’s perceptions of you might be affected by the device, and how the hardware features make your employees more efficient. Know the four steps to consider for choosing the right device for your field service mobility needs.

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Industry Analysts on Field Service Mobility Trends


P.J. Jakovljevic and other analysts discuss the impact of mobility on field service management.

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Beyond Engagement: The Definitive Guide to Employee Surveys and Organizational Performance


Employee engagement surveys have grown in acceptance in the last 10 years because organizations believe they can leverage employee engagement for higher employee retention, greater customer satisfaction, and improved financial performance.

It’s estimated that three of every four large firms in the United States survey their employees. Worldwide research by IBM reveals that surveys are more common in large organizations: 72 percent of organizations with more than 10,000 employees regularly conduct surveys, compared to only 50 percent of small organizations (those with between 100 and 249 employees). This same research reveals that over the last 15 years in the United States among organizations with at least 100 employees, the percent conducting employee surveys has increased from 50 percent to 60 percent.

Read this white paper to learn about survey implementation and the correlations between employee engagement and business performance.

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Web Self-Service


This white paper introduces customer self-service and how using Surado Web Self-Service can increase customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and increase return on investments (ROI). The key is to understand your customer, your products and services, and the tools available to deliver service to maximize customer satisfaction and reduce customer service costs. This paper will discuss the various self-service options available, how to utilize best practices, delivery technology and how customer self-service is tied to the "big picture" of customer relationship management (CRM).

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5 Key Steps to Make Field Service Profitable


Is field service seen as a cost center at your business? Providing field service can be a complex process, but that does not have to mean it’s unprofitable. Every field service interaction is an opportunity to not only delight customers, but also increase revenue. Here are 5 easy steps to get your field service organization in the black this year. Accomplish all five and get your field techs, customers, and balance sheet in your favor.

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Food Safety Plans: New Requirements for Registered Facilities


The passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in January 2011 will have a significant impact on how registered facilities document their hazard assessment, verification, and monitoring activities. But by beginning to think about and plan for the new requirements now, the industry will be able to maintain continuous compliance and ensure minimal disruption as new regulations come into effect.

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