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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

free report global distribution systems international  across multiple locations and free up employees to address emerging business demands. Information-sharing tools even commonly implemented technologies such as e-mail can significantly increase visibility and communication across the company, helping distributors stay ahead of competitors by being faster and more responsive to changing market conditions. 3. Attract high-value employees The distribution business isn't particularly alluring to 20-somethings. it's a difficult career path for them to

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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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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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Mastering Global Product Development for Business Advantage


Today’s businesses are operating in a global marketplace. Not only are customers and competitors located worldwide, but employees, suppliers, contractors, and partners are, too. Learn how global product development (GPD) initiatives can help your company accelerate time-to-market, reduce product development costs, maximize productivity, enhance product quality, drive innovation, and optimize operational efficiencies.

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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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Enterprise Phone Systems Buyer’s Guide


Implementing or upgrading an enterprise phone system is a strategic investment for any large enterprise. To reach an informed decision, you should understand the following crucial aspects: phone systems buyer types, product requirements, cost considerations, and vendor relationship needs. This buyer’s guide from Focus Research explains those considerations, and helps prepare you to make the right choice for your company.

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Navigating Global Trade Waters


Vastera has gradually migrated to become more of a services company than a mere enterprise software provider. Over the last few years it has grown its global trade know-how, consulting practice, and managed services division.

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Aztec Systems


An award-winning solutions company, Aztec Systems is in its 16th year of providing high-impact business solutions to over 600 middle-market companies, nationally and internationally. We have achieved the highest standards in our industry, including securing five U.S. Patents, filing 12 patents for research and development. With a proven track record for delivering exceptional service and successful solutions to our clients, we have received accreditation as a Microsoft® Gold Partner and joined the top five percent of Microsoft partners worldwide as a President's Club member. Aztec has been a pioneer in Managed Services, Hosting of ERP Software, Financial Accounting Solutions. Our approach extends from three core practice areas: Business Solutions, Infrastructure, and Innovation. By combining extreme customer focus, an experienced team of experts, proven methodologies, a full range of business automation services, and strong business partner relationships, we deliver a total solution approach. Aztec Systems Inc. is your Single Solution Provider. We have helped clients increase application flexibility, lower Total Cost of Ownership, deliver on objectives to improve ROI, and have developed custom applications as needed. Aztec is continuously striving to bring innovative ideas to our customers to help them realize the maximum return from their IT investments. Aztec maintains a home office in Carrollton (TX), with branch offices in Austin (TX), Tulsa (OK), Oklahoma City (OK), and San José, Costa Rica.

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MTI Systems


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Tacton Systems AB


Tacton Systems is a world leader in advanced sales and product configuration. Tacton develops and sells embeddable software for sales and design configuration. Tacton’s solutions redefines how product configuration is managed, making it radically simpler to design, configure and sell complex products online as well as offline. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems.    Tacton’s Story starts in 1987 when a group of engineers and programmers at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science were doing ground-breaking research in the field of knowledge-based systems, and the application of artificial intelligence to solve industry challenges. The researchers were convinced that there were great gains to be made by applying the principles to the field of product configuration. The research team worked in close collaboration with companies such as Ericsson, ABB, and Alfa Laval. By 1993, the group had developed a configurator for a pilot project that was causing quite a stir. Both the researchers and the Institute saw the commercial potential of what had been developed. After a further five years of prototyping and evaluation, Tacton Systems was formed as a spin-off from the research institute.   Tacton has an impressive customer roster with impressive results gained with the offered technology. Many of the customers are leading industrial manufacturers such as   Siemens, ABB, Scania, Aker and Alfa Laval. Tacton works closely with their customers, large and small, to help them revolutionize their processes, to grow, and to become more competitive.   Today Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with customers and resellers across the globe.

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Preactor International


Preactor International is a provider of production planning and scheduling software used by a wide range of businesses. The company was established in 1984 and is still led by its founders including Mike Novels, an expert in planning and scheduling technology in the manufacturing sector. Frequently integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturing execution system (MES), and supply chain management (SCM) solutions, Preactor’s technology is used by more than 4,500 small, medium, and large multinational companies located in 88 countries.

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Vantage Systems LLC


Vantage Systems is an authorized SYSPRO Value Added Reseller specializing in delivering high-value enterprise software solutions and services to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries

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NuView Systems, Inc


Founded in 1994, NuView Systems Inc. provides human resources (HR) and payroll solutions to global companies. The company also provides implementation assistance, project management, on-site training, customization, data conversion, ongoing support, and interfaces to benefit carriers, financials, applications, and other types of payrolls. NuView is headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts (US), with offices in Bend, Oregon (US).

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