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5-step CRM Software Selection Guide: A Pragmatist’s Guide to CRM Software Selections
Selecting a new enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) solution is an undertaking that requires careful planning and managed execution. And in fact

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Manhattan Associates’ innovative Supply Chain Process Platform (SCPP)-based applications, such as Supply Chain Intelligence (SCI) and Total Cost to Serve (TCS). The Manhattan SCOPE suite’s modules were also discussed as well as the company’s recent evolution from a mere supply chain execution (SCE) provider. The article concluded that

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Learning Management Systems (LMS) Showdown: Saba vs. Sumtotal


I’m Larry Blitz, editor of TEC’s Vendor Showdown series. Today’s Showdown pits two major learning management system vendors against each other, head-to-head: Saba Software and SumTotal Systems. I hope you find this LMS Showdown helpful and informative. I welcome all your comments and questions at showdown@technologyevaluation.com.

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Front-office vendors Baan Co. and SalesLogix Inc. round out their customer-relationship management application suites adding new marketing, service, and E-commerce capabilities.

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Software Test Tools Software Evaluation Report


Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools Software Evaluation Report provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.

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Enterprise Solutions and ServicesUnequaled ServicesWhen you hire Software Link as an application solutions provider, you expect significant results. Software Link consultants provide industry experience and direction to companies nationwide who are looking to analyze and improve their business operations, whether through a complete ERP review, extensive implementation of a world class ERP system or analyzing and providing solutions to everyday business processes, Software Link has the expertise. Our consultants have spent more than twenty years successfully building, implementing and using software for organizations like yours. Software Link key practice focuses includes: manufacturing, distribution, multichannel marketing, eCommerce and project based firms.Software Link consultants are well versed in implementing ERP Solutions with a strong focus on the Sage SalesLogix, Sage MAS 500 and Sage X3 software solutions. No one knows Sage products better and no one has been successfully implementing them longer than Software Link.Why partner with Software Link? Software Link always works hard to make sure you have many reasons to value a relationship with us. Not only do we know our products better than anyone, but we also know how your business runs. Many of our consultants have worked at companies just like yours. So we'll never force your processes to fit our software. We'll always help you figure out how to incorporate best practices in your business processes and only then determine how Sage software can best support those processes.What will you accomplish by partnering with Software Link? You can expect to minimize implementation risks and have a system that runs efficiently and reliably. Our proven processes and implementation methodology were developed during thousands of successful engagements allowing Software Link consultants to produce quick and reliable results. You'll see your core, business processes streamlined. And, you'll see your employees using the software to its fullest extent for maximum benefit.Software Link helps you solve complex business challenges with a combination of technology and business application services that leverage Sage's World Class Software Solutions. Consulting Services help you implement and maintain your Sage software, assess your technology architecture for maximum system performance, develop and execute data migration strategies, integrate critical third-party enterprise software technologies, and customize software functions to meet highly specialized requirements. Business Application Services help you examine your business processes and requirements in order to better adapt to change, optimize the way your organization uses your enterprise software and maximize the results you achieve from your investment.Our satisfied customers confirm that we're uniquely positioned to help you achieve measurable success. Let Software Link Solutions help you make sure your software is working as hard as it can for your company.

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Busting the Myth of Commoditized Software Markets with the New TEC Focus Indicator


The new TEC Focus Indicator is a concrete way to start gauging the real functionality, competitive differentiators, and focus of enterprise software products. Learn how you can use the TEC Focus Indicator for insight into the functional competitive differentiators of particular enterprise software products against what's available on the market.

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RTI Software


RTI Software, Inc. is a CRM software development company that furnishes out-of-the-box customer service, help desk, problem resolution, defect tracking, sales force, and marketing automation software to medium-sized businesses. The company gears its CRM business process functionality toward the software industry. RTI Software was founded in 1990 and operates from Illinois, USA.

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Ultimate Software is in a very competitive market. Its continued success is fueled by relentlessly delivering new products and incremental innovation. A few years ago, the company’s strategic initiatives were to evolve of their software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model and launch new features targeted to medium sized enterprises. Learn how a new product portfolio management (PPM) solution helped Ultimate Software reach its goals.

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