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Bluebee ERP v.4b.08 for Discrete Manufacturing and Distribution Certification Report
Companies performing a software evaluation and comparison want assurance that the products they’re evaluating do what the vendors say they do. Solutions

furniture industry white papers  goods, food and beverage, furniture and fixtures, industrial and commercial products, and paper products. The system offers rich client Web access through a portal, providing rich functionality independently of the central server. This involves fewer server requirements, as well as more flexibility and mobility. Despite all the software's features and advantages, there are a few areas where the capabilities of Bluebee's ERP were not as robust as some of its competitors in this space. Bluebee's ERP does

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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.


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Case Study: Retail Industry BI Deployment


A Japan-based department store chain was experiencing fast growth, opening new stores in commercial complexes at prime locations. The company’s existing business intelligence (BI) tool took up to 12 hours to update sales data from the point of sale (POS) systems. Discover how the company reduced this time, while providing managers the reporting abilities they needed to control sales and improve customer satisfaction.

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Aurionpro’s SCMProfit for the Logistics Industry


Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) had the occasion recently to speak with Aurionpro Solutions’ president of supply chain management (SCM), Atul Kaushal, and director of SCM, Dhananjay Jadhav, to learn more about the company and its solution. Aurionpro is a $100 million (USD) Mumbai, India–based software vendor, with a US base in San Ramon, California. It is a publicly owned company trading on

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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of June 18, 2012


SOFTWARE SELECTIONSLoudoun County Sanitation Authority selects SAP ERPIndustry tags: utilities "According to the plans of both the client and its system integrator, Sparta Consulting, the entire project is supposed to take only 14 months, which is a pretty intensive timeline considering a level of the solution selected and the company’s size. The modules to be implemented are financials

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PLM Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It?


The question, 'Do vertical industry needs play a significant role in a PLM software selection?' should be a simple question to answer. Instead, it is a question best answered with a series of questions.

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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 9, 2012


SOFTWARE SELECTIONSInternational distributor of high-tech metals and alloys selects Epicor ERPIndustry tags: Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Warehousing "The relatively small but geographically extensive company Datum Alloys made its choice based on a few underlying premises: a need for multicurrency operations in conjunction with local accounting standards, high-quality analytical

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Production Planning and Scheduling Software for the Textile Industry: Unknown Frontiers


The textile industry is famous for its very different characteristics when compared to industries in either process or discrete manufacturing. Developing production planning and scheduling software for any textile mill is a real challenge even for seasoned industry experts. This article focuses on some of the unique challenges posed to master requirement planning and master production scheduling (MRP / MPS) software vendors by the textile industry.

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User Recommendations for the Food and Beverage Industry


Software systems must be able to handle your business basics. A focus on the details is essential. Look meticulously for the fatal flaws. If you don't select a system that meets your detailed needs, it can be fatal.

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Case Study: Financial Services Industry


The company is a financial services group with operations in banking, investment management and insurance. To maintain the profitability of its credit card business, the company maintains vast amounts of customer information. However, its Excel­based tools lack functionality. Learn how a business intelligence (BI) solution can help the company increase its customer base and derive greater profits from existing customers.

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ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream) Software Evaluation Report


The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality.

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