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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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AspenTech Launches e-Business InitiativeFinally
Aspen Technology recently announced its e-commerce initiative, Aspen e-Business, which is the first in a planned series of business-to-business e-commerce

gold vision pricing  behind in the e-commerce gold rush, $220 million Aspen has finally announced an offering of its own, predictably dubbed Aspen eBusiness. The unimaginative name notwithstanding, Aspen may be successful with its new initiative that follows those of almost every other major vendor including SAP, J. D. Edwards, Manugistics, and i2. Unlike the other vendors, Aspen can exploit its strong position in the process manufacturing industries, which is generally less penetrated by e-commerce than the more crowded

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ)

Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generation of quotes that occure during the sales process. CPQ solutions create accurate and professional sales quotes for complex, custom-engineered or customizable products while streamlining core processes and lowering costs. Common features of CPQ software include product catalog and pricing functionality, product visualization, and support for channel sales.  

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Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services / MS Office SharePoint Server 2007


Collaborative tools are becoming essential to sharing data in today’s office environment. You need a solution that can grow to accommodate new projects and uses—and a storage system that is flexible enough to meet initial demands and adapt to changes. Find out how a multiple-node storage area network (SAN) can maximize the scalability and functionality of your collaboration tools, and ease storage administration.

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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


Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.


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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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New-world Value: The Strategic Impact of Business Application Suites in Today’s Corporate Environment


The concepts of return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) have been used for decades in enterprise evaluations of IT investments, including enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. However, with the emergence of important new technological advances, executives are now expanding these traditional formulas to account for new opportunities. Learn more about their new methods for measuring ERP value.

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Hitch Your Wagon to a Wild Horse?


In the frantic race to be “on the web” companies are looking outside for help to design and build their web sites. In the frantic race to be the “bleeding edge” e-Builders are doing whatever they can to deliver service to their clients. The result is not always predictable and not always satisfactory to either party.

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User Recommendations for Pricing Management


Price management might improve revenue (by a few percent) and gross margin (even by an umpteen percent), but the truly amazing benefits should only come when price management is integrated with appropriate cost information and demand management.

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Town Shoes' Sterling Division Goes Live with Vision Suite by Jesta I.S.


Jesta I.S. Vision Suite software is geared toward retailers, manufacturers, and distributors in the apparel, footwear, and soft goods industries. The broad retail suite consists of near real-time Web-based applications that are designed to help manage business processes in the areas of merchandising, merchandise lifecycle management (MLM), planning, supply chain management (SCM), and warehouse

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Solving Supply Chain Pricing Complexities with Intelligent Rating


Supply chains come with their own challenges: new products and channels, demanding customers, changing markets, rising energy and labor costs, security issues, and government compliance—as well as internal pressures to cut costs. All this complexity is driving the need for more sophisticated transportation rating tools. Find out about the five components of "intelligent rating," and how it can improve your bottom line.

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Clarity of Vision: Clarify Sold to Amdocs by Nortel


Amdocs Management Limited announced that it reached an agreement with Nortel Networks to acquire the assets of Nortel’s Clarify business for US $200 million. Nortel is jettisoning business units that are not in line with its current vision. Who is Amdocs, and what do they plan to do with their newly-acquired CRM suite?

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Jaspersoft Launches Hourly Pricing for BI Server


Jaspersoft, a provider of open source–based software specializing in business intelligence (BI) and analytics applications, has announced the general availability of its BI platform on Amazon Web Services. This offering will be able to run as a standalone version or embedded within a third-party application. But its price schema is the real innovation for the BI cloud space—instead of being

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Alternative Investments: Advanced Modeling Techniques for Pricing and Valuing Private Equity, Infrastructure and Real Estate


One of the most complex areas of financial risk management is pricing and valuing alternative investments. It’s also one of the most important areas for businesses to execute well. In this white paper, IBM discusses the integrated risk management and modeling frameworks available to help your organization’s risk management team better manage the value of a single security or portfolio in the future, as well as to identify the valuation factors of the portfolio or security. Modeling and analysis can provide information on the risk relationship to public investments as well as give information on the volatility of private securities. But the model selected must relate to the potential investment, be it real estate or infrastructure; one model does not function for all public and private investments.

Choosing the proper model to use for private market securities depends on the information and features of the private security itself. Learn how users can input specific parameters and modify factors to analyse a variety of potential scenarios, and be confident that the model will yield accurate results regarding information on volatility. Users can also map the risk relationship to public investments. Details on five modeling methods are addressed in depth in order to help you select the best model for the potential investment: factor models, sensitivity instruments, distribution uploads curve/formula fitting, cash flow replication, and custom equations, allowing your organization to assess risk over a wide variety of criteria and make investment choices with confidence.

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