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From Shoestring Budget to Millions: The Road Ahead for an Enterprise Management Software Vendor
Indisputably, Deltek remains an enterprise applications vendor of choice for project-based businesses. With its recent capital infusion and product deliveries

great plains dynamics philippines  Dynamics GP [formerly Microsoft Great Plains ]), Intuit , MYOB , Exact, Epicor, and Sage. Although many of the above vendors have not really competed regularly with Deltek so far, this will not necessarily be the case in the future, given Deltek's expansion aspirations. There are also many other players which offer industry-specific products, such as (in the architectural, engineering, and construction [A/E/C] sector) Constructware , BST Consultants , and Axium , with some nifty features such as an

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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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Dynamics SL


Released in 1994, Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions Solomon) is a business solution targeted to the lower and mid-tiers of the mid-market and t to meet the needs of project-centric and distribution-driven companies. The system includes financials, payroll, advanced distribution/supply chain management, project management, e-business, customer relationship management, and field service management solutions.  

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Database Scalability for the Enterprise with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0


Microsoft Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) software is designed to help enterprises get a 360-degree view of their customers across marketing, sales, and service. Scalability testing of Dynamics 4.0 shows that the solution can achieve sub-second response times running user transactions against a database of over one billion records. Learn how these results can impact the success of your organization.

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Great Plains Supply Chain Series To Be Powered By Logility


Great Plains Software will supplement its ERP suite by incorporating Logility Voyager applications in an OEM deal.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Expands to New Markets


Microsoft has announced the expansion of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to 17 new markets. With Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online expanding to several Latin American countries, it will run within Microsoft’s datacenter located in Brazil.

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Siebel: Great Plans for Great Plains


Siebel and Great Plains recently announced plans to expand their partnership allowing Great Plains' VARs to sell Siebel's eBusiness Applications. This agreement will allow Great Plains partners to sell a wide range of enterprise applications to upper-midmarket organizations

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Coming Soon


At the recent Directions EMEA conference in Vienna, Austria, the Microsoft Dynamics team disclosed the timing and features of the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2. As part of his keynote, Paul White, senior director, Microsoft Dynamics, announced that Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 will be available to customers in October 2013. Some key enhancements to the

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Global Platforms Unveiled at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 EMEA


Some of the facts given to industry analysts (under a vow of silence) by Microsoft executives at the recent Microsoft Dynamics Fall Analyst Event (FAE) 2013 in October 2013 were soon after unveiled to the public at the company’s reportedly sold-out Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 EMEA conference in Barcelona, Spain in November 2013.

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Dynamics Software


Dynamics Software offers solutions that work with Microsoft Dynamics AX with a proven industry track record. These solutions are designed to support: •(Field) Service and Maintenance operations •Mobile Field Service employees both online as well as online/offline •Warehouse Management Operations •Manufacturing and Professional Service Organizations with Graphical Planning & Scheduling tools •Project based companies, like construction, installation, project management and project manufacturing companies •Car and motorcycle Importer and Dealer Management organizations •Computer Telephone Integration (CTI) •Manage Microsoft Dynamics AX add-on licenses (AX License Framework)

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Fouts Bros. Selects Microsoft Dynamics AX via Cincom


Cincom Systems, Microsoft's Global Strategic Partner for Manufacturing, was recently selected by Fouts Bros., Inc. to deploy and service the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

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