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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

home price per square foot  small business owners and home theater enthusiasts. At these Best Buy For Business locations, trained specialists provide business solutions and services to businesses with up to 20 employees . To meet the expectations of convenient, personal service from specialized advisors, and technical support whenever and wherever they need it, Best Buy For Business offers a broader selection of technology products, such as servers and professional notebooks, professional advice and 24/7 IT support via the Geek

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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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Configure Price Quote (CPQ) Software Evaluation Report

This comprehensive Configure Price Quote (CPQ) Software Evaluation Report covers the full range of CPQ functionality. If your business is facing increasingly complex product configurations, CPQ solutions can do more than create accurate and professional sales quotes: they can open the door to significantly increased sales and revenues.  

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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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Leveraging the SaaS Model for Business Benefits of ISVs


The SaaS delivery model promises the consumer a pay-per-use model for consuming software without any up-front capital expenditure in terms of buying the license and infrastructure, and without the overhead of maintaining the infrastructure necessary to run the software. That said, there are three levels of SaaS maturity among ISVs. Download this white paper to learn about the shortcomings and merits of each SaaS maturity level.

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Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part IV: Blinded Me with Science


At the end of part III of this series, the software selection team at MegaResistCap had turned in their software selection votes to the company’s executive operating committee. Jim, director of information technology (IT), was anxiously awaiting the voting result, which was now being announced by Francois, the company’s chief legal counsel. Francois wasn’t one to mince words, and got right to the

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@Home Scans Own Customers


@Home has been scanning their own customers to see if they are running news or webservers. If you're one of their spam happy customers, cut it out. If you've been a past victim of spam coming through their networks, hopefully some good will come out of this.

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Market Landscape Report: Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Solutions


In today’s era of increasingly complex product configurations, configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions do more than create accurate and professional sales quotes: they can open the door to significantly increased sales and revenues. Learn more about CPQ, including CPQ basics, benefits, functionality, market trends, and vendor landscape.

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Creating an Effective Sales Catalog


An effective sales catalog is a key part of configure, price, quote (CPQ), because it makes it easier for salespeople to find products, select and configure the right product for their customers, and create quotes. Read these tips to guide you in creating a useful tool as part of an effective and efficient sales process.

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Rimini Street: The End of Full-price Software Maintenance Is Here!


In a recent press release, Rimini Street boldly declared the end of full-price software maintenance. The vocal and upbeat third-party software maintenance provider for various popular SAP and Oracle enterprise systems believes that a tipping point has finally been reached in the market for annual maintenance (certainly, the public cloud enterprise software providers have long been preaching even

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I Want My IPTV: Internet Protocol TV and Its Implications on Home Networks


Today, dozens of independent operating companies and international carriers offer Internet protocol TV (IPTV) services to homes around the world. But IPTV for in-home distribution has been a weak link in the IPTV delivery chain—until now. Ruckus Wireless multimedia systems can help overcome current Wi-Fi limitations and enhance subscriber experience by uniquely enabling a whole-home network for video, voice, and data.

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The Incredibly Shrinking Platform--and Price!


The transformation to a new supply chain technology market wave is already occurring. That’s good news for some and bad for others. This article describes the next wave--SmallSmartFast--and its impact on end users and vendors.

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ)


Configure Price Quote (CPQ) by CallidusCloud does more than automate the quote and proposal process. Data is what makes CPQ work for you.  CPQ provides you with pricing behavior intelligence to help determine pricing trends, manager approval behavior, and sales discounting frequency.  See what products are selling most, to whom, when, and at what price.   Requiring only a browser, CPQ by CallidusCloud allows you to quickly configure, price, quote, propose and sell your offerings from any device. Whether direct business to business or through ecommerce, you can respond to your customer on their timeline.  CPQ guides users to select the correct combination of products and services.  Users are presented with the optimum mix of up-sell and cross-sell offers as well as special pricing promotions. Margins are protected with pricing guardrails and approval workflows. Configuring a solution, quoting, and preparing a proposal shouldn’t be a time consuming process for sales.  When your customer is ready to buy, it is vital sales executes quickly to the customer’s needs and timeline.  CPQ by CallidusCloud guides sales through the quoting process, maximizing the deal size, accelerating the sales cycle, and protecting margin.  Even from a mobile device, all in minutes.    

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