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Sweet Spots and What-Nots: Enterprise Management Software Vendor Provides Notable Solutions
Deltek uses a wealth of standalone and bundled modules to target various markets, including professional services firms both domestically and internationally

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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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Enterprises Reap Rewards of Modernizing Their ERP Systems


With increased mergers and acquisitions at the global level, organizations have started recognizing the benefits of upgrading to a modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform and a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Learn how different approaches to ERP system and architecture upgrades can help your company drive down costs, raise employee productivity, and produce meaningful business process improvement.

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Employee Performance Management: Making It a Reality in Your Organization


Over 90 percent of human resources (HR) professionals rate employee performance management (EPM) as a top priority. Yet considerably fewer have EPM systems deployed within their organizations, mostly because of concerns about presenting a persuasive case for such projects to executive management. However, a structured approach to selecting, planning for, and implementing an EPM solution can help alleviate those concerns.

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The Smarter CHRO: Key Trends and Recommendations to Help Leaders of HR Become More Strategic


The human resources (HR) function is evolving rapidly. Whether we call it strategic, integrated, or optimized, there is a growing recognition that the contribution of HR to organizational success is becoming more significant. Through research and discussion with many heads of HR, three key trends that impact HR leaders have been identified: overwhelming change, the smart revolution, and the customer-activated enterprise. This white paper also offers a series of recommendations to help ensure that chief human resources officers (CHROs) help their teams take on a more strategic role within their organizations.

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Putting People at the Center of Technology Design


Cloud provider of people management solutions for global businesses, Ultimate Software is dedicated to building the highest-quality, cutting-edge solutions for human resources (HR), payroll, and talent management. This paper explains the main drivers behind Ultimate’s people-first technology strategy and architecture, and how its approach is improving the work experiences for its customers and their employees.

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A Guide to Decisions in Automating HR & Payroll Functions


HR automation ranges from simple spreadsheet-based solutions to complex enterprise-wide solutions that automate every single process of the HR function—and can even extend to employees and sourcing partners. This paper looks at the various levels of sophistication that organizations have typically automated, and articulates the benefits that occur when the organizations take leaps through various levels of sophistication.

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HR Best Practices: Delivering Strategic Value to the Enterprise


To manage the workforce appropriately, human resources (HR) needs to implement consistent, integrated, and flexible processes and systems. By establishing best practices that are supported with technology, HR can achieve greater efficiency (by reducing the burden of handling administrative tasks) while delivering strategic value (by equipping managers with the right information at the right time) to the organization.

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HR Tech 2013 Interview: Frank Moreno, Director, Product Marketing, Kronos Inc.


HCM Analyst Raluca Druta interviews Frank Moreno, Director of Product Marketing at Kronos, live on the show floor at the 2013 HR Technology® Conference & Exposition. Listen and find out how customers are responding to Kronos’ Workforce Central 7, what’s in store for the company’s cloud services offering, and whether Kronos has any plans to grow into a full-fledged HCM suite.

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Oracle Fusion HCM Cloud Applications: Accelerate and Complete Your HR Transformation


The concept of human resources (HR) transformation is not new, but many HR organizations are still striving to achieve the transition from a purely transactional function to one that also delivers strategic value. This white paper examines some of the fundamental problems that fragmented information technology (IT) systems are causing for HR functions that have adopted—or are planning to adopt.

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HR Analytics Come into Their Own


Skeptics argue that human resources (HR) is too “soft” an area to be analyzed with any rigor—at least compared with finance or marketing, which have long mined business data to generate intelligence that can drive decision-making. Others maintain that HR analytics are a critical tool for keeping executives strategically oriented. Learn how HR data can help executives make decisions that drive business results.

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