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State of the Market: HR
More than ever, executives are looking to transform human resources (HR) from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic part of the business. This

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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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ERP: Grappling with the Cloud


In today's challenging economic environment, organizations need to undertake major cost-cutting efforts while improving operational efficiency with fewer resources. ERP solutions provide an effective way for companies to improve overall business performance, but the ERP landscape has changed dramatically over the last year, with an increasing number of SaaS providers. Read this paper and know if you're ready for SaaS ERP.

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Microsoft Throws .NET At SMEs, With CRM As Bait


While Microsoft might be honest today with its claims of staying away from the true enterprise-level CRM applications space, no one can be sure that its appetite will remain in check for very long.

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Satisfied with Your Supply Chain Management? Tell Us in this Brief Survey!


As I’m in the process of developing the 2012 Supply Chain Management (SCM) Buyer’s Guide, which will be discussing the challenges that businesses face with managing their supply chains and the role of software in mitigating those challenges, I thought it would be worthwhile to conduct a short survey and see how companies today are faring with some important SCM issues. This survey will shed light

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Self-service SOX Auditing with S3 Control


Compliance with the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) is not a one-time project, but a sustained effort to gain visibility into processes affecting financial reporting accuracy. Most IT controls are manual, error-prone, and resource-intensive. However, there’s a new, radical solution: an automated IT control framework in which all the information required to verify compliance is available in a single reporting system.

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Drive Your Business with Dashboards


Dashboards have been growing in popularity at a phenomenal rate over the last decade with solutions ranging from large (and complex) business intelligence systems to simple software add-ins. This guide offers a rundown of the business benefits, a functionality checklist, and pointers for working with your chosen vendor to help make your dashboard implementation a success.

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Manhattan Associates Partners with Intentia


A new alliance between Manhattan Associates and Intentia is aimed at complementing ERP with warehouse and transportation management capabilities for clients in the consumer goods, food & beverage, and apparel industries.

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Lawson


Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) provides software and service solutions to 4,000 customers in manufacturing, distribution, maintenance, and service sector industries across 40 countries. Lawson’s solutions include enterprise performance management, supply chain management (SCM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), manufacturing resource planning (MRP), and enterprise asset management (EAM). Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota (US), Lawson has forty offices worldwide. Lawson provides open, standards-based software solutions that fundamentally improve customers’ business performance. The open architecture of Lawson’s solutions gives customers superior quality, a low total cost of ownership and a path to a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Lawson’s technology platform--Lawson System Foundation 9--combines Lawson's newest technology with world-class middleware from IBM for a high-performance solution that delivers comprehensive security, scalability, and usability. It also preserves customers' choice of hardware platform while providing a foundation for next-generation Lawson applications designed for use within SOA environments. Lawson is building its next-generation applications using its Landmark technology environment, which dramatically reduces the amount of source code and produces virtually error-free, consistent Java code. This Java-based code delivers interoperability that protects and extends Lawson customers’ existing IT investments while ensuring compatibility with future applications and technologies. Lawson’s industry focus and flexible product design enables fast and easy deployment. The company’s expertise within its target markets allows its services teams to radically simplify the process of deploying Lawson applications. As a result, customers save time, effort, and expense in implementing, maintaining, and using Lawson applications. In addition, Lawson’s professional services organization provides industry-specific implementation advice focused on best practices and value delivery.

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Interview with Dr. Klaus Schmelzeisen, VP, Global Data and Technology Services, SAP


Jorge Garcia, TEC's senior BI and Data Management analyst, attended the SAP Sapphire 2013 conference, where he caught up with Dr. Klaus Schmelzeisen, SAP's Vice President of Global Data and Technology Services. In this podcast, recorded live on the show floor, Jorge asks Dr. Schmelzeisen a few questions about HANA, how companies are adapting to the era of Big Data, and the challenges facing small and midsize businesses.

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AMD Hooks Up with Transmeta - For Now


Advanced Micro Devices, Intel’s main CPU competition, has teamed up with Transmeta – another Intel competitor – in an effort to speed development on its 'Sledgehammmer' 64-bit processor.

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