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SaaS Buyer's Guide for Wholesale and Distribution


SaaS, despite its phenomenal popularity, is certainly not one-size-fits-all. You need to consider decision criteria such as fit, return on investment, and risk. Learn how SaaS works, who the major vendors are, how SaaS can help your business grow, and how to find the SaaS solution that’s right for you. It’s all in this comprehensive SaaS Buyer’s Guide for Wholesale and Distribution from TEC and SupplyChainBrain.

From a business requirements perspective, the defining characteristic of wholesale and distribution (W&D) organizations is that they operate as intermediate agents between manufacturers and retailers. Their top business needs thus focus on requirements for:

  • processing high volumes of transactions,
  • maintaining constant communication between upstream and downstream collaborators (manufacturers and retailers/customers, respectively), and
  • managing products for multiple competitors within the same warehouse or distribution center

In this guide we will explore considerations for W&D organizations that are considering adoption of the SaaS delivery model, and examine the particular business issues that arise from this change.Specifically, we will address the following considerations:

  • the differences between SaaS and on-premise delivery models
  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
  • selection criteria for SaaS-based applications
  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

Later in this guide, we’ll provide examples of SaaS delivery model success stories, as well as a SaaS IT directory, segmented according to business area.


Table of Contents


Preface

Software as a Service: A Buyer’s Guide


Spotlight on Adaptability and Agility

Thought Leadership from SAP
SAP’s Perspective on Software as a Service

SAP Case Study
Johnson Products Capitalizing on New Sales after 30-day SAP Deployment


Spotlight on Manufacturing and Distribution

Thought Leadership from Epicor
SaaS ERP for Small Manufacturers and Distributors

TECSYS Case Study
LifeScience Logistics Achieves 99.97% Inventory Accuracy with TECYS’ EliteSeries for Healthcare


Spotlight on Growing Your Company with SaaS

Thought Leadership from NetSuite
The Benefits of a Business Management Software Suite for High-growth and Midsized Businesses: Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications

NetSuite Case Study
Woodworking Machinery Maker Cuts Costs, Grows Efficiency with NetSuite

NetSuite Case Study
NetSuite Helps Manufacturer Take Advantage of Fast Market Growth


Spotlight on Distribution Centers

Thought Leadership from Bond International Software
Cloud Computing for Your Distribution Workforce

IBS Case Study
Konaflex Focuses on its Core Business with IBS Distribution Management Software


Vendor Directory


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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2010 SaaS Buyer’s Guide for wholesale and distribution.

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The New Business of Business Leaders: Hiring and Onboarding


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California Software Labs,


Located in Pleasanton, California (US), California Software Labs (CSWL Inc.) is a customer software solutions provider and a wholly owned subsidary of California Software Co. Ltd. (Calsoft), located in Chennai, India. Calsoft is a public company listed on the Indian stock exchanges and is certified Capability and Maturity Model Integration (CMMi) level 5. Founded in 1992, Calsoft is financially supported by Chemoil Corporation (US), Itochu Corporation (Japan), and Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI). CSWL has over 50 software engineers in the US and over 400 software professionals in India, in Chennai, Bangalore, and Cochin. It has operations in the United Kingdom (UK), Japan, and Singapore.

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Apprise Software, Inc


Founded in 1984, Apprise Software, Inc. is a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) software and services for midsized consumer goods companies. By leveraging technologies such as Microsoft .NET, wireless warehouse solutions, and radio frequency identification (RFID)-along with industry best practices-Apprise Software provides consumer goods companies with enterprise-wide solutions designed to meet their unique business requirements. Apprise Software is headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (US), with offices in Nanjing (China), Sydney (Australia), and Brno (Czech Republic).

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In the coming year, many companies will shift focus to business growth. However, continued economic volatility means that they will also need to keep costs in check to maintain healthy margins. Many small to medium businesses (SMBs) are investing in business intelligence (BI) solutions to assist with this effort. Find out what tools are necessary to provide BI and how a suite of BI tools can help SMBs improve efficiency.

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Vero Software


Vero Software is a world leader in CAD CAM software with a proven track record of reliable product delivery. Vero develops and distributes software for aiding the design and manufacturing processes, providing solutions for the tooling, production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, stone and woodworking industries.

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TOWER Software


TOWER Software provides enterprise content management (ECM) solutions to government and regulated industries, as well as electronic document and records management (EDRM) solutions. TOWER Software is a privately held company with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and maintains strategic partnerships with technology and information management companies including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Adobe Systems, and Kofax. The vendor is headquartered in Canberra (Australia).

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Pronto Software Limited


For over 30 years, we’ve been working closely with our clients to create business management software that helps them get the absolute best out of their business. Our vision has always been to deliver tools that allow our clients to excel and prosper in whichever field they may be in – from mining to manufacturing, distribution to retail and services. In fact, our software has adapted appropriate functionality based on years of listening to feedback from customers just like you.  Your business is our business, so we’ll make sure that, rather than offering you anything off the shelf, we’ll listen to exactly what it is you need. By understanding where you are, we can understand where we can take you. Next, we adapt what we already have to make sure it fits your  business perfectly. We know that the best solutions are the product of revisions and improvements, fine-tuning and perfecting. That’s why our support services are always on hand to field questions and spot opportunities. To back them up, we’ve also built up an online knowledge base, with contributions from staff, industry experts, and Pronto Xi customers just like you. Finally, we reveal a solution that we know will help you take your business to the next level. Our easy-to-use software, fully integrated with IBM Cognos business intelligence technology, allows you to monitor and control every aspect of your business, from top floor to shop floor. You’ll improve productivity, customer service, and inventory accuracy. You’ll keep track of what’s making you money, and where the opportunities lie.

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Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota (US), HighJump Software is a supply chain execution solutions provider. It was established in 1983 as Data Collect Systems, which developed a bar code-based system to collect, view, edit, and process shop floor data for existing host applications. In 1994 it introduced its flagship supply chain execution solution, Warehouse Advantage. HighJump became a 3M company in 2004, and has implemented its solutions at more than 700 sites. HighJump's customers include 99 Cents Only Stores, Ashley Furniture, Calphalon, CARQUEST, Coleman, Farley & Sathers Candy Co., Fingerhut, Hitachi, J.M. Huber, Kichler Lighting, Major Brands, Malt-O-Meal, Norplas, Quality Bicycle Products, Schreiber Foods, Select Comfort, Smith Dairy Products Co., Sportsman's Warehouse, and Starbucks.

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