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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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How to Access and Buy Business Management Software
For most companies, changing accounting software is a daunting challenge. Not only is transitioning the accounting function to a new software package tricky in

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Front-to-back-office Integration: Improving Your Customer Life Cycle Management


Research shows that back-office connectivity is not addressed by many customer relationship management (CRM) solutions—meaning, customer data cannot be shared effectively and companies are prone to errors, delays, and needless paperwork. In the long run, this negatively impacts overall customer satisfaction in small to medium businesses (SMBS). Learn how front-to-back-office integration can help you address these issues.

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Best Practices in Siebel CRM Performance Management: Monitor, Measure, and Manage the End-user Experience


Many frustrated executives find that despite the fortune spent on managing servers, networks, and applications, there are still complaints about the performance, usability, and availability of their customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. How do you know if your CRM system performs for each user? What does it mean when users say the system is slow? An experience management solution can give you the answers.

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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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A Road Map to Data Migration Success


Many significant business initiatives and large IT projects depend upon a successful data migration. But when migrated data is transformed for new uses, project teams encounter some very specific management and technical challenges. Minimizing the risk of these tricky migrations requires effective planning and scoping. Read up on the issues unique to data migration projects, and find out how to best approach them.

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Core HR Systems: Flawless Execution Enabling Strategic HR Management


Human resources (HR) professionals are tasked with ensuring employee needs are fulfilled and employer interests are protected. Management of core employee data, such as record-keeping, time and attendance, and payroll processing, is a cornerstone of every HR operation, and the way companies collect and maintain such data is critical. Find out what core HR management capabilities and systems today’s companies are using.

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Understanding IBM Lotus Web Content Management Software


IBM Lotus Web Content Management software is IBM’s Web content management system offering. Lotus Web Content Management software provides tools to apply business rules and processes to content, helping to ensure that specific information assets from across the enterprise are delivered via Web sites and portal. This factsheet provides a detailed overview of key Lotus Web Content Management features.

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Infor LN


Infor ERP LN has a single code base for all platforms and supports integration with external systems, including the supply chain and the Web, using industry-standard technology. The solution supports processes from make-to-stock (MTS) to engineer-to-order (ETO), and cost-cutting techniques like flow line and lean manufacturing. This cross-industry solution offers functionality for enterprises in discrete and project-based manufacturing industries, such as industrial machinery and equipment, high-tech and electronics, aerospace and defense, and automotive. Infor Open Architecture, the service-oriented architecture on which Infor ERP LN is built, helps users create bridges with their supply chains through standards-based, loosely coupled integration (J2EE, SOAP, and WDSL) and complete support for Web services.

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Pronto Xi Dimensions


PRONTO-Xi is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed to help companies maintain visibility over the extended enterprise—including field sales and technical staff—and closely manage the entire supply chain. It includes a business intelligence (BI) analytics tool that can help employees analyze data, interpret trends, and make decisions based on the most up-to-date information. PRONTO-Xi includes fully integrated business functionality covering: accounting, sales orders (SOs) and purchase orders (POs), customer relationship management (CRM), warehouse management systems (WMS), electronic data interchange (EDI), retail point-of-sale (POS), facilities management (FM), manufacturing resource planning (MRP), supply chain management (SCM), and other related functions. PRONTO-Xi runs on a variety of hardware platforms and operating systems (OSs), and includes built-in mobile and Internet technology.

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SYSPRO ERP (version 6.1 SP1) for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report


SYSPRO ERP (version 6.1 SP1) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Sage 100 Standard ERP (v. 4.5) for ERP for Services Certification Report


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