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Enterprise performance management (EPM) is an emerging portfolio of applications and methodologies with business intelligence (BI) architectures and

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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.


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ERP Systems Buyer’s Guide


The implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to automate business processes is a strategic investment. Buying the right system and choosing the best vendor for you are critical to a successful ERP implementation. As a decision maker, you need to quickly identify your ERP requirements, effectively communicate these needs to vendors, and successfully compare various product alternatives. Learn how.

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e-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing


This is the transcript of an Audio Conference on e-procurement conducted by TEC during which brief case studies of how companies have improved inventory turns and reduced procurement costs through Internet enabled collaboration with suppliers were presented.

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Enterprise Messaging Evaluation and Procurement Audio Transcript


This is a transcript of an audio conference on Enterprise Messaging Evaluation and Procurement presented by TechnologyEvaluation.Com. The presentation used the TEC patented selection engine WebTESS to conduct a live real time evaluation and selection. It then reviewed the critical differentiating messaging criteria, as well as detailed comparisons of competing vendors such as Microsoft, Lotus, and Novell.

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3C Software


3C Software, founded in 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia (US), has taken a comprehensive approach to developing cost management solutions for process and complex manufacturers. Through interviews with everyone involved in cost management—from accountants to engineers to chief financial officers (CFOs)—3C software creates a solution that offers functionality that is both comparable with any accounting method and integrative with other enterprise and manufacturing systems.

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Software Development


DataArt's software expertise spans a range of programming languages, databases, and networking systems on Windows and Unix platforms. The company has experience with C, C++, ASP, .NET (C#, ASP.NET, VB.NET), DHTML, VB, Perl/PHP, MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle, COM+, XML/XSL, OC4J, Java, and J2EE. Its application expertise includes Internet/intranet data and knowledge management, e-business, content management, project management, and B2C portal technologies.    

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CARL Software


Founded in 1985, CARL Software specializes in computerized maintenance management systems (CMMSs) and enterprise asset management (EAM) software. The company is headquartered in Limonest (France), with offices in Paris (France), and international offices in Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United States (US).

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INTERAL Maintenance


INTERAL Maintenance is a client/server-based computerized maintenance management system with a 32-bit interface. Developed to fulfill the needs of today's managers, INTERAL Maintenance can help users manage a variety of maintenance information for equipment, buildings, control instruments, and vehicles. It can also help manage financial information related to repairs.

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Frontier Software Ltd


Frontier Software is a human resource (HR) and payroll software vendor. It provides solutions to tier one, two, and three companies with a variation of active server pages (ASP), inhouse, and outsourced services. Frontier Software, founded in 1993, has offices on three continents and headquarters in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia). The company has installations in twelve countries and a licensed user base of over 1,300 clients.

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Distribution in a Challenging Economy: Online (Software as a Service) versus Traditional Software


When considering major purchases, most people ask, “Why rent when you can buy?” But with IT systems, the reverse may be true. Software as a service (SaaS) offers many advantages over traditional software, especially in terms of the on-going costs of maintaining and upgrading systems. Learn how passing those burdens on to a SaaS vendor can help your company focus on optimizing efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

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