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Mid-market CFO Benchmark Survey: The Changing Face of Sales and Use Tax Compliance
When it comes to transaction tax management, midsized companies haven’t much choice. They can either stay the course@increasingly complex and risky@or they can

materials compliance suite market  a manufacturer of construction materials Demanding states While survey respondent’s businesses blanketed the entire US, respondent’s cited the following states as being particularly demanding when attempting to keep up with rate changes, prepare filings, and deal with audits: California, New York, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Illinois. However, according to Sabrix Tax Research, the most onerous states for combined authority changes and rate changes in 2008 were Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, Texas and

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Regulatory and Compliance

Regulatory compliance covers the requirements for ensuring products and their associated materials comply with both external and internal rules and regulations. It covers regulatory and requirements needs, as well as product related components of environmental health and safety (EH&S). 

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From Idea to Market-ready Product in Record Time


The odds against successful product innovation are long. New products need to win over consumers and convince retailers—a challenging task for many reasons, including saturated markets, a growing variety of products and brands, and shorter product life cycles. To shorten time to market, companies need to integrate all development-related areas, within a single sphere of visibility and influence.

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An ERP Vendor Poised to Overtake the Services Market


Companies in the services industry need both asset and field services management, but current integrated asset and field services maintenance systems often fail to meet these organization’s needs. However, enterprise resource planning vendor Agresso appears to have just the right solution.

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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.

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Confronting International Regulatory Compliance: Web-based GTM Solution


TradeBeam offers a hosted GTM solution. Its ongoing acquisitions will eventually create an end-to-end solution linking physical and financial supply chains enabling companies to manage and execute global trade activities from a single software platform.

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PeopleSoft Revamps World for Its Mid-Market "Express" Conquest Part Two: Market Impact


The major factors of success in business applications for the mid-market segment have traditionally been--flexible pricing, packaging and deployment options; speed of implementation; vertical focus; interconnectivity to other applications and legacy systems; product scalability and scope expandability; Internet and wireless device accessibility; low cost business-to-business (B2B) electronic connectivity; and a single point of contact possibly with a local consulting and implementation support. PeopleSoft seems to have captured (or at least tackled) most of these.

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LogRhythm and SOX Compliance


In order for a business to stay on top of compliance requirements required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)—and avoid financial penalties or possible jail time—it must take a good look at its IT environment and financial reporting processes. The collection, management, and analysis of log data are integral to meeting SOX requirements and as such, require a system that automates these processes across the IT infrastructure.

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WebCenter Suite


The Oracle WebCenter Suite employs contextual collaboration tools to optimize connections between people, information, and applications. The suite consists of four components: Web experience management, portals and composite applications, social networking and collaboration, and enterprise content management (ECM).  

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Ultimus BPM Suite


Powered by Adaptive Discovery™, the Ultimus BPM Suite is a BPM solution that enables automated business processes to be deployed without complete maps. Ultimus changes the dynamics of process discovery and provides a short time to value for business process automation solutions that involve people, systems, and organizations. The BPM Suite includes models to address all phases of the process life cycle, including modeling, automating, managing, and optimizing. The BPM Suite runs on Microsofot platforms and supports connecting to external systems via web services, XML, and .NET.  

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3D Systems to Acquire Geomagic: Set to Capture Market Share of Scan-to-CAD Market


Recently, 3D Systems signed a definitive agreement to acquire Geomagic. Geomagic develops the software that is used for scanning physical objects into 3D data. It also produces 3D metrology and inspection software that compares and verifies the measurements of an actual physical product with its design. This acquisition fits well with the portfolio and offerings of 3D Systems, which is well known

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Analytics: A Blueprint for Value in Mid-Market Organizations


While most mid-market companies have an analytics foundation designed to handle structured data, few have evolved to more dynamic environments required for big data and a pervasive and prescriptive use of advanced analytics that are essential to survive in a digital world. So, what should mid-market companies do now to improve their capabilities to convert data-driven insights into meaningful results? In this report, we explore how they can tap into their strengths, shore up their weaknesses, and learn from analytics leaders.

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