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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.
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Selecting Manufacturing ERP for ISO 26000 Compliance
ISO 26000 spells out best practices for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Are your enterprise systems, including ERP, capable of documenting CSR best

offshore oil rig jobs  the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig . BP Deepwater’s reputation, as a good corporate citizen, has certainly been diminished. Moreover, it may be held liable for damages due to its actions, particularly if it cannot document that it had been following accepted practices for two of the key areas dealt with ISO 26000 (environmental protection and labor relations). Not Just Altruism The current events in the Gulf are only the latest examples of how social responsibility is of critical importance to

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Compare Software Solutions

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ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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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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Dassault Systèmes-Expanding Product Development and the 3D Experience


The Dassault Systèmes vision is to enable everyone—from product designers, engineers, and suppliers to end users and their respective communities—to create, share, and experience the three-dimensional virtual world, thereby maximizing the value of their intellectual property and digital assets. In this article, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reports on the 3D design tools he recently saw demoed, how they enable collaboration, and their application to manufacturing and other sectors.

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Go Fygir! SCT Defeats Incumbent AspenTech at Texaco, Shell Venture


ERP vendor SCT Corp. recently sold its Fygir Demand Planning product to Equilon, a joint refining venture of Shell Oil and Texaco that had signed Aspen Technology’s largest deal for its PIMS™ planning and scheduling software.

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EffectiveSoft


EffectiveSoft is an offshore software development company that offers programming, design, and consulting services to a wide range of industries and business areas. The company provides the software development services for large-scale distributed web-based databases, web-based real-time data processing, e-commerce applications, corporate solutions, document and knowledge management, etc. It also produces semantic software for knowledge and document management, including solutions for document summarization, document comparison, question-answering systems, document categorization, clusterization, etc. Additionally, EffectiveSoft offers technical support and localization of developed products and engineering research.

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Why Manufacturers and Distributors (Still) Need Different ERP Systems


The distinction between manufacturing- and distribution-focused enterprises used to be very clear. Lately, however, the offshore movement of manufacturing capacity has made many domestic manufacturers look and act very much like distributors, while distribution companies have had to start performing functions that typically have been performed by manufacturers. Yet, even as the lines become increasingly blurred between manufacturing and distribution, the key processing needs of these organizations remain significantly different. In this special primer, TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic takes a look at what those needs are and how they have changed over time.

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Off-shoring: Are You Getting Your Money's Worth?


Are companies that offshore software development, call center operations, and remote implementations really saving money? Are customers and users realizing benefits? Indeed, there are areas where savings can be misstated. But companies can do something to protect themselves against disappointments.

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Technical Staff Management Systems for the Aviation Industry


In the airline industry, aircraft maintenance is an activity that has to be done throughout the day, so maintenance personnel must be available at all times. The complexity of the operation increases the need for a maintenance personnel management system.

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Brave New World-Biometrics in HR


Human resources (HR) professionals often have to deal with errors in recording employees’ effectiveness while accomplishing their jobs. My colleague Ted Rohm gives an overview in this recent blog post of how biometrics can help with these HR challenges. He makes the case that biometrics technology is an option worth considering for certain aspects of business operations. As Ted mentions in his

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Looking for Oil and Gas ERP Software? Check Out TEC’s Newest Evaluation Center


TEC's research model of oil and gas ERP systems is now live. This means you can research and compare ERP solutions for the oil and gas industry at TEC's Oil and Gas Evaluation Center. Solutions include ERP systems from Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP, and many other vendors coming soon. We’ll keep you posted on some second-tier vendors offering exciting products that emulate first-tier solutions, but

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EdgeAX Announces Apparel PLM Solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX


Retailers are vital to the global economy, responsible for 18 percent of the US GDP while supporting more than 41 million jobs in the US alone. It's no secret that Microsoft Dynamics AX has marked retail as one of its focus industries, and early in 2013 Microsoft announced the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail that offers new capabilities to help retailers deliver a complete

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