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Case Study: Wholesale Distribution and Sales Industry
The company is the leading producer and distributor of roast and ground coffee, in Romania. After entering the Romanian market in 1995, the company has already

population distribution  Study: Wholesale Distribution and Sales Industry The company is the leading producer and distributor of roast and ground coffee, in Romania. After entering the Romanian market in 1995, the company has already captured a market share of almost 50 percent. However, en route to this enviable position there were significant challenges to be overcome throughout its sales and marketing organization. Find out how a new business intelligence (BI) system helped.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

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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.
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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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