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The Challenges of a Business Intelligence Implementation: A Case Study
The University of Illinois provides a good example of extensive integration of its business intelligence (BI) solution and data warehousing environment with its

rfp questions erp implementation  through focus groups, the RFP creation and demonstration process, or training initiatives, users were aware of and had a say in the overall process. User input ranged from the needs assessment, to software evaluation choice and user friendliness. On another level, interest was low. Had there been significant interest from the user community (or as an alternative, had interest been developed at the time of the student systems overhaul), interest and general buy-in might have taken place more quickly.

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TEC 2014 ERP for Midsize Manufacturers Buyer's Guide


It’s hard to imagine a modern manufacturing business operating without the use of some kind of ERP software that facilitates the management of day-to-day production, and financial, logistical, and other operations. In fact, many manufacturing companies have undergone ERP selection and implementation processes not just once but several times already in their existence.

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This purpose of this buyer’s guide is to provide readers more clarity regarding the ERP market for medium-sized manufacturing companies, its specifics and overall trends, as well as provide an overview of the major players and their solutions, which is particularly useful for those organizations that are in the early stages of the software assessment or those companies looking to select software systems at some point in their near future.

The guide also includes a special report on cloud ERP solutions. Looking at the cloud argument, the sides of both cloud enthusiasts and those who aren’t yet convinced are explored, and more in-depth analysis and an unbiased overview of cloud, and on-premise ERP alternatives are given with consideration for the various manufacturing ERP deployment options.



Table of Contents


About this Guide

Preface

ERP for Midsize Manufacturers

Typical Business Considerations

Technology as a Challenge and Opportunity

State of Market: ERP for Midsize Manufacturers


Product Comparison

TEC Special Report

The Pros and Cons of Cloud-based Manufacturing ERP Software


TEC Selection Project

TEC Resources

Casebook

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Epicor Customer Success Story: Chirch Global Looks to Cloud ERP to Support its Worldwide Operations

Epicor Customer Success Story: ARPAC

Epicor White Paper: Top 6 Technologies Small and Midsize Manufacturers Can’t Afford to Ignore

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Oracle Cloud Customer Success Stories: Oracle Cloud Applications – Empowering the Modern Business in the Cloud

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ProcessPro Customer Success Story: Von Drehle Outpaces the Competition with SYSPRO Software


Vendor Directory


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ERP for Midsize Manufacturers



Midsize manufacturing organizations constitute a unique segment of companies. They occupy a particular niche in the business world – mature and large enough to exploit advanced management concepts and engineering technologies, yet small enough to stay close to customers and flexible enough to rapidly adjust products and business processes to changing environments.

This group of manufacturers is certainly in the sights of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendors as their next target market, after global multinational corporations.

However, the ERP selection process is a top concern for medium-sized manufacturers. With the enormous quantity and variety of marketing materials produced by ERP vendors in order to persuade organizations to make the “right” ERP choice, the end result is that the overall selection process for many manufacturers isn’t clear and often requires systematization and clarification.

It is not simply a question of which two of three ERP systems to put at the top of one’s short list, as the selection process is typically much more complicated. In particular, there are parallel challenges of developing one’s own ERP paradigm and whether to accept long-term strategies regarding cloud or traditional on premise-roadmaps, as well as many lower-priority issues.

With all of these factors to take into account, selecting an ERP solution for midsize manufacturing businesses becomes a question of choosing a way of business evolution for the years to come. The ERP decision is imperative for most companies, and with this buyer’s guide, TEC’s goal is to provide some guidance to manufacturers seeking to implement a new ERP solution or replace or upgrade an existing solution, and to draw a picture of the ERP market as a whole.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2014 ERP Buyer’s Guide for Midsize Manufacturers.

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Sage ERP X3 v.6 for Distribution Enterprise Resource Planning Certification Report


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