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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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Deltek and Maconomy: Gearing Up for the Global Service Economy?


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SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us


In the IDC report SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us , you'll learn how a SaaS-based BI solution can help employees throughou...

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Agile ERP Vendor Ditches a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Alliance for, well, its own CRM Solution (Part I)


Writing about failed partnerships in the enterprise applications market is like writing about the sun setting in the evening and to the west, given almost daily occurrences of vendors announcing alliances that never materialize. However, it doesn't happen every day that a potential high-profile alliance gets called off at the 11th hour and in favor of an overlooked in-house solution. The

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IDC Vendor Spotlight: Gearing Up for Rapid Telecom Innovation with Flexible Billing and Services


Communications service providers (CSPs) face a changing business environment, with consumers and businesses rapidly adopting the latest mobile devices for their computing and communications needs. This Vendor Spotlight examines the issues facing the communications industry and discusses the role that SAP plays in offering a new generation of billing software and services designed to address the needs of this important market.

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Ask the Experts: What’s the Difference between ASP and SaaS?


This interesting question recently arrived in our Ask the Experts inbox, so I thought I’d write a brief post clarifying the difference between ASP and SaaS models.TEC’s Take on ASP and SaaS Perhaps not surprisingly, Wikipedia’s definitions for these two terms contribute to the confusion: An application service provider (ASP) is a business that provides computer-based services to

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Get Greener with SaaS-based ERP


To sustain the environment, manufacturing companies initially focused on the greening of the facilities and the materials used, but now are reviewing core processes. Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions help manufacturers get greener by reducing energy consumption, paper and supply usage, and carbon emissions. See how an industry-leading SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can help you get greener.

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ERP Implementation Best Practices: Manufacturers and the SaaS Delivery Model


In this tough economic climate, manufacturers worldwide are reevaluating their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and looking to implement ERP systems that cut costs, streamline operations, and improve performance. This paper highlights the five advantages of on-demand ERP systems, commonly referred to as software as a service (SaaS). Find out how manufacturers can benefit from the leading SaaS-based ERP system.

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Leveraging the SaaS Model for Business Benefits of ISVs


The SaaS delivery model promises the consumer a pay-per-use model for consuming software without any up-front capital expenditure in terms of buying the license and infrastructure, and without the overhead of maintaining the infrastructure necessary to run the software. That said, there are three levels of SaaS maturity among ISVs. Download this white paper to learn about the shortcomings and merits of each SaaS maturity level.

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Top 10 Reasons to Use Steelhead SaaS


Cloud services can be constrained by network latency and limited bandwidth when services and applications are delivered to users around the world, typically over the public Internet. SteelHead SaaS offers up to 30x better application performance for cloud services and SaaS applications deployed in enterprises. The solution combines the best of wide-area network (WAN) optimization with the best of Internet optimization to provide a seamless transition for users between private and public clouds. Customers experience application acceleration immediately, without requiring any configuration changes to the user or service provider environments—and more. This brochure provides the top 10 reasons for using Steelhead SaaS for your enterprise.

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