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Choosing a Solution for Web Filtering: Software, Appliance, Managed Service?
There are three types of web security solutions: software-based, appliance-based, and managed services. Each needs to be evaluated against several key buying

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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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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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State of the Market: HR


Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.

The products covered in this guide address the management of a company’s workforce, including hiring, payroll, benefits, training, health and safety, and more.

While HRIS are also commonly referred to as human resource management systems (HRMS) or as human capital management (HCM), for the purpose of this guide, we will refer to the systems that support HR functionality as HRIS throughout. All these systems—in one way or another—encompass core HR functionality.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how the various HR solutions have helped companies like yours solve personnel, payroll, and benefit management problems.

For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for an HRIS, whether it’s an end-to-end on-premise solution, an on-demand or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, a third party solution, or a best-of-breed solution.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which HRIS is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize HR Marketplace

Executive Summary: Core HR

Thou Shalt Manage Human Capital Better

Customer Success Story: Core HR

Nikon Reaps Benefits from Ultimate Software’s Ultipro

Executive Summary: Human Capital Management

Tactical Human Resources Evolves into Strategic Human Capital Management

Customer Success Story: Talent Management

Commerce Bank is Counting on Lawson

Vendor Spotlight

Auxillium West

Ceridian Canada Limited

CheckPoint HR

Lawson

NuView Systems, Inc.

Sage Software

Ultimate Software

Unicorn HRO


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State of the HR Marketplace


For many years, HR management has been viewed as the enterprise function responsible for staffing and personnel-related issues, such as recruiting and hiring, establishing employment policies, handling pay and retirement plans, and administering benefits. Today, company executives see the HR function in an entirely different way. From recruiting, hiring, and training new staff, to the transfer of key functions from the back office to the front line, it is evident that executives are looking to transform HR from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic and vital part of the business.

What is fueling this transformation is that SMB executives are beginning to understand the critical link between their people and the bottom line. To remain competitive as an SMB in today’s job market, employers need to know what their employees are doing, what skills they have, their ambitions, how they are progressing, and how they fit into the future of the business.

SMBs that continue to view HR as strictly a department or administrative service and that fail to infuse HR functions throughout the organization will inevitably limit their ability to compete and grow.

We’ll review some of the trends in the HR space, as well as some of the challenges facing SMBs in the wake of globalization and the changing HR landscape.


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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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Is Green the New Gold ?


“Green IT” and “carbon footprint” are the new buzzwords that echo in the couloirs of corporate houses. Many organizations are undertaking green IT initiatives, either out of genuine concern for the environment or to jump on the bandwagon. Whatever the reason, “going green” is a commitment that is fast gaining momentum. This paper attempts to give an overview of the whats, whys, and hows of green IT/computing.

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NetSuite Unveils New User Experience


NetSuite just unveiled a new NetSuite user interface at SuiteWorld 2014 and TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic is onsite to capture all the details. Read P.J.'s write-up.

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New England Woodcraft Selects abas ERP


New England Woodcraft, a family business that manufactures custom contract furniture, has selected abas-USA as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider. The project team selected abas ERP to replace a heavily customized legacy system, which is no longer supported or upgradable.

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New Vendor Acquisition Strategies in the Enterprise Applications Field


The latest acquisitions of SSA Global indicate a new phase in the vendor's acquisition strategy and development cycle, and are furthering its goal to be number three (after SAP and Oracle) in the world of enterprise resource planning vendors.

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New Challenges in Managing Advertising Revenue


As the digital era evolves, media content companies are faced with a number of new challenges. One such challenge is that they can no longer specialize in one communication format. The advertising market is now a dynamic and complex forum making it difficult to manage multiple channel revenues. A standard, integrated solution, however, can facilitate the management of advertising revenues while increasing customer satisfaction.

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New Version of SAS Analytics Platform


SAS 9.4 is the new version of SAS Business Analytics platform that will be released in June. As the foundation for all SAS analytics products, the SAS Business Analytics platform has been improved to offer a set of features that accommodate requirements demanded by customers and new industry standards. The platform is cloud enabled, and supports both private and public clouds. There are also

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TEC Helps K-Tron Select New ERP Solution


K-Tron is a leading global supplier of feeders, pneumatic conveying components and bulk material handling systems. K-Tron needed help with deciding upon a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to replace its outdated legacy system after representatives from the company’s five sites proved unable to agree on a single set of requirements for the new system. TEC helped K-Tron through this and other roadblocks, with the end result being that K-Tron was able to select a new ERP system in under a year.

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New Version of TIBCO's Enterprise Social Platform: tibbr 4


tibbr 4 is the new version of what TIBCO calls its enterprise social platform. Beyond issuing a press release, TIBCO demoed the latest version of tibbr at the TUCON 2012 conference to showcase some of tibbr's new features—like the tibbr Enterprise Social Graph application programming interface (API) to allow partners and developers to build their own social applications, and tibbr

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