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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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Evaluating the Total Cost of Network Ownership
The upfront expenses of a network comprise only 19% of the total cost. The remaining 81% can sneak up on bank management, often unaware of some subtle TCO

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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

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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ERP for School Districts

The ERP knowledge base for K-12 school districts and municipalities focuses on back-office functionality, including financials, human resources (HR), and payroll. It covers important functionality for employee self-service activities, purchasing management, and inventory management. 

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Talent Management: The New Business Imperative


Studies and statistics suggest that, because of demographic trends, companies will soon face a shortage of talent. In response, many companies have begun adopting processes and tools to more effectively recruit, retain, and develop talent. At the top of the list are human capital management (HCM) and talent management systems. Find out how these new technologies can help your company survive the coming talent crunch.

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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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Employee Performance Management: Making It a Reality in Your Organization


Over 90 percent of human resources (HR) professionals rate employee performance management (EPM) as a top priority. Yet considerably fewer have EPM systems deployed within their organizations, mostly because of concerns about presenting a persuasive case for such projects to executive management. However, a structured approach to selecting, planning for, and implementing an EPM solution can help alleviate those concerns.

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The Modern Approach to Workforce Planning: Best Practices in Today’s Economy


Unfortunately, leaders often lack the visibility to predict workforce needs in difficult times, and human resources (HR) professionals often lack the business acumen to answer detailed data-driven workforce questions. As a result, many companies are currently operating in crisis mode, reacting to economic turmoil by downsizing their workforce. Find out how you can use workforce analytics for strategic workforce planning.

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Lawson Software: Self-Evidently Thriving on Innovations


Lawson's continual investment in R&D delivers innovative products, often in advance of much larger competitors. Increasing competition from larger vendors with significant resources, puts pressure on the company to go public within the next 12 months.

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Self-Service Business Intelligence and Analytics: The New Competitive Advantage for Midsize Businesses


Analytics is more important to success than ever before, and it’s a business practice that has momentum. This paper examines the barriers to adoption of analytics from an IT and end-user perspective, and shows how self-service analytics can eliminate these barriers. Self-service analytics empowers users to truly exploit the wealth of data available to them, while ensuring that the IT organization maintains governance and control over that data.

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Case Study: Diebold


Based in Canton, Ohio (US), Diebold provides automatic teller machines (ATMs), security systems, and integrated self-service solutions for the financial and retail industries. To accelerate technician training and assure regulatory compliance, Diebold integrated a learning management system (LMS) within its Oracle environment. Learn how Diebold’s solution reduced technicians’ speed-to-competency from 18 months to just 4.

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Customer Focused Self-service: Building the Balanced Business Case


Countless customers are engaging in self-service, in the process helping companies save millions by deflecting service interactions to cheaper channels. At many organizations, just the cost savings make the investment in self-service worthwhile. But the self-service business case isn’t built on cost savings alone. There’s a bigger, more customer-focused picture to consider, where the customer experience plays the key role.

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Parature to Bolster Microsoft Dynamics CRM


Microsoft just announced that it has acquired Parature, a cloud-based customer engagement solutions provider, and will add a leading customer self-service suite to Microsoft Dynamics CRM. TEC’s P.J. Jakovljevic takes a closer look at what the acquisition means for Microsoft Dynamics customers.

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Dundas BI


Dundas BI is an enterprise-ready business intelligence (BI) and data visualization solution. With Dundas BI, users have tailored self-service for simplifying data analytics; a consistent, single experience for easy data access on any device; and powerful visualizations to create and customize dashboards and reports. With one, open platform, users can easily customize, extend, and integrate. Dundas BI provides real-time information to allow organizations to make better decisions and get insights faster. 

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