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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

zero software updates evaluated to be installed  continents, MessageLabs delivers industry-leading zero hour Internet-level protection against web-born threats. Underpinning this capability is the use of multiple signature-based anti-malware scanners and MessageLabs unique, proprietary threat detection technology, Skeptic. For almost a decade now, Skeptic has led the way in predictive threat detection. As it relentlessly scans for malware, it constantly adds to its enormous reservoir of knowledge, updating itself to deal with every new threat that

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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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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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Delivering the Business Value of Automating Business Processes to Small and Medium Enterprise


Enterprises of all sizes today face common problems dealing with handling increasing business complexity while reducing costs. The solution continues to be the automation of business processes. SAP is an established leader in addressing the needs of large enterprises. Building on that performance and identified best practices, SAP built and launched SAP Business One. SAP Business One was designed to offer small and medium businesses the same business streamlining and efficiencies at a scale and scope appropriate to their needs. IDC recently interviewed a number of companies that have successfully deployed SAP Business One. The purpose of our interviews was to determine what impact the software had on their productivity and cost reduction.

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Apprise Software, Inc


Founded in 1984, Apprise Software, Inc. is a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) software and services for midsized consumer goods companies. By leveraging technologies such as Microsoft .NET, wireless warehouse solutions, and radio frequency identification (RFID)-along with industry best practices-Apprise Software provides consumer goods companies with enterprise-wide solutions designed to meet their unique business requirements. Apprise Software is headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (US), with offices in Nanjing (China), Sydney (Australia), and Brno (Czech Republic).

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Managed Services: How to Adapt to the Channel Model of the Future


Low margins, a boom in the managed services sector, and a decreasing reliance on client–server-based infrastructures are drastically changing the business landscape for many traditional IT channel players. This paper assesses the challenges facing the IT channel and describes how IT resellers can transform the growing demand for managed services from a threat into a key opportunity for future business success.

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Five Steps to Better Sales Performance: How to Coach Your Sales Team to Higher Performance


A giant gap exists in most organizations between the highest performing sales reps and everyone else. Much depends on the critical role of sales managers. This paper reveals the proven methods the best sales managers rely on to close the sales performance gap between average performers and all-stars. Read more about the key sales performance behaviors you can put into practice to transform your sales teams.

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The Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level


Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can determine its governance maturity. A staged approach allows companies to realize rapid time to value by introducing new tools and processes on an incremental basis. As a result, they can avoid an expensive, one-size-fits-all governance solution that may bring failure.

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CMS Is to Content as SOA Is to Enterprise Applications


There’s no disputing the fact that content management systems (CMS) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) are closely related. From reuse, the ability to loosely couple service and functions, to being able to combine services into a new form, SOA and CMS share many common threads in the enterprise world. Find out how the forces that have made SOA so important today are now doing the same for CMS in web site management.

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Mainsaver Software


Mainsaver Software (formerly JB Systems) is wholly owned by the privately held Ameritege Technology Partners, LLC. Mainsaver develops enterprise asset management (EAM) software, and provides the services and tools for power generators, consumer manufacturers, municipalities, ports, and facilities management organizations. The company's professional services help integrate business processes across corporate applications, geographies, and topologies. Mainsaver Software is based in San Diego, California, USA.

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3 Reasons to Archive E-mail: Capacity and PSTs, Migration to Exchange 2010, and Compliance


E-mail is mission critical with corporate knowledge locked inside maiboxes. E-mail archiving solutions help organizations track e-mail transactions, restore inadvertently deleted messages, ensure compliance, and reduce storage demands. E-mail archiving software provides IT with the ability to manage data retention and enable ediscovery. Read this white paper to explore the issues of e-mail archiving and e-mail management.

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Veeam Software


Veeam Software develops solutions for virtualization management and data protection. One software suite it offers is Veeam Management Suite, a set of solutions for VMware backup and management for VMware deployments.

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