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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Business Process Overview: Warehousing Solutions
Warehousing processes are critical for the success of a distribution business. These processes are highly visible to your customers, and have a direct impact on

advanced chemical solutions  Logistics Solutions Warehouse , Advanced Solutions Warehousing , Effective Data Warehousing Solutions , Innovative Technology Solutions , Warehouse Optimization , Logistics Management Solutions , Providers of Warehouse Management , Optimized Data Warehousing Solutions . Introduction Warehousing processes play an ever-increasing and vital role in the supply chain. The IBS solution covers all of your warehousing requirements, from reception through to packaging and shipping – including powerful

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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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Process Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today's leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While during the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-Business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.    

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SCT Corporation: The Last Viable Process Manufacturing Vendor Standing?


Although a relative newcomer, the Process Manufacturing Solutions division of SCT has been able to remain focused on the process manufacturing industry. With the exit or weakening position of most other process-focused vendors, SCT should thrive. However, its low profile marketing strategy, undeveloped channel and a limited number of implementation partners are some of the challenges it has yet to surmount.

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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.

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Siemens Product Development Solutions for Process Industries


Process manufacturing companies have traditionally been slow to adopt product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, mostly because they have not had many alternatives to choose from. The Siemens SIMATIC IT portfolio is one exception. Read TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu’s in-depth analysis of version 6.5 of the SIMATIC IT portfolio of products.

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HR Manager Talent Solutions


HR Manager Talent Solutions was founded in March 2003. One of Scandinavia's suppliers of recruitment solutions, HR Manager Talent Solutions has its head office in Norway and sub-offices in Sweden and Denmark, with other offices in Finland, Poland, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom (UK) through its partner program. In 2010, HR Manager Talent Solutions was listed on Deloitte Technology Fast50 in Norway and Fast500 EMEA. The company's flagship product Talent Recruiter is currently used by more than 300 companies in 50 countries within various industries. HR Manager Talent Solutions delivers human resources (HR) solutions as software as a service (SaaS) for the international market.

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Introducing Packaged Solutions: Why Enterprise Software Customers Should Understand and Consider Packaged Solutions


Information technology (IT) projects tend to run late, over-budget, or do not meet planned goals. Implementation risk is a critical factor. Packaged solutions modularize the implementation process into smaller, well-defined units that are easier to manage and less expensive to deploy than traditional methods. This white paper discusses why enterprise software customers should consider packaged solutions.

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Everest Advanced


Everest Advanced addresses the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) in the wholesale, distribution, and retail industries by allowing them to manage and track their business operations on-line and off-line, from the storefront to the front- and back-office. The solution offers accounting, inventory management, sales, return materials authorizations (RMA), point-of-sale (POS), shipping and receiving, and customer relationship management (CRM) functionality.  

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LOGO Business Solutions


LOGO Business Solutions, is the largest independent software company of Turkey. LOGO took a step in business world by developing engineering software for personal computers in 1984 and has become an IT oriented high-technology group. LOGO, since its foundation, has been an engrossing and innovative leader of Turkish Software Sector thanks to the innovations it brought in products, services and business processes in this sector. Logo is also the first IT company traded at IMKB-Istanbul Stock Exchange, IPO’d at year 2000. LOGO has a say all around the world in business application field with users exceeding 1.300.000 in 170.000 companies, particularly in Turkey.

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Etail Solutions


Etail Solutions was formed in 2010 when founders saw a fundamental gap in the marketplace for mid-high volume online merchants. As merchants grow their businesses, there began to be a clear need for a solution to bridge the gap between sales channels, supply chain, and financial systems. As product catalogs grew, it also became apparent that ERP/financial systems were not designed to manage all of the channel specific attributes.

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KeyedIn Solutions


KeyedIn Solutions offers cloud-based software systems that provide a flexible, scalable, and affordable means to simplify processes, improve performance and gain a competitive edge. KeyedIn Flex Platform, the company’s cloud application platform, allows new applications to be developed quickly. The KeyedIn project portfolio management (PPM) system supports program management offices in businesses of all types, while its professional services automation (PSA) software serves professional service organizations. The company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution addresses the unique needs of custom manufacturers. 

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