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Managing product images is frustrating. Typically, images are not documented nor linked to the associated product information. Worse, suppliers and retailers

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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills. 

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How the Small Become Mighty


Although small to midsized manufacturers employ more than half of all workers in the US, today’s demand-driven, global economy is challenging them to operate with the same agility as their larger counterparts. To stay competitive, it is essential that these manufacturers implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology. With the right ERP system, they can become mighty and thrive in the face of bigger competition.

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Case Study: Best Foam Fabricators


As a supplier to the automotive industry, Best Foam Fabricators often needed to expedite parts to customers to fill orders. This meant the company was spending up to $50,000 (USD) on expedited freight. To reduce costs—of both shipping and labor—Best Foam decided to implement a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Find out how Best Foam has not only reduced costs but also improved delivery time by 99 percent.

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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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Everest Software Inc.


Founded in 1994, Everest Software is a privately-held, multinational software company headquartered in Dulles, Virginia (US). Everest Software has nearly 300 employees. The company has developed Everest, a business management solution for small and mid-size businesses in the wholesale, distribution, retail, and e-commerce industries. Over 3,000 small business in 49 countries use Everest, which was the winner of the 2004 SIIA Codie Award for Best Business Software Product. In 2009, Everest was acquired by Versata Enterprises. Versata revitalizes best-of-breed companies for the sake of customer success, often extending and evolving products for the long term. The current reach of Versata’s companies is broad and the family grows each year through the acquisition of additional leading solution providers.

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Ultimate Software


Ultimate Software’s cloud-based UltiPro aims to simplify and improve work experiences for employees. Organizations can manage global people data and processes with UltiPro and ensure their people feel engaged and productive. UltiPro enables personalized recruiting and onboarding experiences, guides employees through benefits choices, simplifies complex payroll computations, manages time and attendance needs, supports continuous performance management and development, and builds proactive succession plans for the future. UltiPro’s solutions are supported by business intelligence and reporting.   Founded in 1990 and based in Weston, FL, Ultimate Software supports thousands of customers, representing diverse industries and managing millions of employees across the world.   Ultimate Software operates with a commitment to always put people first. This philosophy is the underlying fabric for Ultimate’s corporate culture, its partnership with customers, and the strategy when designing its solutions. Ultimate has been ranked consistently on Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For since 2012, which rates U.S. companies with more than 1,000 employees that use smart people management strategies to develop highly productive and satisfied workforces.   Ultimate Software has received numerous accolades from industry influencers. Ultimate was recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Nucleus Research’s HCM Technology Value Matrix 2015. In 2014, UltiPro’s Talent Acquisition solutions were selected among the annual HR Technology Conference and Exposition’s “Awesome New Technologies for HR.”

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American Software - A Tacit Avant-Garde?


Throughout June, American Software, Inc. continued to announce additional functions that broaden the scope of its e-intelliprise application suite. It also announced financial results for fiscal 2000.

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Saba Software


Founded in 1997, Saba (NASDAQ: SABA) is a global provider of strategic human capital management (HCM) software and services. Saba’s people management solutions are used by more than 1,300 organizations and over 17 million end users worldwide. Its customers include ABN AMRO, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BMW, Dell, Lockheed Martin, Tata Consultancy Services, and the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. It is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Saba has offices on five continents. Saba provides solutions for people management through learning, collaboration, performance, compensation and talent management, enabling customers to align, develop, manage and reward their people Saba product offerings address all aspects of HCM and are available both on-premise and on-demand (www.saba.com/products). Its global services capabilities and partnerships provide consulting and implementation services, as well as ongoing worldwide support.

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Smart Software


Founded in 1984, Smart Software is a provider of enterprise-wide demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions. Smart Software's flagship product, SmartForecasts, has thousands of users worldwide, including customers at mid-market enterprises and Fortune 500 companies, such as Abbott Laboratories, Metro-North Railroad, Siemens, Disney, Nestle, Nikon, GE, and The Coca-Cola Company. Smart Software is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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3C Software


3C Software, founded in 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia (US), has taken a comprehensive approach to developing cost management solutions for process and complex manufacturers. Through interviews with everyone involved in cost management—from accountants to engineers to chief financial officers (CFOs)—3C software creates a solution that offers functionality that is both comparable with any accounting method and integrative with other enterprise and manufacturing systems.

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