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Managing Business Risk in the Food and Beverage Industry
Midsize food and beverage companies are striving to be more things to more markets, while ensuring consistent customer satisfaction and regulatory compliance

hazard waste management training  assurance systems that include Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for food safety. Leaders in this industry continually invest in advanced technologies and information systems to improve their line speeds, quality yields, and operating efficiencies (see Figure 3). Reliability is just as critical, yet data inaccuracies and poor inventory visibility are common in food and beverage companies even though many are vertically integrated. Sheer volume and multiple moves between operations

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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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Learning Management Suite (LMS)

These are tools for managing, creating, scheduling training or learning in your organization. The terminology varies from vendor to vendor. Learning management systems (LMS) typically help to manage both classroom and on-line learning. They do not normally include content creation or management tools but may in some cases. Some LMSs may manage just classroom or just e-learning rather than both. Some LMSs may also include content authoring and managment and virtual classrooms. Learning content management systems (LCMS) emphasize the management of content for courses/training/learning. In most cases, they include content authoring tools. In some cases, they may also include some of the features of LMSs. Content authoring tools are often provided as part of an LCMS. They may also be stand-alone products. Virtual classrooms (web conferencing tools) normally are separate third party offerings but may be included as part of a suite of tools. Suites of tools include features of at least two or more of the above categories. While some companies offer just LMS or LCMS systems others offer suites of products, which provide all or most of the features of the other tools. Suites combine several capabilities of learning management--usually two or more of the following: learning management, classroom training management, e-learning management, custom content creation, learning content management, learning object repositories, or virtual classrooms.  

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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.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2010 SaaS Buyer’s Guide for wholesale and distribution.

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Enterprise Configuration Management for Risk Mitigation


Enterprise configuration management (ECM) is a process to capture data and dependencies about an information technology (IT) infrastructure and to create an audit trail of changes against that infrastructure. The ECM process manages the revision and status of all the digital assets in an IT infrastructure. This white paper by Chris Kincaid from Configuration Management, Inc. discusses the benefits of ECM for risk mitigation.

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Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud Service: Simplify People Management and Build the Best Talent


In this white paper, the new challenges and opportunities that are facing modern HR organizations are discussed, and the technology innovations that Oracle has developed to address them. Streamlining core processes and developing a business-focused talent strategy as well as using the right technology can help you simplify managing your people and building the best talent.

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New Realities of Retail Workforce Management: Myths versus Facts


With an economic recovery underway, retailers are leveraging workforce management (WFM) tools to help them address their most pressing needs—cost reduction, return on investment (ROI), and measurably improved performance—while instilling practices that will serve them tomorrow and beyond. Find out how market leaders are leveraging the considerable benefits of WFM systems to gain a significant competitive advantage.

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Program Management Office: A Term Not Fully Understood


The term program management office (PMO) has been around for some time. Its core concepts, methods, and benefits have remained constant, while resources and tools have changed somewhat over the years. But not understanding what a program office is and when it should be leveraged is a common pitfall and reason for failure. Find out more about the program office, and its roles, processes, and responsibilities.

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Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud


Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud offers an integrated project management suite that is designed to automate, streamline, and control project management processes end-to-end without expensive hardware and system management overhead costs. Read up on the product’s key features and the benefits your organization can achieve from this cloud solution.

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Blackboard Learn 9.1 for Learning Management Certification Report


Blackboard Learn 9.1 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of learning management systems in the Human Capital Management Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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New Management at Manhattan Associates


ATLANTA, Georgia -- Manhattan Associates Inc. MANH, the global leader in best-of-breed warehouse and transportation management systems, announced the appointment of Richard (Dick) M. Haddrill, former president and chief executive officer of Powerhouse Technologies, as president and chief executive officer reporting to Alan Dabbiere, chairman of the board for Manhattan Associates, effective January 1, 2000. Dabbiere will continue to play an active role as chairman of the board and will remain involved in strategic projects associated with the company's future direction. PRNewswire, 10/18/99.

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Systems Monitoring and Management: Vendor Evaluation Checklist


This systems’ monitoring and management vendor evaluation checklist from Uptime Software is designed to help IT managers and administrators as they search for the right solution. It is intended to be a generic list that can be updated, expanded, and customized depending on your exact requirements. You are welcome to edit and modify each of the items as you see fit.

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Facilitating Compliance and Intelligent Information Management with Effective Database Management


Data breach is a very real problem in business today. Every day, organizations store massive amounts of data inside database tables—data ranging from credit card transactions to product inventories. This valuable information is what runs the business. In order to protect this data and stay on top of compliance, an enterprise data management solution that respects information privacy regulations should be considered.

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