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Best Practices in Extending ERP: A Buyer’s Guide to ERP versus Best-of-breed Decisions
The trade-off between best-of-breed functionality and ease of integration is no longer so simple. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to

best saas applications  consider in ERP versus Best of Breed decisions are functionality, integration and the ability to upgrade to new releases. While functionality is a key driver of the majority of software decisions (68%), on average companies use only about 43% of available ERP functionality, implying the right fit is just as important, if not more important, than the number of features and functions available. Yet while the original ERP selection process may have been a two dimensional decision, weighing features and

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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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The SaaS Advantage


More providers of traditional software solutions are moving to software-as-a-service (SaaS) models that meet today’s competitive needs for agility and real-time information, without requiring manufacturers to make a large up-front financial outlay. Confidence continues to increase thanks to pioneering SaaS providers who are able to point to a history of successful implementation. Learn more about the benefits of SaaS.

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Are ASP Applications Right for You? Part 2: Decision Criteria


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A Supply Chain Applications Vendor Expands Beyond Its Roots


Click Commerce has evolved beyond its roots, into a provider of much more comprehensive on-demand supply and demand chain management software, consulting, hosting, and related services that should enable users throughout the world to collaborate in near real time.

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SaaS and Cloud ERP Observations: Is Cloud ERP Right for You?


Over the past six years, Aberdeen Group has been measuring organizations’ willingness to consider a software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment model for their enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementations. Using this research, Aberdeen has created a short report to help organizations as they review their options and provide key takeaways to consider during the process.

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Best-of-Class Financial Systems: an Alternative to ERP


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Sales Commission Applications-Build versus Buy


Even though business operations have consistently moved towards packaged applications, some still consider building their own solutions. This is sometimes the case even for such standard operations as sales commission calculations. But it is clear that in the case of most applications—and sales commission applications in particular—buying a packaged application is a much better decision than the alternative.

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The ROI from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)


Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS, is a term frequently used, but what does it mean for businesses, and what are the financial implications resulting from utilizing this software? This white paper from Waer Systems aims to highlight the financial benefits of both short- and long-term usage of SaaS and how it can benefit your business.

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How to Select a SaaS Vendor


Many small to medium businesses (SMBs) do not have experience with software as a service (SaaS), but are looking to adopt SaaS solutions soon. According to studies, 2009 will be the tipping point, with a majority of companies aiming to adopt SaaS this year. But these companies must be cautious, as the old rules for on-premise software analysis and purchase don’t apply. Discover the new rigorous criteria you should use.

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Winning on the WAN: How to Validate Network Applications Before You Deploy


Making sure that your applications run properly over private and public wide area networks (WANs) is particularly challenging for applications that are sensitive to network conditions. The only way to have confidence that a given application will operate with acceptable performance once it is deployed is to test it under expected (and maybe unexpected) production network conditions—prior to deployment.

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