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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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Macola ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM)


The definition of a successful manufacturing enterprise is one that builds the right products, at the right time, for the right price. That’s why so many manufacturing companies today are focused on managing the entire value-added chain, from the supplier to manufacturer, right through to the final customer. Supply chain management (SCM) has one overriding objective: to get more throughput from existing resources. SCM functionality helps companies reduce inventory, increase the transaction speed by exchanging data in real time, and increase sales by implementing customer requirements more efficiently. Through the use of portals, Macola ERP SCM users can collaborate with customers and see a real-time view of activity across the organization. It starts with the ability to accurately forecast customer demands, and continues with effective planning and scheduling of the flow of materials through the enterprise, to assure on-time delivery and maximum discounts from suppliers. The vendor's solutions enable users to track orders from beginning to end, right out to the customer. And users can make changes on the fly. All corporate information is located in one database, saving employees valuable time when looking for information. Drill-down reporting and analysis is at your fingertips, keeping the process running smoothly. Users can manage customer expectations by providing realistic product delivery dates based on actual and planned material availability, current production capacity, and vendor lead times. Exact provides the tools to evaluate options for expediting materials or adding capacity to meet a requested date, or to propose alternate delivery options when it is not possible to meet the customer’s requested date. Out-of-stocks and excess inventory can be avoided through recommended job and purchase order processes. Users can purchase materials “just-in-time” relative to the live production schedule.  

erp data management products  ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM) The definition of a successful manufacturing enterprise is one that builds the right products, at the right time, for the right price. That’s why so many manufacturing companies today are focused on managing the entire value-added chain, from the supplier to manufacturer, right through to the final customer. Supply chain management (SCM) has one overriding objective: to get more throughput from existing resources. SCM functionality helps companies reduce Read More

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 expand, blurring the boundaries of core ERP functionality. The three essential factors to consider in ERP versus best-of-breed decisions are functionality, integration, and the ability to upgrade. Find out the questions you need to ask when considering an ERP extension.

erp data management products  a single-source solution, our ERP requires data to be entered into the system only once. This has allowed SMP to eliminate excess data entry and improve the speed and accuracy of internal reporting. With efficiency gains, SMP has cut its month-end close time by more than 75%, according to Mark Weishaar, SMP''s president. Installing the system has made the company''s organizational structure more efficient and better poised for long-term growth. Standard Hardware, another small company that has Read More

Project Portfolio Management for Service Organizations: Bridging the Gap between Project Management and Operations


There are two types of project portfolio management (PPM) solutions for professional services organizations (PSO). For smaller PSOs, best-of-breed vendors provide hosted solutions with out-of-the-box integrations, while integrated PPM solutions provide the complete back-office systems preferred by many larger PSOs.

erp data management products  where they can provide ERP functionality to meet the unique needs of PSOs. PSOs want complete PPM solutions that address their business as a whole. For service organizations, efficiently capturing time, billing, and expense data is a key component to bridging projects and operations. Thus, PSOs look to PPM vendors to provide either complete solutions or niche applications that will manage and distribute data across the entire organization. In fact, Peoplesoft (acquired by Oracle) and Epicor have adopted Read More

ERP for Green Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing


Manufacturers are facing pressure from regulators and customers to document their impact on the environment, including not only the simple carbon footprint, but other gas emissions, discharges to waterways, landfills, and product life cycle impacts. How can enterprise software help?

erp data management products  processes. Within a modern ERP system, however, there is an indelible record of what data has been accessed and changed by who, and security and privacy rules can be set up to mitigate against the risk that environmental data may be tampered with. Conclusion Any manufacturer is under increasing pressure to measure, manage, and report on its environmental footprint, and this footprint by necessity extends beyond its four walls and into its supply chain. For practical reasons, and in order to arrive at Read More

Comprehensive ERP and Financial Management for a Manufacturing Competitive Advantage


Manufacturers face a challenging environment with scarce credit, pricing pressures, and increasing costs. Critical to success is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that aligns operations and production with finance—allowing manufacturers to deliver quality products at competitive prices. Discover the key areas necessary for creating value and profitability through real-time monitoring of financial conditions.

erp data management products  supplier uses an integrated ERP system to track actual production costs on the shop floor, drawing upon that data for the quoting process. Actual cost to bid directly impacts the company''s profitability. When actual cost is lower than the bid proposed to the customer, companies risk losing business to a lower priced competitor. If the actual cost is higher than the quote, the company loses money on the order. Because the company''s ERP system tracks and records all physical events (receiving, Read More

Business Process Management Notations within Business Process Management


Business process management notation (BPMN) is an initiative to increase standardization within process modeling. What are the principles of BPMN, and what is the value of BPMN to vendors and organizations using business process modeling?

erp data management products  industry consortium that develops enterprise integration standards. The OMG manages an open, vendor-neutral process which proposes technologies, and invites proposals and feedback from any member company before coming to a consensus on a final specification (which then becomes an adopted standard). Some of the standards the OMG has developed include common object request broker architecture (CORBA), UML, and Internet inter-object request broker protocol (IIOP). Conclusion Standardizing modeling notations Read More

Sage ERP X3 (v. 6) for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report


Sage ERP X3 (v. 6) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the ERP 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.

erp data management products  ERP X3 (v. 6) for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report Sage ERP X3 (v. 6) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the ERP 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. Read More

Data Masking: Strengthening Data Privacy and Security


Many business activities require access to real production data, but there are just as many that don’t. Data masking secures enterprise data by eliminating sensitive information, while maintaining data realism and integrity. Many Fortune 500 companies have already integrated data masking technology into their payment card industry (PCI) data security standard (DSS) and other compliance programs—and so can you.

erp data management products  don’t. Data masking secures enterprise data by eliminating sensitive information, while maintaining data realism and integrity. Many Fortune 500 companies have already integrated data masking technology into their payment card industry (PCI) data security standard (DSS) and other compliance programs—and so can you. Read More

ERP in Manufacturing AXIS


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) provides a necessary infrastructure, along with the transactional detail and system of record that any manufacturing business needs. But ERP also enables streamlining and accelerating business processes—while providing visibility to those processes throughout the enterprise. This AXIS report looks at ERP solution providers from a market readiness and customer value derived perspective.

erp data management products  manufacturing business needs. But ERP also enables streamlining and accelerating business processes—while providing visibility to those processes throughout the enterprise. This AXIS report looks at ERP solution providers from a market readiness and customer value derived perspective. Read More

Streaming Data and the Fast Data Stack


Big data is data at rest; fast data is streaming data, or data in motion. A stack is emerging across verticals and industries for building applications that process these high velocity streams of data. This new stack, the fast data stack, has a unique purpose: to grab real-time data and output recommendations, decisions, and analyses in milliseconds.

This white paper will look at the emerging fast data stack through the lens of streaming data to provide architects, CTOs, and developers with fundamental architectural elements of the new fast data stack: a LAMP stack for streaming data applications.

erp data management products  Data and the Fast Data Stack Big data is data at rest; fast data is streaming data, or data in motion. A stack is emerging across verticals and industries for building applications that process these high velocity streams of data. This new stack, the fast data stack, has a unique purpose: to grab real-time data and output recommendations, decisions, and analyses in milliseconds. This white paper will look at the emerging fast data stack through the lens of streaming data to provide architects, Read More

IFS Applications (version 7.5) for ERP for the Mining Industry Certification Report


IFS Applications (version 7.5) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for the mining industry in the ERP 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.

erp data management products  Applications (version 7.5) for ERP for the Mining Industry Certification Report IFS Applications (version 7.5) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for the mining industry in the ERP 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 Read More

Sage 500 ERP Certification Report (ERP for Distribution)


Sage 500 ERP (formerly Sage ERP MAS 500) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) for distribution solutions in the ERP 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.

erp data management products  500 ERP Certification Report (ERP for Distribution) Sage 500 ERP (formerly Sage ERP MAS 500) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) for distribution solutions in the ERP 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. Read More

Future Tech: Where Will ERP Be in Two Years?


Many ERP systems are deeply entrenched in organizations, and their core technologies are mature. And yet ERP is in a state of flux. The ERP system of the future promises to be simpler, more accessible, and easier to use, shaped by trends that only recently began taking hold. Download this concise executive brief to get an expert's take on what's next for ERP, in clear, easy-to-read language.

erp data management products  Tech: Where Will ERP Be in Two Years? Many ERP systems are deeply entrenched in organizations, and their core technologies are mature. And yet ERP is in a state of flux. The ERP system of the future promises to be simpler, more accessible, and easier to use, shaped by trends that only recently began taking hold. Download this concise executive brief to get an expert''s take on what''s next for ERP, in clear, easy-to-read language. Read More

Top Three Learning Management Trends for 2011


Learning management is a growing market in certain geographical areas and within specific industries. The availability of mobile and collaborative learning devices and tools, as well as the wider adoption of Web 2.0 technologies, is opening up a whole new world of opportunities for people to learn. Read this article on user interest in learning management systems and learn about three learning management trends for 2011.

erp data management products  with their social network counterparts—e.g., the Apple App Store . While some challenges with mobile computing still remain (see my article on Mobile Learning ), the advent of new technologies has resolved many critical issues. Today, manufacturers of mobile devices are delivering broader feature sets with greater capabilities, while mobile network service providers are providing more support with enhanced performance.   See for Yourself If you’d like to start your own research or do a comparison of Read More

Data Quality Strategy: A Step-by-Step Approach


To realize the benefits of their investments in enterprise computing systems, organizations must have a detailed understanding of the quality of their data—how to clean it and how to keep it clean. Those organizations that approach this issue strategically will be successful. But what goes into a data quality strategy? This paper from Business Objects, an SAP company, explores the strategy in the context of data quality.

erp data management products  of their investments in enterprise computing systems, organizations must have a detailed understanding of the quality of their data—how to clean it and how to keep it clean. Those organizations that approach this issue strategically will be successful. But what goes into a data quality strategy? This paper from Business Objects, an SAP company, explores the strategy in the context of data quality. Read More