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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Enterprise Phone Systems Buyer’s Guide
Implementing or upgrading an enterprise phone system is a strategic investment for any large enterprise. To reach an informed decision, you should understand

powerful systems and issue tracking software  effectiveness, while gaining more powerful features for integration with incumbent legacy voice technologies. These developments are making VoIP more attractive to more large enterprises. Ultimately, an enterprise's core business determines whether the benefits of VoIP warrant switching. For example, a call center is more likely to reap significant savings by switching to VoIP than a manufacturing company with basic communication needs and comparatively low call volumes. Top Considerations for

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Merchandising Systems

Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record product performance, which allows buyers to purchase merchandise according to that information and to make accurate merchandise decisions. Moreover, retail systems have capabilities for tracking inventory, capturing sales data, and managing retail prices. 

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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.

Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.

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If you’re not up to speed on the key benefits of software asset management (SAM) solutions, this overview can help. Additionally, you’ll learn about the areas where an SAM solution can deliver the most tangible, quantifiable cost savings to your company. You’ll also learn how to calculate the potential return on investment (ROI) on an SAM solution in order to present senior management with a compelling business case.

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CheckMark Software


Founded in 1984, CheckMark Software is dedicated to providing accounting and payroll software for small to medium businesses. In 1985, CheckMark was one of the first companies to create accounting software for Macintosh, and followed up with a Windows version in 1994.

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abas Business Software


abas Business Software is an ERP and e-business application designed specifically for manufactures in assemble-to-order (ATO), make-to-order (MTO), and engineer-to-order (ETO) environments. The abas Business Software brand includes the following products: abas ERP for production abas Distribution for distribution, wholesale, and service companies the abas eB e-business solution New functions and technologies are added to the standard software with each new version. abas Business Software is currently offered in 28 languages and can be run on the Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms. ABAS has been a supporter of the open-source Linux operating system since 1995. Approximately 80 percent of over 2,300 abas installations are Linux-based. abas Business Software includes the following functionality: sales and sales order processing shipping purchasing and purchase order processing warehouse management scheduling logistics materials management materials resource planning (MRP) production and production planning and control (PPC) financial accounting fixed asset accounting cost accounting eBusiness

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TIBCO Software


TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX) is a provider of infrastructure and business intelligence  (BI) software. Whether it’s optimizing inventory, cross-selling products, or averting crisis before it happens, TIBCO uniquely delivers tthe ability to capture the right information at the right time and act on it preemptively for a competitive advantage. 

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Pronto Software Limited


For over 30 years, we’ve been working closely with our clients to create business management software that helps them get the absolute best out of their business. Our vision has always been to deliver tools that allow our clients to excel and prosper in whichever field they may be in – from mining to manufacturing, distribution to retail and services. In fact, our software has adapted appropriate functionality based on years of listening to feedback from customers just like you.  Your business is our business, so we’ll make sure that, rather than offering you anything off the shelf, we’ll listen to exactly what it is you need. By understanding where you are, we can understand where we can take you. Next, we adapt what we already have to make sure it fits your  business perfectly. We know that the best solutions are the product of revisions and improvements, fine-tuning and perfecting. That’s why our support services are always on hand to field questions and spot opportunities. To back them up, we’ve also built up an online knowledge base, with contributions from staff, industry experts, and Pronto Xi customers just like you. Finally, we reveal a solution that we know will help you take your business to the next level. Our easy-to-use software, fully integrated with IBM Cognos business intelligence technology, allows you to monitor and control every aspect of your business, from top floor to shop floor. You’ll improve productivity, customer service, and inventory accuracy. You’ll keep track of what’s making you money, and where the opportunities lie.

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