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Charting a New Course in Effective Distribution Supply Chain Management
Wholesale distributors that pursue growth while neglecting supply chain effectiveness are putting their long-term survival at risk—usually for no good reason

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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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Welcome to ERP - Distribution Showdown! Epicor Enterprise vs. JDA Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Suite vs. Pronto Xi


I'm Larry Blitz, editor of Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC) Vendor Showdown series. Welcome to our latest: ERP - Distribution Showdown. You’ll notice this one has a broader focus than Showdowns we’ve done in the past. Again we’ll be comparing three vendor solutions head-to-head, but not just on functionality. This time we’ll also look at the industries these solutions support, how well they cover different portions of the mid-market segment, and how their installed bases break out geographically. Of course, functionality is again a key component of this Showdown, broken down into four main distribution areas and 13 subareas. We hope you find today’s Showdown helpful and informative, and invite your comments and questions at showdown@technologyevaluation.com.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  slightly outscores Pronto in Purchasing Management. In Back Office, both Epicor Enterprise and Pronto Xi get top grades, with JDA Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Suite placing third. Again, this is no surprise, since this JDA solution is more of a supply chain optimization, best-of-breed solution. Conclusion Each of the vendor solutions we looked at in this Showdown offers a different combination of strengths and weaknesses. For example, Pronto Xi scored well in every functional area except Read More

Supply Chain Management Audio Conference Transcript


This is a transcript of an audio conference on Supply Chain Management presented by TechnologyEvaluation.Com. The presentation used the TEC patented selection engine WebTESS, to conduct a live real time evaluation and selection. It then reviewed the critical differentiating supply chain management criteria, as well as detailed comparisons of i2 Technologies, Manugistics, Aspen Technology, Logility, and Adexa.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  used exclusively for spot purchasing of commodity-level goods and services. E-markets fall into different categories depending on where the software resides, who controls or sponsors the market, and whether direct or indirect goods procurement is available. Though current exchanges predominantly involve only spot purchases, there is a move towards making e-markets responsible for the full trading lifecycle, which spans procurement, supply chain management, and customer relationship management. Because Read More

Transportation Management and the Adaptive Supply Chain Network


To respond to the demands of today’s highly competitive global environment, traditional linear supply chains are evolving into complex, global ecosystems. These “pull” (demand-driven) environments working in conjunction with traditional “push” environments are known as adaptive supply chain networks (ASCNs). ASCNs allow all supply chain stakeholders to share knowledge, make collaborative decisions, and sense and respond immediately to changing conditions.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  functions, including order management, purchasing, warehouse management, customer service, and financials. Companies need adaptable business processes that are easy to manage. Such processes enable a company to establish its own unique way of doing things. Adaptable processes can also connect with the information chain (for example, supply chain event management, freight costing, and scorecards of compliance with service-level agreements) for improved, automated collaboration with partners, suppliers, Read More

Reference Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions


This guide to supply chain management (SCM) functions/features will help you determine which SCM features are a high priority for your organization. Learn about SCM functions and features for WMS, TMS, international trade logistics (ITL), supplier relationship management (SRM), demand management, supply chain analytics, order management, service parts planning, and more.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  shelves, and support, to purchasing as well as the positioning of merchandise in the retail channel. Life cycle planning Life cycle planning is becoming a more popular capability. Demand characteristics change over the life of a product and require close attention to demand patterns to ensure that markets are not starved during ramp-up, or supplied with excess in later stages. In addition, firms are frequently left with excess inventory thanks to ECOs or other product changes, as well as at end-of-life, Read More

Software-as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership


This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) of this technological approach. Download this white paper to find out how a hosted option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and convenience.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) of this technological approach. Download this white paper to find out how a hosted option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and Read More

Zavanti ERP Is TEC Certified for ERP for Services and PPM for PSA Evaluation


TEC is pleased to announce that Zavanti ERP by Zavanti is now TEC certified in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services and project portfolio management and professional services automation (PPM for PSA) software spaces. Zavanti offers an end-to-end suite of solutions for the property development, building and construction, property management, and professional services organizations, particularly the engineering, architecture, contractors, and consultants vertical markets.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  ERP Is TEC Certified for ERP for Services and PPM for PSA Evaluation TEC is pleased to announce that Zavanti ERP by Zavanti is now TEC certified in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services and  project portfolio management and professional services automation (PPM for PSA) software spaces.   Zavanti was founded in 2001 and is based in Sydney, Australia. Zavanti offers an end-to-end suite of solutions for the property development, building and construction, property management, and Read More

Changing Perceptions on ERP Strategy


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. But there's still a common perception that ERP is a luxury—and a high-risk implementation. The key to successful implementation of an ERP system that will adapt to your needs is a strong ERP strategy. This report examines changing perceptions around ERP strategies, and how best-in-class companies develop and maintain them.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  Perceptions on ERP Strategy Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. But there's still a common perception that ERP is a luxury—and a high-risk implementation. The key to successful implementation of an ERP system that will adapt to your needs is a strong ERP strategy. This report examines changing perceptions around ERP strategies, and how best-in-class companies develop and maintain them. Read More

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Enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) enable the planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events and maintenance tasks as they pertain to plants, equipment, and facilities. EAM/CMMS systems span all phases of the asset life cycle across all services, including investment planning, specification, design, operations and maintenance, and disposal. EAM/CMMS systems help managers better allocate equipment and resources, and ensure that proper and timely maintenance is carried out.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  Management Enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) enable the planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events and maintenance tasks as they pertain to plants, equipment, and facilities. EAM/CMMS systems span all phases of the asset life cycle across all services, including investment planning, specification, design, operations and maintenance, and disposal. EAM/CMMS systems help managers better allocate equipment and resources, and ensure Read More

Don’t Forget to Factor In Mobile ERP When Selecting a New ERP System


A 2011 study of mid-market manufacturers sought to understand the nature of demand for mobile access to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other enterprise software. This study surveyed over 200 executives, all of whom reported involvement in software selection at manufacturing companies with more than $100 million (USD) in revenue. Read this article to learn about the current state of mobile ERP for mid-market manufacturers.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  Forget to Factor In Mobile ERP When Selecting a New ERP System With the proliferation of smartphones, tablet computers, and other mobile computing devices—and the associated increase in applications designed for them—the obvious question is when users of enterprise solutions including enterprise resource planning (ERP) will be able to access company-wide solutions from their mobile devices in meaningful ways. In mid-2011, as IFS prepared for the release of IFS Touch Apps , its mobile ERP Read More

Practical Guide to ERP for Recipe/Formula-based Manufacturers


Understanding the features, functions, and architecture of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system best suited to your type of manufacturing will help you reevaluate your existing systems or replace your existing spreadsheet-based processes. This practical ERP guide for process manufacturers examines the functional capabilities of a process-oriented ERP system versus that of a discrete manufacturing-oriented ERP application.

purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  Guide to ERP for Recipe/Formula-based Manufacturers Understanding the features, functions, and architecture of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system best suited to your type of manufacturing will help you reevaluate your existing systems or replace your existing spreadsheet-based processes. This practical ERP guide for process manufacturers examines the functional capabilities of a process-oriented ERP system versus that of a discrete manufacturing-oriented ERP application. Read More

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purchasing and supply chain management erp distribution  300 ERP 6.0 Certification Report (ERP for Services) Sage 300 ERP (formerly Sage ERP Accpac) 6.0 is TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for services 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

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