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Human Capital Management
Today@s economy demands a more proactive, strategic role for the human resources (HR) department. As competition for critical resources intensifies, managers

saas capital  software as a service (SaaS), hosted, or on-premise solution, Epicor HCM is HR software that can be deployed to meet your organizational requirements without compromising functionality or data integrity. To serve your international HR needs, this Human Resource Management System (HRMS) Web-based solution configures data fields to reflect the appropriate format based on employee location, as well as provides location-specific home pages delivering relevant communication and corporate standards. Epicor

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Human Capital Management

Human Capital Management (HCM) encompasses all the applications necessary for handling personnel-related tasks for corporate managers and individual employees from the point of hire to the point of retire. This HCM model includes functionality for recruitment and staffing management, human resource management, career development, succession planning, learning management, performance and compensation management, and workforce management and planning.  

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10 Questions to Ask About Human Capital Management in the Cloud


It can seem quite challenging to move an entire aspect of your organization’s infrastructure to the cloud, but as software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions become more and more common across the business world, this is a reality that many companies are having to face in order to reap the benefits of switching to the cloud.

There are many things to consider when deciding to move your HR and payroll functions to the cloud, and this easy-to-follow guide will help you prepare for the move. Learn 10 questions to ask about human capital management in the cloud, covering important factors such as data control, integration, costs, security, support, scalability, and more. Knowing what questions to ask a cloud provider about the level and type of service they have to offer will ensure that you get everything you need to know to make an informed decision that you can be confident about.

SaaS solutions provide a number of benefits for HR, such as cost savings and an end to worries about infrastructure maintenance or server capacity and processing power. But deciding on the right cloud solution for your HR needs can sometimes become a more time-consuming and confusing process than the actual solution implementation! This white paper provides several important questions that HR professionals can ask when researching potential cloud providers, in order to find the best-fit cloud solution for their organization’s HR needs, and start gaining the benefits from a switch to SaaS sooner.

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Wow, how time flies and how many things have happened in the market these days to distract a market observer! Namely, only over a year after my SaaSy Discusions (Part I) and SaaSy Discussions (Part Ia) blog series, some time has at last become available for more discussions on the intriguing topic of software as a service (SaaS). The title of this SaaSy discussions series might be somewhat

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Leveraging the SaaS Model for Business Benefits of ISVs


The SaaS delivery model promises the consumer a pay-per-use model for consuming software without any up-front capital expenditure in terms of buying the license and infrastructure, and without the overhead of maintaining the infrastructure necessary to run the software. That said, there are three levels of SaaS maturity among ISVs. Download this white paper to learn about the shortcomings and merits of each SaaS maturity level.

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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.


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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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Human Capital Analytics: The Metrics That Matter


Most organizations are capturing thousands of pieces of data about their employees on a daily basis, but it can be hard to focus on the data that really matters. In this article, TEC research analyst Sherry Fox explores the concept of human capital analytics and pinpoints five key steps for organizations to take to effectively analyze human resources (HR) data and better manage their workforce.

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A Step-by-step Guide to Starting Up SaaS Operations


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Evaluating SaaS Solutions: A Checklist for Small and Midsized Enterprises


This paper from Saugatuck Technology discusses relevant criteria for evaluating SaaS solutions targeting small and midsize firms, and raises key questions that should be asked. It is important to ensure that a SaaS solution is well aligned with business requirements, and can accommodate change and growth. The paper also provides an evaluation template for executives to use in conducting evaluations of SaaS solutions.

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Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management-Work as a Team


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Configurability in SaaS


As software-as-a-service (SaaS) spreads rapidly as a business model among independent software vendors (ISVs), the importance of SaaS configurability has come to the fore. With increasingly competitive deployments, the ability of individual tenants to configure their own options, business processes, and data structures will become the key differentiator among otherwise similar offerings—and will often prove critical to the success or failure of a SaaS deployment. Discover the variety of configurable options, typical technical challenges, and common approaches for optimizing SaaS configurability.

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