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The Enterprise Applications 'Arms Race' To Be Number Three
Although their consolidation appetite is not diminishing by any means, some major acquisition protagonists like SSA Global and Infor seem to be showing signs of

crm ranks for wholesale  very recently, Epiphany for CRM and Boniva for HCM capabilities, which will be discussed later). SSA Global has been selling these ERP extensions (which in the SCM and SCE applications case are for all ERP products from the separate strategic SCM unit) primarily, but not necessarily to its existing ERP customer base (see SSA Global Forms a Strategic Unit with an Extended-ERP Savvy ). The Epiphany acquisition has resulted in a new strategic CRM unit too. The integration of SSA Global's acquired products

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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CRM for Financial and Insurance Markets

Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting data from all customer interactions with a company from all access points (by phone, mail, or Web, or in the field). The company can then use this data for specific business purposes by taking a customer-centric rather than a product-centric approach. CRM applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services.  

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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.

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2011 Customer Relationship Management Buyer's Guide: Innovations in CRM


Customer relationship management (CRM) has matured, and offers more choices than ever before. This buyer’s guide reviews the latest innovations in this software space, focusing on cloud, mobile, and social options, and includes a section on the range of customer-centric and process-oriented add-ons and applications available. The guide also includes valuable CRM resources, case studies, and a directory of CRM vendors.

This buyer’s guide will show what CRM vendors are doing to differentiate themselves from the competition through innovation. We will first describe some of the major innovations in the CRM space (e.g., cloud computing, social media and collaboration tools, mobile technology, and extended functionality), and then review their advantages and disadvantages. For each category of innovation, the guide will illustrate with real- life examples how CRM vendors provide innovative solutions to their customers and the associated benefits.

Innovation in the CRM world can be approached from two main perspectives: innovations in software, which affect the way companies manage their relationships with their customers (e.g., the ability to analyze customer feedback, for better customer service and even product development), and innovations in the market, which affect the accessibility and usability of CRM solutions (e.g., having CRM functionality available in the cloud or on a mobile device). And as the two qualities are interconnected (innovation in one arena generally leads or responds to innovation in the other), this guide focuses equally on innovations in CRM software and in new delivery models, such as cloud computing and mobile.

Throughout this guide, we consider CRM to be more than a set of tools and solutions that companies use to facilitate their interactions with customers. A complete CRM implementation includes strategies and best practices that companies define and apply in order to attract and retain customers.


Table of Contents


Preface

Customer Relationship Management: A Buyer’s Guide

TEC CRM Resources

Casebook

KANA Software Customer Success Story
Yahoo! Listens Proactively to Customers to Deliver Good Experiences

1C-Rarus Customer Success Story
1C:Enterprise 8 Implementation for Gazprom Neft–Tyumen

HarrisData Customer Success Story
Leading Manufacturer Employs RTI Software’s Closed Loop CRM to Manage Its Nationwide Customer Service Initiative

Infinity Info Systems Customer Success Story
Infinity Info Systems Streamlines Workflow for Leading Wealth Management Firm Halbert Hargrove

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customer Success Story
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Gives BioMedix Vascular Solutions Better Insight into Business Execution

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customer Success Story by Ignify
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Gives Foreign Currency Exchange Company a 360-degree View of Customers and Business Operations

SugarCRM Customer Success Story
USA FACT Drives Higher Revenues with Sugar ProfessionalTM and Empowers Sales On-the-go with Sugar MobileTM


Vendor Directory

SAP Special Report


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CRM Innovations


BI for Large Enterprises

CRM innovations can be classified into four major categories: cloud computing, mobile, social, and extended functionality. Each category uses different technologies to address the needs of customer-focused companies and respond to changes in customer behavior. Many vendors innovate in two or more of these categories; others focus on one category (e.g., some traditional CRM vendors do not yet offer a cloud-computing delivery model or social functionality, but they have created strong mobile versions of their solutions).

Most of the innovative initiatives in the CRM space are contained within these four categories (but innovations are by no means limited to these categories). We consider these categories to be of the utmost importance—and this guide will focus on them— because they greatly affect the way companies manage their relationships with customers (existing or potential).



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ERP Software Review: Jobscope Enterprise Edition (JEE) version 16 for ERP for ETO Manufacturing


This engineer-to-order enterprise resource planning (ETO ERP) solution software review report examines the ERP software by Jobscope and its support for business management processes against known benchmarks. It assesses Jobscope Enterprise Edition (JEE) for ERP functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Financials
  • Human Resources
  • Discrete Manufacturing Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Quality Management
  • Sales Management

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the ERP software based on a demonstration provided by Jobscope. The review identifies the features of JEE that distinguishes it from other business process management solutions, including its online order entry, tracking, modification, and inquiry tools, its entire suite license approach, and its task performance managing functions accesses through an intuitively navigated interface. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

JEE achieved TEC certification status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the ERP software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of JEE, a TEC analyst has assessed the ERP software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that JEE by Jobscope is a strong ETO manufacturing ERP system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how JEE can help businesses achieve their ETO ERP objectives.

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Epicor for Service Enterprises: ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing) Competitor Analysis Report


The enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services knowledge base is appropriate for organizations in service-oriented industries. It consists of enterprise-wide integrated information systems that manage the operations, services, and resources of non-manufacturing organizations.

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IFS Applications (v. 7.5) for ERP for Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Manufacturing Certification Report


IFS Applications (v. 7.5) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) for engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing 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.

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The Business Need for CRM for Large and Medium Sized Enterprises


The software for business market developed in response to large organizations’ need to manage their assets and main activities. Be it customer relationship management (CRM), human capital management (HCM), or enterprise resource planning (ERP), initially only large enterprises were able to commission and acquire such products. But as with anything else that grows successfully in our global economy

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PPM for PSA Software Review: NetSuite OpenAir


This product portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA) software review report examines the PPM for PSA software by NetSuite and its support for business management processes against known benchmarks. It assesses NetSuite OpenAir for PPM for PSA functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Portfolio and Project Management
  • Resource Planning and Scheduling
  • Opportunity, Contact, and Contract Management
  • Time and Expense Management
  • Budgeting, Costing, and Billing
  • Knowledge Management, Collaboration, and Analysis
  • Third-party Integration

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the PPM for PSA software based on a demonstration provided by NetSuite. The review identifies the features of NetSuite OpenAir that distinguishes it from other business process management solutions, including its integration capability with NetSuite’s SuiteApp.com application store, its multicurrency and multi-tax support feature, and its mobile compatibility for use over various device types. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

NetSuite OpenAir achieved TEC certification status for its PPM for PSA software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the PPM for PSA software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of NetSuite OpenAir, a TEC analyst has assessed the PPM for PSA software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that NetSuite OpenAir by Aptean is a strong manufacturing ERP system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how NetSuite OpenAir can help businesses achieve their PPM for PSA objectives.

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ProfitKey’s Rapid Response Manufacturing (v. 7.7.1) for ERP for Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Manufacturing Certification Report


ProfitKey’s Rapid Response Manufacturing (v. 7.7.1) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) for engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing 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.

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Value Proposition for IBM Power Servers And i: Comparing Costs for EnterpriseOne Deployments


It is a challenging time for Oracle EnterpriseOne (E1) users. Organizations must contain IT costs and still meet business demands. In many cases, pressures to improve performance and increase efficiency are magnified by today’s economic conditions. One solution is to employ—or continue to employ—the IBM Power server platform and i for core E1 systems. Learn how four different installations fared with this solution.

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PTC Windchill 10 for Core PLM for Discrete Industries Certification Report


PTC Windchill 10 is TEC Certified for online evaluation of core product lifecycle management (PLM) for discrete industries solutions in the Core PLM for Discrete Industries 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.

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