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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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Can Lilly Software Get More VISUAL?
Lilly Software’s financial success and double-digit revenue growth during the recent years have been attributable to its strong offerings and efficient

wholesale software usa  consumer packaged goods (CPG), wholesale distribution, automotive and transportation equipment. Companies that require multi-site and multi-national capability, high-volume transaction processing, and/or across the range functional depth may benefit from evaluating other offerings.

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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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Compare Software Solutions

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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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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NetSuite


Founded in 1998, NetSuite (NYSE: N) is a leading Web-based business management system with over 16,000 customers worldwide. NetSuite is designed to help fast-growing and midsized companies manage their business operations by using a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based system. NetSuite helps companies manage core business processes with a single, fully integrated system covering ERP/financials, CRM, ecommerce, inventory and more.   NetSuite is headquartered in San Mateo, California (USA), with offices in Centennial, Colorado (USA); Mississauga, Ontario (Canada); North Sydney (Australia); Maidenhead (UK); Tokyo (Japan); Makati City (Philippines); Singapore; and Hong Kong.

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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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chinadotcom In The "Process" of Acquiring Ross Systems


Mid-market process ERP vendor Ross Systems is being acquired by its Chinese distributor, chinadotcom. Unlike some recent acquisitions that are based on the consumption of weaker players to pilfer a customer base, this acquisition appears to provide both parties with solid strategic benefits. This may be an acquisition made of the right reasons - to capitalize on a market growth opportunity.

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ABAS Ibérica


TABAS Ibérica is the ABAS partner for Spain and Portugal and is offering their services for this territory since 2000. This range of services includes implementation, hardware and network support, customization, users training and helpdesk.The brand name abas Business Software includes the products abas ERP for production, abas Distribution for distribution, wholesale, and service companies, and the eBusiness solution abas eB. abas ERP is an ERP application designed specifically for manufacturers in the Assemble-to-Order, Make-to-Order and Engineer-to-Order environment. abas Business Software is priced to fit most budgets while delivering full ERP functionality. It is flexible, adaptable, internationally applicable and a save investment for the future. The clear structure and well thought-out implementation strategy of the system enable a short implementation period as well as trouble-free integration into the company structure. New functions and technologies are constantly added to the standard software with each new upgrade. As a result, abas users are always using the most up-to-date product. abas Business Software is currently offered in 28 languages and can be run using Linux, Unix and Windows. ABAS has been a supporter of the open source operating system Linux since 1995.ABAS Software AG is a leading provider of cost-effective ERP solutions for midsize manufacturers and distributors. More than 2,750 customers have chosen ABAS as their IT specialist and work successfully with the internationally applicable abas Business Software. ABAS, established in 1980 and once characterized by students, has now become a global network of companies. ABAS Software AG in Karlsruhe employs more than 130 people, and together with over 50 abas partners ABAS employs approx. 750 employees worldwide. The abas software partners provide a wide range of services including implementation, customization, hardware and network support. ABAS also provides on-site support and ensures short reaction times and high service quality. International partners in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Iran, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil and the USA represent the ABAS Software AG throughout the world. The partner network is continuously being expanded.

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Distribution in a Challenging Economy: Online (Software as a Service) versus Traditional Software


When considering major purchases, most people ask, “Why rent when you can buy?” But with IT systems, the reverse may be true. Software as a service (SaaS) offers many advantages over traditional software, especially in terms of the on-going costs of maintaining and upgrading systems. Learn how passing those burdens on to a SaaS vendor can help your company focus on optimizing efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

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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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New Software Comparison Capabilities: Recruitment and Staffing Software


Over the past few months, we have built TEC’s Human Capital Management (HCM) Evaluation Center with a comprehensive set of features and functions, allowing our users to compare a wide variety of human resources (HR) and related enterprise software solutions available on the market. Last year saw the development of the Talent Management software evaluation competency, which nicely complements our

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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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A Portrait of the Indian Enterprise Software User


Like many markets recovering from global economic turmoil, the enterprise software market has experienced a slew of company expansion and consolidation ventures. The Indian market was no exception. But how does vendor growth and expansion relate to the requirements of Indian companies researching and purchasing enterprise software? What is the profile of a company in India that is looking for enterprise software?

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Software Services


Espire provides software-consulting services to clients globally as a partner to conceptualize and realize technology-driven business transformation initiatives. The company leverages its global delivery model to accelerate schedules with a high degree of time and cost predictability. Espire's approach focuses primarily on new methods of conducting business, combining IT innovation and adoption while at the same time leveraging an organization's current IT assets.  

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