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Data, Data Everywhere: A Special Report on Managing Information
The quantity of information in the world is soaring. Merely keeping up with, and storing new information is difficult enough. Analyzing it, to spot patterns and

cloud computing stocks 2010  new uses of data: cloud computing and open-source software. Cloud computing—in which the internet is used as a platform to collect, store and process data—allows businesses to lease computing power as and when they need it, rather than having to buy expensive equipment. Amazon, Google and Microsoft are the most prominent firms to make their massive computing infrastructure available to clients. As more corporate functions, such as human resources or sales, are managed over a network, companies can

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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.


Table of Contents


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.


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Cloud Computing in Education


Cloud computing primarily refers to technology that delivers computing resources via the Web. The benefits of introducing these systems are most frequently discussed in relation to business, but its impact on the education sector is no less significant. Educational institutions all over the world have already adapted the cloud to their own settings and made use of its great potential for innovation. This white paper discusses some of the most important applications of cloud computing in education.

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Cloud Delivers 1.7 Times More ROI


Companies continue to invest in cloud applications because of low upfront cost and faster time to deployment, but those are not the only reasons to move to the cloud. Beyond their initial payback, Nucleus Research found that cloud applications deliver 1.7 times more return on investment (ROI) than on-premise ones, largely because four out of five cloud deployments deliver increasing benefits over time. Download research note.

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Cloud Computing Forecast—50% Chance of 483s! 3 Things You Should Do To Weather the Storm


And unfortunately, many casual users do not understand the full impact of their actions in the new computing frontier called the cloud. For those in life sciences companies, deploying solutions in the cloud may lead to unintentionally violating FDA regulations if the proper steps have not been taken to ensure FDA compliance.

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Platform for Cloud BI and Analytics


Purpose-built for agility, Birst’s business analytics platform it a multitenant cloud solution with the flexibility for organizations to choose where their data is hosted. A software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution like Birst can significantly lower the cost of resource required to implement and maintain a business intelligence (BI) solution. This paper provides a technical overview of the Birst platform, including its architecture, components, functionality, and approach to user experience.

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Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Software Overview


The need for enterprise IT organizations to provide next-generation cloud features such as elastic capacity while meeting performance and reliability requirements is driving demand for a new approach to infrastructure. Whether workloads are Web-based or thick-client, data- or processing-intensive, the key to success is hardware and software engineered together for performance, reliability, and scale. Read this white paper to learn about an integrated middleware machine.

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Plex Manufacturing Cloud


The Plex Manufacturing Cloud (formerly known as Plex Online) offers more than 350 functional modules that give manufacturers instant access to vital information and management functions via a simple Web browser. Plex Manufacturing Cloud offers features for virtually every department within a manufacturing operation, including manufacturing operations management (MOM) and quality management systems (QMS) for the shop floor; customer relationship management (CRM) for sales and marketing; supply chain management (SCM) for procurement; and enterprise resource planning (ERP) for finance and management. The on-demand solution features product life cycle management (PLM) functions such as program and change management; ERP functions such as accounting and finance modules; CRM features such as order entry and tracking; manufacturing execution systems (MES) functions such as production scheduling and machine integration; and SCM functions such as supplier quality and traceability.

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TIBCO Spotfire Cloud


TIBCO Spotfire® Cloud is analytics software-as-a-service designed for data exploration. Spotfire gives users the tools to quickly and easily examine, organize, analyze, and comprehend data to see connections, patterns, and opportunities.

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IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud


IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud is a web-based risk management and reporting service providing a dynamic interface allowing for the performance of on-demand activities. Support tools are available in a standard configuration for a range of analytics, data, and scenarios, but IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud also offers flexible customization options. In this white paper, read how IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud brings the front and middle offices together by addressing and meeting the different needs of portfolio and risk managers, traders, and analysts. The adoption of IBM Business Analytics can help businesses outperform competitors: learn about the myriad of features and benefits that can be brought to your organization.

Decision making needs to be supported by real-time, detailed data, which is delivered by IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud. You can be confident in the source and quality of the risk analysis data, as IBM Algo Risk Service on Cloud provides extensive information and increased visibility on all aspects involved in managing risk. Users can perform a variety of comprehensive “what if” scenarios based on real data to assess an operation before it’s executed. IBM takes your data security seriously and offers a multi-level approach to protecting your information through different security and permissions settings on the individual level. Learn about how IBM Algo One Risk and Financial Engineering Workbench can provide a deeper reading of data. Business can be even more successful with the implementation of IBM’s Algo Risk Service on Cloud.

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Grid Computing Update: Pilots Move to Mainstream


We are now seeing a high level of uptake of grid computing, with pilots resulting in implementations. However, these implementations are based on advanced clustering of single applications—and large-scale grid implementations covering an enterprise’s total IT infrastructure are still rare. The key to mainstream adoption may lie in a better understanding of the business value of grid computing.

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