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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Software Evaluation, Selection, and Contract Negotiation
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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.

Get free sample report
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 Mill-based and Material Converting Environments

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills. 

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TEC Product Certification Reports Now Available


We've begun publishing a new type of report (free download) called a Product Certification Report. These have been in the works for a while so I'm very happy to announce the first two are now available. I'll post the links below and then explain what these reports are. Meridian Global LMS (an enterprise learning management system [LMS] as certified by Sherry Fox) Pronto Software's Pronto Xi

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ERP Systems Buyer’s Guide


The implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to automate business processes is a strategic investment. Buying the right system and choosing the best vendor for you are critical to a successful ERP implementation. As a decision maker, you need to quickly identify your ERP requirements, effectively communicate these needs to vendors, and successfully compare various product alternatives. Learn how.

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ERP Software Review: Infor VISUAL ERP Software


This enterprise resource planning (ERP) software review report examines the ERP software by Infor and its support for discrete manufacturing, engineering-to-order (ETO) manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturing, small to midsize business (SMB) manufacturing, and financial packages processes against known benchmarks. It assesses Infor VISUAL by Info for ERP functionality and reviews product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Financials
  • Human Resources
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Process Manufacturing Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Quality Management
  • Sales Management
  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Payable (A/P)
  • Fixed Assets
  • Cost Accounting
  • Cash Management
  • Budgeting
  • Accounts Receivable (A/R)
  • Financial Reporting
  • Project Accounting

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the ERP software based on demonstration provided by Infor. The review identifies the features of Infor VISUAL that distinguish it from other ERP manufacturing solutions, including its distinctively illustrative data visualization-focused interface, and its focus on discrete order-driven manufacturing operations with support to all facets of complex manufacturing operations. The analyst also outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

The DEACOM ERP software review identifies the features of DEACOM ERP that distinguish it from other ERP for process manufacturing solutions. These include its supplementary ERP features tailored for process manufacturers’ needs such as maintenance repair and operations (MRO), warehouse management systems (WMS), electronic data interchange (EDI), customer relationship management (CRM), and direct store delivery (DSD). DEACOM ERP provides business management support to process manufacturers in the areas of financials, process manufacturing management, purchasing management, quality management, and sales management.

Infor VISUAL achieved TEC certification status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s program which includes a detailed functional benchmarking analysis as well as conducting a demonstration of its discrete manufacturing, ETO manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturing, SMB manufacturing, and financial packages software solution based on a provided demo script.

Infor VISUAL 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 Infor VISUAL, a TEC analyst has assessed the ERP software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that Infor VISUAL is a strong manufacturing ERP system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, and in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how Infor VISUAL ERP can help to-order manufacturers achieve these ERP objectives.

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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.

Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.

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ERP Selection: Starting Out on the Right Foot


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software selection and implementation can be complicated. But having an ERP strategy in place from the start makes it easier. And a good ERP strategy starts with the selection process itself. This Aberdeen Analyst Insight examines how best-in-class companies select ERP as part of an overall ERP strategy.

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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.

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Sage 100 Standard ERP: Discrete Manufacturing (ERP) Competitor Analysis Report


The discrete enterprise resource planning (ERP) knowledge base addresses discrete manufacturing (distinct items such as auto parts or chairs) as well as non-manufacturing industries. Research vendors that support a range of functionality for production planning, shop floor control, and product costing. The knowledge base also provides information on financials, human resources, and other enterprise management modules.

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WorkWise RB-ERP Is TEC Certified for Discrete Manufacturing ERP


Role-Based ERP (RB-ERP) by WorkWise is now TEC certified in the discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software space. The RB-ERP product has a number of well-designed features and components; along with core ERP capabilities, the product has easy-to-use analytics that are enhanced by an extensive set of pre-built metrics, mobile device support for manufacturing and factory operations, a robust built-in product configurator, the eProduction shop floor module, and extensive product data management (PDM) functionality via the engineering workbench.

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Optimizing Returns from ERP Implementation


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems can help manufacturers solve business problems and increase return on investment (ROI), but their implementation should not be taken lightly. In this interview, experts from SAP, Infor, and Microsoft discuss factors affecting ROI from an ERP system. The panel offer viewpoints on the feasibility of measuring ROI, importance of ownership of ERP implementation, anticipated and real benefits, and benchmarks and drivers affecting quick time to value of an ERP solution.

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Justification of ERP Investments Part Four: Replacing or Re-implementing an ERP System


An investment analysis focusing on enterprise resource planning (ERP) benefits frequently applies to those firms initially justifying an ERP implementation. It can also be used to justify a 're-implementation' when the initial efforts have failed to produce desired results. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

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