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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

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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


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


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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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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Goes to Japan


Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM will be delivered in Japan using locally hosted versions. Microsoft is committed to giving customers the benefits of both public cloud computing and the data sovereignty, globally.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX at a Glance


By automating financial, customer relationship, and supply chain processes, Microsoft Dynamics AX links people, processes, and information. This document consolidates the core features and functionality in the solution, and is intended for use as a tool for users to familiarize themselves with the full scope of the solution.

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Database Scalability for the Enterprise with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0


Microsoft Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) software is designed to help enterprises get a 360-degree view of their customers across marketing, sales, and service. Scalability testing of Dynamics 4.0 shows that the solution can achieve sub-second response times running user transactions against a database of over one billion records. Learn how these results can impact the success of your organization.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 for Discrete ERP Certification Report


Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for discrete manufacturers in TEC’s 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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Total Economic Impact Study of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The purpose of this study is to provide organizations considering implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact on their organizations. The framework helps to identify the cost, benefit, flexibility, and risk factors that affect the investment decision.

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How Good is Microsoft Dynamics ERP, really?


Simply visit TEC's ERP Software Comparison Reports to compare Dynamics AX ERP against two other ERP solutions of your choice.

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Advanced Projects for Microsoft Dynamics AX v.4.0 from Adeaca: PPM for PSA Certification Report


Advanced Projects for Microsoft Dynamics AX v.4.0 from Adeaca is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of product portfolio management (PPM) for professional services automation (PSA) in TEC's PPM for PSA 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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Eckler Industries Selects Microsoft Dynamics AX and JunctionMCR


Eckler Industries, Inc., a provider of parts and accessories for classic cars, has selected Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and JunctionMCR to support its multichannel retail growth strategy. Eckler’s selected Junction Solutions for its extensive implementation expertise in the retail market, as well as the deep industry expertise of its consultants.

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EMC to Buy Data General


WALTHAM, Mass., August 9th, 1999 (Reuters) - High-end data storage leader EMC Corp. (NYSE:EMC) on Monday moved to grab a chunk of the mid-range storage business with a deal to buy Data General Corp. (NYSE:DGN) for $1.1 billion in stock, the companies said.

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