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How Are the Market Leaders Navigating the World of Value-added Resellers?
Notwithstanding moves from major vendors and value-added resellers, addressing the needs of small and medium businesses requires significant changes within

hire dynamics llc  on SMBs, China's SMBs hire 75 percent of the country's total workforce, and contribute over half of the national GDP. Mid-market organizations are also reportedly transforming themselves from a labor-intensive model to one of automation, using information technology (IT) to improve productivity and lower costs. In its nearly 16 years of history in China, Oracle has conducted more than 90 percent of its business through partners. Today, China is one of the fastest growing markets for Oracle. Globally,

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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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PROS Inc. recently announced the availability of PROS Cameleon CPQ for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The offering, with some brand new sales productivity capabilities, is touted as the only enterprise class configure, price, quote (CPQ) product with PROS' renowned price optimization for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and was showcased at Microsoft Convergence 2015.

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Total Economic Impact Study of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


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HP and Microsoft have tag-teamed to produce Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions in the cloud for automotive, public sector, and financial services industries that aim to improve customer digital interactions. Read P.J.'s take on the partnership and the benefits customers can expect to gain.

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Dynamics GP


Microsoft Dynamics GP is a comprehensive business management solution that helps companies adapt to new opportunities and continued growth. Designed for how people really work, Microsoft Dynamics GP equips companies to keep pace with the competition, manage changing markets, enable unique business requirements, and connect the full range of business processes across the organization. With Microsoft Dynamics GP, companies can get up and running quickly, maximizing the productivity of their people, and feel confident that they’ve made an investment that will support their business needs now and into the future.  

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Unifies Sales and Marketing


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