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SSA GT Beefs Up BPCS V8 Through Partnerships' Spree
With a flurry of alliance making activities, SSA GT is executing a strategy to save the company from oblivion by extending the value proposition to existing

warehouse management courses in uk  factory optimization; and advanced warehouse management. By implementing BPCS Collaborative Commerce, SSA GT customers might experience increased supply chain visibility, which helps improve flexibility and responsiveness to changes in demand and supply conditions, significantly reducing planning efforts and optimizing inventory investments. BPCS Collaborative Commerce is reportedly integrated with BPCS Version 8 and is available now through the SSA GT global sales organization. On December 4, REALTime

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Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

A warehouse management system (WMS) should provide database and user-level tools in order for a company to optimize its storage facilities while at the same time providing user level task direction and activity support. The WMS should enable warehouse operators to optimize pick, put-away, and replenishment functions by employing powerful system logic to select the best locations and sequences. 

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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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2011 HR Technology Conference & Expo (Day 1): What Happens in Vegas Shouldn’t Have to Stay in Vegas


Hundreds of industry experts have descended on Las Vegas for the 2011 HR Technology Conference @ Expo (and for other things, such as networking and maybe just a wee bit of gambling), which has been billed as “the world’s best conference on HR Technology.” It’s my second time attending this conference, which is the largest North American gathering of HR professionals, experts, and technology

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The Quest for Leaner Asset Management: Interoperablility with ERP, GIS and HMI/SCADA Enables Maintenance Management Systems to Achieve Higher Levels of Efficiency and Increased Asset Output


Managers of maintenance systems continually strive for leaner, more optimized work flows. This white paper presents the benefits achieved by interoperating with enterprise resource planning (ERP), geographic information system (GIS), and human machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. The paper also presents the different approaches that organizations are taking to address the interoperability challenge.

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Talent Management Suite


Cornerstone’s integrated talent management suite is designed to enable organizations to meet the challenges of empowering and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our core solution is a cloud-based suite that consists of the Recruiting Cloud, the Performance Cloud, the Learning Cloud and the Extended Enterprise Cloud.

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Information Management and Collaboration


Information management systems facilitate the management of internal corporate documentation and information, Web site content, group collaboration, and learning materials. These systems are built as central repositories that hold content, metadata, accessibility and workflow rules, and supporting information. Organizations that establish processes and disciplines around these systems can ensure smooth and efficient acquisition, maintenance, delivery, and archiving of corporate content resources.

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Project and Process Management


Project portfolio management (PPM) is a business practice that helps organizations align their portfolios of projects with their business strategies. PPM organizes a series of projects into a single portfolio consisting of reports that capture project objectives, costs, timelines, accomplishments, resources, risks, and other critical factors. Executives can then regularly review entire portfolios, allocate resources appropriately, and adjust projects to produce the highest departmental returns. As its name implies, project portfolio management groups projects so they can be managed as a portfolio, much as an investor would manage stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Business process management (BPM) complements PPM by enabling and managing the exchange of enterprise information through the semantics of a business process view that involves employees, customers, partners, applications, and databases.


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The ROI of Talent Management


Over the past decade, talent management initiatives have become one of the top priorities within global organizations. While the business value of talent management investments is often recognized discretely through increased efficiency, organizations have frequently found it challenging to quantify the actual business impact or return on investment of their talent management initiatives.

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Why Demandware Is Out in Front in the Digital Commerce Sector


Whether you call it e-commerce, e-retailing, digital commerce, or something else entirely, there is a veritable revolution going on in the internet commerce space. While consumers continue to seek and expect near-perfection in the digital commerce experience, vendors have been struggling to deliver what should be a seamless experience across channels. Demandware has been particularly assertive

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How Integrated Facilities Management Software Automates Facilities Management


Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). Enterprise asset management (EAM) system. Computer-aided facilities management (CAFM) system. Integrated workplace management system (IWMS). Each type of facility management solution offers different functionalities and features, and one may be better than another for your company’s needs. Learn more about the differences and how an integrated solution is a “must have.”

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Talent Management Technology Strategies for the Retail Industry in 2010


An integrated talent management technology solution, deployed with an effective strategy, offers significant advantages for retailers. For one thing, businesses approach talent management from an integrated perspective, not as stand-alone elements. But a more important advantage for is the impact on the bottom line. Discover research that shows that businesses with an integrated approach generate 26 percent more revenue.

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