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Epicor Reaches Better Vista From This Vantage Point Part Two: Market Impact
With its solid and improving cash position and current development work in progress for contemporary Internet-based, 'software as a service' enterprise and

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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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Energy Innovator Implements a New Business Model with mySAP


Capstone Turbine Corporation, an energy innovator, needed to implement management, business model, and strategy changes. It also needed to improve product reliability, modularize configurations, and provide visibility. By using SAP products, such as SAP BI, SAP EP, and SAP Best Practices, it realized performance measures for key business activities, and improved sales and inventory management.

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CA Unloads interBiz Collection Into SSA GT's Sanctuary Part 2: Market Impact


SSA GT believes it is on a path to regain a leading position in its target markets by solving industry-specific business challenges and creating a heterogeneous application environment that works seamlessly with other back-office applications.

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Lotus Positions to Save Big Business


Lotus announced plans to produce knowledge management software that will help larger businesses become more competitive with smaller ones in the E-commerce marketplace.

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STR Software


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Everest Software Inc.


Founded in 1994, Everest Software is a privately-held, multinational software company headquartered in Dulles, Virginia (US). Everest Software has nearly 300 employees. The company has developed Everest, a business management solution for small and mid-size businesses in the wholesale, distribution, retail, and e-commerce industries. Over 3,000 small business in 49 countries use Everest, which was the winner of the 2004 SIIA Codie Award for Best Business Software Product. In 2009, Everest was acquired by Versata Enterprises. Versata revitalizes best-of-breed companies for the sake of customer success, often extending and evolving products for the long term. The current reach of Versata’s companies is broad and the family grows each year through the acquisition of additional leading solution providers.

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Scribe Software


Scribe Software Corporation provides CRM data migration and integration software solutions that put CRM to work for its customers. Scribe's products make it possible for companies to sell more and provide better customer service by creating one complete view of the customer in CRM.  Scribe Software is a privately held corporation headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire and was founded in 1996.

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Nova Software


Located in China's forth municipality, Chonggig, Nova is an outsoucing company that specializes in Web-based and client -server technologies. It was founded in 2001, and has two long term partnerships with Integrity Works Inc., and IQuality Inc., located in the US and the Netherlands, respectively.

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Quest Software


Quest Software, the leader in application management, gives you confidence in your critical application infrastructures. This confidence is delivered in the form of reliable software products that help you develop, deploy, manage and maintain enterprise applications without expensive downtime or business interruption.We equip IT professionals with software tools that are easy to use and embedded with the knowledge of our world-renowned technical experts to automate daily tasks and simplify complex ones. As a result, your IT organization will be able to proactively prevent performance problems and downtime, as well as react quickly to the unforeseen - making them more productive, capable and confident.The bottom line is a lower total cost of ownership for your application infrastructure. Quest Software will help you reduce costly planned and unplanned downtime, get better performance from existing infrastructures (without throwing money at expensive hardware upgrades), and equip your staff to do more with less. No other software provider offers a more comprehensive approach to application management.

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Halogen Software


Established in 1989 and headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Halogen Software provides web-based appraisal, 360-degree feedback and survey software solutions, consulting and hosting services. Halogen eAppraisal is web-based employee performance appraisal software that automates the time-consuming employee appraisal process. Halogen e360 simplifies the administration of formal feedback procedures with straightforward ease-of-use and sophisticated reporting. Halogen eSurveyor is the market-leading e- survey solution that makes online surveys simple, fast and cost- effective. In today''s increasingly competitive market, companies look to HR professionals to attract, retain, and motivate their top employees. Halogen Software provides web-based software solutions to dramatically improve HR and line manager productivity.

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