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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of May 7th, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONS AND GO-LIVESLos Angeles County selects SAS to provide analytics services and applicationsIndustry tags: BI/business analytics

free equipment pm scheduling software  Knowledge Services Download a free, in-depth report profiling MODX Evaluate MODX in TEC Advisor by clicking here Buy a detailed report on MODX functionality by clicking here Read MODX's blog post about its latest release Hannon Hill releases new version of its content management system Industry tags: cross-industry Hannon Hill has announced the latest version of its content management system, Cascade Server. This release focuses on portability, improved usability, and modules that add functionality as

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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.

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Field Service Management (FSM)

Field service management (FSM) software is a set of functionalities for organizations or departments within organizations that have as main focus the intallation, maintanance, reparing, and meter reading for industries relying heaviling on equipment. FSM workers require functionality for customer engagement management, service and asset management as well as workforce management. Since most activities in FSM take place outside of the office, mobility is a big component of the a FSM software solutions. Typically, FSM software is not used as a stand-alone solution, as it needs to integrate with Financials, ERP, CRM and EAM to ensure accurate data exchange. Even if its main purpose is to maintain and repair equipment, it can also be used to gather customer satisfaction and equipment performance feedback. To allocate human resources efficiently, workforce management is an integral part of an FSM system. 

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Case Study: Invacare


Invacare sells made-to-order (MTO) home medical equipment in 20 European countries. To shorten the product launch cycle, optimize the order process, and streamline spare part sales, Invacare chose the Cameleon Commerce Suite. Learn how integrating this e-commerce solution—with product configuration functions—with its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system helped Invacare reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction.

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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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What Is ERP, Anyway?


We get asked this question a lot, so I thought I'd provide a brief overview. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software unifies traditional management functions within a coherent, integrated system. These management functions may vary from product to product, but comprehensive ERP software applications encompass the following areas: • sales • marketing • human resources

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Oracle EAM’s Best Friend: Automated Work Order and Attachment Printing


Regardless of size or purpose, business processes within a company rely heavily on the dependability of assets for successful operations. Enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions can help companies monitor their assets, including a feature that allows documents to be attached to a work order. But printing the work order and its attachments is not always so simple. Learn how automated work order software can help.

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Cougar Mountain Software


Since 1982, 19,000 clients have turned to Cougar Mountain Software for their accounting software solutions. Cougar Mountain provides software applications for midsized businesses and nonprofit organizations in need of accounting software, fund software, or point of sale (POS) software and hardware across a broad range of industries requiring customizable solutions. Cougar Mountain is based in Boise, Idaho (US).

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Addsum Business Software


Addsum Business Software was founded in 1992, as a spin-off of a prior business, Inkit Productions (founded in 1986). The company provides database-driven custom programming and commercial software development services. Addsum’s applications run almost exclusively on Microsoft network operating system platforms. The company is located in Salt Lake City, Utah (US).

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Software Services


Espire provides software-consulting services to clients globally as a partner to conceptualize and realize technology-driven business transformation initiatives. The company leverages its global delivery model to accelerate schedules with a high degree of time and cost predictability. Espire's approach focuses primarily on new methods of conducting business, combining IT innovation and adoption while at the same time leveraging an organization's current IT assets.  

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Software Evaluation and Software Selection


Organizations are surrounded by ambiguity when making their implementation decisions. Accurate and relevant criteria that are properly weighed against an enterprise’s needs, what-if scenarios, and supporting graphics and reports are essential when making a software selection.

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Run your Business with no Software!


Picture your business today without software applications. It's hard to imagine, isn't it? But maybe you should try - and not for the reason you may be thinking. Think about how hard it would be to run your business if your software applications weren't working - and then build a plan to provide total application availability.

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Entry Software Corporation


Since it was founded in 1998 in London, Ontario (Canada), Entry Software Corporation has provided work management solutions for information technology (IT) departments. TeamHeadquarters, Entry's flagship product, is a suite combining project management, portfolio management, help desk, and document management.

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