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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Seven Steps to Flawless Business Intelligence
Business intelligence (BI) capabilities transform vast amounts of data into relevant information that organizations rely on to make decisions and manage

business intelligence tools ranks case studies  Steps to Flawless Business Intelligence Seven Steps to Flawless Business Intelligence If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Business Intelligence provides organisations with the capability to present the large amounts of data tied up in application databases in formats that can be used to base effective decision-making and to give competitive advantage. Source : Colman Resources Related to Business intelligence (BI) :

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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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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2011 Business Intelligence Guide: BI for Everyone


Learn all about BI and how it can help your company thrive in TEC's 2011 Business Intelligence Guide: BI for Everyone.

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Creating Competitive Advantage with Business Intelligence Pervasiveness


Pervasive business intelligence (BI) results when organizational culture, business processes, and technologies are designed and implemented with the goal of improving the strategic, operational, and tactical decision-making capabilities of a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Read about creating a BI strategy and improving your BI competency.

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How SMEs Can Tap into Real-time Business Intelligence


Real-time business intelligence (BI) delivers information about business as it occurs. While traditional BI presents historical data for analysis, real-time BI compares current business events with historical patterns to automatically detect problems or opportunities. This paper explains how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can establish a competitive advantage by tapping into the power of real-time BI.

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Zap Business Intelligence


Zap Business Intelligence is a web-based business intelligence solution that combines traditional BI capabilities (dashboards, key performance indicators, scorecards, reporting and analysis) with advanced features including predictive analytics, alerts and report scheduling, and 3D visualization. For Microsoft Dynamics customers, Zap also offers out-of-the-box BI solutions, Business Analytics for Microsoft Dynamics, that are designed to provide rapid rollout and support for any level of customization within Dynamics.  

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BT Business Solutions


BT Business Solutions manages large-scale projects, providing the design, architecture, development, integration, and operational support of complex technology solutions to serve its clients' business-critical needs. Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, BT Business Solutions helps large enterprises in various industries—construction, manufacturing, distribution, retail, education, healthcare, hospitality, and services—increase efficiency, improve performance, and build competitive advantage.

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The Business Value of Business Intelligence


Now that technical aspects of delivering information to the business intelligence (BI) user community are understood, BI vendors are focused on market expansion through key initiatives, including advocating ‘BI for the masses.’ However promising expanded BI use may be, a careful and balanced discussion of the specific business and technical preconditions for capturing the business value of BI investments is needed.

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Mesonic Business Software


Founded in 1978 in Vienna, Austria, Mesonic is a developer of commercial business and e-business software solutions, including financial and accounting, inventory management, asset accounting, payroll, and production. With sales offices in Germany, Italy, the United States (US), and Columbia, Mesonic has over 50,000 customer companies of all sizes in retail, manufacturing, and other areas of the public sector, including McDonald's, Price Waterhouse, and Deutsche Synchron.

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Top Business Intelligence Solutions 2009


To find out, simply use TEC's business intelligence evaluation center to compare how more than 20 leading BI solutions meet your companys needs.

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The 2011 Focus Experts' Guide to Business Intelligence


Not all business intelligence (BI) solutions fit every situation, and many BI solutions can be quite pricy. As an organization grows and its experience with BI increases, new types of analysis from a broader range of sources become worth the additional spend. This guide will help you determine what stage of BI “maturity” you are in, and then what features you need and what vendor choices you have at that stage.

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