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From Burden to Benefit: Making the Most of Regulatory Risk Management
The paradoxical view that regulation is both a blessing and a curse continues to be widely held among senior executives. While they recognize the need for

documentation business intelligence tool consultation on  exposure. The formalisation and documentation of compliance processes, which just under half of respondents say that they plan to adopt, is an important step on the way to greater unification of compliance activities. The role of information technology in ensuring compliance is widely recognised, with two-thirds of respondents agreeing that IT is an essential tool for managing regulatory risk. In the next three years, 41% plan to invest in new technology to facilitate compliance, rising to 50% among respo

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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BI: On Demand, On Premise, Open Source, or Outsourced?


On-premise or on-demand, business intelligence (BI) solutions can help businesses become more intelligent about key processes. But what are the benefits to implementing cloud-based BI over traditional software? Are on-demand BI applications as popular in the enterprise as they are with midmarket companies? And what are some reasons people don’t outsource BI? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Download this guide now.

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Benefits of On-demand CRM over Traditional Installed-On-Premise CRM Software Solutions


The high price and complexity of traditional, installed, on-premise enterprise software has left small and medium businesses (SMB) unable to obtain true integrated customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. On-demand, software as a service is changing all that. The lower costs and the short implementation period for an on-demand customer relationship management solutions make it lucrative for smaller businesses.

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Addax Business Solutions


Addax Business Solutions specialise in providing Business Management & Information Technology Solutions. We view our clients and the challenges they present as a partnership of their needs with our expertise. Our success in demonstrating these partnerships has seen us grow to be one of the most progressive and innovative Business Management Solutions providers in Australasia.

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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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B2B E-Business Strategies for a Changing World


In B2B e-business strategies, you'll learn about the different B2B e-business service and software products available to you in today's rapidly cha...

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Business Performance Management


Business performance management (BPM) enables organizations to translate strategies into plans, monitor execution, and provide insight needed to manage and improve financial and operational performance. This knowledge base covers scorecards, dashboards, business activity monitoring, and more.

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Making Sense of Business Intelligence in the Mid-Market: Why Sage Intelligence Is the Right Fit for You


The right business intelligence (BI) solution can provide many benefits to your business. From access to real-time data across the organization and graphical reporting tools to better insight and collaboration, BI can give your company a competitive advantage. Download this white paper to find out more about Sage Intelligence.

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Moving to Self-Service Business Intelligence


Learn how in the Forrester report Why and How Enterprises are Moving to Self-service Business Intelligence.

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American Business Systems, Inc.


Based out of Chelmsford, Massachusetts (US), American Business Systems (ABS) develops and markets microcomputer-based accounting software intended for small and medium-sized enterprises. Since the introduction of its first accounting solution for single-user microcomputers in 1980, the firm's ABS Accounting System has successfully passed Big Six certification standards and today the software is sold internationally with applications available in both English and Spanish. ABS products run on most microcomputers and can be upgraded. The firm is currently focusing on the development and marketing of vertical market products that provide solutions in areas of distribution and point of sale (POS) and continue to be fully integrated with the ABS accounting system.

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