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Fast-track ERP Implementation: Advice from the Field
The common perception is that top-tier enterprise software takes years to implement. This is true for more complex solutions. But other applications, when

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Recruitment and Staffing functionality allows the user to select and hire the right people with the right skill sets, as well as track the information regarding their recruitment for later analysis. It covers criteria such as Organization Structures and Modeling, Corporate Branding, Sourcing, Applicant Tracking, Assessment and Selection, Governance and Compliance, Vendor Management Systems (VMS) Portal, Recruitment Analytics and Reporting, and Product Technology. 

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SaaS Buyer's Guide for Wholesale and Distribution


SaaS, despite its phenomenal popularity, is certainly not one-size-fits-all. You need to consider decision criteria such as fit, return on investment, and risk. Learn how SaaS works, who the major vendors are, how SaaS can help your business grow, and how to find the SaaS solution that’s right for you. It’s all in this comprehensive SaaS Buyer’s Guide for Wholesale and Distribution from TEC and SupplyChainBrain.

From a business requirements perspective, the defining characteristic of wholesale and distribution (W&D) organizations is that they operate as intermediate agents between manufacturers and retailers. Their top business needs thus focus on requirements for:

  • processing high volumes of transactions,
  • maintaining constant communication between upstream and downstream collaborators (manufacturers and retailers/customers, respectively), and
  • managing products for multiple competitors within the same warehouse or distribution center

In this guide we will explore considerations for W&D organizations that are considering adoption of the SaaS delivery model, and examine the particular business issues that arise from this change.Specifically, we will address the following considerations:

  • the differences between SaaS and on-premise delivery models
  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
  • selection criteria for SaaS-based applications
  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

Later in this guide, we’ll provide examples of SaaS delivery model success stories, as well as a SaaS IT directory, segmented according to business area.


Table of Contents


Preface

Software as a Service: A Buyer’s Guide


Spotlight on Adaptability and Agility

Thought Leadership from SAP
SAP’s Perspective on Software as a Service

SAP Case Study
Johnson Products Capitalizing on New Sales after 30-day SAP Deployment


Spotlight on Manufacturing and Distribution

Thought Leadership from Epicor
SaaS ERP for Small Manufacturers and Distributors

TECSYS Case Study
LifeScience Logistics Achieves 99.97% Inventory Accuracy with TECYS’ EliteSeries for Healthcare


Spotlight on Growing Your Company with SaaS

Thought Leadership from NetSuite
The Benefits of a Business Management Software Suite for High-growth and Midsized Businesses: Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications

NetSuite Case Study
Woodworking Machinery Maker Cuts Costs, Grows Efficiency with NetSuite

NetSuite Case Study
NetSuite Helps Manufacturer Take Advantage of Fast Market Growth


Spotlight on Distribution Centers

Thought Leadership from Bond International Software
Cloud Computing for Your Distribution Workforce

IBS Case Study
Konaflex Focuses on its Core Business with IBS Distribution Management Software


Vendor Directory


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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


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Case Study: Newman Technology


Newman Technology realized it needed an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for production accuracy and accountability. This case study looks at their results with software from the Plex Manufacturing Cloud.

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Saugatuck Technology


Saugatuck Technology is a research, advisory, and consulting firm. The company works with senior business and information technology (IT) executives, IT services providers, software vendors, and investors.

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Aspen Technology Posts First-Quarter Loss but Beats Estimates


CAMBRIDGE, MA Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), the leading supplier of manufacturing enterprise optimization solutions for the process industries, today announced results for its first quarter ended September 30, 1999. Total revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2000 increased 13.4% to $53.0 million, from the same period in fiscal 1999. For the three months ended September 30, 1999, software license revenue increased 34.2% to $21.5 million, as compared with the first quarter of fiscal 1999, while services revenue rose to $31.5 million. Net loss for the first quarter totaled $2.7 million or $0.11 per share, as compared with a net

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Brio Technology Enters the ETL Market


Brio Technology (Nasdaq: BRYO) today announced Brio.Impact 4.0, an upgraded version of the industry's first analytic application designed specifically for revenue optimization. Available immediately, Brio.Impact 4.0 includes an integrated extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) capability.

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Sagent Technology Reports Strong Growth


Business Wire - October 21, 1999 - Sagent Technology, Inc., (NASDAQ: SGNT) announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 1999. Revenue for the quarter increased 117% to $10.0 million, from $4.6 million in the third quarter of 1998. Net losses for the 1999 nine-month period were $970,000, compared to a net loss of $11.7 million in the same period last year.

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Good Technology


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Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing


All good lean systems have both physical systems in the plant and near real time information technology backbones that centralize data. The primary advantage of enterprise systems is that they can handle considerably more information than can be accommodated manually.

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Recruitment Technology: Quality Candidates and Quality Process


The rise of automated recruitment technology has helped organizations make the process of finding, hiring, and deploying new employees better. Based on over 400 responses to Aberdeen’s August 2010 Talent Acquisition Strategies study, this research brief shows the impact of automation on both quality of hire and the quality of the hiring process. Download it and learn how automation can help improve your hiring process.

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Vanguard Technology


Vanguard Technology was established in 1998. Since then, Vanguard Technology has been focusing on the R& D of enterprise HR management by using information systems. In August 1998, Vanguard Technology's first generation HRMS, HRsoft V1.0 was successfully deployed at Coca-Cola's branch in TianJin, China. This is a client/server based system that can be used by all the staff at the HR department of a whole company. It uses the big database from Microsoft or Oracle. Compared with previous products on the market, it made a fundamental change and achieved a remarkable success in performance,data sharing and functionalities. In 2002, Vanguard Technology developed the first B/S HRMS in China, which enables the access by everyone to HRMS through a browser.After several years of development, Vanguard Technology has developed a large pool of team-work consultants and system deployment engineers that are very experienced and innovative professionals. They are very cooperative and task well-defined. They can provide a full range of services including project planning, implementation, maintenance and system upgrading. The core management team of the company has years of experiences in HR management systems development, deep understanding of HR management. With their leadership and vision, Vanguard Technology has made a great achievement and contribution to the progress and improvement of HRMS development in China. Early in 2008, Vanguard Technology and ShanghaiHW Enterprise Management Consulting Institute (HWEM) which focuses on the human resource and IT consulting have reached an agreement on the restructuring of the company's assets and equity swap, and will carry out in-depth cooperation between the two sides. The full complement between each other, such as the IT and management consulting knowledge and experience, as well as the customer resource, will help further improve the "Vanguard-HWEM" brand value. The two sides will also create exclusive "Vanguard-HWEM" brand, develop exclusive e-HR series products in the field of medical, scientific, technological and national licensing industry show.Vanguard Technology always pursues technology innovation and perfection. We uphold the principle of "Customer First" in project implementation and management through our quality products and professional services. We are the best working partner for enterprise HRMS establishment and development.

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