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The Retail Battleground for Pricing Management
The imperative to respond to constantly-evolving customer requirements more efficiently is driving retailers to look at applications giants to provide

human resource management consultant for a d  driving retailers away from human clairvoyant buyers and/or investment in expensive, in-house development towards standardized software. Flexible, integrated demand intelligence, such as SAP is adding with Khimetrics, will thus be a key element of an broad retail offering that supports an efficient response to customer demand. Khimetrics top-tier customers include Albertsons, PETsMART, Lowe's, 7-Eleven, Sterling Jewelers, ShopKo Stores, Pamida and Big Y Foods . For an extensive discussion of the issue of

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Human Capital Management (HCM) encompasses all the applications necessary for handling personnel-related tasks for corporate managers and individual employees from the point of hire to the point of retire. This HCM model includes functionality for recruitment and staffing management, human resource management, career development, succession planning, learning management, performance and compensation management, and workforce management and planning.  

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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.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2010 SaaS Buyer’s Guide for wholesale and distribution.

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KronosWorks 2011: Beyond Time Clocks for Modern Workforce Management


Kronos, the company that introduced the first micro-processor time clock in the 1970s, knows how tricky workforce management (WFM) can be. In this article, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks at WFM challenges facing organizations, particularly those with large, complex workforces, and how Kronos’ innovative solutions help companies control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity.

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The Five Sure-fire Strategies for Gaining Management Approval for WMS Projects


Despite the consensus that warehouse management systems (WMS) offer many benefits, getting approval for a new system is challenging. You need to get key decision makers in operations, IT, and finance—as well as the executive team and the board of directors—to see value in the proposed WMS. But how can you improve your chances of getting management approval? Discover five strategies for information-gathering and approval.

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EAM versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? Part Four: IFS and Intentia Responses


The primary benefit of enterprise asset management (EAM) is the reliability-centered maintenance. Let’s face it: any process that can help you improve what you are doing now and enables you to do it better in the future is the best thing since "sliced bread". Providing data to feed back into a process can only increase operational revenues and decrease maintenance expenses. Nonetheless, beware of EAM vendors explaining the ease with which these interfaces can be constructed and modified in the future based on new software releases.

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5 Simple Steps to Choosing a BRMS for a Loan Origination System


Today, 70 to 80 percent of costs for processing loan applications are people-related. From a mortgage company’s perspective, this results in increased costs and decreased revenues. With ever-changing loan products, enterprises are forced to build or buy new loan origination systems periodically. And to meet these challenges, they’re choosing technology that focuses on solving business problems, not technical problems.

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Roadmap to a Successful Cloud Implementation: 5 Steps to Consider for Ensuring a Successful Implementation


If you are a growing midsize organization, chances are you are or will soon outgrow your entry-level accounting system. More and more companies are turning to cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems—namely software-as-a-service (SaaS)—to modernize their current systems and lay the foundation for future growth.

SaaS ERP offers and intuitive user experience, modern functionality, and the ability to conduct business anywhere via mobile devices. Cloud ERP also offers more favorable economics with subscription-based licensing and minimal need for IT resources to support it. Reduced implementation times also offer faster time-to-value.

This white paper looks at advantages of cloud systems and some factors to keep in mind. While SaaS ERP systems provide faster implementation times over on-premise solutions, you still need to carefully manage your implementation project to ensure current and ongoing success.

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Building a Best-run Finance Organization: A New Role to Address Today’s Business Realities


One company executive has a growing influence in today’s boardroom—the chief financial officer (CFO). And the role of the finance organizations that these CFOs lead is expanding as well. Examine the changing role of the finance organization in today’s business environment, learn how your CFO can take on a more prominent role in defining company strategy, and find out how you can develop a best-run finance organization.

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A Couple of "Five Procurement Commandments" in a Down Economy


As is the case with white papers, vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the "latest-and-greatest" product capabilities (and other marketing "fluff") to tastefully asserting competence and educating the market about specific issues. One example of the latter would be Emptoris' April 2008 PR on the findings  of a panel of financial and procurement experts that have

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A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial


This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection Methods and Tools. These tools, integrated with business decision making procedures, can arguably reduce selection risk and improve chances for success in IT projects. Given the appalling rate of IT project failures, selection can potentially help reduce risk in some 30% of cases, with an associated estimated cost of about $30B annually to industry according to some sources. In this tutorial, we illustrate a number of the procedures for rapid decision processing through the real-life selection of a PDA device. The process gave confidence to the argument to wait for the solution, while weighing risk against return.

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Taking Innovation from a Buzzword to a Business Standard


Companies realize that innovation can mean the difference between effectively growing or transforming their business and falling behind. But for a company to thrive in today’s environment, innovation has to be seen as more than a clichéd talking point. It has to be a key part of the company’s core business processes. Download this interview with Eric Verniaut, SAP’s head of North America services, to find out how innovation has helped services delivery models to evolve.

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