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A Leader in Service Management Tackles Multidimensional Growth
Founded in 1999, Servigistics, initially a service parts planning and optimization (SPP/O) specialist, has become a full-fledged service lifecycle management

home scm careers in europe  Servigistics share the same home office building in Atlanta, separated only by six floors. Interestingly, the SLM Imperative message from Servigistics (that will be explained shortly) resembles the Manhattan SCOPE (Supply Chain Optimization from Planning to Execution) message: both are holistic platforms (for product- and service-based supply chains respectively) that optimize interdependencies in their nodes and processes (see the related article on Manhattan Associates for more details). In April 2010,

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PLM for the Fashion Industry

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain.  

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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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ERP in the Midmarket 2009: Managing the Complexities of a Distributed Environment


Whether a company is trying to move its performance in enterprise resource planning from laggard to industry average, or industry average to best-in-class, this white paper reviews the benchmarks of success and the necessary steps to help spur performance improvements.

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Metadata Standards in the Marketplace - Why Do I Care? (And Where Does Godzilla Fit In?)


Metadata (“data about data”) is essential for data warehousing. Metadata standards allow different products to interact. Without standards, different vendors’ tools cannot work together seamlessly and the customer’s warehousing effort is greatly complicated.

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Garbage In, Garbage Out


We have all heard the phrase: “garbage in, garbage out.” When any company evaluates a customer relationship management (CRM) system, this is always one of the first expressions to come up. And yet we see company after company for which this is the exact problem. How can you make sure that this doesn’t happen to you?

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Oracle Releases In-Memory Cost Management Add-on for Oracle EBS


The in-memory arms race continues in full force. Having recently delivered high-performance Value Chain Planning solutions, Oracle has introduced Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for the Oracle E-Business Suite to help organizations address their strategic cost management objectives. Existing tools are often unable to perform complex cost analysis on the ever-expanding volume of cost data within

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Ringing in the Change: Facets of Mobile Technology Adoption in Manufacturing


Due to the growth in mobile lifestyle among customers, the adoption of mobile devices and applications in manufacturing plants and facilities is on the rise. This trend has led to more efficient collaboration and innovation in manufacturing. Indeed, the convergence of mobile devices and networks has enabled an in-depth observation of customer behavior at levels that were not accessible prior to mobility. For mobile success, manufacturers will benefit immensely by partnering with experienced mobility technology and service providers. Download this white paper to learn more.

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BPM in Retail


Relevant to the current economic recession, find out about key challenges faced by the retail industry, such as multichannel integration. Get an introduction to a process excellence and governance approach specific to retail, for radical cost reduction and organizational agility and visibility. You’ll also find a case study about business performance management (BPM) in the food and beverage industry.

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Security in the Software Development Lifecycle


Application security is an important emerging requirement in software development. This article introduces CLASP, an application security process and plug-in to IBM 's Rational Unified Process environment. It was developed by Secure Software, and gives organizations a structured way to address security concerns during the software development lifecycle.

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Why Price Shouldn't Be the Final Factor When Investing in Manufacturing ERP Software: The Hidden Expenses Often Found in Low-cost ERP Systems


When it is time to invest in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, a low entry price could be concealing an expensive total cost of ownership. Price should not be the deciding factor. Rather, best fit for your company should be the number one consideration. Download this white paper to learn more about the hidden costs.

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Competing in a Big-box World: How Retailers Can Leverage Technology to Thrive in Today’s Retail Environment


Industry analysts and retail executives agree that, although competitive prices are a must, “low price” as a leading strategy will no longer lead to long-term business success. To successfully compete, midsized retailers must carve out a niche based on creative strategies, including better and more localized product assortments, flawless price management and execution, and optimized inventory down to the store level.

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