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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s

telecommunications kansas  and industries, such as telecommunications, government, life sciences, manufacturing, and travel services. Marquee customers here include Amgen , Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD ), General Electric Company (GE ), Ford Motor Company , Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation , Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide , and The ServiceMaster Company . All of the abovementioned companies are largely concerned about their customer service levels. Pega’s customer interaction know-how has also resulted in

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CC&B for Telecommunications Industries

Customer care and billing (CC&B) solutions for telecommunications providers typically provide mediation; provisioning; retail rating and billing; reporting; financial systems; packages, discounts, and promotions characteristics; and billing for voice, data, content, and utility services.  

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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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Gush* is a provider of business solutions software that is headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. Specific industry solutions are available for financial services, professional service, telecommunications, technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and retail.

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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of August 20, 2012


SOFTWARE SELECTIONS and GO-LIVESAgricultural equipment manufacturer selects Abas ERPIndustry tags: manufacturing “Canadian company Cadman Power Equipment Ltd., a manufacturer of special agricultural machinery and irrigation equipment has conducted an ERP selection project, and ERP from abas Business Software emerges the winner of this competition. The company was looking for a system as a single

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Amdocs


Marked by the Nortel years, Clarify is a customer relationship management (CRM) application for the telecommunications industry. Amdocs, by associating its own billing application to the ClarifyCRM application, has leveraged Clarify’s image to further service the telecom industry. The centerpiece of Amdocs’ offering is the ClarifyCRM Call Center solution bundled with its sales and marketing solution. Amdocs’ message demonstrates how a well-administered and customer-focused call center can evolve towards a profit center rather than a cost center. Amdocs positions itself as the leading provider of billing and CRM software applications for the communication industry.

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Mobile Unified Communications &Collaboration (UCC): The CIO’s Guide


Two trends in telecommunications are driving productivity and competitiveness in organizations today. UCC combines diverse business-critical communications capabilities into a single system, while mobile devices keep an increasingly mobile workforce connected to each other and to business processes from just about anywhere. But choosing the right mobility component for UCC becomes critical. Here’s what to consider when making your choice.

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Top 10 Concerns of Buying a VoIP Business Phone System


As more companies switch to business voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) for their telecommunications, many have learned the hard lessons of working with the wrong technology or vendor. A good business VoIP deployment will ensure no dropped calls, excellent sound quality, no latency, and perfect uptime. Learn the top 10 concerns that should drive your business VoIP vendor selection process.

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Workpoint


Workpoint LLC , a business unit of Transaction Systems Architects, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSAI), provides business software and services that facilitate communication, business process management, data movement, transaction processing, web enablement, and security and systems monitoring across heterogeneous computing systems and the Internet. Since 1991, Insession's solutions have been in use by more than 370 customers in 46 countries worldwide. Insession's customers represent such industries as transportation, telecommunications, banking, securities, other financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail, and healthcare. The company is located in Omaha, Nebraska (US).

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Driving Profitability and Managing Costs: Telecommunications Performance Excellence and Profitability


Telecommunications providers need detailed information regarding expenses and profit margins across many dimensions. But many companies lack sufficient data visibility and access to fully understand the root drivers of cost and profitability associated with rate plans, networks, products, and customers. Find out how to get an accurate understanding of these drivers, in order to cut expenses, and drive profits.

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748 INC


748 INC is the recognized leader in earned value implementation, data integration, and project and portfolio management consulting. 748 INC helps organizations reach business goals by implementing project, performance and portfolio management. Headquartered in Tampa, FL with a regional office in Herndon, VA and Seattle, Washington, 748 INC is a full-service project management solution provider. 748 INC is unique in that we can help you implement systems and processes that take the entire project life cycle into account. We specialize in earned value management system implementation, data integration, project portfolio and resource management and reporting. We have implemented our solutions across many industries including Aerospace & Defense, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Engineering and Construction,Telecommunications, Manufacturing and IT. Our entire executive management team and a majority of our consultants are certified Project Management Professionals (PMP). Leverage our extensive experience in project management system implementations that is diverse and deep. Company Vision "To be the recognized leader in earned value implementation, data integration, and project and portfolio management consulting." Mission Statement "To leverage our business process knowledge and experience married with best of breed applications to deliver industry solutions for project management." Values Attract and retain sharp people. Maintain integrity at all times with our clients and with each other. Positively reward top performers with professional growth opportunities. Provide a continual feedback mechanism for our clients by staying in constant contact and having an open weblog for client discussion needs. Recognize that coming up with the best ideas takes teamwork and nurturing an environment of teamwork.

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Online M2M Marketplace


There has recently been a surge of interest in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions in the telecommunications industry and beyond. M2M programs are increasingly being evaluated for their potential to deliver top-line results—extending their utility beyond simple operational efficiency initiatives. See how an online M2M marketplace would be an entry strategy for communication services providers in driving M2M adoption.

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