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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Order Forecast Collaboration: Benefits for the Entire Demand Chain
When raw materials providers, manufacturers, and retailers work together to calculate future order needs, they can all act on the best information available

entire order  many benefits across the entire demand chain, shouldn't you look into order forecast collaboration with your partners? About the Author John Schwechel is the Replenishment Practice Lead and Senior Project Manager with Retail Process Engineering, LLC. His background at Target Stores, Andersen Consulting, E3 Corporation, JDA Software and Retail Process Engineering (RPE) gives him unique insight into retail change initiatives and their success factors. Visit www.rpesolutions.com to learn more. Searches relat

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Process Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today's leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While during the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-Business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.    

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The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management


Superior order management can provide you with a competitive edge across the board. To move closer to order perfection and a truly loyal customer base, you must cost-effectively eliminate the issues preventing on-time, accurate order fulfillment. This involves every process, including planning and forecasting, acquiring and creating accurate orders and contracts, handling order changes, and resolving fulfillment and post-delivery problems.

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Lilly Software - Product Enhancements Remain Its Order 'Du Jour'


By fine-tuning its flagship VISUAL Enterprise suite to better serve specific ‘to order’ manufacturing and distribution vertical markets, while concurrently prudently expanding into some adjacent prosperous markets, Lilly Software remains set for the ensuing mid-market race.

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Demandware Gets Into Mainstream Order Management


Demandware, a cloud commerce solution provider, recently acquired the cloud-based order management solution provider Mainstreet Commerce. See how this acquisition will allow retailers to deliver faster and more rewarding omni-channel consumer experiences. Get the details in P.J.'s blog post.

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Confronting Core Global Trade Problems: Order, Shipment, and Financial Settlement


TradeBeam has been striving to distinguish itself by offering more than order and shipment tracking. It aims to improve the management of core global trade activities: order, shipment, and financial settlement.

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Managing Customer Returns and RMAs Using Microsoft Dynamics AX


Returned material authorization (RMA) built on sales order functionality, such as that used by Microsoft Dynamics AX, can drastically simplify RMA processes.

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Quote-to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix


BigMachines differentiates itself in the quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere due to its solutions’ lean end-to-end, inquiry-to-order focus. Although there are other vendors offering Q2O as a service, BigMachines product is arguably more flexible, as high tech manufacturers may be noting.

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Case Study: Manitou


Manitou, a global producer of complex make-to-order forklift trucks, wanted to optimize sales processes to overcome several challenges, including a lack of visibility into the order pipeline, and order capture that was prone to errors. After deploying Chameleon, sales channels can access current and accurate product and pricing info, and order capture is not only faster, but more efficient. Learn about other benefits.

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Profitable-to-promise: The Next Step in the Evolution of Order Promising


Achieving both customer satisfaction and profitability is critical to the survival of your organization. Without customer satisfaction, the long-term prospects for your business are bleak. And without profitability, your business cannot exist. Profitable-to-promise (PTP) solutions allow you to determine the profitability of individual orders by integrating supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) processes with your financial data.

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Concept by Configure One Is Now a TEC Certified Quote-to-Order Solution


TEC is pleased to announce that Concept by Configure One is now a TEC certified quote to order (Q2O) solution and is available for evaluation online in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Evaluation Centers.

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The Perfect Order--Inside-Out or Outside-In?


The Perfect Order measurement has proven to be a powerful measurement of a business. Should The Perfect Order be defined from an internal point of view or from a customer point of view . . . inside-out or outside-in?

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