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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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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

free accounting courses canada  that find ways to free employees from those tasks to focus on high value-adding activities'such as solving customer problems, deepening vendor/customer relationships, and learning new product solutions'see significant increase in profitability. Great distributors work constantly on process improvement in every part of the business. They have key performance indicators (KPIs) in place that they use internally and share with customers to help benchmark their value and differentiate them from competitors.

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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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Compare Software Solutions

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Learning Management Suite (LMS)

These are tools for managing, creating, scheduling training or learning in your organization. The terminology varies from vendor to vendor. Learning management systems (LMS) typically help to manage both classroom and on-line learning. They do not normally include content creation or management tools but may in some cases. Some LMSs may manage just classroom or just e-learning rather than both. Some LMSs may also include content authoring and managment and virtual classrooms. Learning content management systems (LCMS) emphasize the management of content for courses/training/learning. In most cases, they include content authoring tools. In some cases, they may also include some of the features of LMSs. Content authoring tools are often provided as part of an LCMS. They may also be stand-alone products. Virtual classrooms (web conferencing tools) normally are separate third party offerings but may be included as part of a suite of tools. Suites of tools include features of at least two or more of the above categories. While some companies offer just LMS or LCMS systems others offer suites of products, which provide all or most of the features of the other tools. Suites combine several capabilities of learning management--usually two or more of the following: learning management, classroom training management, e-learning management, custom content creation, learning content management, learning object repositories, or virtual classrooms.  

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State of the Market: HR


Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.

The products covered in this guide address the management of a company’s workforce, including hiring, payroll, benefits, training, health and safety, and more.

While HRIS are also commonly referred to as human resource management systems (HRMS) or as human capital management (HCM), for the purpose of this guide, we will refer to the systems that support HR functionality as HRIS throughout. All these systems—in one way or another—encompass core HR functionality.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how the various HR solutions have helped companies like yours solve personnel, payroll, and benefit management problems.

For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for an HRIS, whether it’s an end-to-end on-premise solution, an on-demand or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, a third party solution, or a best-of-breed solution.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which HRIS is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize HR Marketplace

Executive Summary: Core HR

Thou Shalt Manage Human Capital Better

Customer Success Story: Core HR

Nikon Reaps Benefits from Ultimate Software’s Ultipro

Executive Summary: Human Capital Management

Tactical Human Resources Evolves into Strategic Human Capital Management

Customer Success Story: Talent Management

Commerce Bank is Counting on Lawson

Vendor Spotlight

Auxillium West

Ceridian Canada Limited

CheckPoint HR

Lawson

NuView Systems, Inc.

Sage Software

Ultimate Software

Unicorn HRO


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State of the HR Marketplace


For many years, HR management has been viewed as the enterprise function responsible for staffing and personnel-related issues, such as recruiting and hiring, establishing employment policies, handling pay and retirement plans, and administering benefits. Today, company executives see the HR function in an entirely different way. From recruiting, hiring, and training new staff, to the transfer of key functions from the back office to the front line, it is evident that executives are looking to transform HR from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic and vital part of the business.

What is fueling this transformation is that SMB executives are beginning to understand the critical link between their people and the bottom line. To remain competitive as an SMB in today’s job market, employers need to know what their employees are doing, what skills they have, their ambitions, how they are progressing, and how they fit into the future of the business.

SMBs that continue to view HR as strictly a department or administrative service and that fail to infuse HR functions throughout the organization will inevitably limit their ability to compete and grow.

We’ll review some of the trends in the HR space, as well as some of the challenges facing SMBs in the wake of globalization and the changing HR landscape.


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Sage BusinessVision Accounting


Sage BusinessVision 50 Accounting (formerly ACCPAC) is intended for high-transaction, heavy user load situations. Capturing the technological benefits of Sage BusinessVision 50 Accounting with an SQL engine, the program's eighteen integrated modules can be further enhanced with a variety of add-ons. Up to one hundred users can be supported simultaneously. In addition to new utilities in the general ledger module, Sage BusinessVision 50 Accounting is designed to be "fault tolerant," performing the reading and writing of data files under controlled conditions. System highlights include fully integrated real-time accounting, high security features, quick installation and setup for single or multiple companies, and custom up-to-the minute financial reporting.  

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Accounting and Financial Packages Accreditation Report: GMS Accounting Management Software


This customer satisfaction report consists of how GMS, Inc., accounting automation software services provider of accounting management solutions integration and process optimization for nonprofits fared in the eyes of their client references.

GMS received accreditation from Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) for completing the customer satisfaction survey program. The review process is based on client satisfaction survey ratings provided to TEC by GMS’ client references. The survey evaluated the overall satisfaction, quality of services received, and overall project evaluation of their real-life software implementation projects.

GMS helps organizations find the best way to conduct the following activities: activity-based costing, billing, cash management, compliance reporting, maintenance management, and payroll. GMS also provides services such as service level agreements (SLAs), mapping, implementation services and audits, data conversion, training, and others.

Get the full results of the client satisfaction survey on GMS Accounting Management Software in this software services provider review.

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Free Online FSM Software Comparisons Now Available


TEC is pleased to announce that you can now compare field service management (FSM) solutions head-to-head using TEC Advisor—our free online software evaluation and selection tool. FSM solutions provide planning and scheduling, work order management, customer engagement management, and other essential functionality for companies with highly mobile, customer-facing workforces. You can

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The 2011 Buyer's Guide to Accounting and Financial Software


Too often, finance professionals must contend with outdated financial and accounting systems that present spiraling overhead costs, functional limitations, and unnecessary risks. And that makes it challenging for them to respond to complex business issues such as frequent regulatory change and increased compliance challenges--as well as requirements for visibility across multiple entities, currencies, and tax and regulatory frameworks. Download this buyer guide for a comprehensive overview of how cloud computing can help, including a handy chart comparing software delivery models and vital tips for evaluating cloud solutions for finance and accounting.

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Accounting for SMB Showdown


I'm Larry Blitz, editor of TEC's Vendor Showdown series. Today's Showdown pits two major enterprise resource planning (ERP) and accounting for small to midsized business (SMB) vendors against each other, head-to-head: Exact Software North America (a division of Exact Software) and Infor.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Finance and Accounting Software Vendors Before You Buy ERP


When conducting a mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) system comparison, there are several key questions that you should ask: How much should ERP software cost? What IT resources will be needed to implement it? But don’t stop there. The seas of ERP are vast, and navigating through the current market is not simple. Equip yourself with these questions before evaluating and interviewing vendors.

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9 Things to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers


I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean transformation versus conventional non-lean companies. Lean thinking certainly isn’t new to the business community, but many managers and business influencers still have no clear understanding of lean. They typically pick and choose their lean

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Charting a Better Course for Your Business: Eight Rules for Investing in a New Accounting System


A good financial and accounting system should propel your business forward. It should give you the specific insights you need to spot the storms ahead, help you maximize resources with streamlined processes, and be nimble enough to help you navigate the changing currents of today’s business environment. Download this white paper to make sure you have the facts straight about what to look for—and what to look out for.

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FinancialForce Accounting


FinancialForce Accounting™ is a simple, yet powerful, accounting application that is straightforward to learn, easy to implement, and trouble-free to maintain. It complements Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM), helping to bring back office data to the front, eliminating data silos, and allowing companies to align sales, service, and finance on a single cloud platform. FinancialForce Accounting enables more efficient accounting processes, shorter period closes, and sharper financial reporting.

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