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TEC 2012 ERP for Services Buyer's Guide


ERP for services solutions are changing the way professional services companies do business by combining powerful project- and resource-management tools with essential back-office functionality. Learn all about these solutions in TEC's 2012 ERP for Services Buyer's Guide. Plus get detailed product comparisons, a comprehensive vendor directory, customer success stories, and thought leadership from industry experts.

The scope of this guide makes it practically impossible to describe all the software requirements and offer existing solutions for services organizations of all types and sizes in an extremely diversified and highly specialized market. But the good news is that there are some commonalities among services-oriented companies, and the software solutions that address their needs can be suitable for a broad range of services-based organizations. The majority of services-based businesses, regardless of their market niche, will find their typical business processes covered in this guide. We will discuss the business challenges and pain points that services organizations face in fulfilling their objectives and the need for a specialized enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system to help them address these challenges and enable better decision making.

The primary audience for this buyer’s guide is services organization managers, business subject matter professionals at all levels, IT managers and experts, and consultants in the software selection market space who are directly or indirectly involved in corporate software selection processes, or, at least, influence those who make such decisions. This guide addresses the software needs of services-based companies that fall under the following example categories:

  • Managerial and/or specific consulting services companies
  • Financial services and auditing firms
  • Research organizations
  • Law firms
  • Advertising, public relations, and marketing agencies
  • Customer-specific software development companies
  • Recruitment and staffing companies



Table of Contents


Preface

2012 ERP for Services Buyer’s Guide

Definition of a Services Company

Business Challenges of Services-Oriented Companies

The Need for ERP for Services Software

Conclusion

Product Comparison

TEC Resources

Casebook

Counter-economy Factors Driving North American Steel Fabricator: While Landscape of Energy, Abundance and Employee Competition Defies Prevailing Market Trends, Waiward Steel Taps UNIT4 ERP/Business Change Support to Add $700k (5%) New Annual Profits

IFS Customer Success Story Todd Pacific Shipyards Chart a Course for Success with IFS Applications

Project Insight Customer Success Story NFI Industries

Epicor Customer Success Story Portenntum de Mexico Uses Epicor to Help Streamline Business Process

Thought Leadership by Epicor Increase Enterprise Visibility to Provide a Competitive Edge in Professional Services

KeyedIn Solutions Customer Success Story Pharmaceutical and Health Care Leader Solves Project Control and Health Problems at Division and Country Level


Vendor Directory


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Business Challenges of Services-oriented Companies


The services provided by services-based organizations as described above are commonly referred to as professional services. Consequently, the software market segment that caters to such businesses and provides specific application products is known as professional services automation (PSA). Another cluster of software packages is very similar in design—project portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA). This type of software is intended to support business activities similar to those addressed by PSA; it usually originates from a simpler project portfolio management (PPM) system that is expanded with the addition of billing, time tracking, and other PSAspecific activities. Usually PPM for PSA systems lack or do not offer extensive support for back-office processes—financial management of the entire organization, human resources management, purchasing, and so on—as these systems are more focused on project delivery to clients. ERP for Services software, on the other hand, is a broader type of solution that includes support for both project delivery business procedures and backoffice processes that are not visible to clients but are still essential for running a company.

Because of the project-based and people-oriented nature of services organizations, this business segment requires software applications that are capable of supporting servicesoriented business processes and adequately handling multiple internal challenges that are intrinsic to this industry.



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Case Study: Deluxe Media Services


Deluxe Media Services supplies the world’s best-known film, music, and games companies with solutions for manufacturing and distributing packaged media. But in each country where Deluxe has operations, it was using a different electronic data interchange (EDI) provider and value-added network to exchange critical business documents. Learn about the problems this caused, and the EDI solution Deluxe chose to solve them.

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Service Excellence and Managed Print Services


Many organizations are turning to managed print services (MPS) and benefitting from greater expertise, lower costs, and reduced IT burden. However, some MPS engagements are falling short in delivering the expected service quality. This white paper shows how by ensuring governance is an essential part of any MPS contract, both parties can better set appropriate expectations and increase their chances of creating an effective and successful MPS relationship.

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IT Services/ BPO/ Technologies


MphasiS provides contact center services and business process outsourcing (BPO) services to Fortune 500 companies. Their contact centers in Bangalore and Pune, India offer English language support in an ISO 9001 certified environment. They also provide Spanish language solutions through their Tijuana, Mexico contact center facility. Mphasis Technologies mission is to provide services and solutions to organizations in the fields of research and development (R&D) and product development. Their offerings span nine industries and sciences of mobile, networking and telecom, industrial automation, computing platforms, automotive-telematics, consumer electronics, healthcare, life sciences, and radio frequency identification (RFID). They deliver their services through their "Technology Rental Lab" concept.  

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Business Services and Consulting


There are several ways to define the business services and consulting industry, but they all make a clear distinction between business services (services a client cannot or does not want to perform in-house) and consulting (services that will improve a client's activities). Of course, these two different types of activities can be combined into one, depending on the client's requirements.

However, the line between the two types is sometimes blurry. For instance, a company may provide shipping logistics services for a client (or for the client's clients), in the sense that it handles the shipping of goods for the client; but it can also provide consulting services (or extend its own logistics services) to help the client improve the transportation system already in place.

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Professional Services Organizations Automate their Processes


Major vendors are entering the professional services software market and small niche vendors are repositioning themselves to compete. This changing market is conveying mixed messages; however, users can navigate this space by separating market messages from vendors' functional capabilities.

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Top CRM for Financial Services


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HR Shared Services: A Fresh Look


There’s nothing like a recession to demonstrate the efficacy of the shared services delivery model for human resources (HR). Learn how organizations experienced with HR shared services find the model efficiently handles day-to-day administrative transactions—including delicate issues such as the paperwork aspects of layoffs—freeing staff to focus on morale and other talent-related issues caused by economic downturn.

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P2E Scanning Services


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Professional Services Automation: A New Approach to Business and Knowledge Management for Professional Services Firms


Professional services firms are not like other businesses. They have unique ways of working, unique challenges, and unique opportunities. While progressive project-based businesses have already embraced professional services automation (PSA)—achieving results and return on investment along the way—there are still many firms that have yet to fully automate their key business processes or integrate their knowledge base.

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