ERP Glossary - V: Vaporware to Version

Vaporware

Slang used to describe a very compelling sales presentation for software which is only conceptual, and doesn't actually yet exist.

VAR (Value-Added Reseller)

A value added reseller is the middleman who sells software along with other bundled products such as hardware, or implementation services. Value added resellers play an important role by servicing smaller clients who do not necessarily warrant a large sales or implementation investment by a bigger software firm.

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

Vendor managed inventory is a inventory control strategy requiring a vendor to control his supply of raw materials at a rate such that his customer's raw material inventory is neither excessively high nor dangerously low, and for taking responsibility for making adjustments if the inventory approaches either condition. VMI is generally seen as an added service by a vendor, who reduces his customer's inventory risk.

Vendor Scorecards

Vendor scorecards are an attempt to establish objective numerical evaluations of a vendor's performance, particularly if the material or service being purchased is an undifferentiated commodity. Vendor scorecards typically have criteria such as: % on time, %complete shipments, %invoicing errors, etc. Vendor relationships are vulnerable to unethical behavior, and vendor scorecards are seen as a methodology to mitigate that risk.

Vendors

Vendors are companies or individuals that are willing to supply a given material or service at an agreed upon quality level in exchange for an agreed upon amount of cash. ERPfocus has an extensive ERP vendor database.

Version

Version refers to the generation of a technology application. Versions are most often numbers, with or without decimal points, and are most common in software programs, although anything with a brand name is liable to use a version number to indicate its manufacturing

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Tom Feltham

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Tom Feltham was Editor at ERP Focus for three years from 2013-2016. Tom still keeps tabs on the ERP software market and occasionally puts pen to paper when inspiration strikes.

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