Of Pizza and Planning: A Philosophic Approach to Supply Chains

Supply chain optimization begins not with a technological solution, but with a question: Where does the chain begin and end? Ask a manufacturer and you’ll get one answer. Ask a retailer and you’ll get another. Ask a customer and you’ll get yet another. However, there is one place where consumer demand, supplier products, and retailer strategies converge: the store shelf.

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ERP for Green Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing

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Manufacturers are under pressure to document their impact on the environment. This white paper addresses the various drivers for the green supply chain trend. It also shares considerations for satisfying a customer’s green supply chain initiative or initiating your own. Finally, it discusses the role of enterprise software like enterprise resource planning (ERP) in keeping pace with this industry trend. Read More

Applying an Economic Model to IT Management: Operations Management in the Virtual Data Center

Virtualization systems have been replacing traditional, silo-based IT architectures to consolidate resources and workloads, but virtualization requires resource and performance management technologies designed to handle dramatically different, complex behaviors. This white paper describes a supply chain economy approach, which combines monitoring, analytics, and actions to enable proactive virtualization management.  Read More

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