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IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 3
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: October 10 2008 Part 2 of this blog topic continued to analyze IBM’s rationale behind acquiring ILOG to bolster its service oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) platforms, in part due to the capabilities of archrival Oracle. What About ILOG's SCM Products? Whether as a sort of “collateral damage” (given IBM’s foremost interest in beefing up its SOA/BPM infrastructure product) or Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: September 12 2008 Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+) suite's name is that a "99+ percentage" represents the gold standard in customer service levels, and it takes a product purposely built to achieve service level excellence and to support such a high standard Read More...
SAP Acquires SmartOps, At Long Last
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: March 12 2013 This could be the very first time as a market observer that my reaction to a merger announcement is not “Why?” but rather “Why now?” Namely, in late February 2013, SAP announced plans to acquire SmartOps, a leading provider of inventory and service-level optimization software solutions. Founded in 2000, SmartOps released its first multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) product in Read More...
Unifying Global Trade Management: Challenges and User Recommendations
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: June 20 2005 GTM software should be able to gather information and feed it back into the parent company, creating visibility into what remote divisions are doing and how they are doing it. Software providers must strike the right balance between global consistency and special local needs. Read More...
Bridging the Reality Gap Between Planning and Execution Part Two: The Manufacturers' Perspective
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: June 17 2004 Manufacturers today need to react quickly in order to remain efficient and competitive, given that the biggest problem they face is that change is the only constant in manufacturing. For those who are lucky, only minor changes will happen between the "as planned" and "as executed" worlds. Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: September 23 2009 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. The Read More...
The Rapid Response Solution Continues to Improve
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: March 26 2008 Kinaxis’s latest response management product releases deliver even more refined software system tools to help global manufacturers with capacity planning and scheduling, including monitoring and alerting, action team selection, and inventory liability reduction capabilities. Read More...
SCP and SCE Need to Collaborate for Better Fulfillment Part One: How SCP and SCE are Addressing WMS
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: November 13 2003 Warehouse management and transportation management have emerged as two of a few rare remaining fertile areas where companies still have ample opportunity to redesign and optimize. At the same time, these areas are less time-consuming and more oriented towards return on investment (ROI) in terms of incrementally improved operating costs and fulfillment capabilities. Read More...
Supply Chain Management Systems for Service and Replacement Parts: Players, Benefits, and User Recommendations
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: August 2 2005 Improved service management boosts revenue from both service offerings and new product sales, while improved customer service and enhanced offerings increase customer retention, and draw new service business, providing an additional, low risk and likely repeated revenue stream over a long period of ownership. Read More...
Supply Chain Cost-cutting Strategies
Source: Aberdeen Group
Process industries (chemicals, food and beverage, oil and gas, etc.) face rising manufacturing and logistics costs. And they’re finding that the old strategies for cost containment no longer pack the same punch. Some surveys show that 75 percent of all respondents are redesigning their supply chains to keep these costs in check. Are you one of them? No? You’ve got a lot of catching up to do—and very little time to do it. Read More...

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