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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
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

best of bread scm  (IO) modules. While the best-of-breed IO vendors like  SmartOps ,  Optiant , and  ILOG LogicTools  (now part of IBM ) do not compete with Manhattan for the same business, these same vendors, at least in my observation, have a somewhat different view of the IO world than Manhattan does. Namely, all of the above named companies are manufacturing-process-centric. They provide bolt-on optimization engines essentially for  enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions (e.g., the SAP and SmartOps relation Read More

ERP for Distribution Industries
Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods t...
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SmartOps Steps Out in to the Cloud SCM
SmartOps Corporation is a quiet provider of supply chain planning (SCP) solutions that right-size inventory and capture more sales (by way of managing demand

best of bread scm  outcomes, and prescribe the best action to meet strategic goals. The AIM module leverages the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) platform with a pre-configured data universe and reports for common workflows including Sales &Operations Planning (S&OP), supply-chain performance monitoring, executive dashboards, and ad-hoc reporting. The SmartOps AIM allows users to perform the following: Capture the reality of forecasting performance and trends with the Demand Analytics Dashboard Gain visibility Read More
One Vendor's Exploit of Marrying Infrastructure with Selling and Fulfillment Applications
For many manufacturers, distributors and retailers with a mishmash of disparate back-office business applications, Sterling Commerce, a traditional integration

best of bread scm  are scheduled for the best possible, on-time delivery performance. Optimization tools consolidate orders into shipments and builds multi-stop, multi-pickup routes using preferred carrier allowing users to select the best cost service for an order. Execution. Moves goods from the dock and to the end point, and monitors the flow of carrier information. Fulfillment is addressed via integrated visibility tools that enable internal users, customers, and suppliers to track shipment status for their orders. In Read More
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

best of bread scm  portray ToolsGroup as the best thing since sliced bread, since it is not a universally applicable inventory optimization (IO) solution. For instance, unlike ILOG's LogicTools [ evaluate this product ], SmartOps or Optiant , it does not offer full capabilities for complex Bills of Material (BOMs) (for instance, the items with multiple routings). Also, the solution is not suitable for pure “make-to-order (MTO)” manufacturing environments that do not carry finished goods. Finally, smaller finished goods Read More
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

best of bread scm  few times to the best of my knowledge. RedPrairie is quite upbeat about its brand-new product,  E2e Collaborative Flowcasting (or Flowcasting for short) , which is basically demand sensing, but with an approach that is 180 degrees different from its traditional supply chain planning (SCP) counterparts. The process starts with actual item/ stock-keeping unit (SKU)  by store  point of sales (POS)  and inventory data to forecast demand up through the extended supply chain, and then adjusts the foreca Read More
Solomon Software: Breaking Away from Perception as “Best-of-Breed-Accounting” Vendor
Due to its late expansion into the ERP world, the company has been trailed by its reputation of a best-of-breed accounting software vendor. While Solomon has

best of bread scm  its reputation of a best-of-breed accounting software vendor. While Solomon has accelerated its delivery schedule of new functionality, it will be hard pressed with tight time-to-market constraints. The following intended functionality delivery schedule would be a tall order for even much more resource abundant competitors: Repetitive build and MRP modules of the manufacturing suite (planned for release in Q2 2000) Replenishing, commissions, and shipments modules of the distribution suite (planned for r Read More
Justification of ERP Investments Part Two: The Intangible Effects of ERP
The intangible or non-financial benefits of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be viewed from several perspectives. For illustrative

best of bread scm  of ERP Investments Part Two: The Intangible Effects of ERP The Intangible Effects of ERP* The intangible or non-financial benefits of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be viewed from several perspectives. For illustrative purposes, the discussion will focus on the benefits for accounting, product and process design, production, sales, and management information system (MIS) functions. From the overall company standpoint, ERP provides a framework for working Read More
Confessions of a Techno Junkie
Ideas on how to survive the avalanche of technology, avoid the lure of its pitfalls, and succeed with it as the enabler to true process innovation.

best of bread scm  cell phone represents the best example of this. No mere phone, I can take pictures and instantly e-mail them, manage e-mail, peruse the Internet, send text messages, and use it anywhere in the world, except of course, in my home in Texas which is officially located in a no coverage zone ! Figure 2: When do you buy technology? Technology as a business antidote Now that I've made light of my personal experiences as a technology consumer, let's leap to the arena of corporate technology acquisition and discu Read More
In Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business
Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required

best of bread scm  Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required by their IT operations, especially by their data centers. Greening IT starts in the data center: find out how data center consolidation—and other solutions—can help you reduce energy consumption, and even increase productivity and efficiency. Read More
Analysis of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Release of Menu Driven Wireless Web Capability For SMS
The advent of menu driven wireless web capabilities for SMS (Short Message Service) will allow carriers to offer their subscribers fully personalized web based

best of bread scm  of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Release of Menu Driven Wireless Web Capability For SMS Analysis of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Release of Menu Driven Wireless Web Capability For SMS P. Hayes - May 11, 2000 Event Summary In April TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a leading developer of software applications that enable wireless carriers and enterprises to extend their capabilities to wireless devices, announced the availability of Interactive Menus, a new capability of the TCS Short Read More
Benefits of a Virtualized Data Center
The market penetration of server virtualization is staggering. Nearly 100 percent of Fortune 1000 companies are using virtualization technologies on production

best of bread scm  of a Virtualized Data Center The market penetration of server virtualization is staggering. Nearly 100 percent of Fortune 1000 companies are using virtualization technologies on production systems. On the other end of the spectrum, virtual utility hosts and cloud computing vendors are springing up to cost-effectively support smaller companies, showing benefit for those that require only a single server. Everyone is virtualizing, but why? Find out. Read More
The Future of Talent Management: Underlying Drivers of Change
The next generation of talent management practices and solutions will largely be driven by economic evolution, demographic changes, and technology advancements

best of bread scm  Future of Talent Management: Underlying Drivers of Change The next generation of talent management practices and solutions will largely be driven by economic evolution, demographic changes, and technology advancements. These factors are dramatically influencing the way people work, the way companies are organized, and the way talent is managed. This paper explores how current business and talent management processes and technology must evolve in order to effectively deliver business value in the next 5 Read More
Is IoT Changing the Face of Omnichannel Retail?
Omnichannel retail has forever changed the face of retail. And now, another recent innovation, the Internet of Things, is poised to change the face of retail

best of bread scm  and it can be best described with an example: A consumer researches and browses products on their smartphone through a store’s mobile app and then later makes a purchase from their PC. The item is then shipped to the consumer’s home, who later on posts a review of the product and their buying experience on Facebook using their tablet. They subsequently decide to return the product in-store. This type of shopping experience is what consumers with access to multiple shopping channels expect these days. Read More
WorkWise's eWarehouse provides Groschopp with added control of the entire life cycle of its inventory
Groschopp initially purchased TCM in 1994 and subsequently expanded its usage to over 40 TCM licensed users and 12 data collection users. Groschopp has

best of bread scm  s eWarehouse provides Groschopp with added control of the entire life cycle of its inventory Groschopp initially purchased TCM in 1994 and subsequently expanded its usage to over 40 TCM licensed users and 12 data collection users. Groschopp has evolved into an expert user of the entire suite of TCM applications, including MRP, MPS, and Shop Floor Control with complex scheduling. One of their main objectives was the ability to bin track and optimize inventory, leading both to cost savings and also Read More
Customer Experience Management: The Value of Moments of Truth
Customers perceive value based on the experiences they receive—and many big-name companies have tuned into this because they’ve made a connection with customers

best of bread scm  Experience Management: The Value of Moments of Truth Customers perceive value based on the experiences they receive—and many big-name companies have tuned into this because they’ve made a connection with customers that transcends the basic functional value they offer. In this first part of a two-part series, learn how traditional customer relationship management (CRM) has often failed in this respect, and how managing customer experiences can drive your revenues. Read More

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