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Thou Shalt Manage (and Cherish) Thy (Best) Suppliers
In its recent report, Shifting C-level Business Priorities as the Recovery Takes Hold, Saugatuck Technologies claims that top business priorities are returning

commodity trading blog  discerned in their particular commodity (e.g., steel ingots or plastic resin) across all business units. In addition, they might want to know how many vendors account for the top 50 percent of, say, the transportation spend, and what percentages of the transportations spend is with preferred suppliers. Chief procurement officers (CPOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) care about the “bigger picture” issues, such as how the global program is performing and where the next wave of opportunities might Read More

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Telecom Re-invention: Optimizing the Online Customer Experience
As networks, devices, and media converge, telecom companies have increasingly complex catalogs of products and services on offer to customers who are, in turn

commodity trading blog  itself has become a commodity, so telecoms companies (Telcos) can no longer rely on traditional business models, channels or services as sources of revenue. They still own a critical billing relationship with their customers, but need to be flexible and innovative while dealing with more complex support challenges and potentially escalating costs. However, businesses and consumers are under financial pressure, and the telecoms industry needs to invest in network infrastructure, technologies and capacity Read More
What’s With Ariba Selling Its Sourcing Services Team to Accenture?
My recent series about the merger of JDA Software and i2 Technologies raised the issue whether any independent software vendor (ISV) can at the same time be

commodity trading blog  the exact implications of commodity price movements and surcharges based on total cost vs. just showing a general price trending chart? What about creating a social network ( Ning of a sort) for companies sourcing similar categories that are non-strategic? These considerations are also important for customers who have deployed (or are still deploying) on-premise Ariba solutions. Ariba has been placing all of its attention squarely on software as a service (SaaS) and cloud delivery. Rumor has it that Read More
SignalDemand: Dealing with Supply- and Demand-side Pricing Matters - Part 1
In TEC's previous articles and blog posts about pricing management and optimization vendors like Zilliant, Vendavo, DemandTec, Servigistics or Revionics, the

commodity trading blog  how to better translate commodity (e.g., corn, soy, oil, gas, electricity, metals, polypropylene) prices into viable final product mixes. For example, how can a meat packer make better downstream supply chain decisions on its choice of cuts (e.g., a beef carcass as a source material can yield more than one thousand various meat cuts as finished products) and ensure that they are priced best on the retail shelf at the end of a highly perishable supply chain? This technology has been particularly Read More
Dynamic Ariba Trades Up
Ariba Inc., a leader in electronic purchasing systems for the Internet, has acquired Trading Dynamics, a maker of applications that support business-to-business

commodity trading blog  Ariba Trades Up Event Summary Ariba Inc (Nasdaq: ARBA) announced its acquisition of privately held Trading Dynamics for stock valued at approximately $400 million. The acquisition will enable Ariba to offer such dynamic pricing models as auctions, reverse auctions, and exchanges. The six current customers of Trading Dynamics will be folded into Ariba's current customer network and will therefore have access to all other buyers and sellers on the network. The acquisition is expected to complete in Read More
ERP Software Blog
The ERP Software Blog is a member-supported blog that includes comparisons and opinions about enterprise resource planning (ERP) and the software selection

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To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIc)
The first part (Part II) of this blog series described the opportunities for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand applications, especially in the current

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E-mail and Fax Services
It’s still a must-have to manage faxes and e-mail across your trading partners. You need a simple way to automate these transactions into a single system, speed

commodity trading blog  mail and Fax Services It’s still a must-have to manage faxes and e-mail across your trading partners. You need a simple way to automate these transactions into a single system, speed up cash cycle times, reduce errors—and save time. Learn about the value-added network (VAN) from Inovis, and discover how it can help you convert inbound e-mail and fax transactions and convert outbound transactions to fax, with transaction visibility. Read More
Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?
For companies handling many contracts, ensuring trading partners adhere to contract details is often too cumbersome to be executed without enabling technology

commodity trading blog  dollar value, type of commodity, type of contract, date ranges, and codes for specific cost centers. To be successful in enterprise CLM, companies need functionality to support both buy-side and sell-side types of contracts. There is immense value in having one solution cater to all departments within an enterprise due to a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), lower audit costs, fewer systems to maintain, reduced training costs, etc.   Contract Lifecycle Steps Experts have defined the steps typical to a Read More
Eka Plus
Eka is the global leader in providing Smart Commodity Management software solutions. Eka@s analytics-driven, end-to-end Commodity Management platform enables

commodity trading blog  leader in providing Smart Commodity Management software solutions. Eka’s analytics-driven, end-to-end Commodity Management platform enables companies to efficiently and profitably meet the challenges of complex and volatile markets. Read More
If Software Is A Commodity - Can You Still Win Some Competitive Advantage?
An application product can never provide competitive advantage by itself, it is a function of how and how much is implemented. A good implementation of a

commodity trading blog  Software Is A Commodity - Can You Still Win Some Competitive Advantage? The Question If most application software is a commodity (see If Software Is A Commodity...Then What? ), why do some companies gain more benefit and competitive advantage than others (see Commodity Software, Best Practice and Competitive Advantage )? Why do two companies in the same industry, using the same application product see two very different results? One gains competitive advantage and the other sees no change or even a loss Read More
To Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved?
In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods

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Agricultural Commodity Trading - Quite a Different Business
The Business of Agriculture Commodity Trading Recently, I had the opportunity to take a detailed look at the agriculture commodity trading and risk

commodity trading blog  Commodity Trading - Quite a Different Business The Business of Agriculture Commodity Trading Recently, I had the opportunity to take a detailed look at the agriculture commodity trading and risk management industry after being involved in a project. In this article I will share some considerations on agricultural products trading specialties and software that supports it. While I have experience dealing with the securities market—which is sometimes classified as the commodities trading Read More
The Advantages of Enabling Order Execution in Hardware
The increasing volume of orders, pervasiveness of algorithmic trading systems and customer demand for lower latency are outpacing the capabilities of the

commodity trading blog  Advantages of Enabling Order Execution in Hardware The increasing volume of orders, pervasiveness of algorithmic trading systems and customer demand for lower latency are outpacing the capabilities of the software- and server-based systems sell-side firms use to do process trades in financial markets globally. This is causing many of these firms to experience lower trading performance, dissatisfied customers and high operational complexity and costs. This white paper looks at the disadvantages of Read More
Partner-Friendly Oracle Update - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Oracle’s recent (and seemingly genuine) change of heart and approach towards partnering. The analysis then moved into Oracle

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