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My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components

components tco  (SCM) suite, its major components, and its supply chain process bundles. In addition to receiving a number of public comments and ratings by TEC ’s readers, I was recently roasted privately during a lunch meeting with a couple of peers. Namely, they expressed their surprise at the quite positive tone of the article, and at the lack of my typical skepticism (and sometimes sarcasm). Well, perhaps I am a sucker for a good “big picture” vision, and it seemed to me that SAP had created a compelling

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