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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

concepts scm  still unproven solutions and concepts whenever they become generally available. I agree  with Lora Cecere’s recent Supply Chain Shaman ’s blog post that it is not yet clear, for either the SAP team members or the customer, how these solutions will fit together to solve industry-specific problems . There is also a growing anxiety within the SAP client base on total cost of ownership (TCO), as the original promise and premise was that the selection (and standardization) of SAP solutions Read More...

3 Critical Considerations When Choosing Your SCM Solution
SCM software selection is a tricky and painful activity for most companies. Why? Despite the plethora of solutions currently available, it may be hard to find

concepts scm  and Mission: These two concepts should drive all your business activities, and all new activities should be in line with your business goals. While vendors have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with multiple businesses in one vertical and consequently design their built-in best practices, these practices may not reflect your business reality or sense of direction. Corporate Culture: As unlikely as it may be for some, corporate culture plays a significant role on the financial aspects of your Read More...
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Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse mana...
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New-world Value: The Strategic Impact of Business Application Suites in Today’s Corporate Environment
The concepts of return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) have been used for decades in enterprise evaluations of IT investments, including

concepts scm  Expanding Traditional Formulas The concepts of ROI and TCO have been used for decades in enterprise evaluations of IT investments, including ERP systems (see Figure 2, The Formulas, below). What has changed, however, is that with the emergence of important new technological advances, executives at leading companies are now expanding these traditional formulas so they can account for new opportunities that are not reflected in a classic ROI/TCO analysis. These executives have decided that it's time to Read More...
The People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation Through Education
This article summarizes the findings from a study of why customers failed to attain the full value potential of their SCM projects. Most SCM projects continue

concepts scm  and inconsistent. (Several new concepts had been introduced in a short period of time and few consultants were fully versed in the SCM concepts that were being introduced.) Knowledge-related barriers to supply chain excellence Fortunately, the vendor had the ability to draw a significant amount of supply chain domain expertise internally as a result of its numerous acquisitions, and had plenty of experience in evangelizing the SCM market. Within six months of the study, a comprehensive course on supply Read More...
Human Capital Supply Chains: Book Review
“Goods are uniform and people are unique.” Too obvious? Maybe, but with the success that supply chain management (SCM) has brought to manufacturers, it’s time

concepts scm  the application of SCM concepts to manufacturing and other industries resulted in a substantial reduction in cost of goods and services while increasing quality. A natural progression was the application of SCM concepts and skills for the optimization of human capital—the single biggest money drain of an organization. With little written about the subject, however, organizations have been skeptical about adopting this approach to their workforce. Giehll and Moss go on to say that “there was a lot of Read More...
SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity
Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle

concepts scm  SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity In all the hoopla about SAP’s recent blockbuster acquisitions of SuccessFactors and Datango (and Crossgate , Right Hemisphere , and Sybase a bit earlier), and with all of the talk about cloud solutions, mobility, SAP HANA in-memory, etc., one might lose sight of the fact that SAP has also been doing a boatload of tacit innovation in-house. At the recent SAP Influencer Summit event in Boston in December 2011, we learned of major new SAP products (recently released or Read More...
Not all SCM Products Are Created Equal
In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement

concepts scm  all SCM Products Are Created Equal Overview Amid the hype that pervades vendor marketing campaigns and press announcements, it can be difficult for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities of a given supply chain management suite. In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement planning, manufacturing planning and scheduling, distribution and transportation management, and inventory Read More...
Mid-Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 2: Market Impact
Tier2/Tier 3 vendors are prepared to endure the onslaught of the likes of SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, as well as of proverbial mid-market leaders such as J.D

concepts scm  Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 2: Market Impact Market Impact The erstwhile frenzy of enterprise applications software company mergers and/or acquisitions was not exactly a big surprise, as consolidation is normal to almost every industry. The Y2K-problem caused a market slump in 1999 and the current protracted global economic slowdown has been particularly hard on the smaller vendors, which have the same need to expand their offerings but much scarcer resources at their 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

concepts scm  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 Associates was the epitome of an impeccable  supply chain management (SCM)  software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its product capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But Read More...
New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 4: Using E-Procurement to Leverage Volume
A straightforward way to drive prices down and obtain increased supplier attention is to leverage total purchasing volume through Internet-based auctions. This

concepts scm  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 4: Using E-Procurement to Leverage Volume Executive Summary Every business is a purchaser as well as a supplier, with many routinely processing hundreds of buying activities daily. Typically, purchases represent 50 to 90% of a company's cost structure - making procurement strategy and execution a critical lever for effective supply chain operations and superior business profitability. Electronic commerce offers exciting new possibilities for businesses to improve their Read More...
Reference Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions
This guide to supply chain management (SCM) functions/features will help you determine which SCM features are a high priority for your organization. Learn about

concepts scm  Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions This SCM reference guide provides insight into the supply chain management (SCM) features and functions currently accessible on today’s market. This guide will help you understand which features are essential for your organization and which are not. You can also download a comprehensive guide in Excel format, with all of the nearly 2,600 SCM functions and features, at TEC’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) RFP Template page . Read More...
'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: J.D. Edwards
J.D. Edwards believes in the possibilities (both in terms of technology and sell-ability) of Collaborative Commerce. How far have they gotten in that vision

concepts scm  air, and not enough proof-of-concepts to show for it. In our opinion, they're likely ahead of their time, as most executives are still too tied up in CRM implementations to think about the next logical step. And, J.D. Edwards has too many third-party companies that it's relying on, which increases risk by assuming that the vendors will continue to do the right thing and continue to help themselves by helping J.D. Edwards. In today's technology environment, where sales are fewer and farther between and Read More...
Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 1: We Need To Know Now
If you are not experiencing organizational stress in some of the areas where the benefits may occur, then perhaps a decision to invest in supply chain

concepts scm  the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 1: We Need To Know Now Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Executive Summary    The competitive environment for every industry grows increasingly intense. Fast, reasonably accurate information about the impact of a software investment decision grows more critical. Many decision-makers look for an exact forecast of return on investment (ROI) from the purchase of a supply chain management application. At least four very real Read More...
Simple SCM Document Exchange
Abrica.net is a

concepts scm  SCM Document Exchange Abrica.net is a software-as-service collaboration solution that enables supply chain partners, of all sizes, to quickly, easily and inexpensively exchange business documents. To send a supply chain document, simply print it to the Abrica printer. Read More...
SCM in a New Flavor: Real Time and Demand Driven
To meet the needs of a demand driven market, Apptricity is leveraging service oriented architecture to deploy and integrate modules.

concepts scm  in a New Flavor: Real Time and Demand Driven Introduction The current market is becoming more demand-driven and the need for real time decision support capabilities in the supply chain is inevitable. As a result, service oriented vendors are emerging. They are developing solutions through next generation applications with customization, workflow, extensible markup language (XML), and third-party integrated software that is embedded in their applications. These vendors have a greater, real time, Read More...

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