Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle management (PLM). TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic examines the solutions that SAP is offering for supply chain executives to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of SCM, PLM, and enterprise resource planning (ERP).
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involves criteria other than cost or profit, such as rules and priorities. These algorithms search all of the available resources (machines, labor, suppliers, available time, etc.) and match them with the demand, in order to generate replenishment orders. This is in contrast to the so-called fast material resource planning (MRP) function (or response management, if you will), which has to do some post-processing to try to smooth out the “mountains” (capacity or material peaks) into the “valleys” t