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AspenTech Searching for Definition in FY2000
Founded in 1981 as a developer of computer-aided chemical engineering software, Aspen's growth has resulted in a wide variety of applications for management and

definition scm  FY2000 AspenTech Searching for Definition in FY2000 S. McVey - September 1st, 1999 Vendor Summary Founded in 1981 as a developer of computer-aided chemical engineering software, Aspen's growth has resulted in a wide variety of applications for management and execution-level process manufacturing. Aspen's product suites are targeted broadly at design, operational control, and, with the acquisition of Chesapeake Decision Science's MIMI, supply chain management. Aspen has a strong presence in the chemical,

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 2


Part 1 of this blog topic analyzed IBM’s rationale to acquire ILOG to bolster its service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) platforms. Eventually, with ILOG fully integrated, IBM hopes to establish the following: a leading rule repository and end-to-end rule lifecycle management; a full spectrum of rules definition and execution methods; maximum rules reuse

definition scm  full spectrum of rules definition and execution methods; maximum rules reuse – across all BPM initiatives, SOA initiatives, applications and modernization efforts; and tight integration between IBM WebSphere and ILOG. In addition, as hinted in Part 1, IBM is expected to leverage ILOG's presence in optimization and visualization, which are also of relevance to BPM , Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) & analytics , and Complex Event Processing (CEP) opportunities. During the past several years, the Read More

Macola ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM)


The definition of a successful manufacturing enterprise is one that builds the right products, at the right time, for the right price. That’s why so many manufacturing companies today are focused on managing the entire value-added chain, from the supplier to manufacturer, right through to the final customer. Supply chain management (SCM) has one overriding objective: to get more throughput from existing resources. SCM functionality helps companies reduce inventory, increase the transaction speed by exchanging data in real time, and increase sales by implementing customer requirements more efficiently. Through the use of portals, Macola ERP SCM users can collaborate with customers and see a real-time view of activity across the organization. It starts with the ability to accurately forecast customer demands, and continues with effective planning and scheduling of the flow of materials through the enterprise, to assure on-time delivery and maximum discounts from suppliers. The vendor's solutions enable users to track orders from beginning to end, right out to the customer. And users can make changes on the fly. All corporate information is located in one database, saving employees valuable time when looking for information. Drill-down reporting and analysis is at your fingertips, keeping the process running smoothly. Users can manage customer expectations by providing realistic product delivery dates based on actual and planned material availability, current production capacity, and vendor lead times. Exact provides the tools to evaluate options for expediting materials or adding capacity to meet a requested date, or to propose alternate delivery options when it is not possible to meet the customer’s requested date. Out-of-stocks and excess inventory can be avoided through recommended job and purchase order processes. Users can purchase materials “just-in-time” relative to the live production schedule.  

definition scm  Chain Management (SCM) The definition of a successful manufacturing enterprise is one that builds the right products, at the right time, for the right price. That’s why so many manufacturing companies today are focused on managing the entire value-added chain, from the supplier to manufacturer, right through to the final customer. Supply chain management (SCM) has one overriding objective: to get more throughput from existing resources. SCM functionality helps companies reduce inventory, increase the Read More

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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 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).

definition scm  point of its High Definition PLM (HD-PLM) approach . Along similar lines, Dassault Systèmes has the 3D Live offering. SAP Visual Enterprise , HD-PLM, and 3D Live can be grouped under the same concept. Basically, they are all providing mashups of enterprise data and content from different applications, such as PLM, computer aided design (CAD), enterprise resource planning (ERP), SCM, enterprise asset management (EAM), etc.   Figure 1 PTC and Infor are working on this concept as well. Infor, within the Read More

New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 5: E-Procurement for Process Improvement


From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services offered by multiple suppliers, to live auctions that determine the lowest-price bidder — there is a wide range of new e-procurement methods and tools to help businesses buy goods and services better, faster, and cheaper.

definition scm  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 5: E-Procurement for Process Improvement 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 perfo Read More

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us


Managers weighing an investment in software for supply chain face pressure to be right. Looking for a precise calculation of ROI often results in making an uninformed decision. This part discusses what to do when business analysis skills are lacking.

definition scm  the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us 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 Read More

IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 1


While my two separate blog post series about workflow automation and Business Process Management (BPM) and about the long tails of supply chains were coming to their respective ends, one event that is curiously pertinent to both topics has meanwhile taken place in the market. Namely, at the end of July 2008, IBM acquired ILOG, a specialized software provider with headquarters in France and the

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Mid-Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 1: Recent Announcements


While the ERP mid-market has seen more vibrant intra-market merger & acquisition activity during 2001, it appears that 2002 will, for some more tenacious Tier 2/Tier 3 vendors, be the year of delivering products under their own steam as to counteract the onslaught by Tier 1 vendors and mid-market juggernauts.

definition scm  features a built-in Process Definition Language (PDL), a new table-based tool for modeling complex business processes. Syspro touts PDL expands the use of IMPACT CRM beyond traditional CRM to true computer aided management. Using PDL, businesses can, e.g., automate the following functions: Automatically trigger processes; Automatically generate alerts to employees and customers; Automate marketing campaigns; Schedule proactive service calls; Automatically respond to Web-based leads; Run telemarketing Read More

E2open Buys icon-scm, Makes Waves in Supply Chain Space


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definition scm  Buys icon-scm, Makes Waves in Supply Chain Space E2open and icon-scm have just combined to create a collaborative planning and execution software stalwart, enabling brand owners and their trading partners to work together to improve their supply chain performance by continuously solving real problems with better information. The transaction, valued at approximately $34 million in total (more than three times icon-scm’s revenues), represents an important component of E2open’s mission to redefine Read More

Zionex


Founded in 2000, Zionex is a supply chain management (SCM) solutions and services company. In particular, the company focuses its business on providing supply chain planning (SCP) and advanced planning and scheduling (APS) solutions to manufacturing and distribution companies around the world. Zionex is headquartered in Seoul (Korea), with offices in Tokyo (Japan).

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SCM in a New Flavor: Real Time and Demand Driven


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definition 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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definition scm  Based Architecture of Software Configuration Management (SCM) Most software configuration management (SCM) systems rely on metadata annotations to support basic system operations, such as computing the contents of software configurations. With AccuRev, configurations are first-class objects called streams, whose contents aren't defined in terms of metadata annotations at all. AccuRev relies on the chronology of SCM operations, enabling users to leverage the incremental nature of the process. Read More

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