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Supply Chain Planning in 2000: The Brains Behind Internet Fulfillment
The supply chain planning market will top $2.5 billion in 2000, driven in large part by the needs of Internet customer fulfillment.

erp supply chain planning  well known. In response, ERP vendors have sought to augment their core manufacturing and distribution transactional systems with best-of-breed supply chain management capabilities. Because the complex nature of advanced planning systems presents a formidable challenge to internal development, ERP vendors usually find acquisition a more cost effective means for obtaining these capabilities. SCP vendors bring proven software products and deep expertise developed over many years that would otherwise need to

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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Making Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP


Improving the supply chain is essential for any company that wants to gain or maintain a competitive edge. To do this, companies are adopting sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategies. Years ago—when the pace of market change was slow—S&OP was a nice-to-have; today it’s a business imperative! But it doesn’t have to happen overnight. By taking a five-step approach, companies can implement S&OP at their own pace.

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Welcome to ERP - Distribution Showdown! Epicor Enterprise vs. JDA Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Suite vs. Pronto Xi


I'm Larry Blitz, editor of Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC) Vendor Showdown series. Welcome to our latest: ERP - Distribution Showdown. You’ll notice this one has a broader focus than Showdowns we’ve done in the past. Again we’ll be comparing three vendor solutions head-to-head, but not just on functionality. This time we’ll also look at the industries these solutions support, how well they cover different portions of the mid-market segment, and how their installed bases break out geographically. Of course, functionality is again a key component of this Showdown, broken down into four main distribution areas and 13 subareas. We hope you find today’s Showdown helpful and informative, and invite your comments and questions at showdown@technologyevaluation.com.

erp supply chain planning  Introduction Today's Showdown compares ERP - distribution solutions Epicor Enterprise , JDA Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Suite , and Pronto Xi . All the results you see here are taken from TEC's newly published Mid-Market ERP-Distribution Buyer's Guide , a comprehensive industry guide to ERP - distribution, transportation management systems (TMSs), warehouse management systems (WMSs), supplier relationship management (SRM), and demand management (DM) solutions and vendors. Click here to download Read More

Outsourcing Supply Chain Planning Processes


Supply chain planning tools deliver potentially tremendous savings when well implemented, and wreak havoc when they fail. A company considering an outsourcing strategy for their supply chain planning processes should first address some key aspects of these tools.

erp supply chain planning  When these processes are underperforming they must be reengineered or outsourced. Outsourcing may be appropriate when there is limited opportunity for differentiation and competitive advantage. Common examples include shipping and logistics. A number of third-party logistics providers exist who can provide a level of service and economy of scale that would not be possible for many individual companies. Strategic processes that typically provide greater opportunities for differentiation include Read More

Demand Planning: Optimizing Operations across the Supply Chain


Demand planning applications can help manufacturers establish baseline sales forecasts and perform analysis to improve resource usage. They can also help manufacturers optimize pricing capabilities and better understand their markets. Yet to get the most out of these tools, manufacturers must be willing to reorganize their planning processes—and to share the resulting insights with supply chain partners and customers.

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Sage ERP X3


Sage ERP X3 provides medium-sized businesses with fully integrated functionality in all areas of business for accounting and financial management, purchasing, inventory, sales, customer relationship management (CRM), and manufacturing. It offers both standard management features and in-depth process customization capabilities. The result is a range of configured offerings that covers the standard requirements of several industries, and is also adaptable to the needs of specific organizations:   • Sage ERP X3 Discrete Suite addresses the needs of midsize discrete manufacturers in the industrial and consumer goods, medical devices, paper, and other hard goods industries. • Sage ERP X3 Process Suite focuses on the unique and specialized requirements of midsize process manufacturers in the food and beverage, chemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and related industries. • Sage ERP X3 Distribution Suite is designed to meet the demands of wholesale distributors and the distribution arms of manufacturers.  Sage ERP X3 is built on the Sage Application Framework for the Enterprise X3 (SAFE X3) technology, the common development platform shared by a full set of Sage applications for medium-sized to large enterprises. Its multitier, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web-native design can help businesses reduce IT infrastructure costs and expand business opportunities. Among other features, the SAFE X3 platform provides users with collaboration capabilities (Web services, second-generation workflow engine, etc.); business intelligence (BI) tools; and a unified, collaborative user interface.

erp supply chain planning  ERP X3 Sage ERP X3 provides medium-sized businesses with fully integrated functionality in all areas of business for accounting and financial management, purchasing, inventory, sales, customer relationship management (CRM), and manufacturing. It offers both standard management features and in-depth process customization capabilities. The result is a range of configured offerings that covers the standard requirements of several industries, and is also adaptable to the needs of specific organizations: Read More

Master Requirement Planning and Master Production Scheduling Software: Hard Facts Part Two: Materials Requirement Planning and Master Production Scheduling


Most of the manufacturing software vendors have planning and scheduling software which assume either infinite production capacity for calculating quantities of raw material and work in progress (WIP) requirements or infinite quantities of raw and WIP materials for calculating production capacity. There are many problems with this approach. This paper discusses the pitfalls of this approach and how to avoid these by making sure that the software you buy indeed takes into account finite quantities of required materials as well as finite capacities of work centers in your manufacturing facility.

erp supply chain planning  though the so-called best enterprise software companies in the world cannot solve them in their entirety, manufacturers can look for best-of-breed solutions to mitigate problems. Some common problems in manufacturing include long and erratic production lead times, irregular patterns of ordering, high setup and change over times, process bottlenecks, and excess inventory along the process route. Master requirement planning (MRP) is important as it calculates the exact amounts of raw, sourced, and WIP Read More

Infor ERP TRANS4M


Infor ERP TRANS4M manages the requirements of the production environment of the automotive industry with functionality that is easy to implement. The Infor ERP TRANS4M solution delivers a uniform reporting environment to ensure that all departments, from customer management to supplier management, are accurately monitored for key objectives using the suite's executive information management tools.    

erp supply chain planning  ERP TRANS4M Infor ERP TRANS4M manages the requirements of the production environment of the automotive industry with functionality that is easy to implement. The Infor ERP TRANS4M solution delivers a uniform reporting environment to ensure that all departments, from customer management to supplier management, are accurately monitored for key objectives using the suite's executive information management tools. Read More

IntegrateIT ERP 123 V7.2.561 for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Product Certification Report


Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is pleased to announce that IntegrateIT product ERP 123 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for discrete manufacturing in TEC’s ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

erp supply chain planning  ERP 123 V7.2.561 for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Product Certification Report Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is pleased to announce that IntegrateIT product ERP 123 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for discrete manufacturing in TEC’s ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this Read More

Epicor ERP 10: ERP for SMB Competitor Analysis Report


The accounting and ERP for small and medium businesses (SMB) evaluation model targets functional requirements for a fully featured accounting solution. In addition to supporting accounting requirements, it is applicable for those researching an ERP system suitable for small and medium businesses (SMB). It includes categories such as General Ledger, A/P and A/R, Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Manufacturing, Inventory, Technology, and much more.

erp supply chain planning  ERP 10: ERP for SMB Competitor Analysis Report The accounting and ERP for small and medium businesses (SMB) evaluation model targets functional requirements for a fully featured accounting solution. In addition to supporting accounting requirements, it is applicable for those researching an ERP system suitable for small and medium businesses (SMB). It includes categories such as General Ledger, A/P and A/R, Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Manufacturing, Inventory, Read More

ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 2: ERP Key Success Factors


ERP systems, in fact, are devised to operate by codifying a set of business processes and employees have to learn the whys, wheres and whos of the business process (workflows) rather than hows of the software screens.

erp supply chain planning  Its Wherefore Part 2: ERP Key Success Factors ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 2: ERP Key Success Factors P.J. Jakovljevic - August 29, 2001 Executive Summary  What has long been a general feeling based on rumors, news headlines and some casual survey reports hidden within analyst houses' vaults and largely inaccessible to the mass audience owing to exorbitant subscription fees, has recently been confirmed in a more tangible manner. Namely, many major companies are having difficulty Read More

Small ERP Vendors Missing The ASP Boat


Our experience from conducting dozens of ERP software selection engagements recently teaches us that some number of smaller enterprises, first-time ERP buyers, opt for an ASP. Surprising, however was that an even more significant number of incumbent mid-market vendors by not addressing this trend have been handing over a big opportunity to their bigger brethren.

erp supply chain planning  ERP Vendors Missing The ASP Boat Event Summary Regardless of whether the future of a hosted/application service provider (ASP) business model is going to be rosy or not, there seems to be an apparent, although not immense, need for it. Based on TEC's experience from conducting dozens of ERP software selection engagements in the US, approximately 25% of smaller enterprises, first-time ERP buyers, opt for this type of service. Much more surprising was the fact that more than 60% of incumbent mid-market Read More

ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments


The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills.

erp supply chain planning  Material Converting Environments The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals Read More

2011 Trends Report: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)


Find out in guide to quickly fill you in on the 2011 Trends Report: Enterprise Resource Planning .

erp supply chain planning  the top trends in ERP for 2011? Find out in guide to quickly fill you in on the 2011 Trends Report: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) . You'll learn where ERP is heading: everything from cloud computing and vendor accountability, to collaboration tools and more to help you plan effectively for the future. Eight top trends. Five expert opinions. One easy way to learn what's in store for ERP in 2011. Get informed with 2011 Trends Report: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) today! For assistance, please cont Read More

Supply Chain Risk Management for Wholesale Distribution Companies: Planning for Disruption


Forward-looking companies are focusing on managing supply chain risk. The same functionality that supports supply chain network visibility, collaboration, and analytics can also enable supply chain risk management. This white paper shows that companies often actually possess the data they need, but disconnected systems impede the ability to make the right data accessible to the right people at the right time.

erp supply chain planning  Chain Risk Management for Wholesale Distribution Companies: Planning for Disruption Forward-looking companies are focusing on managing supply chain risk. The same functionality that supports supply chain network visibility, collaboration, and analytics can also enable supply chain risk management. This white paper shows that companies often actually possess the data they need, but disconnected systems impede the ability to make the right data accessible to the right people at the right time. Read More