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Merging Global Trade Management with Global Finance
With the acquisition of Vastera, JPMorgan Chase may be the first global financial institution to offer a complete integrated cash, trade and logistics solution

finance scm  Trade Management with Global Finance Vastera Acquired by JPMorgan Chase Bank On January 7, JPMorgan Chase Bank , N . A . (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $1.1 trillion (USD) and operations in more than 50 countries announced an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Vastera (NASDAQ: VAST). What is significant about this merger, is that JPMorgan is a leader in investment banking and financial services and Vastera is the only publicly traded software company focused

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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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finance scm  management for channel forecasts; finance for revenue and corporate strategic plans; and manufacturing for shipment or off-the-dock plans. The wide range of professionals involved often creates confusion, poor coordination, and missed business opportunities when sales are missed or excess inventories mount. Ultimately, a process must produce a forecast—one number—upon which the supply chain will act. Collaborative planning Collaboration among trading partners has become standard practice in many Read More

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finance scm  components: Manufacturing and Logistics Finances and Accounting Human Resources and Payroll For a complete definition of the scope of ERP, please refer to the article: Essential ERP: It's Functional Scope . ERP has extended backward, outside the organization through e-Procurement (electronic Purchasing) and Supply Chain Management (Distribution and Inventory Management). CRM Customer Relationship Management, which has followed on the heels of ERP and is just now coming into its own, can be thought of to Read More

Comparative Analysis: Are You Still Confused About APS, SCM, and ERP?


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finance scm  for different departments (i.e., finance to warehouse).   An ERP application performs a top-down analysis with respect to changes based on customer demand. However, what really matters is how, when, and where the product needs to be manufactured and delivered. SCM and APS systems help with making these assessments.. For example, an ERP system plans for particular orders or requirements according to precedence setup in the system. It does not take into account any exceptions until, but when an ERP system Read More

PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part One: Recent Anouncements


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SmartOps Steps Out in to the Cloud SCM


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Macola ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM)


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finance scm  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 Read More

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