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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

magazine scm  Critical Considerations When Choosing Your SCM Solution Supply chain management (SCM) software selection is certainly tricky and painful on the good days, even for those that have been down the road a few times. Why? Despite the number of vendors offering a plethora of solutions, of different qualities, there are just more business models that need to find a fit (or as close as it gets) than are available solutions that fit those models. In addition, decision makers need to invest significant time and Read More...
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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 or...
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MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically
While the existing loyal client base and seasoned affiliate channel remains MAPICS’ trump card in these difficult times, the recent moves of a unified product

magazine scm  MAPICS announced that Forbes magazine has named it one of the 200 Best Small Companies of 2002 , a compilation of financially strong small-cap businesses. With an overall ranking of 106, MAPICS was reportedly one of only 25 technology companies recognized on the prestigious 200 Best list. According to Forbes, all of the companies included on the 200 Best list are profitable, earning a minimum 5% net margin over the latest 12 months, and all have a five-year average return on equity (ROE) of 5% or Read More...
Top 10 Supply Chain Technology Trends
You can’t pick up a business or IT magazine today without seeing numerous articles about the growth of mobile and wireless technologies. Why are these

magazine scm  a business or IT magazine without seeing multiple articles about the growth of mobile and wireless technologies. And it seems people can’t put down their PDAs, smart phones and other mobile computing and communications devices, at least when judging by the adoption rates and future growth projections. But what’s missing in all this attention is context, particularly regarding how adoption of these technologies is creating improvements in enterprise and supply chain operations. For example, Read More...
TEC Launches Merchandising Systems Evaluation Center to Help Retailers Select Software
Impartial software evaluation firm Technology Evaluation Centers Inc. (TEC) launches its Merchandising Systems Evaluation Center to help companies select the

magazine scm  Editor of ChainStore Age Magazine, adds, We have seen a trend toward a one-stop shop approach by retailers. In response, demand-driven solution providers are increasingly moving in the direction of offering end-to-end solutions. Before approaching software vendors, TEC suggests companies engage in an online comparison of merchandising solutions using services such as TEC's eBestMatch software evaluation tool. This step can save firms time, money, and staffing resources during the critical selection Read More...
Supply Chain Economy
The US Labor Department reported an increase in jobs in June and July ... but the manufacturing industry cut jobs for a third month in a row. We are moving

magazine scm  something for this week's magazine. Job count is up—but what kind of jobs? It turns out that the steady decline in manufacturing jobs continues. And then Katrina! How much of the nation's logistics infrastructure will get deployed in the humanitarian needs (from a human perspective we hope a lot, but from a business perspective capacity issues will rise). Long before this current crisis, we all have known that we were heading toward an energy crisis. Trips to Wal-Mart won't be in the family SUV Read More...
SmartOps Steps Out in to the Cloud SCM
SmartOps Corporation is a quiet provider of supply chain planning (SCP) solutions that right-size inventory and capture more sales (by way of managing demand

magazine scm  Steps Out in to the Cloud SCM SmartOps Corporation is a quiet provider of supply chain planning (SCP) solutions that right-size inventory and capture more sales (by way of managing demand) for global enterprises that compete in complexity and uncertainty of their global supply chains. Deploying SmartOps’ solutions has dramatically improved supply chain performance at more than 50 Fortune 1000 and global 2000 companies in discrete manufacturing, consumer durables and packaged goods, technology, ph Read More...
RedPrairie and JDA Software Merger, Part Three: What Does it Mean for Manhattan Associates and Other SCM Players?
On November 1, 2012, RedPrairie Corporation and JDA Software announced their merger. Under the terms of the agreement, the entities affiliated with RedPrairie

magazine scm  and JDA Software Merger, Part Three: What Does it Mean for Manhattan Associates and Other SCM Players? On November 1, 2012, RedPrairie   Corporation and JDA Software announced their merger. Under the terms of the agreement, the entities affiliated with RedPrairie will effect a cash tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of JDA common stock for $45 per share. My initial positive and negative thoughts on the merger were outlined in Part One of this blog series, while Part Two discussed Read More...
Rising Elephant Creates Euphoria: India's Growing Markets Are a Boon for SCM Vendors
The nature of the organized retailing market in India may present challenges for software providers, but the opportunity to tap into and benefit from this

magazine scm  Elephant Creates Euphoria: India's Growing Markets Are a Boon for SCM Vendors Originally Published - April 13, 2007 In the past two decades, India has earned a reputation worldwide for its strength in information technology (IT), information technology enterprise solutions (ITES), and software-related products and services. Now that the Indian government is liberalizing and opening up the economy, India is becoming a hot spot (business center) for manufacturers in the auto, textiles, medicine, and Read More...
'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft
PeopleSoft has risen from its relatively humble origins in the Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) arena, its sole focus as it begun life in 1987. Over

magazine scm  Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft 'Collaborative Commerce : ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft R. Garland - November 26, 2001 Introduction  In the early 90's, ERP came of age. Everyone had to have the functionality ERP packages promised. Since then, as Web and Internet technologies have matured, CRM on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, have come into their own. Now in 2001, the Read More...
Key SCM Features to Look For (And Major Players to Look Out For)
Many CFOs, CTOs, supply chain managers, and logistics managers struggle to decide which supply chain management (SCM) software is best-suited to their

magazine scm  SCM Features to Look For (And Major Players to Look Out For) Many CFOs, CTOs, supply chain managers, and logistics managers struggle to decide which supply chain management (SCM) software is best-suited to their organizational needs. It doesn’t help that there is an abundance (literally hundreds) of SCM solutions available on the market. Today, I’ll help you understand key SCM modules, and look at some key players with well established SCM solutions. Key SCM Features The core purpose of any SCM Read More...
Stream-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

magazine 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...
New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 2: The Efficiency Gains of E-Procurement
From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services

magazine scm  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 2: The Efficiency Gains of E-Procurement 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...
PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Two: Market Impact
The PeopleSoft-J.D. Edwards merger was, in great part, about retaining the big five (or big four, or big three) seat and the need to be bigger within shrinking

magazine scm  Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Two: Market Impact Market Impact This article analyzes whether the array of recent PeopleSoft , Inc. (NASDAQ: PSFT), moves will finally and lastingly establish it as a serious contender in the manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) space. These moves are discussed in detail in Part One of this note. In a nutshell, we have been looking positively at PeopleSoft's mega acquisition of J.D. Edwards since its Read More...
PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part One: Recent Anouncements
Hiring the former APICS president to head its manufacturing industry efforts a year ago, the high profile acquisition of renowned manufacturing ERP provider J.D

magazine scm  Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part One: Recent Anouncements Event Summary In our relatively recent article about the still ongoing consolidation in the market (see What Does Vendor Consolidation Mean To The End User? ), we mentioned that the market will not stop short at the eventual Big Few or so many leading largest vendors. Namely, we expect the market for application software to further segregate into two tiers. The first group will be a limited number of very large vendors, Read More...
New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 3: E-Procurement Can Broaden the Supplier Pool
From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services

magazine scm  confusing area, with trade magazines and television ads touting the benefits of alternative Internet sites and start-ups that have emerged to improve the process of bringing buyers and sellers together in a more competitive way. These marketplaces or exchanges offer a defined set of materials and services from a number of different suppliers, where you can view and compare supplier catalogs and price lists, seek supplier quotations for specific needs, and make supplier selection decisions. These services Read More...

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