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SAP as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction
Can SAP, a market and technology leader in business management software, translate its success in the manufacturing industry to retail? TEC principal analyst P

material as articles in sap  practices. Over time the material master in R/3 became the article (merchandise) master. More functionality and applications were added, culminating in the global launch of SAP Industry Solution for Retail or SAP IS-R (now called SAP for Retail ) in 1997. Since then SAP has continuously invested in and improved its retail solutions with subsequent releases of SAP ERP and enhancement packages. In addition, the giant has also made a number of strategic acquisitions. In 1999, SAP acquired Chicago,

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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments Software Evaluation Report

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments Software Evaluation Report 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. 

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The Role of PIM and PLM in the Product Information Supply Chain: Where is Your Link?


Diverse groups have been discussing PIM from the perspective of data synchronization and syndication, product lifecycle management (PLM), and enterprise publishing. Each of these product categories includes the management of product information, but each uses product information for a different operational role.

material as articles in sap  product movement from raw material through manufacturing and distribution to the consumer. It's a problem that we've been working on for years and it is critical that we get it right. Just as important, but not as evolved, is the product information supply chain where information moves from raw product data through value-adding edits and context setting, to retailers where it can be used to optimize the selling process. The current state of this information supply chain is abysmal. As one executive from Read More

Has SAP Become a PLM Factor to Be Reckoned With?


You have probably heard of SAP’s recent blockbuster acquisitions, but did you know about the vendor’s fervent in-house innovation and newly developed products for SCM and PLM sectors. In his recent article, TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes a close look at the continuous product and service innovation at SAP and discusses the key products and development strategies with SAP PLM solutions managers. Read more.

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Accelerating (and Fast-Starting) the SME Business at Oracle (and SAP) - Part 3


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material as articles in sap  the lucrative time & material-based billing in the deployment phase. Oracle, as the original product provider, typically ends up with a tarnished reputation in those cases of maverick partners. Thus, the accelerated template-based approaches must be presented as opportunities with a clear path for partner profitability. For its part, Oracle's fiercest competitor SAP plans to further involve its ecosystem in  its SAP Business All-in-One Fast-Start program  by allowing partners to develop their own 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).

material as articles in sap  the “mountains” (capacity or material peaks) into the “valleys” to respect constraints, so it is not a quality executable solution. But it is indeed fast, and often run in-memory, and thus useful for evaluating what-if situations. Rather than being a black-box rigid MRP system with infinite capacity, APO acts as an open MRP of sorts, where users can modify the MRP business logic via rules. To the best of our knowledge, the following are the core APO modules, all of which share the same data Read More

Microsoft Throws in the Towel in the Instant Messaging Wars


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material as articles in sap  Throws in the Towel in the Instant Messaging Wars Event Summary REDMOND, Wash. (Bloomberg) - Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, has stopped linking its instant messaging system with America Online Inc.'s instant electronic-mail program, the companies said. Market Impact Microsoft has been striving for an open standard for Instant Messaging with AOL that would allow MSN and AOL users to Instant Message or IM one another without hindrance. Microsoft developers have been trying Read More

SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy


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As the battle for the mid-market intensifies and each Tier 1 vendor is exhibiting its bag of tricks for small-to-medium enterprises, SAP is trying a twofold strategy of promulgating its mySAP.com offering for the higher-end of the mid-market, while offering a recently acquired product to appeal to complexity-adverse smaller enterprises.

material as articles in sap  Tries Another, Bifurcated Tack At A Small Guy Event Summary On March 21, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of enterprise applications, reported business success at CeBIT conference, including new partnerships and first wins for a new product offering that comprises one part of SAP's recently espoused bifurcated program to more successfully vie for small-to-medium enterprises. SAP, although the market leader, has nonetheless long been regarded too unwieldy and costly for this target market. Still, Read More

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