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).
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factors. Based on scalable Oracle ’s Java Enterprise Edition (J2EE) architecture, SAP’s EIO offering is synchronized with either SAP ERP or SAP APO transactional information and planning processes, while integrated analytics provide visibility into the aforementioned supply chain variability factors. The system is able to measure, visualize, and act on these sources of variability, while what-if simulation capabilities help with regard to continuous improvement of customer service levels, i.e.,