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The Basics of Quote-to-order Systems
Global competition means more choice for consumers and increasing customer demands. Manufacturers and distributors must develop a better understanding of what

request a quote  typically starts with the request for quote (RFQ), gets back the official proposal from the seller, eventually places the purchase order (PO), and receives the product and accompanying documentation (customer data pack). The marketing department captures the requirements and validates the configuration, then generates a proposal, prepares the order entry form to enter the order, and prepares the customer data pack. After this, the manufacturing planners have to plan the order based on the factory load and

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A "Tell All" Chat with SAP's SCM Product Marketing Team


My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components, and its supply chain process bundles. In addition to receiving a number of public comments and ratings by TEC’s readers, I was recently roasted privately during a lunch meeting with a couple of peers. Namely, they expressed their

request a quote  TM 8.0 that include Request for Quote (RFQ) Tendering, Direct Tendering, and Carrier Booking.  Along that scope, we are currently finalizing roadmap items for similar network enablement of our Supply Chain LOB applications. Dear readers, what are your views, comments, opinions, etc. about SAP’s undeniably ambitious SCM approach? Will that work for your region/industry? What are your best practices as well as experiences with particular SCM applications? If you are a SAP SCM user, I would appreciate Read More

A Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works


TradeStone has developed an application that can be quickly configured to shift data in and out of traditional enterprise planning systems. Organizations can thus more easily intertwine basic procurement information with crucial sourcing data such as specifications, schedules, and statuses.

request a quote  selling, such as the request for quote (RFQ) pre-buy process, ongoing order management, sourcing logistics, track-and-trace visibility, government-related compliance processes, and payment processing. It also provides underlying event management and alerting. It works across currencies, languages, and countries, without necessarily invoking the need to train users, even if they have lower levels of computer literacy. Part Two of the series Collaborative Sourcing Solution Vendor Leaves No Stone Unturned . Read More

Latest Developments for a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider


Rimini Street is not trying to be a software vendor. Rather, the third party support and maintenance provider is a focused system implementation and consulting firm that sells its services under service contracts instead of mere break-fix arrangements.

request a quote  to be added by request to USi client service agreements. The offering is thereby designed to seamlessly integrate USi's client support model with Rimini Street's back end software maintenance. USi has a strong history of implementation and support of hosted Oracle products. The company delivers application outsourcing, remote management, professional services, software as a service (SaaS) enablement, and e-business development and hosting services to more than 150 world-class organizations in over 30 Read More

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Siebel is making a big push into the mid-market with the introduction of eBusiness 2000 MidMarket Edition. This product promises mid-size businesses a more affordable, scaled down version of Siebel’s top tier application suite.

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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the

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Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)-A Critical Component of Enterprise Business Intelligence (BI)


The wise enterprise recognizes the need for objective metrics and measurements and for its users to establish metrics to monitor and manage results at every level in the organization. To meet these goals, an enterprise must select a sophisticated BI solution with powerful KPI and other BI and CPM features that are simple enough for every user and accessible from within and outside the walls of the enterprise. See how.

request a quote  Performance Indicators (KPIs)-A Critical Component of Enterprise Business Intelligence (BI) The wise enterprise recognizes the need for objective metrics and measurements and for its users to establish metrics to monitor and manage results at every level in the organization. To meet these goals, an enterprise must select a sophisticated BI solution with powerful KPI and other BI and CPM features that are simple enough for every user and accessible from within and outside the walls of the enterprise. Read More

Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage


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request a quote  And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage P.J. Jakovljevic - January 16, 2001 Event Summary On December 21, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), the world's largest software provider, announced it reached an agreement to acquire Great Plains Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: GPSI), a leading supplier of mid-market business applications. The acquisition should create new opportunities for Microsoft and Great Read More

A Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement


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request a quote  Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement The first complete and flexible, enterprise resource planning (ERP), software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that is geared to manufacturers has been unveiled by a veteran vendor that, despite its long history as a software solutions provider, has not received its due recognition. The vendor maintains a conservative marketing approach, which is likely the cause of its low-key presence in the global enterprise applications market. The fact Read More

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request a quote  a Paper and Packing Company Grew with a Scalable ERP System How a Paper and Packing Company Grew with a Scalable ERP System If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Haier America Implements RFID Technology VAI designs fully integrated, customized system to meet the requirements of big box retailers. Source : Haier Resources Related to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) : Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (Wikipedia) How a Pap Read More

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