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Reference Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions
This guide to supply chain management (SCM) functions/features will help you determine which SCM features are a high priority for your organization. Learn about

scm definitions  shipment tracking and analysis. SCM functions and features, submodule #3: international trade logistics (ITL) Collaboration True collaboration across a global and disparate set of entities and information systems requires a neutral and secure environment. This type of environment enables all players to engage in an electronic dialogue to collaborate in acquiring, transferring, transporting, and settling with regional and international trading partners. In addition, the data model should take into account Read More...

Case Study: Big Lots
Big Lots, the largest closeout retailer in the United States (US), needed a way to manage vendors, and get its products to stores as quickly as possible. The

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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 or...
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ERP: Origins, Developments, and Trends
ERP first developed as a form of inventory control and later grew to link disparate bodies of information together from across the enterprise. Now, ERP

scm definitions  diminish. In addition to SCM functionality, vendors are also encompassing front-end CRM functionality in their ERP solutions. CRM itself has gone from a vast field of point solutions to suites of customer care applications covering SFA, field service, telesales, call centers, marketing automation, etc. Additionally, e-business is also being factored into the ERP equation, as is real time performance integration. Currently, ERP systems rely relational databases , which are good at retrieving small numbers Read More...
'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: J.D. Edwards
J.D. Edwards believes in the possibilities (both in terms of technology and sell-ability) of Collaborative Commerce. How far have they gotten in that vision

scm definitions  ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: J.D. Edwards 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: J.D. Edwards R. Garland - September 18, 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, these packages have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase Read More...
Continuous Data Quality Management: The Cornerstone of Zero-Latency Business Analytics
No matter how well an enterprise implements a CRM, ERP, SCM, Business Intelligence, or Data Warehouse project, poor data quality can destroy its utility and

scm definitions  implements a CRM, ERP, SCM, Business Intelligence, or Data Warehouse project, poor data quality can destroy its utility and cost real dollars. According to recent industry studies: Poor data quality costs businesses $611 billion per year in the United States alone (TDWI). 75% of businesses have experienced significant problems due to faulty data (PWC). Only 33% of businesses felt confident in the quality of their company's data. Now imagine the downstream impact of this same poor quality data fueling 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

scm definitions  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 catchphrase is Collaborative Read More...
Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 3: Performing the Data Analysis
By using software tools that help you forecast and work together with others inside your organization, and even with your customers, the forecasts may become

scm definitions  a Software Application for SCM Part 3: Performing the Data Analysis Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Executive Summary    The competitive environment for every industry grows increasingly intense. Fast, reasonably accurate information about the impact of a software investment decision grows more critical. Many decision-makers look for an exact forecast of return on investment (ROI) from the purchase of a supply chain management application. At least four very real challenges make Read More...
IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 1
While my two separate blog post series about workflow automation and Business Process Management (BPM) and about the long tails of supply chains were coming to

scm definitions  possibly within other SAP SCM suite’s applications [ evaluate this product ]. Former Manugistics (now part of JDA Software ) has also embedded ILOG algorithms in several products, most notably in the strategic network design product.  i2 Technologies ( ironically, also soon to be part of JDA Software ) did as well dating back to the Intertrans Logistics Solutions Limited (ITLS) acquisition 10 years ago.  However, for some of the most complex SCM products (i.e., inventory optimization and Read More...
Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us
Managers weighing an investment in software for supply chain face pressure to be right. Looking for a precise calculation of ROI often results in making an

scm definitions  a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Executive Summary    The competitive environment for every industry grows increasingly intense. Fast, reasonably accurate information about the impact of a software investment decision grows more critical. Many decision-makers look for an exact forecast of return on investment (ROI) from the purchase of a supply chain management application. At least four very real Read More...
Not all SCM Products Are Created Equal
In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement

scm definitions  all SCM Products Are Created Equal Overview Amid the hype that pervades vendor marketing campaigns and press announcements, it can be difficult for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities of a given supply chain management suite. In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement planning, manufacturing planning and scheduling, distribution and transportation management, and inventory mana Read More...
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

scm definitions  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 resources Read More...
IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 3
Part 2 of this blog topic continued to analyze IBM’s rationale behind acquiring ILOG to bolster its service oriented architecture (SOA) and business process

scm definitions  . What About ILOG's SCM Products? Whether as a sort of “collateral damage” (given IBM’s foremost interest in beefing up its SOA/BPM infrastructure product) or maybe not, the acquisition also leaves IBM with the supply chain management (SCM) applications business that ILOG has recently been developing in pursuit of a more profitable custom solution strategy. This strategy was going to complement ILOG’s tried-and-true technology & platform strategy of providing business rules management system Read More...
How to Roll Out an MRO System for Airlines without Making Your SCM Problems Even Worse
When it comes to complex software implementations, some industries have it tougher than others. For instance, an airline company implementing a maintenance

scm definitions  Airlines without Making Your SCM Problems Even Worse When it comes to complex software implementations, some industries have it tougher than others. For instance, an airline company implementing a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) platform has almost no margin for error. To put things in perspective, I’m not referring to small airlines operating a daytime schedule with a few planes. I’m talking about large operators with multiple fleets of aircraft, round-the-clock operations, and international Read More...
The People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation Through Education
This article summarizes the findings from a study of why customers failed to attain the full value potential of their SCM projects. Most SCM projects continue

scm definitions  Yet, to date, most SCM projects continue to focus much of their energy on technology implementations and simply pay lip service to end-user training and executive alignment. We are now a decade into the technology-enabled supply chain journey, and the lessons learned thus far dictate that this attitude must and will change for several reasons including the following: SCM technology has evolved to a point where users' ability to fully exploit its advances are considerably lagging. The vast majority of SCM Read More...

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