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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

scm detail  piece of the SAP SCM suite, but SAP now has a much more comprehensive offering and capabilities for supply chain executives, spanning collaborative demand and supply planning; manufacturing network planning and execution; integrated logistics and fulfillment; and supply network traceability. For those companies where the after sales market is critical, SAP also offers service parts planning and execution capabilities. (All of these five high-level capabilities will be analyzed in more detail shortly.) Gen Read More
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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

scm detail  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
ERP and SCM Implementations Part Two: Interfaces and Priorities
To a large extent, software packages do work out of the box. Packages that do not perform perfectly or as users would expect is when dissatisfaction arises

scm detail  and SCM Implementations Part Two: Interfaces and Priorities Interfaces To a large extent, software packages do work out of the box. Packages that do not perform perfectly or as users would expect is when dissatisfaction arises. This dissatisfaction can be dealt with in a rational manner through the employment of effective project and change management procedures. However, an area that typically creates problems, whether expected or not, is the development of interfaces between proprietary software that 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

scm detail  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 3: E-Procurement Can Broaden the Supplier Pool 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
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 detail  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 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 detail  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
Challenges for an Expanding Supply Chain Solutions Vendor
Although Click Commerce is a thriving provider of on-demand supply chain management (SCM) solutions for a variety of worldwide industries, it does have to face

scm detail  its potential clients; large SCM and ERP vendors; infrastructure and platform providers; and various niche independent software vendors (ISVs). Given its recent expansion into several related markets, the vendor's competition has intensified, and now comes from many directions, as indicated in the table below: Solution Focus Competitors Demand channel management/partner relationship management Comergent, IBM, SAP, Oracle , Salesforce.com Supply chain management Manhattan Associates, RedPrairie , HighJump Read More
'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study
Now in 2001, the catchphrase is 'Collaborative Commerce', where we unite all of the elements of ERP, CRM, E-Procurement, and SCM into one coherent system within

scm detail  ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study R. Garland - September 13, 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 Commerce, Read More
E2open Buys icon-scm, Makes Waves in Supply Chain Space
E2open and icon-scm have just combined to create a collaborative planning and execution software stalwart, enabling brand owners and their trading partners to

scm detail  well. The new cloud-based SCM software market is growing and evolving quickly, and E2open believes it’s now in an enhanced position to capitalize on market demand and integrate trading partners with collaborative planning and execution solutions. For far too long in the SCM space, vendors have focused on functional plan generation (demand planning, forecasting, inventory optimization, etc.) and far too little on horizontal process enablement. SCM is a 'team sport', requiring different functions to work Read More
New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 4: Using E-Procurement to Leverage Volume
A straightforward way to drive prices down and obtain increased supplier attention is to leverage total purchasing volume through Internet-based auctions. This

scm detail  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 4: Using E-Procurement to Leverage Volume 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
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 detail  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
JDA FOCUS 2012: A Real-time Cloud to Serve the “Connected Consumer”
It seems JDA Software, a leading supply chain management (SCM) solution vendor, is just a short step away from being able to manage the entire SCM process

scm detail  the Most Complete Retail SCM Offering (and Does It Matter, Yet)? Contrary to Manhattan Associates and RedPrairie, JDA does not provide it own warehouse management system (WMS). So how is JDA able to truly provide a “buy anywhere, fulfill anywhere” experience without having own fulfillment (execution) solutions? RedPrairie also touts its capabilities in labor management and task management in warehouses and retail stores, but JDA has the former Timera Retail Solutions (now JDA Workforce Management ) Read More
2012 TEC Buyer’s Guide to Explore Surging Interest in SCM
Supply chain management (SCM) software is a key part of a successful global business. With it, companies can monitor transactions between suppliers

scm detail  Explore Surging Interest in SCM Supply chain management (SCM) software is a key part of a successful global business. With it, companies can monitor transactions between suppliers, manufacturers, shippers, retailers, and a host of other partners. They can anticipate problems, eliminate bottlenecks, and avoid expensive delays. Without SCM, companies lose visibility, and control, of anything outside their four walls, and risk losing time and money to frequent supply chain disruptions. But despite the advant Read More
IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 2
Part 1 of this blog topic analyzed IBM’s rationale to acquire ILOG to bolster its service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM

scm detail  for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 2 Part 1 of this blog topic analyzed IBM ’s rationale to acquire ILOG to bolster its service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) platforms. Eventually, with ILOG fully integrated, IBM hopes to establish the following: a leading rule repository and end-to-end rule lifecycle management; a full spectrum of rules definition and execution methods; maximum rules reuse – across all BPM initiatives, SOA initiatives, applications and Read More
Simple SCM Document Exchange
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scm detail  SCM Document Exchange Abrica.net is a software-as-service collaboration solution that enables supply chain partners, of all sizes, to quickly, easily and inexpensively exchange business documents. To send a supply chain document, simply print it to the Abrica printer. Read More

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