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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Supply Chain Management 101
I covered the basics of ERP previously, and thought I'd move on to supply chain management (SCM), which we're also featuring in tomorrow's TEC Newsletter (go to

scm newsletter  their way to customers. SCM applications link people and organizations (and their activities) to information and resources. The ultimate goal is for all components of the chain to exchange information with maximum efficiency and effectiveness, in order to obtain best results for all parties. A comprehensive SCM solution allows you to focus on and optimize key components of your supply chain operations: • demand management • order management • warehouse management • production and supply planning

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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