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Sneak Peek: Enterprise Software 2013
The following forces and information technology (IT) trends will continue to shape 2013:1. Cloud ComputingWhile cloud computing is becoming mainstream

surround scm  their functional footprint to surround ERP and peel off its users, until ERP is merely a financial, accounting, and human resources (HR) transactional system of record. To remain the market force, ERP vendors will have to establish a particular industry savvy and expand into some adjacent best-of-breed areas (e.g., as IFS moved into field service management (FSM), or as QAD has its autonomous transportation/shipping division in Precision Software). Read More...
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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Making Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP
Improving the supply chain is essential for any company that wants to gain or maintain a competitive edge. To do this, companies are adopting sales and

surround scm  the business processes which surround them is one of the surest ways to get the very least bang for your buck. The greatest system in the world is worthless if no one uses it. If business processes are not truly, deliberately, and openly changed (and documented), people will slip back into their old, sub-optimal ways of doing things as soon as no one is looking. How does one go about implementing S&OP? The Big Bang approach to business change is a sure-fire path to failure. Instead of changing Read More...
SSA Global Forms a Strategic Unit with an Extended-ERP Savvy Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
While the Strategic Unit team formation should help SSA Global to figure out how to fully integrate organizational structure where employees are best integrated

surround scm  for SSA Global to surround its old ERP core products in a wrapper of newer technology, whose goal is to effectively obfuscate the old technology, giving it the latest graphical look, or providing an easier means to access the core business logic and data from other, more-modern systems, devices, or from the Internet. Still, although SSA Global has leveraged the economies of scale when extending several disparate ERP products at the same time (i.e., many steps in the software lifecycle other than actual Read More...
e-Business Service Provider Evaluation & Selection
This is a transcript of an audio conference on E-Business Service Provider Evaluation and Selection presented by TechnologyEvaluation.Com. The presentation used

surround scm  aspects. Other issues that surround this factor relate to packaging of services and solutions. Vendors are, in general, attempting to wrap components into standard packages they can then customize and deliver. This may reduce costs (depending on the vendor and the specific engagement), and increase the reliability of the system. However, no data is available as to the effectiveness of such 'packaged' approaches, and how real the packaging is. Number 3: Project/Market Segment Focus Under this factor we Read More...
Industri-Matematik Faces Uphill Climb
Wracked by negative earnings, shifting infrastructure, and pending litigation, Industri-Matematik International Corporation (NASDAQ: IMIC) faces a difficult

surround scm  reach into activities that surround customer fulfillment. Through acquisition of Ceratina International AB in April 1997, IMI added warehouse management system (WMS) functionality. IMI made an early move into the CRM market space last December when it acquired Stockholm-based vendor Abalon AB for $9.5 million. VIVALDI, its new aggregated suite of global fulfillment and customer service software for e-commerce was announced in May 1999. Incorporating both internally developed modules and acquired Read More...
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

surround scm  SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity In all the hoopla about SAP’s recent blockbuster acquisitions of SuccessFactors and Datango (and Crossgate , Right Hemisphere , and Sybase a bit earlier), and with all of the talk about cloud solutions, mobility, SAP HANA in-memory, etc., one might lose sight of the fact that SAP has also been doing a boatload of tacit innovation in-house. At the recent SAP Influencer Summit event in Boston in December 2011, we learned of major new SAP products (recently released or Read More...
PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Four: Challenges and User Recommendations
PeopleSoft manufacturing customers and J.D. Edwards customers in service industries should assess the vendor's product plans given these customers might benefit

surround scm  Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Four: Challenges and User Recommendations Challenges This article analyzes whether an array of recent PeopleSoft , Inc. (NASDAQ: PSFT), moves will finally and lastingly establish it as a serious contender in the manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) space. These moves are discussed in detail in Part One of this note. In a nutshell, we have been looking positively at PeopleSoft's mega acquisition of J.D. 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

surround scm  Critical 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 Read More...
TEC Vendor Challenge Panel Discussion Preview: Bob Eastman on Future Trends in Distribution
TEC's senior SCM analyst, Bob Eastman, is participating in a panel discussion on future trends in distribution at the TEC Vendor Challenge event, September 18

surround scm  Vendor Challenge Panel Discussion Preview: Bob Eastman on Future Trends in Distribution TEC's senior SCM analyst, Bob Eastman, is participating in a panel discussion on future trends in distribution at the TEC Vendor Challenge event, September 18-19, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. In this sneak preview, Bob talks about disruption, disintermediation, and next-gen technologies that are helping distributors stay competitive. 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

surround scm  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...
SSA Global finds Little Known SCM Gems in Filling Out its Solution Portfolio
SSA Global's strategy to grow both organically and through acquisition while developing an end-to-end suite of applications with one open platform architecture

surround scm  Global finds Little Known SCM Gems in Filling Out its Solution Portfolio Background The stages of SSA Global 's continued success over the past five years are well documented by the media and analyst communities. With financial year (FY)2005 revenues of $712 million (USD), up 12 percent over FY2004, a net income of $8.9 million (USD), and 3,700 employees in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, SSA Global's recent performance is considered exemplary relative to the overall software Read More...
The SCM Perspective: 2009 in Review-and What You Can Do to Weather the Storms of 2010
In spite of the 2009 recession, some SCM vendors were able to create traction in the supply chain space this year. From an industry landscape perspective, three

surround scm  SCM Perspective: 2009 in Review-and What You Can Do to Weather the Storms of 2010 In spite of the 2009 recession, some SCM vendors were able to create traction in the supply chain space this year. From an industry landscape perspective, three events from 2009 will have a more far-reaching impact than any other in this space, primarily because they’re priming the conditions for still more vendor competition and industry volatility in the year to come. News item: Oracle announced its launch of Fusion 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

surround scm  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 work together to improve their supply chain performance by continuously solving real problems with better information. The transaction, valued at approximately $34 million in total (more than three times icon-scm’s revenues), represents an important component of E2open’s mission to redefine Read More...
RedPrairie and JDA Software Merger, Part Three: What Does it Mean for Manhattan Associates and Other SCM Players?
On November 1, 2012, RedPrairie Corporation and JDA Software announced their merger. Under the terms of the agreement, the entities affiliated with RedPrairie

surround scm  and JDA Software Merger, Part Three: What Does it Mean for Manhattan Associates and Other SCM Players? On November 1, 2012, RedPrairie   Corporation and JDA Software announced their merger. Under the terms of the agreement, the entities affiliated with RedPrairie will effect a cash tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of JDA common stock for $45 per share. My initial positive and negative thoughts on the merger were outlined in Part One of this blog series, while Part Two discussed Read More...
TEC 2012 SCM Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Supply Chain Management Software
This report is based on aggregate data collected from more than 600 SCM software comparisons performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ TEC Advisor software

surround scm  2012 SCM Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Supply Chain Management Software This report is based on aggregate data collected from more than 600 SCM software comparisons performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ TEC Advisor software selection application. Although the characteristics that SCM customers are looking for vary according to the specific SCM software segment being evaluated, TEC data show that at the supply chain suite level organizations are mainly seeking these Read More...

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