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Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software Evaluation Report

Criteria in this Software Evaluation Report pertain to 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 Software Evaluation Report will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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How to Improve the Accuracy of Your Forecasts


Increased competition, lower margins, and more customer demands mean that distributors have to provide better product availability and more services with fewer profit dollars. To accomplish this, estimates of future use of stocked items must be as accurate as possible. Discover how analyzing weighted averages, trend factors, and other formulas can help you accurately anticipate—and manage—future demand for your products.

about forecast accuracy scm  a weighted average of about 134 pieces. A forecast of 134 pieces appears to be better than the previous estimate of 117 pieces, but it will probably still fall short of July''s actual usage. But remember that past usage is just one element of a comprehensive forecast. Trends No average of past usage can result in a forecast that is greater (or less) than the largest (or smallest) usage quantity included in the calculation. If usage is either consistently increasing or decreasing over time, a trend Read More

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

about forecast accuracy scm  and was not forthcoming about its strategy with regards to tying together its diverse portfolio of solutions. Neither did the company have a plausible strategy for developing a scalable platform that would attract the largest global retailers. For more details, see TEC ’s six-part series from 2004, “JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry.” Well, what difference a few years and one good major acquisition can make. It strikes me that former Manugistics and JDA would be another combination of two Read More

Infor Joins the S&OP Fray


With the release of Infor S&OP 1.0, Infor dispels rumors that it’s not an aggressive product innovator. Learn about the features and functions of Infor S&OP 1.0, a solution addressing every major stage in the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process and enabling fast, confident decision making, and follow a discussion between TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Infor’s SCM product managers on the S&OP market.

about forecast accuracy scm  have a champion passionate about the process that drives adoption and adherence. What happens is that person goes or does not exist? Strong executive leadership will always be needed to underpin a successful process, but some of the pressure can be taken away if the adherence to the agreed-upon process is executed and measured by technology. TEC: Can the S&OP process be carried out without technology? Does this relate to the S&OP maturity model? Infor: Yes. You can run a business without ERP, but at some Read More

SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity


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about forecast accuracy scm  The approach is all about optimizing processes and compressing time to improve productivity. The Visual Enterprise provides visual navigation and query of product information and graphical animation of procedures (see Figure 1), the idea being to reduce information and process complexity, increase comprehension, enable a faster learning curve, and ensure accurate quality operations execution with reduced ambiguity. SAP is not the only game in town here, as Siemens is soon to release its Active Workspace Read More

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about forecast accuracy scm  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 such perfect information elusive. Commonly, executives meet these challenges with responses that are not carefully considered. The challenges and the corresponding reactionary refrains are as follows: Limited time exists Read More

About WebFirst


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Simple SCM Document Exchange


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3 Things You Must Know About Cloud ERP


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about forecast accuracy scm  Things You Must Know About Cloud ERP In this whitepaper, we present the facts you need to know about cloud ERP, including distinctions between different cloud computing options and the benefits and downsides of each option. Key industry terms are defined and we also take a look at primary research regarding cloud computing preferences conducted by IFS North America. Read More

Everything You Don’t Know about Desktop Search


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