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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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Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 3: Conclusion


There remains no shortage of experts and solutions that purport to have the keys to improving your supply chain. However, executives who bear bottom line responsibility for the performance of the enterprise would do well to evaluate every potential new program from the perspective outlined here.

availability of value chain  supply chain costs, capital availability and the cost of capital, various cycle times, and market response. For example, targeting inventory supplies so that organizations synchronize the planning and execution along an entire supply chain strand in a value network to produce an appropriate inventory of goods that is where customers need it, when they need it, at a competitive price that yields a good margin will reduce supply chain costs. Expediting costs (premium freight, vendor surcharges) and late Read More

Oracle Delivers In-Memory Value Chain Planning Solutions


Each of many Oracle In-Memory Applications on Oracle Engineered Systems is designed for a specific business purpose to transform an enterprise’s business processes, accelerate its activities, and help it become information driven. When Oracle develops new In-Memory Applications, it looks first at what particular problems need solving, and what is the best way to solve them. Once Oracle has defined

availability of value chain  recently announced the general availability of  two new Oracle In-Memory Applications for Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP) : Oracle In-Memory Consumption-Driven Planning and Oracle In-Memory Performance-Driven Planning . Oracle VCP is an integrated solution with modular architecture covering a spectrum of planning requirements to help more effectively and profitably design, plan, and service the value chain landscape in these days of complex, responsive, and data-intensive supply chains. Faced with Read More

Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a global technology solutions and service provider, with significant focus across two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM, with an almost even breakdown of revenues between these divisions (the company is

availability of value chain  visibility into material movement and availability that allows them to accomplish more with existing resources. Warehouse staff can use handheld data collection devices to continually update the record of materials entering and leaving the warehouse. Because updates occur in real-time (versus delayed batch updates or error-prone manual entries), companies know exactly how much inventory they have at any given moment and can better gauge their ability to meet changes in demand. In addition to improving Read More

Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1


Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a supply chain management (SCM) software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was recently renamed TAKE Supply Chain. I admit to initially being in a quandary how to figure out the company’s exact value proposition and differentiation, given that its corporate Web site and press release (PR) messages

availability of value chain  1997, BPA announced the availability of a supply chain execution (SCE) application with modules for receiving, inventory, manufacturing, shipping, and warehouse labels. One month later, the company was certified as a partner in Oracle’s Cooperative Applications Initiative . In September 1999, Austin Business Journal ''s Top 25 Fast Growing Private Companies list named BPA at the #10 spot for companies with revenues above US$10 million. The following month, the vendor was approved as a Certified Read More

Reporting Value of IT Services with Balanced Scorecards


A balanced scorecard is a measurement system for management that provides real insight into the status of a business or some part of it. Developed by Kaplan and Norton in the early 1990s, balanced scorecards provide a control system that helps ensure the right balance between different, and often times conflicting, perspectives. For example, an insurance company may increase profitability by offering incentives to claims assessors for taking a tough stance on payout, but will soon find dissatisfaction among its clients that may lead to lost business. Scorecards help ensure this balance and are an improvement over more traditional single dimension approaches that tend to be based purely on expense management and business growth.

availability of value chain  performance to SLAs, throughput, availability, capacity forecasts, accuracy of capacity forecasts, incident recovery, mean time to fix (MTF) ,and mean time between failure (MTBF) . Finance In order of ease of implementation, probably the next perspective is that of finance, as there already exists an abundance of well-defined and well-policed metrics. Although fiscal matters are generally well known to upper management, it is a concept that rank and file employees may have little exposure to. Since this Read More

Managing Supply Chain Disruption with Continuous Design


Natural disasters, customer bankruptcies, product recalls . . . there are dozens of unexpected events that can wreak havoc on your global supply chain. Are you prepared to react swiftly to these contingencies? A continuous supply chain design is a new concept that is emerging to help companies succeed in the face of the unexpected. See how you can design the supply chain around both long-term goals and short-term realities.

availability of value chain  Supply Chain Disruption with Continuous Design Natural disasters, customer bankruptcies, product recalls . . . there are dozens of unexpected events that can wreak havoc on your global supply chain. Are you prepared to react swiftly to these contingencies? A continuous supply chain design is a new concept that is emerging to help companies succeed in the face of the unexpected. See how you can design the supply chain around both long-term goals and short-term realities. Read More

WorkWise's eWarehouse provides Groschopp with added control of the entire life cycle of its inventory


Groschopp initially purchased TCM in 1994 and subsequently expanded its usage to over 40 TCM licensed users and 12 data collection users. Groschopp has evolved into an expert user of the entire suite of TCM applications, including MRP, MPS, and Shop Floor Control with complex scheduling. One of their main objectives was the ability to bin track and optimize inventory, leading both to cost savings and also a more efficient operation.

availability of value chain  s eWarehouse provides Groschopp with added control of the entire life cycle of its inventory Groschopp initially purchased TCM in 1994 and subsequently expanded its usage to over 40 TCM licensed users and 12 data collection users. Groschopp has evolved into an expert user of the entire suite of TCM applications, including MRP, MPS, and Shop Floor Control with complex scheduling. One of their main objectives was the ability to bin track and optimize inventory, leading both to cost savings and also Read More

CRM Selections: When An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure Part One: The CRM Selection Challenge


Two of the greatest challenges IT decision makers face when selecting a CRM package is first, having a comprehensive understanding of their functional and technical requirements and second, identifying the vendors that best match their requirements. This article will focus on determining the functionality and technology required to enable business processes, and how to compare vendor offerings once those requirements have been documented.

availability of value chain  Selections: When An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure Part One: The CRM Selection Challenge Introduction Over the past two years it seems not a week has gone by without an editorial about a failed Customer Relationship Management (CRM) project. Many articles relate CRM failure to the absence and/or weakness of business objectives driving the CRM initiative. Although this is true, many projects fail due to a poor vendor selection procedure. Starting At The Beginning Of course software tools Read More

Customer Success Story: University of Maryland School of Medicine


The University of Maryland School of Medicine had already experienced VMware technology as a way to consolidate its servers; what it didn’t realize was that the company’s solution could also address its disaster recovery needs. By combining two storage technologies—creating a common storage area network (SAN)—the school has reduced unexpected downtime from hours to seconds and has saved thousands of dollars in hardware costs.

availability of value chain  Success Story: University of Maryland School of Medicine The University of Maryland School of Medicine had already experienced VMware technology as a way to consolidate its servers; what it didn’t realize was that the company’s solution could also address its disaster recovery needs. By combining two storage technologies—creating a common storage area network (SAN)—the school has reduced unexpected downtime from hours to seconds and has saved thousands of dollars in hardware costs. Read More

The Future of the SAP Economy—A Book Review of SAP Nation


P.J. Jakovljevic reviews a fascinating new book about software vendor SAP. And what a story it is! Written by Vinnie Mirchandani, it chronicles the current and future prospects of a $200 billion giant that has a glorious and profitable past—but may be looking at a future fraught with serious challenges at every turn.

availability of value chain  Future of the SAP Economy—A Book Review of SAP Nation SAP Nation: A Runaway Software Economy , by Vinnie Mirchandani, Deal Architect Inc, 262 pages, US$19.95   Vinnie Mirchandani’s is a seasoned enterprise software market observer (formerly an analyst at Gartner and consultant at PwC, as well as having been an SAP ERP-accounting user) who has vast experience in negotiating enterprise software deals for his clients ( Deal Architec t is one of Mirchandani’s trademarked companies and blogs). Read More

Cash is King—And So is Your Supply Chain: How Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth


For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in.

There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new technology. But it should be noted that making the decision to invest in technology or update a supply chain process is a cash flow decision in itself, and should thus be weighed carefully.

It is important to realize that the cost of a supply chain or cash flow failure is, in most cases, significantly higher than even the highest price tags for these investments. With that in mind, supply chain solutions and automation technologies are more often than not worth the investment for growing mid-market companies.

This white paper looks at the importance of cash flow management, especially vital for mid-market companies in the current economic landscape. Due to their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial cushion than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations, and a smaller investment pool for funding growth.

Download the guide for more information on why you should optimize supply chain operations to improve cash flow, including explanations on how seeking out supply chain efficiencies, managing cash flow through managing inventory, and investing in new technologies can help your bottom line.

availability of value chain  is King—And So is Your Supply Chain: How Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in. There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as Read More

The Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility


Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal for many companies to achieve? TEC Senior SCM Analyst Bob Eastman answers these questions and offers up some ideas on how to gain greater visibility into your company’s supply chain.

availability of value chain  Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal? Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has touched on the issue of visibility from many perspectives in many forms in research that can be found on the TEC Web site . Numerous recent events—including stories about Apple and Read More

Outsourcing Supply Chain Planning Processes


Supply chain planning tools deliver potentially tremendous savings when well implemented, and wreak havoc when they fail. A company considering an outsourcing strategy for their supply chain planning processes should first address some key aspects of these tools.

availability of value chain  Supply Chain Planning Processes Introduction The dramatically lower labor costs, higher level of talent, and growing track record of offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) and application development and maintenance (AD/M) providers, have convinced many companies to outsource their business process and software development activities (see Outsourcing 101—A Primer ). For a company considering an outsourcing strategy for their supply chain planning (SCP) processes, there are some unique Read More

Supply Chain Management (SCM)


Supply chain management (SCM) systems are used to coordinate the movement of products and services from suppliers to customers (including manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers). These systems are used to manage demand, warehouses, trade logistics, transportation, and other issues concerning facilities, and movement and transformation of materials on their way to customers.

availability of value chain  Chain Management (SCM) Supply chain management (SCM) systems are used to coordinate the movement of products and services from suppliers to customers (including manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers). These systems are used to manage demand, warehouses, trade logistics, transportation, and other issues concerning facilities, and movement and transformation of materials on their way to customers. Read More