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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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Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain


When flexibility and speed are requisites for success, it’s the lean organization that leads the race. World-class manufacturing organizations know the value of focusing on the lean fundamentals: eliminating waste, simplifying processes, and continuously improving. By pursuing lean strategies—optimizing inventory and streamlining manufacturing processes—they can reduce inefficiencies and costs in their production processes, and improve customer responsiveness.

choose supply chain diagram  trading partner?s capabilities and choose the most effective inventory management solution, depending on material type or business need. MANAGING CASH BEGINS WITH MANAGING INVENTORY For most automotive suppliers, direct material costs represent a significant investment in inventory - typically 50 to 60 percent of their total costs. Reducing inventory is one of the fastest ways to improve cash flow, and ultimately the bottom line. Inventory reduction is possible only if changes in demand can be Read More

TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of April 23rd, 2012


SOFTWARE SELECTIONSThe SuperYacht Group selects NetSuite Industry tags: services industry "The holding that includes magazine and Web site publishing, event hosting, marketing consultancy, and creative services has consolidated and centralized all its activities on cloud-based NetSuite ERP. The company has replaced its point solutions—solutions that had obviously become too tiny for them. The

choose supply chain diagram  SMART’s existing customers may choose to stay on their existing SMART platform or migrate to the latest WFM solutions by Kronos. —P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst TEC article (Dec 2011): KronosWorks 2011: Beyond Time Clocks for Modern Workforce Management Press release Toshiba TEC acquires IBM POS Industry tags: Retail, POS hardware Somewhat resembling IBM’s sale of PC hardware business to Lenovo a while back, it appears that IBM is exiting the commoditized retail POS hardware and software Read More

The Five Sure-fire Strategies for Gaining Management Approval for WMS Projects


Despite the consensus that warehouse management systems (WMS) offer many benefits, getting approval for a new system is challenging. You need to get key decision makers in operations, IT, and finance—as well as the executive team and the board of directors—to see value in the proposed WMS. But how can you improve your chances of getting management approval? Discover five strategies for information-gathering and approval.

choose supply chain diagram  of these capabilities Functionality Choose an industry-leading, WMS-specific RFP template. This tool should cover all detailed aspects of  functionality requirements, system configuration and company details. Get contractual assurance that the WMS you are eveluating will be supported long-term from both an upgrade and enhancement standpoint Obtain Final Approval From Executive Team/Board: Mapping Back to Strategic Initiatives Present all findings at executive or board meeting to obtain approval About Read More

How Supply Chain Management Helps Today's Engineer-to-order Companies


In today's competitive engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing environment, procuring components on time and within budget is crucial. With rising fuel costs and increased international trade, supply chain management software can help ETO organizations get—and stay—ahead of the competition.

choose supply chain diagram  will loop back to choose the supplier next in line. Once a supplier delivers the components in time to meet the project deadline, the manufacturer can finally produce the good and deliver it to the final destination. The order management system can leverage the integrated functionality of the SRM system so that even before the order is sent out, the system can search for suppliers that can deliver the goods. The TMS can integrate with the SRM system to ensure delivery of the products falls within Read More

The Wizardry of Business Process Management: Part 5


Part 1 of this blog series started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of business process management (BPM), with an ensuing focus on Pegasystems (also known as Pega) as one of the leading BPM suite providers. Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 then analyzed in depth a number of the vendor’s “BPM secret sauce” ingredients. Pega is one of the leading vendors in the

choose supply chain diagram  solution frameworks, and may choose to invest in additional frameworks which incorporate the latest business innovations. One major area Pega has not focused much on thus far is the “upstream” supply chain interactions with suppliers and in manufacturing. In fact, not many commercial BPM products provide real-time insight into the manufacturing process operation. Yet the process flow modeling capability of BPM suites could allow management to not only easily identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies in Read More

7 Steps to Supply Chain Utopia


And now you can with the white paper actionable supply chain intelligence: leveraging the services hub.

choose supply chain diagram  Steps to Supply Chain Utopia Ask 10 people what supply chain visibility is and you''re likely to get 10 different answers . But with supply chain visibility—a major key to success in today''s complex, global marketplace—it''s vital to cut through the confusion. And now you can with the white paper Actionable Supply Chain Intelligence : Leveraging the Services Hub . In this straightforward executive guide, you''ll learn what supply chain visibility really is; why it''s essential to your company''s success; 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.

choose supply chain diagram  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

The Truth About Supply Chain Visibility


That's just one of the key realities you'll learn about in the white paper achieving supply chain visibility: there is more than meets the eye.

choose supply chain diagram  Truth About Supply Chain Visibility If you had supply chain visibility, but couldn''t respond to the issues and problems that it brought to light, what good would that be? The truth about supply chain visibility is that it isn''t a goal in itself —its real value is as a stepping stone to effective response management. And it''s response management that allows you to turn visibility into quick, effective action—so that you can run a more nimble, efficient, and profitable organization. That''s just one Read More

Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain


Global fashion supply chains face a “perfect storm” of risk factors, ranging from volatile materials prices and skyrocketing shipping costs, to uncertainty about the outcome of legislative trade initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Download this white paper to find out how NGC’s Web-based Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Global Sourcing system can help.

choose supply chain diagram  Risk in the Global Supply Chain Global fashion supply chains face a “perfect storm” of risk factors, ranging from volatile materials prices and skyrocketing shipping costs, to uncertainty about the outcome of legislative trade initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Download this white paper to find out how NGC’s Web-based Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Global Sourcing system can help. Read More

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 operations planning (S&OP) strategies. Years ago—when the pace of market change was slow—S&OP was a nice-to-have; today it’s a business imperative! But it doesn’t have to happen overnight. By taking a five-step approach, companies can implement S&OP at their own pace.

choose supply chain diagram  Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP Making Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Supply Chain Consultants (SCC) delivers strategic business solutions that enable clients to gather, process and share information across the extended supply chain. SCC solutions combine years of real world experience in the areas of sales and operations Read More

Does Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Part 2: The Critical Objectives


There are critical objectives that Supply Chain Management Software must satisfy to meet the challenges faced by wholesale distributors.

choose supply chain diagram  Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Part 2: The Critical Objectives Does Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Executive Summary    Growing competitive pressures compel strategies and tactics that yield efficiency and efficacy within virtual supply chains. This is especially true for middle tier suppliers. For example, distributors are finding that they need managers who are not only good expediters and know their products, but who Read More

Collaboration: The New Standard in the Supply Chain


Collaboration is becoming more and more critical to managing the supply chain process. Collaboration can take many forms in the supply chain, such as visibility, data sharing, collaborative forecasting, outsourcing, sharing resources, or joint processes. Context is needed to understand what is meant by collaboration". In this report, TEC Research Analyst Bob Eastman looks at collaboration and how it relates to demand planning and forecasting, sales and operations planning, vendor-managed inventory, and logistics, and gives important milestones marking the development of the use of collaboration in the supply chain over the last 50 years.

choose supply chain diagram  The New Standard in the Supply Chain Collaboration is becoming more and more critical to managing the supply chain process. Collaboration can take many forms in the supply chain, such as visibility, data sharing, collaborative forecasting, outsourcing, sharing resources, or joint processes. Context is needed to understand what is meant by collaboration . In this report, TEC Research Analyst Bob Eastman looks at collaboration and how it relates to demand planning and forecasting, sales and Read More

Supply Chain Optimization Software Evaluation Report


Supply chain optimization modules allow organizations to design the best-fit (optimal) supply chain by time, cost, and other factors--to create responsive and lean supply chains.

choose supply chain diagram  Chain Optimization Software Evaluation Report TEC''s Supply Chain Optimization Software Evaluation Report allows you to compare and analyze the features, functions, and services of multiple enterprise software solutions. Vendor responses are comprehensively rated on their level of support of for each criterion (supported, not supported, customization, future releases, etc.) to ensure you make and accurate and informed decision. This Software Evaluation Report provides extensive information about vendo 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.

choose supply chain diagram  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 F Read More

WAM Systems Offers Supply Chain Planning Packaged Solution For Chemicals


Not many people know of WAM Systems, a privately held supply chain management vendor situated in a Philadelphia suburb. Emboldened by growing interest and new venture capital, the company intends to make its presence known.

choose supply chain diagram  Systems Offers Supply Chain Planning Packaged Solution For Chemicals WAM Systems Offers Supply Chain Planning Packaged Solution For Chemicals S. McVey - January 8, 2001 Vendor Genesis WAM Systems develops and markets Internet-enabled Supply Chain Planning (SCP) solutions exclusively to the worldwide chemical industry. CEO Jack Weiss founded the company in 1987 as a developer of custom solutions to support complex planning and scheduling requirements of polymer manufacturers. Weiss and others observed th Read More