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Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?


For companies handling many contracts, ensuring trading partners adhere to contract details is often too cumbersome to be executed without enabling technology. Contract lifecycle management (CLM) solutions enable companies to take control of their contracts in order to understand the requirements of trading partners and their ability to meet the contract parameters, and to reduce the organization’s risk to exposure.

commodity contracts  dollar value, type of commodity, type of contract, date ranges, and codes for specific cost centers. To be successful in enterprise CLM, companies need functionality to support both buy-side and sell-side types of contracts. There is immense value in having one solution cater to all departments within an enterprise due to a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), lower audit costs, fewer systems to maintain, reduced training costs, etc.   Contract Lifecycle Steps Experts have defined the steps typical to a Read More

Will Oracle’s Freebie Shot Hurt (Or Only Graze) Siebel?


Oracle will not rest until it comes close (or even overtakes) Siebel in the CRM market. Its latest gimmick from its bag of tricks was the recent launch of the OracleSalesOnline.com system, which allows businesses to use Oracle's SFA software for free. However, any additional CRM components users might need will not be free…

commodity contracts  and enterprises looking for commodity CRM products integrated with the ERP system may find the Oracle product very attractive. Users are also advised to consider both the maturity and the functionality of the product in their evaluations and make comparisons to competitive offerings. Future clients are also advised to request Oracle''s written commitment to promised functionality, length of implementation, and seamless future upgrades, particularly for the recently released products and the products whose Read More

Margin Squeeze and Globalization in the Food and Beverage Industry


In the food and beverage industry, the channel master makes final volume decisions and mostly controls the unit price, with the manufacturer having limited power to increase or maintain prices. The only real variable the manufacturer does control is cost.

commodity contracts  invoiced in different currencies. Commodity traders are well aware that contracts to supply over a twelve-month period can severely erode profit margins if currency exchange rates fluctuate significantly, so they buy or sell their currencies forward to protect their margins. Some retail chains share the risk in exchange for lower shelf prices by negotiating sales contracts with built-in currency clauses. If the exchange rate fluctuates outside predefined tolerances, the food distributor can adjust the cus Read More

Differences in Complexity between B2C and B2B E-commerce


Business-to-business (B2B) selling has proven to be more intricate than business-to-consumer (B2C) selling, as B2B involves dealing with longer-term contracts and complex products with specific requirements that are not needed in the consumer world.

commodity contracts  to move from mere commodity procurement into product design, financial settlement, fulfillment, resellers and channel management, logistics, and many other value-adding collaborative trading functions, in addition to integrating all that functionality into a corporation''s back-office systems, which could potentially be the most value-adding proposition. The fact was also that many business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce providers had rushed into a then seemingly more prosperous B2B space after the B2C Read More

The Hidden Gems of the Enterprise Application Space Part Two: Sorting and Selecting SRM Software


No vendor provides all (if even a majority) of the required solutions for a full SRM initiative at this stage, so almost all solutions will involve best-of-breed components.

commodity contracts  suppliers, lack of standardized commodity codes, etc. are all too common practices. Thus, while planning the long-term SCM technology architecture, enterprises should rationalize their data and refine their spending analysis iteratively. To rationalize the supplier master data, establish a corporate commodity-coding schema, and get contracts in line, by possibly leveraging specialized service providers (e.g., audit firms, etc.) would be first steps toward near real time reliable reporting to provide the c Read More

Stalled Oracle Fumbling For A Jump-Start Kit Part 1: Recent Events


While Oracle's declining revenue and profit continue across main businesses, SAP and Siebel have been extending their leads in respective enterprise application markets, while PeopleSoft has been anticipating turning on the overtaking flashing indicators.

commodity contracts  Oracle Fumbling For A Jump-Start Kit Part 1: Recent Events Event Summary On March 27, Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL), the largest database provider and one of the largest providers of software applications for e-business, announced it reshuffled the responsibilities of two key executives with a view to revive precipitously dropping sales of its business software applications. Senior vice president Mark Barrenechea will now lead the company''s new market development group, which will track Read More

SignalDemand: Dealing with Supply- and Demand-side Pricing Matters - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series described the conundrum that commodity-based manufacturers encounter when it comes to determining the best price, production mix, and volumes. It also introduced SignalDemand, Inc., which applies math and science to the problem of price and margin optimization software for large-scale manufacturers. SignalDemand stands alone as the only provider of price management

commodity contracts  history, channel demand forecast, commodity price history, commodity futures, customer hierarchy, cost of goods, overhead cost, activity costs, inventory positions, bills of materials (BOMs), plant hours calendars, plants, production lines, resources, product hierarchy, materials options, plant utilization data, corporate goals, supplier availability, intuitive (empirical) input, etc. This holistic supply chain network-based pricing is the only way to take advantage of pricing applications to improve Read More

Coupa 10 Heralds Sourcing for the Masses


Coupa Software, a provider of cloud-based spend optimization solutions for finance, recently announced the release of Coupa 10. The new release features an entirely new sourcing application designed to bring sourcing to the masses by intelligently guiding users to select the best sourcing opportunities to save money based on real-time analysis of their current spend. It further enhances the

commodity contracts  10 Heralds Sourcing for the Masses Coupa Software , a provider of cloud-based spend optimization solutions for finance, recently announced the  release of Coupa 10 . The new release features an entirely new sourcing application designed to bring sourcing to the masses by intelligently guiding users to select the best sourcing opportunities to save money based on real-time analysis of their current spend. It further enhances the capabilities of Coupa’s suite of organic cloud-based procurement Read More

Improving Supply Chain Effectiveness


Increased globalization, volatility in demand and commodity costs, regulatory requirements, and greater dependency on suppliers and other partners have significantly increased the risk of doing business. To manage performance efficiently, midsize companies need a unified planning, budgeting, and consolidation solution. Learn how such a solution can streamline the planning process and help reduce business risk.

commodity contracts  volatility in demand and commodity costs, regulatory requirements, and greater dependency on suppliers and other partners have significantly increased the risk of doing business. Knowing your inventory positions, delivery dates, and fill rates is not enough. You must also understand the impact of supply chain changes on total cost or cash flow and optimize supply chain effectiveness for better corporate results. This requires end-to-end visibility into factors that drive performance - such as Read More

If Software Is A Commodity...Then What?


Many, if not most categories of software have become commodities. Vendors hate to hear it, but most of the products in a category produce the same results, pretty much in the same way. If this is true, how do user select the right vendor? How does a vendor get selected?

commodity contracts  do we define a commodity in the software world? Both vendors and end users tend to focus on features, but both should focus on the needs of the business. A commodity situation exists when multiple products can satisfy the needs of the business with no meaningful difference in the results. This is more typical in a mature market (for example, categories like ERP, SCM, MES, etc.) and less so in a newer market. We find that most products yield the same results and the differences are in the How they do it Read More

Case Study: PaR Systems, Inc.


Headquartered in Shoreview, Minnesota (US), PaR Systems, Inc. provides specialized material handling and automation equipment to many diverse industries. Each of the company’s customer contracts is unique—like a separate job—with charges included for labor and materials in these jobs. Find out how PaR’s engineer-to-order (ETO) solution helps the company manage its contracts—from engineering and manufacturing to final delivery.

commodity contracts  Study: PaR Systems, Inc. Headquartered in Shoreview, Minnesota (US), PaR Systems, Inc. provides specialized material handling and automation equipment to many diverse industries. Each of the company’s customer contracts is unique—like a separate job—with charges included for labor and materials in these jobs. Find out how PaR’s engineer-to-order (ETO) solution helps the company manage its contracts—from engineering and manufacturing to final delivery. Read More

SSA GT Beefs Up BPCS V8 Through Partnerships' Spree Part 2: Market Impact


SSA GT has mostly achieved its most imminent and important goal of enticing existing BPCS customer base to stay on their maintenance contracts. Vendors vying to be replacement solutions for the BPCS ERP system could be in for a bigger hurdle than expected.

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Thou Shalt Manage (and Cherish) Thy (Best) Suppliers


In its recent report, Shifting C-level Business Priorities as the Recovery Takes Hold, Saugatuck Technologies claims that top business priorities are returning to a pattern more consistent with a growth economy. Read this in-depth report from TEC Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic to find out why supplier management is crucial.

commodity contracts  discerned in their particular commodity (e.g., steel ingots or plastic resin) across all business units. In addition, they might want to know how many vendors account for the top 50 percent of, say, the transportation spend, and what percentages of the transportations spend is with preferred suppliers. Chief procurement officers (CPOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) care about the “bigger picture” issues, such as how the global program is performing and where the next wave of opportunities might Read More

Keeping Projects in View and Costs in Line


In construction and services, matching the right people to the right projects is mission-critical if those projects are to show actual profits. But determining profitability takes time—not a common commodity today. What’s needed are tools to track, identify, and report all contract and project activity—an integrated view of all job details, including the critical factors that determine profitability.

commodity contracts  takes time—not a common commodity today. What’s needed are tools to track, identify, and report all contract and project activity—an integrated view of all job details, including the critical factors that determine profitability. Read More

CallidusCloud Adds Contract Lifecycle Management to Its Portfolio


Callidus Software Inc. (a.k.a., CallidusCloud), a provider of sales and marketing effectiveness software, announced at its annual C3 customer conference the launch of its contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution. The CallidusCloud CLM solution is now an integral part the vendor's Lead to Money Cloud.

commodity contracts  Adds Contract Lifecycle Management to Its Portfolio Callidus Software Inc. (a.k.a., CallidusCloud ), a provider of sales and marketing effectiveness software, announced at its annual C3 customer conference the launch of its contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution . The CallidusCloud CLM solution is now an integral part the vendor''s Lead to Money Cloud .   “Companies that fail to equip their field with modern tools to manage the creation, negotiation and signature of contracts are leavi Read More