Gaps between enterprise resource planning (ERP) functionality and best-of-breed applications are diminishing rapidly. Deciding between the two may thus come down to overall IT strategy. If it is already segmented, it makes sense to add best-of-breed applications for specific operational areas. However, if a more rationalized common operating platform is the strategy, there are compelling arguments for supply chain ERP.
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internally and externally. Companies deploying SCOR have dramatically cut costs and boosted returns. Using the SCOR-model, Siemens Medical, for example, has been able to cut costs by 30 percent, reduce inventory by 60 percent, and cut order lead-times from 22 weeks to just two. The SCOR model is organized around five key management processes: Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Return. Each of these processes is examined on three levels of detail. The first level is strategic, what the company wants from