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Strategies for Profitable Growth: Chemical Industry
You may have survived the slowdown of the last few years, but you must still find new growth opportunities to stay competitive. However, you can only cut so

forecasting growth scm  application such as sales forecasting, this data can be uploaded into the SAP system to immediately assess the results of a changed sales forecast. ARE YOU READY?   STRATEGIES AT A GLANCE   Connect business processes Integrate plant and commercial activities Innovate customer services Collaborate with customers and suppliers Build a demand-driven supply chain Track relevant business KPIs   INDUSTRY-STANDARD PRACTICES VERSUS INDUSTRY-LEADING PRACTICES Trends show that many midsize organizations are Read More...
New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 2: The Efficiency Gains of E-Procurement
From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services

forecasting growth scm  management, including product development, forecasting, procurement, scheduling, manufacturing, transportation, logistics, inventory management, and customer service. He has written and spoken widely about these topics in a number of industry conferences and publications. CCMI can be found on the Web at www.CCMIservices.com. Mr. Elliff can be reached at (703) 370-2607 or by e-mail at scott_elliff@CCMIservices.com . All materials CCMI 2001. Read More...
CRM without Compromise: A Strategy for Profitable Growth
When implementing customer relationship management (CRM), organizations often lose sight of their customers and focus on efficiency gains instead of looking at

forecasting growth scm  allows for more accurate forecasting and greater sales efficiency. It helps you spend marketing dollars more wisely and target promotions more effectively. It improves an organization''s ability to stock a retailer''s shelves and shape demand during times of constrained supply, improving consumer loyalty while reducing administrative time. Integrated sales and marketing also increases the speed of decision making and time to market. Organizations need to give up their internal, departmental views and Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

forecasting growth scm  to include Planning and Forecasting, and Inventory Optimization (IO) modules. While the best-of-breed IO vendors like  SmartOps ,  Optiant , and  ILOG LogicTools  (now part of IBM ) do not compete with Manhattan for the same business, these same vendors, at least in my observation, have a somewhat different view of the IO world than Manhattan does. Namely, all of the above named companies are manufacturing-process-centric. They provide bolt-on optimization engines essentially for  enterprise Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

forecasting growth scm  with the former Retek Forecasting and Replenishment Planning product. However, that is no longer the case with JDA''s single synchronized view of demand that leverages demand across all JDA’s respective solutions and drives plans for the following: merchandise, assortment, promotions, replenishment, transportation, and labor. Oracle’s executive begrudgingly admits to JDA giving Oracle Retail a run for its money of late,  especially with JDA''s essential link between retailers and consumer packaged Read More...
Sales and Operations Planning Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand
An effective sales and operations planning game plan results in fewer stock-outs, shorter delivery lead-times, higher on-time shipping percentages, a manageable

forecasting growth scm  Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand Sales and Operations Planning Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand Featured Author - Dr. Scott Hamilton - December 11, 2003 Introduction A firm''s sales and operations planning (S&OP) process starts with the definition of all demands for the firm''s goods and services. It formulates game plans that drive supply chain activities to meet those demands. Hence, an effective S&OP game plan requires consideration of both demands and supplies. The nature of Read More...
Driver-based Budgets and Forecasting
Line managers and finance staff are frustrated by the inability of spreadsheet-based planning systems to deliver useful budgets and rolling forecasts. A major

forecasting growth scm  based Budgets and Forecasting Line managers and finance staff are frustrated by the inability of spreadsheet-based planning systems to deliver useful budgets and rolling forecasts. A major problem is the disconnect between the operational elements of business and financial plans. What''s missing is driver-based planning, a best-practice methodology where financial plans incorporate assumptions about business activities modeled to drive financial data. Read More...
ION Middleware-Infor’s Fastest Growth Engine
Infor, a provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers in over 190 countries, recently announced strong momentum for Infor ION

forecasting growth scm  Middleware-Infor’s Fastest Growth Engine Infor , a provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers in over 190 countries, recently announced strong momentum for Infor ION technology. More than 900 organizations in 59 countries have reportedly purchased ION, making it the top-selling and fastest-growing product in Infor’s portfolio of industry-specialized software products. Hailed as a lightweight middleware offering, Infor ION is an integration framework that connects Read More...
Partnering with Retailers for Sustainable Growth and Profitability
With retailers trying to stem consumer migration, and consumer-packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers striving to achieve sustainable growth and profitability

forecasting growth scm  with Retailers for Sustainable Growth and Profitability With retailers trying to stem consumer migration, and consumer-packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers striving to achieve sustainable growth and profitability, retailer and manufacturer joint value propositions can increase inventory turns, improve cash flow, and increase revenue and profits. However, joint value propositions involve more than retailer-specific packaging or unique products. For ultimate success, a different way of doing Read More...
SCM Buyer’s Guide 2012: Adapting to Challenging Times and Circumstances
TEC is coming up with four new buyer’s guides for 2012, and one slot is reserved for supply chain management (SCM) solutions. My main reason for pushing for

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Acquisitions Fuel Vendor Growth in the Enterprise Applications Field
Infor cites continued organic growth, license revenue from new customers, and install base cross-selling and up-selling as key growth drivers for the group. The

forecasting growth scm  Fuel Vendor Growth in the Enterprise Applications Field More Acquisitions Both SSA Global and Infor continue to grow through the acquisition of companies that extend the scope of their offerings. New Vendor Acquisition Strategies in the Enterprise Applications Field and The Impact of the Assembler Strategy in the Enterprise Applications Field began an examination of these acquisitions. We continue by examining Infor''s acquisition of Formation Systems and Geac . This is Part Five of the six-pa Read More...
Stream-Based Architecture of Software Configuration Management (SCM)
Most software configuration management (SCM) systems rely on metadata annotations to support basic system operations, such as computing the contents of software

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Accelerating the Speed of Intelligence for Fast and Flexible Forecasting: Engaging the Business for Better Results
Forecasting is changing from a top-down process to a bottom-up one. High-level targets may be useful starting points, but they must be combined with input from

forecasting growth scm  Business for Better Results Forecasting is changing from a top-down process to a bottom-up one. High-level targets may be useful starting points, but they must be combined with input from line management and department heads before being rolled up into enterprise-wide financial goals. Some companies find it effective to “embed” members of the finance function within other business units. Read this white paper to find out more. Read More...
Financial Forecasting: Room for Improvement for People, Process and Technology
Preparing an accurate forecast in this volatile business climate is challenging. Still, it is critical for businesses to be able to predict outcomes for the

forecasting growth scm  significantly from the forecast. Forecasting may be equal parts art and science, but the most dialed-in enterprises report using a solid, collaborative process for generating accurate forecasts. Read More...

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