Announced over two years ago, SAP's Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO) is geared toward the supply chain management market, where it will compete head-to-head with established best-of-breed vendors like i2 and Manugistics. With a massive 190 pilot implementations underway around the globe, a picture of SAP's new supply chain suite is beginning to emerge.
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chain management market, where it will compete head-to-head with offerings from established best-of-breed vendors like i2 and Manugistics. In the mid-nineties, responding to pressure from a number of Fortune 50 companies, SAP devised the Logistics Optimization Interface (LOI), a project that enabled supply chain vendors like Chesapeake Decision Sciences, Inc., i2 Technologies, Inc., and Numetrix Limited to integrate their applications to R/3. While other enterprise application providers like PeopleSoft