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How Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of supply chain management (SCM) via a software category pioneer

o part 1  Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of  supply chain management (SCM)  via a software category pioneer, Kinaxis . The currently bullish Kinaxis has a number of customers that are SAP ERP customers too, and for a long time SAP was at first dismissive (or at least ambivalent) regarding the need for Response Management, as the company had its own well-known SAP Advanced Planner and

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