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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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The Essential Supply Chain


Supply Chain Management (SCM) once viewed as a way to obtain a competitive advantage, is now perceived as a logical and necessary extension of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The reasons: First, traditional ERP systems lack the advanced planning tools necessary for companies to respond to an increasingly competitive business environment. Second, advances in computing power and data transmission enable disparate entities to communicate efficiently and at a low cost. Finally, vendors have observed the complementary nature of SCM and ERP and are engaged in consolidation of their product suites.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  of SAP seeks to overcome this limitation, R/3 is a prime example. These systems often hard-code assumptions regarding operating constraints such as available manufacturing capacity and production lead times. Plans created under these assumptions can hardly be expected to produce optimal results for a given client''s particular complexities. One-Dimensional Planning ERP systems normally employ some flavor of MRP (Material Requirements Planning) or MRP-II (Manufacturing Resources Planning) for internal Read More

Supply Chain Cost-cutting Strategies


Process industries (chemicals, food and beverage, oil and gas, etc.) face rising manufacturing and logistics costs. And they’re finding that the old strategies for cost containment no longer pack the same punch. Some surveys show that 75 percent of all respondents are redesigning their supply chains to keep these costs in check. Are you one of them? No? You’ve got a lot of catching up to do—and very little time to do it.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  from top management to overcome these challenges. Our siloed organization approach is our biggest barrier, says an executive in the chemical and oil & gas industries. Top Supply Chain Transformation Goals for 2007 As process industry companies struggle to control their supply chain costs, many are fo- cusing their efforts on improving data and process visibility. Companies have realized that they need to be able to see demand, inventory, production, and distribution across the supply chain and Read More

PeopleSoft Building Muscles To Overcome The Rough Patch Part 1


The year 2001, which was an exceptional year of financial performance for PeopleSoft, including record total revenue, record profit, and more than $500 million of generated cash, might have become its liability as well, as it might be quite difficult to repeat.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  PeopleSoft Building Muscles To Overcome The Rough Patch P.J. Jakovljevic - June 19. 2002 Event Summary At the beginning of 2001, PeopleSoft Inc . (NASDAQ: PSFT), one of the largest enterprise applications providers, ebulliently indicated its continued interest in rounding out its product portfolio through favorably priced acquisitions. Instead, the company recently unveiled a number of new products developed either internally or via alliances. It is likely its recently tamed new revenue generation has Read More

Supply Chain Collaboration: The Key to Success in a Global Economy


Outsourcing and global competition are forcing companies to transform their supply chains from linear processes into adaptive networks. Communities of customer-centric, demand-driven companies must share knowledge in order to adapt to changing markets, and respond to shorter life cycles. Discover how supply chain management (SCM) solutions can help your company create a truly adaptive and collaborative supply network.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  must either avoid or overcome. Heterogeneous Infrastructures Connecting with a wide range of partners, all with different technical functionalities and IT infrastructures, can be costly, complicated, and time consuming. Although phone and fax remain the primary mediums for interaction, other tools and services are enjoying widespread use, such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and RosettaNet, a set of standards and services that provide a common language for e-business transactions and the foundation Read More

Will a Tool Manufacturer and a Supply Chain Software Vendor "Click" in Matrimony?


The merger of traditional brick-and-mortar manufacturer Illinois Tool Works with Internet-based Click Commerce is puzzling, but has some method to the madness. Only time will tell how easily and tightly their tools will "click" with each other.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  traditional methods cannot easily overcome. Yet, increasing market and supply chain complexity motivates companies to improve operations and communications with their trading partner community. The continued growth of outsourced manufacturing, an increased focus on low-cost international materials procurement, and heavy market reliance on vendor- or supplier-managed inventory programs to control costs all require a solid infrastructure for coordinating the extended supply network (see What Does the Read More

Remapping the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed


Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be reevaluated. ChainLink Research’s new 3D approach provides a useful framework for evaluating supply chain solutions.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed Introduction Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be reevaluated. One of the changes that has become obvious is that technology misfits have emerged. It''s like going to the gym and getting lean and finding your clothes no longer fit! Also, if you haven''t gotten to the gym lately, you will be Read More

When Provider's Value Is Not In Synch With Customer's Value


Embedded knowledge exists in the supply chain to understand and unlock customer value. Integrating the chain is crucial to aligning the goals of customers and provider.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  Provider''s Value Is Not In Synch With Customer''s Value Introduction It may seem obvious to all of us, but the fundamental process by which technology and equipment firms engage with clients have somewhat opposing processes and needs. Modern service best practices attempt to harmonize these goals. On October 20th, I attended the annual Stanford/Wharton Service Supply Chain Forum. At the outset, Morris Cohen of Wharton set the stage for our cross industry and cross competitor sharing of ideas. Said Read More

Optimizing The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - An Andersen Point Of View


The objective of supply chain logistics - to provide goods to the right place at the right time in the right quantity - is easy to understand, but achieving this objective while minimizing costs is not an easy task.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - An Andersen Point Of View Introduction    The objective of supply chain logistics - to provide goods to the right place at the right time in the right quantity - is easy to understand, but achieving this objective while minimizing costs is not an easy task. Each decision made at one level of the supply chain has an impact on another level. The goal of conducting a network analysis is to determine: From how many facilities, which ones Read More

Supply Chain Shorts for the Week of February 25, 2013


Yet another of our weekly news round-ups from the world of supply chain. This week, we bring you some brief (and not so brief) news from SAP, TradeCard, Apriso, TECSYS, Epic Data, Waterloo Software, and Fishbowl Inventory. His Eminence, Pope Benedict XVI, may be going off duty to hide from the world, but we aren’t. The office is open, the phones are working, and the Wifi is running. We are ready

overcome supply chain visibility scm  Chain Shorts for the Week of February 25, 2013 Yet another of our weekly news round-ups from the world of supply chain. This week, we bring you some brief (and not so brief) news from SAP , TradeCard , Apriso , TECSYS , Epic Data , Waterloo Software , and Fishbowl Inventory . His Eminence, Pope Benedict XVI, may be going off duty to hide from the world, but we aren’t. The office is open, the phones are working, and the Wifi is running. We are ready to talk supply chain . SAP announced this week Read More

Managing the Industrial Manufacturing Supply Chain


It is essential for durable goods companies to effectively manage multi-tiered distribution network and supply chains, to ensure the right products are available in the right stores at the right time—and the right price. What can you do to differentiate your products from your competitors’, control customer value, and accelerate order-to-delivery time while your supply chains become globally more complex? Find out now.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  the Industrial Manufacturing Supply Chain It is essential for durable goods companies to effectively manage multi-tiered distribution network and supply chains, to ensure the right products are available in the right stores at the right time—and the right price. What can you do to differentiate your products from your competitors’, control customer value, and accelerate order-to-delivery time while your supply chains become globally more complex? Find out now. Read More

The Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility


Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal for many companies to achieve? TEC Senior SCM Analyst Bob Eastman answers these questions and offers up some ideas on how to gain greater visibility into your company’s supply chain.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal? Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has touched on the issue of visibility from many perspectives in many forms in research that can be found on the TEC Web site . Numerous recent events—including stories about Apple and Read More

Warehouse Management for Wholesale Distributors: The Adaptive Supply Chain Network


To meet the challenges of rapidly changing market dynamics, wholesale distribution companies must transform traditional linear supply chains and their sequential processes into virtual communities or ecosystems—that is, into adaptive supply chain networks (ASCNs). Read about how warehouse management systems can help companies and their partners avoid supply chain problems.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  Management for Wholesale Distributors: The Adaptive Supply Chain Network To meet the challenges of rapidly changing market dynamics, wholesale distribution companies must transform traditional linear supply chains and their sequential processes into virtual communities or ecosystems—that is, into adaptive supply chain networks (ASCNs). Read about how warehouse management systems can help companies and their partners avoid supply chain problems. Read More

The Third Paradigm


Supply chain systems to date have represented the back-end of that process of servicing markets and have taken us a long way in replacing assets with information. But the fact is, building products still takes a long time. Contrastingly, markets require short response times--days. For the last few years, we have begun the process of trying to understand the unplanned event. The first and second paradigm systems deal in knowns--this is what I think I need and therefore this is what I will buy. The Third Paradigm focuses on the uncertainty elements to understand risk. This is the key. Isolate, understand and organize the chaos—creating an operational and financial model.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  Third Paradigm The Third Paradigm Featured Author - Ann Grackin - January 28, 2005 Introduction Over the last few years, we have evolved supply chain practices and systems from industrial age concepts to the information age—an age rich with connectivity and data. This has allowed us to change the foundational structure on how we manage the enterprise. The information age that brought us supply chain systems has allowed us to begin to control the chaos that we have found about us. Scientists define a Read More

Elementum Does Mobile End-to-end SCM


After about two years of stealth operation, Elementum, a novel mobile cloud platform for holistic supply chain management (SCM), announced that it has more than $60 million in funding and several major customers. The Silicon Valley-based startup has $44 million in Series B funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Flextronics (which was also the major pilot customer) and brand name customers like Dyson and Enphase Energy Inc.

overcome supply chain visibility scm  Does Mobile End-to-end SCM After about two years of stealth operation, Elementum , a novel mobile cloud platform for holistic supply chain management (SCM), announced that it has more than $60 million in funding and several major customers. The Silicon Valley-based startup has $44 million in Series B funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Flextronics (which was also the major pilot customer ) and brand name customers like Dyson and Enphase Energy Inc. Elementum is currently 55 employees Read More