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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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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.

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Supply Chain Management Vendor Finds Balance for Service Supply Chains


Click Commerce recognizes that the SCM playing field is highly competitive and fragmented. However, it believes it will remain competitive because its composite applications will create business process solutions that follow the current trend toward integrated suites of best-of-breed applications.

sap evolution value chain  major ERP vendors ( SAP , Oracle , SSA Global , Infor , and Epicor ) and Manhattan Associates, the largest best-of-breed supply chain execution (SCE) vendor, Click Commerce realizes that it will require focus, leverage, and near flawless execution. They are honing in on industry verticals like high tech, electronics, automotive, and aerospace, where they can leverage existing assets as well as its product strategy of an integrated and agile B2B suite delivering more for less. There may also be new opportu Read More

Demystifying SAP Solution Manager


Many large organizations are struggling to manage all their software systems—let alone the different software versions across departments. In his article, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic discusses how SAP Solution Manager, a unique offering for centralized support and system management, covers all aspects of system deployment, operations, and continuous improvement, to ease customer pain with their complex IT environment.

sap evolution value chain  therefore serviced via the SAP Service Marketplace . Given the scope as well as the significant evolution of SolMan since its inception over a decade ago (see the latest enhancements of the Solution Manager 7.1 release in figure 4), one may wonder how many SAP customers are really leveraging the solution. Figure 4 According to SAP, today more than 70 percent of all SAP customers are using SAP Solution Manager, with more than 25,000 productive SAP systems managed overall. The vendor is seeing a constant ri Read More

Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Four: Another Step in ERP Evolution


Within recent years, enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been redefined as a platform for enabling collaborative e-business globally. Originally focused on automating internal processes of an enterprise, extended ERP systems increasingly include customer and supplier-centric processes.

sap evolution value chain  the best illustrated by SAP ''s SCM revenue exceeding the former leaders i2 Technologies , Ariba , and Manugistics . This is Part Four of a six-part note. Parts One, Two, and Three covered developments from the 1960s through the 2000s. Parts Five will continue to discuss ERP evolution. Part Six will look at the future. *There is a Glossary for the terms italicized throughout this article. Capacity Planning The reason for ERP vendors tackling SCM first might be the fact that, to circumvent MRP II''s Read More

Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Five: More on ERP Evolution


If the ultimate objective is to win and retain customers, one must consider the entire chain, which includes traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) functions as well as the once considered more remarkable and supposedly more relevant CRM and e-commerce activity.

sap evolution value chain  large ERP providers like SAP , PeopleSoft , and Oracle can claim bigger CRM-related revenues than every pure-CRM vendor except for Siebel Systems that still clings to its CRM leadership position (see Comparison of ERP and CRM Markets'' Life Cycle Snapshots ). Some demarcation line here could be that ERP vendors are successfully selling into their manufacturing install base, while CRM specialists stronghold remains the service sectors where ERP as not gained much religion. This is Part Five of a six-part Read More

7 Steps to Supply Chain Utopia


And now you can with the white paper actionable supply chain intelligence: leveraging the services hub.

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Rethinking the Supply Chain: Meeting the Complexity Challenge


The requirements of operating in a global, just-in-time (JIT) market have made supply chains much more complex than they were 10 years ago. Much of the software meant to assist in managing this complexity has itself become too complex to use—and too expensive to cost-justify. Discover the benefits of using a less complex supply chain solution that better supports a collaborative effort along your supply chain.

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Tightening the Chain-Supply Chain Cost-cutting Strategies


As companies struggle to control costs, the supply chain and management of supply resources have come under scrutiny. The supply chain is one area where a company can achieve quick gains and receive a fast return on investment.

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SAP Jam


SAP Jam brings together several types of social collaboration including social networking, collaboration with external participants (customers, recruits, partners, vendors, suppliers), structured collaboration for problem solving (business tools to strategize, rank items, enabling groups to weigh in on options, etc.), and business process integration. This combination of features enables businesses to seamlessly bring social into any process: social learning, social opportunity management, collaborative customer engagement, etc.

sap evolution value chain  Jam SAP Jam brings together several types of social collaboration including social networking, collaboration with external participants (customers, recruits, partners, vendors, suppliers), structured collaboration for problem solving (business tools to strategize, rank items, enabling groups to weigh in on options, etc.), and business process integration. This combination of features enables businesses to seamlessly bring social into any process: social learning, social opportunity management, Read More

Making Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP


Improving the supply chain is essential for any company that wants to gain or maintain a competitive edge. To do this, companies are adopting sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategies. Years ago—when the pace of market change was slow—S&OP was a nice-to-have; today it’s a business imperative! But it doesn’t have to happen overnight. By taking a five-step approach, companies can implement S&OP at their own pace.

sap evolution value chain  after it. You didn''t disappoint a customer. You didn''t miss your numbers because of out-of-control inventories. As a result, your stock price didn''t fall. It''s difficult to put a number on being proactive, but it''s not at all difficult to recognize the benefits. Sometimes, once things are running very smoothly, someone will ask, Why do we need to keep having these monthly meetings? The answer, of course, is that the process which culminates in the monthly meeting and the consensus path forward which Read More

Real-time Performance: SAP Business Suite Running on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise


A database platform built with real-time requirements in mind can help your company improve overall data management capabilities and achieve efficiencies in application cost, responsiveness, and reliability while setting the stage for future growth. This paper presents a compelling case for choosing an optimized relational database management system (RDBMS) for your transactional applications, and discusses how to quickly migrate to a new database with minimal disruption and cost.

sap evolution value chain  time Performance: SAP Business Suite Running on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise A database platform built with real-time requirements in mind can help your company improve overall data management capabilities and achieve efficiencies in application cost, responsiveness, and reliability while setting the stage for future growth. This paper presents a compelling case for choosing an optimized relational database management system (RDBMS) for your transactional applications, and discusses how to Read More

Tailoring SAP Data Management for Companies of All Sizes


The need for accurate data management such as upload or download of data between a company’s data sources and SAP systems is more critical than ever. Users are relying on manual operations, which are inherently error-prone, and time- and resource-intensive. Today's environment requires enterprise-class automation to overcome these challenges of data management. Learn about one solution that can help improve SAP data management.

sap evolution value chain  SAP Data Management for Companies of All Sizes The need for accurate data management such as upload or download of data between a company’s data sources and SAP systems is more critical than ever. Users are relying on manual operations, which are inherently error-prone, and time- and resource-intensive. Today''s environment requires enterprise-class automation to overcome these challenges of data management. Learn about one solution that can help improve SAP data management. 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.

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Ardent Software Enters the SAP Data Extraction Market


Ardent Software has announced the addition of SAP extraction and load capabilities to their DataStage product, increasing their strength in the Extract/Transform/Load tool market. Due to the prevalence of SAP in the Enterprise Resource Planning space, this addition will provide a competitive advantage over some of the other major ETL vendors such as Sagent and Computer Associates.

sap evolution value chain  Software Enters the SAP Data Extraction Market Event Summary Ardent Software, Incorporated of Westboro, Massachusetts (NASDAQ: ARDT) has announced support for extraction from SAP R/3 and also loading to SAP BW (Business Information Warehouse) using its DataStage Release 3.6. Ardent is referring to the new feature as the Packaged Application Connection Kit (PACK). With the DataStage Extract PACK for SAP R/3, users will be able to extract data directly from SAP R/3 systems natively and integrate it Read More