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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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Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us


Managers weighing an investment in software for supply chain face pressure to be right. Looking for a precise calculation of ROI often results in making an uninformed decision. This part discusses what to do when business analysis skills are lacking.

scm application strategy  a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Executive Summary    The competitive environment for every industry grows increasingly intense. Fast, reasonably accurate information about the impact of a software investment decision grows more critical. Many decision-makers look for an exact forecast of return on investment (ROI) from the purchase of a supply chain management application. At least four very real Read More

How to Choose a Hosted CRM Application for SMBs


While virtually all hosted customer relationship management (CRM) applications support sales force automation, marketing campaign management, and customer service, providing front-to-back-office integration has become a clear differentiator for small to medium businesses (SMBs). Read this white paper—which includes a handy table of evaluation criteria—to find out how to select the right hosted CRM software for you.

scm application strategy  or will integration with SCM, ERP, and/or Financial systems be required? Pre-packaged API’s included or custom integration require? Timeframe? Cost of configuration,integration and training? Are pre-built analytical reports and/or domain-specific business process templates available? Are LOB users able to select and configure using these tools? How intuitive are these tools? Will additional training be required? Will custom configuration be required given our business model? Who is qualified to Read More

The Essential Components of Quote-to-order Application Suites


Modern quote-to-order suites provide customers and suppliers access to design, planning, and material data. This enables users to proactively understand various aspects of a project, as well as reduce planning time, document activities, and promote communication throughout the engagement cycle.

scm application strategy  and supply chain management (SCM). Online configurators provide many potential benefits to both suppliers and their customers. Primary customer benefits include not needing to be an expert on the supplier''s products; having instant, around-the-clock information; and placing orders easily (without any paperwork). Some possible supplier benefits include Increased customer satisfaction and loyalty via the guided selling process (which actively engages the customer in the decision-making process), Read More

Aligning Java-based Application Strategies


In announcing their merger plans, Lawson and Intentia will not only have to grapple with the usual issues, but will have to deal with the nuanced differences in their respective Java application endeavors.

scm application strategy  Intentia''s manufacturing, EAM and SCM modules into Lawson''s. Therefore, while Intentia (and Lawson, in part) might be an extreme case of a complete Java rewrite, most of the traditional iSeries-based vendors, such as SSA Global , IBS , HarrisData , etc. have taken a more moderate approach. Instead, these peer vendors are leveraging some of the available tools and technologies (often provided by IBM), with a balanced approach of exposing old RPG code as Web services wrappers, and by developing new Read More

Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 1


2010 has certainly been an interesting (if not a crossroads) year for Infor. Namely, after a number of new high-profile hires at the beginning of the year, which signalled Infor’s intention to be taken seriously, the vendor then entered an eerily quieter period of several months. Except for the ongoing vocal marketing campaign entitled “Down with Big ERP” with witty

scm application strategy  on-premises PLM, CRM, or SCM software? Some departmental (fringe) on-demand software services linked to an on-premises ERP system make much more sense, but there are very few available Infor cloud solutions in that regard. Infor Veterans Field Questions I have to give credit to Infor for never dodging tough and prodding questions, both in the past and this time. Recently I had a constructive and interactive briefing with  Soma Somasundaram, SVP of global product development (a recent internal promotion) Read More

Application Portfolio Management: Are You Getting the Most from your Enterprise Software?


Information technology organizations are faced with the challenge of managing a host of diverse enterprise applications, and the need to evaluate application metrics and performance. To address this challenge, it is worth considering application portfolio management solutions.

scm application strategy  Portfolio Management: Are You Getting the Most from your Enterprise Software? Introduction Today''s information technology (IT) organizations are faced with the challenge of managing a host of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications, legacy systems, and in-house custom applications. The reality of many of today''s IT departments is complex, as they have the immense task of maintaining, managing, integrating, and supporting these business-critical applications. Tracking upgrades and providing Read More

Cutting IT and Application Support Costs


With budgets under pressure companies must look at ways to reduce IT costs. User support is a prime candidate for scrutiny, because it takes up a significant proportion of the budget. Putting in place a coherent, adaptable learning culture helps to ensure your support costs are minimized and employees remain productive. But there is no one-size-fits-all model. To achieve maximum impact at minimum cost, a variety of tools and approaches aligned overall with company goals will be needed. But the reward is clear—a highly effective workforce that makes fewer costly mistakes, and has a vastly reduced reliance on your Help Desk.

scm application strategy  IT and Application Support Costs With budgets under pressure companies must look at ways to reduce IT costs. User support is a prime candidate for scrutiny, because it takes up a significant proportion of the budget. Putting in place a coherent, adaptable learning culture helps to ensure your support costs are minimized and employees remain productive. But there is no one-size-fits-all model. To achieve maximum impact at minimum cost, a variety of tools and approaches aligned overall with company go Read More

The 2007 Application Security Trends Report


The Internet continues to be a powerful force for driving business activity, and is increasingly being used by organizations to manage internal corporate data and operational activities. Indeed, the online presence of a business or organization depends on the use of Web applications to store, transmit, and manage confidential information. So do you know where your top Web application vulnerabilities are?

scm application strategy  2007 Application Security Trends Report The Internet continues to be a powerful force for driving business activity, and is increasingly being used by organizations to manage internal corporate data and operational activities. Indeed, the online presence of a business or organization depends on the use of Web applications to store, transmit, and manage confidential information. So do you know where your top Web application vulnerabilities are? Read More

IBM Moves into Enterprise Application Integration


International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has announced a new release of MQSeries Integrator that should help businesses integrate their applications and improve e-business architectures. IBM’s leadership in message oriented middleware with MQSeries should allow them to take a leadership role in the market in short order.

scm application strategy  Moves into Enterprise Application Integration IBM Moves into Enterprise Application Integration M. Reed - April 26th, 2000 Event Summary SOMERS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 2000--IBM announced new software that helps companies integrate their IT infrastructures so they can transform into e-businesses. Business integration, or enterprise application integration (EAI), is required for companies that want to engage in corporate mergers and acquisitions, electronic commerce, and business-to-business Read More

Configurability Strategy: A Competitive Advantage


To gain a competitive advantage, manufacturing companies that sell complex products are implementing a configurability strategy that provides more options using fewer resources. Learn about the two interrelated phases of a configurability strategy: developing the product—which emphasizes the essential functionality of a product configurator—and executing the lead-to-order (LTO) process in a lean manufacturing environment.

scm application strategy  Link to ERP and SCM systems to provide information seamlessly Visualize the product Configure a unique product automatically and quickly '' without continuous intervention by engineering personnel during the LTO process Generate, dynamically, manufacturing and engineering BOMs and routings For CTO and ETO products, these additional functionalities are essential: Interfaces to computer-aided design (CAD) models Automatic creation of related files and documents by parametric logic Product Lifecycle Read More

Application Performance: Don't Fly Blindly Into the Cloud


In Managing Application Performance in the Cloud, you'll get a straightforward guide to understanding...

scm application strategy  Performance: Don''t Fly Blindly Into the Cloud When you move your company''s applications to the cloud, serious performance problems can occur. Unfortunately, you may not even be aware of these problems—or have the tools necessary to diagnose and resolve them. However, there are solutions. In Managing Application Performance in the Cloud , you''ll get a straightforward guide to understanding how to deal with performance management challenges particular to cloud computing the network-based Read More

Application Erosion: Eating Away at Your Hard Earned Value


Application erosion starts the day you turn on any new system, and it continues constantly. To prevent it, you need a plan. If you suffer from it today, you need a plan to regain the value you once had.

scm application strategy  Erosion: Eating Away at Your Hard Earned Value Do You Have Application Erosion? At a recent meeting of CIOs, all talked about the same phenomena. Eventually, they came up with the term application erosion to describe their common problem. These CIOs each had the same ERP system installed from four to nine years. Each observed that through time, the system value had become less and less. The system had not changed; but the users were using less and less of the system for no apparent reason. In Read More

TDWI Vegas: How to Build an Enterprise Data Strategy


It takes a lot of commitment, preparation, and time to fully embrace a successful enterprise data strategy. Managing data within a corporation has reached an all-new level of importance. Data is being collected from extremely diverse sources and fully dissected; as the subject of increasingly complex processes, data quality must be maintained. In addition, data management and manipulation must

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Why Application Security Is the New Business Imperative -- and How to Achieve It


Businesses are being held increasingly accountable for their business application security—by customers, partners, and government. Unfortunately, most businesses are playing catch-up with security. What’s really needed are processes that fix the software development cycle by weaving security expertise into software acquisition, development, and deployment. Businesses that don’t take a process-oriented approach today may end up chasing application security forever.

scm application strategy  Application Security Is the New Business Imperative -- and How to Achieve It Businesses are being held increasingly accountable for their business application security—by customers, partners, and government. Unfortunately, most businesses are playing catch-up with security. What’s really needed are processes that fix the software development cycle by weaving security expertise into software acquisition, development, and deployment. Businesses that don’t take a process-oriented approach today may Read More