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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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SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity


Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle management (PLM). TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic examines the solutions that SAP is offering for supply chain executives to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of SCM, PLM, and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

scm connection  The first set of SCM processes aims to balance demand and supply plans and to respond to network events through integrated and holistic planning processes. To that end, the Collaborative Demand Management capabilities translate point-of-sales (POS) demand, trade promotions, internal and external forecasts, and actual retailer orders into product availability, customer service levels, and revenue. For its part, the Network Supply Planning capabilities calculate the replenishment needs and perform Read More

'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft


PeopleSoft has risen from its relatively humble origins in the Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) arena, its sole focus as it begun life in 1987. Over the course of a decade or so, it added Supply Chain Management and Financials to its list of application offerings. In the last few years, in the face of slowing cash flows from its traditional strongholds, it has gone full bore toward Internet-based enterprise-wide - even cross-enterprise - solutions, trying to enter the game and be competitive with other top tier ERP-turned Collaborative Commerce vendors. Showing fiscal growth and, very-recently, notably-improved market acceptance, Peoplesoft may be the enterprise software turnaround story of the last decade.

scm connection  ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft R. Garland - November 26, 2001 Introduction  In the early 90''s, ERP came of age. Everyone had to have the functionality ERP packages promised. Since then, as Web and Internet technologies have matured, CRM on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase is Collaborative Commerce, where we unite all of the above elements into one coherent system within and Read More

A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an immaculate supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company was the industry standard for

scm connection  aren’t very complex.  Infor SCM solutions , which currently contain former EXE Technologies, ShipLogix, Arzoon, Mercia, Provia, and other related applications, can be seen occasionally as well. A logical question that comes to mind is why Manhattan did especially well in the 2001-2008 window, when the company grew while almost everyone, especially in the supply chain planning (SCP) arena, was hurting (think of former Manugistics and still-independent i2 Technologies ). Why is the once invincible Read More

IBS-Slow but Steady (and Demand-Driven) May Win the SCM Race


IBS, a conservative Swedish enterprise resource planning and supply chain management, seems to be making right moves to remain the leader within its selected segments. However, the road to becoming uniformly globally recognized player will not be smooth.

scm connection  the UK market for SCM software through the development and expansion of its remaining subsidiary, IBS UK Ltd . Product Direction IBS has been one of a few application vendors to long stand by the ageing IBM AS/400 platform, and possibly remains the last of the major vendors to have the sole IBM iSeries (a modernized incarnation of AS/400) server platform strategy for its flagship ERP product ASW . ASW, standing for Application Software, may also indicate the vendor''s traditional insipid approach to Read More

Intentia's Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part Two: SCM and Other Functions


The SCM features of Movex should assist you in streamlining your operations to make them more efficient and cost-effective. Movex has meanwhile expanded its hardware base and has long added customer relationship management (CRM) modules.

scm connection  North America Part Two: SCM and Other Functions Introduction Intentia International AB (XSSE: INT B), a Swedish provider of enterprise business applications for mid-size and large enterprises, has been a major software player off the shores of North America for nearly two decades, developing, inter alia, a well-earned reputation in process manufacturing software for the food and beverage industries. Now, Intentia has set its sights on the United States and Canada. This article looks at the functions and Read More

The ERP/BI Connection: Adding Value through Actionable Intelligence


Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to reduce costs is a top business driver impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) strategies. Combine this need with the need for transparency, and the marriage of ERP with business intelligence (BI) becomes the perfect storm, igniting improved performance and visibility. This report from the Aberdeen Group is a benchmark to companies seeking these results.

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Macola ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM)


The definition of a successful manufacturing enterprise is one that builds the right products, at the right time, for the right price. That’s why so many manufacturing companies today are focused on managing the entire value-added chain, from the supplier to manufacturer, right through to the final customer. Supply chain management (SCM) has one overriding objective: to get more throughput from existing resources. SCM functionality helps companies reduce inventory, increase the transaction speed by exchanging data in real time, and increase sales by implementing customer requirements more efficiently. Through the use of portals, Macola ERP SCM users can collaborate with customers and see a real-time view of activity across the organization. It starts with the ability to accurately forecast customer demands, and continues with effective planning and scheduling of the flow of materials through the enterprise, to assure on-time delivery and maximum discounts from suppliers. The vendor's solutions enable users to track orders from beginning to end, right out to the customer. And users can make changes on the fly. All corporate information is located in one database, saving employees valuable time when looking for information. Drill-down reporting and analysis is at your fingertips, keeping the process running smoothly. Users can manage customer expectations by providing realistic product delivery dates based on actual and planned material availability, current production capacity, and vendor lead times. Exact provides the tools to evaluate options for expediting materials or adding capacity to meet a requested date, or to propose alternate delivery options when it is not possible to meet the customer’s requested date. Out-of-stocks and excess inventory can be avoided through recommended job and purchase order processes. Users can purchase materials “just-in-time” relative to the live production schedule.  

scm connection  throughput from existing resources. SCM functionality helps companies reduce inventory, increase the transaction speed by exchanging data in real time, and increase sales by implementing customer requirements more efficiently. Through the use of portals, Macola ERP SCM users can collaborate with customers and see a real-time view of activity across the organization. It starts with the ability to accurately forecast customer demands, and continues with effective planning and scheduling of the flow of Read More

iPad, Fashion PLM, and the Connection Between Fashion Designers and Customers


I recently had the opportunity to meet with Centric Software and get to know more about Centric 8 Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Sourcing Solutions for the fashion industry. Among the interesting topics discussed, a recently launched product called Collection Book for Fashion iPad app was most impressive. In my view, this iPad app is a great product, as it takes advantage of the user

scm connection  Fashion PLM, and the Connection Between Fashion Designers and Customers I recently had the opportunity to meet with Centric Software and get to know more about Centric 8 Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Sourcing Solutions for the fashion industry. Among the interesting topics discussed, a recently launched product called Collection Book for Fashion iPad app was most impressive. In my view, this iPad app is a great product, as it takes advantage of the user interface (UI) feature of the iPad. Read More

E2open Buys icon-scm, Makes Waves in Supply Chain Space


E2open and icon-scm have just combined to create a collaborative planning and execution software stalwart, enabling brand owners and their trading partners to work together to improve their supply chain performance by continuously solving real problems with better information. The transaction, valued at approximately $34 million in total (more than three times icon-scm’s revenues), represents an

scm connection  well. The new cloud-based SCM software market is growing and evolving quickly, and E2open believes it’s now in an enhanced position to capitalize on market demand and integrate trading partners with collaborative planning and execution solutions. For far too long in the SCM space, vendors have focused on functional plan generation (demand planning, forecasting, inventory optimization, etc.) and far too little on horizontal process enablement. SCM is a ''team sport'', requiring different functions to work Read More

PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Two: Market Impact


The PeopleSoft-J.D. Edwards merger was, in great part, about retaining the big five (or big four, or big three) seat and the need to be bigger within shrinking market opportunities. The combined vendors should now a have solid foothold against SAP and Oracle, particularly because one better-performing side could, if necessary, cover up for the underachieving one.

scm connection  Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Two: Market Impact Market Impact This article analyzes whether the array of recent PeopleSoft , Inc. (NASDAQ: PSFT), moves will finally and lastingly establish it as a serious contender in the manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) space. These moves are discussed in detail in Part One of this note. In a nutshell, we have been looking positively at PeopleSoft''s mega acquisition of J.D. Edwards since its Read More

New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 3: E-Procurement Can Broaden the Supplier Pool


From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services offered by multiple suppliers, to live auctions that determine the lowest-price bidder — there is a wide range of new e-procurement methods and tools to help businesses buy goods and services better, faster, and cheaper.

scm connection  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 3: E-Procurement Can Broaden the Supplier Pool Executive Summary Every business is a purchaser as well as a supplier, with many routinely processing hundreds of buying activities daily. Typically, purchases represent 50 to 90% of a company''s cost structure — making procurement strategy and execution a critical lever for effective supply chain operations and superior business profitability. Electronic commerce offers exciting new possibilities for businesses to improve Read More

How to Get the Most from Your Supply Chain: SCM Reaches the Mid-market


Today’s midsized distributors can benefit from their software systems in ways that were impossible a few years ago. By layering advanced, affordable supply chain management (SCM) and electronic data interchange (EDI) functionality on top of their existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, they can profit from improved productivity and lower labor costs. Find out how.

scm connection  from Your Supply Chain: SCM Reaches the Mid-market How to Get the Most from Your Supply Chain: SCM Reaches the Mid-market If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Established in 1993, Technology Evaluation Centers, Inc. (TEC) is the first web-native technology research enterprise. TEC provides decision support systems (DSS). Decision makers can now leverage data vetted by our analysts to evaluate, compare, and impartially select Read More

ERP and SCM Implementations Part Two: Interfaces and Priorities


To a large extent, software packages do work out of the box. Packages that do not perform perfectly or as users would expect is when dissatisfaction arises. These can be dealt with in a rational manner through the employment of effective project and change management procedures. However, an area that typically creates problems, whether expected or not, is the development of interfaces between proprietary software that cannot be replaced.

scm connection  and SCM Implementations Part Two: Interfaces and Priorities Interfaces To a large extent, software packages do work out of the box. Packages that do not perform perfectly or as users would expect is when dissatisfaction arises. This dissatisfaction can be dealt with in a rational manner through the employment of effective project and change management procedures. However, an area that typically creates problems, whether expected or not, is the development of interfaces between proprietary software that Read More