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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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Case Study: Peerless Pump


Peerless Pump has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing pumps for more than 80 years. The company was basing component stock levels on historical data, as it did not have the ability to accurately forecast customer demand. But with forecasting and demand planning software that increased forecast accuracy, the company has nearly doubled its sales over the past four years, while keeping inventory levels constant.

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Infor Joins the S&OP Fray


With the release of Infor S&OP 1.0, Infor dispels rumors that it’s not an aggressive product innovator. Learn about the features and functions of Infor S&OP 1.0, a solution addressing every major stage in the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process and enabling fast, confident decision making, and follow a discussion between TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Infor’s SCM product managers on the S&OP market.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  We see more VP SCM and Chief Supply Chain Officer titles than before. As the economy recovers, the supply chain organization is front and center in the battle to enter new markets, and delight customers with excellent service and more choice. Their purview now allows them to influence more levers that affect customer behavior and ability to serve new markets in a way that maximizes revenue and margins. This has led to the finance part of the business being driven by the supply chain and the executive Read More

APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4


Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few education sessions, and my conference visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that its main value proposition this year revolved around the

scm forecast accuracy statistics  Senior Director of Oracle’s SCM Product Strategy ( who was mentioned in Part 2 ), said: “I think the popularity of S&OP is a combination of the economy and the availability of better technology. The rapid downturn in business was a wake-up call to even the best-run companies that nothing less than a fully synchronized response from all functional areas would enable companies to survive this turbulent business environment. Improving their S&OP process is the fastest way for companies to coordinate Read More

Less Stock, More Profit: Inventory Optimization


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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 forecast accuracy statistics  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

TEC 2012 SCM Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Supply Chain Management Software


This report is based on aggregate data collected from more than 600 SCM software comparisons performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ TEC Advisor software selection application. Although the characteristics that SCM customers are looking for vary according to the specific SCM software segment being evaluated, TEC data show that at the supply chain suite level organizations are mainly seeking these characteristics: collaborative capabilities, cloud deployment, analytics, adaptive solutions, and in-memory computing.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  2012 SCM Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Supply Chain Management Software This report is based on aggregate data collected from more than 600 SCM software comparisons performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ TEC Advisor software selection application. Although the characteristics that SCM customers are looking for vary according to the specific SCM software segment being evaluated, TEC data show that at the supply chain suite level organizations are mainly seeking these Read More

Reference Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions


This guide to supply chain management (SCM) functions/features will help you determine which SCM features are a high priority for your organization. Learn about SCM functions and features for WMS, TMS, international trade logistics (ITL), supplier relationship management (SRM), demand management, supply chain analytics, order management, service parts planning, and more.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  content, alerts, and data. SCM functions and features, submodule #5: demand management Promotion planning Promotion management systems allow your organization to plan promotions with your trading partners, including simulating, executing, and evaluating the promotion performance. Some performance planning issues to be aware include the following: Promotion plans are frequently not integrated into the demand stream. Promotions are launched without the requisite tracking of real-time events to monitor and Read More

SCM Software for Mills


Demand for mill products especially in the metals and packaging industry is growing fast. This presents a good opportunity for the software vendors who cater to the needs of customers in these industries. But these industries have some unique requirements which are discussed throughout this article. Supply chain management software which does planning and execution for manufacturing, transportation, distribution etc. for mills industry, needs to address these unique requirements.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  Software for Mills Introduction Mills produce very different products than products which are made in a typical process or discrete manufacturing. Mill products contain order specific attributes like width, surface finish, length, chemical composition, physical and chemical tolerance limits, and standard product specification (either company specific or more common industry specific). Mill products can be in the form of coils, rolls, bundles etc., and finished mill products are made by operations Read More

Extending BI’s Reach: Anticipate Outcomes, Forecast Results, and Respond Proactively


Business intelligence (BI) and predictive analytics use different means but can be applied together to improve the decision process at all levels of an organization. By increasing the ability to monitor and analyze data and generate predictions, BI and predictive analytics can help an organization gain proactive control of its business. TEC analyst JorgeGarcía explains how.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  BI’s Reach: Anticipate Outcomes, Forecast Results, and Respond Proactively Business intelligence (BI) and predictive analytics use different means but can be applied together to improve the decision process at all levels of an organization. By increasing the ability to monitor and analyze data and generate predictions, BI and predictive analytics can help an organization gain proactive control of its business. TEC analyst JorgeGarcía explains how. 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 forecast accuracy statistics  ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft ''Collaborative Commerce : 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 Read More

SCM Software for Real World Manufacturing: A Case for Mission Critical Use


In an ideal world, we can have an exception free manufacturing operations. And for the most part, it will be a "management by exception" operations with no constraints or bottlenecks to worry about. But in reality manufacturing is all about managing constraints. A lot of constraints! This article discusses the impacts of constraints on manufacturing planning and execution and how a well implemented SCM software can help in overcoming these constraints.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  mission critical usage of SCM software (planning and execution software) in manufacturing, challenges, and solutions. Challenges Why is it that it is difficult to make realistic production planning? Why most of the planning software including many APO software from reputed vendors fail? The one profound reason is that the manufacturing environment is very complex and there are many factors which keep changing by the minute if not by the second. And even when factors are not changing fast, simulating the Read More

Mid-Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 2: Market Impact


Tier2/Tier 3 vendors are prepared to endure the onslaught of the likes of SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, as well as of proverbial mid-market leaders such as J.D. Edwards, Baan, Intentia, QAD, IFS and Epicor, and newly formed mid-market juggernauts like Microsoft Great Plains, Best Software (formerly Sage Software), and Navision, to name some. Frontstep and the Syspro Group lead the way.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 2: Market Impact Market Impact The erstwhile frenzy of enterprise applications software company mergers and/or acquisitions was not exactly a big surprise, as consolidation is normal to almost every industry. The Y2K-problem caused a market slump in 1999 and the current protracted global economic slowdown has been particularly hard on the smaller vendors, which have the same need to expand their offerings but much scarcer resources at their disposal to do Read More

Mid-Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 1: Recent Announcements


While the ERP mid-market has seen more vibrant intra-market merger & acquisition activity during 2001, it appears that 2002 will, for some more tenacious Tier 2/Tier 3 vendors, be the year of delivering products under their own steam as to counteract the onslaught by Tier 1 vendors and mid-market juggernauts.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 1: Recent Announcements Event Summary Microsoft ''s acquisition of Great Plains , MAPICS'' acquisition of Pivotpoint, and the merger of former Navision Software and Damgaard in 2000, combined with the anxiety of the then only looming economic slowdown, triggered the spate of mergers & acquisitions throughout 2001 (see The Mid-Market Is Consolidating, Lo And Behold ). As the ground seems to be settling down from quakes and tremors of these mergers, some renown, Read More

Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software Evaluation Report


Criteria in this Software Evaluation Report pertain to 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 Software Evaluation Report will support your evaluation of an SCM suite.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  Chain Management (SCM) Software Evaluation Report TEC''s Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software Evaluation Report allows you to compare and analyze the features, functions, and services of multiple enterprise software solutions. Vendor responses are comprehensively rated on their level of support of for each criterion (supported, not supported, customization, future releases, etc.) to ensure you make and accurate and informed decision. This Software Evaluation Report provides extensive information Read More

How to Roll Out an MRO System for Airlines without Making Your SCM Problems Even Worse


When it comes to complex software implementations, some industries have it tougher than others. For instance, an airline company implementing a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) platform has almost no margin for error. Read this article for TEC analyst Phil Reney's recommendations on the best way of rolling out an MRO platform without completely trashing your supply chain.

scm forecast accuracy statistics  Airlines without Making Your SCM Problems Even Worse When it comes to complex software implementations, some industries have it tougher than others. For instance, an airline company implementing a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) platform has almost no margin for error. To put things in perspective, I’m not referring to small airlines operating a daytime schedule with a few planes. I’m talking about large operators with multiple fleets of aircraft, round-the-clock operations, and international Read More