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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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Key SCM Features to Look For (And Major Players to Look Out For)


Many CFOs, CTOs, supply chain managers, and logistics managers struggle to decide which supply chain management (SCM) software is best-suited to their organizational needs. It doesn’t help that there is an abundance (literally hundreds) of SCM solutions available on the market. Today, I’ll help you understand key SCM modules, and look at some key players with well established SCM solutions

scm tag  Below are some key SCM features you should look for: Demand planning and forecasting: Provides built-in planning, execution, and analysis with forecast and supply data for detailed production schedules, for supporting lean manufacturing methodologies, and for streamlining the procurement process of sourcing and buying throughout the entire supply chain network. Also provides global visibility at all levels of the supply chain. Procurement : Streamlines all activities associated with supplier sourcing, Read More

SSA Global finds Little Known SCM Gems in Filling Out its Solution Portfolio


SSA Global's strategy to grow both organically and through acquisition while developing an end-to-end suite of applications with one open platform architecture has allowed this traditional enterprise resource planning vendor to evolve into a supply chain management solutions provider.

scm tag  Global finds Little Known SCM Gems in Filling Out its Solution Portfolio Background The stages of SSA Global ''s continued success over the past five years are well documented by the media and analyst communities. With financial year (FY)2005 revenues of $712 million (USD), up 12 percent over FY2004, a net income of $8.9 million (USD), and 3,700 employees in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, SSA Global''s recent performance is considered exemplary relative to the overall software Read More

RFID--A New Technology Set to Explode? Part Two: Early Adopters, Challenges, and User Recommendations


Radio frequency identification or RFID has a potential of becoming a new technology inflection point. It can be a missing piece in the long-lasting puzzle of squeezing excess inventory out of supply chains, but only when (and if) it reaches a critical mass of adoption and maturity over the next several years.

scm tag  of financial management and SCM solutions for small and midsize businesses. The company began a six-month RFID pilot at the end of 2003 to develop and test RFID software for commercial use hopefully in 2005. During its recent Convergence 2004 user conference in March, MBS showcased the pilot project for Danish snack manufacturing company KiMs , an MBS Axapta back-office user, which has leveraged RFID tags to track pallets from production plant to 3PL (3rd party logistics) warehouses, as to significantly Read More

SAP RFID Technology in the Automotive Industry


By using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, automotive companies can eliminate material shortfalls of containers, which lead to delivery delays and, in the case of time-sensitive shipments, cause production downtime. Manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, and freight forwarders can all benefit by reducing launch and assembly delays resulting from errors in part quantities, types, and locations for containers targeted for production lines.

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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 tag  smaller manufacturing ERP or SCM vendor to be the next prey. Indeed, PeopleSoft could have achieved most of its objectives by acquiring,,for example, Baan , QAD , Epicor , IFS , Intentia , or i2 Technologies for only a fraction of J.D. Edwards'' price tag (provided, of course, these vendors'' shareholders were keen on a prospective sale). Why then this significant and quite pricey acquisition that possibly prompted Oracle to join the slugfest? In addition to the joy of finally vaulting over its formidable Read More

Not all SCM Products Are Created Equal


In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement planning, manufacturing planning and scheduling, distribution and transportation management, and inventory management and warehousing.

scm tag  all SCM Products Are Created Equal Overview Amid the hype that pervades vendor marketing campaigns and press announcements, it can be difficult for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities of a given supply chain management suite. In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement planning, manufacturing planning and scheduling, distribution and transportation management, and inventory mana Read More

New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 2: The Efficiency Gains of E-Procurement


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 tag  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 2: The Efficiency Gains of E-Procurement 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 their Read More

Beyond the Tag: Finding RFID Value in Manufacturing and Distribution Applications


Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been around for more than thirty years, and today’s manufacturers are using this technology to help connect trading partners and align supply chains. But just as businesses need to look beyond the manufacturing supply chain to see the benefits of investing in RFID, they need to look beyond the tag to understand how RFID will create value and provide a return on investment (ROI).

scm tag  the Tag: Finding RFID Value in Manufacturing and Distribution Applications Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been around for more than thirty years, and today’s manufacturers are using this technology to help connect trading partners and align supply chains. But just as businesses need to look beyond the manufacturing supply chain to see the benefits of investing in RFID, they need to look beyond the tag to understand how RFID will create value and provide a return on investment (ROI). Read More

A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4


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

scm tag  of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4 Part 1 of this blog post series  followed the genesis of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an impeccable  supply chain management (SCM)  software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its product capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But Read More

RedPrairie and JDA Software Merger, Part Three: What Does it Mean for Manhattan Associates and Other SCM Players?


On November 1, 2012, RedPrairie Corporation and JDA Software announced their merger. Under the terms of the agreement, the entities affiliated with RedPrairie will effect a cash tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of JDA common stock for $45 per share. My initial positive and negative thoughts on the merger were outlined in Part One of this blog series, while Part Two discussed how the

scm tag  Manhattan Associates and Other SCM Players? On November 1, 2012, RedPrairie   Corporation and JDA Software announced their merger. Under the terms of the agreement, the entities affiliated with RedPrairie will effect a cash tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of JDA common stock for $45 per share. My initial positive and negative thoughts on the merger were outlined in Part One of this blog series, while Part Two discussed how the merger might work and some points to consider when evaluating Read More

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


SAP AG has seemingly crossed a strategy chasm, from a strict, stodgy, Not-Invented-Here (NIH) approach to software development and delivery, to a seemingly quite open approach of broad development alliances, company acquisitions, Internet portals development, and a deep, new relationship with IBM for both technology sharing as well as bolstering IBM Consulting’s support for SAP’s new multiple mySAP.com™ initiatives. 'Collaborative' and 'SAP' were not two words you might have ever seen in the same article. You’re seeing it now.

scm tag  ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG ''Collaborative Commerce'': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG R. Garland - September 22, 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, these packages have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase is 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 tag  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

Simple SCM Document Exchange


Abrica.net is a "software-as-service" collaboration solution that enables supply chain partners, of all sizes, to quickly, easily and inexpensively exchange business documents. To send a supply chain document, simply "print" it to the Abrica printer.

scm tag  SCM Document Exchange Abrica.net is a software-as-service collaboration solution that enables supply chain partners, of all sizes, to quickly, easily and inexpensively exchange business documents. To send a supply chain document, simply print it to the Abrica printer. Read More

Dassault Systèmes Gets into Supply Chain via Quintiq


Dassault Systèmes announced its intent to acquire Quintiq, a provider of supply chain management (SCM) and operations planning and optimization software. This acquisition extends Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform with new capabilities and in particular its DELMIA brand’s value proposition beyond digital manufacturing and production to the optimization of business processes.

scm tag  to help learn the SCM business, which will then provide a foundation for its future product roadmap. Increasing customer and market expectations for quick responses based on real-time alerts, highlight the need for adaptability to be extended to supply chain and business operations. The Quintiq acquisition could be a way for the giant to build a best-in-class solution for the future.   But for now, this looks like this an assault on Siemens PLM Software ’s digital manufacturing strategy (since its Read More