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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

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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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TEC 2012 Supply Chain Management Buyer's Guide


TEC’s 2012 SCM Buyer’s Guide has been developed to emphasize the SCM challenges and business pains organizations face in extending their insight into and level of control over their partner networks—that severely constrict the effectiveness of their supply chains—as well as strategies for helping them better manage their supply chains.

Managing supply chain complexity
  • Complexity within the supply chain stems primarily from handling a multiplicity of partners. And while these various partners can be integrated within the supply chain to produce a cohesive chain, a large volume of communication has the potential to compromise the integrity of supply chain processes. 



Best practices for achieving insight into the supply chain

  • As businesses strive to establish a fluid network, several factors must be considered for organizations to gain visibility into their supply chains. Data management is required to ensure businesses can establish the mobility of relevant data—and rapidly identify impending issues and manage by exception. 



Managing collaboration through workflow
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Within a supply chain, issues are rarely resolved by a single party, but are rather resolved through collaboration among multiple partners. The way a company connects with its partners to promote this collaboration and the benefits drawn from workflow tools are conducive to identifying the choke points within the supply chain.


This section on how SCM software can help businesses address these three main challenges is followed by a report on global trade management (GTM). GTM is a specific type of SCM solution that facilitates collaboration between trading partners worldwide, helping organizations manage the complexity of and gain visibility into their supply chains. 



Table of Contents


Preface

2012 Supply Chain Management (SCM) Buyer’s Guide: Adapting to Challenging Times and Circumstances
  • How Software Can Help Better Manage Supply Chains
  • Managing Supply Chain Complexity
  • Best Practices for Achieving Insight into the Supply Chain
  • Managing Collaboration through Workflow


SCM Product Comparisons

TEC Special Report

Global Trade Management: Dealing with the Complexity of a Global Network

GTM Product Comparison

TEC Resources for Supply Chain Management

Casebook

Microsoft Dynamics AX Customer Success Story by Ignify: Microsoft Dynamics AX Helps Online Bidding Company Improve Efficiency and Launch New Business Units

Sage Customer Success Story: Sage ERP X3 Is the Global ERP Solution for Satellite Industries

Sage ERP White Paper: Collaboration Drives Growth for Discrete Manufacturers

Epicor Customer Success Story: The WHITING Group of Canada Uses Epicor to Help Manage Its Multiple Business Units

Thought Leadership by Epicor: Five Mistakes Distributors Make When Selecting an Enterprise Software Solution

Thought Leadership by Pronto Software: Total Cost of Goods Shipped: A Guide to Better Sourcing Decisions

Kinaxis Customer Success Story: Nikon: Focusing on a “Picture Perfect” Sales and Operations Planning Process


TEC Partners Resource Directory

Vendor Directory


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Managing Supply Chain Complexity


Factors Affecting Supply Chain Complexity

As global enterprises attempt to survive the economic downturn, they are faced with an unprecedented level of uncertainty in the industry. With the lean approach of maintaining low inventory levels and a shift in the responsibility to suppliers for on-time item delivery, businesses have come to be very dependent on their supplier base.

In times of a good economy, companies can readily grow their revenues. But when the economy declines, at the global level, the number of variables that can affect their supply chains grows exponentially. Is my supplier solvent enough to sustain its own growing receivables? Will this new policy stop me from exporting to this market? Is my factory at risk for social unrest? These questions barely scrape the surface in volatile times, with ever- changing daily considerations. Businesses should therefore broaden their understanding of the challenges associated with managing their supply chains.

While there are a number of factors that may weaken an organization’s supply chain, the most unexpected is the supply chain of its partners. Too often businesses consider their suppliers to be entities that manage themselves in a centralized and cohesive manner, with transparency and visibility throughout their organizations. This erroneous assumption oftentimes stems from the supplier presenting a seemingly unified front, and may be exacerbated by a false sense of security that lies behind a written contract.

Organizations should consider a number of factors prior to brokering a new partnership including: the supplier’s strategic position; background (technological, business structure, financial health, competitive landscape, social and political environment); and operations (i.e., manufacturing, logistics, etc.). This may help them to identify whether to engage in either a unique or distributed option for a given outsourcing strategy.

The bottom line is that with each additional partner, the level of complexity of the organization’s supply chain increases—exponentially. So how can SCM software address this complexity?

SCM solutions offer functionality for evaluating potential suppliers through generic request for proposal (RFP) templates, which contain answers to standardized questions on supplier activities that can have time-savings implications for making supplier-related decisions. Unfortunately, analysis of more complex questions, for example, those relating to the supplier’s financial health and environment, still requires more attention and can be addressed effectively only through manual processes and the individual business acumen of the evaluator. However, consulting firms exist that specialize in providing a comprehensive analysis of suppliers for those organizations that cannot afford to expend any resources to this task.

While SCM software has a way to go before it has a firm handle on multidimensional and hard-to-frame considerations (financial health or macroeconomic environment of the supplier) at the brokering level, it does offer power analytics that capture significant data on supply chain activities—e.g., assortment trending for organizations in the retail industry; logistics by capturing transit time for a given shipment route that allows for identifying potential threats or bottlenecks. However, this data is only as good as the response it elicits— businesses need to take the appropriate actions to ensure timely and effective management of their supply chains.



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The High-tech Supply Chain Challenge


Supply chain operations play a vital role in the success of any consumer or high-tech original equipment manufacturer (OEM). But some companies consistently outperform in the field. Find out how these companies are making their supply chains more effective and efficient by supporting sophisticated business processes with technologies like integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and demand management software.

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Brain of Supply Chain System


Advanced planning and optimization makes supply chain systems cost effective. It is the brain of the supply chain because it works on top of all other software tools that plan, monitor, and control supply chain activities and control them.

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Four Supply Chain Issues Critical to the Success of Your Business


This has been as exciting a year in supply chain as any in recent memory. Enterprises are continuing to adjust to the still-uncertain economic picture, while supply chain management (SCM) vendors are coming out with new innovations such as analytics and predictive analytics, and leveraging other technologies such as the cloud and mobility to bring new functionality to their solutions. And as if

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Engineering Supply Chain Security


Ensuring a safe and secure supply chain is considered mission critical to government officials and business executives worldwide.

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Does Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Part 3: Meeting the Objectives


Because the technology has become easier to implement, use, and maintain, many of the challenges to achieving the benefits that supply chain management software applications can provide have been removed.

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Supply Chain Apptricity: Supply Chain Management (SCM) Competitor Analysis Report


Criteria in this knowledge base 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 knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite.

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TEC 2013 Supply Chain Management Buyer’s Guide


This buyer’s guide provides an overview of supply chain management (SCM), including an in-depth look at the major issues affecting the supply chain today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major nextgeneration technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions.

This SCM buyer’s guide features a special report on the wholesale distribution industry, with an examination of the challenges facing this industry, and the innovation and technology that are driving change.

The buyer’s guide further presents a breakdown of standard SCM product functionality and details how a select list of vendors supports those requirements, whether through enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, SCM suites, or best-of-breed solutions.

Lastly, the guide presents a range of real-life case studies that highlight customer successes and thought leadership about relevant SCM issues and challenges and the solutions vendors in this space are offering to address them.

When you evaluate solutions, you need to perform due diligence to ensure that the solution you purchase will meet the specific needs of your organization. We invite you to use TEC Advisor, TEC’s software evaluation tool, to compare a select number of the vendors discussed in this guide, and perform your own detailed analysis of potential SCM solutions for your organization.



Table of Contents


Preface

About this Guide

Four Major Supply Chain Issues

Next-generation Supply Chain Technologies

Supply Chain Solution Capabilities

Top-tier ERP Vendors

Top-tier Supply Chain Suite Vendors

Best-of-breed Supply Chain Vendors


Drivers, Challenges, and Innovations in Wholesale Distribution

TEC Resources for Supply Chain Management

TEC Selection Project

Distributor of Auto Parts Completes Its Software Selection in Record Time and Saves 50 Percent on Its Estimated Investment


Casebook

Aptean Customer Success Story: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Slashes Daily Planning and Scheduling Effort by 77% Using Ross APS

E2open Customer Success Story: Collaborative Execution and Rapid Resolutions: Motorola Solutions Partners with E2open to Develop a Customer-driven Trading Network

PROACTIS Customer Success Story: The Government of Barbados Modernizes Its National Procurement System with PROACTIS

SAP Customer Success Story: Conair Improving Work Order Collaboration to Reduce Cost

SAP Customer Success Story: SCM Express Service From SAP Consulting Sets Up SAP APO for Delivery Date Accuracy

ToolsGroup Customer Success Story: Cipla Medpro Pharmaceutical

Kinaxis Thought Leadership: S&OP for Business Orchestration—Four Capability Requirements for Making the Transformation


Vendor Directory


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Four Major Supply Chain Issues



We here at TEC are continually talking to clients about their supply chain needs and how they are using software, technology, and best practices to manage multiple forces and pressures in their supply chains and enhance their processing, manufacturing, and distribution operations. In the course of talking to end users, software and technology vendors, consultants, and other industry parties, we are hearing about a wide range of challenging issues and pressures specific to supply chain functioning.

For the TEC 2013 Supply Chain Buyer’s Guide, we chose to highlight four issues that we see as particularly prominent and having the greatest impact on the supply chain operations of our clients:

    1. The rise of the real-time supply chain

    2. The inexorable rise in supply chain complexity

    3. Risk management

    4. Logistics—everything is moving faster

The quickening pace of business events is bringing to the forefront once again, and perhaps more urgently than before, the need for a “real-time supply chain.” While this idea and concept has been talked about for some 10–15 years, the increasing pace of business—as evidenced by the explosion of information, the proliferating number of mobile devices, and the amazing increase in connectivity and “connectedness” in recent years—is highlighting the drawbacks of linear, sequential supply chain processes that were designed for another era.

Companies today are trying to cope with more complex multi-tiered networks, more products with shorter product life cycles, more compliance and governmental regulations, and often more competition. The solutions to supply chain complexity are often complex themselves. One of the aims of this guide is to help you examine the factors contributing to supply chain complexity and identify ways that you can use current tools and technologies to accelerate the supply chain cycle and thus better manage your business.


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Logility Connections 2012-Focus on Supply Chain X-Factors


In today’s fast-paced world, companies and their supply chains need to outperform their competitors and remain in business. Logility’s focus on supply chain X-factors can help them do just that. In this latest article, TEC principal analyst Predrag Jakovljevic gives a rundown of the vendor’s recent user conference and how Logility’s broad supply chain management (SCM) solution suite provides the capabilities to enhance your business.

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n.Skep


The n.SKEP solution suite enables a company to view, analyze, simulate, and understand all supply chain data. Supply chain managers are given a clear vision of the alternatives so they can easily make the right decisions. n.SKEP covers all supply chain processes at the strategic and tactical levels, as well as at the operation level, and enables drawing up multilevel forecasts, planning, optimization of distribution, and production. n.SKEP solutions enable information sharing between users via the intranet or Internet, warning them if any changes are made by anyone, and allowing synchronization of all relevant data. By using Single Click Collaborative technology, each click by a user enables immediate recalculation of all parameters impacted at all supply chain levels, while minimizing the number of clicks helps make n.SKEP more user friendly.  

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