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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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Supply Chain Portfolio 2004


Here we are in the New Year. So, what should the going forward picture be of the Supply Chain portfolio? Something old, something new, something from a service provider, something blue. OK, enough of that.

supply chain function  picture be of the Supply Chain portfolio? Something old, something new, something from a service provider, something blue (figure 1). OK, enough of that. Something Old In spite of the press, people are continuing to buy and implement solutions from APS to WMS, although at a slower rate. In figure 1, The 2002 Portfolio, we define planning to be more strategic: setting up of supply chains, strategic sourcing, etc.—basically designing chains, trade lanes, selecting outsource partners, etc.—optimizing Read More

The Instant Supply Chain Challenge


For the past few weeks, all eyes (and hearts) have been on the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. What is needed in a disaster like this is an "Instant Supply Chain"--ultra-rapid creation of a distribution network with coordination between the many decentralized players. To meet these challenges, relief agencies and governments can learn much from the supply chain advances made by the private sector, but the private sector can also learn from the successes and failures of these relief efforts.

supply chain function  The Instant Supply Chain Challenge The Instant Supply Chain Challenge Featured Author - Bill McBeath - January 28, 2005 Introduction For the past few weeks , all eyes (and hearts) have been on the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami . This is the biggest natural disaster in my lifetime—over 225,000 dead (probably many more by the time you read this), the World Health Organization predicting the toll could double due to disease, and millions left homeless and struggling for survival. AN Read More

Llamasoft Keeps Supply Chain Design Relevant


It used to be (and it might still be the case in many companies) that supply network design and optimization would be run yearly (or maybe every six months) by a few statistics geeks. But the volume and speed of data and information nowadays means that being more alert and adaptable when it comes to one’s supply network and nodes can often differentiate the winners from losers. Smart companies are

supply chain function  Keeps Supply Chain Design Relevant It used to be (and it might still be the case in many companies) that supply network design and optimization would be run yearly (or maybe every six months) by a few statistics geeks. But the volume and speed of data and information nowadays means that being more alert and adaptable when it comes to one’s supply network and nodes can often differentiate the winners from losers. Smart companies are making supply chain design a core business function, and use Read More

Supply Chain Cost-cutting Strategies


Process industries (chemicals, food and beverage, oil and gas, etc.) face rising manufacturing and logistics costs. And they’re finding that the old strategies for cost containment no longer pack the same punch. Some surveys show that 75 percent of all respondents are redesigning their supply chains to keep these costs in check. Are you one of them? No? You’ve got a lot of catching up to do—and very little time to do it.

supply chain function  of Adobe Reader. SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM) enables collaboration, planning, execution, and coordination of the entire supply network, empowering you to adapt your supply chain processes to an ever-changing competitive environment. Source : SAP Resources Related to Supply Chain : Supply Chain (Wikipedia) Supply Chain Management (Wikipedia) Supply Chain Cost-Cutting Strategies Cost cutting strategy is also known as : cost cutting strategy , cost reduction , 10 cost cutting strategies , 5 cost Read More

Squeeze Play in the Supply Chain Management Market


Changing business requirements have forced supply chain execution (SCE) vendors to expand via add-on modules. Seeing this upward push from the SCE vendors, enterprise resource planning vendors are now pushing downward and including SCE modules within their solutions.

supply chain function  Play in the Supply Chain Management Market Originally published - November 10, 2006 To increase market share, vendors are expanding and offering more services to customers. On one hand, enterprise resource planning ( ERP) vendors are adding such functionality as warehouse management systems (WMS) and transportation management systems (TMS) into their suites; on the other hand, s upply chain management (SCM) vendors are including business intelligence (BI) or supplier relationship management (SRM) Read More

SAP Rounds Out Collaborative Supply Chain Management


SAP recently announced the cloud edition of SAP Supply Chain Orchestration (SCO), rounding out the company's collaborative supply chain offerings. This solution aims to provide companies with visibility into supply side trading partners and a single interface for managing the advanced supply chain needs of critical, high-value supply side partners.

supply chain function  Rounds Out Collaborative Supply Chain Management SAP recently announced the cloud edition of SAP Supply Chain Orchestration (SCO) , an overarching solution that integrates the SAP Supply Network Collaboration application and Ariba Collaborative Supply Chain . As described in the figure, SAP SCO has the following two underlying components: Supplier Network Collaboration (SNC) for critical/high-value suppliers. New to state here is the private subscription–based offering via managed Hana Enterprise Read More

Supply Chain Vendor Morphs into SCEM with Response Management Vision


Supply chain planning vendors have moved beyond enterprise planning to solutions that encompass the whole supply chain. Companies like Kinaxis are using enterprise response management to manage events and responses as they occur and align results at the point-of-action.

supply chain function  Management Vision Background The supply chain planning (SCP) applications market has cooled down dramatically from its high point of activity in the late 1990s. While SCP software vendors like i2 Technologies , Manugistics , Adexa , Synquest (now part of Viewlocity ), and Logility pitched the benefits of integrated product suites, only a minority of tier one, leading edge companies bought into the concept and found successful results. Integrated SCP processes tries to match supply and demand across an Read More

Collaboration: The New Standard in the Supply Chain


Collaboration is becoming more and more critical to managing the supply chain process. Collaboration can take many forms in the supply chain, such as visibility, data sharing, collaborative forecasting, outsourcing, sharing resources, or joint processes. Context is needed to understand what is meant by collaboration". In this report, TEC Research Analyst Bob Eastman looks at collaboration and how it relates to demand planning and forecasting, sales and operations planning, vendor-managed inventory, and logistics, and gives important milestones marking the development of the use of collaboration in the supply chain over the last 50 years.

supply chain function  New Standard in the Supply Chain Collaboration is becoming more and more critical to managing the supply chain process. Collaboration can take many forms in the supply chain, such as visibility, data sharing, collaborative forecasting, outsourcing, sharing resources, or joint processes. Context is needed to understand what is meant by collaboration . In this report, TEC Research Analyst Bob Eastman looks at collaboration and how it relates to demand planning and forecasting, sales and operations Read More

Supply Chain Apptricity


Apptricity's supply chain management solutions help enterprises increase visibility and control over their value chain. Apptricity's applications support supplier relationships by allowing vendors to provision invoices and make catalog updates from a self-service portal; optimize labor utilization by automating scheduling, shift design, and workload matching; optimize asset utilization by automating assignment, tracking, and maintenance management; and fully automate company-mandated or regulatory-mandated compliance.  

supply chain function  Chain Apptricity Apptricity''s supply chain management solutions help enterprises increase visibility and control over their value chain. Apptricity''s applications support supplier relationships by allowing vendors to provision invoices and make catalog updates from a self-service portal; optimize labor utilization by automating scheduling, shift design, and workload matching; optimize asset utilization by automating assignment, tracking, and maintenance management; and fully automate Read More

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.

supply chain function  of Supply Chain System Q. What is the ultimate goal of supply chain management in business? A. To perfectly match the supply side activities of procurement, production planning, distribution planning, production allocation, warehouse planning, inventory planning and so forth with the demand side activities of incoming orders and forecasts so that all demands are met with the least cost. Are today''s enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM Read More

The Essential Supply Chain


Supply Chain Management (SCM) once viewed as a way to obtain a competitive advantage, is now perceived as a logical and necessary extension of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The reasons: First, traditional ERP systems lack the advanced planning tools necessary for companies to respond to an increasingly competitive business environment. Second, advances in computing power and data transmission enable disparate entities to communicate efficiently and at a low cost. Finally, vendors have observed the complementary nature of SCM and ERP and are engaged in consolidation of their product suites.

supply chain function  Essential Supply Chain Supply Chain Management vs. Enterprise Resource Planning Where SCM was once viewed as a way to obtain a competitive advantage, companies are now beginning to perceive it as a logical and necessary extension of ERP. It is also represents the best method of entry into the realm of business-to-business collaboration, which is simply an extension of the supply chain to include upstream and downstream trading partners (i.e., suppliers and customers). There are several reasons why ERP Read More

Supply Chain 201: Editors’ Picks


I’m a bit swamped right now, but I thought I’d address a number of specific requests from your comments in Supply Chain Management 101 by pointing you to a bunch of other free resources on our sites: Change management (and implementation) for ERP Searching for “change management” on our white paper and case study site provides a bunch of results. Try Changing Focus on Change

supply chain function  from your comments in Supply Chain Management 101 by pointing you to a bunch of other free resources on our sites: Change management (and implementation) for ERP Searching for “change management” on our white paper and case study site provides a bunch of results. Try Changing Focus on Change Management in ERP Projects for a taste. SCM and health care At our Certified Health Care Software Listing , you’ll find a number of solutions that focus specifically on SCM. You can click on those links to find Read More

Supply Chain Operations Reference and Other Features in ASW


IBS may be the first vendor to fully integrate a supply chain operations reference model in its business intelligence solution. Customers receive more efficient measurements and benchmarking across their supply chain regardless of their supply chain and ERP software.

supply chain function  or ASW , espouses supply chain management (SCM), customer service, demand-driven manufacturing, financial control and business intelligence (BI) functionality. This global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) solutions also offers IBS Virtual Enterprise software , a collaborative commerce solution with the additional abilities of enterprise application integration (EAI) software, which is further enhanced through its utilization of business logic for Read More

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for Supply Chain Management Part 4: Just Give Us the Bottom Line


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. Part four discusses the difficulty in predicting the future.

supply chain function  a Software Application for Supply Chain Management Part 4: Just Give Us the Bottom Line Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for Supply Chain Management 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. Read More

Outsourcing Supply Chain Planning Processes


Supply chain planning tools deliver potentially tremendous savings when well implemented, and wreak havoc when they fail. A company considering an outsourcing strategy for their supply chain planning processes should first address some key aspects of these tools.

supply chain function  Supply Chain Planning Processes Introduction The dramatically lower labor costs, higher level of talent, and growing track record of offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) and application development and maintenance (AD/M) providers, have convinced many companies to outsource their business process and software development activities (see Outsourcing 101—A Primer ). For a company considering an outsourcing strategy for their supply chain planning (SCP) processes, there are some unique Read More