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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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Configurability Strategy: A Competitive Advantage


To gain a competitive advantage, manufacturing companies that sell complex products are implementing a configurability strategy that provides more options using fewer resources. Learn about the two interrelated phases of a configurability strategy: developing the product—which emphasizes the essential functionality of a product configurator—and executing the lead-to-order (LTO) process in a lean manufacturing environment.

support scm strategy  IT systems that can support development of configuration, pricing, and complete documentation over a typically iterative proposal cycle; for example, electrical distribution systems. Configurability Strategy: Introduction For companies selling complex products with a multitude of options and variations, developing unique, customized product configurations '' without a product configurator '' is a tedious and error prone process. With a poorly structured product database, identifying a valid configuration Read More

CRM without Compromise: A Strategy for Profitable Growth


When implementing customer relationship management (CRM), organizations often lose sight of their customers and focus on efficiency gains instead of looking at the bigger picture from a customer perspective. But organizations that can build a business-centric system flexible enough to quickly respond to changing customer needs will have a sustainable competitive advantage and enjoy profitable growth for years to come.

support scm strategy  manual, error-prone, and costly support processes. They offer incentives to their partners to represent their brand, drive demand, and act on the organization''s behalf beyond its own reach, creating win-win situations. Some organizations have built integrated service networks to get closer to their customers and respond faster to their needs for service delivery and support. This helps ensure that service resolution involving partners such as service contractors is as fast and reliable as if it were Read More

SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy


It appears as though SAP feels confident now that its software solutions outside of its core ERP can stand on their own and attract new customers.

support scm strategy  supplier communications, workflow efficiencies, support of most types of procurement, integration with collaborative planning and engineering and browser and wireless access. SCM - Through SAP Solutions Subsidiary  After years of wavering, SAP''s SCM software, as well as CRM and PLM software seem to be catching up with the functionality of niche specialists. While SAP''s aspirations of selling these as standalone point solutions are still going to face fierce pure-players competition, SAP can at least Read More

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).

support scm strategy  Service Parts Warehousing capabilities support all warehousing processes, including inbound and outbound processing, distribution, and storage. Service Parts Fulfillment helps to efficiently market and sell highly profitable service parts, maximize operational efficiency, and reduce transactional costs for high-volume parts orders. The offering also helps manage reverse logistics, including returns, repairs, refurbishments, resale/remarketing, and disposal of parts to decrease returns and extract value Read More

Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy


During our recent briefing, MAPICS' executives acknowledged that almost all enterprise software companies are either "hunting" or being "hunted".

support scm strategy  owning product upgrades and support so that the origin is effectively transparent. One recent change though is that the relationship with Vanguard has stepped back from a true OEM relationship. Moving forward, MAPICS has recently expanded its partnership with Cognos introducing MAPICS Enterprise Business Intelligence for iSeries through an OEM relationship. On the other hand, the following extended-ERP offering from MAPICS SyteLine ERP, which is mostly provided natively, or also in a tight OEM fashion Read More

Making Strategy Real


How can management communicate the organization’s strategy effectively and assure that the entire organization has bought into it and is aligned with it? Business performance optimization systems are an important tool for success. By using business performance optimization systems, employees are empowered to confidently make timely, strategically-aligned decisions based upon facts, not intuition or corporate politics. See how.

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Breakthrough Performance Management: Tying Performance Metrics to Business Strategy


For many organizations, there is a disconnect between strategy and day-to-day activities. Strategy, resources, and risks are discussed at the executive level, but day-to-day activities and performance metrics are not connected to them. As a result, organizations can measure performance, but can’t manage it. The key to breakthrough performance management is tying performance metrics, resources, and risks to strategic objectives.

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Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news announcements, which were entitled “Infor Simplifies Connectivity and Data Sharing with Infor ION(tm)” and “Infor Selects Microsoft as Preferred Technology and Tools Provider for Infor Software," were then demystified in an

support scm strategy  release of ION will support various platforms including Microsoft Windows and Linux/UNIX systems.   However, leveraging the Microsoft relationship, Infor is able to deliver an attractive packaging for these applications with Windows/SQL Server, with strong pricing, professional services organization (PSO) knowledge center, performance and benchmarking reports, native installers, priority certification, etc. This will benefit a high proportion of our midmarket customers who already run Microsoft Read More

How Performance Support Creates High-performance Employees


Performance support helps keep workers on track. But truly effective performance support communicates company-specific “when, what, and how” information, in the fastest, clearest, and easiest way possible—like a GPS unit issuing personalized directions for the specific task at hand. Performance support won’t teach you how to drive, but it will help you get to where you want to go.

support scm strategy  Performance Support Creates High-performance Employees Performance support helps keep workers on track. But truly effective performance support communicates company-specific “when, what, and how” information, in the fastest, clearest, and easiest way possible—like a GPS unit issuing personalized directions for the specific task at hand. Performance support won’t teach you how to drive, but it will help you get to where you want to go. Read More

What Are the Support and Maintenance Options?


Enterprise software licensees do have a choice when it comes to software support and maintenance (S&M) providers, with several, less expensive options existing for any company that is considering discontinuing S&M for an application product.

support scm strategy  Are the Support and Maintenance Options? Enterprises can remain at the mercy of vendors'' high-priced support and maintenance (S&M) agreements for only so long. If vendors continue playing hardball with their customers, they are likely to face substantial customer defections, with customers seeking alternative options. To learn more about software maintenance and support, please see Will User Enterprises Ever Get onto an Easy (Support and Maintenance) Street? , Support and Maintenance: No Longer the Read More

Is There Much More (Pro)Clarity In Microsoft’s BI Strategy Now? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series presented Microsoft’s official position on its recent notable change in business intelligence (BI) product strategy, whereby the company is breaking apart the business performance management (BPM) family of products. To that end, Microsoft will include the monitoring and analytic functionality within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, while seriously

support scm strategy  that will reportedly be supported for 10 years, but will no longer be enhanced or developed past Service Pack 3. There is also a challenge for independent software vendors (ISVs) and value-added resellers (VARs) who will have either embedded MOPPS in their products or geared up to sell and implement it. But I believe that the partners will pick up the slack in evangelizing the BPM vision and delivering focused BPM solutions , while Microsoft can focus on delivering a solid BI platform. As for the ISV Read More

Service Level Goal Strategy: Path to Profit


How can retailers maximize their return when investing in cutting-edge replenishment solutions? After all, if forecasting and purchasing decisions are driven by advanced math and logic, then surely there is little room for users to influence success? Actually, establishing a service-level goal strategy can blaze the path to profit for retailers looking to separate themselves from the competition.

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Latest Developments for a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider


Rimini Street is not trying to be a software vendor. Rather, the third party support and maintenance provider is a focused system implementation and consulting firm that sells its services under service contracts instead of mere break-fix arrangements.

support scm strategy  a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider Rimini Street, a successful third party provider of support and maintenance (S&M), has managed to establish a growing client base for its service lines in a relatively short time. For more information on Rimini Street, please see part one of this series Is There a Street Corner for a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider? In December 2006, Rimini Street announced delivery of its year-end processing package and required Read More

Elementum Does Mobile End-to-end SCM


After about two years of stealth operation, Elementum, a novel mobile cloud platform for holistic supply chain management (SCM), announced that it has more than $60 million in funding and several major customers. The Silicon Valley-based startup has $44 million in Series B funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Flextronics (which was also the major pilot customer) and brand name customers like Dyson and Enphase Energy Inc.

support scm strategy  Does Mobile End-to-end SCM After about two years of stealth operation, Elementum , a novel mobile cloud platform for holistic supply chain management (SCM), announced that it has more than $60 million in funding and several major customers. The Silicon Valley-based startup has $44 million in Series B funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Flextronics (which was also the major pilot customer ) and brand name customers like Dyson and Enphase Energy Inc. Elementum is currently 55 employees Read More