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Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Two: Business Process Modeling
Business processes must be enabled across the artificial boundaries of disparate applications that must work together to support these business processes. To

a3 scm  process modeling fit in? A3: Well, as mentioned earlier on, the focus of Web services and composite applications is on processes, as well as on data and transactions. A business process is any function performed on an ongoing, recurring basis with two or more steps or actions necessary to complete it, and thus, these steps must be expressed explicitly. Order taking, customer billing, order fulfillment, business partners' interaction, shipping, human resources (HR) management, quality assurance, project

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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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How to Get the Most from Your Supply Chain: SCM Reaches the Mid-market


Today’s midsized distributors can benefit from their software systems in ways that were impossible a few years ago. By layering advanced, affordable supply chain management (SCM) and electronic data interchange (EDI) functionality on top of their existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, they can profit from improved productivity and lower labor costs. Find out how.

a3 scm  to Get the Most from Your Supply Chain: SCM Reaches the Mid-market How to Get the Most from Your Supply Chain: SCM Reaches the Mid-market If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Established in 1993, Technology Evaluation Centers, Inc. (TEC) is the first web-native technology research enterprise. TEC provides decision support systems (DSS). Decision makers can now leverage data vetted by our analysts to evaluate, compare, and Read More

Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


A supply chain management system (SCM) is a critical success factor for implementing lean manufacturing. The SCM system helps define product structure, costing information, financial information and reports and is a useful tool in the decision-making process.

a3 scm  Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 This is an excerpt from the book Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 by Dr. Scott Hamilton. The book can be ordered on amazon.com . Reprinted with kind permission of the publishers. Introduction An integrated supply chain management (SCM) system represents a critical success factor for effective implementation of lean manufacturing. The SCM system supports development and consensus for the demand plan, integrates Read More

Accellos and HighJump Merge, Create SMB SCE Leader


Accellos and HighJump Software, two leading providers of supply chain management (SCM) software and trading partner network technology for the SMB and enterprise markets have agreed to merge. Read TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic's report and find out what each brings to the table and what the merged company promises to offer its clients.

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New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 4: Using E-Procurement to Leverage Volume


A straightforward way to drive prices down and obtain increased supplier attention is to leverage total purchasing volume through Internet-based auctions. This part addresses the implications of using e-procurement to Leverage Volume, including leveraging volume through outsourcing.

a3 scm  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 4: Using E-Procurement to Leverage Volume 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

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


There are two ways to build enterprise application solutions: link together disparate, best-of-breed solutions, in which vendors embrace open architectures and inter-application messaging protocols, or find a one-stop-shop with all the software, functionality, and interoperability one could ever ask for. Oracle insists the latter is the best way, and it is their way. But is it best for Collaborative-Commerce? Is their vision of C-Commerce and interoperability yours as well?

a3 scm  Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: Oracle 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: Oracle R. Garland - November 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 packages on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management packages on the back end, these packages have come into their own. Read More

Intentia's Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part Two: SCM and Other Functions


The SCM features of Movex should assist you in streamlining your operations to make them more efficient and cost-effective. Movex has meanwhile expanded its hardware base and has long added customer relationship management (CRM) modules.

a3 scm  s Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part Two: SCM and Other Functions Introduction Intentia International AB (XSSE: INT B), a Swedish provider of enterprise business applications for mid-size and large enterprises, has been a major software player off the shores of North America for nearly two decades, developing, inter alia, a well-earned reputation in process manufacturing software for the food and beverage industries. Now, Intentia has set its sights on the United 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.

a3 scm  Market ERP 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 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.

a3 scm  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

A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3


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

a3 scm  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress  of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ 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

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


Now in 2001, the catchphrase is 'Collaborative Commerce', where we unite all of the elements of ERP, CRM, E-Procurement, and SCM into one coherent system within and between organizations. This is the stuff system integrators dream of.

a3 scm  Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study R. Garland - September 13, 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 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).

a3 scm  SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity In all the hoopla about SAP’s recent blockbuster acquisitions of SuccessFactors and Datango (and Crossgate , Right Hemisphere , and Sybase a bit earlier), and with all of the talk about cloud solutions, mobility, SAP HANA in-memory, etc., one might lose sight of the fact that SAP has also been doing a boatload of tacit innovation in-house. At the recent SAP Influencer Summit event in Boston in December 2011, we learned of major new SAP products (recently released or Read More

Logility Accelerates SCM to ERP Integration


Logility Inc., a supplier of collaborative supply chain management (SCM) solutions, recently announced a template-based approach to reduce the cost and complexity associated with best-of-breed SCM to enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrations. Companies that turn to ERP providers for their SCM capabilities often find that they lack the depth and breadth of supply chain planning and

a3 scm  Accelerates SCM to ERP Integration Logility Inc. , a supplier of collaborative supply chain management (SCM) solutions, recently announced a  template-based approach to reduce the cost and complexity associated with best-of-breed SCM to enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrations . Companies that turn to ERP providers for their SCM capabilities often find that they lack the depth and breadth of supply chain planning and optimization functionality required to outperform the competition in. Furt Read More

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 3: Performing the Data Analysis


By using software tools that help you forecast and work together with others inside your organization, and even with your customers, the forecasts may become more accurate. You can make an assumption on how much improvement might be possible. This part discusses the challenge of performing the data analysis.

a3 scm  the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 3: Performing the Data Analysis Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM 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. At least four very Read More

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

a3 scm  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. Key SCM Features The core purpose of any SCM Read More