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Comparative Analysis: Are You Still Confused About APS, SCM, and ERP?
Constant changes are happening in the software market, either in software delivery methods, features and functions, or software integrations with other

basic scm flow  What is ERP? In basic terms, an ERP system is business software that integrates a variety of functions from finance to human resources (HR) to manufacturing and sales. In other words, it means to manage enterprise wide resources. An ERP system is designed around multiple business functions, which means that modules communicate with each other via central database. Information between departments is shared because the structure of an ERP application makes it possible to communicate over processes. The

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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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APICS 2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers


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basic scm flow  if you have a basic understanding of material management and planning you can benefit from this session. Over all, the preview of “Lean for Materials Managers” is very informative and there is definitely more to learn. The preview provides just the tip of the iceberg and there is much to know and learn from Bill’s experience. One thing I would like to learn from this session is how these concepts can be integrated with existing ERP/SCM software. I am looking forward to attending the full session of Read More

Infor Releases Advanced Scheduling 5.5


The very first acquisitions by what is today Infor, former SCT Corp.’s process software division in 2002, continue to provide Infor with most competitive products that are being enhanced regularly. The vendor recently announced the release of Infor Advanced Scheduling 5.5 to enable production schedule optimization for process and complex manufacturing. The product continues to provide an industry

basic scm flow  time into its most basic elements improves accuracy in time calculations and enables more efficient throughput. Changeover issues with non-value-adding costs and time visibility is very important. Thus, this release should help manufacturers optimize scheduling decisions such as resource allocation and sequencing on both cost and duration. This capability should ultimately help reduce the overall cost of production by minimizing high cost nonproduction events. Real Deal In summary, Infor Advanced Read More

How to Evaluate a Sales and Operation Planning System


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basic scm flow  In some cases, the basic functionalities of an SOP system come bundled with a transactional system (ERP) or an SCM system. These functionalities cover the basic requirements of an organization, but they lag far behind a full-fledged SOP system. Table 1 shows which features user companies consider to be essential in an SOP system, and which features are seen as nice-to-have. Functionalities Essential Functions Nice-to-have Functions Predefined KPIs and metrics Y   Integration with different systems Y Read More

The Essential ERP - Its Genesis & Future


Knowing the history and evolution of ERP is essential to understanding its current application and its future developments. Each step in the evolution of ERP is built on the fundamentals and principles developed within the previous one.

basic scm flow  However, ERP inherited MRPII's basic drawbacks, which are the assumption of infinite capacity and the inflexibility of scheduling dates, preventing companies from taking full advantage of speedy information flow. 2000s - Future of ERP During the last three years, the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), product data management (PDM), manufacturing executions systems (MES), business Read More

'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: J.D. Edwards


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basic scm flow  Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: J.D. Edwards 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: J.D. Edwards R. Garland - September 18, 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 Read More

New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 3: E-Procurement Can Broaden the Supplier Pool


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basic scm flow  components, subassemblies, and even basic commodities such as fuel and agricultural products can be bought using horizontal or vertical exchanges. Dealing With Multiple Marketplaces or Exchanges In most major categories of goods and services, and in most major industries, multiple marketplaces or exchanges now exist. The land grab in business-to-business e-commerce has largely been completed, with dot-coms having obtained venture capital financing, recruited leading industry and category experts, Read More

A "Tell All" Chat with SAP's SCM Product Marketing Team


My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components, and its supply chain process bundles. In addition to receiving a number of public comments and ratings by TEC’s readers, I was recently roasted privately during a lunch meeting with a couple of peers. Namely, they expressed their

basic scm flow  Tell All Chat with SAP's SCM Product Marketing Team My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity  analyzed SAP ’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components, and its supply chain process bundles. In addition to receiving a number of public comments and ratings by TEC ’s readers, I was recently roasted privately during a lunch meeting with a couple of peers. Namely, they expressed their surprise at the quite positive tone of the article, Read More

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


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basic scm flow  here. You install the basic product. And then you install the patches, and then you install the patches to fix the patches that broke. Then you have workarounds, which is to bootleg the patch in some fashion. It's like the starter isn't working in your car, and the workaround is to get out there in your dress clothes and push 10 miles down the road every morning. This is nothing new: Oracle has the history of pushing software out the door before its time, letting early customers bleed all over Read More

Not all SCM Products Are Created Equal


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basic scm flow  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 Read More

ERP and SCM Implementations Part One: Doing Too Much Too Soon


In order to get ahead of the systems development power curve, companies are attempting what is equivalent to executing a quadruple jump in ice skating; running a sub 3:50 minute mile in track; and winning the Tour de France in cycling--all in the same year. How? By trying to implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) software at the same time. Read on why this is an ill-advised course of action with an extremely low probability of success.

basic scm flow  could include something as basic as the use of a mouse or more sophisticated technology such as radio frequency identification (RFID) for parts and ingredients. Have you ever seen someone use a mouse for the first time? It's not a pretty sight. So, in addition to learning how to enter orders, pick inventory, and modify production schedules, personnel are being asked to learn how to point'n'click, operate barcode readers, and drag'n'drop. Would it not make more sense to train users on new technology while Read More

Mitrix


Mitrix, Inc, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (“Mitsui USA”), offers on-demand supply chain management (SCM) technology delivered via the Internet. Mitrix has developed a scalable on-demand supply chain solution for the small to medium enterprise (SME) market. Its flagship product, SCM Live, offers functionality previously unavailable to the SME market, enabling SMEs to dramatically improve the performance of their supply chains and create new revenue opportunities. Headquartered in Irvine, California (US), the company manages over $250 million in supply chain transactions across eight countries.

basic scm flow  Mitrix, Inc, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (“Mitsui USA”), offers on-demand supply chain management (SCM) technology delivered via the Internet. Mitrix has developed a scalable on-demand supply chain solution for the small to medium enterprise (SME) market. Its flagship product, SCM Live, offers functionality previously unavailable to the SME market, enabling SMEs to dramatically improve the performance of their supply chains and create new revenue opportunities. Headquartered in Read More

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basic scm flow  Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 1: Recent Announcements Event Summary Microsoft 's acquisition of Great Plains , MAPICS' acquisition of Pivotpoint, and the merger of former Navision Software and Damgaard in 2000, combined with the anxiety of the then only looming economic slowdown, triggered the spate of mergers & acquisitions throughout 2001 (see The Mid-Market Is Consolidating, Lo And Behold ). As the ground seems to be settling down from quakes and tremors of these mergers, Read More