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Logility Voyager Solutions for Supply Chain Management (SCM) Certification Report
Logility Voyager Solutions is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of supply chain management solutions in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Evaluation

scm lifecyle  for Supply Chain Management (SCM) Certification Report Logility Voyager Solutions is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of supply chain management solutions in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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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 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 next-generation technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions. Included in this guide is 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.

scm lifecyle  today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major next-generation technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions. Included in this guide is 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. Read More

Challenges for an Expanding Supply Chain Solutions Vendor


Although Click Commerce is a thriving provider of on-demand supply chain management (SCM) solutions for a variety of worldwide industries, it does have to face up to a variety of challenges, some of which are of its own making.

scm lifecyle  its potential clients; large SCM and ERP vendors; infrastructure and platform providers; and various niche independent software vendors (ISVs). Given its recent expansion into several related markets, the vendor's competition has intensified, and now comes from many directions, as indicated in the table below: Solution Focus Competitors Demand channel management/partner relationship management Comergent, IBM, SAP, Oracle , Salesforce.com Supply chain management Manhattan Associates, RedPrairie , HighJump Read More

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 applications. Organizations are looking for solutions which can fix problems and make business processes more cost-effective. What are these solutions?

scm lifecyle  organizations. What is SCM? SCM is the management of multiple business processes starting from product planning and ending with delivery. A SCM system helps organizations develop processes that integrate their manufacturing activities with logistics. To understand the entire SCM flow of an organization, let’s have a look at the multiple components within the supply chain. The objective of an SCM application is to provide end-to-end visibility into each component of the supply chain network without Read More

Macola ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM)


The definition of a successful manufacturing enterprise is one that builds the right products, at the right time, for the right price. That’s why so many manufacturing companies today are focused on managing the entire value-added chain, from the supplier to manufacturer, right through to the final customer. Supply chain management (SCM) has one overriding objective: to get more throughput from existing resources. SCM functionality helps companies reduce inventory, increase the transaction speed by exchanging data in real time, and increase sales by implementing customer requirements more efficiently. Through the use of portals, Macola ERP SCM users can collaborate with customers and see a real-time view of activity across the organization. It starts with the ability to accurately forecast customer demands, and continues with effective planning and scheduling of the flow of materials through the enterprise, to assure on-time delivery and maximum discounts from suppliers. The vendor's solutions enable users to track orders from beginning to end, right out to the customer. And users can make changes on the fly. All corporate information is located in one database, saving employees valuable time when looking for information. Drill-down reporting and analysis is at your fingertips, keeping the process running smoothly. Users can manage customer expectations by providing realistic product delivery dates based on actual and planned material availability, current production capacity, and vendor lead times. Exact provides the tools to evaluate options for expediting materials or adding capacity to meet a requested date, or to propose alternate delivery options when it is not possible to meet the customer’s requested date. Out-of-stocks and excess inventory can be avoided through recommended job and purchase order processes. Users can purchase materials “just-in-time” relative to the live production schedule.  

scm lifecyle  throughput from existing resources. SCM functionality helps companies reduce inventory, increase the transaction speed by exchanging data in real time, and increase sales by implementing customer requirements more efficiently. Through the use of portals, Macola ERP SCM users can collaborate with customers and see a real-time view of activity across the organization. It starts with the ability to accurately forecast customer demands, and continues with effective planning and scheduling of the flow of Read More

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


SAP AG has seemingly crossed a strategy chasm, from a strict, stodgy, Not-Invented-Here (NIH) approach to software development and delivery, to a seemingly quite open approach of broad development alliances, company acquisitions, Internet portals development, and a deep, new relationship with IBM for both technology sharing as well as bolstering IBM Consulting’s support for SAP’s new multiple mySAP.com™ initiatives. 'Collaborative' and 'SAP' were not two words you might have ever seen in the same article. You’re seeing it now.

scm lifecyle  ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG R. Garland - September 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 on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, these packages have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase is 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.

scm lifecyle  of lean manufacturing. The SCM system supports development and consensus for the demand plan, integrates engineering and sourcing information, manages changes associated with continuous improvement, and ensures supply-demand synchronization with demand pull techniques. The SCM system also defines product structure and costing information, provides the basis for financial information and reports, and provides a single source of the truth for decision making. Many have argued that traditional SCM/ERP Read More

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


PeopleSoft has risen from its relatively humble origins in the Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) arena, its sole focus as it begun life in 1987. Over the course of a decade or so, it added Supply Chain Management and Financials to its list of application offerings. In the last few years, in the face of slowing cash flows from its traditional strongholds, it has gone full bore toward Internet-based enterprise-wide - even cross-enterprise - solutions, trying to enter the game and be competitive with other top tier ERP-turned Collaborative Commerce vendors. Showing fiscal growth and, very-recently, notably-improved market acceptance, Peoplesoft may be the enterprise software turnaround story of the last decade.

scm lifecyle  ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft 'Collaborative Commerce : ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft R. Garland - November 26, 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 Collaborative 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

scm lifecyle  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 lately, the Read More

Simple SCM Document Exchange


Abrica.net is a "software-as-service" collaboration solution that enables supply chain partners, of all sizes, to quickly, easily and inexpensively exchange business documents. To send a supply chain document, simply "print" it to the Abrica printer.

scm lifecyle  SCM Document Exchange Abrica.net is a software-as-service collaboration solution that enables supply chain partners, of all sizes, to quickly, easily and inexpensively exchange business documents. To send a supply chain document, simply print it to the Abrica printer. Read More

3 Critical Considerations When Choosing Your SCM Solution


SCM software selection is a tricky and painful activity for most companies. Why? Despite the plethora of solutions currently available, it may be hard to find one that fits a company’s business model. What should companies do to ensure they are well prepared for choosing the best-fit SCM solution? TEC SCM research analyst Phil Reney offers three critical considerations to help companies in search for an SCM solution.

scm lifecyle  Considerations When Choosing Your SCM Solution Supply chain management (SCM) software selection is certainly tricky and painful on the good days, even for those that have been down the road a few times. Why? Despite the number of vendors offering a plethora of solutions, of different qualities, there are just more business models that need to find a fit (or as close as it gets) than are available solutions that fit those models. In addition, decision makers need to invest significant time and resources Read More

Infor SCM Warehouse Management Provia


Infor SCM Warehouse Management is a modern extended-warehouse-management supply chain solution that provides business agility by automating fulfillment and distribution processes. Its core capabilities include inventory management, work and task management, and labor forecasting. The solution also supports capabilities such as slotting yard management voice-directed distribution cross-docking costing multiple inventory ownership value-added services billing and invoicing for third-party logistics (3PL) providers radio frequency identification (RFID) Infor SCM Warehouse Management is based on a modern Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE), zero-footprint, stateless architecture that is wide area network (WAN)-deployable with no client administration. This allows organizations to personalize radio frequency (RF) and terminal server environments to business and user needs, and provides a scalable architecture for centralized and decentralized support. Infor SCM Warehouse Management has been deployed in more than 20 countries, in multiple languages, and is available in an enterprise or business edition.

scm lifecyle  SCM Warehouse Management Provia Infor SCM Warehouse Management is a modern extended-warehouse-management supply chain solution that provides business agility by automating fulfillment and distribution processes. Its core capabilities include inventory management, work and task management, and labor forecasting. The solution also supports capabilities such as slotting yard management voice-directed distribution cross-docking costing multiple inventory ownership value-added services billing and Read More

Not all SCM Products Are Created Equal


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 management and warehousing.

scm lifecyle  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 mana 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

scm lifecyle  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, and at Read More

IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 2


Part 1 of this blog topic analyzed IBM’s rationale to acquire ILOG to bolster its service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) platforms. Eventually, with ILOG fully integrated, IBM hopes to establish the following: a leading rule repository and end-to-end rule lifecycle management; a full spectrum of rules definition and execution methods; maximum rules reuse

scm lifecyle  for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 2 Part 1 of this blog topic analyzed IBM ’s rationale to acquire ILOG to bolster its service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) platforms. Eventually, with ILOG fully integrated, IBM hopes to establish the following: a leading rule repository and end-to-end rule lifecycle management; a full spectrum of rules definition and execution methods; maximum rules reuse – across all BPM initiatives, SOA initiatives, applications and Read More