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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

benefit of scm  to a more strategic benefit of driving revenues through business intelligence and customer relationship management. The key is finding ways to manage the power of customer transaction data and make sense of it, delivering the right information for the right purpose at the right moment. Bob Benham (Bob's Bona Fides) described the opportunity: Information technology saves us money and provides more timely management information to make good decisions. The marketing piece is the big opportunity. We are

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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.

benefit of scm  quickly and accurately, and benefit from lower costs of order fulfillment operations. So, Now What? Leading mid-market ERP systems have now matured. ERP solutions with extended supply chain execution capabilities have been proven to provide mid-market businesses the following beneits: improved customer service through better fulfillment and managed compliance; improved margins through faster inventory turnover and lowered inventory holding costs; and increased revenue through faster order cycle times and Read More

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 1: We Need To Know Now


If you are not experiencing organizational stress in some of the areas where the benefits may occur, then perhaps a decision to invest in supply chain management software should be postponed. If you do have some pain in one or more of these areas, then you can follow the concepts in this article to understand the potential of supply chain management software to fix the cause of the pain and improve your bottom line. This part discusses the challenge of limited time to perform analysis.

benefit of scm  true that the incremental benefit of additional information decreases as one moves along the continuum from no information toward the goal of perfect information about the future. However, it is also true that you will reap significant benefit from knowing with some certainty what you can do in a 2-6 week period. So the idea of a bit of rigorous analysis should not be shortchanged. If you truly do need to know something with immediacy, here are some tips for a quick, cursory approach to identifying the Read More

New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 2: The Efficiency Gains of E-Procurement


From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services offered by multiple suppliers, to live auctions that determine the lowest-price bidder — there is a wide range of new e-procurement methods and tools to help businesses buy goods and services better, faster, and cheaper.

benefit of scm  as 90%. An additional benefit of these approaches is reducing cycle times for responding to ongoing or unanticipated business needs. In many companies, the total elapsed time required to requisition even standard items is often weeks — resulting in manufacturing downtime or inefficiency while waiting for materials, or carrying higher buffer stocks of just in case inventories. Using e-procurement tools to streamline and speed up the process, these cycle times can typically be reduced to a matter of Read More

The SCM Perspective: 2009 in Review-and What You Can Do to Weather the Storms of 2010


In spite of the 2009 recession, some SCM vendors were able to create traction in the supply chain space this year. From an industry landscape perspective, three events from 2009 will have a more far-reaching impact than any other in this space, primarily because they’re priming the conditions for still more vendor competition and industry volatility in the year to come.News item: Oracle

benefit of scm  many vertical industries will benefit from one source of supply chain expertise (with the exception of warehouse management, which is a key piece of the puzzle that JDA seems to be missing). News item: SAP reevaluated its go-to market strategy for the SAP Business ByDesign SaaS business model. So what? SAP is taking this market very seriously—which not only means that the giant will continue to  chase after it aggressively, but also spells the beginning of the end for software as a commodity, as the Read More

Development of an Internet Payment Processing System


This article describes the author's experience with the development of the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. The system's architecture is very similar to the Three Domain (3D) model that started to emerge later. This success story is worthwhile sharing with a wider audience.

benefit of scm  of an Internet Payment Processing System Introduction Early in 1999, the author was asked by E-Bank ( http://www.e-bank.co.yu ), one of his clients, to develop the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. This client is a Yugoslav payment processing company that uses BankWorks software by RS2 Software Group ( http://www.rs2group.com ) to process transactions made at ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) and POS (Point Of Sale) terminals. Developing an internet payment processing system in Read More

Paradoxes of Software Estimation


Software development has spawned an independent industry in its own right. But the processes of asking for service, offering service, and pricing are all somewhat haphazard. Perhaps it's time to focus efforts on resolving the key paradoxes of software estimation.

benefit of scm  of Software Estimation Introduction Software development has spawned an independent industry, with organizations offering software development services exclusively. As it is perhaps in the nascent stages, the processes of asking for service, offering a service, and pricing are all somewhat haphazard. Software development falls into the category of the services industry as opposed to the product industry—that is, a service is offered, and not a product. Many parallels can be drawn with similar Read More

Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of SME On-premise Business Management Applications and SAP Business ByDesign


This document analyzes the cost of ownership for a typical on-premise small and medium enterprise (SME) business management system, and compares it to the cost of an equivalent SAP Business ByDesign implementation. It uses a mixture of different on-premise systems rather than any single vendor's product. Although there are many similarly equipped business management products available, they all compete closely on price.

benefit of scm  the Total Cost of Ownership of SME On-premise Business Management Applications and SAP Business ByDesign This document analyzes the cost of ownership for a typical on-premise small and medium enterprise (SME) business management system, and compares it to the cost of an equivalent SAP Business ByDesign implementation. It uses a mixture of different on-premise systems rather than any single vendor's product. Although there are many similarly equipped business management products available, they Read More

Solomon Software: Breaking Away from Perception as “Best-of-Breed-Accounting” Vendor


Due to its late expansion into the ERP world, the company has been trailed by its reputation of a best-of-breed accounting software vendor. While Solomon has accelerated its schedule of new functionality, it will be hard pressed with tight “time-to-market” constraints.

benefit of scm  a single vendor may benefit from evaluating other products at this stage. Any organization evaluating Solomon Software should consider existing functionality only, and, in the case of final selection, should negotiate incorporation of new applications components now at negotiated license fees, in expectation of Solomon's future product introductions. Potential clients should also conduct a preliminary research on industry expertise and reference sites of a regional Solomon value added reseller (VAR) when Read More

The Case of A Boutique Vendor's Benefits of Focus - IRM Corporation


A tightly focused vendor, IRM Corporation, has fine tuned its products, services, its sales process and even its commercial terms to match the realities of its sole market – food manufacturers who sell to the foodservice and vending markets.

benefit of scm  of A Boutique Vendor's Benefits of Focus - IRM Corporation Introduction A tightly focused vendor, IRM Corporation ( www.irm-net.com ), has fine tuned its products, services, its sales process and even its commercial terms to match the realities of its sole market food manufacturers who sell to the foodservice and vending markets. The Company In the article Boutique Vendors Bring Big Value we discussed how focus can create highly specialized solutions that better serve their niche markets. Our recent Read More

Bank of America


Bank of America is a multinational banking and financial services company. It has a retail banking footprint that covers approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population and serves approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships at 5,600 banking centers and 16,200 automated teller machines (ATMs).

benefit of scm  of America Bank of America is a multinational banking and financial services company. It has a retail banking footprint that covers approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population and serves approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships at 5,600 banking centers and 16,200 automated teller machines (ATMs). Read More

Evolving Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite?


Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology.

benefit of scm  Business Application Preferences, Part 1: Best-of-breed or Suite? Do executives prefer to purchase business applications as part of an integrated suite or as part of a best-of-breed approach? Are there differences by software category? By region? By company size? How have these preferences changed over time? What are the implications for users and vendors of business applications? Get the answers to these and other questions in this Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck Technology. 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).

benefit of scm  aims to deliver ongoing benefits through a sustainable process of dynamically capturing, quantifying, and responding to supply chain variability and suggesting time-phased inventory targets across all items and multi-echelon locations (supply chain nodes). Supply chain variability can come from multiple sources, starting with demand intelligence (i.e., forecast error, forecast bias, and intermittency). On the side of supply chain intelligence, there are the mean lead-time, in-transit inventory, order Read More

The Market Impact of Two Powerhouses


This is an analysis of the equivalent moves of two superpowers to secure the lower-end of the market, also known as the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment. One is Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), the other is UK-based the Sage Group.

benefit of scm  recognition, comes with the benefits of more modern technology, while the software supports 20 languages and 32 preloaded currencies, and also adheres to local accounting standards and filing requirements (e.g., taxation and disclaimers), where applicable (for more info, see Microsoft Axapta: Design Factors Shape System Usage ). These capabilities, and MBS' belief that the sweet spot for the Industry Builder integrated stacks would be high-end enterprises (although we might have some reservations when it Read More

In Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business


Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required by their IT operations, especially by their data centers. Greening IT starts in the data center: find out how data center consolidation—and other solutions—can help you reduce energy consumption, and even increase productivity and efficiency.

benefit of scm  Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required by their IT operations, especially by their data centers. Greening IT starts in the data center: find out how data center consolidation—and other solutions—can help you reduce energy consumption, and even increase productivity and efficiency. Read More