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E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part Two
Last week in the TEC blog we took a close look at E2open’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategy, including the vendor’s four-step blueprint to

scm player  part of a larger SCM ecosystem? SR : The S&OP market is sustainable when viewed as an ecosystem of vendors and practitioners working together to deliver solutions and capabilities for the S&OP process, not just pocketed functions. It can be part of the larger SCM ecosystem, but it is also part of the integrated business planning (IBP), customer relationship management (CRM), and supplier relationship management (SRM) ecosystem. You can think of S&OP as a Venn diagram intersection of several ecosystems. Read More

Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components

scm player  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
FinancialForce ERP—New Player in Cloud ERP Market
With recent acquisitions of Vana Workforce and Less Software announced during the Dreamforce 2013 conference, which resulted in the addition of FinancialForce

scm player  FinancialForce Supply Chain Management (SCM) to FinancialForce.com 's product portfolio, FinancialForce.com has not surprisingly set its eyes on becoming a leading cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider, using the Salesforce1 Platform (see Figure 1). Founded in 2009, FinancialForce.com is the combined effort of two leaders in their respective fields— UNIT4 and salesforce.com . While salesforce.com is the undisputed leader in cloud customer relationship management (CRM) software and cloud Read More
E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One
E2open has not generally been known for its sales and operations planning (S&OP) capabilities. But the software provider deserves a second look for those in

scm player  end-to-end supply chain management (SCM), providing a product suite suitable for product companies that depend on collaboration with customers, suppliers, and distributors. E2open also enables integration of internal and partner stakeholders with E2 Cloud Connectivity . The critical aspect here is to add confidence to the underlying data and assumptions that feed into the overall S&OP plan. And because S&OP is about managing a business, E2open puts the data into the context of multi-tier business Read More
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

scm player  you think is  the SCM market’s most valuable player (MVP)? Read More
TEC Vendor Note: Lectra, A Focused PLM Player
A brief introduction to Lectra, a specialized vendor in the CAD, CAM, and PLM industry, including history, product offerings, and achievements, as well as

scm player  Vendor Note: Lectra, A Focused PLM Player Thirty years ago, Michael Porter introduced three best generic strategies —cost leadership, differentiation, and market segmentation (or focus)—in his 1980 book Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analysing Industries and Competitors . Since then, these three strategies have helped explain numerous success stories in the business world. While looking at Lectra with Porter’s theory in mind, I had to accredit market segmentation as a winning strategy for 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

scm player  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
TEC 2012 SCM Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Supply Chain Management Software
This report is based on aggregate data collected from more than 600 SCM software comparisons performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ TEC Advisor software

scm player  2012 SCM Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Supply Chain Management Software This report is based on aggregate data collected from more than 600 SCM software comparisons performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ TEC Advisor software selection application. Although the characteristics that SCM customers are looking for vary according to the specific SCM software segment being evaluated, TEC data show that at the supply chain suite level organizations are mainly seeking these 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

scm player  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 disposal to do Read More
Pronto Xi Dimensions: Supply Chain Management (SCM) Competitor Analysis Report
Criteria in this knowledge base pertain to managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management,

scm player  your evaluation of an SCM suite. 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

scm player  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
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

scm player  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
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

scm player  and SCM Implementations Part One: Doing Too Much Too Soon Introduction Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are typically very complex and all-encompassing software. Supply chain management (SCM) systems are no slouches when it comes to complexity and scope, either. So why would a company attempt to implement both systems at the same time? Some rationalize that their software is in such dire straits that they need to get in front of the system's development curve, not just keep pace. Others rely Read More
PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part One: Recent Anouncements
Hiring the former APICS president to head its manufacturing industry efforts a year ago, the high profile acquisition of renowned manufacturing ERP provider J.D

scm player  Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part One: Recent Anouncements Event Summary In our relatively recent article about the still ongoing consolidation in the market (see What Does Vendor Consolidation Mean To The End User? ), we mentioned that the market will not stop short at the eventual Big Few or so many leading largest vendors. Namely, we expect the market for application software to further segregate into two tiers. The first group will be a limited number of very large vendors, Read More
ERP and SCM Implementations Part Two: Interfaces and Priorities
To a large extent, software packages do work out of the box. Packages that do not perform perfectly or as users would expect is when dissatisfaction arises

scm player  and SCM Implementations Part Two: Interfaces and Priorities Interfaces To a large extent, software packages do work out of the box. Packages that do not perform perfectly or as users would expect is when dissatisfaction arises. This dissatisfaction can be dealt with in a rational manner through the employment of effective project and change management procedures. However, an area that typically creates problems, whether expected or not, is the development of interfaces between proprietary software that Read More

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