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Outsourcing Supply Chain Planning Processes
Supply chain planning tools deliver potentially tremendous savings when well implemented, and wreak havoc when they fail. A company considering an outsourcing

supply chain planning tools  Supply Chain Planning Processes Introduction The dramatically lower labor costs, higher level of talent, and growing track record of offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) and application development and maintenance (AD/M) providers, have convinced many companies to outsource their business process and software development activities (see Outsourcing 101—A Primer ). For a company considering an outsourcing strategy for their supply chain planning (SCP) processes, there are some unique

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The Essential Supply Chain


Supply Chain Management (SCM) once viewed as a way to obtain a competitive advantage, is now perceived as a logical and necessary extension of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The reasons: First, traditional ERP systems lack the advanced planning tools necessary for companies to respond to an increasingly competitive business environment. Second, advances in computing power and data transmission enable disparate entities to communicate efficiently and at a low cost. Finally, vendors have observed the complementary nature of SCM and ERP and are engaged in consolidation of their product suites.

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Demand Planning: Optimizing Operations across the Supply Chain


Demand planning applications can help manufacturers establish baseline sales forecasts and perform analysis to improve resource usage. They can also help manufacturers optimize pricing capabilities and better understand their markets. Yet to get the most out of these tools, manufacturers must be willing to reorganize their planning processes—and to share the resulting insights with supply chain partners and customers.

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Supply Chain Planning in 2000: The Brains Behind Internet Fulfillment


The supply chain planning market will top $2.5 billion in 2000, driven in large part by the needs of Internet customer fulfillment.

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SAP Highlights Supply Chain Management Tools


At last week's eBusiness Conference & Expo, SAP AG updated attendees on its supply chain management application, Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO).

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Macola ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM): 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, 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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Every Organization Values Supply Chain Visibility but Sharing Information Can Be a Dangerous Proposition


To achieve a high level of supply chain transparency, companies must share their technology systems and data with many suppliers, distributors, transportation carriers, and channel partners that bring their products to market. This information may be seen by thousands worldwide. While there are doubtless benefits to be achieved, increased data sharing also carries an inherent level of risk. Know how to manage these risks.

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How to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System


Mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more than a sales forecasting or tactical planning tool. S&OP is a decision-making mechanism for aligning strategic plans with sales, operational, and financial plans. Download this TEC executive brief for pointers on selecting an S&OP system, information about how mature S&OP processes can help tackle critical business issues, and key S&OP system capabilities to look for.

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TAKE Supply Chain


TAKE Supply Chain, a division of TAKE Solutions, Inc., offers flexible, accessible, and mobile supply chain software solutions that deliver increased accuracy, visibility, and responsiveness inside an organization's four walls and with trading partners across the globe. TAKE software solutions offer a high level of configurability, integration, and deployment options. This helps to significantly reduce the historical compromises between time to value, total cost of ownership, and optimal supply chain functionality. TAKE offers robust supply chain collaboration and data collection solutions that leverage existing and emerging technology such as the cloud, mobility-enabled transactions, and business-configured instant communications with attachments and audit history to support the increased challenges of expanding global supplier networks. TAKE Supply Chain provides midmarket companies with software and consulting services focused on delivering rapid return on investment (ROI) from their supply chain operations. 

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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 nextgeneration technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions.

This SCM buyer’s guide features 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.

The buyer’s guide further presents a breakdown of standard SCM product functionality and details how a select list of vendors supports those requirements, whether through enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, SCM suites, or best-of-breed solutions.

Lastly, the guide presents a range of real-life case studies that highlight customer successes and thought leadership about relevant SCM issues and challenges and the solutions vendors in this space are offering to address them.

When you evaluate solutions, you need to perform due diligence to ensure that the solution you purchase will meet the specific needs of your organization. We invite you to use TEC Advisor, TEC’s software evaluation tool, to compare a select number of the vendors discussed in this guide, and perform your own detailed analysis of potential SCM solutions for your organization.



Table of Contents


Preface

About this Guide

Four Major Supply Chain Issues

Next-generation Supply Chain Technologies

Supply Chain Solution Capabilities

Top-tier ERP Vendors

Top-tier Supply Chain Suite Vendors

Best-of-breed Supply Chain Vendors


Drivers, Challenges, and Innovations in Wholesale Distribution

TEC Resources for Supply Chain Management

TEC Selection Project

Distributor of Auto Parts Completes Its Software Selection in Record Time and Saves 50 Percent on Its Estimated Investment


Casebook

Aptean Customer Success Story: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Slashes Daily Planning and Scheduling Effort by 77% Using Ross APS

E2open Customer Success Story: Collaborative Execution and Rapid Resolutions: Motorola Solutions Partners with E2open to Develop a Customer-driven Trading Network

PROACTIS Customer Success Story: The Government of Barbados Modernizes Its National Procurement System with PROACTIS

SAP Customer Success Story: Conair Improving Work Order Collaboration to Reduce Cost

SAP Customer Success Story: SCM Express Service From SAP Consulting Sets Up SAP APO for Delivery Date Accuracy

ToolsGroup Customer Success Story: Cipla Medpro Pharmaceutical

Kinaxis Thought Leadership: S&OP for Business Orchestration—Four Capability Requirements for Making the Transformation


Vendor Directory


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Four Major Supply Chain Issues



We here at TEC are continually talking to clients about their supply chain needs and how they are using software, technology, and best practices to manage multiple forces and pressures in their supply chains and enhance their processing, manufacturing, and distribution operations. In the course of talking to end users, software and technology vendors, consultants, and other industry parties, we are hearing about a wide range of challenging issues and pressures specific to supply chain functioning.

For the TEC 2013 Supply Chain Buyer’s Guide, we chose to highlight four issues that we see as particularly prominent and having the greatest impact on the supply chain operations of our clients:

    1. The rise of the real-time supply chain

    2. The inexorable rise in supply chain complexity

    3. Risk management

    4. Logistics—everything is moving faster

The quickening pace of business events is bringing to the forefront once again, and perhaps more urgently than before, the need for a “real-time supply chain.” While this idea and concept has been talked about for some 10–15 years, the increasing pace of business—as evidenced by the explosion of information, the proliferating number of mobile devices, and the amazing increase in connectivity and “connectedness” in recent years—is highlighting the drawbacks of linear, sequential supply chain processes that were designed for another era.

Companies today are trying to cope with more complex multi-tiered networks, more products with shorter product life cycles, more compliance and governmental regulations, and often more competition. The solutions to supply chain complexity are often complex themselves. One of the aims of this guide is to help you examine the factors contributing to supply chain complexity and identify ways that you can use current tools and technologies to accelerate the supply chain cycle and thus better manage your business.


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A Guide to Software Test Tools


Testing a system well is harder than building it. In the face of new risks introduced by the ever-increasing complexity of software and hardware, test tools may be your only practical way to be confident that you've got just what you paid for. From gathering the initial requirements to supporting the system after it has been deployed, test tools are available to support all phases of a project. This article looks at the ways that test tools can be used to design, code, and (of course) test a system.

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