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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended only a few

s part 3  as the Steelwedge Software’ s Enterprise-Enabled Excel front-end, as mentioned in Part 2 ), and economic necessity have stirred a re-awakening of interest in S&OP. For its part, by integrating  Oracle Hyperion Planning  and Demantra solutions, Oracle has expanded its S&OP footprint into IBP. As mentioned earlier, IBP fills a long-standing gap in corporate planning systems to provide the chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) with a much more accurate revenue forecast. In 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

s part 3  Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One Cloud software solutions provider E2open usually gets associated with the words “cloud,” “on-demand,” “supply chain management,” “supply chain visibility,” “collaborative execution,” “trading networks,” and so on. Indeed, E2open is known for enabling enterprises to procure, manufacture, sell, and distribute products more efficiently through collaborative execution across global trading networks, using real-time information, integrated Read More...
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

s part 3  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 collaborative S&OP. We talked to E2open vice president of product marketing Sean Rollings to find out more about E2open’s S&OP strategy and capabilities. Following is a Q&A with Rollings, including more information about E2open’s S&OP offerings and Rollings’s ideas about trends in the S&OP market. 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

s part 3  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...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4
Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few

s part 3  the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4 Part 1 of this series  talked about my attendance of the  APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October . I attended only a few education sessions, and my conference visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference''s expo floor was that its main  value proposition  this year revolved around the various flavors of  demand management , most notably Read More...
IFS Bucking the Trends - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS, a public business software company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

s part 3  Bucking the Trends - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the current upbeat state of affairs of IFS , a public business software company (listed on the  Stockholm Stock Exchange ) founded in 1983 with its headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden. The company develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™ , an integrated and component-based extended  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  suite built on  service oriented architecture (SOA)  technology [ evaluate this product ]. The article Read More...
How Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of supply chain management (SCM) via a software category pioneer

s part 3  expiry data analysis, alternate sourcing, yield analysis, part substitution, inventory allocation, etc.In other words, Kinaxis RapidResponse is closer in functional scope to SAP APO or JDA Planner than to SAP SCRM by ICON (and Oracle Rapid Planner for that matter). Basically, Kinaxis plays in both the APS and Response Management game. SAP APO offers a variety of methods including fast-MRP, rules-based heuristics, and optimization. These algorithms browse through all of the available resources (machines, Read More...
IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part Two: Background, Challenges, and Response
IFS could be an object case of how a great product (in terms of functionality scope and technological foundation) and knowledgeable employees are only part of

s part 3  vendors'' applications within a specific part of the business process. For over a decade, the cornerstone of IFS'' strategy has thus revolved around its proverbial component-based architecture and moderate vertical market focus, becoming thereby part of its identity and a key ingredient in being able to deliver even deeper vertical industry functionality going forward. Recognizing also its scalability limitation, in addition to the rigidity of its erstwhile two-tier client/server architecture, IFS embarked Read More...
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

s part 3  Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study Overview of the Selection  A mid-market Engineer-to-Order manufacturer in the aerospace and defense sector retained the services of TEC to help select an Enterprise Resource Planning System. This system is intended to replace disparate applications that lacked the functionality and integration to support the company''s Lean Manufacturing initiatives. The Scripted Scenarios allowed TEC to Read More...
Will Servigistics Click on More Service Cylinders? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the rise and fall of of erstwhile public software company Click Commerce based in Chicago, Illinois, United States (US). At

s part 3  management (CRM) space (customer service is part of CRM), and only passes on those that are either of too low quality for its standards to buy or those that get bought (at a higher premium) by Oracle , Microsoft , or SAP . Servigistics acknowledges that many bidders looked at the company. Marlin came in and made a preemptive bid to get Servigistics, which looks pretty smart given that it also had Click Commerce.  Servigistics vehemently denies the claims that it was a low-quality asset. Furthermore, the Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

s part 3  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup ’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+)  suite''s name is that a 99+ percentage represents the gold standard in customer service levels, and it takes a product purposely built to achieve service level excellence and to support such a high standard. ToolsGroup’s latest version of software continues to Read More...
Global Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part II
Part I of this blog series analyzed the appropriateness of global sourcing and spend management applications for helping companies improve their cash flows and

s part 3  Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part II Part I of this blog series analyzed the appropriateness of global sourcing and spend management applications for helping companies improve their cash flows and reduce working capital. It also introduced the question what might happen to global trade management (GTM) applications down the track. Indeed, what about this credit crunch and recession, and how will that affect the global trade, imports from China, Letters of credit (L/Cs), etc.? With th Read More...
Managing Risks, Managing Measures: Decision Support Methodologies in Business Part 1: Guidelines
Poor measurement methods can take off millions or more from bottom lines, and contribute at least in part to project failures, corporate inefficiencies and poor

s part 3  overly optimistically considered a small part of the cost/benefit equation. The risks here should be much more carefully looked at, as the process can lead to closure of the business. Often the cause is related to insufficient information on the gaps that need to be closed (discussed in 1. above) for a successful implementation, sometimes a result of a lack of the implementer''s knowledge of your business in detail: suddenly that home-spun inventory system needs to become a JD Edwards ERP system for the Read More...
What Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part II
Part I of this blog series outlined the first three suggested

s part 3  each suggested strategy. The second and final part of this blog series continues with the remaining three pieces of advice, and with my analysis. Advice #4: Collaborate with Channel Partners to Promote Products with Bloated Inventories Caused by the Downturn – For the products that have fallen victim to the abrupt economic downturn, manufacturers should work collaboratively with their channel partners to aggressively promote those products, alleviating excess levels of inventory. This action can free Read More...
TOTVS S/A
Founded in 1983 as the Microsiga Software Company, TOTVS is a software company focused on innovation, relationship, and management support. It is the top

s part 3  S/A Founded in 1983 as the Microsiga Software Company, TOTVS is a software company focused on innovation, relationship, and management support. It is the top leader in both Brazil (48.6% market share) and Latin America (34.5% market share). TOTVS is the largest application software company located in emerging countries and the 6th-largest ERP company in the world.  In Latin America, TOTVS was the first company in this segment to go public. It has more than 26,000 active clients and counts on the Read More...

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