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Supply Chain Software

Supply chain management software is implemented by companies to deliver the benefits of the supply chain strategies they had adopted. The articles here examine a number of the supply chain management software suites that are available.

Introduction to SAP
SAP ERP Operations solution has become the software backbone that contributes to companies ability to achieve efficiency in the supply chain.

Open Source ERP
Open source software has gained a significant foothold in the business work and it is natural that open source ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions are the next evolutionary step in the process. The open source ERP and CRM solutions can be purchased by a company and used as is. This article looks at the advantages and...

Salesforce.com is a customer relationship management (CRM) application that has been a leader in the CRM sector for a number of years. Today it has over 100,000 customers, more than 2 million subscribers, and has its application has been translated into sixteen languages. Salesforce.com is unlike other applications as it is not software that is implemented by a company, rather software as a service (SaaS) application.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
The implementation of EDI is important for companies as it can significantly reduce the cost of sending documents. A paper purchase order requires resources to print the PO, fax it, or post it to the vendor. EDI automatically sends the electronic document to the vendor thus reducing the cost of sending the PO. This article describes the basics...

Tips For Selecting A Voice Picking Vendor
Voice Picking systems are becoming extremely important to an efficient warehouse operation. This article examines ten tips for companies who are looking to select a vendor for their voice picking solution.

SAP Extended Warehouse Management
SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is a component of the SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM) business suite. The EWM function is not a part of the SAP ERP suite, which contains standard warehouse management. SAP has announced that although they will continue to support SAP WM, they will not be enhancing the product, and all new warehouse functionality will be included in the EWM component.

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
Process Control Systems are an integral part of the production line and to communicate with a company's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system applications can be implemented called manufacturing execution systems (MES). These allows companies to have a visibility of the production line from the ERP system. This article discusses the uses and...

Introduction to Ariba
Ariba was founded in 1996 and has been the leader in spend management solutions since. It now has over 160,000 suppliers on its network that invoice over $200 billion annually.

Inbound And Outbound Deliveries In SAP
In SAP the inbound logistics functionality incorporates inbound deliveries, inbound shipments as well as goods receipts. The outbound logistics functionality covers the picking and packing of materials as well as the outbound delivery and goods issue. This article gives an overview of the inbound and outbound delivery processes in SAP.

Social CRM
Social CRM allows a business to drive down to interact with the customer, not only to answer questions, but to listen and react to their needs, as well as courting their opinion on other topics such as new products, services and future direction. This article looks at the evolution of Social CRM.

SAP Customer Service
Customer Service functionality contains the processes that a company requires to deliver the services are offered to customers. These services can be for warranties that are offered with products or warranties that are purchased by customers. This article looks at the major aspects of the SAP customer service functionality.

Logistics Functions In SAP
SAP is the number one vendor of standard business application software and the third largest software supplier in the world. SAP delivers scalable solutions that enable its customers to further advance industry best practices. This article looks at the various logistics components in SAP.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is becoming more prevalent in the manufacturing industry as companies find ways in which its benefits can be used to greater enhance the accuracy of data collection and identification of products. This article examines the use of SAP Auto-ID for companies who look to implement RFID with their SAP ERP...

SAP Inventory Management
Inventory management is the process of efficiently monitoring the flow of products into and out of an existing inventory in the warehouse. This process involves controlling the receipt of products in order to prevent the inventory from becoming too high where items are stored at an unnecessary cost, or too low where it can cause a stock-out and production could be halted due to lack of raw materials. This article examines inventory management in SAP.

SAP Plant Maintenance
Plant Maintenance is an integral part of the logistics function and in SAP it is fully integrated with other components including Materials Management (MM) and Production (PP). The plant maintenance function covers three areas of maintenance; inspection, prevention and repair. this article gives an overview of the SAP Plant Maintenance...

SAP Purchasing
Businesses of any size has to purchase items to either manufacture finished goods or to provide services. Before a purchasing department can purchase material in SAP, the department’s unique infrastructure must be configured. To design a structure that best meets a business’s needs, you need to understand the SAP organizational structure and the decisions a purchasing department needs to make.

SAP Quality Management
Quality Management (QM) is an integral part of the logistics function and within the SAP application it is fully integrated with complementary components including Materials Management (MM), Plant Maintenance (PM), and Production Planning (PP). This article gives an overview of the SAP quality management component.

SAP Transportation
Transportation is very important element of the supply chain, without transportation, no finished goods would reach their intended customers and no raw materials would ever reach the plant. The transportation functionality in the SAP system allows a company to efficiently ship items from a facility to the customer. This article gives an overview of transportation in SAP.

SAP Sales and Distribution
The sales and distribution (SD) function of SAP is part of the logistics area and contains the processes that help a company integrate with their customers. These processes include providing quotations to customers, receiving sales orders via phone, internet or EDI, shipping the finished goods, and finally billing the customer for the goods that they have received.

SAP Advanced Planning and Optimizer (APO)
An important component of SAP is the Advanced Planning and Optimizer (APO) application. APO is a suite of supply chain planner applications that increase overall knowledge of the supply chain and provide forecasting, planning and optimization. This article looks at the basics of the APO function.

SAP Strategic Enterprise Management
The SAP Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM) product provides integrated software with comprehensive functionality that allows a company to significantly streamline the entire strategic management process. The SAP SEM product can be installed independently of a SAP ERP system as it does not require a direct link to the ERP software. This...

SAP Production Planning
Production Planning is an integral part of the logistics function in SAP and it is fully integrated with other components including Materials Management (MM). Every business that has a manufacturing operation will have implemented some level of production planning functionality to ensure that finished goods can be manufactured at the necessary time for customer’s sales orders to be delivered.

SAP Supplier Relationship Management
The SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) application can connect a company with its supply base which allows multiple levels of suppliers, partners, and manufacturers to work together, while you reduce the cost of goods sold. There are a number of functions that are found in the SAP SRM application including procure to pay, catalog management, and supplier evaluation. This article examines the SAP SRM application.

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) component in SAP supports the functionality around the environmental, occupational and product safety processes, regulatory compliance, and corporate responsibility. The EHS component interacts with a number of other SAP components such as Materials Management (SAP MM) and Sales and Distribution (SAP SD).

Introduction to Lawson Software
When companies are considering an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, the short list usually includes SAP and Oracle. However, Lawson Software offers an ERP system that has been ranked as the number one ERP software product for cost per user by the Aberdeen Group. This article examines the the history of Lawson Software and their current ERP applications.

Introduction to Assist4
ASSIST4 from AEB is the comprehensive solution suite for logistics companies that offer a complete set of business services for end-to-end logistics. The application has six areas that can be used across the supply chain including warehouse management, order management, transport and freight, customs management, compliance management, and a visibility function. This article will look at the function and benefits of the different Assist4 components.

NetSuite Functionality Overview
NetSuite offers four main software-as-a-service products; NetSuite Financials, which includes ERP, NetSuite CRM+, NetSuite Ecommerce and SuiteAnalytics. The company was founded back in 1998 with the initial startup financed by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Since then the company has over 6,500 customers and over 1000 employees. This article gives readers and overview of the NetSuite functionality.

Introduction to Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS)
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) version 12 is an Internet enabled product that can be operated on a single data center with a single database, similar to other ERP products. Launched in February 2007 this release contains a number of product lines which users can implement for their business. Oracle EBS includes an ERP solution as Oracles SCM and CRM applications.

Technology is an important part of today's supply chain. Computer software, hardware and methodology is vital to improve efficiency and reduce the overall costs of procurement, manufacturing and transportation of goods.

Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
When a company implements a preventative maintenance program for equipment in its facilities, it can improve the efficiency of any program by the use of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). This article looks at the major elements of CMMS applications.

Development of the Barcode
The first patent for the barcode was given in 1952, but it was not until the 1970's that the first barcode was scanned in a grocery store. Since then the simple barcode has become a two-dimensional symbol, with the development of the Data Matrix symbol used by the US Military and the QR Code, which can be scanned by smartphones across the world.

Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics
management software have an increasing number of software companies competing for their business. For business owners who feel that products from Oracle, SAP and JDA are too complex and too expensive for their businesses, Microsoft has a range of products under the Microsoft Dynamics umbrella that are more applicable for small and medium businesses.

Manugistics - Profile of the Supply Chain Management Software
Manugistics began life as a company called Scientific Time Sharing Corporation (STSC), formed in 1969. Initially STSC was geared towards writing programs using the APL computer language for IBM. In 1992 STSC changed its name to Manugistics and focused on supply chain software. This article looks the rise and fall of Manugistics and its purchase by JDA Software in 2006.

Introduction to Panjiva.com
For purchasing professionals across all industries, pressure is being exerted to source more material, at high qualities, in shorter lead times with fewer resources. This has led to buyers searching in all corners of the world to find suppliers who can fulfill their requirements. Buyers now have a new tool which they can use to help them with their endeavors, called Panjiva.

Implementing a Warehouse Management System (WMS)
Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) have been available for decades and initially allowed simple storage location functionality. Today WMS systems can be standalone or part of an ERP system and can include complex technology such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and voice recognition. However the basic principle of a WMS has remained the same, which is to provide information to allow efficient control of the movement of materials within the warehouse

Regression Testing
When firms design programs to improve a supply chain process, it is important to perform some kind of regression testing. One definition of a regression test is the process of validating new or modified software to detect if any new errors have been introduced into previously existing code and to provide validation that the new or modified software is correct.

Smartphones And The Supply Chain
The Smartphone is a popular consumer item that has made its way into the supply chain and is becoming an invaluable tool for a wide range of processes including Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). This article examines the use of the Smartphone and the tablet in today's supply chain.

Computer System Validation
Computer System Validation is required for companies in certain industries, such as pharmaceutical manufacturing, to ensure that the systems they use will not affect the quality of the product. Validation is the documentation of the processes used in manufacturing that demonstrate consistency, it is required on process systems, equipment and...

Top Providers of Supply Chain Management Software
Supply chain management software is not just a straight choice the top two or three providers. As the global supply chain becomes more complex, the need to manage this complexity is more important than ever. Companies now have to look at a variety of systems in order to maximize their supply chain efficiencies. This article examines some of the top choices for supply chain management software.

Why Small Business Needs Supply Chain Software
It is important for a small company to manage its supply chain in the most efficient, cost-effective and collaborative way possible. Small business is under pressure to reduce manufacturing costs and to help customers reduce their own costs. This article discusses the needs for small businesses to implement supply chain software.

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