Archive for ERP

Enhancements in SAP Production Planning and Scheduling and Future Integration with ERP

At the SAP Insider SCM CRM 2016 event in Vienna this month, Ulrich Mast presented the current status and the planned future for Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PPDS), including SAP Advanced Planner and Optimizer PPDS (SAP APO PPDS) within the SAP Supply Chain Management suite (SCM) and S/4HANA . Smaller lot sizes, increasing variability and shorter product life cycles tend to make planning and scheduling more complex, resulting in increased order lead times, stock […]

Read More →

Guest Commentary: Benefiting From the Big Market Shift in Supply Chain Execution

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the supply chain execution (SCE) software marketplace. Or to borrow from a popular, but old automotive advertising campaign, “This is not your father’s” SCE software market. During the 90’s, we saw the rise of the regionalized, niche application software companies, also known as “best of breed” software vendors. These niche, specialized software vendors saw a need and invested in developing robust functionality to support […]

Read More →

Guest Commentary: What is the Half-Life of Your Logistics Technology Investments?

According to Merriam Webster, one of the definitions of half-life is a period of usefulness or popularity preceding decline or obsolescence. It is important to match the half-life of your business processes with the half-life of the technology investments you are making. With the half-life of many business processes dramatically shrinking, the notion that every Logistics IT purchase needs to be a long-term strategic investment as opposed to a short-term tactical one has become bad […]

Read More →

Distributed Order Management, A Critical Application

A relatively small number of software vendors offer distributed order management (DOM) solutions; IBM, Manhattan Associates (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor), and Oracle are the best known of these vendors. What is DOM? It is a central order orchestration hub for companies with complex fulfillment networks. A DOM provides… a common view of inventory for companies with diverse order management or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems; the ability to designate how an order should be fulfilled […]

Read More →

Best of Breeds are Dead. Long Live Best of Breeds!

Last week, RedPrairie and JDA Software, two leading providers of supply chain and logistics software, announced that they are merging together (see our commentary here). Both companies had grown through the years by acquiring best of breed vendors, and now that they have reached a certain size, they are joining forces to offer customers “a full spectrum of solutions for planning and execution across the entire value chain.” In a call with analysts last week […]

Read More →

Guest Commentary: Does the Supply Chain Department Need the IT Department?

HighJump Software is just completing an internal implementation of a new ERP package that covers CRM, financials and customer service. The project touched nearly every business process in our organization, and was driven completely by business function owners and business subject matter experts. Involvement from the IT organization was limited to a few security reviews. I have been involved in several ERP implementations in my career and have never seen a software project so independent […]

Read More →

Takeaways from Oracle OpenWorld 2010

I attended Oracle OpenWorld 2010 last week (Oracle is an ARC client). I always enjoy going to this conference; it provides a great opportunity to speak with very smart supply chain professionals and hear case studies of cutting-edge SCM processes. Here are my high-level key takeaways from the conference. Oracle has the broadest set of supply chain applications. You expect supply chain vendors to have supply, inventory, and demand planning solutions. You expect ERP supply […]

Read More →

Leveraging the Logistics Software Ecosystem

There is a whole ecosystem surrounding the logistics software market. Part of the reason some logistics software companies thrive and others fail is that some of them do a better job of tapping into this ecosystem and leveraging it to create advantages for themselves in innovation, marketing, and sales. Here are the key classes of players that impact this market: Of course, the logistics software companies themselves are key players. The barriers to entry are […]

Read More →

Revisiting the “Best-of-Breed vs. ERP” Debate in WMS

I hate multi-tasking.  Give me one task at a time, and sufficient time to accomplish it, and I’m fairly happy.  But that rarely happens.  Even so, my work life has to be easier than a warehouse manager’s.  Their main job, of course, is to make sure that customer orders are fulfilled accurately and on-time every day.  This alone is  more than a full time job.  But consider all the other things they are often called […]

Read More →