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Sales and Operations Planning: Aligning Business Goals with Supply Chain Tactics
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) was identified as companies’ number two area of focus, in a survey of 805 companies for Aberdeen’s Supply Chain Executive’s

c m s collage  Business Goals with Supply Chain Tactics Sales and operations planning (S&OP) was identified as companies’ number two area of focus, in a survey of 805 companies for Aberdeen’s Supply Chain Executive’s Strategic Agenda study. Further research on the supply chain identifies how the S&OP process is helping corporate executives accomplish their overall business strategies. Find out what the four broad strategies are, and how best-in-class companies are using them.

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CRM for Financial and Insurance Markets

Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting data from all customer interactions with a company from all access points (by phone, mail, or Web, or in the field). The company can then use this data for specific business purposes by taking a customer-centric rather than a product-centric approach. CRM applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services.  

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Successful Sales and Operations Planning in Five Steps


A sales and operations planning (S&OP) meeting is a critical decision-making activity that sets the overall direction for the company. Executives discuss trade-offs between customer service, inventory investments, production capabilities, supply availability, and distribution concerns, in order to balance generating profit with satisfying operational goals. Learn the five essential steps for successful S&OP planning.

c m s collage  Sales and Operations Planning in Five Steps Voyager Sales and Operations Planning enables you to establish a central warehouse for diverse planning data, using information from sales, production, finance, marketing, transportation and procurement. Logility synchronizes this data so your entire enterprise can work from a one number platform to save time and achieve clarity. This removes hours and days from your planning process. You can slash the planning cycle and complete multi-divisional Read More

DP&C SmartFleet for Supply Chain Management of Transportation Management Systems Certification Report


DP&C SmartFleet is TEC Certified for online evaluation of transportation management system (TMS) solutions in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

c m s collage  C SmartFleet for Supply Chain Management of Transportation Management Systems Certification Report DP&C SmartFleet is TEC Certified for online evaluation of transportation management system (TMS) solutions in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, and in-depth Read More

S&OP Newcomer Asserts Notable Domain Expertise


Today’s businesses must be able to swiftly respond to the constant changes emerging across their global global supply chains and fulfillment networks to improve operational efficiency. Follow TEC analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Kinaxis expert Trevor Miles on a discussion on the role of S&OP and how a response management solution enables multi-enterprise visibility, collaborative what-if analysis, and on-the-fly decisions.

c m s collage  OP Newcomer Asserts Notable Domain Expertise Sales and operations planning (S&OP), or integrated business planning [IBP]—the next evolutionary step if you will, continues to receive much attention as of late. In 2009 and 2010, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) produced an exhaustive series of articles on S&OP entitled “ APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? ” as well as a blog post entitled “ Linking S&OP and CPFR (For Retailers’ and Manufacturers’ Sake): An Executive Panel Read More

The "S" in SAP Doesn't Stand for Security (that goes for PeopleSoft too)


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c m s collage  SAP Doesn't Stand for Security (that goes for PeopleSoft too) Event Summary During the course of product evaluations for a customer, the Technology Evaluation Center has uncovered a potential security hole in SAP R/3's three-tier architecture. SAP has revealed that it expects the database or third party products to handle security between the application server and the database server. If the client does not take these extra measures, the master password for the SAP database instance travels over the Read More

Sales and Operations Planning: Choosing the Optimal Strategy for Your Business


Sales and operations planning (S&OP) provides the visibility and agility to improve product management and promotional planning, minimize unnecessary buildups of inventory, and predict revenue more effectively. S&OP works because it develops a well-coordinated operating plan in support of your customer demand, your business plan, and your strategy. So what is S&OP exactly, and how does it work?

c m s collage  and Operations Planning: Choosing the Optimal Strategy for Your Business Sales and operations planning (S&OP) provides the visibility and agility to improve product management and promotional planning, minimize unnecessary buildups of inventory, and predict revenue more effectively. S&OP works because it develops a well-coordinated operating plan in support of your customer demand, your business plan, and your strategy. So what is S&OP exactly, and how does it work? Read More

Navision Software a/s: Mid-market iNvasion


Navision Software has established strong branding and penetration within the Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) segment of the European and recently the U.S. ERP market. While Navision has done a respectable job establishing its U.S. network, it will face a fierce challenge from domestic competitors like Great Plains, Epicor Software, and Solomon Software.

c m s collage  a/s: Mid-market iNvasion P.J. Jakovljevic - May 11, 2000 Vendor Summary Navision Software is an international provider of financial and business management software solutions for the small-to-medium enterprises (SME) market. Founded in 1984, with headquarters in Vedbaek, Denmark, the Company is currently one of the fastest-growing enterprise applications vendors, with approximately $92 million in revenue in fiscal 1999 (136% revenue growth compared to 1998). Navision Software went public in 1999 and Read More

InsideOut Firewall Reporter


InsideOut Firewall Reporter is a browser-based firewall reporting tool that brings an organization’s attention to risk factors. It provides visibility by turning an endless stream of connection data into a real-time interactive display that that can be viewed by any parameter including user, bandwidth use, or blocked connections. InsideOut's report-generating ability validates a firewall’s operation by summarizing data for any time period selected, and helps confirm that the firewall is doing what it's supposed to do. The solution is offered in two editions: Standard and Enterprise.  

c m s collage  organization’s attention to risk factors. It provides visibility by turning an endless stream of connection data into a real-time interactive display that that can be viewed by any parameter including user, bandwidth use, or blocked connections. InsideOut's report-generating ability validates a firewall’s operation by summarizing data for any time period selected, and helps confirm that the firewall is doing what it's supposed to do. The solution is offered in two editions: Standard and Enterprise. Read More

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Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company's solution features a central data repository that serves as a global backbone enabling a company to capture, share, and manage product development information, and collaborate with its customers and suppliers to bring new products to market at Internet speed. Optiva is a product development software solution for the food and beverage, chemicals, consumer packaged goods, and pharmaceutical industries, which helps companies bring products to market. Because the product is modular, Formation Systems helps companies taylor its functionality. Using the product's tools such as formula optimization and recipe management, can help - Create market-ready products - Elevate product quality with consistency - Integrate knowledge throughout the enterprise - Unite with key business partners

c m s collage  Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company's solution features a central data repository that serves as a global backbone enabling a company to capture, share, and manage product development information, and collaborate with its customers and suppliers to bring new products to market at Internet speed. Optiva is a product development software solution for the food and beverage, chemicals, consumer packaged goods, Read More

APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 5


Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended few education sessions, as 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 flavors

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Rimini Street: Third-party ERP Support Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come


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Aptean


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