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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

o part 1  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, Kinaxis . The currently bullish Kinaxis has a number of customers that are SAP ERP customers too, and for a long time SAP was at first dismissive (or at least ambivalent) regarding the need for Response Management, as the company had its own well-known SAP Advanced Planner and

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Small Business Software (SBS) Software Evaluation Report

The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets the functional requirements necessary to support a typical small business. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't need the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place. Extending beyond accounting functions, it includes general ledger, accounts payable (A/P) and accounts receivable (A/R), payroll, job and project costing, multinational accounting, light manufacturing, inventory, technology, and more.  

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o part 1  for the upper end of the market. The final part of this blog series now continues with the analysis of the Logility Voyager Solutions suite and analyzes how Optiant might fit in. As depicted in Figure 1 below, Logility Voyager is a set of both SCP and supply chain execution (SCE) solutions, which is a comprehensive solution rarely offered in the market (even by much larger SCM providers). Supply Chain Planning This set of modules within Logility Voyager Solutions optimizes material, inventory, Read More

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