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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

x part 1  same time, Manhattan introduced  X-suite Solutions (currently consisting of Flow Management and Extended Enterprise Management ) to address complex cross-functional business issues, such as collaborating with trading partners to efficiently communicate and ensure goods move smoothly to end customers at minimum cost. The vendor also introduced IBM Cognos -enabled supply chain intelligence (SCI) to enable the quick creation of dashboards, analytics, views, user-defined alerts, and key management reports.

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