Sourcing, Decision Support
In supply chain management, it's not a solution if the average buyer can't use it effectively. So look for solution providers that offer innovative approaches to encouraging adoption within your organization. Iasta, for example, started a blog devoted to e-sourcing, dubbed the e-Sourcing Forum, as early as 2005, and followed up with an online resource center, the e-Sourcing Wiki, in 2007, and a free e-Sourcing Handbook e-book in 2008. In terms of e-sourcing, Iasta believes that companies must now take a "total value management" approach to get the most value out of each sourcing decision. "Total landed cost isn't enough anymore," according to the solution provider. "In addition to unit costs and freight costs, a company also has to consider the impact costs associated with every sourcing decision. What is the impact cost of increased turnaround time? Of a potential decrease in quality or customer satisfaction? Of increased supply risk?" Iasta believes it can help organizations leverage technology and best practice sourcing methodologies so they make the best possible decisions they can, in light of various real-world constraints.
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Fulfillment/Logistics, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support
Citing the recent increase in environmental regulations, both in the United States and abroad, as well as the move toward creating greener supply chains, ILOG has partnered with Accenture to create the new Carbon Footprint module as part of the company's LogicNet Plus 6.0 XE. The Carbon Footprint module is designed to help companies make environmentally-sound choices when designing and managing their supply chains. It evaluates the impact of various supply chain network configurations and transportation strategies on their carbon footprint and provides alternative plans that will reduce carbon emissions.
The ILOG LogicNet Plus XE Carbon Footprint extension can be used in two ways: for reporting on the carbon footprint of various supply chain configuration or for setting constraints on carbon footprint and identifying the best supply chain configuration from cost and service points of views.
Order/Demand Capture, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Payment, PLM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support
Trading partners have also evolved from being part of a supply chain to being a vital part of a business's success. Today's business environment demands collaboration and automation to gain competitive advantage. To keep the supply chain running smoothly, businesses are demanding more from their suppliers in terms of just-in-time fulfillment and vendor-managed inventory in a world of increasing global outsourcing. In this context, it's not surprising that companies find this level of collaboration difficult to achieve. And in order to achieve this level of fulfillment and supply chain management agility, asserts solution provider Inovis, companies realize that their organizations need end-to-end supply chain visibility that is accessible across the entire trading partner community – for both the supply chain hub and its spokes, or suppliers.
The "next wave" of supply chain innovation, as Inovis sees it, will enable companies to collaborate with trading partners, automate supply chain process and gain visibility into all aspects of a company's supply chain. Through its software and managed services, Inovis says its Business Community Management (BCM) automates business processes between companies and their suppliers, thereby increasing visibility into a company's supply chain and cutting down on errors to reduce costs and improve customer service. This increased collaboration can deepen trading community partnerships, and by removing the complexities and costs associated with a traditional business-to-business model, Inovis says it is helping to drive greater product innovation, increased speed to market and greater levels of customer satisfaction and retention.
Insight Sourcing Group
Sourcing, Procurement, Decision Support
From Insight Sourcing Group's point of view, the 21st century will see two major supply chain trends: 1) The expansion of best-in-class supply and demand management capabilities to the mid-market; and, 2) The simplification of supply chain tools to enable better, faster supply chain management with less people and less complexity. These two trends go hand-in-hand and form the basis of ISG's mission of arming mid-market companies with supply chain management best practices and the tools they need to compete effectively. For example, ISG has developed a Spend Analytics Service and Dashboard. While many solutions provide robust capabilities to slice and dice data, they are often highly technical, requiring a company analyst to operate it and maintain the underlying data. ISG's offering is a service, with ISG supplementing its client's staff to perform the full expenditure categorization and then providing a dashboard that can be used by CFOs and analysts alike to determine sourcing strategies, set savings targets and launch sourcing efforts.