[From Supply & Demand Chain Executive, June/July 2006] Years of surveying and conversations with readers have shown that busy executives turn to an industry magazine like Supply & Demand Chain Executive for essentially two reasons: to learn how to solve problems that they know they have, and to learn about solutions for problems they didn't even know they had. The mission of this magazine, then, is to provide targeted information to help corporate executives and other supply and demand chain management professionals as they enable their supply chains for competitive advantage.
As part of this mission, each year the magazine uses its Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 feature to make its readers aware of those enablers that are leading the way in providing cutting-edge solutions and services to help enterprises address pain points in their supply chains through the application of new technologies and new processes.
This year the magazine focused the criteria for its "100" feature on innovation. Based on the submissions for the "100" from end users and technology companies themselves, our judging committee looked for solutions across a variety of industries, addressing the needs of companies of varying sizes, and assisting in the transformation of a diverse mix of the functions that make up the supply chain. The result is a comprehensive listing of leading providers of supply chain services and technologies who are at the forefront of innovation.
The solution providers that follow are listed in alphabetical order, and this article provides a brief description of why each enabler was included in this year's "100" listing. We suggest scanning through the article and noting those solution providers that enable those segments of the supply chain (Sourcing, Logistics, etc.) that are current priorities at your enterprise, as well as consulting the additional online resources available at SDCExec.com — including the Interactive Global Supply & Demand Chain Map, the Global Enabled Supply & Demand Chain Directory and our Best Practices Forum — in order to assemble a list of appropriate solution providers who can assist you. In this way, the "100" listing can provide a vital first step on your supply chain enablement journey. Bon voyage!
Common abbreviations: PLM — Product Lifecycle Management; CRM — Customer Relationship Management; ERP — Enterprise Resource Planning.
4flow AG (Berlin, Germany; Enables: Sourcing, Fulfillment/Logistics, Decision Support/Consulting). First integrated, standard software for supply chain design. Web-based planning engine allows users in different countries to work collaboratively on planning projects.
Aankhen Inc. (San Jose, Calif.; Enables: Order/Demand Management; Procurement; Sourcing; Decision Support/Consulting; Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP; Payment; Fulfillment/Logistics; PLM). Solution automates the in-context computation of "should be cost," allowing enterprises to manage what should be the spend and reducing financial leakage and uncertainty.
ACQUIREX (Long Beach, Calif.; Enables: Procurement; Payment). Web service integration technology allows customers to integrate electronic purchasing to existing technology infrastructure and MRP/ERP solutions; smaller companies gain benefits of e-procurement without the upfront professional service fees.
Adonix (Pittsburgh, Pa.; Enables: Order/Demand Management, Fulfillment/Logistics, CRM, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP). Revamped X3 app enables companies to extend ERP information infrastructure to accommodate key business partners as if they were internal users.
ADR North America LLC (Ann Arbor, Mich.; Enables: Decision Support/Consulting, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Payment, PLM, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Sourcing, Order/Demand Management). Creating practical, sustainable solutions that clients use to achieve cost savings and competitive advantage through their purchasing and supply chain operations.